Daring to be Disciplined

I have decided to start the new year off with a 30 day commitment to be disciplined in the area of food. If you know me, you may be wondering why I, a self professed health conscious person, would need to do such a thing? Food is an area where I need to grow. I get the munchies, and I over eat. I feel emotional, and I turn to food. What type of food? Comfort food of course! The saltier and sweeter the better. So while we eat a strictly gluten free diet, and our meals are very healthy, my snacking habits throughout the day are not too hot. In order to break these bad snacking habits, I have decided to make a 30 day commitment to only eat real food for this period of time. No processed food, no grains, no sugar, nothing with “natural flavour” added to the ingredient list. This will be a pretty big challenge for me, but I am excited to see how I feel at the end of the month after only putting real foods into my body. The biggest comfort foods that I will miss: potato chips, and chocolate.

Why do I feel like I want to do this challenge? Spiritual and physical health are both important to me, and to God. When I turn to food instead of to our Lord in challenging times, this is a problem. When I’m mindlessly snacking with no purpose and no appetite, I realize that it’s a problem when it’s a trend and not an exception. I want to take this area of my life and make it healthy. I want to feel good about my food choices throughout the entire day, and I want to eat with the purpose of nourishing my body, not comforting myself.

In Romans chapter 12, Paul tells us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God. When I turn to food instead of Christ throughout the day, I recognize that I am not taking care of my body as we are called to, and also that I am missing out on intimacy with Christ that I would have if I spent time in prayer instead of in the pantry. It is because of this that I am sharing this weakness that I have. We all have areas where we need to grow in obedience, and food is one of mine. I am surrendering this area up to God, I’m confessing this area of struggle, and I know that with the power of the Holy Spirit within me that I will overcome this area of weakness in my life.

Today was day one of the challenge, and it was a great day! I ate well, made great choices, and felt satisfied and energetic throughout the entire day (well, except when I was snuggled up on the couch reading with my girls after supper and I was nodding off…I credit that to all of the great winter fun we had outside today).

Does anyone else struggle in this area? I would love to have some company on this challenge! Reply to this post, or send me an e-mail if you want to join in on this 30 day commitment to make healthier steps in the area of food. Let’s dare to be disciplined in all areas of life.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25: 4 & 5