In April, the women’s ministry at FCC hosted an event “Faith & Fudgesicles: A Christian Perspective on Healthy Eating.” The response to the event was fantastic; clearly many of you have already been thinking about what it looks like to honor God in the area of your food choices. For those of you who weren’t able to make it to the event, what better time to share with you some of the tips and encouragements of the event than now, during our Spring Cleaning series! Now is a great time of year to apply that same effort of cleaning up our homes to cleaning up our eating habits.
When it comes to cleaning up our eating habits, there are two main areas to focus on:
- What We Eat
- Why We Eat
Try these tips for a basic sprucing-up of what you eat:
- Aim for something colorful every time you eat. No, we’re not talking eating the rainbow of Skittles, or adding ketchup to fries. We’re talking veggies and fruit. These nutrition powerhouses were some of the original foods that God gave people to eat, and yet, most people don’t eat nearly enough of them. Add some deep green lettuce and bright red tomato slices to your lunchtime sandwich. Have an orange with a handful of nuts as an afternoon snack. You don’t have to eat a great big salad every day to get in your veggies, if that’s not your cup of tea. Just try to bring in some type of colorful veggie or fruit at every meal and snack, and you’ll be off to a great start!
- Substitute plant proteins for animal proteins more often. Research continues to confirm something that God has known all along: those foods that grow from the ground are by far the most nutritious and nourishing for our bodies. And while most people don’t get enough veggies and fruit, they also don’t get nearly enough plant proteins (nuts, seeds, beans, tofu, and nut butters like peanut or almond butter, to name the more familiar ones). So try to swap an animal protein like meat or dairy with a plant protein a couple times a day. Instead of crackers and cheese for a snack, try crackers and hummus (or even better- raw veggies with some hummus). Instead of tacos with ground beef for dinner, try tacos with black beans. Instead of ice cream or yogurt after dinner, try an apple with some peanut butter.
As Christ-followers, God certainly cares about the foods that we put into our bodies. But often, I think He is more concerned with why we eat what we do, than He is with what we eat. As with every area of our lives, God is primarily concerned with the state of our hearts. So as you think about spring cleaning your eating habits, you may want to prayerfully ask yourself these questions:
- Are there any idols in my life in the form of food or eating habits? Do I have a pattern of seeking comfort, emotional escape, or happiness in food? Am I enslaved to unhealthy habits in an attempt to be a certain weight or look a certain way?
- Do I eat more than I physically need on a regular basis?
- Do I spend more time thinking about food or health than I should? Do I worry about eating the wrong things and ending up with cancer or some other chronic disease? (key word here being worry)
God is so gracious, and He will be faithful to show you the areas He wants to grow you.
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
In Joyful Surrender,