It usually seems like a you have to make a choice, right?

 

1️⃣ be unafraid of food and have a positive mindset about your body BUT never eat nourishing foods or exercise

 

OR

 

2️⃣ fear food and obsess over exercise BUT live a “healthy” lifestyle

 

I thought the exact same thing. 

 

Those are classic disordered thoughts that fester and grow into more and more of an issue. 

 

“If I have these chips, I’ll be unhealthy”

“If I skip this workout, I won’t be fit”

“If I enjoy this dessert, I’ll ruin my progress”

 

But what I’ve learned through recovery is that it doesn’t have to be one extreme or the other. I don’t have to choose between having a cookie and living my “healthiest,” “best” life. 

 

My therapist used to ask me, “if you eat the {insert fear food here}, will you explode? Will you blow up? Will you instantly gain hundreds of pounds from that { }?” 

 

Obviously my answer was, “no” every time. Because when it’s stated so plainly, it seems silly. 

 

But it did FEEL like if I ate that food, something terrible WOULD happen even if, realistically, I knew it wouldn’t. 

 

Our thoughts (which constantly run throughout the day) have a huge impact on our actions and emotions. 

 

🚫🍪 Addressing and adjusting how you think about something can make an incredible difference. 

 

Try stating your fear in plain terms, out loud. Then ask yourself if that’s a rational fear to have. If not, encourage yourself to let it go. If so, reach out to others and ask for help in how to deal with it. 

 

I truly believe God provided us with animals and nourishing foods straight from the earth to feed us. I’m incredibly grateful for that and I don’t want to take it for granted. But I also know, we’re commanded not to idolize, not to be anxious about what we eat, to glorify God in all that we do, and to find FULL satisfaction in Him...not our health status.

 

Don’t think you have to choose between option 1 and 2. It’s a lie that will continue to pop up, in culture and in your own head, and unfortunately, it’s not going away. So, stay strong in your foundation and don’t give in! In no way do you have to choose between the two at all.

In Christ Alone my hope is found

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