My what a journey I’ve been on what it comes to food. Growing up one of my favorite dinners was the Taco Bell kid’s meal, because of the chips and queso dip! I mean really, does it get better than queso? I must admit, as an adult, Taco Bell nachos are still one of my favorite foods. Post college, pizza and Chick Fil A were weekly staples for me. The quicker and more delicious the food, the better for me.
[pullquote width=”300″ float=”right”] Beating cravings is difficult and is therefore an opportunity to rely on God’s strength. For me, it’s about the relationship with the food. What is that Oreo filling? Hunger? Craving? Emotional need? Celebration? Fun?[/pullquote]However, a good amount has changed since I devoured Taco Bell kid’s meals.
Soon before getting married, I decided I needed to learn how to cook so we wouldn’t have chicken and beans every night for dinner. As I dove into the world of cooking, I learned a ton from podcasts, videos and blogs. Slowly, the information began to change me and my eating habits. Step by step, I ate less fast food and more fresh food.
I’m still on the journey of finding a healthy balance regarding food. My husband and I did a year of “real food” in 2015. This year, in 2016, we decided to add a cheat meal once a month. It’s tricky because for me an innocent splurge can quickly turn into a 3-day affair. After a recent episode that included a few too many donuts and cookies, I decided to start a Whole30.
Our relationship with food can be profoundly spiritual. When I am down emotionally, I crave something out of this world delicious. I desire the warmth that quesadillas provide or the comfort that a glazed donut gives. I am looking to food to fill a need that it’s not fit to fill. In those cravings, it’s an opportunity for me to turn to God. I can acknowledge the craving and make a healthy choice. Beating cravings is difficult and is therefore an opportunity to rely on God’s strength. For me, it’s about the relationship with the food. What is that Oreo filling? Hunger? Craving? Emotional need? Celebration? Fun?
Fresh food simply treats my body differently and satisfies hunger more efficiently than fast food. As I continue on this journey, I hope to choose fresh over fast and God’s strength over mine.