Finding this balance of healthiness can be difficult, so I asked my best friend’s mother-in-law Amy to come talk with us. She’s a dietician, professor at Roberts Wesleyan College (my alma mater), super sweet mother of four, and madly in love with her husband even after many years of marriage. You’ll totally love her. She’s going to talk with us about what it means to take care of ourselves in a healthy way. I hope this will help you find that delicate balance! (Note: If you have struggled with an eating disorder, remember that your treatment team knows you and what works for you, so as you watch this, talk with your treatment team before making any changes.)
Songs: I love this song by Mandisa about not having to fit a certain image: “True Beauty.”
Other Resources: This is from alifebalanced.com. One of my friends posted it on facebook, which is how I first saw it. I just loved it! What a great way to describe what physical vs. emotional hunger feels like. (I knew facebook was good for something. ;))
Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I love this verse, because it reminds us that we don’t need to focus so much on what we eat; instead, we need to focus on glorifying God in every part of our lives, including in the things we eat. This goes back to finding a healthy balance. When we’re looking at food as something that beautifully nourishes our body (as Amy said in the video coffee date on the website), we can start to see it as something that can strengthen us for doing all God has called us to do. Along the same lines, exercise (in moderation) can also strengthen us to glorify God by being able to do what He asks us to do. It comes back to this: Whatever we do, even in the way we take care of ourselves, we should do it for His glory.