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For the past few years, I have  felt a nagging conviction to eat healthier.  I had friends regularly offering to buy me raw milk, suggesting that I soak my grains, telling me of the joys of juicing and eating raw, and on and on and on….. I knew there were some good things to be gleaned from all of these suggestions, and I even half-heartedly researched a few of these healthy habits.  But in the end, I was too overwhelmed by life to take it on.  I knew it would be hours and hours of research for many months to learn what I needed to learn.  And with raising and homeschooling 5 kids, I just didn’t have it in me.

I reminded myself constantly that healthy eating would not make me holy, or make God happier with me.  In fact, the Scripture says concerning food:

What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”–Matthew 15:11

“Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules:  ‘Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!’? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.”–Colossians 2:20-23

All of these healthy-whole-eating rules I was hearing about were, after all, human regulations.  Besides, I am completely convinced that science-based dietary rules, while fascinating, are often not very accurate and change frequently. Butter is bad; butter is good.  Eggs raise cholesterol; eggs have no effect on cholesterol.  Don’t eat salt; salt is fine. Eat a low-fat diet; eat a low-carb diet; eat a raw diet.

Don’t get me wrong–I like science.  I think science is good.  But it’s far from perfect.

I was also continually impressed that millions of people around the world do not have access to all the super-foods I was hearing about. They don’t care about all of these health rules.  They’re starving to death and would kill for one of my over-processed, GMO-battered, hormone-filled chicken nuggets. I absolutely LOVE what this blog, We Can’t “Name and Claim” Our Health {The Real Truth about Real Food}, has to say about the American-Christian tendency to make health an idol.

But I also saw the value in being a good steward.  God has given me great wealth and bountiful food sources compared to most of the people in the world.  Surely, I should make the most of what He has given me.

I really just wanted to stay put though.  I didn’t want to make the effort.  I already have more on my plate than I can handle.

Then, one day a few weeks ago, my friend Melissa posted a before-and-after picture of herself on facebook, along with a testimony about how her eating habits had changed.  I needed to lose 30 lbs. of baby weight, and I had heard about this book, Trim Healthy Mama, before.  I had been intrigued, but the $35 price tag put me off.  I am nothing if not thrifty! $35 for a book?

But Melissa insisted it was the best $35 she ever spent, so I took the leap.  I had no idea this diet book would fulfill every desire I had for learning to eat and feed my family healthfully, while also losing weight.

 

If you would like to learn more about this book, I suggest reading this blog post by Large Families on Purpose. Erika does an amazing job of describing what the weight-loss portion of the Trim Healthy Mama is all about.  But the book is so much more than a weight-loss book.  The authors, Pearl and Serene, also discuss Biblical food principles, hormones, sex, skin-care, exercise, and more!

This book has concisely (well, if you consider 600 pages concise–which I do in comparison to the research I would have had to do on my own to come to these same conclusions) taught me how to go about eating less processed foods, what whole foods really are, and what is wrong with the various diet fads (raw, vegan, Atkins, etc).  I feel completely able to eat this way long term.  And I am very excited to ease my family into this lifestyle, too!  So far, my kids absolutely LOVE the dessert recipes–which are actually healthier than most meals we had been eating previously.

So, I’ve now eaten the Trim Healthy way for a little over a week (it took the entire previous week to read the 600-page book and plan out a menu).  I’ve lost 5 lbs., and my energy level is really starting to improve.  I’ve also noticed that my knee pain (which I’ve been dealing with for months) has started to subside considerably.  Most importantly, the Geek loves every recipe I’ve tried from the book so far! And this is saying something because not much impresses him in the world of food.

I know eating healthier is not going to make me Godlier in any way, but I am happy to finally be offering this part of my life to God in an effort to be the best steward I can be.  I finally feel like I know how to go about it! Thanks Pearl and Serene!

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