It’s day 15 of the first month. The month of food. I can not tell a lie. The first 7 days were brutal. Day 8 was glorious. Headaches were gone and concentration was back. Today is the first day that I feel like I could stop at Zen Beri and eat yogurt for dinner. The joys of having my sin smack me in the face. OH the JOY!
Here’s the low down :: I am eating only seven foods with salt, pepper, minimal seasonings (let’s face it.. the chef would have died if I had said no seasonings at all.). Only drinking water and almond milk. No dairy. No gluten. No artificial sugars. Only seven foods.
I’m not starving. If I’m hungry, I eat. No unintentional eating. No snacking.
I’ve spent the last 15 days having an ongoing conversation with God about how and what I’ve let food do to me and my relationship with Him. I’ve made a mess of it. Eating when I am bored, or just because it’s there, buying into the American culture that I have to buy groceries all the time to make a certain meal. Buying into the pattern of “I have to go out to eat to hang out with friends”. “I have to stop at Starbucks because I want a coffee”.
It just goes on people. And again, with the sick of myself banter. But, I just am.
I need food to function. I need food only when my body says so.. and I can survive on fresh, clean foods. I’m not quite sure what the menu will look like after August 31st, but I do know that I’ll only be eating fruits, vegetables, fish and gluten/sugar free.
I feel better, I have more energy and I’ve dropped 10 lbs.
That’s all a bonus compared to the new realization these 15 days have given me. My flesh stinks. My heart is selfish and lies. There are 16 days left. I’ll keep you posted.
Oh.. and without a doubt.. I can’t live without Jesus.
“As I reduce, He is enough. As I simplify, He is enough. He is my portion where food and clothes and comfort fall woefully short. He can heal me from greed and excess, materialism and pride, selfishness and envy. While my earthly treasures and creature comforts will fail me, Jesus is more than enough. In my privileged world where “need” and “want” have become indistinguishable, my only true requirement is the sweet presence of Jesus.” – Jen Hatmaker, 7:An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
Amen, Jen. Amen.