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Food and Organic Idols
October 31, 2014
The topic of this post is one that I have been mulling over for a long time. It has developed over the years and one that has been molded because of my relationship with Christ.
Though this is not primarily a religious post, the grace God has given and the trust I have through relationship with His son has played a big role in allowing me to RELAX about food and health.
Does that mean I don't give thought to what goes in my mouth? To the contrary, I think a lot about nutrition and try to feed my family and myself healthy, nutritious meals. I read, research, study, and strive to purchase (and grow) the best for my family.
However, I am no longer a food Nazi.
I don't insist on only organic, low carb, low fat, etc etc etc. I can go dinner at a friends house and eat their processed or non-organic food. When we can't afford organic, hormone free, cheese and sour cream, I can purchase the best alternative and be ok with it. I am realizing that everything needs to be in balance and that God has this. He knew the time of my birth and knows the time of my death. Nothing I can do will add a jot or a tittle to my life. Or the life of my family for that matter.
Just do a search on health and eating and a thousand different theories on diet will pop up. Not to mention healthy living. Oh my, do you use a microwave to heat your food?
You name it, I have tried it at one point or another in my life.......vegan, vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, low carb, juicing, fasting, paleo.
Too many times food became the focus of my existance, to the point of becoming an idol. It squeezed the life out of me. All I could think about morning, noon, and night (and in between) was what I was going to eat, eat next, or in the case of fasting, what I wasn't eating. I was in bondage, bondage to food.
When I had any success I was sure others should do it too. They just needed to eat a particular way to become healthy.
Another way that I have been affected by food is having feelings of guilt or shame about buying non-organic or "un-healthy items" for my family.
We drink raw goat milk and have for almost 10 years, before that raw cow milk. When we moved, we were without our herd of goats for a few months. We found a source for the raw milk but couldn't afford to purchase it. I bought store milk but dealt with feelings of guilt over my famlies health for doing so. What people thought about me was an idol....my goodness, what if someone saw me buying that?
I have had seasons that I have funneled financial resources into our grocery bill to eat organic, healthy foods. To the point that there was little money for anything else. We NEED all that good food don't we? Food is more important than the monthly expenses isn't it?
This food is going to make me skinny, healthy, cure me...............
Please don't think I am advocating an un-healthy lifestyle or un-healthy eating. To the contrary, we all should strive to be as healthy as possible to serve the kingdom and our families. We should research and study and seek knowledge of what is good for us. If we are sick, we should want to eat food with the nutrition we need for our bodies.
But not to the point that it takes over our lives and becomes an all consuming monster that sucks the life out of us. Not to the point of bondage. In Christ, I have recieved the grace I need to overcome and I trust Him for my life and my all.
One last thought. Life is a journey and food is a journey that is unique for each one of us and our families. Our convictions, financial resources, and points of life are all different. What is right for you and your family may not be what is right for me and my family. What you can handle right now may not be what I can handle right now. It looks different but does that mean it's wrong?
Are you in bondage to food or a healthy lifestyle? You too can find freedom.