What Should I Eat?

by Vanetta Stephens on March 26, 2015

in Change Your Life, Change Your Mind, Faith/Trust, Fitness and Health, Healing, Peace, Uncategorized

what should I eat
What should I Eat?

Once people discover that I am a fitness professional, invariably the question, “What should I eat?” is asked.  My perspective on this is neither common in the fitness world, nor in the nutrition world.

I believe the purpose for fitness and health is so that you are functionally able to live your dreams. To enjoy being with your friends, and family wherever they may be is the goal.  Being fit, and healthy enables you to travel, and enjoy participating in activities with your loved ones–because you have the energy, stamina, strength, and flexibility.

My response to being asked “what should I eat?” is based on the following Scriptures from Romans 14, in the Amplified version:

v.2-3, “One [man’s faith permits him to] believe he may eat anything, while a weaker one [limits his] eating to vegetables. Let not him who eats look down on or despise him who abstains criticize and pass judgment on him who eats;  for God has accepted and welcomed him.”

v.12-14, “Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle a hindrance in the way of a brother. I know and am convinced (persuaded) as one in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is [forbidden as] essentially unclean (defiled and unholy in itself) .  But [none the less] it is unclean (defiled and unholy) to anyone who **thinks** it is unclean.”

v.22, Your personal convictions [on such matters]–exercise [them] as in God’s presence, keeping them to yourself [striving only to know the truth and obey His will].  Blessed (happy, to be envied) is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves [who does not convict himself by what he chooses to do.]

v.23, “But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy conscience) about eating, **and then eats**[perhaps because of you], stands condemned because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith.  For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without conviction of its approval by God is sinful].

So, what do I say? Of course, if you’re under a doctor’s care, then follow what is recommended for you and your health concerns.  Otherwise, ask GOD for what will be best for you. What is your desire for making any dietary, and/or physical changes?  What is your motivation for your desire? 

Making rules doesn’t work for very long, usually,  and actually stirs up the desire for the very things you’re wanting to set aside.  Unless the ‘rules’ are coming from your heart–a true desire, and not a “have to”–you’ll tend to play games, like “robbing Peter to pay Paul.”  or you’ll simply give up and quit, in time.

Additionally, if you believe a certain food or whole group of foods is not good to eat, then for you, it is not good to eat. It doesn’t matter what other people think.  It matters what you think, and believe.

In the above passages Paul, the author, is essentially encouraging you to follow your peace regarding anything–not just food.  Violating your own conscience disturbs your peace.  As Believers, we’ve had our consciences purged from dead works and lifeless observances (Heb. 9:14). According to Heb. 10:22b, we’ve “had our hearts sprinkled and purified from guilty conscience, and our bodies cleansed with pure water.”

Whatever we do that is *not* from faith–being fully persuaded in the heart–is not right for us.  It violates our conscience, disturbing our Peace.

God knows what is in your heart.  He knows where you are experiencing true freedom in Him, and where you’re still in-process of experiencing freedom in your soul:  mind, will, and emotions–for you’re already as free as you’ll ever be; in fact as free as Jesus is, in your Spirit!  If you have emotions tied to certain foods, those foods are good to go avoid for a time.  If you’re hearing this in your mind: “I shouldn’t eat this…. but,  I will…”  or “I know this isn’t good for me, but I’m going to eat it anyway..” or “it’s only going to make me want more.” etc..  then, *you* should not eat it because your peace is already disturbed.

If you believe vegetarianism is the way to go, then that is the way you should go.  If you believe gluten is something you should avoid, then by all means, you should avoid it.  As you’re trusting God, He will lead you by Peace.  I support you in your choices for you.

My personal belief is that when you are not at-ease, you are experiencing dis-ease which can eventually lead to “disease.”  Nothing, in my opinion, is worth violating your peace.

1 Corinthians 8:10, talks about being careful that what we do doesn’t encourage someone else to violate their own conscientious scruples.   This is indicating that choosing to do something you just don’t have peace about is not a healthy choice.  And, of course, contributing to someone else stumbling is something the Love of God, in us, wants to avoid.  We can set aside our own freedom for someone else’s benefit because we love them.

When desiring to eat in a manner that is beneficial to you, it’s more about eating when you’re truly physically hungry rather than being emotionally hungry–which though it may feel like hunger to you, it’s not true hunger for food.  It’s, also, about eating until you’re satisfied, rather than stuffed.

If you eat foods that are like triggers to binging, for example, those are foods that are good to set aside for awhile. Some things you may choose to never eat, or drink again.  Those decisions are going to based on what you determine is healthy and beneficial for you.

You want to be master over your food and beverages and not enslaved by them.  This is where God knows best.  Ask Him to show you, and He will.

Here’s a tip::
I encourage journaling!
  Write down what you’re feeling when you gravitate toward something and discover what it is that’s driving you to eat, period, or to eat a particular type of food.  Notice What you’re  feeling when you find yourself overeating, for example?  What drives you to the kitchen to bake?  These can help you become aware, and with God leading, you can overcome those issues, and experience soul healing which is the best health.

Our Spirit is perfectly healthy.  Our soul is in process of aligning with our Spirit and becoming healthy.  Body health follows soul health.

This is just a starting place.  It can be easy to be unaware of what’s really going on inside of us without something to bring it out into the open so it can then be overcome. A journal can be a tool for gaining insight, as well as having a written record you can refer to for 1.) being reminded, and 2.) to see progress, over time.

Expect God to speak to you.   That’s the BEST part.  He cares about your health.  He cares about you enjoying your life!  He LOVES you perfectly and is not a kill-joy!  He wants you to experience the REAL  Joy!

What I eat is what I have peace about eating that is beneficial for me.  Perfectly, always?  NOPE!  But, I know what to do to get back on track without guilt, and condemnation, or rules!   What you should eat is what you have Peace about, and is in alignment with your true heart desires.

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