I owe my friend Lydia Joy Shatney a looooooong overdue thank you! She sent me the best little booklet, a handy shopping guide by the Weston Price Foundation. It is a guide to finding the healthiest foods in grocery stores, health food markets, and online. Love it!
Again, (I've mentioned her before) I also want to commend to you her blog, "Divine Health From the Inside Out".
If you are on a gluten free diet, if you are interested in whole food eating, healthy eating, the truth about fat in your diet, taking control and responsibility for your family's diet, you will love this blog, I think. It is worth checking out, for the salad dressing recipes alone - I am also going to make her Asian lettuce wraps.
I've shared my story here before. My health journey has taken me to extremes of low fat cooking, whole foods cooking, low carb, etc. etc. I made myself (and sometimes my family) anxious over food. When I stopped all food "rules", my health and well being flourished.
Lesson learned. My health comes from the Lord.
Now, here is where I am in this journey: after about ten years of no food rules whatsoever - maintaining a healthy weight without examining my food, just using portion control - I am once again open to the idea of "let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food".
A woman's body changes in her forties - no question about that. I am discovering that a healthy diet makes me feel much better, physically. No longer is it about food rules, no longer is it based on anxiety over my weight or my health. I'm just interested in consistent energy levels, and I am interested in beating or containing my health issues such as hypothyroid, and sore joints, and foggy thinking.
This time, in this season of my life, coming out of rules and into freedom - examining what I eat, and how I eat it, is fun! It is pure pleasure to take good, nourishing care of myself, so that I can nurture the other women and children in my life, and be a passionate wife. (Passion is so much more than the bedroom - though it is all that! Passion has even more to do with that "vital optimism", a sense of humor, and the ability to take joy.)
I have, for years and years, been fascinated by the fact that we are triune beings, spirit, mind, and body. All three have to be fed or "renewed", regularly. I do have to say, it is as important, if not far far more important, to address healthy thinking as it is to address healthy eating. I also have to say - it is all about grace. Grace touches every area of a woman's life. It feeds her spirit, it renews her mind, and removes all fear that wreaks havoc with her body.
I think the Lord is just so abundant and fresh and I think He is health personified. I love to just breathe Him in. I love all He has made - flowers and puppies and healthy, healthy food. When we eat His stuff, as close to the way He made it as we can, I think we do well.
I'll be turning often to Lydia's blog for inspiration.