A Year Later
So, it’s been about a year now that our family has been on this “whole foods” journey. We started out just eliminating all the processed food I was buying – then I got into more deep things like healthy fats and natural sweeteners. I’ve kept some things and I’ve ditched some things. I’ve read and watched movies until I was blue in the face and about to lose my mind.
Here’s something you might not know – everything is bad for you. Some people say “eat all the veggies you can!” Others say “watch out for those veggies…if they’re not organic, they can kill you.” Some people say “eat butter!” Others say “don’t eat butter if you don’t personally know the cow that it came from.”
About three months ago, I unsubscribed from most of the whole foods blogs that I was reading. They were NOT encouraging…they were only stressing me out and making me feel like a complete failure. There was NO WAY I could measure up to most of those blogs…and let me tell you something else – I didn’t ever sense that God was the center of their life. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
The Truth About Real Food
I’ve sensed something very disturbing in the Whole Foods World…it’s something that has bothered me to my very core and I’m speaking out against it. FOOD IS NOT OUR SAVIOR.
Some blogs and people may lead you to believe that eating the right foods will keep you from getting sick. They might say that if you never eat any processed sugar that you won’t get cancer. They may say that if you stick to only organic foods that you’ll never miscarry a baby. What do I say? I say that we live in a fallen world – none of us are immune from the tragedies that are in it. Sin is a part of our everyday world – and because that sin lives in this world, so will cancer, miscarriages, and sickness.
If it were true that eating whole foods would keep you healthy and free from tragedy, then a drug addict would never carry a baby to full term…and a one-Coke-per day elderly man wouldn’t live until the ripe old age of 95. Food cannot save you – Jesus can save you.
I actually read recently about a woman who was grieving through a miscarriage. In the comments section some people actually had the nerve to question her food choices – to say maybe she hadn’t been on a whole foods diet long enough. They said that next time she should only eat certain things. The NERVE of some people! They should have been extending grace and compassion to this woman – not condemnation….suggesting her baby died because of something she did.
Our Stance on Whole Foods
Is it true that eating mostly whole foods and whole grains is good for you? Yes (at least MOST people would agree on that). I can honestly say that when we eat foods that I’ve made from scratch, we feel better…our health is better – we are MORE immune to sickness…but we’re not totally immune. And I’m not so big-headed to think that I can totally control my life by what I put in my mouth.
God has numbered my days – and no amount of work on my part is going to change the date that He has in mind…nothing I can do will change that when it’s my time to go, I’m gonna go.
Will my days on earth feel better because of what I eat? Sure. But I also know that eating some peanut M&Ms once in a while won’t put me in an early grave either.
I’m tired of the “grain or no grain” debate. I’m tired of the “organic or regular” debate. I’m sooooooo weary of the “meat or no meat” controversy. Seriously. God put food on this planet for us to enjoy. He also expects us to take care of our bodies – and He wants us to make smart choices.
So, this is where I stand:
-I will feed my family to the best of my ability
-I will cook from scratch and avoid processed foods when at all possible.
-I will still used canned tomatoes, even though the world assures me that I will die an early death because of BPA
-I will buy local produce whenever I can, because it’s good for us, tastes delicious, and because I like supporting the local economy
-I will buy organic foods when I feel like it and when my budget allows. I will not get down in the floor and foam at the mouth if I have to buy a bag of non-organic apples. They’re apples…and raw apples are better than colored, sweetened, and flavored applesauce in Aisle 6. Amen.
-I will pray over each meal that I consume…because I believe that God honors my resolve to feed my family well. I believe that HE is the author of life.
Now that I’ve got that off my chest, I feel a lot better. You might want to check out the healthy living blogs that I do still read – especially when you need some encouragement in that area. These ladies will lift you up and leave you feeling fresh and wonderful:
*See also this article from Christianity Today: The Dark Side of Healthy Eating.
Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. Hebrews 13:9
I also want you to know that I’m not alone in my resolve to stand against people who believe that food is god. I’ve taken this firm stand with some of my very great blogging friends. Pop on over there and see exactly what they have to say too. We thought we had better stand together – so that when the comments come, we’ll be able to stand firm in our resolve.
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The Simple Homemaker: A Realistic Perspective on Real Food in a Very Real World
*This post is linked at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, Hearth and Soul Blog Hop on Penniless Parenting, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Day2Day Joys, at Works For Me Wednesday on We Are That Family, at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, at Pennywise Platter on The Nourishing Gourmet, at Proverbs 31 Thursday at Raising Mighty Arrows, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFLGINS, at Full Plate Thursday on Miz Helen’s Country Kitchen, at Finer Things Friday on Amy’s Finer Things, at Weekend Whatever on Your Thriving Family, at Real Food 101 on Ruth’s Real Food, at Homestead Barn Hop on The Prairie Homestead, and Tuesdays at the Table on All The Small Stuff.