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Food Is Not Your God

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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.

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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.

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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:

Heavenly Homemakers

Keeper of the Home

The Prairie Homestead

Hallee The Homemaker

*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

United We Stand

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.  :lol:

The Humbled Homemaker: We Can’t “Name and Claim” Our Health


Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy: Real Food, Real People

 

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.

 



Comment Policy: I love hearing your thoughts and input on what I write. Since I write about what works at my house, what pleases my handsome hubby and darling children; I'm sure we'll disagree sometimes. In those cases, do what's right for you and yours. As with any form of communication, please only post comments that move the discussion in a positive direction.

About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • http://getalonghome.com Cindy

    You know, you just totally ruined my next post. I was gonna say pretty much the same thing. Guess I’ll have to do something else now. ;-)

    • Stacy

      Awwww. I’m sorry! Go ahead and write it. I’m sure it’ll make me laugh! lol DO IT!

      • http://getalonghome.com Cindy

        I might. Thinking I’ll put a mainstream spin on it and feed it to the masses at a secular parenting website which shall remain nameless for now. ;-)

        • Stacy

          Woohoo! Send me the link, wouldya?

      • http://www.halleethehomemaker.com/ Hallee the Homemaker

        Oooh! Oooh! I want a link, too! I love feeding things to the masses at secular parenting websites.

        • Stacy

          LOL Hallee, Cindy is a total hoot! I can’t wait to read it! :-)

  • http://www.TheSimpleHomemaker.com Christy, The Simple Homemaker

    Excellent post! Truly excellent, Stacy! Well done! And just for emphasis, a few more of these: !!!!!

    • Stacy

      Oh really….so you WANT me to be the black sheep, huh? :-)

  • Kathy Jo

    Stacy, you have expressed exactly how I have been feeling for quite some time now – THANK YOU!!! :)

    • Stacy

      You’re welcome….I’m going to start getting a reputation. lol

  • Nina Adams

    Stacy I have been a reader of your blog for almost 6 mths. BEST POSTING YET!!!! NINA

    • Stacy

      Thanks!! :-) I am glad you enjoyed it!

  • Willie Mitchell

    Stacy, I am SO proud of you and the stand that you are taking, most importantly, for your God and for the food you eat. This has so much biblical truth in. Keep preachinf it girl!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Willie! I’m glad you’re standing with me!

  • Paula

    amen!

    • Stacy

      And amen!

  • http://www.simplyhomemaking60.blogspot.com Yolanda

    Oh, I LOVE this! EXACTLY!!! Brilliant and right on. Thanks, Stacy. :) (I am so glad you won’t fall on the floor and foam at the mouth. Not a pleasant prospect. ;)

    • Stacy

      Or a pleasant sight. LOL

  • Elaine

    Intelligent, thoughtful, and commonsense article. Thank you! I think we do our best and rely on the Lord for the rest. Maybe sometimes we need a reminder in this perfectionist world of that. Bravo!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Elaine! :-)

  • JoAnna Mobley

    Thank you!!! Excellent Blog post!!! We try to do our part eating healthy and unprocessed foods, but feel guilty when we don’t live up to our own standards we’ve set. Try to live by your 80/20 rule….this blog post was such a relief to me!!!!

    • Stacy

      I’m so glad, JoAnna! :-) Let your guilt take a HIKE!

  • Amy

    Good for you! The Word tells us therefore there is NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus and I think it applies to ALL areas of our life. I believe if we would take a more healthy stand on all aspects of our lives and not allow magazine covers, media and news determine how we look and feel about things now and just go back to His Word that we would all be better off. I believe it truly is all things in moderation. I struggle with making food my idol just because that I like it too much. I need to work on that area of my life but that is something only He can deliver me from. Not man. Thanks Stacy for your wholesome outlook. God bless you and your family and your new “bean”. :)

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Amy! :-) I love your scripture reference!

  • http://www.mtfw.net Danielle @More Than Four Walls

    Way to go Stacy!
    Balance, balance, balance!

    ps – love the “amen” after Aisle 6!

    • Stacy

      Sometimes I get all spiritual. LOL

  • http://impossibleway.livejournal.com Brandy

    Way to go. :-) Organic doesn’t mean healthy, just like taking elderberry syrup doesn’t mean you won’t get a cold. We can only try our hardest (which may vary, depending on the day) and pray.

    • Stacy

      Try our hardest and pray. Amen!

  • Ashley

    Oh my goodness Stacy….I almost commented on your post yesterday but was derailed by one of my sweet children…Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post!!! I was saying something similar to a friend the other day but she’s very caught up in the whole thing unfortunately and couldn’t see my point. It’s been quite sad to see how the food blog world has evolved. I’m so grateful for your encouragement and common sense and hope you keep it up!!!

    • Stacy

      You can be sure I will….maybe that’s why I had to do that other post YESTERDAY. lol

  • Karen

    Amen – and thank you! I feel the same way.

    • Stacy

      :-) Thanks for standing with me.

  • http://featheringthecrownest.blogspot.com/ Kate

    I love this post, because so often I feel so awful because I can’t do everything. This is a great perspective and filled with God’s grace. Wonderful!

    • Stacy

      Kate, you are one of the best moms I know…so, tell your awful to take a hike!

  • Debbie

    Stacy, that was perfectly written. This is a post I 110% agree with!!! Of course I thank God for my occasional double stuffed Oreos!!! I am sure he loves them too!!

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Debbie! :-)

  • Angela

    And this is why I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Our focus and priority should always be to honor God and enjoy Him. Nothing should consume us more. Fear and worry cannot be our motivation to choose healthy food. We should be eating healthy to honor God with our bodies.

    Thank you for sharing the blogs you read to feel encouraged. Thank you for continuing to write your blog!

    • Stacy

      And fear and worry will send us to our grave WAY earlier than a Hershey bar. ;-)

  • Lisa G

    Thank you! I was starting to feel bad for not doing better switching all foods over yet. It is a slow process, but I’m trying to do better. And before processed foods existed, people still got sick, died young, etc. I am so glad that I don’t have to worry about a chocolate bar deciding my life expectancy ;)

    • Stacy

      Lisa, going slow is the best way to go. It allows us to stick with things instead of losing our minds. :-) I find that when I do something gradually, it stays with me forever…but if I go whole hog, I usually fall off the wagon and give up.

  • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    I honestly always worry a little about this, not because I think it’s wrong (I don’t, at all) but because I think some people then say “Who cares, God is ALL I need and the choices I make don’t matter at all!” I know that’s not what you’re saying. God gave us free will and a desire to be good stewards of the resources that He provided us. And He gave us a desire to prayerfully consider what we do and make the right choices for our families.

    Should anything be above Him? No. Only Jesus can truly save us.

    We need balance and understanding though, and we need people to walk us through our journeys on earth gently. People who will pray alongside us, help us sort through information, help us to make the choices that we feel are best for our family. We don’t need to get caught up in the exact details of “what people should eat” or feel guilty for a lack of perfection (I buy non-organic grapes, strawberries, and apples as treats too sometimes — oh no!).

    I guess I believe the same as you but approach the conversation a little differently. :) I always look for the resources God provides me and seek His guidance in the choices I’m making and so appreciate what He has given me, and appreciate the (better, but not perfect) health He allows me by using what He created. It won’t save me but I believe He smiles on those who appreciate His creation. :)

    • Stacy

      :-) I wanted to make sure people understood exactly what I was saying. That’s why I included the part about how much better we feel when we DO eat whole foods…so that’s why we keep on. But, I do not condone those blogs who feel as though whole foods will save them from sickness and any illness. That’s just not the case. Our days ARE numbered….can we make them better? Yep, but we surely don’t control them.
      I do write differently than most bloggers. :-) I write as though I were speaking directly to someone. And I agree…He DOES smile when we appreciate His creation. Thanks Kate!

  • http://www.kari-motherofthree.blogspot.com Kari

    LOVE this post! I have, many times myself, gone off the deep end with the whole foods stuff. I realized I was thinking that somehow I could add a day to my life, when I am not Sovereign. The Lord convicted me of this-again- recently, when I felt myself being “consumed” (I was trying to go Primal) Then, I read some verse about being “gluttoners of meat.” I had to laugh at God’s graciousness on me! :) I would also recommend the Passionate Homemaking blog. She’s got a sweet heart for the Lord and a good balanced approach, too. And, another thing is that recently my husband had me watch this video ( http://www.canonwired.com/featured/organic-part-1/ ) and it rocked me! It was just what I needed. And, I add a hearty “amen” to the list of “amens” above! :) (as I drink my Raw milk and eat a peanut m&m!) :)

    • Stacy

      Raw milk?! I’m super jealous, girl. :-) Great comment!!!

  • Melissa

    Amen! Honestly, I have been getting a bit overwhelmed at some of the posts and comments myself. I enjoy your blog it is so refreshing to read. Keep up the good work.

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Melissa. :-) I never want to overwhelm anyone….slow and steady is best anyway – keeps us from giving up!

  • http://quickeasycheaphealthy.com Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy

    Preach it, sister!! I hope this message spreads far and wide!

    • Stacy

      Your’s too, sista!

  • http://smallthingsbynona.blogspot.com.au/ smallthingsbynona

    Listen for my AMEN in the produce aisle next time I pick up some non-organic fruit!!!

    • Stacy

      I’ll listen….I might be louder than you though. LOL

  • Amy Floyd

    I do agree with your post. It is ultimately God Who saves. But He also allows us consequences of bad choices. I’ll stick with a mostly organic, responsibly sourced diet. I despise the huge food conglomerates and what they stand for, and it’s difficult for me to give money to people who spray my food with poisons. God did give us foods to nourish us, and I do take that seriously. But not to the exclusion of Him, Who is the Beginning and End of all things. I do my best, and I trust Him to do with it as He pleases. I have a 9 year old daughter who is a cancer survivor, and you bet I watch what I expose her to. I also have joint issues and found that when I limit wheat, the pain goes away. So I limit bread, but I love it too much to give it up completely. But I did once for 3 months when my pain was so bad I could barely walk. Keeping the diet of my family as close to how God designed it is very important to me for these reasons and others. It can remain important, but it won’t compete with God in my life :-)

    • Stacy

      Yes, he does allow us the bad consequences and that’s why we still choose to eat a mainly whole foods diet. However, we are not of the belief that if we eat a whole foods diet all of the time that we’re immune to certain things. That’s just not the case in this fallen world.
      And you’re right…it CAN remain important and not compete with God. :-)

    • colleen

      Amy, I agree with you 100%.

  • http://www.awalkonthesimpleside.com/ Rachel

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been sorting through whole living blogs lately and I have come across much of the same. I agree completely with your whole foods stance. God’s desire is for us to do the very best that we can with what He has given us and to care for our bodies to the best of our abilities. Unfortunately many people are looking for completeness and happiness from natural and whole living. We know that true happiness and peace comes only from knowing Christ our Savior. He doesn’t promise that our lives will be perfect or without pain and troubles, but He does give us true inner joy and peace. Thank you so much for being bold enough to post this and your previous post. You are such an encouragement to me!

    • Stacy

      “True happiness and peace comes only from knowing Christ our Savior.” Rachel, you are RIGHT! And today, you’ve been an encouragement to me…thank you!

  • http://petersonponderings.blogspot.com Jennifer P

    Wowsa! You are on a roll this week. (Smile). I will stand in line behind you any day. :) I remember about 20 years ago realizing how easy it was to get sucked into one person’s way of thinking based on their book/opinions/movies. I like balanced approach of weighing all the options and educating myself and THEN making my own decisions. Just like you did. Well done.

    • Stacy

      I am on a roll….it might get be banned from the internet. LOL

  • Debra Schramm

    I also have been unsubscribing from blogs that don’t support Christianity – not just whole food blogs but crafting, decorating, finances, etc. I have plenty of blogs and books to read on these subjects that are written by Christians!
    Keep up the good work! I love your blog!

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Debra! Make it’s time we just make a clean sweep of things. :-)

  • Missable

    Thank you for that post. As a nurse one of my favorite things is to remind people that we ALL have an expiration date, unfortunately it’s not stamped on our packaging. Live enjoying today while preparing for tomorrow: taking care physically, spiritually and emotionally. When theses three things are in balance is when I see a higher quality of life in my patients. We may not be able to always add years to our lives, but we can most certainally add life to our years!

    • Stacy

      Ha! :-) An expiration date….that’s awesome! :-)

  • Shawna

    I love your comment about praying over each meal…. It goes deeper than thanking God for the food he has provided, BUT it’s also to Bless it, CLEANSE it, and Allow it to nourish our bodies… I think a lot of people (including myself)forget that sometimes….

    • Stacy

      You know, that’s really the reason I pray over my food…..to say “thanks!” and to also say “protect me, Lord.” Makes sense to me. :-)

  • http://www.indulgentaromas.com Nicole

    Thank you so much for this. I feel so guilty when reading about all this ‘food stuff’. I feel that if my kids have canned cream of mushroom soup in their homemade dinner that I am failing them somehow. I constantly remind myself that if I am doing the best I can, I am honoring God in that way and he will worry about our health. Just because I can’t afford $8/lb organic chicken breast doesn’t mean that we will die an early painful death. It’s hard when budgets are tight and you are made to feel that you are hurting your family because everything isn’t grass fed, free range, organic whatever. I could also see this becoming something that takes away from our family if I am spending 8 hrs a day making EVERYTHING from scratch. I will do the best I can with what God has given me and trust him for our health (or lack there of, should he see fit). Great post!

    • Stacy

      That’s what God is looking for, Nicole…for us to do the best with what HE gives us – we’re really not in control as much as we think. To me, it sounds as though you’re going an awesome job! :-)

  • Laurie

    Stacy, I sooo agree with you. We’ve been doing the real food thing for a few years now and then flirted with traditional foods for a bit. I realized this past year that it had become an idol to me. Very much regretting that food got more of my attention than my husband or my kids. How very sad to type those words. But God has been so good to teach me balance, how to love, and to let go of perfectionism and pride…in that small part of my world, anyway…gots me a long way to go in that department :).

    • Stacy

      God teaches me something every day…and I am glad. Or else, I’d be in ROUGH shape. :-) I am so unworthy, and yet He doesn’t give up on me.

  • Kathy

    Thank you!!!

    I have been so overwhelmed by the whole foods movement. It is good to hear a voice of reason.

    • Stacy

      I have never before been called “a voice of reason.” LOL Thanks Kathy! :-) I think I’ll have to tell my dad you said that. ;-)

  • Shawna

    I love your comment about praying over each meal…. It’s more than thanking God for the food that he has provided us, BUT it is also to Bless it, CLEANSE it, and for it to nourish our bodies…. I think people (including myself) can forget that sometimes…

    • Stacy

      I forget it too….I think it’s something we should remind ourselves of often. :-)

  • Cynthia

    Your food may not ALWAYS be real, but YOU are!!!! You are the best thing to come from working at the bank, so glad to have a real friend like you. Keep up the great work!

    Keep it real! ;-)

    • Stacy

      And to think…you haven’t killed me yet. :-)

  • http://lorialexander.blogspot.com Lori

    This was a great article! I write about health once a week on my blog. I think eating healthy is important. I encourage people to simply eat food as close to how God created it to be eaten. BUT loving your husband, your children, others, and Jesus are way more important and I hope people completely understand that by reading my blog…A very good thing to ponder.

    • Stacy

      Lori, I am sure they do. :-)

  • Vikki

    Thank you! You took the words right out of my mouth. I can’t believe that someone would try to blame a miscarriage on what she ate. Are they trying to say that miscarriages are something new? I would venture to say miscarriages and cancer have been around longer than food additives and pesticides have.

    Man has a void that only God can fill in their lives. When they reject God, they try to fill that void with something else – in the case you mentioned, it’s eating only whole, natural foods.

    I do what I can to feed my family good food as time and money allows, but it’s nothing to obsess about. It’s always interesting to listen to what people who live to be 100 say contributed to their long life. Sometimes it’s booze and fatty foods. I wonder what they would say to that?

    • Stacy

      LOL Booze and fatty foods! LOL Oh my gosh! I laughed so HARD!!!!

  • http://gramasuesrainbowfarm.blogspot.com Sue Whitson

    Well said Stacy!

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Sue!

  • http://BecomingGodsgift.blogspot.com Tascha.piatt

    Same thoughts have been on my heart recently about the whole “movement” to whole food, healthy eating or whatever else it is called. Thank you! (shared on Facebook)

    • Stacy

      Thank you for sharing! :-)

  • Nora

    Another Amen! I am so glad to read that I am not the only one feeling this way and living this way. When I was trying to do it all, I found myself not relying on God less..took my focus off of him and that is wrong. We decided just was not for us. We buy/eat what we can and do what we can do…and let it go into God’s hands. That is all any of us can do. Great post!

    • Stacy

      Someone wise once told me “good enough is good enough.” And she was right. :-)

  • Lori

    Thank you, Stacy, for stating what many of us have been thinking. I have come up against this time and time again. I even got blasted on one blog for daring to suggest that the ‘fermented cod liver oil’ was financially out-of-reach for most of us and replacing it with a good but affordable alternative was just fine. This whole ‘food is our god’ has been nagging at me, too. So, I am off to get off of those guilt-inducing blogs right now! Thank you for your boldness!

    • Stacy

      If you’re anything like me, you’ll feel as though a TON has been lifted off your shoulders. :-)

  • Kim

    Thank You!! Thank you!
    There are people that believe like I do that God gave us food – all kinds. Thank you

    • Stacy

      :-) You’re welcome Kim!

  • http://www.HassiesKitchenandGarden.com Faylee

    You tell them Stacy, I always say, look at your own plate before trying to tell me what to put on mine. I love fresh fruits and veggies, but about 2-3 times a week I eat meat. If I don’t my body gets to craving it and I get cranky…and a cranky Fay isn’t fun…..lol.

    Love your site, keep up the good work and words..

    • Stacy

      A cranky Stacy is NO FUN AT ALL. lol Just ask Barry. ;-)

  • Angela

    Please delete my comment above. My comment did not come across the way I intended. Your blog is wonderful! Thank you for this post!

    • Stacy

      Hi Angela….I think I already approved your comment. :-) No worries!

  • Diana

    Stacy…thanks so much for this amazing post. What a blessing it was to read this as I start my day. I love the stand you take for the Lord. You are right….he is our only SAVIOR!!!! Have a wonderful day Stacy!

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Diana! :-) My day has been fabulous…and I am glad to see we’re all standing together!

  • Stacey

    So enough was FINALLY enough this week? My goodness you are on a tear! *wink* You know, I signed up for your blog alerts for “budgeting” advice…not criticism of the “whole foods lifestyle”. LOL

    *sigh* Unfortunately I think maybe yours was the blog God led me to for this exact reason. I’ve not gone whole-hog on the Whole Foods wagon, but I was probably headed there. You are very right–most of the blogs are hypercritical when you DON’T DO IT ALL and even the ones who state emphatically that they are Christian (of whatever denomination) sure don’t act like it. And it was rather interesting to note that my other favorite blog had pretty much the same sort of post within the last month…and then she went on to say, “but make sure you stick to…”

    Life is confusing enough without making mealtimes stressful too. I hate to cook anyway and feeding my family gives me grey hairs on a good day. So, since we are all in agreement on the “simple traditional foods”, we’ll stick to our regularly scheduled meals…and switch out to “better” ingredients when we can.

    Thank you for being brave this week!

    • Stacy

      I feel like I might finally have my voice. ;-) I’m glad you’re along for the ride! I’ll try to make Thursdays post a little more laid back. LOL

  • http://www.thehumbledhomemaker.com Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker

    Spot on, girl! Glad we’re on the same page. :)

    • Stacy

      I’m glad to have you on my team, Erin! :-) You’re a blessing.

  • http://knowledgehungry.wordpress.com Jeanne G.

    This is awesome! I’ve been feeling this way lately too.

    • Stacy

      :-) It seems we ALL were….nice to have it out now, huh?

  • Angie W

    YES!!!! This is exactly right! Keep the first things first – love the Lord, love your neighbor. I try my best to feed my family nutritious foods (and usually succeed), but I refuse to be consumed by guilt that we do not drink raw milk or eat ferments with every meal. Thank you for taking a stand and reminding all of us what is the most important. :) Amen!

    • Stacy

      And thanks for standing with me, Angie! :-)

  • http://motheringblindfolded.blogspot.com Rachel

    AMEN SISTER! Amen!

    • Stacy

      Thank ya! :-)

  • Anna

    I am on the same page with you! I read your blog daily & this is the first comment I’ve made, but I just had to let you know how right on you are! We have to be led by God because research changes all the time. He knows and He directs!

    • Stacy

      Well, it’s nice to meet you Anna! :-) Thanks for the comment!

  • Kathy

    I really appreciate today’s post. I work at a health food store and with a nice discount am able to afford to eat more organic food than when our children were at home. I’ve also been exposed to more understanding about the herbs God created for our help along the way. However, in all the hype that comes along (milk is bad for all adults, meat is bad, all grains are bad, etc.) I use Scripture as my guide: the Promised Land was called the land flowing with milk and honey, Jesus had 2 miracles feeding people fish and bread, the fatted calf was a good thing, our Savior Himself is called the Bread of Life, etc. True, some people have allergies to various foods but to tell everyone they should stay away from complete food categories is putting themselves and their wisdom before God’s.

    • Stacy

      And just let me tell ya, I love some fatted calf! Amen!

  • http://awomanswalk.blogspot.com Rashel

    I haven’t read all the comments above just for a lack of time, so if I repeat any of the above forgive me. Thank you for posting this. I have been thinking recently about starting a new blog based completely on the points you made. I also have quit reading certain whole food blogs because of the guilt I feel when I can’t follow their rules. I also believe completely that God has numbered our days and that will not change no matter what we eat. Yes, we should take care of our bodies to the best of our ability, but God knows our hearts in this matter and knows that we aren’t all able to eat a perfectly healthy diet 100% of the time. Actually, I don’t believe their is such a thing in this fallen world we live in, but you know what I mean. Thank you for sharing and I would love to share the button above on my blog if you don’t mind.

    Blessings,
    Rashel

    • Stacy

      You go right ahead and share it! Let’s share God’s food grace with ALL who need it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrsoppenheimer Amanda

    I’ve been thinking the same thing for a while. I have friend who even uses organic toothpaste and organic lotion- for triple the price. I’ve never heard of death via non-organic toothpaste. Yet, she is convinced she will die a horrible, early death if she uses Crest. It’s absolutely absurd. I also have those friends that any health issue they do the “blame game” of what you must be consuming that gives someone an illness, disease, or even the common cold. I think it’s their way of making themselves feel better. “Well, I don’t drink soda and soda must have gave this person this illness, so I’m safe”. It’s really horrible. People seem to lack all compassion. They also will insinuate that you wouldn’t have gotten sick if you would have been using an expensive essential oil, vitamin, or supplement that they use. I’m a firm believer that if it’s in Gods Plan that you will get Cancer (or whatever illness) then you will get it whether you workout hardcore 7 days a week or sit on the couch most of the time. Look at all the athletes who get terrible diseases. I still believe that you should treat your body the best you can of course. But, you can’t be a slave to health and assume that you can change your destiny. This is a great post and thanks for sharing :)

    • Stacy

      We can do absolutely nothing about the number of our days…we can only make them better. And by living a lifestyle of worry and fear, we make our days here pretty stinky.

  • http://lwhoscookin.blogspot.com/ Moira

    Shalom,
    Good post~I think your right we can make anything into an idol~Anything: husband, children,friends, blogging, facebook, music, t.v., sports, books etc………

    4 “Hear, O Israel: (E)The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You (F)shall love the Lord your God with ALL YOUR HEART and with ALL YOUR SOUL and with ALL YOUR MIGHT. 6 And (G)these words that I command you today SHALL BE WRITTEN ON YOUR HEART 7 (H)You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 (I)You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 (J)You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
    Shalom,
    Moira

    • Stacy

      Moira, you are so right…anything can quickly become an idol. And when we have idols in our life, nothing seems to go right. I know for FACT that when I don’t have God first, my life is pretty shabby.
      Thanks for the great comment and wonderful scripture reference!

  • Michelle

    Amen, Sister! Thank you! I think God has used you today to share a message of love and grace and sovereignty. He doesn’t want us to “fear” food nor for it to become an idol.

    • Stacy

      You scared me…it scares the dickens out of me to think that God is using me to speak to all of you all. I am nothing. He is ALL.

  • Erin

    Amen. I didn’t know what I was doing when I started. I started in protest to egg whites. Everyone wanted me to throw out the yokes and I thought, “Hey! God put those in. They must have value.” Also, I was creeped out about eggs in a box dyed yellow. So, I didn’t know it was whole foods when I started, I just resolved to 1. buy nutrition because food is expensive and I wasn’t going to pay for junk and 2. buy food in a form as close to how God made it as possible. But, what if, OH NO, we go to some new Christians house for fellowship and she offers us frozen pizza? We have freedom in the Bible to eat junk and I think loving our sisters and brothers in Christ and not lecturing them or acting like they are trying to deliberately poison us is of utmost importance, too. Boy, my kids are like Twinkies–woohoo!!! People buy twinkies and sugar cereal for my kids for Christmas. Oy. Now, that’s a different story . . . . might be sabotage. Nope not going there :)

    • Stacy

      Aw, you know you can space those Twinkies out all year long….because they NEVER EXPIRE. lol

  • Shauna Scarborough

    AMEN, AMEN and AMEN!!!! I couldn’t agree more and SO GLAD you posted this!!!

    • Stacy

      I’m glad I did too – I had no idea it would be such an encouragement!

  • Debbie

    This is one of the best posts that I have read in a long time. It kind of stood up and said “are you listening Debbie?” As an older single woman I already feel inadequate because I don’t have children to care for and then to add the stress of trying to eat only what someone says is good for me, I do tend to put God second (or third) behind all of MY efforts. Thank you for the reminder – do my part and leave the rest to HIM.

    • Stacy

      Every time I try to listen to what someone else says is good for me, someone else ends up contradicting it. LOL That’s why we try to stick with original foods. :-) Thank you, Debbie! Kick your stress to the curb, girlfriend.

  • J

    When I was diagnosed with cancer I was floored. I ate healthy, very healthy, my weight was on the lower end of the healthy-normal side, I exercised. Hmmm, the type I was diagnosed with had not been on either side of the family in the past. After I finished my treatments (ugh) my oncologist told me maybe I should have a hamburger and fries some time. I had to laugh. You are so right, as long as we use common sense in our eating our future is not what is on our plate.

    • Stacy

      Thank you for the wonderful comment, Jane. I am glad your oncologist had a good sense of humor. :-) It likely made things easier for you. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment here!

  • Heather

    What an amazing perspective, Stacy. Thanks for sharing. I think maybe I have been letting my journey to switch to whole foods start leading me, instead of allowing God to lead the journey. You bring up some interesting points, specifically, will it “kill me” to have some refined/processed sugar once in a while (your peanut butter m&m’s!)? No…. because God already has my days numbered. I guess I’ve been a little snooty with my family, not allowing any kinds of sugary snacks that they LOVE in the house, and instead making my own (which they are okay with, but you know, it’s not oreos!), and preaching to my hubby (and any of my 4 kids who will listen) about the dangers and horribleness of said snacks. I’m trying to better the health of myself and my family, but I’m realizing I’ve been trying to do this on my own, without allowing God to be the center, and leader, of it. By allowing God to help me do this for my family, I can better explain why we’re doing this to my kids, and help them grow and develop their own relationship with Christ. I don’t know if any of that makes sense, but your post just really opened my eyes this morning, and I’m grateful :) thanks!!!

    • Stacy

      Thank you Heather! And your comment about your husband reminded me of my friend, Annie’s article(Quick Easy Cheap and Healthy)….it’s linked at the bottom and I think you’ll find that it’s a big blessing to you as well. :-)
      And your comment made perfect sense to me! Thanks for leaving it! :-)

  • TracyDK

    I couldn’t have said it better. I keep several whole foods/raw foods/organic only foods blogs that I keep up with, but I mostly skim them for recipes, because they DO have some good recipes sometimes. It breaks my heart to hear people ranting and raving about how their dietary lifestyle is better or preferable to anyone else’. What works for one doesn’t work for everyone. Like I’m a meat eating, dairy loving gal that rarely eats cooked veggies (raw here baby!), chia, and smoothies. It’s what works. I’m working on getting rid of many of our over processed foods and canning/making my own. However, I won’t get rid of everything. I just like the advice “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly veggies.”

    You know, I was reading the Bible the other day and it was the passages where God made all the food clean for us to eat. I never thought to pray for Him to cleanse the foods. I just thought to thank Him for having done it in the first place. Well, I’m going to have to shake things up! :)

    • Stacy

      I read that book too!!! It was AWESOME! I loved the “If it came through a window, it’s not food.” LOL :-)

  • http://wyomingstorygirl.blogspot.com Denise @ wyomingstorygirl.wordpress.com

    Honestly, when I started reading blogs that were talking about “whole foods” I thought we were talking about real food….then I found out they are all talking about food in a Grocery Store. It’s the best promo job I’ve ever seen.

    • Stacy

      LOL

  • Gina

    Wow! Thank you, thank you! I recently found your blog through pinterest and I am so thankful! I have already made lots of your crock pot recipes and am lovin it!! (got one cooking in crock pot now) Anyway, thanks for the post today. I often struggle with this issue because it it impossible to eat all organic and perfect everyday. Sometimes if feel guilty, but you reminded me that God is in control…amen! Have a blessed week.

    • Stacy

      And I’m sure glad He is…because I’d make a total mess of things! :-)

  • Denise

    “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.”

    I would gently disagree with this statement while agreeing with what you wrote otherwise. God gives us free choice. There are many areas where He allows us longer days because of obedience and shortens our days because of disobedience. There is no one day He has decreed for us to die. If we do what is contrary to His will – disobedience to parents for example as opposed to obedience (rewarded with long life) – we can shorten our lives.

    The son of friends of ours disobeyed his parents and took the boat out in the morning with a friend, when his parents said to fish from the pier. He jumped in to get a lost oar and was never seen again.

    At the funeral, my husband and I heard many times “It was God’s will – God’s timing.” No. God’s will for Michael was “children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.” It was not for Michael to die. Had he chosen obedience, he would have lived.

    I agree 100% that we can do everything “right” as far as diet and still get cancer or something because of this fallen sinful world. But there is no denying it is best to do our best as far as diet. And I appreciate you pointing that out.

    This is a huge issue right now and I am glad you ladies are tackling it. I have nine autoimmune conditions and they are definitely affected by my diet. A friend insists that God has already healed me and I just need to name it and claim the healing. A dangerous teaching.

    Thank you for all you do – it is a blessing to many of us!

    Denise

    • Stacy

      Denise, you might want to check out my friend Erin’s post (linked at the bottom) where she talks about what you addressed at the end. :-)
      I guess I’m just of a different school of thought. I believe that God knows everything that is going to happen, before it happens. He knew us before we were even in the womb. He knows what is going to happens to us each day…and therefore, if we die today he knew it was going to happen. For me, that translates that our days were numbered before we were even born.
      “Remind me that my days are numbered.” Psalm 39:4
      Thank you for your comment and your disagreement. :-) It proves that it IS possible to disagree with someone and do it in a nice and loving manner. I appreciate that more than you can know. THANK YOU!

      • Denise

        Stacy, I absolutely agree that God knows when we will die and in that way our days are numbered. But scripture says that God rewards us for obedience and disciplines us for disobedience. That means we have something to do with what happens and when – man’s free choice. Like when Michael’s disobedience resulted in his death. I firmly believe that had he chosen to obey – God’s revealed will – he would have been alive and safe. God yearns for our our obedience to demonstrate our love to Him, but sometimes He allows natural consequences to take their course, though He would have wished better for us.

        I really don’t think we disagree in other than semantics and maybe I didn’t express my belief very well. :) Thank you for your recommendation – I am always looking to learn and be “sharpened” for the battle we fight here on earth. I will check it out.

        Laus Deo!
        Denise

        • Stacy

          I agree….we do have to face consequences for our sin. But no matter how I look at it, God knows in advance when we’re going to die – because He knows all things. So for me, that means our days are numbered. But we can agree to disagree…and it’s sorta fun! LOL

  • http://www.halleethehomemaker.com/ Hallee the Homemaker

    “I say that we live in a fallen world – none of us are immune from the tragedies that are in it.”

    Amen, sister.

    • Stacy

      Thanks Hallee….I hope you don’t mind that I linked you. :-)

  • jenn

    Thank you for this post today! I needed to read this- I work 10 months out of the year as a teacher and enjoy every moment that I have with my two little ones. I sometimes feel very frustrated and guilty that I am not able to be home with them full time, cook every meal completely from scratch, and see them grow every moment of every day (not in a crazy momma way though :) ) I try really hard to make sure I provide my family with what we need for a healthful life without driving myself (or my laid back husband) crazy. Moderation is where my thoughts are leading me and talking with my grandmothers about how they have been able to use almost anything as thoroughly as possible helps me remember that there was a way to do things before package processed foods- although goldfish still frequent our house!

    • Stacy

      Comfort yourself with the fact that Goldfish don’t have food coloring in them. LOL ;-)
      Your time with your babies is MUCH MORE important than your time in the kitchen – for one day, they’ll be old and gone. Cherish the time, mama!

  • Carol

    AMEN!
    Excellent post Staey.

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Carol!!

  • Shannon

    You have become my new favorite blog!!! It is so refreshing to read a post that is real when it comes to food. Thank you for jumping out there and writing this. Thank you!

    • Stacy

      Now you’ve gone and made me nervous!

  • http://www.livelovedew.com Crissy

    Thank you for posting this, I think we guilt ourselves so much in life about what we are doing wrong, when in all honesty your article is so right. We should be feeding our children to the best of our abilities, but we should be more concerned about their salvation and being the example they need to see.

    • Stacy

      I have spent a lot of time worrying about things that I was doing “wrong.” I hope to never get in that spot again! Thank you Crissy! :-) You are spot on!

  • http://www.janisecookston.com Janise

    Once again, when I am feeling overwhelmed and inadequate, you speak to my heart and bring me great hope and encouragement and best of all grace. Thank you.

    • Stacy

      :-) You are welcome, Janise…I need that very same grace.

  • sara

    LOVE -sharing on FB.

    • Stacy

      Thanks Sara! I appreciate that. :-)

  • Chi Chi

    Thank you! I am subscribed to so many “real” food blogs and a lot of them are written in a very condescending tone. I will be unsubscribing ASAP for that very reason. We do the best we can and don’t point fingers and belittle those who are not at the same place in their real food, healthier lifestyle journey. And there is always the person who believes the real food movement is hogwash, we love those people too…and invite them over for dinner. :)

    Pregnancy has made you spicy Stacy, I like it!!!! Keep up the good work, keep telling it like it is and putting God first.

    • Stacy

      Nah, I’ve always been spicy…I’m just finally not letting fear of voicing it get in my way. :-)

  • Mindy

    First time reading your blog and I must say I love you! :-) Seriously…I’ve been in this same place feeling so very overwhelmed with information, decisions, regrets, feelings of failure. It’s exhausting. I thank you truly and deeply for this and will be a reader of yours from here on out. Many blessings!

    • Stacy

      Mindy, I’m glad to welcome you here! :-) Let me know if I can do anything to help ya!

  • April

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is just what I needed to hear. The “whole foods” craze has really been getting to me lately. I too read whole food blogs, articles, etc., and there is so much information out there that I feel like my head is going to explode some days. It’s so confusing. I completely agree with EVERYTHING you wrote in this post. I will continue to eat a whole foods diet to the best of my ability as well, but not stress about it.

    • Stacy

      :-) I”m tickled to know that I have people like you with me along for the ride!

  • Shawn

    Amen, Sista! We don’t want to put our faith in things, belief systems, nor in our own abilities. Our faith belongs in our Creator, our salvation to our Savior.

    • Stacy

      If it were up to our own abilities, we’d be in BIG trouble. :-)

  • http://www.jesusknowsmethisilove.blogspot.com Sarah

    Thank you so much for this post!! I have been so tired of being made to feel that if I don’t go completely organic or feed my kids any kind of sugary drinks, etc, that I am a horrible mother! It is what it is and we just do the best we can! Thank you again, from a busy mommy of four and a pastors wife.

    • Stacy

      You are NOT a horrible mother….you have a hard job and you’re doing it to the best of your ability. Keep on, mama!

  • http://singingthesky.com Michelle

    Truth!! I have been thinking the same for a while, but haven’t yet articulated it. Like you, I quit reading the healthy eating blogs. I wrote for LiveStrong for two years, and all of that nutritional research just about made me lose my mind. And the Christian authors who promote this as the solution — it just seems so wrong.

    I know that I spent years tweaking my diet trying to get rid of an anxiety disorder. Nothing worked, although like you, I generally feel better when I eat healthy foods. What worked was knowing that Jesus is my savior and that he loves me and can give me peace. That he’s in control.

    Thanks for this post!!

    • Stacy

      I know the losing my mind feeling….I thought a few times that I would go bananas. :-) Now, I just eat my bananas. lol

  • http://jocole.blogspot.com jodi jean

    LOVE this!! i need to be better about food in general (we eat out WAY too much)

    i couldn’t agree more with you though that GOD is our god and not food, LOVE this post stacey!

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Jodi! :-)

  • Katie M

    AMEN!!!!! One of the other things that bothers me about some real food blogs is that many of them have a “Holier than Thou” attitude, like they are better than everyone else because they only ever use raw milk, all organic produce, organic grass fed meat, processed/dyed/artificially sweetened food would never ever cross their mouths or their kids mouths, etc, and its annoying. Yes, I think we should take care of our health and our bodies, and we do the best we can; but I think fear, guilt, and shame is more damaging to our health than an occasional processed meal.

    • Stacy

      “I think fear, guilt, and shame is more damaging to our health than an occasional processed meal.” I think you’re 100% right!

  • Christina

    Excellent post!

  • http://www.wendishopscotch.blogspot.com Wendi

    Stacy- I’m a mom, a dietitian, and a Christian and I love this post! This is why we pray, “bless this food for our strength” and believe that it is to help us and not hurt. However, I have to try to do what I can- and I enjoy that part :). I don’t have any proof of this but I think the secret to a healthy body is more in our stress level than food…I know people that eat perfectly and can’t lose weight or gain energy. They have put so much effort into eating perfectly that they are worrying about everything. Thanks for sharing!

    • Stacy

      I”m pretty sure that God tells us repeatedly not to worry….so next time I do that, would you remind me? :-)

  • Liz

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been thinking the same thing for awhile now, but didn’t want to offend my many friends who are constantly posting links about how this or that will kill me. Now I can just share this post. So well put and so so true. I think there are too many people living based on fear instead of faith, and this is a great example. Time and energy are needed for much greater things than worrying about every bIte we put into our mouths.

    • Stacy

      I too have been guilty of living by fear instead of faith…but now I have you all to keep me accountable! :-)

  • Suzanne

    I am SOOO proud of you Stacy! I know it takes courage to stand up for your beliefs and to share to your readers your heartfelt words but it’s truly a witnessing tool and
    I applaud you! Life’s a journey and as we try our best to do as God asks us to do, we
    learn and grow along the way and sharing that with readers is awesome! I continue to lift you and your precious family up in prayer. Miss seeing you! Love, S<

    • Stacy

      Thank you Suzanne! We need those prayers! :-) Miss you too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stephanie

    Thank you for posting this! I have been struggling with this for awhile now. I have, like you, watched tons of documentaries on organic whole food living, organic juicing, organic this and organic that. All I can do is feed my family the best I can fix, the best we can afford and pray for God to keep us safe and healthy as He sees fit. I could cry right now, I never realized until you posted this, that I was looking for food to cure me (I have Multiple Sclerosis) and I had quit talking to God about it. Thank you from the bottom of heart :) God bless you and please keep blogging, yours is the 1 blog I read EVERY day no matter what.

    • Stacy

      Don’t cry! Rejoice! :-) Our God is healer!

  • Stacy Corder

    Normally I lurk and don’t reply to posts, but this hit home with me. Its so true. My mother and I have been eating better for several years and lost a lot of weight, but she developed breast cancer anyway. God still has plans for my mother, b/c her routine blood work was wrong so her doctor made her get a mammogram, finding the tumor before it could spread.

    We will continue to eat good food, but organic is not always in our budget. I have a garden that I thank God for letting grow daily. I also thank Him for my harvest.

    Great post. I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts on canned tomatoes. :)

    • Stacy

      Stacy, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. :-( I will pray for her right now. Thanks for commenting today!

  • Rachel

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I don’t even remember now how I found your blog, but I know that God led me here. This was exactly the reminder and encouragement I needed today. I’ve always eaten a relatively healthy diet, but just recently have been learning more about GMOs, etc. and making some changes towards an even more whole foods diet for my family. But it can be all-consuming! And when I realized I was feeling more pressure to read another book or blog about real food than I was to sit down and read the Word, I knew that something would need to change and I also have been minimizing what I read, making sure that the blogs, etc. point back to the Lord! Your blog has definitely made the cut. :) Thank you for being willing to take a stand for Him!

    • Stacy

      I sometimes feel ashamed that it look me this long to stand up….so, thank you Rachel. :-)

  • michelle lindenmuth

    never quite thought of it that way because it always occurred to me that God is ultimately in charge/control of EVERYTHING, but could see how people would totally be depending on food alone, which would in my opinion make them very alone!, but so glad I read this because I could see how my words about food could get misconstrued sometimes when talking to people about eating healthy and wouldn’t want that, glad to have the refocus and reminder that it is a fine line that I probably sometimes cross and shouldn’t. Thank you. :)

    • Stacy

      Knowing that God is in control of everything should leave us all with a sense of peace. :-) Thanks Michelle!

  • Brandi Lynch

    Hi Stacy,

    THANK YOU for writing this blog! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt guilty about what we eat or don’t eat. You are exactly right: Our lives are in God’s very capable, very loving hands. Eating healthy and living healthy is a good thing to do. . .but it’s not a guarantee that we will never suffer ill health at times in our lives. I love your blog. Keep up the interesting and thought-provoking writing!

    • Stacy

      No, it’s not a guarantee at all…or else Jesus would never have said “In this world you will have trouble…” John 16:33 :-) Thanks Brandi!!

  • http://kirstie.schraf.com Kirstie

    I read this through a friend’s link on Facebook. Thanks for the reminder, such good stuff. I really have practically “fallen on the floor and foamed at the mouth” over some ridiculous things like non-organic apples. Sometimes I think Jesus’ words about “Do not worry about what you eat” might have a few meanings we’ve never considered…

    • Stacy

      I think you might be right, Kirstie…we just try to control entirely too much when God really just wants us to give our all to him – not to our dinner plate.

  • Jennifer S.

    This is exactly what my husband has been saying for years. You put this so well. I still feel discouraged sometimes thinking that I should be doing better, but if I’m doing what I can to feel my family in a healthy way – that’s all God requires. This post has been a real encouragement to me. So many times you read blogs about eating and being healthy and think you’ll never make it. Thank you for keeping it real.

    • Stacy

      Honey, I’ve dealt with the discouragement too…and then I decided that it had to GO. Let’s keep it real together.

  • http://unexpectedenvironmentalist.blogspot.com/ kallie

    I love this post, I’m pretty sure it’s the first of yours I’ve read. This topic had been on my mind a lot lately as the subject of hypocracy has come up among many of my environmentally minded friends. I so totally agree that we can’t insulate ourselves against all disease or tragedy, but we can take precautions to minimize our risks. Just like wearing a seatbelt when we ge into a car, it can’t prevent an accident, but it can increase our chances of survival. I believe we have to find balance, if you are so stressed out about trying to find the “perfect” foods to feed your body, the stress it’s self may be doing damage. Each of us can only do what we feel is right for ourselves and our families. My personal philosophy is make good choices as often as possible and keep moving in a healthy direction. Even if I didn’t make another change to our lifestyle, we are eating so much better than we were a few years ago. There is so much conflicting information, I believe each of us is different and we have to find what works for us.

    • Stacy

      You’re totally right – it’s a very delicate balance. I was very upset to see that a lot of food bloggers are haven’t a hard time maintaining that balance. You DO have to take care of yourself…and that’s why I still try to feed my family a whole foods diet. :-)

  • Tamara

    A dear friend of mine sums this up with the quip: “Move over Jesus, we’ve gone organic!”

    • Stacy

      LOL Oh my gosh! I literally laughed out loud!!! Thanks for sharing that! :-) :-)

  • http://simplymadehome.blogspot.com/ Tara @ Simply Made Home

    First you admit you don’t soak grains and now this. What is next? Are you going to tell me that my son will be able to read even though we gave him a vaccination? (Wink Wink!)

    I am not sure what I enjoyed more, the blog post or the comments! This was great. There are bloggers out there who seem to be trying to get back to the Garden of Eden without Christ! “Our hope is in the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

    Thanks for this post!

    Tara

    • Stacy

      Oh Tara, you silly girl….didn’t you know that MY BABY CAN READ? I mean really…I saw it on television and everything. LOL
      And I have no idea what is next…but after 2 years, I think I have finally found my voice. :-)

  • Denise

    My post didn’t show-up. I hope there was nothing in it to upset you.

    Denise

    • Stacy

      Denise, no worries! :-) I moderate all comments, so I likely just haven’t seen it yet…as long as you didn’t say “This is stupid and everyone of you guys are dumb,” then you’re okay. LOL

  • Linda

    Amen!!! Well said totally agree with you. If you stress over the food you eat all the time the stress will kill you first!! Thank the Lord for our food and eat the best you can!!! Loved the post!

    • Stacy

      Stress, it’s a killer. :-)

  • http://www.beautifulsmhw.blogspot.com Lorissa Kearbey

    Wow! This post is so wonderful! Our family is just starting our “journey” into eating whole foods. A lot of days I feel overwhelmed by it all, so thank you for your post…it was very encouraging!

    • Stacy

      I’m so glad, Lorissa! :-) Let me know if you ever need more encouragement!

  • http://youngwifesguide.com/ Jami Leigh

    Stacy I love that you wrote this! I so agree, people make real food out to be their idol. They worship real food and act like it will save them or prevent an early death. NEWS FLASH: God has pre-written all the days of your life. Real Foods will not change God’s plan.

    Excellent post Stacy, thank you! This needs to be said more!! :)

    • Stacy

      Thanks for the support, Jami!!

  • Emily

    I don’t think I could’ve put it more perfectly myself. I’ve been dabbling in “real food” for a couple years now. At first, I may have bordered a bit on obsessive, but then two babies in less than two years, three moves, two hospital stays, a surgery and my mom’s death happened and I just couldn’t keep up with everything. Some things had to fall by the wayside and most weeks that was fermented foods, soaked homemade bread, etc. If I’ve learned anything through all this, it’s that God is incredibly gracious.

    • Stacy

      Emily, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. :-( But I am thankful that our God is gracious, just like you said!

  • Lois

    Thank you for the awesome post – perfect timing for me- and a hearty Amen to the comments, especially Nicole, Rachel, and Missable!

    • Stacy

      Yes, aren’t they awesome!? :-)

  • http://www.mrszadventure.blogspot.com Mrs. Z

    I’ve got another spin on this that’s been rattling around in my head now for quite some time. This post just spurred me on to get those thoughts down on “paper”.

    Love it. :)

    • Stacy

      Good! :-) I like motivating people!

  • http://thecheapskatecook.com Steph (The Cheapskate Cook)

    I think my favorite part of this post was “I will still use canned tomatoes, even though the world assures me that I will die an early death because of BPA” – because I totally do the same thing!
    Second fav was the non-organic apples vs. the colored applesauce on Aisle 6. Love it.
    We eat a ton more whole/organic/local food than I would’ve thought possible on our budet, and I think it helps that we don’t freak out about it. I love talking about food and health and healthy fats and all that (and you’re right – someeone is always willing to tell you what you eat is bad for you), but if we hav $11 to spend for the rest of the month, I’m going to Aldi and buying PASTEURIZED whole milk, UNPASTURED eggs, and NON-ORGANIC produce. It’d be one thing if we had allergies or health problems, but right now we don’t.
    I love my family, I love God, and I love them all more than food. There’s only so much time and money to focus on one small area of our lives.
    Thanks for post, Stacy!

    • Stacy

      Aw man! You have an Aldis?! I am totally jealous of that. :-) And you mentioned $11 for the rest of the month…which means you have a budget…which also means we have to be best friends now. Amen.

  • Denise F

    THANK YOU STACY!!! I love love love love your blog and the more I read the more I discover that you and I are really a lot alike :-) You are an encouragement to me and I appreciate your blog and recipes and straight talk!

    <3
    ~me

    • Stacy

      Does that mean you’re weird too? :-)

      • Denise F

        YES! I am weird, too!! :-D

  • Beccy Glass

    Thank you Stacy! We feel better when we eat better and I would love to be ‘healed’ or ‘saved’ from terrible diseases just because I ate (or didn’t eat) certain foods, but it just ain’t so! Do your best and let the Lord do the rest. Love your thoughts on this one!

    Beccy

    • Stacy

      We feel better too! It’s wonderful…but it won’t keep us from tragedy.

  • Laura

    Yes! Jesus saves us. He’s the One we have to depend on for every part of our lives. :)

    • Stacy

      Amen!

  • kim

    Well said! Thanks for the encouraging, truthful post. Firt time visiting your blog and happy that I did so.

    • Stacy

      Welcome, Kim! I hope you’ll stop back by again. :-)

  • http://www.raisingknights.com Christy @ Raising Knights

    Amen! That is just how I feel. I always tell other women who are converting from SAD to take baby steps and make better choices as they are able. Don’t make healthy eating a religion. I love your post!

    • Stacy

      Thank you Christy! :-) I appreciate that wonderful comment!

  • http://naturalandnourishedfamily.com Carmen @ Natural and Nourished Family

    Thank you so much for writing this! You are right on. Food is not our Savior, only Jesus saves. We will never reach perfection no matter how hard we try and trying to eat the “perfect” diet will only drives us further away from Jesus.

    I do have to say though, I greatly appreciate all the info that is available on food and health as it has helped me tremendously. I think the problem comes when we start comparing ourselves to others and trying to live up to what someone else does.

    Like someone commented above, I am thankful for this as a reminder to be careful in how I present things when speaking to people or writing on my blog. I never want to lead others to believe that food choices are up on a pedestal as guaranteed protection against illness. Because no matter what we do God is in control, not us.

    • Stacy

      It is NO fun to get into the comparing game…and for some reason, we women are really bad at that – I know I am! Thanks for the great comment, Carmen! I am sure your readers know your heart. :-)

  • Lisa Suit

    THANK YOU for posting this, I feel the exact same way!!!!

    • Stacy

      :-) Welcome to the club!

  • Kayla

    Very well put. Thank you for the eye opener.

    • Stacy

      Thanks for reading it! :-)

  • Kelly

    Stacy- what a great post. This reminded me of the chapter in I Timothy I just read last week. Chapter 4, verse 3 (talking about the end times) ….. and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. V 4. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.

    • Stacy

      Wow, that’s awesome! What a great verse that I needed to be reminded of! Thank you, Kelly! :-)

  • Nal

    -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. LOL! well said, thanks for the post.
    Taking it one day at a time, less is more I think we have a greater chance of achieving our goals.

    • Stacy

      One day at a time…more than that and we’ll quickly get overwhelmed!

  • Nal

    “-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”. lol well said.
    Less is more if we just do it one day at a time we have a greater chance of achieving our goals. Thanks for the post, this part was so funny :)

    • Stacy

      :-) I find that humor usually makes things slide down a bit easier.

  • http://eatingasapathtoyoga.wordpress.com Eating as a Path to Yoga

    We need to stop moralizing food as good or bad. All foods are fine in moderation. The judgment people give towards others regarding how they eat is so demoralizing. Of course, that in itself is a judgment.

    I’ve learned to find freedom from my disordered eating thoughts through a journey called Mindful and Intuitive Eating.

    We don’t need diets. God gave us signals in our body that tell us when we are hungry and when we are satisfied.

    • Stacy

      I like to think of it this way….the first three letter of diet are D-I-E. Enough said. lol

  • mildred

    thanks stacy..i love reading your common sense blog…God Bless

    • Stacy

      Thank you Mildred! I enjoy writing!

  • Rita

    Very energizing to read, Stacy. I’m glad to hear you say this. I know a woman in church who has gone totally off the edge with organic, unpasturized, etc. She has become really paranoid and has moved from trying to feed her family helthful foods to a fanatic who is convinced the government is out to kill us all. Yes, we should eat a healthful diet, and no, a few pieces of candy now and again won’t hurt us. God expects us to take care of our bodies–they are His temple after all–but I don’t think He apppreciates fanaticism in an aspect of our lives. Reading this was a breath of fresh air–thanks.

    • Stacy

      Rita, I feel bad for your friend. I imagine her life is full of worry…I’ll pray for her right now. Thanks for the comment!

  • Becky

    So I read that article that you linked to on facebook on whole foods, and I’m so incredibly glad that you did. Honestly, one of the reasons that I don’t pursue more of the whole foods movement is because I’m tired of the battle cries that this will resolve all my problems and cure all diseases and make my children smarter and all that other junk. It just makes me angry. I have also unsubscribed to so many “Christian health food” blogs because it just wore on me when I was constantly being met with what oil would keep us safe and what foods would kill us. Food has become the Savior. But in a lot of ways it’s not the food – it’s our control over the food. We believe that be controlling what we allow in our bodies we are controlling our lives and destinies. Our lives are in God’s hands no matter if we eat at McDonald’s every day or eat a raw foods diet. And I’m so glad that some Christian food bloggers are making a stand about it. As with every other part of life, it must come from faith.

    • Stacy

      It IS about control…isn’t it? We humans are so silly. We try to do it all ourselves, when life would be SO much easier if we all just let God be in control. Very well said, Becky!

  • Caramie

    Wow I disagree! I feel your missing a lot to your piece. I very much believe in God and have god in my life but do not separate God between myself. I believe that if you are treating your body well to whatever your truth is then you are doing exactly what God would want of you. What you believe will happen to yourself is what it will be. Food is only a portion of feeling amazing. There are so many aspects involved and god is all of those including food. He is everything pure and alive. He is infinite life and if you eat foods made by god however you choose to eat it you are again part of him and his creations. I do not consider foods processed and made in a lab to be pure and can make you feel worse while enjoying this journey of life. However that is my perception and everyone’s will be different there is no right or wrong. However I an occasional mm eater choose to not judge when people eat processed stuff and choose to see it as “pick your poison” having mean thoughts about someone is just as damaging. To me what’s important is to always do my best, and let go of judgement and just be happy. You eat crap you feel like crap you think crap you feel like crap and vise versa. It’s all about the journey not the end, so enjoy it however that may be for each person.

  • Gail

    WOW. This is the best thing I’ve read of yours. Actually, it’s probably only the second thing I’ve read – but it is WONDERFUL! Thank you, thank you, for saying that!
    I’m going to be 56 years old and have certain been through ‘the times’ of food ‘history’ – from family meals made from scratch; to the TV dinner/Kool-Aid era; through Hippie-Dom (I’m from CA); and all the back to the earth Vegan organic and even Hollywood Plastic bodies days. I’ve seen things go full circle a FEW times – ha ha!

    I left my beautiful beach home six years ago and moved across country to the South – in a state known for the worst health; most infant deaths; most prescriptions; greatest obesity. Six years ago, people I worked with literally thought ‘health’ food was a DIET coke instead of regular.
    And now, for many reasons, things are working full circle once again – except it’s in helping the lives of others do some learning!

    But as people are learning, I’m seeing folks with so many questions and comparisons, and stress, and judgement, and PANIC and being overwhelmed. I have a number of people asking if I will teach a class; have a discussion group..
    Last night I was with one couple who invited me over to pick veggies from their garden. While we picked, they picked my brain, and I could sense their panic..the questions! The FEAR!
    And I made a decision then and there, that when we get together to have this discussion group, that I would tell them to calm down, take a deep breath, we’re going to ENJOY the journey, and be BLESSED!
    Then I see your blog tonight and it is EXACTLY – EXACTLY what I am wanting to say – but you said it better than I ever could! Good for you!
    So, I’m ‘printing’ and I will be sharing it!

    Thanks, Stacy!

    • Stacy

      Thanks for sharing! I am VERY honored that you would do so!
      If we just sit around and really think about things, we’ll see how entirely silly it is. It’s almost on a daily basis that “experts” say “Hey wait! We were wrong! That’s NOT good for you…it’s TERRIBLE for you!” Let’s just eat what’s been around for a while, enjoy it, and be happy….and pop an M&M when we need to. :-)

  • http://pennyleclair.com Penny

    thank you for saying everything I have wanted to say!! AMEN AMEN AND AMEN!

    • Stacy

      :-) Thanks Penny.

  • Rebecca

    I love this, Stacy! Thanks for being bold!

    • Stacy

      And thanks for standing with me!

  • Elli Nyberg

    Stacy, I saw your post from a friend’s link on Facebook. I’m a dietitian with a Master’s in Nutritional Science. I stood up and applauded you after I read this. Thank you. Right on.

    • Stacy

      I hope you were alone….otherwise, people are really going to start to worry about you and I. ;-) LOL

  • Emily

    Thank you, thank you! And, also, fitness is not our God either!!

    • Stacy

      We should make a list. LOL :-)

  • http://www.donnasdelectables.com/blog Donna

    Stacy, I love this post. I’m a food blogger and personal chef…and I can tell you I’ve been having the same thoughts. My goal is to make the best of the days God has given me by eating well, enjoying my food and making the best choices I can for me and my family. I HATE the “rules” and condemnation that has entered the food scene….it intimidates and terrifies people… and makes them feel like they can never live up…no amount of following “the rules” is going to save us. Gee. That sounds familiar! lol Anyway, you took the words right out of my mouth. I do believe God wants us to live fully and as healthfully as we can in our time here and to share the gloriousness of the nourishment he provides. Being thankful for his provision and sharing it with others should be more of a priority! Thank you!

    • Stacy

      You are a personal chef? I think we should be neighbors….because I do have a baby coming in September…and I’m sure I could use your services. LOL
      Thanks for the wonderful comment! I love finding like-minded fellow bloggers.

  • http://metzgermoments.blogspot.com Rachel

    Stacy, I could not agree with you more. Amen!

    • Stacy

      Thank you Rachel. :-) It’s nice to have company!

  • Heather

    I love your new voice, although I’ve only been following for a few months. :0) I really love this post…it was exactly what I needed to hear, as I’ve only been on a food-change quest for a few months and have definately been overwhelmed by all the “you should…” advice…much of it contradicting each other. Thanks for being real, being wise, and being His. :0)

    • Stacy

      If I can’t be real, then I’m not much use. :-) Thanks Heather! I’m glad to have you here!

  • Amanda

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! I too have been feeling the same way and it is nice to hear it from someone else! You’re awesome, don’t forget it!!!

    • Stacy

      :-) Thanks Amanda!

  • http://theprairiehomestead.com Jill

    Dear Stacy,
    I love you. :) I could not have said it better- thank you, thank you for being real! When I first started the whole foods/WAPF/organic thing, I swung waaaay over into the “I have to eat perfectly” extreme. But, that got old fast, and I’m back to the middle. We avoid processed food when we can, but if they happen to give my daughter a graham cracker at church? Who cares?! :)

    I was thinking the other day– if we were to follow all of the the “advice” of all the diet gurus, there would be literally NOTHING we could consume except water (filtered water, that is…) It’s rather hilarious if you think about it. Vegans say no to meat/eggs/dairy, USDA says no fat, raw enthusiasts say only raw veggies, but WAPF says some raw veggies are bad, and don’t eat unsoaked nuts or grains. Others say no grains or dairy, period. Seriously, what’s left to eat?! Lol!

    And thanks for the link, too. :)

    • Stacy

      Yeah, we’d all starve. You make an excellent point. :-) And you’re welcome for the link – it’s well deserved.
      PS – I love you too!

  • vivian

    Stacy,
    loved your blog so much ! you voiced what is my heart concerning Whole foods
    after struggling much in the same area thank you !

    • Stacy

      Thank you Vivian! I am honored that you would say that. :-)

  • Carissa

    This post was wonderful and moving! I actually started to remove a lot of blogs from my facebook recently. I was bogged down with articles and just felt horrible because I didn’t feel like I was doing all I could. It was just so overwhelming, not to mention taking time from my family! I had to learn that I can’t afford to eat as healthy as people were saying and I just don’t have the time or ability right now to cook everything from scratch. I love that you ladies are standing together on this! :)

    • Stacy

      It’s nice for all of us to pull together like this…..we can only do what we can. That’s all. And I don’t think we should expect more than that from ourselves.

  • Jacqueline Snell

    thank you. I am so relieved.

    • Stacy

      You are most welcome. :-)

  • http://www.jabezfarm.blogspot.com Kim

    Thank you for this post~you confirmed what I have been feeling too. We’ve been on a whole food journey for about 3 years. We grow our own food, buy what we can’t grow, and try to support our local farms as much as possible. But…my favorite “uncles” are Ben & Jerry, and I’m madly in love with Mr. Reese’s…and I’m pretty okay with that. :)

    • Stacy

      If you were really related to Ben and Jerry, we would HAVE to be neighbors…I’m just sayin’. :-)

  • http://www.adventuresofathriftymom.com Heidi @Adventures of a Thrifty Mom

    Best post ever.

    One of my favorite real food advocates says, “Do your best, don’t worry about the rest.” Honestly, as a single mother of 8, most days I just feel blessed that my kids went to bed with full tummies that night. What good is free range meat if buying it blows my entire months grocery budget and we end up having to eat ramen for the rest of the month.

    I ended up leaving all of the paleo forums and groups and unsubbing from the blogs because I got tired of folks acting like I was the devil if I gave my kids PB&J for lunch. Shesh.

    • Stacy

      A single mother of 8? You get the Mother of the Year award! Go right ahead and serve those pb&js! And just between you and me…I have a feeling that all these foodies probably don’t use a budget. LOL ;-)

  • Sarah Switzer

    Hi Stacy,

    I’m agnostic, and a foodie, and I think you’re spot on.

    Cheers!

    • Stacy

      Well, thank you Sarah. :-) I’m honored.

  • Shortermama

    Im sorry this road has been such a discouraging one. I feel like I definitley went through a phase like this in my health/food journey. With some recent changes I’m actually feeling a lot better though, so I’m not going back to what I used to eat. I dont necessarily read all the blog posts anymore, but I still use all of the blogs (even discouraging ones) for recipes. Saves me time :)

    I hope this new perspective helps you to find balance and to honor God with your family’s eating. We actually have a lot of people in our church small group with special dietary needs so it’s helpful that other people I fellowship with are also on this journey and makes snacks at small group not as stressful of a scene. No one minds if you ask – what’s in this, again? It helps when there is grace like that.

    • Stacy

      Ah yes, we have found a wonderful balance…that’s why I’m finally able to post about it. :-)

  • Jennifer

    Wow, Stacy you did it again. You blew me away with your honesty and integrity. For awhile I have been pulling away from the whole food world, b/c it didn’t feel like a friendly place to be anymore. I know it sounds nuts and prob makes me sound lonely, but I feel like you are my friend. One day we should have coffee together. Not just any coffee, mind you, but unfair trade, non-organic coffee loaded with partially hydrogenated creamer and white sugar in a styrofoam cup. :)

    I do believe that whole foods are best, but not to the point that I put others down b/c of their food choices. Thanks for recommending other bloggers who feel that way too. I was beginning to think you were the only one.
    Keep on keepin’ it real!

    • Stacy

      We’re not alone! :-) We’re standing together…and I’m tickled you’re standing with us. I’d have coffee with you anytime, but I like mine BLACK. :-)
      PS – We are friends. I consider all of you guys my friend. :-)

  • Melissa

    Stacy, this is encouraging. You are a good writer. I still like to look at blogs, etc. for the recipes – I love trying new stuff!

    • Stacy

      I’m a recipe fanatic too! :-) Thank you, Melissa!

  • Julia

    Oh my Stacy, I so needed to hear this. Thank you so much! My oldest is playing baseball for the first time and we have two games each week. It has been so hard to get supper on the table before the 6:00 games. Last night we packed up homemade deli sandwiches and chips (horror, I know) and fruit and headed to the game. Was it the best meal ever? No. (Unless you ask my picky 6 year old! He said it was the best meal ever!) But I felt it was much better than the drive-thru of some fast food joint. However,I was feeling guilty this morning. Please keep up the great work! You are most definitely an inspiration and a wonderful source of encouragement to me! Thank you.

    • Stacy

      Julia, that’s a rough schedule! It sounds like you’re doing a fabulous job to me. :-) Being a mama-on-the-go is hard work. Keep your chin up! :-)

  • http://naturallyfrugalhomemaker.com Angie

    Amen! Thank you Stacy for your honesty and transparency! I admire you for this =) you go girl! Keep up the good work…

    • Stacy

      Thank you Angie. :-) I greatly appreciate your support!

  • http://baringapark.wordpress.com elizabeth

    :D

    • Stacy

      :-) Back at ya!

  • Emily

    Great post! No kidding, I was sitting at a stop light today thinking about this very thing. We are getting ready to start feeding our baby, and I want to do what is best for all of us, but at what point do I have to trust in the sovereignty of God to protect him, rather than my choices? I think we have to use the minds He gave us, but bottom line is that He is in control. It is a hard thing to give up what (imagined) control we have. Keep up the good work, you have been such a blessing to me.

    • Stacy

      I am 100% guilty of trying to maintain that “control.” It’s silly how much time I spend going after it when I could be doing so many more productive things with my time. :-) Thank you, Emily!

  • http://www.thedoityourselfmom.com Anna@The DIY Mom

    Yes!

    Food is to fuel our bodies not make us crazy!

    • Stacy

      Well, I am crazy…but I’m not sure that food is the reason. lol

  • Kim

    Stacy, God is using you to remind us all that He is who we should be spending all of our free time with, not thinking about how & what we are going to prepare for our next meal. Thank you for your obedience and God Bless You!!

    • Stacy

      Thank you Kim. :-)

  • sarah

    Amen, and thank you for writing this. Similar thoughts have been running through my mind lately, and God has often brought to mind the passages in Matthew 6 and Luke 12 where Jesus assures them of His care for them and then asks “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?”

    • Stacy

      And in fact, I think it might be the exact opposite…by worrying we TAKE hours away…not literal hours, but how much of our life passes by because we’re worrying about something? Hours that could be spent enjoying our family. :-) Thanks Sarah!!!

  • myself

    I feel I have to speak up; believing in Jesus never prevented a miscarriage anymore than eating organic. Bad things happen to good people all the time, including deeply religious people.

    Obsessing over anything can be detrimental, because it takes away from other important pursuits. And I agree with you that we have very little control in this chaotic universe, and it is more important to eat than to eat well.

    But, as far as I can tell, thinking about food quality, just like thinking about other practical things (how to behave towards my family and friends, how to earn money, how to raise my children)… thinking about these things, sometimes to the point of obsession, has improved my life immeasurably.

    I have noticed that sometimes people stop thinking entirely, because they figure god’s in charge anyhow so they’d better let go of the wheel. I can think of several people not getting vaccinations because god would keep their kids safe, or people not getting a complete education because everything they need to know is in the bible (or other relevant holy book).

    When we give up on perfection (“I can’t always buy organic apples!!”), we admit our mortality and humanity. That is our excuse: we are imperfect creations. It’s a good excuse, because it is true! But “I don’t have to be perfect because god will protect me” is one giant crap of an excuse. We have all seen repeatedly that, even if there is a god, death and misfortune and disease do NOT discriminate between the good, the faithful, and the “sinful”.

    • Stacy

      You are very right – no one is immune from bad things….no one. That’s the result of living in a fallen world. God DOES expect us to take care of our humanly bodies – but He also says it’s not something we should worry about: “”Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink.” Matthew 6:25
      Our family feels good when we eat well…but we don’t think that just because we eat well that we’re immune from sickness and disease.
      You’re also right that we can’t be perfect – not a chance. But some food blogs make it seem as though there IS a perfect standard that we should all be trying to achieve. That will never happen. As humans, we don’t have the ability to be perfect.
      You mentioned that “Even if there is a God…” But we KNOW there is a God, and that’s exactly why we’ve taken this stance. :-)

  • http://simplypractical.blogspot.com Bama Girl

    Hi Stacy! Wow! That’s a lot of comments! Maybe I’ll get back and read more of them when my eyes are open! I love what you stand for! I am so thankful that you are so bold! You are paving the way for a new generation of real food people who put their trust in God to sustain them. Not the food they eat! Blessings from Bama!

    • Stacy

      Up past your bedtime, huh? :-) I do that too. Thanks, Bama! I appreciate your very kind words.

  • Annie

    After I found out I had cancer I found your blog. I find you to be so refreshing, real and encouraging. I have made so many changes in my life over the past 6 month. Eating as natural with as many whole organic foods as I can on top of Eliminating all toxic cleaners and chemicals in my house. Making my own lie body soap and so on. Hold your head up high. You are making a difference in more lives than you know. People should not judge others. That is for the Good Lord above to do.

    • Stacy

      Annie, it sounds like you’re making great strides! :-) Thanks so much for your encouragement. You let me know if you ever need anything!!!

  • http://www.parymoppins.net Pary Moppins

    Thank you so much for this. I feel exactly the same way! So well put.

    • Stacy

      Thank you! PS – Your name ROCKS! :-)

  • Jessica

    I stumbled upon your blog a month or so ago, and signed up for your emails, but I hadn’t ever actually read any. But when I saw this blog title in my inbox, I had to read it! I have struggled with weight and food after having babies, and just recently decided to eat clean. But I knew it wasn’t something that was going to be possible all of the time for our family. But I felt “pressure” that it needed to be all the time. This post came at just the right time to confirm that I can just do what works for my family. Plus, I am not sure if I knew you are a Christian! :) I am definitely going to be reading your blog more often!

    • Stacy

      :-) Yes, I am a Christian….my faith usually comes out in my writing – since it’s who I am, it would be hard to smother it. :-) I’m glad you enjoyed it! Tell your pressure to take a hike! :-)

  • Jane

    Most of us spend our lives trying to be in control. We are simply unaware that we are not in control and we ARE going to die. When you really understand it, you are free. Getting to that point is very, very hard, though, because the world is just so distracting. For me, it took near death and a terminal diagnosis to get it. I still struggle to “get it” on the days I feel healthy and good.

    • Stacy

      Being in control is something I have always struggled with…but I didn’t realize it until my mentor brought it to light – and you’re right…once you realize that, you’re free to let God be in control. I still struggle sometimes…but then I just get her to kick me back in line! :-) Thank you Jane! Lovely comment.

  • http://www.singerskitchen.com Noelle (@singerinkitchen)

    WOW, this is a great post!! Blessings to you and your family and for speaking truth. Food is not our idol and even though I write a food blog it is a mixture of things now. Life, family, love, God, health and more. It is not the focus. Thank you for being transparent. We should not be obsessing or meeting some crazy standard.

    • Stacy

      You’re right…it IS a crazy standard. :-) Thanks Noelle!

  • http://frugalfarmwife.com Elise

    I totally agree with you… but I think it’s a little different for me. Since my husband and most of his family suffer from food allergies, I know that it’s very likely that my little one will develop them.

    You’re right, many of the traditional food blogs can be discouraging, but I feel duty bound to try things like soaking and sprouting grains in the hope that I can keep LO’s gut healthy.

    Those of you who don’t have food allergies to deal with have no idea how lucky you are!

    • Stacy

      Elise, your situation is different…but the way you approach it isn’t! :-) Taking care of your family is a God given mandate – so you do what you have to do. The thing we all have to remember is, while doing that thing we’re supposed to do, don’t let it take God’s place. From reading your comment, I can tell that you won’t struggle with that at all. :-)

  • Jess

    So true Stacy, women have been having miscarrages and people have been getting sick since the beginning of time. God bless you for standing up for our God and being so honest in your blog. I am brand new at all the natural food and cleaning products. It is exciting though and how lucky for me that you are the first blog I came across to teach me the ins and outs.

    • Stacy

      In the scheme of things, I think we’re all “just starting out.” There is so much to learn! :-) Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, Jess!

  • http://www.dishranawaywiththespoon.com Trish

    As someone who’s just trying to get the hang of cooking, I’ve been scared to delve into the organic/whole foods debate. It is overwhelming! Thank you for reminding us that food is a very personal choice when it comes to fueling your body and mind. I believe food can fuel the soul too – and that is different for everyone!

    • Stacy

      Trish, we all start somewhere! :-) The first biscuits I made for my husband looked and felt like hockey pucks. LOL

  • Gina M.

    I stumbled across this post on fb. I have never read your blog before but, this post was terrific. I appreciate your honesty and your desire to feed your family healthfully but, not go overboard. I can very much relate to what you are saying. I have worked in Natural Health before and I’ve heard and read just about everything and it all comes down to doing what is best for your family and as you said, not making food your god. We’ve taken a Whole Foods approach to eating for the last several years but, in no way are we eating all organic, raw dairy, etc, etc, we do what we can with what we have and our family is thriving. Thank you SO much for highlighting the most important thing, that God be the center and that he does indeed honor our resolve to feed our families well…even if we do eat peanut m&m’s every once in a while. :) I am now subscribing to your blog! :)

    • Stacy

      Gina, welcome! :-) Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment…I hope you enjoy it here!

    • Laura

      Yay, yay, YAY!! Good for YOU and for the reading a post (finally) about reality. I also happened to see this post this morning which another friend posted. I agree with your food philosophy 1,000 percent. In this craze lately of ONLY buying organic/local bought/whole grain/etc. it’s so refreshing to read a post that is balanced. I grew up with the blessing of a mother who made 99% of our meals from scratch. Soda was (thankfully) a luxury. I’ve carried that on into my own family, and I am of the same mind when it comes to where and what kind of food we purchase. Very little processed food, organic when it is within the budget, and limiting processed sugar. You hit the nail on the head; God does indeed know our days and while we are responsible to be good stewards of our bodies, no amount of controlling what we intake will allow us to live longer than the days we have been given. Thank you for writing this post!

      • Stacy

        Thank YOU, Laura! I appreciate the support more than you can know!

  • Kelly @ Blue Jeans & Coffee Beans

    LOVE this post! I feel the very same. We eat “whole foods,” yet even within our own extended family there is discord over vegan lifestyles, opinions on meat, etc. Its entirely exhausting. Every family must decide what is best for them. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Stacy

      LOL I know your exhausted feeling. :-) Thanks Kelly!

  • Jessica

    I totally agree with you here. Food should NOT be our God. Although I could eat better, I could eat way worse. I love a lot of healthy fruits and veggies and lean meats. I do like carbs but eat less of them then I used to. And yes it was VERY unkind for people to tell a greaving woman that it was the food choices she made the caused her misscarriage. That was just not right.

    • Stacy

      I love fruits and veggies! I just finished off a bowl of strawberries! :-) Thanks Jessica!

      • Jessica

        I finished a container of straberries (the smaller size) in 2 days. I want more, lol. I am going to be buying some blueberries soon I think because I believe they are on sale at the grocery store.

        • Stacy

          I can take you in a strawberry eating contest any day! Bring it! :-)

      • Jessica

        1) It only took me that long because I didn’t want to eat them up so fast. 2) If you are buying…..lol

        • Stacy

          I’m a bit of a hog when it comes to strawberries. I don’t share. LOL

  • Jessica

    Another thing. People who are obsessive- compulsive about eating organic (to the point of condeming others who do not) should realize that this lifestyle is often significantly more expensive then eating non organic. A lot of people can’t afford to eat organic/ purely organic, such as myself. For example, I’ve seen apples for as low as .99 cents a lb for regular apples, but I’ve never seen organic apples (that I can recall) for less then $1.79. That is almost double the cost of non organic. That means that for people on a budget, it limits how much they can buy. Friends of mine came from a family of 9 children, where their mother did not really work (other then doing lunch duty at school). To buy organic at all would have probably sacrificing how much food the family could buy, in a not so good way.

    • Stacy

      Being the budget minded person that I am, I totally see your point. Doesn’t it make more sense to buy apples to feed my entire family….apples that I can afford without giving up something else essential that we need? Yes, I think so. :-) Excellent point!

      • Jessica

        And sometimes people go organic for the wrong reason (mainly a produce thing) because they think (nutrient wise) that it is better for them. As far as I know, organic and non organic produce have the exact same nutrients in them, so buying organic based on that premise alone is a waste of one’s money.

        • Stacy

          I hadn’t ever thought of it that way – in fact, I never knew people did that! :-)

      • Jessica

        Yeah. I think somehow people get the mistaken idea that just because something is organic (like I said before, produce wise) that it somehow must be better for them, which isn’t true. And condeming someone (which no one here is remotely doing) for not eating all organic because they can’t afford to, doesn’t change that fact and can only hurt someone and a relationship in the process

        • Stacy

          Relationships are SO important and SO fragile….we have to handle them with care. Great comment. :-)

  • Melaina

    I am commenting and will try to keep it short…I want to say “thank you” first for being so real…I have been traveling the healthy eating road for years…it is very frustrating…and some things that are supposedly good for you seem to change as well…I have an awesome Mom who up until recently worked in a health store…and would crack up at some of the “supposed” healthy crap they sell in their as well…she reads endlessly and even she gets fed up at times…she has tried just about every “healthy” fad out their. She raised 10 kids as best and healthy as she could with what money she had and what knowledge she was given. Most of my fondest memories of my childhood involve making and eating things together as a family…homeade chocolate chip cookies, homeade cinnamon rolls, even homeade hard candy. I have many theories about food…but I also know that enjoying life is just as important. One could eat the healthiest food on the planet, but if they didn’t enjoy it, they are not any better off. Emotions are just as important as food. I say bake some homeade cookies with your kids with good ingredients like real butter and real sugar and laugh and eat them all and most of all enjoy the life you are given. God put all of these things including sugar on this planet to feed us…in moderation. Even the best food isn’t good for you to overdue it on. Sorry, I ranted…lol

    • Stacy

      It sounds like your mom raised you well. :-) And you are SO right! Enjoying life is important – no matter what you put in your mouth. :-)

  • Barb

    Go girl! I agree so much that food or any other thing on this earth should not become our God. I feel too many Christians are going overboard on the food thing. They are living in fear and the Bible clearly tells us that we are not to live in fear. Thanks for expressing so well what I also feel.

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Barb! I appreciate the support!!

  • Krysten

    I’ve never read your blog before, but a friend posted a link to your article on Facebook, so I came over to check it out. Thank you for writing this. I had a miscarriage and lost our first baby, and had a friend send me a card in which she offered to teach me about what to eat and not to eat to keep it from happening again. I’m sure she meant well, but her words really did hurt. We try to make healthy eating choices, but like many on here, our budget rules out eating organic all the time. Your blog looks like something I can read without feeling guilty and pressured to make choices I can’t afford.
    Oh, and we now have 2 healthy, beautiful children although I never took my friend up on her offer to help me with my eating habits. :)

    • Stacy

      Krysten, I am so sorry. :-( I’m sure she meant well…but even before there were convenience foods and preservatives, women had miscarriages. :-( I’m glad to know you have two healthy children! And thank you for the lovely comment!

    • http://purposelyfrugal.com Katy @ Purposely Frugal

      So sorry about your miscarriage! I had one a a year ago next week. I started blaming myself at first wondering if this or that caused it, but my husband reminded me that I wasn’t doing any of the big preggo no nos that everyone agrees on (like drinking alcohol or doing drugs). Plus I could wonder forever why it happened, but no matter what I wonder, I’ll never know, so I figure it’s not worth worrying about.

  • http://purposelyfrugal.com Katy @ Purposely Frugal

    Stacy thanks so much for this post!!!!!!

    • Stacy

      Thanks so much for the comment, Katy!

  • Leanne

    Thanks for this post. I am a single mom with a very limited budget, and although I’m getting back to healthier habits (after some very stressful years and getting into too much processed food as a result), there’s no way I can afford to buy all organic, or raw dairy… Plus, ‘enjoying the food God gives us’, does seem to be a missing element way too often! :)

    • Stacy

      It sounds to me as though you’re being very responsible. :-) Good job, mama!

  • Elizabeth

    I am an atheist. A christian friend of mine on facebook posted this blog and I had to read it. Thank you for being refreshing and honest. I loved what you wrote about the crack addict who carries a baby to term and the aging old man who drank a Coke a day. ( I think I heard an “amen” somewhere in the back of my mind when I read this!) I firmly believe we only live once, and I personally enjoy a steak and a piece of cheesecake once in awhile…it’s the little things in life that give such pleasure! When it’s our time, that’s it…let’s have a blast while were here! Great article!

    • Stacy

      Elizabeth, wow! I am very honored that you would read my post from a friends recommendation. :-) Thank you for your kind words. I don’t like cheesecake though, so I think I’ll stick with brownie a la mode. :-)

  • Mindy

    Well, that was freeing! Sometimes the info and choices are downright paralyzing. Thank you, what great insight!

    • Stacy

      Thank you Mindy! :-)

  • http://teachmetowalk.blogspot.com Andrea

    Thank you so much for this post! I’d been thinking many of the same things about the “real food” world…but I hadn’t quite organized all my thoughts about it. I think this might be a reason I rarely blog about food at all. I just didn’t want to get mixed up in crazy food debates, and I felt like anything I had to say about real food couldn’t possible stack up against the “food savior” types–because food just isn’t the center of my life. But I’m thinking now that that was a silly way to look at it. :D Maybe I’ll get some “real food” posts up soon.

    • Stacy

      Be brave! I’m sure your readers would love it! :-) I know mine really love when I post recipes. Thanks Andrea!

  • Jessica

    I personally believe the Lord should dictate how we eat and live. If we are a person whose main food group is junk (cookies, cake, ice cream, fast food, chips, pop, and so on) then there is something not right. We should go to the Lord and ask him if that is what he really want of us (for our diet). We need to take care of the body that the Lord has given us, not treat it like trash. While it may be good to eat organic, its not the be all and end all. Our # 1 should always be the Lord, and not anything else!

    • Stacy

      He does give pretty clear instructions in His manual. :-) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and soul, and mind, and strength.” Amen! :-)

  • http://keepinitreal-gina.com GINA

    My daughter posted this on my facebook wall, and told me this sounded like something I would write! LOL she was right! I appreciate your thought through, balanced way of thinking and sharing this!! GREAT JOB!!

    • Stacy

      Tell your daughter that I am VERY honored that she would pass along my article. :-) Thanks, Gina!

  • jenny

    Amen sister!!!!!!!! :-D very well put!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Jenny! :-)

  • Gina B

    I agree, and yet what I feel is the real answer is to let God guide us. For me, food is something I think about a lot, since I do believe food has impacted my children’s mental health and abilities. Ultimately, God is in charge of my kids’ futures but I feel led to think about their disabilities sort of like you’d consider cancer. If you had it, would it be your moral imperative to fight it? Only God can answer that for you. Personally, the further I go down this road, the more support and encouragement I feel, and the more I feel I’m spreading hope to others. I put aside the negativity and despair, forgive myself for diet infractions and setbacks, and accept where my kids are… And if they never progress, God still has their back, and I’ve done my spirit-led best. This is the beauty of Christ and if I can share that with my kids, I’ve done my job.

    • Stacy

      Yes you have, mama…a great job. :-)

  • Linda

    Wow, my daughter could have written the exact same blog. We had a discussion this week of how crazy she is going trying to feed her family “correctly” and feeling so guilty when she can’t afford to or when she can’t get to specific types of products. She, like you makes the best choices she can with what she has available and tries harder than most. I will surely point her here so she knows she is not alone! You are a wonderful inspiration to get our hearts and minds back where they should be and on the right source, the Savior! THANKS!!!

    • Stacy

      I would welcome her with open arms! :-) Thank you Linda!

  • http://stopnsmellthechocolates.blogspot.com Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for your post!! This is exactly how I feel and I have been troubled lately by how people are being treated for their food choices. I do think it’s good to make healthy food choices as much as possible and I am someone who’s baby-stepping her way along that path. Whether a friend serves me a cake-mix cake or a from-scratch cake I will appreciate it just as much and happily eat a slice! I think the blessing is in the hospitality, not the ingredients.

    • Stacy

      IS it the hospitality and not the ingredients! You’ve hit the nail on the head. :-)

  • http://www.mrsgumshoe.blogspot.com Jessica

    Thank you, Thank you for this post! What a refreshing perspective and a great reminder about what is really important. It is so easy to get wrapped up in all of the information out there, and as a result, start to feel like an evil parent when I give my child cheese crackers that I didn’t roll out and bake myself. Or watch as my parents give him a cookie and think “No! That’s killing him!!!” How ridiculous! :) I, too, have felt that so many of those whole food blogs are condescending and judgmental. Especially when some of them have freely admitted to (only a short time ago) eating the same junk they’re judging everyone else for consuming. They become these “food elitists” and it can be very discouraging. I look forward to reading some of the blogs you suggest rather than getting a daily dose of condemnation from my regular ones. We are doing the best we can do on a stay-at-home-mom and a policeman’s salary and organic is just not in the cards all the time. And that’s okay because God is in control! Thanks for your encouragement. You now have a new reader :)

    • Stacy

      Our God is in control! :-) Thanks Jessica!

  • http://foodgardenrecipes.blogspot.com Glenda

    You hit the nail on the head with this post!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Glenda! :-) That’s so nice!

  • Jennifer

    Wow – thank you so much for this! I think it came at just the right time for me. I struggle with my eating and food choices and tend to jump head first into anything I think will help – including the whole food thing. Usually it’s an all or nothing thing for me – this post really spoke to me. Do I need to make healthier choices? Yes. Do I need to cut my consumption of sugar and pre-packaged foods? Absolutely. Should I keep myself informed and educated? Without a doubt. But it’s ok if I don’t do it “perfectly”. God is in control. I just need to do the best I can. Thank you! I’ve shared this with my friends and printed a copy to pull out on those days when I start to feel overwhelmed.

    • Stacy

      I have to say that I am very honored that you would refer me to your friends…thank you, Jennifer. :-)

  • http://www.blueletterchels.com Chelsea

    Thank you so much. This made me tear up :)

    • Stacy

      Awwwww! :-)

  • Jackie

    Thanks for this post Stacy!!!! I have just started this journey on healthier eating. I had lap-band surgery a couple of years ago and I really have to watch what I eat now. I’m also trying to have my family eat healthier. I LOVE to cook, but since I work full-time I have to find recipes that are healthy and quick. I’m relieved to know that I’m not the only one that struggles and if I have to feed my family fish sticks or hot dogs (GOD FORBID!!) every once in awhile, I’m still a good mom!!! I am subscribed to your blog along with Heavenly Homemakers and Keeper of The Home. I love your blogs and it’s refreshing to actually have someone post that they are not perfect, but they do the best they can!!! So, in other words, thank you for being “normal”!!! :)

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Jackie! I’m not sure I’d call myself “normal.” But I will tell Barry you said that! LOL

  • Veronica

    I love this.

    …that is all!

    • Stacy

      Thank you. That is all. :-)

  • Erin

    I really loved this post! Thank you for writing it. I just celebrated my one year wedding anniversary and wish I’d read this about 6 months ago. I enjoy cooking and was having fun with planning meals and cooking for my new husband and myself. However, a few months into the marriage I was trying to get us to eat healhtier and discovered the big world of real food blogs. I’ve been on a food journey for a few years, but I had never heard of things like fermenting food for health and soaking grains, etc… I read with fascination and started reading these blogs all the time (and I actually discovered your blog through one of them!), but then I got super overwhelmed and cooking became more stressful because I felt like I was constantly failing. I felt like I needed to completely change my husband’s diet and significantly improve mine and every grocery store trip was this huge over-analyzng process. We’ve been trying to conceive and I’ve worried so much if I’m feeing us a fertility-friendly diet. I’m sure all the stress of worrying about food is affecting my fertility more than just eating reasonably well and enjoying life. I wish I could re-live the past 6 months and be less stressed out. I wouldn’t say it negatively affected my first year of marriage too much, but I think it would’ve been a lot more fun if I had worried less about food! So, I want year two to be more about relaxing and enjoying. Yes, I still want to keep improving my cooking skills and make food from scratch, but I work 40 hours a week and sometimes I think take-out pizza is A-OK and I’m going to quit feeling so guilty all the time. Thank you again for this–I feel so much lighter.

    • Stacy

      Erin, I’ve been there. :-) I think we’ve all been there. So, take heart! You’re doing a great job…and it sounds like you’ll continue to do well. Good luck in your ventures to have a baby! :-)

  • Mischa

    Thank you so much for this post. I started making eating a healthy diet a goal for my family a few years ago. But it has turned into information overload for me as I continue to read more and more (I tend to overdo things sometimes). And I was starting to feel bad when I fed my husband and kids “bad” food. I felt such a strong responsibility to keep everyone perfectly healthy so my kids (ages 1 and 2) would develop good eating habits. THANK YOU for reminding me their future is not in my hands – I need to trust God to give me the wisdom and knowledge to do what’s best for my family. I sometimes forget He’s not looking for perfection and that it’s OK to do what I can and leave the rest to him. God bless you.

    • Stacy

      Mischa, I’ll tell you what I tell myself….even if I was “perfect” I couldn’t keep my family perfectly healthy. It’s just not possible. I was trying to attain an impossible goal. Thank you for the wonderful comment. :-) I hope we can all “leave the rest to Him.”

  • Leanne

    Thanks for this post! I had a similar realization a few weeks ago. I was becoming so passionate about eating whole foods, and it was mind-boggling (and saddening) how many people are so MISLEAD and just don’t know a thing about food! But it always came back to this for me… Sure, food is important for now. But it does not change eternity. If people were more educated about food, but still were mislead about Christ, what good does it do them for eternity? I need to be passionate about telling people the truth about the Gospel, not the truth about food!

    • Stacy

      I am VERY guilty of that in my own life – I should be telling more people as well. Thank you for the reminder, Leanne. :-)

  • Cristi P

    I LOVE this post!!! I subscribed to your blog about a month ago and appreciate your take on things. I am BRAND NEW to this whole food journey and feel overwhelmed and under informed on about a daily basis. I’m learning but so often get information overload and conflicting answers and find it soo hard to know which “expert” to believe. I get so weary of EVERYTHING being bad for us. So this post resonated with me!! Thank you for your honesty and for explaining things so well.
    I’m also convicted by Leanne’s comment. to have an eternal mindset and be worried about people’s eternity should be my goal over everything else.
    Thank you!!!

    • Stacy

      Leanne made an excellent point! :-) Thanks Cristi! Let me know if I can help you in any way on your new journey.

  • Shelley

    Thanks for this post. Eating the “right food” is getting way too complicated. God put us on this earth and wants us to be happy and healthy; to eat whole, real and local food, not to stress over each meal. Reading this was so refreshing! Loved it.

    • Stacy

      Thank you Shelley. :-)

  • Melissa

    Awesome post! God is our great physician and He gives us wisdom. Have you checked out Healthy Families For God? Love Sara!!

    • Stacy

      I haven’t heard of that – thanks for the recommendation! :-)

  • http://momidaze.blogspot.com LouAnne

    This is so excellent!! I’ve been on a transitional journey in regards to food prep for the family. It’s MADDENING! Praise God that He alone numbers our days. Thank you for this. Huge encouragement!

    • Stacy

      It is maddening sometimes. lol Good luck, LouAnne!

  • Sara Lintonpair

    While I am not a devout Christian, I want to say THANK YOU for this blog post.

    I am fed up with the almost cultish fashions that the Whole Foods blogging genre has developed.

    I am done with it. DONE being told I dont spend enough. DONE being told that after thousands of years of natural preserving and fermenting on this planet,that suddenly if I dont use XYZ jar brand.. that my food might be bad for me.

    So much guilt associated with not *doing this right* that I feel like I am at a PETA rally eating a steak.

    So yes… time for me to bow out and follow my heart.

    • Stacy

      Sister, if you head to a PETA rally and eat a steak there….can I come with you? :-)

      • Sara Lintonpair

        Hahahahh You sure can. Please however bring a first aid kit. I fear that it may come in handy.

        • Stacy

          And a set of nun chucks. LOL

  • http://thisbruisedreed.blogspot.ca/ Lynette

    Hi there,

    I really appreciate what you have to say. God has given food as a wonderful gift, and I happen to LOVE and far prefer the taste of ‘Whole Foods’. But I want to go on the record as saying that like you, I buy non-organic apples and other produce, and I don’t think M&M’s will kill you (though they might just kill me – they make me sick as a dog). Anyway,I just wanted to speak on behalf of the sick. There are a lot of people (especially those who have never even tried the ‘Whole Foods’ route) who are eager to jump on your bandwagon. A lot of people who eat ‘Whole Foods’ do so but their health won’t necessarily be affected if they didn’t. However, there are those who are chronically ill like myself (those with chronic fatigue, crohn’s, colitis, ibs, cancer, lyme disease, ms, autism, etc) who wind up ‘needing’ those healthy foods just to semi-function. I guess I’m just asking for people to understand and have compassion on those who are forced to be gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, soy-free, etc., simply because they get intensely sicker if they eat ‘unhealthy’ foods. For us, we don’t believe food will save us. We know it won’t, we’ve experienced that it won’t – we’re living all the time with chronic sickness and have had to learn through suffering to put our hope in God and the new heavens and new earth. We would eat more freely if we could!!! But sadly, there are those who misunderstand our motives for healthy eating (like misunderstand that eating gluten = intense gut pain, or eating sugar = crazy mood swings, etc) and accuse us of putting our hope in food rather than God. We are hurting, often lonely, seeking to trust God with all our hearts and hope for that day when the lame will LEAP for joy. It makes it harder when we are not shown grace for having to live with the condition we have to live with. Generally the paralytic is not judged for having to use a wheelchair, and I just yearn for those who are like me to not be judged for being forced to avoid certain foods and eat ‘healthy’ foods. I really hope you understand what I’m saying. I just wanted to let you know that the ‘sick’ can get a lot of undue flack for being forced to eat healthy foods.

    • Stacy

      I understand your stance more than you know. :-) I have several friends and family members with sicknesses and diseases that REQUIRE them to eat a certain way. Do I think they need to eat that way? You betcha! I’m not speaking to those in your crowd…just like I’m not telling my dairy-free friend, Erin, to feed her child milk and yogurt.
      I AM speaking to those with condemning hearts. Those that tell everyone “Eat my way. It’s the only way….and it will save you from sickness.”
      I believe 100% that food makes you feel better…I actually even stated that above. So, take heart. If there are those who are giving you a hard time because of what you don’t eat, just ignore them…the same way I ignore certain family members who give me a rough time about not allowing Annie to indulge in white sugar on a daily basis. :)

  • Cheri

    I really appreciated this post. Life is so much about balance isn’t it? We have to do the best we can with what we’ve got, and I also believe that God expects us to make wise choices. But so many seem to take it too far. I mean, I read a comment from someone on a blog who basically said giving their kid 100% fruit juice as being a TERRIBLE nutrition choice. I was like “Huh. I thought I was doing my kids a favor not giving them the fake frozen stuff, or worse, powdered juice!” Ok, so yeah it’s better to eat a piece of fruit and get all the nutrition and fiber etc, but it seems out of balance to me to nix all drinks except water ALL the time. My family’s journey to healthy eating is a work in progress, sometimes a slow one. I have to afford the newer, better ways of doing things – and usually they’re more expensive. I have to get not only the kids on board, but the HUSBAND, and I have to have time to do it all. Thankfully, the human body is an amazingly resilient one, and God is in charge of it all in the end.

    • Stacy

      “I have to have time to do it all….” I think that’s where most of us are. We try to do it ALL, and none of us really have time for that. At least, I don’t. :-) Thanks for the great comment, Cheri!!

  • http://www.elliottacademy.com Andrea

    Great post! I stopped reading many whole foods blogs a few years ago for the exact same reasons, but now I can read some of them again without feeling stressed out – only when I have time and primarily for recipes. Heavenly Homemakers and Keeper of the Home have always been two of my favorites too. I’ll have to check out the others you posted.

    I do not want to go down the path where I am freaked out about everything my family eats. I do as much as I can when I can, I try not to be lazy about food prep, and I believe there is grace for the rest.

    Besides, all the perfectly prepared whole food in the world isn’t going to do anybody any good if your family doesn’t like it and dinner turns into stress instead of family time. I would much rather my husband and children eat food that I prepare at home even if it contains ingredients I would rather they not eat. Of course, four teenagers at once has pretty much thrown my food “values” out the window anyway! :-)

    Thanks for a great post! I’m definitely subscribing.

    • Stacy

      Thanks Andrea! :-) I’m glad to have you.
      I just don’t read most whole food blogs – they seem kooky to me. Just today I read one extreme blogger who said that green smoothies were detrimental to your health. Yeah. Okay. :-)

  • http://www.meglogan.com Mrs. Mom of 6

    AMEN!

    I too have been irritated, condemned, and anxious, from the things I have read regarding healthy eating. I too am SICK and TIRED of the debate about grains. God made grains, He calls bread the staff of life, and it is so important that Jesus is called “the bread of life”. That said I have a daughter who, due to the fallen nature of this world, suffers from autistic symptoms, and is on the GAPS diet. That diet was a gift from God to us, it has really REALLY helped her. But it didn’t SAVE her, only Jesus can save her.

    Another topic I am getting tired of is frugality, especially how to be frugal and eat healthy, whole foods. I cannot live up to that “standard”. I have a very frugal budget, sometimes it forces me to eat “unhealthy” things. I’m tired of feeling like I am dooming my children to a life of sickness because of it. Fear is not of God. I am going to do the best I can, because I believe God wants my best. But I can in no way, create health in my children, or keep them healthy. I can care for them and share the gospel, which will bring them eternal health.

    Thanks for saying out loud what I have been wrestling with for two years.

    I’m with you.

    • Stacy

      Thanks for standing with me. :-) Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18) and since our Lord is perfect love, it would go without saying that he wishes us to live without fear.
      It sounds like you’re doing great to me – and handling it nicely. :-) We should all be a bit more like you. Thank you.

      • http://www.meglogan.com Mrs. Mom of 6

        Thanks for the vote of confidence, but if you see anything in me worth copying, know it’s really Jesus you see. In my own power I’m really foolish, and make terrible choices, but the Lord has really been changing things in my spirit, making me more like Him… let us all be more like Him.

        • Stacy

          Amen to that.

  • Alicia

    Great post. I think it’s very clear what you’re speaking about, and your words touch on a lot what I’ve been thinking about the last few months. We did GAPS for a short time and it got to be too expensive and time consuming, and our family didn’t really need to go on GAPS. It separated us from our church family (unless I did all the cooking and brought our meals to people’s homes…). Our ailments were minor and didn’t warrant a big step like GAPS, compared to those who really need it and benefit from it. My husband is still off gluten though, and we still eat traditionally where we can, and I am at my limit of the amount of time and energy put into food. I’m not adding anything else in, as at this point, it would come at the expense of my family’s well being (spiritually, daily demeanor/moods, time spent together, etc). I just had to tell myself that food and health is not everything! And it’s not, particularly if you’re looking at a view of eternity. Physical training/health has value, but we’re on shaky ground if it starts to overtake our life and affect relationships and church life when health issues don’t warrant such a step.

    I’ve been challenged a lot not to judge others for what they eat, or place guilt on myself because I buy grocery store meat (for example), and I’ve also given myself and my family more license to at times do what’s easier and cheaper, and not healthier. I love your list at the end. We love our raw milk, kombucha, yogurt and kefir, and stick to avoiding certain foods that I just don’t feel comfortable buying, but following a certain diet to a T? No, I make it fit where it works in order to use the resources God has given us, to bless others in our life with fellowship and hospitality, and to give healthy food to my husband and kids but allow treats and snacks that I don’t have to spend time making…it works for us.

    I decided a while back to not feel guilty in the least for letting my son receive lollipops and fruit snacks from folks at church who love him and enjoy giving out treats. And, I don’t have to buy them because he gets them there, LOL!!

    Thanks for writing this and I’m glad others are posting about it too!

    • Stacy

      Alicia, you put it perfectly…I’m so glad we’re all not feeling guilty any more. :-) Thank you for the fabulous comment!

  • http://www.arearrangedlife.com Miriam

    I am SO with you, sister!!! I’ve recently taken up what might be considered healthy/unhealthy fusion cooking. While my mom says, “Gross!” I say, “I did what I could in those 10 minutes…and I feel pretty darn good about it!” Like my hotdog/swiss chard wrap. It was what I had in the fridge…and it was fast! http://arearrangedlife.com/2012/05/22/fast-and-fresher/

    • Stacy

      LOL I’ve had plenty of those “it was in the fridge” meals. :-) Aren’t they fun?

  • Samantha

    I thank God for your wisdom in this post! I have been down the same road you have and come to the same conclusion…although I am still tempted and drawn back into the “must-eat-perfectly-frenzy” and sometimes still feel guilty or worried that I am not eating and cooking perfectly to support my body and my husband’s health. I had also stopped reading blogs and today I felt like reading them again…guess which post I came across first?? : ) I think God is telling me something! : )

    • Stacy

      I too struggle with the desire to be “perfect.” That’s just a weakness of mine – so I need y’all to keep me accountable! :-)

  • Jenifer

    Thanks so much for this!! We have to eat gluten free, we try to eat whole food out of choice. I’ve watched the movies…read the books… my grocery budget has become outrageous!! I know I can not do anything about the gf need, but I have been going crazy as well!! Thanks for putting perspective in it all!!

    • Stacy

      :-) You’re welcome – thanks for the support.

  • Vicki Ware

    It’s unfair to say that people who try to emphasize healthy food versus the unhealthy food are making food a god. I lost my health 9 years ago and it is only from eating healthy and getting away from processed foods and such that I have been able to live a halfway normal lifestyle. If I did not watch what I eat, I would be homebound as I was in the beginning. Changing my diet made all the difference. I am personally weary from having to be careful (a necessity as my health suffers greatly from eating certain foods) and I wish I could just eat what I want. But I believe as a Christian I must be wise and ask God for the discipline and strength to eat the best way I can so I can continue to at least go to church! This author would feel very differently if she was struggling every day to stay above her illness. And can’t we see the effects of our American diet? More and more allergies to the point that children can no longer eat normal any more and diseases popping up daily with names like lupus, MS, fibromyalgia, etc. It’s epidemic and, of course, we will still get sick even when we do our best. But as Christians we should do our best which is always the way we should live in every area to the Glory of God. And I have never personally heard anyone say that eating whole foods will make one totally healthy, but it may keep you from dealing with illness one day and does make a tremendous difference. I live this every day.

    • Stacy

      Hi Vickie. :-) I think you misunderstood what I was trying to say. I did not say that people who emphasize healthy eating automatically make it a god. BUT, I do think there are several who reach that point. My post is about watching out….being careful not to reach this point. I still choose to feed my family well, and I know that God calls me to that. However, I do not believe that God thinks that because I feed my family well that I no longer need Him.
      “This author would feel very differently if she was struggling every day to stay above her illness.” I have several family members who have health issues that force them to eat a certain way (including my daughter)…and I have never once thought they were making food “god.” It’s an attitude that I see in today’s culture…a few blogs that have gone off the deep end – those are the ones that I am addressing…not those who are taking care of their health by eating a certain way.
      I am sorry that you took what I said the wrong way – but I hope I’ve explained myself a bit better.

  • Vicki Ware

    I never think about my trying to feed my family healthy causes me not to need God. That is a pretty extreme statement. And when we know something is unhealthy, and most of what we buy off the shelves these days is because of all the ‘stuff’ they use to preserve it and declare I will eat it anyway because I am tired and it tastes good, seems to me to make our appetites into an idol. I am in agreement to do the best we can do and to trust God for the rest. In spite of my health problems that I now have, I thank God that He has given me wisdom to know what to do to have better days. And I do trust His providence and sovereignty over my life that even this is working out for good. I have gained so much from Him in this weakness. I guess we all have different ideas on what doing our best is. And I do understand being tired of all the information. I don’t read those things myself. I try to keep it as simple as possible and do the best I can just trusting and knowing that this is not my home. It will be perfect in heaven! :) Blessings!

    • Stacy

      Vicki, again I’m sorry that you feel as though my statement was directed towards you…it was not. I’m addressing extremists here. It doesn’t seem from your comments that you’re one of those. :-)
      And yes, I too look forward to heaven when none of this even will matter!

  • Gilda

    I can so relate!I went through some tough times figuring what to eat, what not to eat, what to buy, decide to make cleaning and many other products from scratch, grains, no grains, etc. I was very, very, stressed! I felt guilty about eating, well I didn’t wan to breath! However, once I brought this all to Jesus’ feet (duh! Should have done that first), He in his love and wisdom gave me an answer and guidance on my wanting to be healthier quest. Thanks for sharing!!!!

    • Stacy

      I do that all the time – think, “God, I should have come to you first.” :-)

  • http://actioneggsfaith.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    Great post! We could go insane trying to straighten out all the conflicting health information out there.
    This reminds me of how I felt slightly convicted when I was reading the book “Fast Food Nation” because I had other godly books that could benefit my soul, while fast food isn’t even something I consume.

    • Stacy

      Insane is right – I know, because I almost went there. LOL

  • http://www.frugal-living-now.com/ Holly

    God helps those who help themselves. Those who stand around and wait for God to “heal them” are sadly misguided. God may take care of the sparrow, but only if he leaves his nest and finds the worm. Otherwise he will die.

    And we will be unhealthy and crippled in our old age if we don’t take care of our bodies. Some of the fattest and most unhealthy people I see are at church. How sad to put so much stake in ‘the next life’ that you don’t live this one the best way you can.

    • Stacy

      Holly, I think you’ve misunderstood the point of my post. I do believe it’s important to take care of our bodies – if I didn’t, I would not have said “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…” And then I also gave a list at the bottom of the things that we plan to continue doing to stay healthy.
      However, I do not believe that living this way gives us any control over our lives. Just because I eat a certain way does not make me immune to sickness or disease in this world. It’s a false sense of security. And most people worry themselves into a fit over the whole thing.
      “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:25, 27
      To know that God is in charge, and not me, is the best security of all. :-)

  • http://allisonsbigtoe@gmail.com Allison

    Well, I don’t believe in god, but I still appreciate the message behind your post. Thank you. It’s what I needed right now!

    • Stacy

      :-) Thank you, Allison.

  • Melissa

    Oh Stacy, if I could meet you in person,I would give you a huge hug!! Thank you for this post! I have been studying “diets” since my second daughter was born 5 years ago. I have gotten so deep into it that it caused so much anxiety that I became an extremist. To the point that I was putting a lot more energy and thought into what went into our mouths versus what was going in our minds and hearts? And the whole Bible focuses on our mind and hearts…not our bodies right? I have too gone down the many paths of no gluten, no eggs, no dairy, no grains, etc…to find some energy in my day. Guess what? Those diets zapped my energy due to the mental fatigue and social isolation they bring (since you can’t eat with friends or church people). Are there people that need these special diets? yes. My precious nephew is a brand new child because of the GAPS diet! But for many of us we don’t need these extreme diets. I would caution people to stop putting so much thought and time googling these diets unless you have real health problems. Because I had done such a disservice to myself that I literally came to a point that I didn’t know what to cook because “everything is bad”. That’s when I knew I was totally out of balance. I am still working my way out of that and it has been an uphill climb for sure. A book that helped me was called Health Food Junkies by dr. Steven Bratman. He is actually a naturopathic doctor and he warns people of extremes in eating and it really opened my eyes to what I was doing to myself. Thank you again for verbalizing what I needed to hear!!

    • Stacy

      Thank you so much for the book recommendation! :-)

  • Lindsey

    Thank you so much for this refreshing blog post! I have been trying to learn more about natural living but find myself struggling with “obsessing” over it and I have definitely been feeling the struggle between knowledge and just the simple life of walking with God. It’s nice to know someone else out there recognizes the idol that natural living can become! God bless you.

    • Stacy

      It’s so easy to obsess over anything….we have to be ever vigilant. :-)

  • Allison

    I just found this blog (recommended by a friend) and it could not have come at a better time. It’s amazing how God works through things like this for each of us individually… definitely subscribing to your blog. THANK YOU!

    • Stacy

      Tell your friend I said thank you!

  • Whitney

    I say AMEN to the whole post!!! Loved everything about it!!

    • Stacy

      Thanks for your comment, Whitney!

  • Lori

    What a great post. Thank you. This is what my husband has been trying to tell me. I actually feel like my walk with God was suffering because I was so stressed out about food!

    • Stacy

      Give your husband a big ole hug. :-)

  • http://www.kvorganics.com Lacey @ KV Organics

    Stacy! I just found your blog and this post for the first time today, from the link off Katie’s blog Kitchen Stewardship. I couldn’t agree more with everything you wrote here. Thank you. Where we place our hope is something I’m always trying to communicate to people – whether it’s in our personal choices, professional choices, or spiritual choices – any choice is a chance to submit to and honor our true Savior Yeshua.

    Yes, God wants us to make choices that honor His creation and ways – hence our family’s commitment to the general principle of moving in a direction of ‘the closer to how God made it, the better’ – but I’m certain that He does not want us obsessing about every little tiny detail. There are people to love and serve in the world, and I do not believe He wants us to have our focus turned inwardly in an obsessive way. And I’m also sure that He doesn’t want us judging others for their choices – that also seems to be a very common problem in the real food world.

    If we are to discern spirits by their fruits, then we should definitely be cautious and suspect of anything that causes us to fret, worry, or judge. His spirit will always lead us to peace, trust, and grace.

    Thanks again for being a voice for truth. :)

    • Stacy

      Fret and worry will kill us off before unsoaked grains. ;-) Thanks for the great comment, Lacey!

  • Elissa

    Thank you so much for writing that “food is NOT our savior”! I’m subscribing to your blog because of that. BTW, I clicked on this post from a post by Kitchen Stewardship in case you wanted to know how I found your blog.

    • Stacy

      Katie is so sweet. :-) Welcome…glad to have ya!

  • ANDREA

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This was so refresshing to read. I recently began delving into the whole foods fad and have been so confused and sometimes down right stressed out over what to eat. Not to mention driving my husband crazy! Your absolutely right about God wanting us to enjoy our food but to be respsonsible about it. I happen to enjoy making things for my family from scratch but I don’t want to feel as if I somehow have failed them if we happen to eat store bought hamburger buns! I love your site and I wish you all the best! God bless you and your family!

    • Stacy

      Ppssssst!!! Today I bought whole wheat hoagie buns. Don’t tell. ;-)

  • Sarah L

    Amen! Thank you for sharing this wise and godly perspective. Since my son was born a year ago, I’ve been on a journey to healthier living and have spent a lot of that time feeling overwhelmed, confused, over-informed, and like I’ll never be able to protect myself and my family from all the things that can harm our bodies. You hit the nail on the head and I feel great freedom in being reminded that only Jesus, not food, saves.

    • Stacy

      I love how children make us re-evaluate our lives. :-) The same thing happened to me.

  • Stephanie

    All I can say is…AMEN! Thank you for saying this! God bless!!!!

    • Stacy

      :-) Thank you, Stephanie.

  • Tracy

    Thanks so much for saying this! I was reading a blog earlier today and it was all doom and gloom if you’re not eating whole foods. I appreciate your Christian take on eating healthy. I just found your blog and can’t wait to read more. Thank you again!

    • Stacy

      :-) Life is too short for doom and gloom. Welcome! Nice to meet you, Tracy. :-)

  • http://creatingtreasures.blogspot.com tereza

    I love this post. And I would love to share our story…

    For a long time, I have been praying and seeking wisdom on how to deal with my DH’s borderline high blood sugar. We have always eaten healthy and did the whole grains thing, but nothing would lower my husband’s blood sugar. He was not diabetic but if the situation wasn’t taken care of, he would become one.

    well, a few months ago, I got hold of Wheat Belly (the book) and my husband and I went wheat FREE. Within 3 weeks, my DH’s blood sugar was normal!! Normal!! The only thing we don’t eat is wheat. He still eats potatoes, rice, corn, fruit, chocolate, even candy bar… all that does NOT raise his blood sugar, but WHEAT does. Any kind.. white, whole grains… if it’s wheat it will raise his blood sugar.

    Now, we credit God for showing us the way. We really do! We had been searching and praying and God showed us what to do so that my DH can live a healthier life.

    For each person, it could be a different thing… so yes, Jesus is the Healer… he is the One that knows us and what will make us healthier. He rarely healed people in the Bible the same way. He knew exactly what each one needed. :)

    I appreciate your insights and you taking time to share with us all. :)

    Merry Christmas!

    • Stacy

      I love the stories about how Jesus healed people. I’m sure those standing around rolled their eyes and dropped their jaw when he did the spit thing. lol

  • phelan

    love this post! i have a hard time feeling guilty when I only buy some things organic. Especially when feeding my three-year-old it’s so stressing if I dont buy organic I feel like I am not feeding him the healthiest things he could be eating. Thank you for putting things into perspective I love this post!

    • Stacy

      We all struggle with the Mommy Guilt – so tell it to take a hike! :-)

  • http://www.rabbithillranch.com tasha valdez

    Thank you! I so appreciate your Christian perspective on this issue. I have been feeling the same way. God bless; thank you for your witness and willingness to share.

    • Stacy

      :-) It’s nice to find like-minded people.

  • Sarah

    Thank you for your perspective. I am working through a “Paleo” diet and although it has helped me to feel better in some aspects, I have struggled with the concept of telling me that God put certain foods on earth that are suddenly “bad” for us. I feel like all foods (that God made) are meant to be received with thanksgiving and enjoyed, so I am not sure where my journey will lead me, but this is something to think on. Thanks again!

    • Stacy

      Sarah, I am very interested in the Paleo diet, so I understand where you’re coming from. I’m not saying that I think all foods are good for you. I’m saying that eating good foods all the time will not save you from sickness or death. It’s because we live in a fallen world that sin abounds. I have no problem with people on Paleo diets…I think it’s very interesting and like the meals they prepare. However, I do have a problem when people think a certain diet will “save” them when only Jesus can save. :-)
      So, continue on with your Paleo eating…especially if you’re feeling great! :-) We just need to remember where our true healing comes from – and all things in moderation. :-)
      I’ve been reading a lot about the Paleo way of eating recently – I think it could help keep certain sicknesses at bay that are genetic…

  • http://www.clearlyliving.blogspot.com Laura

    I so appreciate this post Stacey. I am single with no kids of my own and for some reason read tons of blogs that fall into the category of home-school, Christian, natural living moms. i live and work at an orphange in Mozambique for ten years now and care for, on average, 30 precious little boys, 4-8 years old. I have no control over their diet except what I supplement (my dorm is just one of many – we have about 260 kids altogether so the food comes from the main kitchen). Ok, all that background to say, I read these blogs because the lifestyle appeals to me and I am inspired to implement what I can, into my life and my boys. But I have grown increasingly weary of the sense of food being, well, god to many people, although they would not say that, it is the impression I get all too often. So thank you for sharing your commitment to health and healthy eating but in a balanced perspective! Laura

    • Stacy

      Life is about keeping a balance in all you do – even in food. :-)

  • Rachel

    Thank you for this post. This has been the biggest reason why we haven’t god completely crazy not the “real, whole foods lifestyle” I felt that the time that this complete change would require would take away from ministry and family time. We are slowly making changes and we ultimately trust that God is in charge of our bodies. Another thing that was always a deterrent fr us was church. My husband is a yuth and young adults pastor. If we as a family made a stance that we never eat refined sugar or boxed food, how was I gong to be able to go over when invited Into some else’s home, or join our youth group at pizza night, or enjoy a basket of cookies given to us at Christmas. We just had our third baby and received some wonderful meals from our church family. I would have been robbing them of being able to bless us had we said “no thanks we only eat whole food.”

    • Stacy

      Yes – and it’s for that reason we try to maintain a balanced approach…because I never want to keep someone from trying to bless my family in the only way they know how. :-)

  • http://suncoastmomma.blogspot.com Marya

    Thank you for expressing what has been the back of my mind..that this has become an idol to some and I have often thought of people in ministry who just can’t keep up with this. I personally follow paleo because of several diagnoses .i have. I try to keep kefir and fermented veggies going, and good fats. But I can not afford the grassfed beef right now. And that’s okay. And yesterday I did in fact have a diet Pepsi….just because ;)

    • Stacy

      I love Paleo recipes. :-) We follow the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan – it’s similar.

  • Ali

    Love this! I have so many friends that have made food or exercise an “idol”. I struggle with my own mini “idols”, don’t get me wrong…but I agree with and appreciate how you’ve put this into words.

    • Stacy

      :-) Thanks, Ali!

  • Vickie

    I can’t tell you how my shoulders dropped (stress falling off me)after reading this. Hubby has health issues and I’ve been feeling so stressed for trying to make all the “healthy” changes while balancing a tight budget. Thank you so much. I’m bookmarking for future re-reads.

    • Stacy

      :-) Vickie – I pray that God will continue to give you relief from that stress.

  • Sarah

    What a great, biblical perspective! God has been extremely gracious to our family. When my husband and I first God married, we had no clue what to do. We weren’t believers (well… we were heretical idolaters), my husband was constantly unemployed, and I was a poor student. So… we didn’t eat very well. I had no idea how to cook (my husband taught me), and our life mostly consisted of canned soups and bagged salads. We got a lot of our canned stuff from the food bank to cut down on our grocery bills (groceries are EXPENSIVE out here in Nova Scotia, Canada). Then God used Way of the Master ministries to humble us and destroy our self righteousness and we started attending a bible believing amazing church when most of the mom’s homeschool and cloth diaper and live frugally and all that stuff. So that was my first introduction into a totally different lifestyle than I was used to. My pastor preaches all the time on enjoying things as good gifts that God gives us, and not to think that other things will save us (ie, jogging every day will save you and guarantee a long life). It is God that sustain our lives. Not our own efforts. But the key is that he uses responsibly and healthy living as a means.

    I know this sounds weird, but the BEST thing that could have happened was my husband’s soy allergy. He has been sickly since he was a child, and has been getting recurrent pneumonia for the last several years. He has always struggled with weight and had to work really hard to keep it off. But then he kind of stopped “struggling” after we got married (LOL!), and became fairly overweight. Last year, my husband’s body decided to put the red light on soy. We couldn’t figure out what was making him randomly throw up in the middle of the night or the morning with horrible stomach pains and diarrhea. The doctor’s thought it was his gall bladder. So then I put two and two together and figured out that every time he ate something with soy in it, he would throw up and have all those problems several hours later.

    That was God forcing us down a whole foods path because he loves and cares for us and knows that I would have never started cooking stuff from scratch unless he gave a slight nudge (okay, maybe shove) into it.

    We have since also figured out that my husband can’t have sesame (same symptoms as soy except he also gets hives), cow’s milk (makes his asthma worse, causes wheezing and a stuff nose), and… gluten! Gluten causes all sorts of problems for him. For him, it causes IBS and swollen joints (the same symptoms as gout), and because of all the irritation in his bowels it also caused him not to absorb fat soluble vitamins like vitamin D (which he was tested to be deficient). No WONDER any kind of sickness that came around he would get it!

    He also had constant (and I am CONSTANT… 24/7) heartburn that never went away. He had to take a proton-pump inhibitor (Rabeprazole) once a day to keep the acid reflux from happening. The doctors just shrugged and told him he had “GERD” (and “IBS” among other things), but now it’s completely GONE!!!

    So since I started cooking from scratch and cut out his known food allergy/intolerances, he has never felt better! And I have slowly been feeling better to. I have a 3 year old and 1 year old, and they are healthy as well. I know what kind of things to look for now with my kids. I figured out my 1 year old can’t have any kind of milk. I introduced cow milk after I stopped nursing her after 1 year and she reacted horribly. Since I cut it out and have been feeding her rice, almond or coconut milk (which I try to make at home), she has been doing great!

    God has been very good to us! I am feeling ambitious this year and I am going to plant a vegetable garden for the first time!! Thanks SO MUCH for your encouraging post!!! :)

    • Stacy

      Thanks so much for sharing your story here! I think everyone can draw great encouragement from your testimony. :-) I’m so glad your husband feels better!!

  • Constitutionchic

    I do my best to feed my family in a healthy manner, but it all comes down to what the Bible says–everything in moderation. I like to bake my own bread (we just think it tastes better,) but if we have to eat bread from the store, I know we’ll be fine. I think the question to ask is–does it give glory to God? We can do that whether we are eating ma meal made totally from scratch or take out pizza. We just need to encourage one another and do the best that we can.

    • Stacy

      Encouraging one another is so essential – tearing each other down just doesn’t do any good.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/BabysDay Ramona

    My first time here. I absolutely love this post! Thanks for a Christian food blog that makes sense and takes all the pressure off.
    You’re right, most whole foods blogs are nothing less than body, life, and food worship — and I, like you have found them discouraging and extremely stressful.
    I’ll be back! Thanks!

    • Stacy

      :-) I’m glad you’ll be back!

  • dawn

    i just want to say THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! for this!!!!! i have struggled with this issue so much. i have been so “gung-ho” whole, organic foods and clean water (NEVER TAP WATER) that i was probably making other people sick! but the last few months i have really began to think about all this. what is the problem with my nice clean water from the tap? how horrible is it that i complain about that while people in 3rd world countries die from thirst and/or drink water laden with dirt. how dare i complain or get “high-minded” about my water source? same thing about food. anyway, i AMEN, SISTER!!! you to all you have said here; yes, we’ll feel better if we eat better, yes, eat local when you can, yes, filtered water is a little better for ya, no, we are not supposed to overindulge in JUNK at every meal every day, etc, etc. AMEN and THANK YOU for writing this!!!!!! and i add this…. when i was pregnant last year with my twins, i was put on a strict diabetic, zero carbs diet (even though i was not diabetic) and at lunch with a friend one day i was agonizing over whether the waiter refilled my unsweet tea with sweet ( i mean, really, really agonizing!!) JUST a refill. my friend said to me: “chill out, dawn!!! even crack babies survive!!!” so i got a grip on the reality of the world and realized, i CAN drink my tea even if there’s a little sugar in there!!! (and my twins DID survive and continue to thrive!) ;)

    • Stacy

      EXACTLY!!! :-) Thanks so much for your comment, Dawn!

  • http://www.thedailysnapshot.org Charlotte

    AMEN. You have voiced so many of the sentiments I’ve felt from the “whole foods” movement. It’s being set up as an idol, a legalistic way to live your life, instead of being seen as a measure of His grace. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    • Stacy

      And I need a new dose of Grace every single day.

  • Beth

    I am in tears right now! I have been weighted down and overwhelmed by all of my recent nutrition research. I am a mother of two preschoolers and am trying to learn how to cook from scratch and provide for my family in this area. Just yesterday I had a meltdown and felt like such a failure. You have just helped lift me up. Praise to God…I desperately needed to read this article. Thanks for showing His grace. Love to you in Christ.

    • Stacy

      Aw, Mama…you can only do your best. And don’t let that ever get you down. Take one day at a time. Make one healthy switch at a time…and know that sometimes, it’s gonna be take-out or a sandwich for dinner. God honors our efforts to feed our family to the best of our ability. :-) Chin up!

  • Kristen

    This is my first time visiting your blog…thank you so much for writing this post! It is often so tempting to think of whole food, organic products, and natural products and remedies as our savior, and when you add to that the pressures of “honoring the Lord with our bodies”–it can be so overwhelming, especially with all of the conflicting views and opinions!

    I appreciate your stance, and your willingness to proclaim that only Jesus can be our Savior–we live in a fallen world, where sin, suffering, and sickness abound–and there is nothing WE can do to change that. Thanks again!

    • Stacy

      :-) Welcome! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment – I appreciate your support.

  • Naomi Hanvey

    I just found your blog (I was looking for recipes) for the first time today. This post just about made me cry. I am a perfectionist and whenever I read blogs from stay-at-home moms who bake bread with sprouted wheat and only use organic produce, or when I read lists of all the foods to avoid because they contain hormones or pesticides or GMOs, I just feel overwhelmed! There’s no way I can do all of that right. I can’t afford a lot of that stuff and don’t always have time to make gourmet meals (plus occasionally I burn things). Sometimes I just feel so inadequate.

    Thank you, thank you, for reminding me that my worth does not come from what I do but from God who made me and loves me. What a refreshing truth that I need to repeat to myself daily.

    • Stacy

      :-) Consider yourself hugged. Now, go burn dinner. Ha, ha! :-)

  • Stacy

    Stephanie, thanks so much for sharing your testimony here!!! :-)

  • MAV

    Your post here has confirmed a lot of what I feel God has been trying to show me lately about surrendering everything to Him – even my desire to control what goes into our bodies so that we live longer, healthier, etc. Thank you for speaking controlled, balanced truth. God is our Sustainer. Jesus is our Healer. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor. Thank you for letting Him speak through you.

    • Stacy

      Thanks be unto God…I need the reminder daily.

  • Courtney

    Very powerful and moving. Thank you for your honesty and for showing it through love, not hate or condemnation. God bless! I’m just learning and starting to change my diet after a diagnosis of PCOS. Its so hard to keep everything straight in regards to healthy diet. Its so easy to feel overwhelmed with the list of do’s and dont’s and its even harder to not beat myself up for struggling with my diet. Thank you for shining Gods grace through your post! This was very encouraging, thank you!

    • Stacy

      If you’ve not heard of Trim Healthy Mama, I would suggest you check it out….I know people with PCOS have been very successful with it. :-)

  • Marla

    Stacy you are so right on about this food is not your god. I am the first to tell you that life happens. I ate very well thru both of my pregnancies. I breast fed both of my babies for a long time. I made all of their food from scratch and guess what! They both got type 1 diabetes within 5 months of each other this past year. People are quick to ask me if I gave them too much sugar and I always answer NO. They were kids that hardly ever got candy or any junk. I’ve learned that there is an inherent risk in living and everyone gets something. Auto immune things are on the rise and it’s beyond what we are eating. I thank God for modern technology and that my kids can live a good and long life with insulin now that their pancreas’ don’t produce it any longer. I no longer take anything for granted. I’ve learned so much and to be more compassionate to others around me. You are right that everyones days are numbered and God is the one who decides. Yes we do feel better when we eat well. Yes we continue to eat a healthy diet but we’re living proof that there are no guarantees and that no one goes thru life unscathed. In some ways I guess I used to be judgmental when I saw people with health problems and thought it must be their diets until it happened to us.

    • Stacy

      Our God is sovereign. :-) All we can do is our best, right?

  • Jackie

    Thank you! This came at just the right time for me. I have fibromyalgia and I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only person that feels this way. Totally agree with you!!

    • Stacy

      Fibromyalgia is tough. :-(

  • Julie Filter

    Such a great post, Stacy! I had to laugh out loud at some of your statements because they so deeply reflect my own thoughts, beliefs, and experiences! I remember spending almost an entire year completely engulfed in every food documentary that hit Netflix and then I pretty much hit the wall and watched nothing of substance for 2 years just to save my sanity! I practiced several different food philosophies and then we faced an auto-immune disorder that the Lord used to shake us out of the insanity. I am so grateful for the lesson, and desperately want to encourage others to learn through the wise warnings. Thanks for posting this! I love it!!!!!
    I see that you linked a few other blogs on this topic! I’d love to share mine too. http://savvyhomemaking.com/turning-away-from-food-idolatry/

    • Stacy

      Thanks for sharing! Going to read right now. :-) I love finding like-minded women.

  • Gina

    Thank you for this post. I was about to fall victim to what I’m realizing is another distraction in a world full of distractions. This obsession with health and nutrition can quickly become an idol. My family also thanks you!

    • Stacy

      I think we all have to re-examine ourselves in this area…a lot. I know I do.

  • Sonja Sarr

    Praise the Lord for your real food balance. We try to eat as well as we can on this real food journey, too. Awesome that you guys are debt-free, too!

    • Stacy

      WOOHOO!!!! :-)

  • Joyfulmomof6

    Amen and Amen!
    As a mother of 6, including one child with Asperger’s/ADHD, I struggled with all the people who claimed that 1) if I only fed him the right things, he would be healed from his autism (getting rid of gluten and casein actually made him WORSE…disclaimer…I know GFCF does help some children but not my son), and 2) that all my problems would be solved if I found the “right” supplements or right medicine (I don’t even want to get started about the debates about whether Rx meds should be used or not. Medicine, even natural medicine, is also a god many people worship. Although some of these things have helped, he is still not healed.
    I know my Lord can intervene at any minute and touch him and heal him. This is not to say we are not to try to use “means” (healthy eating, good supplements, Rx meds), but ultimately my focus has to stay on Him to do the healing (or not, if that is His Will).
    I love your refreshing honesty. ANYTHING can become a god in our lives. That’s why we need the REAL Savior, who transforms our thinking and gives us discernment in this world of false teachings.

    • Stacy

      Yep – anything. Cars. Money. Food. Anything – we have to tread carefully.

  • TruthMom

    Rom 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
    Rom 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
    Rom 14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
    Rom 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
    Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
    Rom 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
    Rom 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
    Rom 14:20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
    Rom 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
    Rom 14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
    Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

  • trueindigo

    Amen! I’ve been struggling so much with this very issue, and realizing that though caring for my family’s health is good, the heavy load being piled on my back is not from God. Finding this article today was such a blessing!

    • Stacy

      I’m glad to hear that. :-)