2 and 3 Things that Made My Recovery from Anorexia Final


 

marketLast week I shared with you #3thingstomakerecoveryfinal ! Instead of simply saying, Jesus Christ, and then opening the floor for a barrage of questions, I’m letting you in on my answers to a dear friend recently. You can read the first part, here.

2. There are some people that I’ve had to ask to change the conversation. I don’t do this often. But, I have a number of family, friends and acquaintances who are INTENSE exercisers. And though they love me and know my history, some are a bit careless in their conversations and criticism of heavy people or relating the details their last ultra-marathon. It was really tough, but several times I’ve had to say, “Guys, I need to talk about something else”.

3. One thing that really began to change my feelings about food was an experience at the farmer’s market in Olympia, WA. I was alone, walking through the stalls and suddenly overcome by the sheer joy on everyone’s face! These people made their living thinking about food all the time 🙂

And they LOVED it! No one I saw was super skinny. There were people sampling cherries, roasting nuts, counting apples and potatoes. Herbs hung from tall beams, Homemade soaps and mysterious scents everywhere. It hit me for the first time how much of a GIFT food is! How much God wants us to enjoy it! How excited He must be when we harvest and taste and smile over the delicious variety of His creation. But these people were just enjoying it with simplicity–no long mental argument about what was good, bad or best for them to eat.

This has become my pursuit with food and exercise–I want to enjoy this life: Really enjoy it! And whatever comes of my body as I’m “living it up” down here in my good God’s creation, so be it. He is capable of caring for me.

We hear so much about “loving” our body, but I don’t find that anywhere in the Bible. We are called to use our body and care for our bodies. We are asked to touch, feed, nurture, carry, speak, sing, love, hold, birth, reason and worship with our bodies. None of those things require “loving” it–either from a selfish “I’ve got the best body” attitude or the attitude taught so often in treatment that we need to learn to “love our bodies” just as they are.

That’s just it–our bodies just are. They are for the purpose of serving and using and worshiping. And whatever becomes of my body as I’m doing those things, so be it.

And you know the best part about “whatever happens”? In the process of using my body to honor God and enjoy Him, I have EVERY confidence that He will care for the health of my body.

I hope this helps, lovely friend.

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2 thoughts on “2 and 3 Things that Made My Recovery from Anorexia Final

  1. Good points (as usual 🙂 ) I think you are right about good, wholesome, natural food that you are likely to find in a farmers’ market. It is grown with great pride and they deserve to get a fair price for it. In England so much food is wasted when supermarkets push people to buy more than they need e.g. buy one, get one half-price. Much of it ends up in the bin. the supermarkets pay the producers a low price and make a big profit. In East Crete in Greece, the local farmers are far from wealthy but work hard to produce wonderful fruit, vegetables and other crops. The people in the village lead a very healthy life. They come in all different shapes and sizes but whatever difficulties they have to deal with (there are many), they keep positive, smile and you will rarely hear them complain. We, like all the other olive-oil producers are proud of our extra-virgin olive oil which is of course very good for health. It is hard work, but it’s amazing to see the olives grow, pick them and see them miraculously pressed into deep green, clear and glistening oil. It just seems to be the way God meant it to be.

    Again, I think you are absolutely right that we are meant to take good care of our bodies, but not worship them. If we do exercise just for the sake of it we need to be careful not to become obsessed. However, if we do activities that are good for our overall well-being (mental well-being too), then that is likely to be good for our bodies too, but it will be a natural process and not forced. I love windsurfing, skiing and mountain-biking and I need to keep pushing myself to make time for these things as they make me feel great in every respect. The fitness comes with the activity, naturally, not just for the sake of it. I also go running but it’s more about trying to keep reasonably fit these days, rather than for great pleasure or to be competitive. I learnt to tame the beast that was pushing me to keep getting faster times in my younger days, and after the first couple of miles I feel happier to be out there doing it.

    God gave us our individual gifts and skills and he gave us the environment for using them, so we would be foolish and ungrateful if we don’t make use of them. So many people do not have the opportunity or the ability. I think everyone should find time to enjoy the activities that suit them and that may be walking in the mountains, rowing a boat on a lake or playing with a dog in the park. Whatever it is, we must do these things while we can and thank God for what we have.

    1. “we are meant to take good care of our bodies, but not worship them. If we do exercise just for the sake of it we need to be careful not to become obsessed. However, if we do activities that are good for our overall well-being (mental well-being too), then that is likely to be good for our bodies too, but it will be a natural process and not forced.”

      David, I think I’m going to hang this quote on my wall 🙂
      You’re so right!

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