Spend any amount of time with a person and you'll eventually talk about food, will you not? It's a basic, daily, pedestrian task. And it should be enjoyed.
But what do you do if eating suddenly becomes something you no longer enjoy? You worry about the physical reactions you'll have later or you wonder if the food that is going into your body is really fueling you how it should? Trust me, I've been there.
Food has been such an exploratory and sometimes controversial topic for me over the last year. You could say at some points I've been obsessed about it. Really, you could, because it's true. First I was a bit cautious about what Mia ate when she starting experimenting with more solids. She was a perfect little being and I really didn't want to "mess her up," until I realized you just got to do what you can do and "let it be." The cards will fall where they may. Then I turned the spotlight on myself and decided, it's time to figure out what really makes this system work or fail, especially because I felt I was having a LOT of failures.
I've been on such a crazy learning curve of late, that while I feel voraciously HUNGRY for more information, sometimes I just need to turn off the news flow of information and just calm.down. For real. It can get a bit much.
Which is why my motto for this year is "everything in moderation."
Greg & I have been discussing what foods were truly intended for our bodies and we've struggled to figure out if certain foods were mentioned in the Bible why would they not be okay now? (Like wheat and bread, for example. The New Testament even calls Jesus the "bread of life.") To not do a research paper on it all right now, all I will say is some things have changed in the processing and growing of wheat in the last 100 years that can sometimes make it much harder for a person's digestive system to handle. Don't get me wrong though: I love bread, I love toast, and I don't hate grains. I just have to quote 1 Cor. 10:23 (NIV, 1984 version):
"Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive."
We may be allowed to eat all things but not everything necessarily works for us. Right now I'm in the midst of another cleanse. I know it makes me sound like a yo-yo, I really do. But I'm just trying to work one more thing out for my little gut, and then hopefully I'll be able to reintroduce grains bit by bit at some point. Because right now, not all things are beneficial for me. I really wish it was, because man, those fritos in our pantry are CALLING MY NAME. "EAT ME!!!"
But instead, I'm gonna hard-boil some eggs for some protein snacks down the road and try to make myself a new recipe of gluten-free pizza crust. I'm trying to slay the sugar & grain monster right now so shoot up some prayers for my patience. You don't know how good ice cream, cupcakes, french bread, and a Jimmy John's sandwich sound right now. In due time, in due time.