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Making peace with food OR How I lost 14.2 pounds in one day!

After discovering how to embrace my divine self in order to love my body right now (not when I achieve my ideal weight) I feel a safety and freedom I have never known.  I am calling a truce with food and three decades of dieting.

When you want to cement an emotional change it helps to take action in the physical world.

IMG_7906I felt inspired to purge myself and my home of every diet book I own – and there were a lot.After gathering from different rooms, bookshelves and even my kitchen pantry I was amazed at the hefty stack. Each represented the hope of achieving my ideal body weight and ‘the last diet’ I would ever need. Each also represented another failure to achieve the results I craved.

The stack was heavy enough that my curiosity got the better of me and I had to weigh it – 14.2 pounds that I no longer need.

As I let go of my belief that ‘food is the enemy’ and that I can’t be trusted with it, I no longer need advice telling me how to control myself by counting portions, points or calories. I don’t need to try and trick my body into losing weight by food combining, high and low carb days or intermittent fasting.  These stratagems never created lasting or sustainable change anyway.

Part of the transformation of food from foe to friend was created by gaining a perspective of God’s view of food.  The truth is that food is a gift from a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to find delight in his creations and creativity. For example, He could have created a world with just one kind of apple but instead there are over 7,000 types worldwide. Imagine!

If we look to the scriptures we find a clear picture that God wants us to enjoy food.  As the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years he provided them with Manna.  Was it bland and terrible? No!  Exodus 16:31 says, “the taste of it was like wafers made with honey”. Did God limit how much they could have?  No!  Verse 16-27 state, “gather of it every man according to his eating…and the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.”

God promised the children of Israel and land that flowed with ‘milk and honey’.  When they arrived the people verified that God kept his promise.  In Numbers 13:27 we read, “We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely if floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it”.  As evidence they provided a branch with one cluster of grapes so large they had to bare it between two men upon staffs.  God didn’t provide just milk – he also wanted them (and us) to experience the sweetness of life.

In the 59th chapter of the Doctrine and Covenants God’s details for us His gift of food.

16 Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;

17 Yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;

18 Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;

19 Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.

20 And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.

21 And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments.

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 Let’s review the salient parts:

Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man,

1) both to please the eye and

2) to gladden the heart;

3) for food and for rainment

4) for taste

5) and for smell

6) to strengthen the body

7) and to enliven the soul.

Does this sound like God wants us to appreciate and enjoy our food? Yes! Does he want us to eat what is currently growing, in season and available? Yes!

Now look at his only counsel in verse 20, “it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.”

We are cautioned to eat what God has provided for man – delicious, whole foods from the ground, trees and animals, not man-made imitations in cardboard boxes and packages. We are cautioned not to eat to excess (overindulgence or gluttony) neither by extortion (force or threats) which to me represent the restrictions of diet books.

Almost two years ago I begged God to help me understand how to eat and he told me a simple formula. PS3= Plate/Sit, Portion Size, Pray/Savor.

I looked at this as just another list of restrictions and found it especially difficult to savor my food.  Until now.

With my fresh understanding of God’s perspective about food I can see what he was asking me to do.  Put the food on a plate and sit down so I can really be mindful of my meal.  Pray with gratitude for the energy/vitality the food is generating in my body. In truth the food is the blessing, not the other way around!  Savor the variety, textures and flavors God has provided for my enjoyment. And finally, stop when I am satisfied (not eating to excess).

This formula is actually a gift to appreciate God’s creations every time I partake of his goodness. It is a daily reminder of his love for me. Real food is my friend, provided by a loving God to nurture my precious and divine body  which I love and appreciate as it is now and as it changes.

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