Saturday, February 4, 2012
What? Because of complications with his birth, I hadn't even held him yet! But Mom had the long-range perspective. Becoming a parent meant it was time to start acting like a parent. And now I feel it is time--past time, really--to act like a grown-up about eating.
This whole process of dieting and blogging for the past six months has helped me see how I have misused food most of my life. I ate because I was happy, or sad, or mad, or confused. I ate because there was food in front of my face. I ate because I couldn't think of anything else to do.
These days, I'm eating because my stomach is growling. Food is fuel. Food is wonderful, delicious, and enjoyable...but it is still fuel. God could have provided only manna for us to eat--the same bland food day in and day out forever. But He didn't! He gave us a beautiful Garden-of-Eden smorgasbord of delightful and delicious foods to fuel our bodies! As I transition away from eating little powdered sugar donuts and french fries and toward munching on crisp apples and juicy, sweet oranges, I taste what I've been missing all these years. Eating healthy food is not a deprivation; it is a delight! And I need to quit stomping my foot and pouting about missing the inferior foods I don't eat in mass quantities like I used to.