and this is kind of long. so settle in and put a blanket over your cold toes.
(here is the first part of the series that explains what the heart is behind all this and what my symptoms of crappiness were.)
when i started lent, all i knew was that i was giving up sugar. i had no intention of doing anything long term. i just knew i needed to stop eating sweet treats. so i stopped making cookies every other day. i stopped eating chocolate all throughout the day and into the evening. those first 3 days of pure hell for me, to be honest. i wanted sugar and couldn't have it. i had headaches and was lethargic. i prayed that God would help me...just help me get through the day! it was so silly...i couldn't believe how ridiculous i was.
one afternoon that first week when i was sulking, i turned on the TV (which is always on PBS basically) and there was one of those old people seminar shows. and this Dr. Fuhrman was talking about fruits and vegetables. for some reason i didn't change the chanel to HGTV. and what He said was pretty crazy...he was explaining me: my symptoms in general.
lethargic, hormonal issues, possible thyroid stuff, irritable, fatigued constantly, craving sugar bad, giant mood swings, cystic acne. just on and on.
then he was talking about typical american diets. while i stay away from fast foods and high fat foods, i eat mostly processed foods. they are organic processed foods, so i thought i was pretty ok. LAUGHTER. and then he pulled up what we should be eating for optimal health and so our bodies could break down food and process it.
uh oh. that was not me. my pyramid was upside down.
so the Dr. explained that i don't have to be miserable anymore. and i felt like that phrase went deep down in my heart and i heard it loud and clear. i was miserable and tired and grumpy and unhealthy. and i was using sugar like a drug, totally addicted. i was a total user. and it was then that i knew i needed to really change...like long term. who says God can't use a PBS special to tell you something?
well....i'm quitting sugar and i need the right kind of energy. Lord, you know i hate fruit. so you're going to have to change my heart and my tastebuds and help me do this.
so when i went to the store that week, i went veggie and fruit crazy. i even bought beets for the first time ever. i was struck by how pretty they were.
he used this acronym and said that we should eat these gems everyday. he says,
G-BOMBS: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds
“G-BOMBS” is an acronym you can use to remember the most nutrient-dense, health-promoting foods on the planet. These are the foods you should eat every day, and they should make up a significant proportion of your diet – these foods are extremely effective at preventing chronic disease and promoting health and longevity.
so i bought those things when i was at the store. and i try and eat those particular fruits and veggies every single day.
i fill up on the G-BOMBS so i don't get surprise attacked by sugar. see how i did a war pun there? i made myself laugh because it was dumb. but true. THIS IS WAR, players.
if you're full on nutrients then sugar doesn't have as great of a pull as it normally would.
and you're not as hungry all the dang time. i was just eating constantly but never satisfied because they were empty calories. makes so much sense that i was starving in the nutrient department.
so here's what i did:
1)i was in God's word in the morning. i needed him to comfort me instead of food. i needed His help desperately to say NO. i needed to repent for using food and worshiping it. i felt entitled to eat treats...they were rewards for what i had to "deal with" during the day ( subtle, entitled "using" attitude) and i also felt entitled because i wasn't overweight...so who cares if i eat a cookie for breakfast and lunch and dinner? it doesn't show on the outside! (oh hey, pharisee! looking good on the outside and rotting on the inside.) entitlement says, i don't need God. i don't need God because i have ___________ (sugar). i don't need God in this area because i "look ok". i deserve to eat whatever i want.
save me Jesus!
if you don't start at the root, which is seeing sin as the root issue, you're building this whole diet change on a shaky foundation. so start here!
alrighty, stay tuned and i'll be sharing some recipes and other such health related stuff.
if you're on instagram, you can use the hashtag #imoversugar if you're making something healthy or starting a new habit and we can all encourage each other in our endeavor to be healthy humans on the inside and out.