Hi guys! Last week I launched my third year blogging at Beyond the Dinner Table with a post on four things to consider before quitting sugar or starting another restrictive diet. I felt refreshed after writing it as I’ve personally spent the last year reanalyzing the way I (and our culture) look at health and nutrition. The thought of NOT dieting and NOT eliminating some kind of “unhealthy” food is hard for most of us because society idolizes those who control their body through diets and weight loss... and shames those who don’t.
However, nutrition is so much more than counting macronutrients, eating superfoods, and burning calories. (And, it definitely isn’t about a perfect number on the scale.) Good nutrition stems from a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body. And, ultimately I believe that these healthy relationships begin with where we find our identity (...but please note this is based on my religious beliefs).
So that being said, if you’re like me and have done away with restrictive diets to focus on having healthy relationships with God, others, and yourself in 2018, here are some suggestions of what to do instead! After all, you’ll likely have a bunch more time and energy!
These last eight weeks were the longest-shortest weeks of my life.
Of course, I’m sure every mom of a newborn has thought the exact same thing. Since my three-year old was born, I had somehow forgotten how the nights seemingly drag on and the weeks fly by. My little Kate is already eight weeks old! And in those eight short weeks, I’ve been reminded nearly daily that we’re not meant to live life on our own. We were made to be in ongoing communion with God and to find community with others.
I’m not going to lie. Many of the days since Kate’s birth were really hard. (Really hard = short for tear-filled, ugly, and painfully exhausting days). Big life changes are hard. After the birth of Liam in 2014, every day seemed like an uphill climb to nowhere with no relief in sight.
I want to do it all. And, I want to do it all well. The problem is… when I try to do it all, I end up doing nothing at all well. I far too often let my type-A, perfectionist personality steal joy, overshadow progress, and limit fruitfulness.
Maybe you can relate.
Three Christmases ago, back in 2013, I remember spending hours on Pinterest, “pinning" the countless ways I planned to be an intentional mom during the Christmas season. I was debating whether I was going to do a chocolate Advent calendar or wrap up twenty-five Christmas books for the days leading to Christmas. I believed I'd be the creative mom making the cute felt tree for my toddler to decorate--or maybe even be gutsy enough to let him or her decorate our real tree. I dreamed up fancy holiday brunches and elaborate Christmas traditions to start as a family. And then Liam came.
And the exhaustion.
Let’s face it. I’m sure we can all agree there are certain tell-tale signs that show up when life falls out of balance. I can relate to many of these scenarios:
But instead of focusing on the negative, the remaining weeks of September we’re going to be discussing how to achieve the balanced life. After all, soon Fall will be in full swing making this a perfect time for a fresh start and new outlook. Coming up, I’ll be looking at balancing time and schedules as well as balancing lifestyles with diet and exercise. (UPDATE: Please read my post on October 10 of why the releasing of the next two posts have been delayed.)
But first, let’s look at three practical ways to make faith the foundation of a balanced life. The goal is to start looking up (to God) before setting out (on your day). And from personal experience, if you focus most of your effort here, I promise the rest will fall much easier into place.
Hello, I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like!
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