Healthy Baking for the Holidays

Do you feel like healthy eating and the sincerest intentions begin with the new year only to be derailed as the year grows older?  How about the Holidays?  With so many socials, parties, holiday events coming up, I thought it was important to address the difference between a “diet” and a “lifestyle”.

First, knowing your reason for choosing the foods you eat is the crux of any healthy lifestyle.  I believe that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.  “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.” (I Cor. 6:19).

What does it mean to honor our bodies?  I believe that what we ingest and what we put on our bodies do have a physical impact on your health.  In the case of my family and myself, there are foods that destroy the lining of our gut.  I began our search for a healthy diet many years prior to our physical diagnosis, but permanently letting go of first gluten, then processed dairy, eggs, artificial dyes, processed sugar, etc, have each been a spiritual growth for me.  I had to choose if I was going to be angry and wallow in self-pity or to accept this body God gave me and be thankful for the variety of foods He has created.  It was easy for me to say “no” to myself, but saying “no” to my children was a much bigger challenge and continues to be.  If you want to explore a greater depth to your own perspective, I encourage you to read “Made to Crave” by Lysa Terkeurst.

If you have come along on your journey and have decided that removing foods that God never designed us to eat in the first place is a “lifestyle” and not just a temporary “diet,”  you might find yourself in a hard place when social events or holidays come into place.  Not only do you have to plan for your family, but sometimes it is imposing on family and friends.  In order for our family to eliminate so many foods, we either don’t participate in events, I bring my own food or the hosts accommodates our family’s needs.  This can bring challenges to relationships.  I have not always been successful in showing my gratitude to gracious hosts/hostesses.  God continues to stretch me.

Lastly, I’m writing this to share with you that God’s food doesn’t have to taste poorly. I continue to stretch my own experience in the kitchen to find healthy desserts that use God’s natural sugars (ie honey, maple syrup, raw cane sugar).  We will be hosting a Healthy Baking for the Holidays Event in November to share recipes and to inspire you to try something new!  Let this be a lifestyle and hang onto your own limitations trusting that God has a reason to use you as an inspiration for someone else.

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