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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Babysteps

I believe that the best way to embark on any journey, especially the one of changing your eating habits is through babysteps. 

Paul, in his first letter to the church at Corinth said, “I have fed you with milk and not with meat because you were not able to bear it (I Cor. 3:2).”  God knows that as baby Christians we need milk (the first and plainest truths of the gospel) and when we are mature we can progress to meat (deeper spiritual insights) just the same as newborn babies drink milk first and then progress to solids.  The term “leap of faith” is a misnomer.  I believe that God does not lead people to “leap”, but to take “steps” of faith. 

I think this can apply to anything in life.  When you are wanting to make a change in your life it is best to do it in babysteps.  When you make major changes it is too easy to slip back into your old way of life.  When you take babysteps, habits begin to form and it’s not as easy to slip back to the old way of doing things.  Of course, if you have an addiction it needs to be cut off cold turkey, but I’m talking about changing habits.  Also, if you have major health issues, some major changes may be in order. 

Health is a buzz word today.  Everyone is aware of healthy eating and most everyone, if asked, would say they make healthy food choices.  But I say we all have room for improvement, myself included.  No matter what place you are at with your eating habits, if you are taking steps, I say, “Good for you!”  If you have just taken the first step and cut one unhealthy thing out of your diet, you are to be commended.  The danger comes when you feel you don’t need change.  I think that we can all be moving forward and learn new things no matter what place in life we are at.  I recently learned that distilled water is very acidic and it upsets your body’s acid/alkaline balance (more on that later) so I have quit drinking distilled water.  I strive to live a lifestyle of learning and there is something to be learned in every experience, mistake or observance in life.

Another important thing to remember is not to look around you and gauge your success on others.  Never look around and condemn yourself because you aren’t meeting the standard of someone else and don’t judge others for not attaining the level that you have achieved.  We must not compare ourselves or assume that we are the standard to judge others by.  II Cor. 10:12 says, “…comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.”  Barnes commentary says that the people of the church at Corinth were making themselves the standard to judge others by and that this is stupid and foolish, this is an indication of pride.  Peter and James both tell us that God resists the proud (I Peter 5:5 & James 4:6) and Solomon tells us in Proverbs 16:18 that “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”  We must do all things in love, as Paul says in I Cor 13:2 “and though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”  We must always walk in love.  Please know that as I post new topics here, I bring them up out of love.  I do not presume to be better than anyone, nor do I ever feel that I have “arrived”. 

I like what Marla Cilley (the Flylady) says about removing clutter from your home.  It’s like peeling layers of an onion.  Every time you go through that closet you find new things to get rid of.  I think it’s the same with changing eating habits.  Every so often we cut out another unhealthy thing, peeling back the layers.  So no matter what place you are at in life you can change habits by babysteps.  Change one thing, make it a habit and then move on to another thing.  Someday you will look back and say, “I can’t believe I used to eat (fill in the blank)”.  Don’t go through your cupboards and start throwing all your food out and exclusively shopping at Wild Oats.  You will quickly fall off the wagon, but find one thing and take a step. 

I encourage you to take a step and I encourage you to never stop looking inward to see what may need changing.

8 comments:

  1. I believe that too-step by step is the only way...

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  2. My thoughts were taken to....EVERYTIME I peel an onion layer by layer I cry. Making changes I KNOW need to be made require deliberate dying to my flesh. I remember when I changed from margarine to butter. The same week I made my resolve butter went to $4 a pound. We went without butter OR margarine until the price came back down. It wasn't a "health food freak" thing. It was a conviction. It hurt. I had to listen to fussing (including my own). It took TWO MONTHS for the price to come back down. Now its $2.85/lb again and I use it regularly but it was a process of determination. In the interim, I learned to use many seasonings to make things taste good. Necessity is the mother of invention ya know :o) I have made deliberate changes on many fronts in the last 4 years. Nutrition has been a large part of that, but my relationship with the Lord in relation to my marriage was actually the biggest. I think God gives more grace to the humble....grace to find the strength to bear the tears and persevere toward the higher callings as each need is presented.

    Oh and one more thing....dont discredit "cleaning out your cabinets". One of the things I have found in my healthfood journey is that many commerically processed foods make you crave MORE commercially processed foods. Sugar & yeast are the two worst offenders. Thats not to say you can never have them again (we are actually using white sugar today to make limeade; organic raw limes) just that when your beginning its easy to sabatoge yourself and not even know it!

    Christian wife & 17th yr homeschool mom of B26 & B18 (home graduated & apprenticed), G15, B13, B11.5 & G9

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  3. Excellent article by Sally Fallon r/t changing our diet is at http://tinyurl.com/2k8x53

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  4. Very true, thank you Dona. I think what I have seen the most, though, are people that try to change everything and give up because it's too hard. Or the people that don't even take the first step because they are overwhelmed by all there is to change. To those I encourage just to take it one step at a time. :) I think the size of each step is going to be different for all of us. I will be adding many more topics here to bring awareness of what needs changing in our diets.

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  5. Yes - - the size of the step is a great description....we all were different sized shoes, dont we! My #2 son wears a 14. Ive always told him he "just has a good foundation". Metaphorically speaking, my own experience has been that to whom much is given, much is required. My children all got their big feet from me.....this is getting funny.....I frequently stick my big foot in my mouth too! ROFL. Blessings & best wishes to all who are trying to walk the walk (a feet thing ya know). I love metaphors!

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  6. good article. i just heard a message at church about Psalm 126:5 "those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy." which seems to go hand and hand with changing eating habits. it's always kinda hard and you might have to sew in tears for a while, but it will pay off when you reap a healthy body. by the way if you're looking for a new water solution i suggest sam's choice water. trudi studied it out and sam's and nestle are the best, but sam's i think is cheaper.

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  7. Yes, change is not always easy, but we will reap the rewards. Thanks for the great comments!

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  8. [...] I want to add a final note on my philosophy.  Let’s review the main points –  o        Take babystepso        Put all your trust in the Lord first and foremosto        Choose whole foods [...]

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