I have been there and it is not a pretty place to be when you are spending so much effort into healthy eating and your family doesn't even like the meals you are preparing. All they want is their hamburger and french fries back with some ketchup on the side.(and I'm talking homemade french fries deep fried not baked in the oven) My kids don't want soaked oatmeal for breakfast, they want my homemade cinnamon rolls. I had gotten so caught up in trying to feed them only what was healthy, that I quit making their favorite foods, even if those foods were made from scratch. I started feeling like if it wasn't completely "healthy" then I shouldn't be fixing it, even if whatever "it" was was made from scratch. You know what I'm talking about don't you? I know I am not alone in this. Come on, fess up and tell me you have been there.
I started feeling like I wasn't doing enough because I wasn't fixing foods the way certain blogs said I needed to fix them. If I wasn't fermenting, culturing, sprouting or soaking, then I felt I wasn't doing it good enough. Why did I ever fall into the trap of believing I had to do it like they said? The old saying I have always heard in this situation is "Who died and made them God?" Do you know what? They aren't God. God created foods for us to enjoy and His word tells me that nothing is unclean if I have thanked Him for it and asked His blessing over it. Now, this does not mean I can ask God to bless a Twinkie and it will give me all the nutrients and vitamins an apple would, I know that. I get it. What it does tell me, is that it's okay for me to eat meat - and enjoy it. It is okay for me to eat nuts without soaking them first. His word tells me to drink milk and eat honey. It is okay if I do my best with what God has given me and leave the rest up to Him. That is all He asks of me. He knows my heart. Food is not to be my idol. A quest for "real food" is not to be my idol. Real food bloggers are not to be my idols.
I plan to post more about this in the future, but until then, I recommend you read these other posts about the same issue from some fellow bloggers that feel the same as me.
The Simple Homemaker
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