Mighty Oaks Were Once Seeds | You ‘Gotta Start Somewhere

revised“Taking that first initial step toward a long-term goal may not be super comfortable, and may even look a little messy.  Your flesh may want to get discouraged because it looks like you aren’t making much headway, but any step forward, not matter how small, is a step in the right direction. And if you are one who is making huge progress by leaps and bounds, remember to thank God and stay humble.”

– Meghan Weyerbacher

Honesty is the best policy so I thought I’d take today to just get this off my chest: I do not eat completely 100% healthy.  There I said it.  Did that throw you off a little, considering the photo and title have to do with plants? Well, keep reading to find out how this post started off food oriented and how God said, ‘Wait a minute, this is good….I have a Word just for this.”

The Weyerbacher Better Eating Habits Adventure began about a month ago or so. I post recipe’s and photos of food, all things I have bought or made, that we really do eat & drink.  Sometimes I go overboard with explaining myself {some of my friends laugh at me for this but it is just in my nature to totally transparent about things} but I really want to write with a purpose; more than just a venting blog, but a journey I can be open with others about, that someone, anyone, may glean from.

As I was posting this blog, I initially was just going to state things we started off doing to help get us all on the right track.  This can be different for every family of course, or you may not even feel the need right now to focus on the health & nutrition part of your life. I don’t know.  BUT I am sharing our experience in case it can help someone else.

You can apply the verse above to the other areas of your life too, even if they have nothing to do with diets!  {I still encourage you to read the scripture in context, but the Holy Spirit is awesome and He will help bring the Word to Life as you read it if you ask Him!  Usually in scripture, there is the literal meaning with what’s being said at that place and time, but many times the Lord will use these very scriptures to speak to us today, in our very circumstances.  That is what happened today with this one in particular!}

As for us in our household, we took the s-m-a-l-l steps below first and will add to them all in good time.  This is where the scripture ties in because my flesh wants me to feel like I am not doing enough toward our goal.  The flesh screams in my earlobes, “But you just bought food with preservatives in it! How dare you!”  To which God gave me permission to reply, “Shut up. I am a child of the Lord and He is guiding me every step of the way.  My brother is helping us, my husband is actually agreeing to do this, my kids aren’t really putting up a fight like I assumed they would…we are GOOD, thank you very much!”

Drum roll please….

  • We cut out white bread & replaced it with 100% whole wheat (you still have to check the label because some brands are deceitful)
  • Everyone but our 3 year old switched to Almond Milk & Almond Coconut Milk so far
  • We are weening ourselves slooowwly off of butter and vegetable oil and are using Coconut Oil instead.
  • Everyone but my husband cut out soda completely, but now he is hopping on the bandwagon too.
  • Drinking more and more water daily
  • Stop eating right when we get “satisfied” not bloated
  • For snacks we are trying to eat healthier. Examples: Fruit, gluten-free snacks, snacks without high fructose corn syrup, switched to sugar-free fudge pops etc…

That is about it right now.  It’s a process, but in just a months time, I think we have done well for a family of 5.  We are by no means perfect, and I am one to admit that if I go completely cold turkey on some things, I just may get too annoyed, so I am allowing us to splurge about once a week.

Example:

Breakfast:

  • pancakes 1 day a week (made regular until I can get a healthier recipe down pat…I will work on this haha)

Snack

  • 1 day a week we are going to get fancy and do smores or something

Lunch or Dinner

  • 1 day a week we may eat out somewhere that doesn’t exactly fit under a “healthy” category

this week it was twice because we were running low on groceries and I was stuck at home      due to vehicle problems >_< so I ordered delivery once and the other my husband brought something home.

I wanted to share because I don’t want to be hypocritical.  I’m all about the blunt, but it is baby steps for us. This is my life right now as far eating goes, but life is much more than food.

In the end I believe it’s about balancing things and not getting too far off on either side.  I don’t want to be the parent that says, “Do as I say, not as I do,” because that phrase just annoys me and teaches ones kids to raise their eyebrows at them for a long time (that’s for another post).

I want to be a good example but not completely squish my children’s desire to enjoy a hot fudge sundae every now and then either.  But that’s just me

So now you see, none of us are better than the next, it’s just that some are farther along in their journeys than others. Where are you?  If you have felt alone, or even frustrated with yourself for maybe a lack of motivation, I plead with you today to let the past go and start fresh right now.  God is mindful of you and He wants you to call on Him.

Have a blessed Friday readers!  As always, feel free to share your ideas or experiences regarding eating habits & helpful tips on how to get your family on board with a healthier diet.


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