I have been struggling for several years to find a balance in our day-to-day eating habits. I've read and experimented a ridiculous amount; if you are acquainted with me personally you'll know that we're usually not eating something at any given point, and that it will likely be a different something the next week.
It's generally tiresome. For everyone.
More often than not, I feel paralyzed in my attempt to plan our meals and we end up eating a very limited diet, get bored out of our minds with baked sweet potatoes, and frequently decide to throw out our dietary convictions (and our budget) in favor of a pizza, some chicken tenders and french fries, or sushi, (our small town provides limited options) thereby sabotaging any efforts we were attempting to make toward wellness and responsible eating. (Let's call this phenomenon, The Irony of the takeout Pizza.)
During Lent, this issue has been brought to the forefront, because in addition to participating in a modified dietary fast (the Orthodox Church abstains from meat, dairy, eggs, and olive oil during Lent and at different times throughout the year), as a family we have also been attempting to continue our avoidance of grains (we are consenting to rice and oats during the fast) legumes, and sugar.
Alas, as I type this, I'm eating reheated cheap takeout pizza for lunch, if that tells you how all that's going. Womp womp.
Last night, after praying and thinking about it all day, I created a mind map (thank you, Modern Mrs. Darcy, for the reminder!) to try to make some sense of my frustrations and this is what I came up with (click mind map to see larger image):
The only conclusion I reached after making this was that I could probably safely eat foraged berries and mushrooms (except I don't like mushrooms), and vegetables grown by myself or by someone I know. (Judging from the diet he eventually settled upon, I think St. John the Forerunner possibly struggled with these issues as well.)
I've made no decisions, but I wondered this morning how I might scribble "LOVE" across that mind map in big ol' red letters, by my choices, sacrifices, and attitudes towards food and eating. If Love is the point, if living Whole, True, and Free in Christ and who He made me to be is the aim of my life, what does that look like when it comes to this area?
Stay tuned to this developing story and feel welcome to share your own steps in this journey in the comments. In the meantime, I have to visit the store because all we have is soggy spinach and frozen fruit, and we're out of sweet potatoes.