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April 21st, 2010 - Food News, True Beauty

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What to Eat…What Not to Eat…That is the Question!

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I think one of the ‘easiest’ traps to fall into when desiring to loose weight is to start putting foods into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ categories.  I know there was a point in my life when I would not eat certain foods, (or even entire food groups) because I heard something about how they make you gain weight… (Example: I stopped eating popcorn because I heard it was bad…now I think really?!? It is a perfectly healthy source of whole grain, and a yummy healthy snack as long as it isn’t smothered in butter!)

There are so many ‘rules’ out there for eating, and we’ve all heard them…Don’t eat past 7 pm, don’t eat carbs after lunch, don’t eat carbs in general, don’t mix certain food groups at meals…I’ve EVEN heard don’t eat fruit because it has too much sugar! (Now this just proves these ‘rules’ are silly, who has ever became fat from eating fruit!?!)

Unfortunately, I think so many people, (especially young girls/women) fall prey to these rules and restrictions and before they know it, (whether realizing it or not) end up developing an ‘unhealthy’ relationship with food. I know this to be true because of my own personal past.

My Personal Journey With Placing Rules on Food

 

After working at the bagel shop~ Never "overweight" just not feeling my best!

After working at the bagel shop~ Never "overweight" just not feeling my best!

 

It all began my sophomore year of high school (before I knew anything about nutrition, fitness, etc.) when I started working at a bagel shop, and I got to eat as many bagels as I wanted. I found myself eating bagels for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner without a second thought (up until that point I pretty much ate whatever I wanted)….and so the weight gain began.(Note: I was never heavy, just uncomfortable with how I looked/felt.)

In addition, it just so happened that my ‘gym’ class at school was no longer required, so I stopped doing any and all physical activity. After a few weeks of working at the bagel shop I remember wondering why my jeans were getting tighter with each passing day, and feeling horrible about myself, (not to mention, totally out of control of what was happening to my body!)

This ‘out of control’ feeling led me to search for anything that I could do to feel ‘in control’ again.  I remember one of the first things I heard was that bread makes you fat…and so the ‘rules’ began…NO BREAD, then I heard carbohydrates in general were bad…and so I decided…NO CARBS! (To think I cut out an entire food group out of my diet…ah!!! As you can see I have the personality of doing something ALL THE WAY or not at all.)

And so the rules and restrictions of diets continued… until I started noticing there were contradictions in many of these theories, which led me to start to study ‘scientific based’ articles on how the body works, how it uses food to work efficiently, and how exercise effects what and how we need to eat.  (I also signed up for an ‘optional’ aerobics class which was where I first learned that exercise can be fun!) And so, the weight started coming off!

Lost the weight…But Not the ‘Sluggish Metabolism’ and Restriction Mindset

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Cardio Queen...TOO SKINNY for me (I have a round face, and it was clearly gone here!!!..Basically due to not Nourishing My Body Like I should Have!

Despite my weight loss however, I started to realize that after all that ‘dieting’ I couldn’t simply eat what I wanted anymore without gaining the weight back! The problem was (I clearly see now) that I was that I had harmed my metabolism through diets, AND I was only doing ‘aerobic’ style exercise, and therefore had very little muscle mass. I didn’t realize it then, but I was lacking the ‘metabolism torching’ power of muscle in my body!  I began doing more research on exercise, and started to come across many articles on the many benefits of weight training as a woman (which will be one of my next posts!)

So, I started to weight train, and before I knew it, I started to feel hungry all of the time! (Perfectly natural I now know, considering your body is trying to build new muscle, which takes energy~aka calories). Which led me to part II of unhealthy eating… Restricting calories while weight training!!! I was doing all kinds of new exercise, while trying to stay on a ‘low calorie’ to stay ‘skinny’ despite my body begging for the energy it so desperately wanted and needed to build new muscle! It didn’t take me long to learn that this was not healthy when I was feeling fatigued, stressed, and tired all of the time!

Time For a New Mindset!

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Enjoying Food, Listening to My Body, Feeling Fit, Toned, and Strong! :)

Everything finally started to change when I finally started to pray (you think I would of done this sooner… Nope, we sometimes have to learn the hard way first!) I came to the Lord and asked Him to help me, and show me what to I needed to treat my body right. I wanted to glorify Him with this amazing body that He gave me to take care of!

And so the pursuit of true ‘BALANCED’ healthy living began about a little over a year ago for me. I am in no way perfect now, and I know I will be forever learning (and even continue to read scientific based research on the way the body works). However, the one thing that made all of the difference was giving it all to the Lord…and letting Him teach me how to take care of my body. (After all, He created it!)

When I finally got off the ‘control’ wagon and gave Him control was when I saw the most dramatic and beautiful changes in my weight, health, and life in general! (I no longer restrict foods, go hungry, or feel stressed about my body or ‘following rules’…How freeing!)

So…How Do You Know What to Eat to Lose/Maintain Weight For Life!?

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I Imagine "Intuitive Eating" to be Compared to Eating Like a Kid...Ever Notice They Always Have Food Left on Their Plate!?

One of the most marvelous things that the Lord has been teaching me about eating is how to listen to my body. This is an on-going process like I said, but I pray every day that He would help me listen to what my body needs, (i.e.: does it need a rest day, does it need more carbohydrates, am I satisfied and ‘done’ eating even when I still have food on my plate?)

In addition to listening to my own body, I have been praying that the Lord would lead me to information, products, and knowledge on how to treat my body the best that I can! And ohhh my He is a good teacher when we listen! :) I learn so much everyday and it’s amazing how my body has ‘thanked’ me for treating it right!

One of the things I began to research that really changed my mindset on food is how to eat when you are truly hungry, and listening to what your body needs to properly fuel it. (Now how much better does that sound than dieting, counting, and restricting!?) I recently was led to this article on “Intuitive Eating”, (Click Here To Read) and felt an instant connection with this concept! Who would of ever guessed that our bodies ‘true hunger signals’ were the best source of knowing what we needed all along! ;)

I don’t think this ‘intuitive eating’ mindset can happen overnight, especially if you are like me and have to combat many years of eating according to plans, calories, and food groups (although with the Lord all things are possible!) However, I think it’s a revolutionary way to start to fuel our bodies with what they actually need, and I know I will be asking the Lord to add this to the on-going ‘renewal’ of my mind when it comes to food, eating, and life! :)

Don’t Know Where to Start?!

Do you eat when you’re truly hungry? Here are a few tips to help you start eating intuitively:

  • Keep a log of when, what and how you feel when you eat (don’t forget the piece of chocolate at 3 pm because you were “bored!”). Start rating your hunger level on a scale of 1 to 10. If you typically eat when the numbers are low then that is a sign that you may not be eating when you’re actually hungry.
  • Think long-term: Every healthful choice you make contributes to a healthy future. It’s like a bank account. Along the way, you’re bound to make some choices that aren’t so great, but don’t judge yourself harshly. Part of being healthy is keeping things, including food, in perspective.
  • Read and Learn More About How to Eat Intuitively! (Resources Listed Below!)
  • Pray! Ask the Lord to help you listen to your body and what/when to eat!

Other resources I found to be helpful on intuitive eating:

41 Comments

Tina said:

Hey there! Thanks for linking back to me. :) Your post was very moving and well written. I love how you relate to it and share your experiences. Plus, I really love that you use prayer and a relationship with God to help honor your body! I can already tell I am going to like your blog. I plan to keep reading and I hope to see you around a lot more.

April 21st, 2010 — 3:24pm  |  Reply

Regan Jones RD said:

Katie… this is such a great article. You really nailed it with Intuitive Eating (and with the Lord’s help, too!) Learning to understand hunger cues, etc., is at the core of really “living” healthfully, not just living under a diet plan. Thanks for sharing your story!

April 21st, 2010 — 5:03pm  |  Reply

janetha said:

hey, thanks for leaving a link to your story on my blog. this is a great post! you have learned so much and have come a long way with your relationship with food. looks like you’ve got it down! that’s great :) xo

April 21st, 2010 — 6:46pm  |  Reply

Danielle (Coffee Run) said:

Hey Katie! Thanks for your comment :)

I loved reading your story & I think a lot of girs out there can relate. I’m all about intuitive eating :)

p.s. I love your layout! The gorgeous foodie pics @ the top keep going and going…

April 22nd, 2010 — 7:13am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

@Tina Thanks! God is really the center of everything in my life…and without Him I always fail!

April 22nd, 2010 — 11:30am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

@ Danielle Thanks for the comment! :) My hubby (he’s a graphic designer) created my site so i’ll let him know you like it! :)

April 22nd, 2010 — 11:31am  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

Wow, I loved this post. And I just love you, and I don’t even know you! Just by you saying that you had to turn to the Lord in order to get your life on track with eating leads me to respect you so much. It is so great to see that you acknowledged that you needed God to lean on in order to make things work, and it is so true! God promises to never leave us and if we ever get to a dark place or are just unhappy, God never moved, we moved away from him. So thank you for this beautiful post, and I look forward to reading much more from you.

April 23rd, 2010 — 8:06am  |  Reply

april said:

Great post! We have similar stories! I was once a cardio queen with a sluggish metabolism, but now I’m an eating, and calorie torching machine due to the muscle!

April 25th, 2010 — 7:09am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks April! I am LOVING your site! I love your creative recipes and have already tried a few! :) How many days a week to you weight train!?

April 25th, 2010 — 5:16pm  | 

charlotte said:

Hi Katie! Thanks for your comment on my post! I’m glad you have finally found what works for you and your body. Love your faith – there is nothing we can’t do with God’s help!

April 25th, 2010 — 4:07pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Hey Charlotte! I’m glad I found out too! The Lord knows what’s best for us (He created us!) So I couldn’t of done it without him! :) Thanks for the comment!

April 25th, 2010 — 4:19pm  | 

Nicci (NiftyEats) said:

Thank you for posting a link to this story. As a Christian, I work to give all to God but in my healthy living I sometimes forget to ask God for help in showing me the right direction. Thank you for reminding me to give this part of my life to him as well.

October 24th, 2010 — 5:54pm  |  Reply

Chloe said:

I can’t thank you enough for this post! I’ve just recently begun Intuitive Eating again and the past few days have been a struggle. Similar to your story, I began strength training and wasn’t eating enough to fuel my body. Im always eager for quick results but your story has reminded me that I have to slowly rebuild trust with my body and keep faith.

October 24th, 2010 — 10:31pm  |  Reply

Kesha Thomas said:

Thanks for sharing this. I relate so much. Most of my life I’ve had some kind of issue with food, diet, my body etc. It’s such a blessing when woman can be open about these struggles and encourage each other with their victories.

You are an inspiring woman! Thank you!
Kesha.

November 3rd, 2010 — 10:42pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thank YOU Kesha! It’s comments like these that keep me going…knowing the Lord has a plan to take what the devil meant for bad in my life and using it for His glory! :) Your photography is STUNNING by the way! :)

November 4th, 2010 — 6:23pm  | 

Lauren Drinkwater said:

Katie,

Thank you so much for writing this post and for posting your recipes for all to enjoy!

Like many women, I too suffer from body image issues and can really relate to the idea of not being overweight but being uncomfortable and trying to achieve that comfort in unhealthy ways. I am still struggling with this and am really looking forward to using your recipes to help me achieve my goals in a healthy ways! I would love to hear more about how you handle this struggle on a daily basis!

Thank you for being so inspiring!

-Lauren

November 7th, 2010 — 5:05pm  |  Reply

Amy at TheSceneFromMe said:

I love your blog Katie. Your writing is truly inspirational :) I know I can learn so many wonderful things from you by reading your blog. Keep it up and thank you!

December 28th, 2010 — 7:35pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you amy…that means a lot! :)

December 29th, 2010 — 3:37am  | 

Ramya said:

I absolutely adore you for including faith on your journey(and also blogging about it)! Everything makes so much more sense when God is in the picture doesn’t it? I am convinced that God wanted me to read this today…. to remind me to look to Him for answers (something I have been forgetting I can do). I have struggled with my weight and health all my life, including eating disorders and such…. I have been trying to “fix” myself for way too long. No doubt I need help from our Father…. it only makes sense!

January 14th, 2011 — 7:54pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

amen ramya! :)

January 14th, 2011 — 10:18pm  | 

Dutch Voithofer ahealthypassion.com said:

Love how you put God first. Keep serving in his image.

January 16th, 2011 — 10:53pm  |  Reply

Aleisha said:

Hi! I just came across your website today, I am so glad! This is very helpful and eye opening. I have been praying for strength to eat what is right and nutritious and not just anything that I see or “want”. It has helped a lot but I never thought to pray about what to weigh, eat and exercise.
I look forward to reading more and keeping up with your posts!!

January 31st, 2011 — 5:09pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

I found this post today- I honestly think it is the perfect day for me to find it! Thank you for letting yourself be used as an instrument of the God you serve. That is such a beautiful thing (and very much appreciated on my end).

February 2nd, 2011 — 2:27pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks sarah! i am just trying to take what the devil meant for bad in my life and turn it into giving glory to God! :)

February 2nd, 2011 — 4:42pm  | 

Ana Maria said:

this is really great! I love popcorn myself, and i must admit i love butter too, do u have any suggestions for an alternative?

March 17th, 2011 — 10:13am  |  Reply

Emily said:

Your story is beautiful. I believe there is a certain aspect of a person’s confidence that can only be found in/through the Lord. That radiates from you. I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog!

April 9th, 2011 — 8:36am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you emily! :) your beautiful btw!

April 9th, 2011 — 10:20am  | 

Kara said:

Katie,

Thank you SO MUCH for this post! I can relate to all you said here and in your “my story” section. It is comforting to find other women of God who struggle with the same things, and have come out victorious! It gives me hope! I’m currently in the beginning stages of a healthy relationship with food, but I see progress! It is such a blessing to walk with God in this area, and you’ve encouraged me to pray even more specifically (weight, how much to work out, etc).

Thanks!

June 24th, 2011 — 8:19am  |  Reply

Laura Z. said:

I just ran into your blog and really enjoy it! :) Very refreshing to hear a perspective on food and a healthy lifestyle from God’s eyes. You are a lovely lady and I look forward to more posts :) :) :)

July 2nd, 2011 — 9:30pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks so much laura! :) that means a lot to me!

July 3rd, 2011 — 4:34am  | 

Elise M. said:

Katie,
My weight loss journey began just over a year ago. It has been a slow journey but rewarding. When I was in high school I dealt with being anorexic. Have a fear of eating is paralyzing. I am soo glad that God helped me out of that quick. But I have been stuck with the mindset for a long time. But when I started my weight loss journey all I was doing was basically eating what God has naturally given us (i.e. meat, fruit, veggies, grains, etc.), but I was always worried that I would slip back into my old mindset. But I prayed one night driving to my parents house. Just asking God how HE wanted me to look at loosing weight. What He told me was that when we over eat, or eat in an unhealthy way, we can distort our bodies from the original look/plan He had for them. He told me to look at my journey as becoming who God created me to be. God has blessed me with taking my old mindset and making it nil in my life. And He has blessed me with a way of loving this process. Thank you for being so open and encouraging. I look forward to using your recipes to help me make even better choices.
Thank You,
Elise

July 20th, 2011 — 11:15pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

awesome elise! :) thank YOU for sharing YOUR story! sounds like God is doing awesome things in your life, and He will use you to touch others in return! thats what lifes all about!!! awesome! :)

July 21st, 2011 — 9:07am  | 

Carie Onorati said:

God is so amazing Katie, here I have been following you for sometime because Jenessa suggested you to me I had no idea to put two and two together. Here I have been in the same room with you now on several occations and didn’t even realize this was you. You are an amazing instrument of God and he has called you into such an amazing ministry. What a feeling you must have to know that through your own story women and men are finding healing. And if we just take it all to God in prayer and learn to listen he will provide the answers. You have inspired my husband and I and we thank our heavenly Father for the amazing people that he has placed so strategically in our lives. With much love and Support Mario and Carrie Onorati

July 24th, 2011 — 11:16am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

God is AMAZING….Thank you Carie for you words of encouragement and support! God has a great plan….and it truly is amazing how He brings people together at the perfect time! I’m so excited to see the amazing things He has in store! :)

July 25th, 2011 — 2:50am  | 

Christina Nutt said:

Katie – It was a pleasure meeting you and your sister last Saturday @ the nutrition class! Navigating your website, I am thrilled to see that we both share a love for Christ! I thought I’d suggest a great book for you, if you haven’t already read it. The name of the book is ‘Made to Crave – Satisfying your deepest desire with God, not food’, by Lysa Terkeurst. It is an awesome book because it really ties together the concept of how satan has repeatedly used food/cravings to tempt people (Eve in the garden; Jesus when he fasted) and take their focus off of God. I am an avid reader and have not previously come across a book of this nature; very inspiring. Hope you have a chance to read and benefit from it! God Bless – I’ll be checking in on your website, again, I’m sure.

November 9th, 2011 — 10:06am  |  Reply

Carley said:

Amen sista! I feel like we’re living parallel lives. It’s amazing how gracious our God is! I too, about a year ago finally read Romans 12:1 and realized this body is not mine but the Lord’s and by treating it with disdain I am disrespecting the father. He is pure love!

November 20th, 2011 — 6:55pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

amen carley! :)

November 20th, 2011 — 7:26pm  | 

Lauren said:

I just found your blog and am in love with it…I feel like I am going through the same place you used to be, exercising too much, restricting certain things, never really feeling happy or at peace about it…I know I need to give this up to God and let Him take control. It is so inspirational reading about your story–THANK YOU!! I am obsessed with your recipes too. Definitely my new favorite blog :0 God bless!!!

January 24th, 2012 — 9:49am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks so much lauren!! god is awesome!

January 24th, 2012 — 10:57am  | 

Alexis said:

I love your story. As I was reading it, a peace came over me. It was so calming to read and it showed how much praying and trusting in God can do for you. I recently started praying for guidance and support and I wish I had started a lot sooner! At least I have found Him and how amazing He can be :) Definitely a new favorite blog of mine<3
Not to mention you have wonderful recipes!

February 14th, 2012 — 11:24am  |  Reply

Bee said:

I think your story is amazing and inspiring! Your relationship with God is so overt and strong that it brings a smile to my face! In an age when dieting is king and faith often times takes a back seat, I have found your blog to be a site of inspiration – not only with wonderful, healthy recipes, – but more importantly, by demonstrating the powerful ways in which God can touch our lives each and every day! Thank you very, very much for sharing your journey!

February 21st, 2012 — 3:59am  |  Reply

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