Many months ago my family and I switched over to only using sucanat (SUgarCAneNATural). Which is very minimally refined sugar cane therefore it contains many trace nutrients. I think by doing that I have already helped my body with the addiction to sugar. I am realizing more than ever that the majority of my struggle is beyond my body.

So, I have many things floating around in my mind. Many things I need to sort through. Sweet food is my way to de-stress. So I wonder; is that wrong to use food in this way? I don’t think it is. I believe that God created food to be much more than fuel. Just think of how He designed a baby to eat–nursing at the breast. Near to his mother’s heart, close to her face, warm against her body; comfort flowing from her through warm nourishing milk. God did that. It is the ultimate in hospitality. God calls us to be hospitable. Does this exclude being that caring to ourselves?

But how do we know when food has become an idol? That one I need to do more praying on. I am really not sure. Because God has created food to be so much more than fuel; it is nourishing, welcoming, pleasant to our senses, comforting to our bodies and emotions, and a way to know we rely on Him; how do we enjoy all of these benefits of food and not cross the line into idolatry? Maybe this verse sums up the answer to that:

  “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Maybe it is a simple matter of where our hearts are focused, where our thankfulness lies. I desire to set my mind in line with His mind so that I can learn to truly enjoy the fullness of food and enjoy it with Him.

Pam Fowler

Pam Fowler

Pam is co-founder, along with her husband, of the Sustainable Traditions project. She is a barefoot, kombucha-making, natural mama of seven homeschooled kids. In her spare time...ha! What is spare time?
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