Gratefully Nourished

Gratefully Nourished Honor your health without sacrificing your relationship with food.
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Ecclesiastes 3:13 NLT And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God....
03/27/2024

Ecclesiastes 3:13 NLT And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

I love exploring themes about food in the Bible. I think it helps us remember that our view is not *always* the same as God’s. What could it look like to accept food as a good gift from God? How might that change how you approach your eating?

Hope these encourage you in your journey to food & body peace 🤍 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those ...
03/13/2024

Hope these encourage you in your journey to food & body peace 🤍

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Introducing the new  ✨✨ and her team worked their magic to rebrand and redesign Gratefully Nourished. Head to gratefully...
03/12/2024

Introducing the new ✨✨

and her team worked their magic to rebrand and redesign Gratefully Nourished.

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A lot can change in ten years, but it doesn’t have to take that long to heal your relationship with food 🤍 Tell me — How...
02/13/2024

A lot can change in ten years, but it doesn’t have to take that long to heal your relationship with food 🤍

Tell me — How do you define “healthy”?

How does the Bible talk about food? What has been your experience of this? There’s a lot to say but I want to start by s...
02/05/2024

How does the Bible talk about food? What has been your experience of this? There’s a lot to say but I want to start by saying: God uses food for many things — fellowship, communion, provision, joy! We have to untangle our culture’s perception of and experience with food from what God really thinks and uses it for. They are often not the same.

Three reasons you might find yourself eating late at night & how to respond with compassion, not condemnation. It’s not ...
02/02/2024

Three reasons you might find yourself eating late at night & how to respond with compassion, not condemnation.

It’s not usually pathological to eat late at night — it’s a response to something. What if we figure out what that was?

Follow for more tips on how to honor your health without sacrificing your relationship with food 🤍

Three Strategies To Navigate Thanksgiving (When You’re Working On Your Relationship With Food) ➡️
11/22/2023

Three Strategies To Navigate Thanksgiving (When You’re Working On Your Relationship With Food) ➡️

✨SAVE FOR LATER ✨Which one do you need today?! 🩵
08/25/2023

✨SAVE FOR LATER ✨

Which one do you need today?! 🩵

Diet mentality vs balance ✨ Which sounds better to you?!Diets are all about control and reliance on external factors for...
07/27/2023

Diet mentality vs balance ✨ Which sounds better to you?!

Diets are all about control and reliance on external factors for what, when and how much to eat, which can leave you feeling out of touch with your body.

Balance allows you to get in tune with your body’s cues while also getting curious about what could be the most practical and helpful way to take care of yourself. Does that mean you won’t ever rely on structure when eating? Nope, it just means there’s more of a mindful approach to what, when and how much to eat.

Curious about my approach to nutrition? DM me “nutrition” and I’ll tell you more 😊

If we were friends IRL and we sat down at a coffee shop, these are the ideas I’d encourage you to consider in this new y...
01/06/2022

If we were friends IRL and we sat down at a coffee shop, these are the ideas I’d encourage you to consider in this new year. No wild diet, no counting calories, no super intense workout plan.

I’d like to stress a big caveat here — I’m not suggesting you tackle all of these at once. I’m not even suggesting you tackle any one of these specifically — these are ideas, which would hopefully spur other ideas that are relevant and exciting and achievable for you. Because health is nuanced and you are a human with specific needs and preferences and abilities.

Happy new year friends 🤍

Because Thanksgiving is this week and I know it’s a stressful time for those in recovery/struggling with their relations...
11/21/2021

Because Thanksgiving is this week and I know it’s a stressful time for those in recovery/struggling with their relationship with food, here are a few responses for when diet talk comes up ♥️

This might be the most important thing I ever say to you. It might make you angry or confused. Or maybe you'll embrace t...
05/22/2021

This might be the most important thing I ever say to you. It might make you angry or confused. Or maybe you'll embrace this truth with a sigh of relief or desperation.

Are you ready? Here it goes:

Your body is good.

Your body is good.

Your body is good.

Not because of how it looks. Not because of how well it functions. Not because it is disease-free. No, none of those.

Your body is good because it was created by a God who is good. Your body is good because it was made in the image of the Creator of the universe, a Creator who doesn’t make bad things.

Your body’s goodness is inherent. It is not based on its size, its function or its color. Your body is good because as God was creating the world, on the 6th day He said, “Let me make mankind in my image.” So he did. Then he said it was good.

Believing your body is good might not come easy to you.

But can I ask -- Where did you get the idea that your body was not good?
Who told you that?
Who deceived you?
This is really important.

Because someone deceived Eve in the garden in those early days. We read in Genesis 3 that the serpent came to Eve in the garden with a question.

Not a physical weapon.

A question. “Did God really say…..?”

The most dangerous threat since the beginning of time has never been weapons. It has always been lies.
Lies that sow seeds of doubt that grow and reap destruction in our lives.
Lies that send us spiraling, doubting what God says about us. Doubting that God is near and listening and cares.

Friend, I need you to know that your body has always been good.

Not because of anything you did or anything it does. Because from the beginning of time, God declared it so.

We need to reclaim and live in this freedom. Because it matters and it will save our lives.

Please tag a friend who needs to know this. ♥️ Rooting for you.

You’re not crazy. You’re not out of control. Lots of research demonstrates the more we restrict food, the more out of co...
04/13/2021

You’re not crazy. You’re not out of control. Lots of research demonstrates the more we restrict food, the more out of control we feel around it. This is not a ‘you’ problem! .
Giving permission to eat any and all foods in any capacity at any time is so counter cultural but it’s so essential to improving our relationship with food. Try giving yourself permission little by little, in front of company you trust if that helps you. Even if this feels like a mountain to climb, please know there isn’t something wrong with you for feeling this way.

Bloating is a natural digestive response to eating food. Another way of thinking about it could be, “My stomach is happy...
04/03/2021

Bloating is a natural digestive response to eating food. Another way of thinking about it could be, “My stomach is happy.”

Not talking about severe bloating that might have an underlying cause - just the kind that many experience every day, often multiple times a day if we’re so fortunate to do so.

The world may try to tell you otherwise, but your body size is not your identity. ♥️
03/31/2021

The world may try to tell you otherwise, but your body size is not your identity. ♥️

Hey friend, if you are constantly thinking about food — your next meal, snack or whatever — it’s a good indicator that y...
03/22/2021

Hey friend, if you are constantly thinking about food — your next meal, snack or whatever — it’s a good indicator that you need more of it and maybe different kinds.

We could chalk this up to a coincidence, but I doubt it is. Jesus came in human form to Earth, dining with sinners, turn...
03/20/2021

We could chalk this up to a coincidence, but I doubt it is. Jesus came in human form to Earth, dining with sinners, turning water into wine, breaking bread with his disciples, being called a glutton no less. And most of us grew up with a deep fear of carbohydrates.

Isn’t that......strange?
I’ve spent the last few years trying to unravel what the Bible says about food, body image and weight. You know what I’ve never found? Jesus commenting on someone’s body size. Never saw him food shame anyone. Never saw him prefer small bodies.

Jesus looks at the heart. He gives us a new identity. He welcomes us with open arms. He ate and enjoyed carbs.

Here’s a weekend reminder that you are not what you eat. Your food choices do not define your value, and food shame isn’...
03/19/2021

Here’s a weekend reminder that you are not what you eat. Your food choices do not define your value, and food shame isn’t making us any healthier.

Grab ’s new book Fulfilled for more about fighting food shame ♥️

There’s never going to be a day where you don’t need food. Even if you ate a lot the day before. Even if what’s availabl...
03/16/2021

There’s never going to be a day where you don’t need food. Even if you ate a lot the day before. Even if what’s available isnt your preference. Even if your body cues aren’t working well. You still need food. I promise 🤍

Please hear me: you were made for so much more than to have the smallest body size possible. Sometimes in recovery we ar...
03/11/2021

Please hear me: you were made for so much more than to have the smallest body size possible. Sometimes in recovery we are stuck in the in between — we know we don’t want to be living like we have but we aren’t sure we’re ready to live another way. We may know for certain that we weren’t made to try to be the smallest version of ourselves but we aren’t sure what we were made for. I get that.

Sometimes the thought or belief that we can’t stay where we are is enough to propel us into this unknown season of learning how to take care of ourselves. We sort of see where we’re going and that there might be a path forward, but it’s gray and muddled.

If that’s where you are, there is hope. It’s okay to be in the in between. Hold on to the promise that you were fearfully and wonderfully made with good works prepared in advance for you to do. Cheering you on ♥️

Psalm 139
Ephesians 2

A major theme of Ecclesiastes is the human necessity to trust God in a fallen and confusing world. In the NIV translatio...
03/02/2021

A major theme of Ecclesiastes is the human necessity to trust God in a fallen and confusing world. In the NIV translation, we see the word “meaningless” repeated several times — “Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” In our english translation, that sounds rough. But “meaningless” here is from the hebrew word “hevel” which means “vapor” or “smoke.” Bible scholars believe this word is meant to signify the fleeting nature of human life — that life is ultimately an enigma full of sadness, pain, sorrow, frustration and yet also joy, love and peace.

Ecclesiastes highlights the many ways man tries to find meaning apart from God — which is futile. Alternatively, the author believes trusting in God and accepting “hevel” allows us to better navigate the trials of this world and find ways to savor the simple, joyful parts of life — such as a good meal, fellowship, nature or a sunny day. That’s where we find 3:13.

How does the idea that food is a gift impact our food choices? Well, for starters I think it means we are free to appreciate and enjoy food. To accept that life is an enigma and food is a gift from God that can be savored.

And two, I think it means we can say this AND acknowledge that there are many flaws to and implications from our food system. We do what we can to make choices about food that benefit the greater good.

And three — your food choices and relationship with food are unique to you, so they probably look different than mine or another person’s. But for some of us repairing our relationship with food to embody this idea can be central to improving the way we relate to God. If we are in a place where food feels like the enemy, it’s going to affect how we relate to other parts of our lives, including our relationship with God.

So I leave you with these questions:

How do our decisions about food change when we’re deciding from a posture of appreciation and gratitude instead of fear and distrust?

How can we move away from the idea that food is inherently bad, that we should fear it and that it only matters insofar as it affects our physical appearance?

(Biblical source: )

The process can feel sloooooow at times, but each decision to feed yourself, resist an urge, or challenge an unhelpful f...
02/12/2021

The process can feel sloooooow at times, but each decision to feed yourself, resist an urge, or challenge an unhelpful food or body image thought helps. This is not to say that there is so much pressure on each action we take — more so that improving your relationship with food and body image is incremental. It takes time. It’s about relearning what it means to take care of yourself and then choosing to listen to your meal plan, your RD, your therapist or your body’s hunger cues, little by little.

Happy Friday friends ♥️ what small action are you taking to take care of your relationship with food and body today? For me, I’m eating consistent meals and going for a walk later.

Our culture has a really strange perspective on food. The default is typically “less food is better!” but that’s simply ...
02/03/2021

Our culture has a really strange perspective on food. The default is typically “less food is better!” but that’s simply not true. Here’s to normalizing hunger and eating three meals and some snacks each day.

Please work with your dietitian for specific recommendations for you or set up a discovery call with me if you’re looking for support 🥰

At the last supper, Jesus said “do this in remembrance of me” and broke the bread, gave it to His disciples and they ate...
01/28/2021

At the last supper, Jesus said “do this in remembrance of me” and broke the bread, gave it to His disciples and they ate. He did the same with wine, which was meant to signify his blood. Isn’t it incredible that he chose something as simple as eating bread & drinking wine to do in remembrance of Him? And yet, for many of us — we’ve been conditioned to fear food. We fear the thing that signifies our Creator.

I have no doubt that God created our hunger and he wants us to eat. But more importantly he has given us food to be used as a vehicle for so many parts of ministry and everyday life. Fellowship, sustenance, mission, communion. Food is involved in all of this.

Now that begs the question — if food is a good thing, what do I eat? There’s a lot of debate but if we keep in the back of our mind that food is a vehicle for so many things, naturally the answer to this question changes depending on the circumstance. Some days we eat super nutritious foods. Some days we support local. Other days we celebrate. Still at other times— food is insignificant— or rather, not AS significant as the people around the table or the tasks that need to be done.

So while I don’t have a super specific answer for you, I am confident that food is not the pinnacle. Food is more often the vehicle.

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