In the Lenten devotional guide, there is a reading about the loaves and fishes.  But the focus isn’t on the miracle of the multiplied food.  It focuses instead on what was going on that day.  Jesus taught the crowd, he healed those who needed healing, they were hungry and he fed them.  He took care of their spiritual needs, their health needs and their physical needs.  In essence it was saying that Jesus cared for them wholly.

That’s one thing I particularly like about Whole30: it’s holistic-like approach.  It takes into account body, mind, spirit, emotions and social environment.  And for those people who fear taking communion because the wafer and wine are not compliant, no worries – Whole30 does not trump spiritual belief.

Whole30’s focus is more than a list of dos and don’ts and what not to eats.  It very clearly explains cause and reaction.  For instance, if you binge on pizza and beer the night before you begin your Whole30 you are going to have a harder time adjusting to the start of the plan than someone who comes into the plan already eating healthy.  Sister and I breezed through the transitional period because we started phasing out non-compliant foods before our Whole30 began.  Bingers are not going to view the plan the same way as non-bingers.

Whole30 isn’t hard but it is a big deal.  For some people it can mean emotional swings, mood swings and physical reactions – some of which are unpleasant.  I only noticed the emotional side of it a couple of times.  Nothing major, but I was overly sensitive a time or two.  Overall my mood has been more upbeat.  I did have indigestion twice and I can pinpoint the meals that caused it.  It’s nice to be able to identify that. 

When I was a little girl the cousins and I used to play a game called ‘Indian Sitting.’  The entire game consisted of standing with your arms crossed in front of you with your feet crossed.  The object of the game was to sit down without uncrossing your arms.  If you were really good at it you could stand back up without unfolding your arms.  We played it all the time.  Well into my adulthood I was able to cross my ankles and sit without using my arms to help.  I tried that recently with both hands full. 

It was a fail. 

I think age has a lot to do with it.  Things just don’t work the same as they did when I was younger.  What used to be effortless is now an ordeal.  And for some reason, when I start to sit, my backside pokes out.  Did it used to do that?  I don’t think it did.  I came to the conclusion that I’m just too old to carry this much weight.  And, because of Lent, I’ve come to realize that applies to my heart as well.

It’s funny to me that the likes and followers I’ve had on my Instagram account are from skinny little pretty young women and buff athletic types.  I appreciate the likes and am delighted to have followers but if they only knew who they were liking…(Bwahaha)  I asked Cuz if at this age I’ve become part of the ‘in’ crowd.

My latest follower had this quote posted to their account:  “Weight loss does not make people happy.  Or peaceful.  Being thin does not address the emptiness that has no shape or weight or name.  Even a wildly successful diet is a colossal failure because inside the new body is the same sinking heart.”  (Geneen Roth) 

At first I thought how sad the quote was.  Then I began to wonder if it was cautionary.  It’s a reminder to me that weight loss will make my body lighter but it’s not going to make my ‘baggage’ any lighter.  Only by releasing it to God and asking Him to create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me can do that.  I realized that there are many underlying reasons why people choose to self-medicate with food.  I’m glad we chose the Lenten season to do our Whole30 + 10.  It’s made me more mindful of heart, mind, body and soul.


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