Over the years, I’ve noticed a few things about eating:
- It’s easy to eat mindlessly.
- It’s easy to eat emotionally.
- It’s easy to eat unhealthfully.
- It’s easy to eat addictively.
When we eat, we rarely just eat. There’s usually a bunch of other stuff going on beneath the surface that we may or may not be aware of: our sense of identity and worth, our cultural upbringing, our emotional state at the moment, etc.
Eating also tends to be highly personal. People get very defensive at the mere suggestion of a possible change.
I’m not looking to ruffle any feathers here. This manifesto is simply a declaration of how I want to eat based on my own experience and values. Feel free to use it if it seems helpful to you, and ignore it if not!
An Eating Manifesto
1. I want to love God, others, and myself with my eating.
2. I want food to be my servant, not my master.
3. I want to eat to live, not live to eat.
4. I want to go to God with my emotions, not food.
5. I want to enjoy food, not worship it.
6. I want to be grateful for food, not take it for granted.
7. I want to eat food that is good for me, not harmful to me.
8. I want to eat enough food, not too much food.
9. I want to eat with freedom, not legalism.
10. I want to strive for progress, not perfection.