God's Sweet Grace & My Sweet Tooth

God's Sweet Grace & My Sweet Tooth

Posted on May 24, 2017

BY BETH BERTINO, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF HR & GRACE ATTENDER

I had thought about doing the Whole30 program for a while before I finally said – ENOUGH! I am going to do it! When I heard that Grace was doing a health series, I knew this was the time to bite the bullet. On Friday, April 28, I got on Pinterest and cut and pasted 60+ recipes into a Word document, so that I would have lots of choices for meal planning.

My biggest fears in attempting it were – the time it would take to plan meals, the time it would take to cook meals, and my sweet tooth might fall out. I am not a big fan of vegetables or fruit, so thinking about those two things being my only snack options – YUCK! I told God that He is going to have to perform a miracle if I am supposed to stay on this program – because, I am not one to go without my ice cream and cookies.

Well, I must say, God did a major work in me. I have been praying for years that God would remove me from the yo-yo that is my weight journey and give me solid footing on an eating plan that I can live with for life. I cannot predict the future, but I can say that this plan is amazing. I lowered my blood pressure significantly in the first few days and I feel GREAT! Not only did I cut out the required grains (oh, bread and butter!), dairy (oh, cheese, cheese, cheese and sour cream!) and sugar (oh, ice cream, brownies, cake and cookies!), but I also quit drinking coffee cold turkey on Day 1, because I just don’t enjoy it without my International Delight Chocolate Caramel Chemically Creamer. Not only did I have no fuzzy brain due to lack of caffeine, but I haven’t felt tired or drained at all. Can this be true? Honestly, I am shaking my head, finding it hard to believe.

People have asked me, “What day are you on?” My response, “I have no idea! I’ve lost track – because I love eating this way!” Once I resolved to meal plan and grocery shop – it is not difficult. I seem to have more energy when I get home from work, which I use to cook and prepare healthy dinners. My family has tried 12 new recipes in these last three weeks, and all of them have been delicious. I have chosen my favorites and am making them in this last week of the program; although, I don’t think it will be my last week.  It may be my husband’s last week, and the kids’ last week, but I am going to maintain this way of eating. I feel too good to go back to poisoning my body with chemicals and toxins that make up so much of the American diet today.



So, if you have been thinking about Whole30, but are nervous to try it – just give it a shot! Or do a Whole7 – who says you have to do it for 30 days? Any improvement in your food intake is a plus, so try it. You may be surprised by the results.

Commitment & Accountability

Like I said, you can start by commiting to 7 days. Or, maybe you need more? Maybe you need accountability. Then, Grace has even more ways to help you:

No matter what you choose, just choose to start. That's the hardest part. Once you do, you won't want to go back.
 

Have a Story?

If you have a story/struggle you want to share, I encourage you to do so! Be the inspiration someone else needs to start their journey. To share your story, send it to email@gracechurch.us.