Ideally I would not buy icecream. Ideally we would not eat out so often. Ideally my children would not know what chocolate chips or juice taste like. Ideally they would eat dinner with a smile on their face and ask for more spinach.
|I have sure felt like this!|
Lately things have not been ideal.
What is ideal anyway? What is your ideal diet?
Is it Paleo? GAPS? Low Carb? Low Fat? High Fat?
Or simply eating a traditional diet? Soaking all your grains and drinking raw milk. Oh, and don't forget pastured meats. Haven't you heard about how harmful it is to eat conventional beef?
It's so easy to get wrapped up in our food choices. Only organic, no grains, free-range, raw milk, etc. We can get lost in all the choices and "better" options for us. Better for us, better for the animals, better for the earth. It also makes us feel good. Feel good that we are making better choices.
But is it really better?
When I start to look at other people's grocery cart and cringe when all I see is processed food, I need to take a step back. It is not better for me at this point.
If eating healthy or choosing different eating habits for my family is causing me to judge others in the least bit then it's not better.
Just because I cook a traditional diet for my family does not make me a better mother.
Our food choices do not define who we are. They certainly do not define our motherhood.
It has taken me awhile to learn that although it is a wonderful thing to take care of our bodies and make healthy food choices, what is better is to develop a healthy attitude about it.
Being ok with less than ideal, eating out, loving more, bringing a friend a meal, eating cake, having a glass of wine, smiling and laughing over lunch, sharing your faith over the dinner table, inviting your neighbor for tea, and yes, enjoying your favorite icecream and thanking God for it!
I'm OK with compromises, I have to be. I do not live in an ideal world and I never will! We cannot add one day to our lives that God does not plan for us. So let's make the most of it!
“The only thing I really wish for
...Is to love until I die of love.”
- St. Thérèse
Linking up at Simple Lives Thursday and Real Food Wednesday