The Key to an Abundant & Free Life

The Key to an Abundant & Free Life

Hi guys! Today I have the privilege of sharing a post from my friend and the founder of livinglikegolden, Sarah Johannesen. I asked Sarah to share her story with finding food and body freedom in Christ, and guys it’s so good— Enjoy!

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Getting Your Period Back with hypothalamic Amenorrhea

Getting Your Period Back with hypothalamic Amenorrhea

Yep, you read that title right. Today we’re dropping the P bomb, that is, we’re talking about periods.

The glorious part of womanhood we love to hate. But when our reliable monthly guest stops visiting as often, it can cause some concern—and rightly so!

Not getting a period is not normal, sure it may seem convenient at the time, but that doesn’t make it good.

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Pregnancy and body image with baby number 2

Pregnancy and body image with baby number 2

I keep joking with my husband that this baby wants to make sure I experience ALL of the classic pregnancy symptoms I didn’t have with my first. Seriously: nausea, constipation, fatigue, and some other weird features I won’t mention here.

For the most part, my pregnancy with Judah was smooth sailing: hardly any nausea, regular visits to the chiropractor (ahem, my husband) and an overall even energy level. Of course, Judah was born 10 days late— a sanctifying experience that deserves a whole separate post in itself.

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5 tips for creating a positive food culture in your home

5 tips for creating a positive food culture in your home

My husband and I love watching food documentaries, particularly the ones where they travel to other countries and explore different cuisines. We recently watched Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and it reminded me of the feeling I used to get every time we’d watch Anthony Bordaine’s show.

Call it nostalgia or whatever you want, but I’ve always felt a little sad that I don’t live in a different country or another time with a distinct food culture.

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Shifting your perspective on rest for better health

Shifting your perspective on rest for better health

Nourish your body with food and water, move joyfully and appropriately, manage stress, and rest. These are the four basic tenets of any preventative health regimen or recovery plan.

Yet the majority of health professionals and mainstream media focus on the first two principles and neglects the last two, with the exception of sleep, of course.

But there’s a reason I didn’t name sleep as the fourth tenet of health and opted for “rest” instead.

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A Day in the Life of a Hungry Pregnant lady

A Day in the Life of a Hungry Pregnant lady

I have never done one of these posts, but after asking you guys if you found “what I ate in a day and why” posts helpful, and reading the overwhelming “Yes” responses, I decided to do one: pregnancy edition.

Of course before I go on, here’s my shpeel about these types of posts:

One: what I eat (the foods and amounts) change from day to day based on my hunger, fullness, activity levels, cravings and environment. This day is ONE day only, and as I fully embrace intuitive eating, I have no set meal plan or regimen that I follow every single day.

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No more food shame

No more food shame

This is the fourth principle in the IE + Scripture Series and if you read Monday’s post, you’ll know this is one of my favorite Intuitive Eating principles. The gospel has SO much to say on the topic.

So without further ado, the fourth principle of Intuitive Eating is “Challenge the Food Police”

The authors of the book write this about the third principle:

Scream a loud “NO” to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating minimal calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor unreasonable rules that dieting has created. The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.

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All Foods Are Clean

All Foods Are Clean

Ever been around a toddler? Or better yet, tried telling them what they should or shouldn’t do?

We have a running joke in our house. It goes like this, If I tell my 2 year old to go to the bathroom he 100% of the time stubbornly tells me, “I don’t want to go to the bathroom.” Even if he clearly needs to pee. But then my husband or my father-in-law chime in, telling him “Judah can’t go Mom, but I’ll go.” Instantly my son rises up and runs with vengeance to the bathroom screaming, “No, I’ll go potty.”

We attribute this little happening to reverse psychology, but the same principle is also called a paradoxical injunction in psychology and restriction mindset in intuitive eating.

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Hunger is God's good idea

Hunger is God's good idea

Our bodies need food regularly in order to function at their best. Unfortunately, we as a culture have glorified restriction, fasting, and downplaying hunger, but how has it served us? We’re more distracted, fatigued, anxious, unhealthy and worried about food then ever before.

Principle number 2 of Intuitive Eating is to Honor Your Hunger, a concept that goes directly again the cultural trend towards food-restriction.

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The False Hope of Dieting

The False Hope of Dieting

This is the first post in a series of posts titled IE (intuitive eating) + scripture.

I asked what you guys needed/wanted on instagram and you voted first, for a series on the bible and eating, and a close second, for a series on the 10 intuitive eating principles—So I’m giving you both!

This series will look at each of the 10 principles of intuitive eating from a biblical view point. Where they don’t align perfectly, scripture will always take precedence!

Here’s principle number one: reject the diet mentality.

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