I love all things food.
But it hasn’t always been this way.
Most of my college years I viewed food as the enemy… as a battle to overcome. I would lose if I ate the ice cream that I so loved, and I would win if I chose the spinach salad over pizza at lunch. I let food get in the way of friendships by choosing not to partake in Taco Tuesdays or late-night Sonic runs. I let my mind become consumed with thoughts about food. I planned my daily schedule around what I would eat. I would downplay my irrational thoughts by using “health” as an excuse when in reality there was nothing healthy about my relationship with food. Eventually, I got called out by friends and family and I was forced to reckon with my disorder.
When people ask how I overcame my eating disorder my answer is always “community”.
I will never forget the bible study I did the summer before my sophomore year. It was a study by Kelly Minter called What Love Is: The Letters of 1,2,3 John. Ironically, there were recipes in the book, and though they were not the healthiest, they were absolutely delicious.
God used this study to reveal to me the root of my problem, that I was lacking “koinonia”. I held onto this Greek word that means fellowship and it became my anthem during this season.
The biggest tactic of the enemy is to get you alone in every way: emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I felt disconnected from God, from friends, and the world around me. After earnestly seeking the Lord, He began to heal me, and I got to a place where I allowed others in.
I quickly learned our biggest battles are not meant to be fought alone.
My prayer is that Sheis will provide a platform for women to find freedom in Christ.
That you would be the woman God uniquely designed you to be.
ELVIS ENERGY BALLS
1 large ripe banana*
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¼ cup of Old-Fashioned oats*
¼ cup ground flax
3 tsp hemp hearts
¼ cup peanut butter (or preferred nut butter)
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Mash banana in a medium-sized mixing bowl, until there are no clumps.
- Add vanilla to the mashed banana and stir.
- Add ground flax, hemp hearts, and oats. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Lastly, add peanut butter and chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate chips are evenly distributed.
- Use a tablespoon to measure the batter and then shape into individual balls. This recipe will make f 9-10 energy balls.
- Freeze for 1 hour and refrigerate after serving.
*Make sure the banana is nice and ripe because the banana serves as the sweetener.
*If you have a smaller banana only use 1 cup of oats.
EmililAnne is our in-house chef and foodie. She is a risk-taker and leaves a ray of sunshine wherever she goes. She is passionate about health and is on the journey to becoming a doctor. Currently, she fills her days watching kiddos, playing with her golden retriever, and being in community with fellow believers.
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