On Food Rules

I don't believe in food rules. I've had many, and I don't believe in any of them. Not yours, not mine, not anyones. 

I don't believe in deprivation, and I don't believe in control. Not like that, anyway. 

I believe in freedom, and freedom through Jesus, but in that comes freedom from rules. Ironic really, when you consider how many people believe Christianity to be a rules-based set of beliefs. 

I don't believe in cutting out entire food groups. I don't believe in giving up chocolate, and believe me, I've done it. I don't believe in it; because to believe in something is to trust that it brings gratification or happiness. 

I believe in food being a good thing and in food being made better by God, and I believe that we were created to enjoy food, and I believe that so much more strongly than I believe that we are supposed to be smaller or more beautiful or more anything, really. 

I believe that we should keep our bodies as healthy as possible, but I have sometimes tried to use that opinion to appease the not so logical view that I had a responsibility to look a certain way, or to let myself continue in the belief that the rules I had created for myself were in some way providing long term gratification. 

As far as I can tell, no food rule has ever made anyone happy. 

If food is being used to fill an emotional gap, then cutting out chocolate isn't going to fill that gap - the gap will just need filling with something else.