From Being a Testimony of Man’s Wisdom
to One of God’s Grace
Today my calendar is filled meeting with people who are ready to truly experience God's recipe for excellent health. This starts by recognizing how the world has convoluted God's Word and watered down the truths of who we are in Christ. I get to see the Ah-Ha moment take shape in each person as we go through God's Word and see how we have not trusted Him in our health. When this is learned FIRST, the nutrition makes sense! People from around the world are reaching out for the answers. Answers I discovered - not in the textbooks from my Bachelor of Nutrition degree; but answers in God's Word!
Yet, this is not how my journey started. In fact, I am amazed at God's answer to my one plea for help when I was in the throes of despair.
Here is my story. . .
My journey started with the resolve that I will be forever fat! I had almost given up on being lean and healthy.
But as a Christian, it was hard for me to ignore the truth – my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and this temple was sick and fat.
Thankfully, I came to a moment of crisis and found grace that lead me on the path to wholeness, the wholeness that I desire for you too.
There was a day when getting out of bed was the last thing I wanted to do.
It Wasn't How I Planned It To Be...
I just wanted to roll over and pretend my life was different.
I was tired – fat – ugly – and depressed.
This wasn’t how I saw my life playing out at all.
Many years earlier (I can still remember every detail), our week at youth camp was quickly coming to an end and it was our final worship service.
And this night, we are on the cool green grass along the shore of a peaceful lake nestled in the Ozark hills.
We were singing the final song “Something Beautiful” and I knew my heart was going to burst with joy as I could feel for the first time in my life the Holy Spirit all around me. I felt peace, comfort, and love.
At the age of 15, I knew Life going forward was going to be like this every single day. He was going to make something beautiful of my life.
Fast forward 20 years, reality not only hit it crashed! I was a wife, mother of two, working, homeschooling my kids, teaching Sunday School,
and striving tirelessly to keep up.
I felt overwhelmed, tired, depressed, stressed, fat, tired, worn out and tired.
Did I mention I was tired?
What happened to kumbayah and something beautiful? It had vanished.
In fact, in my marriage, I was ready to quit.
As a mother, I was ready to give up.
As a dieter, I was ready for chocolate… and lots of it.
Then, one autumn day, when the leaves were crisp along the road, I was driving to town for groceries.
My kids were in the back seat of our Escort wagon when the quietness of the car ride was interrupted by my 8 yr old son, Brent, who leaned forward and innocently asked
“Mom, why don’t you smile anymore?”
That question stunned me into reality.
Something beautiful? Not at all.
I needed change. Big change. The lies of the enemy weighed me down.
The Next Big Challenge...
Then the next crisis came - without asking permission– CANCER took root in our family.
Nothing prepares you for this diagnosis.
How did this happen? What was I doing wrong as the caretaker of my family?
Where were the answers?
I started vigorously searching for answers. Spiritual, physical, and emotional answers.
I became caught up in the winds of advice, blowing me from one expert to another.
As you know, there’s a lot of information out there, a lot of experts and other people who suggest one thing or another, who’ve had success in this, that, and the other.
It can quickly become overwhelming.
I wondered “How can even the most basic four-letter word, F-O-O-D, be so confusing?”
In our culture, food is confusing, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Even when the majority seem to be in agreement, that doesn’t necessarily mean they have it right. I mean, think about the shifts and fads that have happened just during your lifetime.
It is always shifting and changing from one thing is the best and only way to another thing being the right way.
At this time in my life, I only knew the RDA: Recommended Daily Allowances.
But I needed food from the Bible’s PLT: Proven Longtime Truth
With a new sense of discovery, I finally untangled myself from man’s web and took a fresh look at Scripture.
And what I discovered was Truth. Wonderful. Complete. Final Truth.
I eagerly learned: God's plan for my body, God's design in my food, and God's love and acceptance of me.
Sharing God's Recipe For Excellent Health
I have written many books, including a 13-week health study, and coached many women to biblical health through the years.
My soul's desire is that you, precious child of God, will find ultimate freedom and discover His greatest riches in every area of your life.
I want to see the strongholds of food and substance addiction torn down.
I long to see the people of God turn to him for an understanding of all areas of health instead of erecting pillars of “health” to worship that lead to further bondage.
Our bodies are His and He wants what is absolutely best for us. And He’s made treasures available to us and given us directions to use them.
I pray that you will be nourished and refreshed to complete your mission on the earth because we need what you carry.
Join me on this journey and discover the abundance God has for you!
The Biblical Nutritionist - Here To Serve You God's Love Through Food!
Annette Reeder holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, is a Biblical Wellness Consultant (BWC), and is a Certified Brain Health Professional (CBHP). Annette is also a professional member of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) and the National Association of Nutrition Practitioners (NANP).