Faithitarian is a word you may have seen me use across my website or even while I’m speaking. I am a self-proclaimed faithitarian and this series on my blog is to help you understand what this means for me because, chances are you are one too.
Faith in God is an enormous part of my life and is what really propelled me forward on my health journey. I had faith for other parts of my life but it took years of being in pain for me to realize I needed God’s guidance with my health.
My mission statement as a health coach is this: to revolutionize the way people eat, move and live with FAITH at the core.
As a Christian, I know that I can’t do it all myself. I have to look to God in every aspect of life, so why should my approach be different when it comes to food and health? The answer is, it shouldn’t be different.
Defining The Way to Transformative Change
When I first discovered my approach to health and wellness, I wanted to come up with a word that would really define how I was living my life and how I would be able to coach others to do the same. Faith was a necessary part of the equation.
When we live out of faith in God, in all parts of life, we begin to experience transformative change.
Faith is defined as ‘complete trust or confidence in someone or something’. Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” When I live out of faith, I am trusting God that He is providing me with what I need, even though I cannot see or understand all that He is doing.
I also thought of the word humanitarian. Humanitarian is defined as ‘concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare’ and ‘a person who seeks to promote human welfare; a philanthropist’. And more specifically, the suffix ‘-arian’ means ‘indicating a person or thing that advocates, believes, or is associated with something’.
When I combined all these words, I thought the perfect term for this approach to life was ‘faithitarian’. A person (me) living out of the assurance and conviction of God (faith) to promote and advocate human welfare (mind, body, soul and spirit).
Living as Your Whole Self
I define faithitarian as a lifestyle approach or belief that encompasses whole food and healthy living with faith at the core.
This means a strong belief in God to live in a way that glorifies Him and our bodies, by feeding oneself nutritious substances in order to live a healthy lifestyle.
Being a faithitarian is about living in wholeness; your body, mind, soul and spirit are all in perfectly good health with one another.
For me, it was easy to be checked in with my mind, soul and spirit. But I wasn’t living whole because I didn’t think my body needed attention. For you, it might be the other way around, where food and nutrition come easily to you. As a faithitarian, living as your whole self and not just in parts, is key to having faith in God and having faith in your health.
Living a life full of faith in God as a faithitarian means being on your way to transformational change.
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity… This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:1-2, 8)
Check back in as we will continue to explore what it means to be a faithitarian in an ongoing blog post series!
In health & faith,
Christina Grenga is a faith-based Certified Holistic Health Educator who works with Modern Christian women who are ready to quit dieting for good, lose weight naturally, and transform their life. Christina graduated from the world-renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and is a Certified International Health Coach. She uses a Christ centered approach to guide women to create a balanced, thriving life.