Cultivating Jewels Show Notes 016 –

Cultivating Jewels Show Notes 016 –


Amber Lia is an independent certified health coach who has been on her own transformative health journey. She has written and coauthored several books, including her latest, Food Triggers. A former high-school English teacher, Amber is a sought-after mentor for women and a regular contributing writer for The Better Mom. Amber and her husband co-run the faith-friendly production company Storehouse Media Group, and they live in Southern California with their four boys. To learn more, visit

What we chat about in today’s episode:

Amber Lia’s new book, Food Triggers Exchanging Unhealthy Patterns for God Honoring Habits

Her desire for writing this book and whom she wanted to reach with it

* Her definition of what a trigger is and how that plays into our healthy lifestyles

* There being both internal and external triggers we must learn to navigate in our lives

* How our physical health is connected to our walk with the Lord

* The importance of our why

* The connection that the idea of “me too” creates

* The difference between guilt and Godly conviction

* Being open to God and walking by the Spirit to make better choices for our health

* Eating disorder recovery and the truth that there is hope

* The truth that it is okay to want to look better in our clothes as long as that’s not becoming an unhealthy obsession

Resources mentioned:

Book : Relentless by John Bevere

Quotes from our Chat:

“The idea of getting healthy can be a very difficult topic because we feel a lot of shame, condemnation, we fixate on appearances, really Food Triggers is a really kind book. I am in no place to judge anybody having been in that same place myself.”

“I went through a season of great change, great loss, I had a miscarriage, I started eating to manage some of my emotions. I loved the Lord but I also realized I wasn’t perfect. I had some areas of growth.”

“I looked to the future and thought, I have this little boy and his brothers, and if I don’t make some changes I don’t know that I can be the mom I want to be 10 years from now, or the grandma in 40 years. I was going to be in the nursing home, not on the cruise ship having a great time with my family.”

“I knew that God loved me unconditionally but that He does also call me to steward my temple well and to take care of my body… What I had to recognize was that I needed to deal with the emotional mismanagement, with the spiritual piece of this for myself so that it would be a long term change.”

“God has given me a picture of the life He wants for me down the road. Psalm 92 says ‘the righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a Cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.’”

“If you want to grow in righteousness, stop turning to an empty vessel, this ice cream carton, and get right with the Lord so that you can really grow both spiritually and also get healthy physically.”

“Your why is what is going to initially motivate you, kick start you to make a decision. Keeping your why front and center, writing it down, re-visiting your why is going to help give you a focus for when the days get challenging. “

“We are not failures just because we struggle or started to run out of steam. The key is to not give up, to not quit. If we quit, if we are not consistent, if we give up on ourselves we’re missing out on the opportunity of a vibrant healthy life, for the rest of our lives. One where if we are healthy enough we can do Kingdom work that God might have us do, that we might not be able to do otherwise.”

“If we are on a diet and it’s all about the food, and then we ate something we said we weren’t going to eat…so why bother… This chatter in our head has this vicious cycle. It is not dwelling on what is true, or pure or lovely or of good report. This is a lifestyle, one meal is not going to erase my whole healthy lifestyle. This is something that I am, not just something I am doing to lose weight. This is who I am. I am a person who makes healthy choices.”

Where you can find Amber Lia online:


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Where you can find the Podcast


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