Healthy Living

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Why is it so hard to eat healthy?  We know we should eat certain foods to live, but why do we eat food that cause our bodies to be sick?  We live in a country where we are bombarded with bad food choices. The first thing we see when we walk into a supermarket is food that is not good for us.  Bad food choices are also the last thing we see, when we leave the supermarket.  While we are waiting in the checkout line we have your choice to buy chips, candy, cookies, mints or gum.  These things are hard to resist because our bodies crave for these things.  Many of us have been eating unhealthy for years and our bodies are compromised because of our bad eating habits.  Due to our unhealthy eating habits our bodies break down and we are faced with many diseases and health issues.

God created the body to heal itself.  The only way the body can heal itself, it must have the right fuel.  Cookies, potato chips, soft drinks and candy are not good for our bodies and they do not provide the fuel it needs to stay healthy.  They only make our bodies sick and make us crave more bad food choices.  Even though, we know these foods are unhealthy, we continue to consume them and then we wonder why our bodies fail us.  Many times, I have tried to eat healthy only to get off track, when I eat something unhealthy.  Every time we eat the wrong thing, our body craves more of the wrong thing.  For instance, I know if I eat a candy bar that in an hour after eating it my body will feel tired and listless.  Since my body is craving sugar I am going to eat the candy bar anyway, even though I know the effect it will have on me.

What does the bible say about our food choices?  In the Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 you will find a list of foods that are unclean and not fit for consumption.  God knew that certain foods are not good for our bodies, so he tells us we should not consume certain foods.  From my own experience, I know when I eat healthy I feel better and I have more energy.  When I eat something unhealthy, I feel tired and sluggish.  In 1 Corinthians 10:31 it says, So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  We need to make wise food choices because this pleases God.  God does not get any glory when we eat foods that cause our blood pressure and blood sugar to rise.  Sickness has a domino effect.  If we are sick we miss work, cannot take care of our families, and we cannot be an effective servant for God.

I am going to embark on a new food journey starting August 1, 2018.  I am changing the way I eat.  I am going to eliminate all unhealthy food choices for 90 days to see how my body will react.  Lately, I have just been tired all the time and I am tired of feeling this way.  I am trying to find foods that will give me energy and vitality.  It is hard to do anything when you do not feel your best.

After reading God’s word I have found we have been given specific instructions on what we should be eating.  Most of us ignore these instructions because we do not want to change how we eat.  As I have found change is sometimes necessary, to be the disciple God has called us to be.  We cannot effectively serve God when we do not feel our best.

God wants us to be healthy and whole.  Healthy does not just mean physically, but it includes spiritually and mentally.  In 3 John 1:2 it says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”  Every area of our lives needs to be in balance.  When something is out of balance it effects other areas of our lives.  I know for a fact when you are tired nothing gets accomplished.  Today, let’s start feeding our body healthy foods, so we can be all that God has called us to be.

LSW

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