Caring for our Bodies

Eat Good, Nourishing Food.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19,20

Have you noticed over the last few years that people don’t seem to watch for cars anymore? Typically this is in parking lots, but sometimes even on roads, people (in general) are far less aware or alert then they used to be. It seems like they expect other people to ensure their safety. Now, I totally believe that drivers should always be alert and aware, and that pedestrians have the right of way. But, does that mean that you should stop looking both ways before crossing the street? Do you really want to trust that some stranger is going to be more concerned with your body then you are? Most likely, not.

It’s the same with food.

We have depended on other people to tell us what we should or should not eat instead of learning, researching, or figuring it out for ourselves. We have made a lot of excuses for this, but our bodies are paying the price for our excuses. As chronic illness, disease and obesity continue to skyrocket in this country, we continue to look for quick fixes and easy answers instead of putting in the work and changing our thinking when it comes to our bodies and food. It isn’t easy, but it is necessary.

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:27

Convenience is such a temptation when it comes to eating good, nourishing foods and can make it really hard to break lifelong patterns. Eating is tied to so many aspects of life, personally, socially, and traditionally, it feels like it might be impossible to change. But I can tell you, from my own experience, that you can make changes in your eating, which may include starting new traditions and habits with food, and it can still be just as enjoyable as your old experiences with food. Maybe even more so, because when you feel better you can enjoy things more fully.

There is balance. Have treats and desserts. Just don’t make them your main source of food. You don’t need to eat how I eat, or model your eating after a celebrity or some other person. Everyone has specific dietary needs and no two people are completely alike when it comes to tastes. Start slowly, implementing healthier whole foods into your diet, getting out of your comfort zone with food and trying new recipes. There are tons of great recipes on Pinterest, along with websites like Allrecipes, and there are a couple of bloggers I have on my Resources page, along with several I follow and share on my facebook page. You can also check out some of my kitchen and cooking tips here, and here.

I encourage you to spend a little bit of time doing your own research to find out more information about nourishing foods, don’t just take other people’s words for it. And pray, pray that God will give you direction in your diet and the foods that will be helpful for you and your family.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31




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