When I survey the world we live in today, it’s like our notion of what life is supposed to be has been brainwashed by what the media or Hollywood is portraying. As a child, I knew food was meant to nourish our bodies, quench our hunger, and satisfy our stomach. And that perception hasn’t changed for me. But I can’t say same for the gazillion of people out there who now see food as a stigma rather than a necessity. “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything Genesis 9:3.” The word ‘Everything’ is exactly what I live by, and I wish most people if not all would live by this simple word and see how alluring eating all the six groups of food can be beneficial to our health. There are lots of diets out there and I have never been on any, and that is the same way I am raising my kids. People do what they do for various reasons and we should learn to respect and accept their decisions regardless of our differences. “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.” Romance 14:1-3
Food should be celebrated every time we have an opportunity to gulp. Take for example, one accidentally choke while eating, any excess food in the mouth will be removed while what went down will be saved. With that being said, the only thing that is truly ours is what goes down our stomach. Does this mean that we should stuff ourselves even when our body is saying no? We all know when we have had enough of anything. And just because something is our favorite, doesn’t mean we should indulge into it on a regular basis or consume more than the recommended amount. “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit Ephesians 5:8.”
There is such a thing as self-discipline, self-control, and willpower. We can eat everything and stay healthy, if and only if we prepare it ourselves and make better choices. If we let other people control our intake either by cooking for us or making decisions about our food, we won’t be able to attain to our full potential through healthy eating habits. We are clueless as to what goes into the food we eat outside – so why eat out? As humans, we all like to be served every now and then, but it becomes a problem when eating out becomes a regular routine instead of a treat or on occasional basis. There is a correlation between eating and moving. Eating entails movement of the mouth and there should be movement of the body after the intended intake. No matter the type of metabolism we have – if we eat and don’t move, the calories, saturated fat, and hydrogenated oils can lead to a negative outcome like heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol and many more.
How often should we move? It depends on your daily activity. As for me, I exercise 30 – 45 minutes a week. That is if I exclude my motherly duties from picking and dropping off the four kids to and from school, ballet classes, music lessons, sports activities and swimming classes. In addition to that, I am on my feet at least 6 hours a week cooking meals, going up and down the stairs – and having a good time with my husband on a regular basis. If you don’t have all that in your schedule then you need to exercise more than once a week. But if you are as busy as I am, then count your loses. “Scientific research has found that physical activity can cut cravings whether you crave sugary snacks or things like cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs. Instead of immediately giving in to your cravings or focusing on how much you want something, get moving if at all possible. Make this a high priority and stay committed to exercising each week.” What is it gonna be? Are you gonna eat and just sit and give excuses of why you can’t move, or are you gonna do something about it? I am hoping for the later because I believe in you “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible Matthew 19:26.”
We should neither be eating ourselves out or dieting ourselves in. Feed what Feeds you! Without a healthy body, we won’t be able to do the things we do. The focus shouldn’t be placed on losing weight, rather on having a healthy heart and along the way, the weight comes off naturally. Let’s start by being mindful of what goes into our mouth, by so doing, we will be taking care of our entire body, leading to a happier and healthier Life!