Caffeine, Alcohol, Sugar, and other like toxins are slow killers of our temporary bodies. There are so many choices we can make differently that could improve our lives physically, mentally, and spiritually. Personally, I have been up and down on this train because it really is a tough discipline to learn; but once you master your mind over it, there’s nothing like the strength and clarity you feel.
As I consistently make good choices in what I put in my body, not only do I see a difference in my physical performance, but my motivations are ramped up and my mind isn’t hindered. Have you ever felt like an engine with the build up of oil sludge? That is the garbage and toxics you are putting into your body taking over. When I feel strengthened and motivated, I can honestly say that my relationship with God is stronger in that my motivation and drive to stay in His word is through the roof, not stay in bed. I know eating right and exercising promotes a healthy mind for me and I am so ready to meet with Him…I think you may see this change too.
Start off small. When you eat out, instead of getting the Super Burrito at the local Mexican joint, get the chicken quesadillas and substitute the rice and beans for a side salad. Start noticing the color of your food…more than likely it’s beige. Adding color to your food adds the nutrients that you need for the day.
Another choice you can make is portion control. While eating out, go ahead and ask for a to-go box and put half of you meal in it to take home before you start eating. This way you can control how much you eat given that the average American restaurant portion is overload!
After the portion talk you may be asking, “Well what if I’m super hungry because I ate an early lunch and can’t eat until late that night?” The next time you go to the grocery store pick up some fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese sticks, etc. These types of healthy snacks between major meals will allow your metabolism to continue to work and in turn boost your metabolism over time. This will also decrease cravings leaving you with a smaller appetite at dinner time.
Lastly, do some type of exercise for 15 minutes three times a week starting out. When you place diet and exercise together, you will see amazing results!
The reason why I am so adamant about health and fitness is because heart disease is rampant in America and it is also in my family history. YOU can make the difference for your own body, no one else can do that for you. Don’t forget that you may be married to someone who wants you around longer than 50 years. Who knows, maybe you could even come off of you blood pressure and diabetes meds, etc (I’ve seen it!). Think of your loved ones…they need you. Be proactive about your health. Make your body your slave.
“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. There for I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”