Eat Right

Eat Right

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)

The human body is an amazing and complex creation. God created us, breathed life into us and our bodies are the temple for the Holy Spirit. We have a responsibility to properly care for God’s temple until we take our very last breath. As Dr. Dick Couey says in the First Place 4 Health DVD, Why Should a Christian Be Physically Fit, we want to be strong enough to serve God as long and as best as we can. But eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few simple tips to get you started:

EAT THINGS YOU CAN GROW. An apple comes from a tree. A potato comes from the ground. Where does a Twinkie come from? Unprocessed, whole foods will give you the most nutrition to fuel your body. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants can help protect your skin. The antioxidants in fresh berries and salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids both help improve the health of your skin’s cells and slow premature aging. A diet packed with fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats will also help you feel fuller on fewer calories. (Look for a delicious recipe for roasted asparagus and fresh berries with lemon cream sauce later in this newsletter.)

EAT MINDFULLY. When you sit down for a meal, enjoy every bite. Eat slowly and savor the flavors. God gave us food to enjoy, so let’s take the time to do that. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to tell your stomach that it is full, so don’t eat right past the full line! Sit with your friends and family and enjoy your meals together. Ecclesiastes 3:13 tells us that, “everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.”

EAT SNACKS. If too many hours pass between meals or snacks, your blood sugar will plummet and you will be more likely to overeat. So eat before you get famished. A well-balanced snack should have a quality carbohydrate, protein and fat in a reasonable quantity. A balanced snack might include, fruit, nuts and yogurt or hummus and crackers. An apple and peanut butter is another healthy snack option. (Look for other snack options at www.fp4h.com under Resources.)

EAT FROM A HEALTHY KITCHEN. Keeping your resolve to eat healthy can be made easier if you have healthy choices in your pantry. Create an environment that doesn’t depend on your willpower. If you can walk in your pantry and find a healthy snack ready to go, it can help you to not feel deprived. If you have all the ingredients you need to make that healthy recipe, you’ll be more likely to skip the drive-through. (Check out the First Place 4 Health Youtube channel for a video about how to stock a healthy pantry – www.Youtube.com/firstplace4health)

EAT FROM A PLAN. Planning ahead is key to eating healthy. Invest a few minutes in making a plan for the week. Hang a chalkboard in your pantry or paint one of the panels on your pantry door with chalkboard paint and post the menu for the week. When you come in from a busy day, it is right there and you don’t waste time deciding what to eat. When you prepare dishes yourself, you can see exactly which ingredients are going into it and make conscious choices about what you truly want to eat. A weekly meal plan can help you eat better, save money, and save time during the week.

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. Acts 2:46.

Let’s meet together and eat right with glad and sincere hearts.

Lisa Lewis is the First Place 4 Health Chief Operating Officer for First Place 4 Health. Lisa is author of Healthy Happy Cooking, released in December 2016, a speaker, group leader, cook at spa and wellness weeks and provided the recipes for 13 First Place 4 Health Bible studies.

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