I was challenged by my cousin-in-law Heather Lane's blog-http://lanesmiles.blogspot.com/ (I am new to this blog world and don't know how to link something...can someone fill me in?!) Anyway, she gave all her diet and overall healthy living tips and so I decided to post something I made a long time ago and then tweaked for a ladies bible study I did this past fall. Health and nutrition are a serious hobby of mine (if that's how you say it?!) At one time I studied to become a Registered Dietitian but didn't finish all the requirements and transferred to Crichton (etc...long story) but after college I became a personal trainer and Nutrition Counselor, I just didn't love it like I thought I would. Anyway, so I have all this info in my head and it is good to share with people whenever I get a chance. Hope it helps someone.
Easy Healthy Living Tips for Christians
By: Ashley Fisher
1) Get adequate rest and sleep and trust the Lord instead of stressing.
Stress plays a major role in how your body functions. Look at this website for more info on stress and how it effects your body: http://stress.about.com/od/stresshealth/a/cortisol.htm
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:5-7
2) Drink lots of water and watch the other things you drink.
Sugary drinks (like soda) only make you crave sugar and offer few or no nutrients. Limit juices to one serving a day because although they are good for you, they have a lot of sugar.
3) Eat something for breakfast preferably something with fiber.
The more fiber you eat in the morning the more satiated you feel for the rest of the day. Fiber also lowers your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
4) Do not be overly restrictive.
Have a dessert treat once or twice a week but just not every day. Work on making healthier desserts for your family by substituting honey for sugar and whole wheat flour for white flour.
5) Eat more whole grains than white flour.
Make the switch to eating mostly whole grains if you can. This is different than whole wheat. You must be eating whole grain to get the fiber and nutrients that are really good for you.
6) Eat fruits and veggies whenever you can.
It is recommended that you get 5 servings a day! Have fresh fruit sitting out or carry it with you so you can munch on it when you are hungry. Try eating fruit for dessert and try incorporating at least one vegetable in your family’s dinner every night.
7) Do not skip meals but do watch portion sizes.
If you eat a big lunch then cut back on dinner but do not skip dinner because you ate a big lunch. Also, balance your plate with the right portions of a variety of foods. Half your plate should be filled with vegetables, one fourth with lean meat, poultry or fish and one fourth with grains.
8) Make sure you include physical activity into your life.
Physical activity helps control body weight, promotes a feeling of well-being and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.
9) When shopping for groceries try to stick to the outside of the grocery store.
The outside is often filled with more of the fresh products which are better for you while the inside has more of the processed foods. Try to look and learn about nutrition labels.
10) Look at healthy living as a way to honor the Lord.
“Therefore whether we eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” 1 Corinthians 6:19
“But the fruit of the Spirit is..... self-control.....” Galatians 5:23
“Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:20 (the Message)
Remember, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13