|My mom and I at the Temple Mount/Dome of The Rock, Jerusalem 2010|
For almost two decades I have begun most of my health and nutrition lectures and workshops the same way. I have participants close their eyes and listen to the following:
"Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20
I then have them open their eyes and take turns sharing what images came to mind while I was reading. Most respond with comments like, " I picture a beautiful place ", "a sacred place", "my body should be a shining example" or one of the best ones I have heard to date is "it makes me realize that I have a responsibility to take care of my body, out of gratitude for the life that I have been given."
|Our grandson, Robert IV at 9 mos. A "perfect" baby-body!|
Food can also become addictive in the same way that people can abuse drugs or alcohol; it can become our God and control our lives if we aren't conscience about the choices we make. We cannot be healthy in body, mind, and soul if we are controlled by food, or by anything. I believe that to be healthy, to be whole, we need to honor God by taking care of our bodies. I am also aware that as a result of emotional scars or unresolved psychological trauma, some people use food to escape. I am not trying to minimize this situation but I am warning you to be aware of this possible means of false fulfillment and to seek help if you need it.
Eat smart to protect your over-all health. There are two major philosophies at work concerning health. One is to fight disease (or illness). The other is to support life (build your immune system). I embrace the idea that we should support our life, health, body, and "temple of the holy spirit". Only in emergencies should we need to fight illness with needed medicine, surgery, etc. I ascribe to what Hippocrates said: "Let food be your medicine, medicine your food."
Obesity has become the leading cause for the majority of illnesses and diseases in the USA. I love what the following article says about science finding out the there is a huge connection between what we eat and how healthy we are. My husband and I have been teaching this for over twenty years!
"Experts Want More Studies On Diet's Role For The Heart"
"The National Nutrition Month 2013 theme, "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day," encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices.
The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year is the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month. "
If I can help you in any way with your nutrition and wellness: your body, mind, soul health, I am here for you, even over the telephone if you live out of my area.
I also highly recommend supplementing your diet. Food is not as nutrient dense as it once was so it is very difficult to feed your body all of it's daily nutritional needs. I have some recommended companies that I know and trust. Not all nutritional supplements are equal or are what they claim to be. Click on my "products" tab" above and you can go on their websites and read about various supplements. If you have any questions feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" Matthew 26:41
God is blessing you for a healthy body, mind, and soul. Donna