Becoming a New Creation is hard when many normal day-to-day obstacles stand in our way. When others look at us, do they see a strong, take-charge Christian, or someone swayed by temptations?
Lunch can be pretty hectic if you work in a high-paced office. Too busy to eat? It’s important to schedule lunch as you would any appointment or phone call. Without lunch you’ll run out of steam around 3pm and reach for any quick energy you can find because your body is crying out for it. That usually means a caffeinated drink with an unhealthy candy bar or leftover donut from the morning meeting.
What’s the solution? Plan ahead.
When I worked in the corporate world, I was notorious for either skipping a noon meal or purchasing a fast-food burger to eat on the run. I was too important for lunch, I thought. At that time, I was usually working on 5-7 projects at once and figured if I didn’t control it, who would? Pride. I eventually discovered that no one is irreplaceable and I was wrecking my bodily temple for man’s adoration. This body is the only one I have. People are more important to our Lord than paperwork or projects. With our Lord’s help, make your health matter to you, as much as it does to God!
During the week, think ahead: create “planned-overs.” There are plenty of storage boxes available that work like plates. These can hold healthy leftovers from the night before: 2 ounces of grilled meat, veggies and a whole grain roll or other starch. Remember we need something for quick energy and something for sustaining energy. Prepare green salads (include a grain) the night before so you can reach into the fridge and drop it into a bag. Carry your 1 ounce full-fat dressing in a separate small container. That’s plenty to moisten your salad greens.
Wholesome whole grain wraps or sandwiches filled with healthy protein: oven roasted turkey, low-fat ham, sliced chicken or lean roast beef, layered with tomato, lettuce, red pepper and cucumbers make an attractive choice. Bring a few carrot sticks or a fruit for crunch. (A snack pack of chips has over 150 calories with little nutrient value!)
Homemade soups are fabulous and quick to heat up. Split pea, vegetable, bean or even cream soups created with low-fat evaporated milk or 1% milk are filling and great choices.
Attending a lunch meeting at a restaurant? Select small portions; a half a sandwich and a small cup of soup, grilled veggie pasta or stick with the low-cal or senior menu. Order first so you aren’t swayed by another’s tempting selection. Drink water with lemon for lunch instead of sugary soft drinks, even artificial ones! Not only is it extremely caloric, containing empty calories, but sodas create an insulin rush which will usually hit you with additional cravings mid-afternoon.
Want an enjoyable treat? Indulge in a really great piece of individually wrapped dark chocolate before leaving the office. When you arrive home, enjoy a relaxing cup of tea before rushing into your dinner preparations.
Preplan even if you are a stay-at-home mom. Don’t bring temptations into the house “for the kids.” They don’t need unhealthy junk anymore than you do!
To conquer temptations, don’t forget: “Out of sight, out of mind.” “In your house, in your mouth!” Print and place those sayings on your fridge and dresser mirror. Take control of your cravings!
“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will take me safely to his heavenly kingdom. Glory belongs to him forever and ever! Amen.” (2 Timothy 4:18)