Food for the Mind, Body and Spirit!

When I became a Christian, I attended a very strict rules and regulations church.  There were so many do’s and don’ts that I didn’t understand the Joy of the Lord until years later. Isn’t that what we do with food sometimes also? When some go on a diet, they so strictly adhere to all the rules and regulations required that they forget to find the joyful benefits from the food they consume! When we eat well, we feel great, act accordingly and that pleases our Lord.

God wants us to become healthy for a reason. Every food has a nutritional purpose and that purpose spans the entire realm of mind, body and spirit. He wants us to find JOY in the bounty He provided.th[7]

Here are my suggestions to obtain a healthier mind, body and soul:

Heart:  Have you noticed that those who distain God are overall grumpier individuals? But those who love the Lord exhibit a happier and peaceful countenance. Healthy individuals haven’t made food an idol. Their heart is at peace because they recognize that God is Sovereign and therefore their mind and spirit can overcome obstacles, even when challenges arise like heart disease and other illnesses.

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:13)

The heart benefits from each of these:  L-carnitine which burns fat inside the mitochondria cells. Beef, fish, alfalfa, chicken and wheat contain L-carnitine. A diet rich in vitamin C, (citrus, red peppers, strawberries) B-6 (cabbage, milk, cantaloupe) and niacin (eggs, cereals, fish, chicken.) Additional foods that benefit the heart are garlic, onions and salmon.

Brain: Ditch the refined sugars! Sugar ages but a little sweetness satisfies the soul.  Consuming fruits such as strawberries and blueberries and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage maintain a strong memory.  Wheat germ, walnuts, green tea with powerful antioxidants boost memory. Consume foods rich in choline and lecithin for memory power (soy beans, egg yolks and liver.) These also restore telomeres, the end part of cells that retains youth.

“to be made new in the attitude of your minds;” (Ephesians 4:23)

Muscles:  Magnesium, calcium and potassium work in conjunction to maintain great muscle health. These can be found in bananas, wheat bran, beans, apricots, leafy greens, cocoa, sweet potato, orange juice and low fat yogurt.

By lifting weights you’ll create more muscle and therefore effectively burn fat throughout your body.

Bones: The expression “Use it or Lose it!” pertains here! Exercising our bones is an essential habit for long term health. Exercise improves mood as well as bones! If you can’t walk outside: climb stairs, lift weights or head to the gym! Increase your intake of  calcium,(salmon, yogurt, blackstrap molasses)  boron (apples, dried apricots, legumes, prunes, pears, leafy vegetables)  and manganese (whole wheat, pineapple, coconut, ginger, almonds, yams.)

“This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:8)

Digestion: If one’s body is toxic, he’ll not be a happy camper. Detoxify by consuming approximately 8 glasses of water daily along with a water-based diet (soups, salads, vegetables and fruits)  Add probiotic foods that will destroy your unhealthy bacteria (good quality yogurt, kefir or sauerkraut while  producing good bacteria and  cranberry, onion or garlic which kill bad bacteria as well. Include both soluble (oatmeal, apples, pears, veggies) and insoluble fiber (bran, corn, produce skin) to you daily routine to escort toxins out of your system.

And of course food for the soul . . . ?  Dark Chocolate!  Filled with antioxidants, flavonoids and macronutrients – what could be better to satisfy us while we are reading our daily devotional?

Live Life Well! Become a New Creation!

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16 thoughts on “Food for the Mind, Body and Spirit!

  1. God knows we need constant reminders. Satan is relentless and the only remedy is the constant reminder of Godly wisdom.
    Deu 11:18
    Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

    Isaiah also talks about the method of teaching.
    Isa 28:10
    For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

    Some would see this as nagging, not me. I see the constant addition of these healthy reminders as building brick by brick as Nehemiah building a healthy wall around us.

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  2. I agree one hundred percent with your wise words here.

    I find it interesting that when I became a natural path thirty years ago family and friends laughed at me but now they are the ones that are all crippled up and old before their time.

    An eye opener for me was when studying herbal medicine at the same time as studying the dietary laws in Leviticus it all made sense.

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    • Simplicity s truth’s most becoming garb. The more I go on the more I see much of life is simple. It just makes simple, common sense that if we want to live an optimal life (healthy) then we should do as one would with a car. If you want a car to run its best you consult the owner’s manual. Likewise if a human being is to run the best consulting the owner’s manual (Bible) is a good idea. Following God’s design and original plan is the best way to go. He is the designer and creator. How foolish to follow any other way.

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  3. Ellie, I re-read this article today and found it really helpful. Do you ever discuss the use of anti-depressants with your clients? Christian views can range anywhere from “take them if you need them” to “Christians have no business taking them and should rely solely on the Lord for healing and mental health. Seems this food list goes a long way towards a being a natural and effective way to heal our minds and bodies.

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    • Very true Wendy. Good food changes everything! Your body is a bunch of chemicals and food is a bunch of chemicals. Nutrients can change our mental attitude. For example if I could create an “anti-vitamin” which could block niacin from your body, you would literally go crazy. Balanced nutrition is that important! I personally feel that mental illnesses can be traced to a chemical food imbalance – but not all and that’s the thing, I would never tell someone to go on or off medication, that’s a doctor’s decision.

      I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky person but even I have experienced deep depression but sure didn’t like being on the medication the doctor’s gave me. I learned to trust in my Lord who experienced great despair, read my Bible and healed my sorrow nutritionally by consuming colorful nutrients. God told me I was special to Him and He cared!

      Most medications are created out of the same chemicals and phytonutrients found in foods. Anti-depressants although needed at times can be addicting. If one is afraid that they’ll return to that extremely scary depressed state, that’s a strong incentive to never go off them which would scare me even more.

      Keep eating nutritionally dense colorful foods and know that I also believe you are special! Both God and I can’t be wrong. Hope this helps my friend, Blessings back,

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      • Thank you for your feedback, it really helps. I feel like I have learned so much this past year from you and my own study of nutrition. And I find myself reading a lot more labels and choosing much healthier whole foods. Makes such a huge difference. I am going to re-read your posts on supplements and vitamins. I need to learn more about that. Hugs my sister!

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