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.
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!