“An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” (2 Timothy 2:5)
Ever watched a NASCAR race? When the race car pulls into its pit, you’ll see the crew spring into action. They’re aware of the strict rules they must follow for their driver not to be injured or disqualified. Each crew member works as part of that team to ensure maximum efficiency.
There’s a definite correlation between a NASCAR race and healthier living. Your brain, heart, liver, lungs, thyroid . . . every body part, functions as a team to become a winner!
Eat Small Meals Throughout the Day.
For example, one decision that must be made as the driver speeds around the track is how much fuel to place in the tank. The object is to get just enough fuel to make it over the finish line but not too much to reduce speed with unnecessary weight. The wrong decision could mean the end of viable competition. Do the same.
The Right Fuel Makes All the Difference!
It takes energy to make energy. Ingesting the wrong type of fuel can clog our arteries and slows down our efficiency. Chemically based processed foods restrict our energy level by making us sluggish. Too few quality nutrients and we’ll drag ourselves through the day.
It’s a Matter of Balance
Getting valuable nutrients throughout our daily ‘rat race’ is something we should aim for. Too much and we gain weight – not enough and we lose muscle and brain cells.
- Too many calories and our flow of blood circulation is diverted to the stomach and therefore less blood flow is available for the brain and extremities. (Think Thanksgiving dinner.)
- On the opposite side of the spectrum, if one doesn’t consume enough food, then the brain becomes light-headed and ‘spacey’. The body will start cannibalizing its muscles to refuel. (Think starvation diets.)
Search for Beneficial Selections
The proper bodily fuel produces proper metabolism speed and brain power, allowing it to power up when necessary. We need good fats, wholesome carbohydrates, and lean protein to run efficiently.
When we’re uncontrollably hungry, what do we instinctively grab for quick energy? Sugar, right? Candy, donuts, cookies, etc. It’s our body’s fastest fuel source so that’s what our brain’s hypothalamus tells us we need. It’ll nag us until we give in to that quick-acting, sugary candy if we aren’t supplied with enough nutritional energy. We absolutely need nutrient-dense, quality fuel! Choose juice or other fruit which metabolizes into energy in 15 minutes. Place only productive whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein into our fuel tank for maximum efficiency.
Know Your Body
The NASCAR driver knows exactly what his race car needs because he’s attuned to its reactions. He knows how it acts when running properly and what he must do to win.
Therefore, he’s focused on success and expects his crew to act accordingly! The entire crew works together for good! When the driver pits, if the tire pressure isn’t properly inflated, a lugnut isn’t tightened, the windshield’s dirty, or the spotter takes his eye off the track, something disastrous might occur.
Stay as focused as that. Following sensible nutritional guidelines keeps us healthy. We need to think of our body parts as separate entities all working for our productive health. It requires discipline to run our best race for the Lord! Honor God with your disciplined spirit!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)