Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Pay attention to what you eat.”
Have you heard the saying, “Eat to live don’t live to eat”? There’s a lot of wisdom in that catchy little phrase, wisdom that many of us need to take to heart. We’re supposed to eat in such a way that we are providing nutritious fuel to power our body so we will be healthy and can do the things God has called us to do. We eat so we can live.
But far too many of us (me included) live to eat. I’m a little too fond of eating. I like to eat things that aren’t very good for me, like ice cream and cheeseburgers and donuts, and when I do, I eat way too much. And then I lie to myself about it. I underestimate how many calories I’m consuming and how bad the stuff really is for me, and I rationalize that it’s really okay because I’ll just workout a little harder and a little longer later.
As we continue to wrap-up our series on taking care of our bodies, we’re reviewing some of the most important concepts we have learned this month. An important one is that being physically fit and healthy is two-thirds good nutrition and one-third exercise. Exercise is important, but not as important as eating right. You can exercise a lot but if you have a lousy diet you will still have weight problems and your blood chemistry will be bad. But if you have a good diet of healthy foods, you will maintain a good weight and you will probably have good blood chemistry, even if you don’t get a lot of exercise. Then if you put good diet and good exercise together, you will be physically fit and healthy. But nutrition is by far the more important factor in the good health equation.
In his book “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite” Dr. David Kessler points out what I have already confessed to above, that most of us lie to ourselves about our diets. Most of us underestimate how many calories we consume, and we make far too many excuses about the bad food we eat.
That’s why a good diet plan is so important and helpful. Personally I have often used the P90X diet and nutrition plan. It’s a helpful guide for eating balanced meals consisting of regular food, and it provides a daily record sheet so I can write down what I ate at each meal and how many calories I consumed. The record sheet is simple and therefore easy to use, and the diet plan consists of regular foods. So there’s nothing complicated about it and it doesn’t require me to eat strange foods that taste like paste and cardboard.
There are many good diet and nutrition plans out there but the point is that we do need a plan to guide us and to help us avoid our worst tendencies when it comes to what, and how much, we put into our mouths.
I encourage you to pay attention to what you eat. Be intentional and smart about it. Remember, you are eating to live not living to eat, and by doing so you are taking care of the body God has given you.