Your body is designed with the God-given ability to stay healthy and to regain health. My book, “Morning By Morning Pathway to Health”, applies biblical principles to health and shows how a daily commitment and the faithfulness of God can transform your health.
Remember that bumper crop from a few years ago? Thank heaven and my son Paul for a bumper crop of delicious champion tomatoes. Totally organic — just Paul’s hard work planting and tending, watering, and Florence Park sunshine yields the perfectly formed delicious tomato that God intended. We’ve been eating, canning, freezing and sharing tomatoes with friends and neighbors. What a blessing!
You can make a delicious, beautiful zucchini soup with about 2 lbs. zucchini cut in pieces, 3 T butter, 1 medium Vidalia onion diced, 1/4 cup half & half, and 1/2 cup either chicken broth or vegetable broth. Boil the zucchini for a few minutes; saute onion in butter. Puree or blend the zucchini until smooth and pour into the pan with the onions. Add broth and half & half. Wonderful either hot or cold!
How do you enjoy the taste of eating right? Registered Dietitian Nutritionists help people eat right by providing sound easy-to-follow nutrition advice. Checkout the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at www.eatright.org/nnm for helpful recipes, or test your nutrition IQ with fun quizzes, games and other free resources. Tell me about your experiences with eating for taste as well as for health. How is it working for you?
Our bodies are wonderfully made and are tremendously resilient. Yet we can eventually overwhelm them with long-term, low-level exposure to toxic chemicals, especially when combined with our inattention to proper nutrition, lack of exercise and lack of rest.
What’s all the fuss about toxins, food additives, pesticides, herbicides, etc.? Many factors such as environmental toxins, chronic stress and genetic predisposition, working together, weaken your body.
The average American consumes seven pounds of food additives per year, including chemical preservatives, artificial colorings, artificial flavorings, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and assorted other substances. We use chemicals to keep insects from ruining our crops, make our fabrics flame-retardant, our shampoos fragrant, our homes bug-free, and a host of other desirable objectives. But the result is that the typical U.S. home contains 1,500 hazardous substances and more than 10,000 food and chemical additives are allowed in the U.S. food supply.
Stepping on the scales is often done with trepidation, but what joy when the scales reveal good news — especially when that significant digit finally changes. Although it’s just like any other pound, somehow it feels like an especially big victory and the relief is staggering. Excess weight comes off naturally when we focus on getting healthy rather than just losing weight.
Most dieters have experienced a rapid weight loss followed by a weight gain of at least, and frequently more, than had been lost to begin with. This yo-yo action is not only disappointing but demoralizing. Many rapid weight loss diets depend on loss of water to provide a quick success of a few pounds. This is not sustainable.
Avoid yo-yo dieting by changing your focus from “lose weight” to “get healthy.” A lifestyle of long term health habits includes nutrition, exercise, rest, sunshine, fresh air, and attitude. When you get healthy, your weight will take care of itself!
The designer of our bodies also created the perfect food for us and provided a user’s guide. To understand how to achieve and maintain health, we have only to turn to the Bible. Biblical principles apply not only to spiritual growth but also to physical health.
The pathway to health involves making choices that are life-giving. We honor God when we are good stewards of the health he has given us rather than squandering it.
We wreak havoc in our physical bodies when we lack the knowledge of how to stay healthy, or worse yet, when we stubbornly refuse to act on what we do know.