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.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)
As the bread-winner and spiritual leader of your family, you are their superhero! You can get stronger to serve God and family longer. If you want to stay healthy longer so you can continue to take good care of your wife and family for many years to come, there are actions you can take now to ensure your long term physical and spiritual health. Half of the top ten leading causes of death for adults in the U.S. are chronic diseases with risk factors that are modifiable by nutrition. Modest changes in your diet and exercise to reduce weight and change your body composition can significantly lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension or high blood pressure. Reduce your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fats and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and whole grains to reduce your health risks. Be in the Word daily and lead your family in spiritual matters. My own father has passed, but Philippians 1:3 gives me great comfort: “I thank my God always upon every remembrance of you.” I love hearing from readers. What are your comments, insights, and Father’s Day stories?
Yet so many people have Bibles that are literally gathering dust on their coffee table or book shelf. I have the urge to write “Read Me!” in the dust when I see that.
The Bible is God’s holy Word. It’s not only a love story from God to man, but a revelation of his perfect plan and a practical guide for everyday concerns. Approach it with reverence and be in the Word daily.
How many Bibles are in your home? Have you read one of them? What if God were to one day say to you, “Was the eighty years I gave you not long enough for you to read my book?”
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” (Genesis 9:13-15 NIV84) God is always faithful and keeps all promises. Store up his Word in your heart and you will draw strength from it when you need it most.
God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners
with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Psalms 68:6 NIV
Do you sometimes feel disengaged from your family values that support health and well being?
Ideally, you may want to taste, savor and enjoy healthful food shared with your family and friends around a dinner table in an idyllic setting. You remember celebrating the simple joys of daily living that can release stress and promote healing. You know, too, that dietary choices impact directly on our health, and many degenerative diseases can be traced directly to our diet. But your expectations of family health and well being are constantly assaulted by the fast pace of modern life and even the innovative technologies that can enhance but may also plague family communication and togetherness.
Family members today are continually multitasking – eating on the go, playing video games, texting constantly, and watching TV while “listening” to each other. Too often distractions cause us to tune each other out mentally, physically isolate ourselves in a separate room, or even maximize our time spent apart. Many families no longer have family meals around a dinner table. In fact, the dinner table itself, once the hub of family life, is a vanishing item. It’s rapidly disappearing from the American lifestyle. You may feel that you’ve become disenfranchised and powerless to make changes for the better.
How can you get your family out of a rut and jump-start a renewed focus on the family? Here’s one effective way: have a family picnic! Breaking the pattern with a fun meal together is a good start.
Because of the Lord’s great love we
are not consumed for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
– Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV
A balanced healthy diet for seniors adds life to your years and years to your life. Aging progresses at a variable rate; some persons age faster than others. It is not just a chronological age, but physical status and a state of mind. Your food choices can not only reduce your risk of disease and increase your longevity, but they also contribute to wellness and thus independent living. Enjoying healthful food and having the energy and ability to do the activities of daily living will contribute to your quality of life for years to come.
How to Live Well Later in Life
Your diet needs to support your changing nutritional requirements for health, embrace your enjoyment of food, and provide the energy for an active life. Normal physical changes that may affect your diet and appetite as you age include a diminished nutrient reserve, a decrease in lean body mass, reduced metabolic rate and a declining level of physical fitness. A well-balanced diet for seniors addresses these challenges and minimizes the impact on your lifestyle.