Find out the one huge mistake most people make that affects their health. Reverse this mistake and learn to take care of yourself again!
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“What is wrong with me?” This is the question that plagued my mind daily for several years when my own health declined after having my first baby.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I know now – I had completely ignored the needs of my body, and now I was paying for it.
First (and worst) of all, I started ignoring my spiritual health during my pregnancy. When I thought about my need to pray and study, my thought was, “I don’t have time. And I’ll have even less time when I become a mom. God is always there when I need Him.”
Without the foundation of my spiritual health, I was in a perilous condition for the battle that was about to ensue. I had not filled my heart with His truth, and therefore had a terribly difficult time combating the darts of the evil one which were right around the corner.
Then, I neglected my physical body. I suppose this is normal to an extent with all first time parents, but in my case it was extreme. After a 34-hour labor in another country and trying to learn how to feed and care for my son on my own (the NHS hospital made my husband leave at night), I was beyond exhausted. At one point, I remember being so exhausted that I was afraid to go to sleep, worrying I would not wake back up.
After this followed weeks of feeding issues – there were so many problems with nursing my son, but I was determined. I would be a perfect mom. And I would NOT relax until I figured everything out.
For months I ignored my body’s cries for sleep, relaxation, and even food at times. I was “too busy” with my newborn, and I could not afford to take time to nourish myself.
One night, it all came crashing down.
What followed was years of battling depression, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, and basically zero energy. My body had had enough. And I didn’t know how to climb out of the hole I had dug for myself.
I’m still climbing. And learning to take care of my body again.
In all this mess, I’ve learned a crazy important lesson:
My body is the temple of the Living God, and I’d better treat it as such.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I have a message I want all Christians out there to hear, and it may be controversial. But I’m going to say it anyway because what I’ve been through is real.
We pray for God to make us well, but then we stuff our face with processed food, fast food, and soda – or barely eat at all.
Are we expecting God to heal and nourish our bodies when we abuse them in this way?
Do we really think He is going to transform the takeout pizza slice into organic salad on it’s way down?
If you feel overwhelmed by eating healthy or don’t know where to start, I totally get it. I’ve been there, and I’m not looking down on you. We are not educated about nutrition as a nation. Doctors themselves usually have almost no training on food in medical school. We’re pretty much left on our own to figure out how to take care of our bodies.
But we can do it! God created our bodies to be His temple, and we are commanded to be good stewards of them.
A common sense approach to food is vital. My philosophy is: if God made it for food, eat it. If He didn’t, don’t. Please don’t. This also applies to what is sprayed on our food and added to our food.
When was the last time you read the Bible and looked for answers on health? What did God make for food, and how did the people in the Bible eat?
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These are things I’ve never heard discussed in Sunday school. I’ve heard lessons on being good stewards of our time, money, and possessions. But not of our own bodies! Of course I’ve heard about not abusing our bodies, avoiding drugs, alcohol, and adultery. But what about HOW to feed and care for this body, the only home we’ve been given on this earth?
Think about if you had a new car but never changed the oil and put sludge in the tank instead of gasoline, then wondered why it wasn’t working well. We need proper fuel to survive and thrive.
God created us, and He created this earth to provide everything we need.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence…” (2 Peter 1:3)
If you’re totally new to the world of nutrition, don’t despair! You will learn a ton from the following books:
- “The Maker’s Diet” by Jordan Rubin. He healed himself of Chron’s disease by eating only the foods outlined in Scripture.
- “Creating Wealth” ebook by Catherine Crow, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She explains how to know if your body has everything it needs, and how to rebuild your nutrition if it doesn’t.
For extra motivation, check out this guy’s story – Chris Wark healed his cancer using nutrition! What a testament on the body’s ability to heal and rejuvenate when given the correct fuel. Check out his website here.
We pray for God’s healing, but then we stay up until 2 a.m. and forget to exercise.
Sleep is VITAL to our physical and mental well being. Without it, we can hardly function and we definitely can’t thrive. Nutritional therapist Catherine Crow says,
The ability to get sound, undisturbed, restful sleep is essential to cognitive function, cell renewal, hormonal balance, energy production, detoxification, a healthy immune system and so much more!
Do you love yourself enough to go to bed?
I’ve heard of college students developing a plethora of health problems including depression with no idea why. College campuses are the WORST when it comes to getting quality sleep! And sadly, it is often glorified. I remember my friends and I “bragging” about how little sleep we had gotten the night before. As if others should be impressed by our ability to function! According to James R. Oelschlager, Psy.D.,
College students today sleep and average of two hours less per day than college students in the 1980s.
For new parents, this is definitely a challenge but you’ve just got to make it a priority. The old adage is true – sleep when the baby sleeps. Nothing should trump this!
Exercise has always been more of a challenge for me, but I am working at it. Our bodies are created for physical activity and constant renewal! This quote by natural health expert Jordan Rubin pretty much sums up my previous attitudes about exercise:
Some people think they don’t have the time to exercise… and they think, since they can’t do ALL of the exercising they should, then why do ANY of it? Remember that any exercise is better than no exercise, even if it’s only a 10 or 15-minute walk. Being physically active makes you healthier—so even if you can’t make it to the gym you have no excuse not to do something active each day. Read more.
This is my new plan. I’m trying to at least do something every day, even if it’s just a walk in my neighborhood. Recently, I started jogging again and doing more yoga. The key is doing something you enjoy, or you’ll have a much tougher time getting moving.
The last point is the most crucial…
We pray for God to make us whole, but then we “forget” to nourish our spirit by spending time with Him.
If we take perfect care of our physical body and eat the healthiest foods on the planet, but neglect our Lord… how sad.
We cannot be disconnected from the Source of all life and expect perfect health.
Why is this? It’s been proven that 75-98% of all illnesses originate in our minds – namely, stress. I wrote an entire post on it, and you can read it here.
Negative stress is a separation from our Savior while trying to fix everything on our own.
If we want vibrant health, we must have a relationship with the Creator of our body and soul. Only then can we experience true life and start working on our stress levels through prayer and meditating on His word.
I hope my message is clear.
We pray for perfect health, then eat things God did not create, ignore our needs for sleep and exercise, and put other desires above Him. And we wonder why our health and life are a mess!
Lest anyone should think I’m being too serious about all this, remember: I’ve done all of these things wrong and reaped the results. That’s why I’m so passionate about sharing this message! This is why I do what I do. I want other people who are struggling with their health to find it again through seeking God’s plan.
God cares how we care for ourselves!
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