Our body is the outermost (and most obvious) part of our being. Because of its tangibility and visibility, it easily gets more attention than the soul and spirit. It’s like a faithful vehicle, that we wash, wax, maintain and show off, that takes us where we want to go, when we want to go there. It makes first impressions, carries out our every command, and if properly cared for, has the potential to provide us with years of enjoyment and pleasure. It is incredibly complex, while at the same time, amazingly flexible and resilient. However, it can be neglected and abused, and like most things, damaged beyond repair. And it is no more or less important than our soul or spirit; in fact, since they function and work in unison, the body’s condition will impact our mind, will, emotions, attitudes, conscience, heart, beliefs, and feelings.
Poor health is far more expensive than good health. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans are just not too concerned with fitness and good nutrition; a very small percentage of our population is truly healthy. Over one third has a chronic condition, and well over half are clinically obese. We eat poorly, don’t get enough rest, are dehydrated, toxic, stressed, constipated, and over medicated. A sick body weakens the soul and drags down the spirit. Purposing to have a strong, healthy body is an excellent goal and a great way to improve total health. By making the decision to start eating better today, we can implement a simple wellness plan toward improved overall health. Here’s a few ideas to get you moving in the right direction:
- Start eating nutritious food. Quit lollygagging around and just do it. You make your own decisions about everything else, so why not decide to put better fuel into the only body you’ll ever have? Eating poorly is just another bad habit that can be changed in less than three weeks. Don’t skip meals, don’t eat empty calories (like chips), don’t drink so much sugar (like soda), and don’t take chemicals. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how nutritious food tastes after your taste-
- Give up white bread; it is a larger contributor to obesity than alcohol, sweets, or meat and potatoes. And even though they taste good, cut WAY down on pop, chips, pie, cake, sugary snacks, and candy. By the way, sugar is a silent killer.
- Increase your daily intake of fiber, water, fruits, and veggies. Adult males should have about 10 coffee cups of beverages (as much water as possible) per day; women about 6. Have an apple around 10 in the morning and a banana or pear around 2:30 in the afternoon. Then have some carrots or celery sticks to chew on about an hour before a healthy dinner.
- Take care of your skin. Yes men; besides, your woman will love you for it. Try Renew by Melaleuca.
- Boost your immune system: here are 8 ways to do it!
- Boost your metabolism; here are 11 ways to do it!
- Start an exercise program; for example, start walking everyday for at least 15 minutes. Take a few weeks to bring it up to 30 minutes. Over time, you’ll lose weight, have more energy, a better outlook, and you’ll begin to enjoy life more.
One final comment about eating and weight: don’t go on a diet!! Just put that idea completely out of your mind. Millions of people go on diets, lose weight, then gain it all back; plus extra! And they do it over and over and over, until they get discouraged and give up altogether. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you are going to have to permanently change your life-
Here are eight excellent resources we’ve reviewed. Keep in mind that every small improvement you make to your body is a good one, and small changes add up. Have a healthy body, and enjoy it for a very long time!