Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
This summer we experienced a death in our family–a cousin on my husband’s side of the family. She was a young 37 years old, seemingly healthy, and frankly gone too soon. Her death was somewhat of a wake up call for Josh and I. We thought about what would happen if we were to pass away at a young age. What would happen to our children? What would we leave them? It made us think about the way we treated our bodies; we evaluated our eating habits and lack of exercising. We realized that we could do a LOT better, if not for ourselves, at least for our children.
I have never before been health conscious or concerned about my weight. A few months after giving birth to my youngest daughter I noticed that I was extremely out of shape. I was out of breath after any physical activity, like walking up the stairs and even slow-paced walks through the neighborhood. Sometimes, I would even experience chest pains after brisk walks. Experiencing those types of things at age 26 is pretty scary. A slight lifestyle change was imperative!
After watching a couple documentaries (listed below) we made some changes. In the last two months we have began the following:
- Buying and eating more produce (as much organic and GMO free as possible)
- Ridding red meat from our diet (only eating fish, chicken and turkey)
- Eating smaller portions at dinner
- Cooking with Olive and Coconut Oils instead of Vegetable Oil
- Limiting eating out to once per week (if more, we eat as best we can at the restaurants)
- I joined a fitness class (I go at least once or twice a week)
- My husband joined a gym (He goes three times a week)
Initially the hardest change was saying bye-bye to red meat. No more steaks? No more burgers? AH! Let me tell you, not eating a grilled hamburger during Labor Day weekend was HARD. 🙂 After the first full week without red meat, I no longer craved it or thought about it. I was even able to resist it multiple times while visiting with family or friends.
We all desire to live long and healthy lives and to experience it in its fullness. Changing some of our eating and physical habits to healthier ones should help add to the length of our lives. Becoming a health freak is unnecessary, but tweaking our daily routines and meals can’t hurt. I am just starting out this new way of living and I have a LONG way to go. I’m sure some health nut will read this and think that I’m not doing much of anything. Doing a little at a time is all it takes. I want to live to see my great-great grandchildren, don’t you!?
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2
Videos that have encouraged my family and I to adopt healthy living:
Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead by Joe Cross (we watched it for free on Netflix…or Hulu)