I thought it might be a good idea to start this New Year out on a healthy foundation. Eating healthy is not only the right thing to do, but it is responsible and biblical. God has a ot to say about food and health which includes health of the body, mind and spirit.
Check out these verses:
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. -Genesis 1:29
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. -I Corinthians 6:19-20
All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. – I Corinthians 6:12
From these few verses (and there are a lot more) we can see clearly that God considers the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and from Genesis to Revelations the bible talks extensively about care of the body, not just with our consumption of food, but the use of the body for immoral purposes.
Today we will focus on food and preparing ourselves to begin this New Year about caring for our bodies, especially building our immune system, to be all it can be. I’ll be writing more about this throughout Epiphany the season of light and baptism of the Holy Spirit.
We all probably want to eat healthier, but if you’re like me you really don’t want to be in the kitchen all day. But actually, what I discovered is that healthier eating is just the opposite. Eating healthier takes a little planning, but once you have the plan, implanting it is a cinch. Here are 5 reasons you may want to rethink your eating habits.
1. You spend less money.
I don’t like to grocery shop. When I go, I just want to go in and out, but before I began eating healthier, I went in and wandered the aisles pulling off what seemed good to eat. Often I bought 5 prepackaged and frozen things to make my life easier. Not only did it expand my waistline leaving me unsatisfied, craving more, but it emptied my pocketbook. Once I started eating healthier, I shopped the edges of the store more than the middle of the store and began eating whole, nutritious foods. I walked out with my bill cut by at least 40 bucks each week. That went into savings for a dinner out once in a while and I was happy to do that.
2. Grocery shopping is easier.
I really don’t like grocery shopping, especially when I just don’t know what to cook each week. But once I realized how cooking healthier is really just a once a week preparation, shopping is much. much easier. No longer am I wondering the aisles aimlessly. I know what to get and what I need to do to prepare for the week. I usually do the preparations on Sunday after getting food the day before. Once things are cut and stored and I make a soup for the week, even back some fresh meat and store it, then I’m done. The rest of the week is mix and match the prepared foods! Shopping takes me an hour including putting food away. Preparation takes me a couple of hours each week.
3. Preparing only takes once a week.
Instead of standing at the kitchen sink every night preparing something or worse popping in a frozen meal, I now take about a couple of hours each week to chop, store and prepare warm casseroles, soups, or fresh meat baked. The only exception is fish. I do buy fresh frozen fish at BJ’s that is individually packaged and I thaw that for a fish meal. I find that much easier to work with and I get the goodness of fresh fish. I have containers that chopped veges go in as well as chopped salad ingredients so that I can grab and go. When I make soups or casseroles over the weekend, I put it in several square containers stacked and ready for a meal to warm. God always teaches us to prepare in our lives. When I spend the time to PREPARE my food, I know that what I take out is fresh and wholesome.
4. You will snack less empty carbs.
Which brings me to snacking. I find that snacking now is more with healthy snacks like carrots and hummus, apples and cheese, nuts and seed mixes. Those snacks are good for you and don’t leave you feeling like you should not have done that! Part of my preparation is also making sure the snacks I eat are healthy and less empty carbs. That adds up over time and will help you feel much healthier.
5. Weight loss is easier.
Most of us struggle with keeping that waistline trim. As we age, especially women, we tend to develop a pouch around the middle. Some of that is healthy, but when it becomes too expansive, we suffer. Gaining too much weight brings on a host of illnesses, but when we eat healthy, balanced meals with more vegetables, less starch and sugar along with regular exercise, weight loss is easier. Having prepared my food during the weekend, it’s easier for me to reach in the fridge and grab something healthy instead of snacking because I’m hungry at 5 p.m. It’s all about planning, preparing and setting aside time to put meals in containers, ready to eat!
Happy and Healthy New Year!