Okay, so lately my husband and I have been feeling led to make some changes to our eating and living habits. I recently read a devotional about how we are stewards of our bodies and we should be as faithful to our health as we are to our tithes or our overall service to God.
Ugh! That devotion hit me right between the eyes because it even talked about sleeping habits which I am terrible at. My mentality has always been what does it matter…well this read sure changed my mind. I was really convicted about getting rest, being active and eating better.
That’s why I am sharing the 7 small steps I am taking to be a better steward of my health. I realize that I am in charge and no one will care for my health like I can.
The following steps are what I refer to as “easing in”. These are simple changes to make that can have a lasting impact on our future health. I don’t know about you, but I want to be one of those great-great-grandmother’s but in order to do that I need to live healthy now.
7 Easy Ways to get Healthier
1. Coconut Oil
I know you are probably thinking it’s just a phase right now that everyone is doing and it’s not seriously healthy. Wrong! This stuff is great! I have read a lot about the health benefits surrounding coconut oil and it is for real! I simply got rid of my vegetable oil and brought in coconut oil. It doesn’t have a taste, it’s very pure and a small change we can make that has a big impact
2. No More Chips
Yes friends, we are getting rid of chips. I am not going to say we ate chips all the time, but I LOVED the Garden Salsa Sun Chips or Lime Chips (oh man!), but they are empty calories. Sad, I know. In place of chips the crunch I am going for now is nuts. I buy bags of either all natural almonds or dark chocolate covered almonds. The trick is eating them in small amounts. Almonds are not cheap and I will not pretend like they are, but if you can make up your mind to eat them in small portions you can make one bag last almost a month or so. Definitely worth it because they are not empty calories, but they will give you a crunch!
3. Water! Water! Water!
For years, it is what we all have heard, but it is really something small everyone can do, but it is so great for your body. It flushes toxins out, it hydrates you, it helps your skin, I mean really the list is endless. My grandmother was all about water, always have water with you, always take extra on trips, basically take water always! Ha! Also, it’s not eight glasses a day according to what I have read (Google is always right you know…haha). We need half our body weight in water so for me that’s probably more than most, but its what my body needs to stay hydrated. That means we need to weigh ourselves (yes I hate it too), get half of that and get to drinking!
4. Dark Chocolate
I will admit I cannot give up my chocolate completely. I have always loved chocolate and one small step to having my chocolate and being healthy is to swap my milk chocolate for dark chocolate. Dark chocolate does not have as much sugar as milk and it is purer so it offers more health benefits, such as antioxidants, which milk chocolate does not have. I dare you to look up the benefits of dark chocolate, you might just be amazed! I know I was.
5. Eating in, not out
I love the occasional night out, but the more I think about the food we eat out, the more I am deciding it’s not the best option. Once in a while eating out at a “real food” restaurant can be nice, relaxing and fun, but we do our best not to make a habit of it. The more we can cook at home the better. I get to be in charge of how my real food at home is cooked and that means not fried or drenched in grease. Plus, this small step saves money! Yay! Getting healthy and saving money, that’s what I’m talking about!
6. Standing up is your friend
I read an article that said one thing we all need to get rid of in our house is our chairs, I was like is this a joke…nope it wasn’t. My understanding was this is so bad for us because we sit down, get comfortable and don’t want to get up and be active. I am completely guilty of this. I absentmindedly sit down on the couch and it takes SO MUCH motivation for me to get up and get going again. I’m not saying we never sit at our house, ha, but I try to stand or at least get up as often as I can so I can force myself to be more active throughout the day.
7. Fruits and Vegetables
I know it sounds so simple, but it is SO hard for me. I enjoy fruit, but I kind of hate to prepare it. That sounds so lazy and I know it does, but I like to just grab stuff and snack, not have to take the time to peel it or slice it or dice it. Most fruit (aside from apples which I love) you have to prepare some way. My solution- Naked Drinks. These drinks do not replace all of my fruit and veggies, but they help supplement it so I am getting some on a daily basis. I also enjoy the Bolthouse Farms fruit drinks.
You may be asking, why not just drink regular fruit juice? Why the “fancier/thicker” stuff? Well, everything I have read or heard about “normal” fruit juice has been negative lately. Research shows it’s like sugar water with some flavor added. (That’s a slight exaggeration, but it’s close to that.) When I look at the ingredients for drinks like Bolthouse or Naked the ingredients seem purer, so that’s my personal preference.
Okay, so there’s the 7 small steps we are taking to make our lives healthier. Nothing very drastic, but very impactful!
Here’s picture proof that I am trying to be more active. This was my walk at the park last week. Sadly, the weather has not been my friend so I have not been back. I am trying a new workout tomorrow thanks to Coach Beck!
My #thankfullivingchallenge today is for our beautiful street park. 2.5 miles of safe exercise. It’s a beautiful day and my wonderful #husband is having daddy/daughter time so I can chill. I chose to bring #GoodMorningGirls to the park and enjoy #Numbers 9 in Gods creation. Vs. 23 captured me because the people listened obeyed and journey or remained. When we aren’t listening for the command of the Lord, he might be moving and we might be remaining. Sometimes instructions may not come directly, these commands came through Moses. Our leaders may be the ones used to get our attention. Are we listening? Are we remaining when the Lord is saying journey? We have to follow the fire and the cloud. Life is dark and hot without them. #afternoondevotional #momsintheword #tennessee #momlife #obedience #fire #cloud
12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 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; 20 you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Let’s Embrace our health and be faithful stewards of our bodies!
P.S. Here’s a great read to motivate spiritual and physical fitness