“Thou will find Your servant Abraham, travailing through the mountainous range, running for his length of days and soundness of heart…”
Father Abraham, Body Builder ???
How come we never read about Father Abraham going out for a jog, weight lifting, or ab crunching? “Thou will find Your servant Abraham, travailing through the mountainous range, running for his length of days and soundness of heart.”
Yeah… that scripture isn’t in the Bible. What you will find however in regards to exercise are people walking, eating, talking and entertaining outside. We know from the Bible that Adam and Eve ate solely fruits, nuts and vegetables (no meat), while they were in the garden. We also know that the Jewish Nation has strict eating regimens. It seems funny to me how now that we are in the “Dispensation of Grace”- we seem to think we can eat whatever we want!
Hot dogs, marshmallows, gelatin, pig products, fried, baked, diced, minced, whole, goat, cow, chicken, partially hydrogenated oils, yellow #5,6,8… the list is endless! So much to eat, so many choices! Add to all our food possibles the long commute ridding to work and our desk jobs and you have a recipe for disaster!
Did you know that a 188 pound, six-foot tall 33 year old man burns 183 calories per hour riding a horse?! Back in the Biblical days; the food was fresh, your “commute” caused you to burn calories, and you were outside 75% of the day working. It is no wonder we don’t ever read about Father Abraham doing 3 sets of 12 ab crunches!
“Do I “Need” this?”
The Four Words That Will GUARANTEE Weight Loss
If you are anything like me, you are an article skimmer, so I will get right down to the point. The four words that will guarantee you weight loss are… “Do I NEED this?” I hope, for your health’s sake you will keep reading, and find out how these simple words will encourage weight loss and maintenance.
If you have lived any length of time, you have come to the point in your life in your finances in which you ask yourself, “Do I NEED this 46” LED TV, or do I “want” this?”
Everyday, we go back and forth between our needs and wants. “Do you need to pick up Johnny from school today, or do you want to?” My question to you is, if we are this choosy about how we spend our time, and how we spend our money, why aren’t we this choosy about what we eat? If you start approaching the food you are eating like paying bills, buying stuff, or your to-do list… you are going to begin shedding weight GUARANTEED!
The Food Color Pyramid
Orange = Grains, Green = Veggies, Red = Fruit, Yellow = Fats, Blue = Dairy, Purple = Meat & Beans
So What do we “NEED”?
- (6-11 Suggested Servings) WHOLE GRAINS; Such as oatmeal, wheat bread, brown rice, whole grain pastas. Not all carb’s are bad, carb’s give you energy, choose to eat whole grains in your cereals, sandwiches, or dinner plates.
- (3-5) VEGETABLES: The darker your veggie the better for you. Veggies give you vitamins and aid in fiber intake keeping you fuller longer, and helping digestion. Choose veggies such as; broccoli, peas, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, dry beans, and many others. A veggie suggestion for breakfast could be via eggs and spinach or even brown rice and beans (yes, even for breakfast- cooked the night before).
- (2-4) FRUITS: The same as veggies, the darker the fruit, the better it is for you. Think of berries, and apples, peaches, oranges, etc. Banana’s are a great source of potassium. Fruit is naturally low in calories and fat, and is a great dessert substitute.
- (2-3) DAIRY: Caanan was described as a land “flowing with milk and honey”. Milk is an essential element in all human beings lives. We are nursed by our mother’s milk, and as toddlers our doctors have us drink up to 16 oz a day. Milk is needed for calcium, and good bone health. Fat-free and low fat dairy has all the calcium, minus nearly all the unnecessary fat. When eating dairy think; milk, yogurt (preferably Greek), cheese. Lactose free and soy milk are viable options.
- (2-3) PROTEINS: Your organs, muscles, and immune system is mostly made of protein. Choose lean meats that consist mostly of protein such as fish and nuts. Meats, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts are all examples of proteins.
- FATS/OILS: Oils aren’t all bad for you, and needed to help in your cooking. There are different categories of fat, saturated, unsaturated, and trans fats. Unsaturated fats are the most healthy for you, olive oil, peanut oil, and canola oil are considered the best for you.
The $4.95 Starbucks Cheese plate. Less than a Jack-in-the-Box breakfast meal, and healthier too. Easy to make at home.
How Eating Out Can Be Good For Your Health
When you think about the freshness of your food, is there anything “fresher” than food made today? Yesterday for example, I was running morning errands and hungry for breakfast. I pulled into a local french bakery and ordered a slice of quiche. This particular bakery is an organic bakery, all of their vegetables are homegrown and the eggs are from local farms. The slice was large enough to fill me up, and cost $6. This quiche is an example of eating “fresh food on the go”. Granted, I had to get out of my car and go get it, but it was 100% fresh (baked in the morning) and there was no wasted left-overs.
Could I have saved money by getting all the ingredients and waking up at 4 in the morning to cook? In the long run, yes. However, I would have been left with a whole quiche that would have not gotten eaten, and it would loose it’s freshness the longer it sat. When you “eat out right”, it is possible that you can eat healthier and cheaper (by mitigating wasted left-over food). Remember: fat doesn’t make you fat, processed food and “bad” for you carbohydrates do.
I understand that not everyone has an organic french bakery in their backyard, but there are healthy fast food alternatives on the go. When you choose to think out-of-the box. Just ask yourself, “Do I need to eat this, or do I want to?” Having 0 protein all day, then going out to dinner and eating chilli-cheese fries, is not a viable source of protein. For example: I have gone to Carls Jr. (US fast food), and ordered a steak burger with no bun and a spinach salad. I take the time to break up the meat, and mix it (plus the extra lettuce and tomato) on my spinach salad, with a light vinaigrette. Due to low iron, I need to eat quite a bit of protein for my energy levels to be maintained.
Companies like McDonald’s serve salads (all day long, you can get it them breakfast), and they now serve oatmeal too. For breakfast:
- YOU DO NOT NEED: tatter tots, donuts, hash browns, english muffins, pancakes, syrups, etc.
- YOU DO NEED: some combination of dairy, egg, egg whites, fruits, vegetables, or whole grains.
My favorite “on-the-go” breakfast is actually found at Starbucks. They sell a cheese platter that is awesome! Three cheeses, cranberries, almonds, and sesame crackers. While you are getting your coffee, ignore the donut you might want and get the protein YOU NEED. This platter is $4.95 in California, and will keep you going most of the morning and into lunch. If one isn’t enough, pair it with a fruit and nut food bar. (Those are around $1.00)
Take time to listen to your body
Do I “NEED” This?
From today forward, if loosing weight has seemed impossible, take heart and ask yourself these four words. Do I NEED This? Whether you are at a restaurant or at a the grocery store, when thinking about what to eat, ask yourself; What do I “need” to eat? Have I eaten ANY protein, ANY fruit, vegetable, dairy, or grains today?
To be completely honest, I have had days where my entire daily eating has consisted of; donuts for breakfast, cheeseburger, fries and soda for lunch, and pizza for dinner. Those are the days that I forget to ask, what does my body “need”. Those are the days that I have surrendered to my wants. “I want to eat fast, cheap, and hot. I want something sweet and I want something greasy.” ADD THE POUNDS!!
The Bible says that your body is a temple. It is in this new covenant with Christ, that your body is the house in which the Lord resides. Christ lives in you now, and in you He is housed. When we ask ourself what our “temple” needs, we are taking time to listen to our body, think about what we have eaten so far and we begin to treat our bodies as our most valuable asset. As you think about your bank account in terms of needs vs wants, I challenge you today, to think of your food in the exact same way!
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own” 1 Cor. 6:19
God Bless you friends!
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