An Encouraging Word
Healthy Eating and Self Control
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Romans 12:1 (NLT)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
Whether we eat healthy or not has a lot to do with our perspective. How do we look at food? Do we allow food and situations to control us? Do we go to an event or special occasion where there is lots of food and overindulge? Do we make the excuse that there was nothing healthy available? Or, do we use self-control and select what is healthy?
When learning healthy eating habits, we should always be ahead of the game and prepare ahead of time. Take something healthy with you at all times. I recently went to a graduation and all that was available was a salad. That worked for me and then ate a healthy meal later. On vacation there were plenty of opportunities to overindulge but, I didn’t and as a result I lost weight and still had a great time with my family. Learning how to not let the situation dictate to you how you are going to eat takes self-control. It takes a decision to want to change. God helps us with that. We must ask Him to give us strength to have a healthy perspective of food, to help us use self-control, and have a mind that is determined to have healthy eating habits and not be controlled by the situations or special occasions we participate in. We can enjoy the healthy food we eat, our families, vacations and special occasions while still keeping our healthy eating habits.
Life is about relationships and enjoying family and friends. It is all about the time and the experiences we share with them. It is not about food. Food is fuel to keep us alive. It is so true that we are what we eat. If we have unhealthy eating habits we are going to feel poorly and eventually suffer the consequences. If we want to be healthy we have to change our perspective on food, use self-control, and learn healthy eating habits.
Vicky Gentry – Administrative Assistant