The Hereafter Plan

As I shared with you last week, I have been praying about a realistic health plan that I could follow long term. I am the Queen of short term extremes that usually lead to me gaining the weight back. Maybe you can relate? Anyway, I was praying and asking God to give me a clear vision of what particular food plan I should choose. I do not want to do something radical and then fall off because I can’t keep up. So I prayed. And I waited. And I waited some more before I decided. Not because God wasn’t showing me what to do, but because I wasn’t truly ready to be open to it. You see, God gifted us with common sense and the ability to know what is good for us and what is not. I just wanted an exception to all of those rules! LOL

Having a plan is good. In fact, having a plan is biblical. Check this out!

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

The plans of the Godly are just. Proverbs 12:5

Refuse good advise and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed. Proverbs 15:22

Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice. Proverbs 20:18

So, I’m thinking a plan is a good thing, right?

After several days of finally being open to listen to the answers of my prayers, I feel that I have a realistic eating plan that I can follow. Not just for the six weeks of the class, but for the hereafter.

As many of my faithful readers know, I did the Daniel Fast for 30 days a few months ago. I absolutely never felt better in my life. I felt stronger, way more energized, and free from the chemical bondage to certain foods. I love the Daniel Fast, but if I am going to think realistic and long term, I do not feel that I can commit to something so strict. I have also studied the Blood Type Diet over the past few months. If you have never read about the specific blood types and their link to dietary needs, I encourage you to do so. It is a fascinating study. My Blood Type correlates with a vegetarian diet. I find this incredibly ironic, because essentially the Daniel Fast is basically Vegan and I felt amazing eating that way. So, when I combine the ideas of both of these eating plans, I feel that I have a realistic plan that I can stick to. For my body, natural eating is what makes me feel good. I am amazed at the difference in my energy and outlook when I am choosing Natural. Now, does this mean I will never eat meat again? I do not think that is realistic to say, but I am comfortable with meat being an occasional condiment to compliment a meal rather than being a main course. Also, I know for sure that chemicals and additives do a number on my system. When I am eating fast foods and processed foods, my physical cravings and my emotions are extremely unbalanced and I do not want to continue that struggle.

So, that’s my plan! I am following a natural eating plan, sticking close to what comes from a seed.

(Obviously, a health plan is not complete without an exercise regimen. I have a plan for that too and I will share it in a future post.)

Have a blessed and empowered day!

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Looking for Love in all the wrong places!

In today’s Made to Crave Bible study, I was struck by the question: “Is it possible we love and rely on food more than we love and rely on God?”

At first glance, I gasp at the thought! By no means do I “love” food more than God!

Or do I? Where do I turn when I need comfort? When I want a reward? When I feel joy? When I experience stress? When I feel sadness? When I feel happiness? When I experience boredom?

Ouch! I continually turn to food before God for all of these emotions and situations. I am reminded of the “romance” conversation. When we love someone/something, we give of our time, energy, thoughts, and desires. Oh how I want to love God that way! I want to crave Him! I want to desire Him above all! I love the thought that we are literally made to crave! It truly is in our DNA to desire and long for….not some thing… but some ONE!

Thank you for making me in this way, God! Please help me as I direct my cravings and desires to You and away from food!

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

I loved how one of our participants in class described her relationship with food as a Romance. I really hadn’t ever thought about it that way, but as she spoke, I could see the correlation. 

Wikipedia defines romance as the pleasurable feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. In the context of romantic love relationships, romance usually implies an expression of one’s love, or one’s deep emotional desires to connect.

Wow! That could totally define my relationship with food at times: Excitement…mystery…deep emotional desire….love. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

As I continue my study and as I see how my desires are misplaced, I see how dysfunctional this “romance” has become. I realize there is something I must do.

I have to “break up” with Food.

Now, I know it won’t be easy and I cannot completely break up with food, but I will have to be selective about what I allow to be a part of my life. I must create healthy boundaries. Junk food has to go. Overindulgence cannot be my friend any longer.
Unhealthy choices… We can’t have our ongoing rendezvous. Although I have found solace within your familiar embrace, I must sever ties and move on….into a positive, healthy, and uplifting relationship.

So even though breaking up is hard to do, in this case, it’s a matter of victory or defeat. So long, dysfunctional romance! I choose victory. I choose Jesus!

But Go-od!

As I shared with you earlier, I will be starting the Made to Crave class this Sunday. I am so excited about doing the study and about spending the next six weeks with women who share the desire to seek God in this area. I do not know who will be in this class but I am praying for each one daily as we prepare to start this journey together.

I am also praying about something that I feel is big and a very important part of my personal experience over the next few weeks. I am asking God to show me specifically what health plan I should follow. Not only do I want a plan for the six weeks of the study, but I am asking God to help me discover a plan after the plan. So many times I have concentrated on a short term plan only to return to my former habits and diminish all of my success. I am earnestly seeking God’s guidance in determining what I can realistically do as my lifestyle, not just for six weeks.

I find it so interesting that when we truly seek God’s face and are open to actually listening, He answers us gently and often times, very simply. I feel like I am asking Him the same questions that I have asked so many times before and yet, he lovingly responds with…. “Haven’t we talked about this before?” My response is so childlike as I whine “But, Go-od!” as if I am going to convince Him to make an exception for only me. LOL It’s almost like I want the rules to apply to the rest of the world, but for me, I want it to be OK to have sodas, chocolate and chips and never gain weight. On top of that, I usually ask Him to bless me for it! God’s answers have not changed, it depends on my willingness to hear what He has to say. If you have read my blog at all, you have seen me in times of listening to God and also in times of leaning on my own understanding. As I prepare for this upcoming class, once again, I am asking God for the brutal truth, for guidance, for understanding, for strength and for wisdom. Please pray with me that I will be open to what God is teaching me.

Great Conversations

Wow! Last weeks post about pork prompted some great conversations! Clearly, the subject of whether to eat pork or not is quite controversial. As I stated before, this is my own personal conviction based on my studies. You will never see me telling anyone what they should or should not do. This is simply another step in my journey to better health.

One of the things I love about researching the Old Testament is that I feel I am understanding God better and I feel stronger in my Christian walk. It has been so cool to read about the beginning. How it was meant to be early on. Yes, many people say that the New Testament changed all of those initial “laws”. And maybe that is true. But I am fascinated by how God gave us such detailed instructions on how to live and how to take care of our bodies. I am a strong believer that we could benefit from going back to the beginning. Sometimes “progress” is not all it’s cracked up to be. Consider this thought….

Supposes all animals are clean. Knowing what we know about pigs, just because we CAN eat them….should we? Does this animal, in any way, draw us closer to good health? Is it smart to eat meat that reportedly takes 4 days to digest in the bowel instead of 2 days for “clean”meats? I guess for me, it has become more about the negative effects that I have learned about rather than the legalistic ideas of “Old” and “New,” “right” and “wrong,” “clean” and “unclean.”

Again, these are reasons for my decision, but this journey of rediscovering God’s plan for our health, then and now, has sparked a whole new way of thinking for me. If God said it in the Old Testament, then I want to understand. If Muslim dietary laws and Jewish dietary laws still believe eating pork is prohibited, then it makes me want to know why.

At the end of the day, what I have to think about is this: God blessed me with this body, imperfect as it may be, and He asked me to be a good steward of what He gave me. For years, I have failed at this task. I have mistreated my body and I have not respected my temple. The good news….He’s not finished with me yet!

One of the First Big Changes…

One of the first big changes for our family is that we no longer eat pork.

For years, we have heard that eating pork was wrong or bad or even sin. I never understood any of that and thought it was a bunch of religious mumbo jumbo. Plus, I’m from the south and grew up in the country. Not only did we eat pork often, my grandparents raised and slaughtered their own. That’s just the way it was. Never a question about it.

I continued the eating patterns that were passed to me and until recently, I added bacon or ham to my sandwiches, I had sausage with my breakfast, and on occasion, pork chops for dinner. My personal research has led me to the conclusion that pork no longer needs to be a part of our family’s diet. Here’s why:

“And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it [is] unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase” Deuteronomy 14:8

Pigs eat anything and everything… then we eat them. Because of their nature to ingest “slop” or rats or decaying flesh or maggots or their own fecal waste, these animals are full of bacteria. They carry up to 200 diseases and 18 different parasites and worms… and we eat them! Yuck! Did you know that years ago, pork was considered meat for the poor man. It was never considered part of the menu for a sophisticated family. However, now pork is almost a delicacy to be eaten often and for many of us, (in one form or another) daily. Some would say that those diseases and bacteria are removed when the meat is thoroughly cooked, and I believe that many of them are. But not all… and I don’t know that it is worth the risk. This is actually a very controversial issue among Christians. Many have referred to the verses in the New Testament (Acts 10:9-16) stating that in these verses God declared all things clean. My personal belief is that this was an analogy and that God did not permit His people to begin eating the things He had already declared unclean. The swine did not change. It’s body was and is still full of bacteria and disease, it’s fat storage is still a place where toxins are deposited, (that used to be my favorite part of the bacon!! lol) and still, none of it should be going into our bodies.

As always, when we seek wisdom and understanding, God delivers. He spelled it all out long ago, and we have really gone astray. The problem is, our lack of knowledge is causing us to blindly go through this life harming ourselves and our families. How great is His faithfulness! There is so much more information that I have found in my research and I wish I could share it all with you. Let me just say, giving up bacon has not been easy! I assure you, it is because of what I have learned in my studies, that I am confident pork is unclean and therefore, I do not want to contribute to the decline in my health or that of my family.

***Please note: This is my personal journey of discovery, I am writing about and sharing what my family is experiencing. I do NOT judge or condemn anyone else’s decisions.

By the way, Past tense report: no sodas, choosing ‘mostly’ real foods, baby steps back into my workouts= down 3 lbs this week! WooHoo!

May God Bless you as you seek His Health Plan!

Knowledge…A Blessing or a Burden?

Did you know….
…that about 90% of what you find at the grocery store is not REAL food? The majority of what we see at our local supermarkets…well, it’s not that super! My study of God’s Health Plan is teaching me about the foods that God created for our bodies ….you know, our BODIES that He also created?!?! Most of what we eat in our modern lifestyle is chemically engineered and man made. Sure, we all love the flavor of what we inhale on a regular basis. (Who wouldn’t, right?) But the problem is, man made “food” is killing us. I have been amazed at the alarming statistics that I have found in my research. It is very unsettling that the confirmed links between our sickness and diseases and the food industry are continuing to be largely ignored. What I have concluded at this point is that it is our personal responsibility to know and understand what we are doing to our bodies. Labels are not going to tell us the whole story. In fact, the food industry that we support with our dollars is unbelievably corrupt. Their profits come at the expense of our health. The chemicals and preservatives that our government has approved for our consumption are literally putting us in the grave. Well, I’m done. I am realizing just how big this issue is for me and my family. I have had to let go of so many ideas about food that I was raised with. I have switched my focus from holding onto what was passed down to me, to creating new and better ways for my children. God never meant for us to have such an unhealthy relationship with food. I want my kids to know what God’s True Health Plan is all about.

As I research Leviticus Law and began to fully understand the reasons behind the food guidelines that God set for His people, I have a whole new respect for what God’s original design was. There is so much good information in that book that was written thousands of years ago!! LOL

However, this “new” information comes with a price, for me. I must consider God’s ways compared to what I have always known… and sometimes it tough. Sometimes, I want to whine about it and go back to what seems more comfortable. But Wow, when I choose His ways over mine, IT IS AMAZING! I feel so much better when I am eating according to His original design. The burden pails in comparison to the blessing!

Stay with me over the next few weeks, I want to share with you some of the changes my family is making as a direct result of studying God’s Health Plan. Good things are happening. God is good!

By the way… last night I got back on the elliptical (even if it was only for 10 minutes!) and I did 1/2 of my Monday strength training workout. It’s a start. I look forward to posting, past tense of course LOL, my efforts.

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