Ice Cream for Breakfast? The Challenge of Healthy Eating

icecreamEating healthy can be a challenge when we lack energy and sometimes funds. Karen shares.

“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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body“ (1 Corinthians 6:19,20).

I have a sweet tooth. I ate a little ice cream before 8:00 a.m. today–don’t judge. And don’t worry, it came after I ate a bowl of twig-like fiber cereal.

I have been on a food journey for several years. I have discovered that everything you eat contains some type of chemical that can cause cancer. This includes everything from the pesticide-sprayed apple to the chemical-filled cream-of-mushroom soup I use in almost every casserole I make.

I believe there is a direct link to eating healthy and feeling better. I get it. What I struggle with is how I am supposed to shop and cook healthy when that takes twice the energy as heating up a microwave dinner and calling it good.

I struggle with food and I know I’m not alone. I can’t say that I eat poorly all the time. I do my best, but to be honest, I’m tired. I’m tired all the time and the energy it takes to peel the potatoes, chop vegetables, or wash the fruit is more than I have most days.

I know if I could eat healthy, I might have more energy to prepare meals. I won’t get the energy if I don’t eat the healthy food–which I am too tired to fix. I settle for packaged food and there is the vicious cycle.

God gave me this body and I need to take care of it. I know it’s important. I ask God to help me to take care of my body in a way that honors Him and that is eating healthy. I’m “keepin’ it real” in case there are others who struggle with this issue too. You are not alone.

Prayer: Dear Lord, please help me to take care of this body You’ve given me. Help me to make good food choices even when it’s hard. Amen.

About the author:
Karen Weber is from the MidWest and lives with her husband. She has been diagnosed with several autoimmune diseases for over 20 years. She has led a support group and has taught classes for the community on “Living Well with Chronic Illness.”

Do you struggle with eating healthy? Do you have the energy it takes to be one that cooks in a healthy way? Do you feel the food you eat plays an important part of how you feel?

Feel free to share any tips you have discovered that make eating healthy easier, like preparing items in advance or buying vegetables pre-chopped.

When deal with practical issues of illness we often forget to ask God for the same strength we ask Him for with the spiritual matters. Praying for self-discipline and wisdom regarding our eating challenges should be at the top of our list. (I know it is for mine! I so need Him!) this is The Museum singing “My Help Comes From the Lord.” Enjoy. -Lisa

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3 thoughts on “Ice Cream for Breakfast? The Challenge of Healthy Eating

  1. Karen I understand what you are going through, I try to eat healthy also but my sweet tooth, ohhhhhhh!! that is my issue. I have compromised though, I try to bake healthy. I grind my own grain and make whole wheat brownies etc..and I cook with fresh veges nearly all the time. You are so right that it is difficult cooking when we are in pain . I use a lot of my energy on that. I know everyone is on a gluten free thing right now, I tried it for several months, but it did not affect my arth at all. Everyone is different.
    In conclusion I would say to do the best you can. 🙂 ps I don’t own a microwave so heating something up in minutes is no option for me. 🙂

  2. Karen, if you want a partner to eat healthier I find it helps if you have someone do it with you. like dieting accountability lol Contact me here on Rest if you want to chat, maybe I can pass along what I do, vice versa. There are days that my pain is way too high and takeout is the option, but my hubby has been able to keep us on track somewhat. 🙂 they don’t make organic m & Ms!! doggone it!

  3. Karen, Thanks for being so honest about your struggle to eat healthily and your sweet tooth – me too! I’m fortunate enough to generally have enough energy to cook healthily for myself and the family. My problem is consistently eating a liitle too much which overloads my system, which then causes my energy levels to drop. I have chronic migraine and overeating is definitely a trigger but I have a daily struggle to keep it under control. When I overeat and then get a migraine (they are multi-triggered so it wouldn’t be the only trigger), I feel guilty and so frustrated with myself. I feel like self discipline is getting harder as a get older, which is not what I expected. I think a major factor is boredom. If we were able to led fuller, busier lives, spending more time out of the house nd fully occupied, we wouldn’t think about food so much.

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