“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