Of course, I’m talking about your body. For you are Father’s house–His dwelling place, His home and temple on this earth (John 14:23; 1 Cor.3:16; 6:19; Heb.3:6). When you first believed, He came to dwell in your house–to find a resting place in you.
So it should follow that we take good care of His house. The first priority is in spirit, then our soul, but also our body.
There are several reasons to be in good health, but the main one is so that we function at our highest possible level and be able to do the things we were called to do.
It’s unfortunate that this subject is not seen as a spiritual matter. Because it is. For your spiritual health and the health of your soul are very much affected by your physical health.
This is why John prays for us this way (bold-text added for emphasis)…
“Beloved, I pray
that you may prosper in all things
and be in health,
just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2
Maureen and I have never been exercise junkies. We don’t jog, we don’t have an membership at the local health club. And everything we’ve tried didn’t seem to work, or it didn’t last. But, over the last few years, we have started eating mostly organic whole foods and taking regular walks. And we live in a quaint old town that is awesome to take walks in. So, early every morning we go on our 45-minute adventure together.
Here are some pictures I took of our usual routes with my phone.
So, like I said, we’ve been at this routine for a while, but then this summer we decided to kick it up a notch.
First, we went on Dr. Jonny Bowden’s “New You in 22” metabolic transformation program. This diet is not like others. It’s designed to change your metabolism from sugar-burning (which is most people’s metabolism today) to fat-burning (which is the way humans lived for thousands of years) in 22 days. You can click on the link if you want more information. It’s actually worth investigating.
The food is very similar to a Paleo diet with minor variations. We eat all organic, high protein, (good) fats, and very low carbohydrates. If you’re like me and like steak (with the bone and all the fat), pot roasts, chicken (cooked with the skin), pork roast and other meats, you can eat LOTS of it with this program. 🙂 But we also eat lots of good veggies and fruit (locally grown when in season).
Actually, like with a lot of spiritual things, it’s all counter-intuitive. For instance, if you want to burn more fat, you INCREASE your fat intake! (I’m not kidding, check it out.)
The important thing I want to relay about this is that it was an eating lifestyle change for us, not just a temporary diet. I will never go back to the steady diet of unhealthy, processed food I was eating before.
After we did the 22-day metabolic transformation, we started an exercise program from Dr. Jade Teta called, “Metabolic Aftershock.” This is an “at your own pace” metabolic fat-burning exercise program. It’s the best I’ve ever seen, and you get more results in 15 minutes that I used to get exercising for an hour! And he tells you how to work around injuries and physical limitations (I have a bad knee). Again, you can go to link for more information.
Why am I sharing what we’re doing? Because I’m pretty sure there are a lot of you that are like me. Not real motivated to exercise and eat right…and you’re too busy to spend hours in a gym. Well, this works for me! I have to honestly say, I love it! And it only takes my 58 year old body 45 minutes a day (15 min. exercise-30 min. walk). It easily fits my schedule.
And since we’ve been doing this, not only have we both lost weight (I’ve lost 26 pounds since the beginning of the year), but we feel a LOT better, sleep better, no more brain fog or lethargy, more lasting energy (no carb crashes!), we think more clearly, get more done and do it with more physical stamina. I personally have less problems with allergies now…and the list goes on.
Besides, I LOVE the food we eat, everything is delicious (none of this no-fat, no taste nonsense!) I haven’t felt this good and had this much energy in years.
So, while the most important thing is your spiritual health, don’t forget your physical health. Put down the junk food and eat something healthy instead. You will actually develop a taste for only healthy foods. Get outside and take a walk. You won’t regret it, you’ll enjoy it, you’ll feel better, live longer and have more freedom. God designed our body to do amazing things and take us on great adventures in Him…if we will just give it the things it needs to run properly.