This is a a little bit of a different article this month, however this topic has been on my mind for quite some time and thought it was right for me to have a voice on it. A topic we don’t really hear about on the platform as Christians, is around healthy eating and exercise.
In 1 Corinthians 10 verse 31 (ESV) it says,
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
In western society today, we see that most of the highest diseases (e.g. heart disease, cancer and diabetes) that causes death in our lifetime are those impacted by our lifestyle; what we are eating and how we are moving.
Although there is healing in Jesus name, I do believe that God has given us a spirit of self-control and wisdom to live lives that are presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice.
In 1 Corinthians 6 verses 19-20 (ESV) it says;
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Research shows that if people eat whole plant based foods and do regular exercise there are numerous benefits; including both physical and psychological impacts.
What does this look like?
So…what does eating well and exercise look like in a sea of sometimes contradictory advice: Ketogenic? Paleo? Vegetarian? Atkins? Raw? Mediterranean? The list goes on...
It can be confusing which foods we should be eating and which ones we shouldn’t but I think if we focus on being true men and women who follow Christ - we should live lives that are examples to others rather than getting caught up in what diet is “the best”. Every person’s body, genes and muscle make up is unique and as such, our diets should all reflect this; however we should all take personal responsibility to look after our health.
Living at our highest capacities
We are each called to fulfill the God given purposes and roles we are called into in our spheres of influence but will find it extremely difficult to outwork if we are feeling fatigued, foggy or cannot function at our peak capacity.
I personally have felt challenged by this recently and know that often winter can tire us out but know that when I am putting the time into eating whole foods and taking time out to exercise, I can function much better than otherwise.
Meenal Chandra is a newlywed writer based in Sydney, Australia. Meenal loves to travel, cook, read and tackle the real, authentic issues that we face everyday. Meenal Chandra previous articles may be viewed at: www.pressserviceinternational.org/meenal-chandra.html