For the last few weeks (actually from the beginning of the year), I’ve been trying to implement healthier habits in our lives. I want my family to be as healthy as possible. I think we are doing something right as our children rarely get sick (thank God) but I know there is room for improvement. In my opinion, there are two areas that we need to work on to be healthy, spiritually and physically.
1 Timothy 4:8 says, “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” So let’s be both spiritually and physically healthy.
Being spiritually healthy means to have a clear and sound mind. And in my opinion, we can only do this through God. This is the reason I did my 30 Day Bible Challenge, because I wanted His help to find clarity and to put my perspectives in place. God loves us and I think we need to be able to love ourselves as we are, and in turn love those around us. We need to be conscious of our surroundings and be able accept the things we cannot change and work on improving the rest. I think here is where we also need to find kindness and thankfulness in our hearts, and share it with the rest of the world. It’s not easy and we always need to be aware of this part of our lives and try to find our center, but with work and with God’s help, I think it can be done.
The second part is our physical health. My job offers a few exercise programs and I attend a class twice a week, for 1-hour sessions, that seem to be working. Of course, I would like to look and feel pretty but more than anything I would like to get fit for my children; they are full of energy and I need to be able to keep up with them. And for my husband, to be able to do my duties as a wife (wink, wink). And I would also like to live a long, healthy life and I would like the same for my family.
Aside from exercising, I’ve also visited a nutritionist, as part of my work offering, and she gave me some tips to eat healthier. I think food is such an important part of being healthy because we get our energy from food. Our outside body represents our inside, and if we don’t feed it properly, it will show. I don’t have the source, but I once saw an article about how a teenager only ate Ramel Noodles (since she was a little girl) and she looked like a grandmother and moved like a very old lady (and she was still in her teen years). So yes, nutrition is very important, especially for little children. The nutritionist I visited suggested eating everything organic, grass-fed and local. This is not always possible, but I’ve added a few organic things since then.
We actually started a vegetable garden this year, the very first time I’ve done this. And my husband is building a chicken coop because we are getting chickens to have fresh eggs. I’ll be posting about these projects soon and sharing our experiences and process. And I’ve been trying to shop at farmer’s markets more often, we have a few closed by, but we need to get into the habit of doing this since we are so used to the grocery store. I’m also reading labels more often on the foods we buy, and I’m trying to cut out all those with ingredients I don’t recognize.
This is a lot of information and I did not do this all in one day. It takes time and planning but I think it’s all worthy. We are making changes that will hopefully be better for our family and that we will want to continue doing as a family. Our daughter loves to see our garden and the “baby” plants as she calls them. And I’m sure that they both will love having chicks and then chickens, and picking up the eggs. They are little now but I want to start healthy habits so that when they grow-up to be adults and have families of their own, they will also continue with a healthy lifestyle that they will pass down to their children and so on.
Our children are very active, they love to be outside, walk, run, and play so I’m not worried about their activity level yet. But we do occasionally exercise in front of them and they start imitating what we are doing. Seeing my 14 month old trying to do jumping jacks is very fascinating. My hope is that as they get a little bigger, we will start an exercise routine with them so that they grow up strong and healthy.
And I do pray to God for help in this endeavor. Being healthy is not an easy task. It requires organization, patience, practice, discipline, courage, and a lot of other adjectives that require more space to write about. But He wants us to take care of our bodies, both spiritually and physically. It is a way to honor and glorify Him. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
I will be sharing some of the things we are doing, such as meal plans and exercise plans, and other tips to be healthy. I hope you join me in this journey and find the motivation to be healthy for God, for you and for your family.