Today’s verses: Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to delivery the godly out of temptations.
Living healthy means to resist temptations. I must remove any temptation from my house (sweets, cigarettes, whatever it is that tempts you). If it is there, it is calling my name and I can’t stop thinking about it. But if it is not there, I don’t tend to think about it as much. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is so weak!
When you want to give in to your addictions, don’t do it! Eat something healthy instead. I know that an apple cannot replace a big bowl of ice cream, and eating 5-10 vegetables a day seems like an impossible task. But if you eat that apple (maybe that’s a bad example, given Eve’s temptation and all….) OK -if you eat 5 vegetables today, you will be so happy that you did not give into temptation. You will feel better and be healthier overall. And with time, the cravings will cease and you will look forward to eating healthier meals and snacks. Remember, a habit takes 21 days to form. Stick to it and you will definitely benefit.
When you are tempted, don’t forget to pray. Jesus taught us the Lord’s prayer, which in part says “Lead us not into temptation”. God will help and guide you in your journey. Do not ever be afraid to lean on him for strength. He will give you strength and when you fall, He will pick you up.
Someone near and dear to me has sent me the following thought that I love, so I will share it with you in the hope that it will give you hope.
Healthy Living Menu (adapted from Prevention Magazine‘s 28 day challenge)
Breakfast: Granola-Berry Bowl
Top 5 oz. non-fat plain Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup low-fat granola and 1/2 cup each strawberries and blueberries. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. each sliced almonds and ground flaxseed
12 oz. coffee
Lunch: Turkey Burger
Broil 4 oz. turkey burger (I use frozen turkey meatballs) until cooked through and serve between 2 slices whole wheat toast and 2 slices unsweetened pineapple and 2 leaves lettuce. Serve with baby carrots and celery
12 oz. green or herbal tea or water
Dinner: Chicken Marsala
Toss 3 oz. grilled chicken breast with 1/2 cup cooked whole wheat spaghetti and 1/4 cup dry Marsala in skillet and heat through.
1 cup steamed broccoli
12 oz. herbal tea
6 graham cracker squares
1 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1 Tbsp. apple butter
2 low-sodium stoned wheat crackers
5 baby carrots
2 Tbsp. low-fat Ranch dressing