I heard a ridiculous bit on the radio today. Someone actually paid for a study to be done (in Syracuse, NY). It determined, after visiting the home of 200+ people, that the ones that had cookies, chips, candy, etc on their counter tops weighed more than the homes that had apples, veggies, etc on the counters. What?? Who needs money to determine that? I would have gladly taken the grant and told them the same thing. You are what you eat.
We don’t need a study to tell us that vegetables and fruits are better for us than candy and chips. But somehow, in spite of all of the information available out there, we still have an obesity problem in the US. We still are one of the fattest nations in the world.
The challenge is to live healthy. Period. Nothing is really bad for you in moderation. If you eat chips or cookies once in a while, it’s not bad for you. If you eat it consistently, your body will pay the price. However, for those of us with food addictions, it is even more important that we stay on a healthy path. So maybe for us the answer is to keep food out of sight, out of mind. Or keep only healthy foods in sight.
My solution is not to keep it out of sight, but to keep it out of the house altogether. And the other solution is to remember, our bodies are a temple, and God wants to honor him. We do not need to destroy this temple by over-eating and making ourselves unhealthy. It is the only body we have so live well in it. When we want to over-indulge, remember that God is watching and is hoping we will do his will and make the right choice. So grab a piece of fruit and make yourself shine!
See below for some excellent meal examples – and notice is includes dessert 🙂
Healthy Living Menu (adapted from Prevention Magazine‘s 28 day challenge
Breakfast: Yogurt with Fruit
8 oz. non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 medium banana
8 walnut halves
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
12 oz. coffee
Lunch: Soup and Sandwich
8 oz. low sodium tomato soup (prepared with water)
2 oz. low fat mozzarella cheese melted between 2 slices of whole whetat toast
12 oz. green or herbal tea or water
Dinner: Mediterranean Chicken
Saute 3 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast in 1 Tbsp olive oil with 1 clove minced garlic, 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, 2 Tbsp sliced onion and 4 black olives in skillet until cooked through
1/2 cup quinoa
12 oz herbal tea or water
1/2 cup vanilla ice milk topped with 1 tsp chocolate syrup and 10 unsalted almonds
1/3 cup unsalted pistachios in the shell