What did you eat yesterday? Did you eat at home or did you go out for your meals? If you’re like many Americans, you probably consumed one or more meals in your car.
Everything about our culture seems to be in a hurry. Rarely do families take the time to plan and cook meals from scratch. If they do eat a meal at home, it usually involves the use of a microwave and prepacked, processed food. And then we wonder why our culture is full of disease and health issues. The bottom line is when we put food in our system that is filled with artificial ingredients, fillers and sugar, we aren’t giving our bodies what we need to live healthy, energetic lives. As the saying goes,
Garbage in, garbage out!”
When we eat a diet filled with healthy, whole foods without byproducts, fillers and chemicals, it’s like putting premium gas in a high performance vehicle. We have the power and energy we need to do more than just make it, but rather excel in our day.
Now, I’ve not joined a health food services company or a multilevel marketing company pushing some new fangled way of eating. I have simply been paying attention to my own diet lately and have seen how taking small steps at a time to improve what I’ve feeding my body has had a huge impact on my energy level and the way I feel and look.
Many of us understand this concept when it comes to our physical health. But what about our mental and spiritual health? What do we feed ourselves daily?
What types of television programs do we watch? Movies? What types of music do we listen to in our cars? What are we reading? What types of conversations are we engaging in? Do they tear down or build up?
What we feed our mind is as important as what we feed our bodies. We recently talked about how our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit [1 Corinthians 6:19]. We also need to realize what we feed our minds and our spirits matters also.
In Matthew 22:37, Jesus said,
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
I think we all get the heart and soul part of love, but we sometimes fail to realize the way we love the Lord with our minds is to feed our minds things that bring honor and glory to the Lord.
Philippians 4:8 says,
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”
What have you been feeding your mind lately? Is it time to put your mind on a diet? Get a plan in place. Feast on things that build you up and encourage you, things that push you to be a better person.
When you fuel your body with healthy foods, you have greater productivity and feel better. The same is true with your mind.
What’s on your menu today?
wonderful words of truth. there are lots of areas of life where we can apply ‘garbage in, garbage out’. so, tell us what small changes you are making in your diet. would love to know.
Leah, I have worked out for many years but still didn’t an increase in my energy. As you know, the work I do requires a lot out of me, so I need to be at my best physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to avoid injury.
I’m trying to eat more whole foods, less processed stuff. If I can’t pronounce it, I’m probably not going to eat it. I’m trying to be diligent with portion control. It’s amazing how HUGE our American serving sizes are and what our body really needs. I saw this when I was in Europe last year.
I’m trying to make sure I’m eating more veggies and lean protein while still having some fruits and healthy carbs. I’m also making sure to include small servings of nuts, seeds, and/or cheese. Eating more things that are grown and less things walking around on four legs.