When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. Billy Graham
The first time I started paying attention to what went into my body was during my NYSC days. I noticed that I was getting bloated and just generally felt very unhealthy, I decided to cut out red meat at the time and reduce the portion of rice I ate. I cannot say that I have totally embraced the healthy life style yet but I am not opposed to it. The world is evolving and there is a rise in the number of people that are embracing this healthy lifestyle, making healthier choices and sticking to it. Despite the rise in the statistics of fitness junkies there are still people on the other side of the divide that don’t worry about their diet choices or bother about fitness. Since we are a religious nation I would like us to pause and ask “Does God care about my body?”
The short answer to the question is “Yes, God cares about your body” but let us look into why God cares about our body.
We understand that God cares about us as individuals, our life, experiences and our journey with him. We also understand that God has given us a purpose here on earth and to fulfil that purpose we have this earthly suit that basically gets the work done. If we then know that this is the vehicle with which we do the work and go on this mission, why exactly would we maltreat our body? When we ignore our health choice, it doesn’t reflect that we really care about what and what we don’t do to our bodies.
We are stewards of everything God has given us and that includes the body we live in. Everything that God has given also comes with responsibilities that we are not supposed to take lightly.
Because at the end of the day, we have to be at our best to do the work he’s sent us and when we are indisposed based on our choices we begin to “pray” for healing (I am not saying God doesn’t heal) but there are things we can avoid if we take the responsibility to do what we need to do by living a healthier lifestyle.
Let’s look at ways to help us make healthier lifestyle choice;
- Re-evaluate the choice you are making now; Basically, think about what you are doing or not doing right now to understand what needs to change.
- Make a decision/commitment: It is said that commitment is what transforms a promise to reality. You have to make a decision and stick with it.
- Take small steps towards a healthy lifestyle; The first step for you might be to cut out frizzy drinks then do it or junk food or add fruits and vegetable to your diet. Whatever the “small step” for you is, take it. Don’t despise these small steps.
- Be Consistent: Consistence is key. It takes a minimum of 21 days to for a habit. This healthy habit is one that you want to form. Stick with it.
- Be disciplined: This is about unhealthy habits we have formed over the years, it’s going to take a lot of discipline to say “No” to things that are not good for you and “Yes” to those habits that are actually good for you.
It is very easy for us to continue to go with the flow of how we used to do the things that we used to do but one question we need to ask ourselves is “Do I care enough to make the change?”
Have you embraced the healthy lifestyle? What informed your decision? If you’ve not, what is stopping you? Let’s talk!