Thursday, February 2, 2012
A few tips on Eating
This might seem like a "really dumb" post and it JUST MIGHT BE...ha ha ha! But I honestly think we all need a little reminder on eating in ways that are in alignment with how God created our body's to function and that also honor Him, even in stuffing our faces! Hee hee!
So here are a few:
Relax prior to eating. Our fearfully and wonderfully made bodies are best filled with food in a calm state, not rushing around and gulping it down. Even if you only have a few minutes, focus your thoughts on the GOODNESS of God:
Exodus 23:25 "You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water; and I will keep you healthy."
And then pray and ask God to bless the food to your body. I read this article about a Christian traveling with a group of people through other countries. He prayed and asked God to bless his food before every meal. He didn't get sick once from the food he ate, but the others suffered after eating their un-blessed food!
That's enough for me! I want every blessing God promises, even over my pancakes!
And the old, ugly, problem starter...STRESS. This causes us a tremendous amount of suffering in our earthly bodies so we DO need to manage it as best we can. Stress can cause low stomach acidity which can cause heartburn and indigestion--yuck!
1 Peter 5:7 And cast all your cares on God, for he takes care of you.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
So we need to cast our cares (or stress) on God, not hold it all in and try to solve it ourselves. Isn't it WONDERFUL to know that God TELLS us to do this? I just love that God cares so much about us, even our stress level! He is the original "whole healthcare provider!"
And we can add in the physical aspect with a brisk walk before dinner, taking time to do some deep breathing, relax with stretching or just getting a little time in with a big glass of water before you chow down. Try all or one, see what works best for you.
Each bit should be chewed 20-30 times. I know this seems ridiculous, I normally chew about half of every other bit and then swallow hard! Ha ha! But actually CHEWING, ensures that the food is broken down into digestible particles that allow for absorption of nutrients and also that it is easily MOVED OUT of your gut again! Always a plus if you have ever suffered from constipation-- going #2 only once a month is NOT normal! ha ha ha!
I pray that these little tidbits are helpful reminders to live the best life you can and in accordance with our Faith!
Still chewing my dinner,
Posted by Tiffany at 9:28 PM