The Reason for the Season: The Ultimate Gift

This is a great time of the year where we celebrate in song, dance, fellowship, and worship for this opportunity that we have been given. The power of one that came on assignment to accomplish what no one else could,simply because he was born to this. This one that we refer to is known by many names. When we read the Holy Bible we find that he is called Jesus, Emmanuel which is God with us, The Bread of Life, The Prince of Peace, The True Vine, and The Son of God. This celebration that we are in is about the ultimate gift that has been given to us from God who is also The Father. God saw us and looked at what we were doing and decided to help us. That help came through the pathway of the one we celebrate on Christmas Day, Jesus. He is like a key that gives access to the ultimate gift of all, a redeemed life prepared for and ready for eternity. It is like a meeting and we get to be introduced to his Father. He gives us a relationship that cannot be broken. He gives us access to the Ultimate Giver. And no one can give more than God.

THREE SIMPLE RULES TO EAT BY

If you have started trying to eat healthy, you may be facing some challenges.  There is a lot of information out there about what’s good for you and what’s not.  When I first started trying to eat right, I know I was confused by all the conflicting information out there. “Eat margarine. It’s better for you than butter.” “Don’t eat margarine. It contains trans fatty acid.”

Then I discovered a book called “What the Bible Says About Healthy Living” by Dr. Rex Russell. In the book he discusses how God has laid out specifically what we should eat for good health and a long life.  Then he talked about the foods that God said we are to eat and how eventually modern scientists came to the same conclusion that yes we should eat these things if we want good health.

But the most important thing I got from the book was simple and easy to remember guidelines to follow for eating healthy. Here are three guidelines he says you should use in making everyday decisions about what to eat.

  1. Eat what God intended for us to eat for food.
  2. Eat what God intended for us to eat for food in its closest state as he created it before man gets it and tries to turn it into something he thinks is better.
  3. Never make any one food your God.  Only God should be God in your life.

God tells us in great detail in the books of Genesis and Leviticus what we should eat for food.  All you need to do is read these books and apply the principles.

For more information on healthy eating, click on the links below.

What the Bible Says about Healthy Living: Three Biblical Principles That Will Change Your Diet and Improve Your Health

 Healthy foods and drinks by Beyond Organic

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ONE MEAL AT A TIME

Recently, I posted an article about the proliferation of sodium in almost everything we eat. Well today I would like to offer a suggestion for reducing your overall intake of sodium. You have probably heard the cliché “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Well as trite as it sounds, I believe that’s how you begin to reduce the amount of sodium you consume daily – one meal at a time.

Try eating one meal a day free of sodium. That’s right just one meal.  And a good meal to start with is breakfast. Try all fruit. Or try fruit and oatmeal. Of course, do not add any salt to it. But to spice it up a bit, you can add some cinnamon. This small daily change might not seem much at the moment but over time this small change in your daily routine could pay big dividends in contributing to your health and well being.

For information on some of the world’s healthiest foods click here.

 

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READ ANY GOOD LABELS LATELY?

When we first decided to eat healthy, one of the first things we did was to start reading the labels on everything.  Our main concern was trying to avoid the bad stuff like saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol.  If the product did not have any of this bad stuff and had some of the good stuff like vitamins and proteins, we felt it was ok to buy.  And believe me when you are shopping in a regular grocery store, this is about the best you can do.

 But there was one ingredient we never paid much attention to. And that ingredient was sodium.  Let’s face it.  When you buy any food item off the shelf in almost any grocery store that item is almost always going to have sodium in it. So you can’t avoid it.  All you can do is be aware of it and try to choose food items that are low in sodium, relatively speaking.  I say relatively speaking because the label will give you a number of milligrams (mg) per serving and a percent of theUSrecommended daily allowance (US RDA).  Even though the percent on the label might seem low and acceptable to you, you need to keep in mind that the percent is based on a 2000 calorie daily diet and a limit of not more than 2300mg of sodium.  If you consume less than 2000 calories daily, then the amount of sodium you consume should be reduced proportionately as well. For example, on a recent trip to the grocery store, we were looking to buy some healthy meats.  My family loves turkey sausages. We felt this was a healthy alternative to beef sausages. But for the first time ever while reading the label, I paid attention to the amount of sodium turkey sausage contained. It was an eye popping 610mg per serving! That’s 27% of the US RDA (610/2300)! What if I decided to eat breakfast and eat light for the rest of the day and only consumed 1000 calories. Since I consumed half the calories, 1000 calories (1/2 of 2000), then I should also limit my consumption of sodium to half the US RDA which would be 1150mg (1/2 of 2300mg). Then that 27% percent now becomes 53% (610/1150) of the US RDA!

 I know it is difficult to eat healthy if you shop at regular grocery stores and eat out occasionally.  But there are things we can do to control what we eat. One good way is to cook more of your meals from scratch as we discussed in an earlier post. Secondly, just simply start reading the labels at the store and making the best choice amongst the products that are available. Finally, I would invite all who read this post to check out the link below about a great way to make sure you and your family consumes some of the healthiest food in the world.

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Run-Walk Time: A Good Way To Stay Fit, But First Take Off The Electronic Gear

Let’s face it, we spend a lot of time in front of our computers or on our smart phones surfing the internet.  And some of us like to listen to music while working out. There is nothing wrong with that. But because we spend so much time at work and at home attached to electronic devices, our exercise time should be focused on getting our minds refreshed.  Working out outside in the park or at a local school or community college track field, allows us to get out into the open air and clear away some of the clutter in our minds. Running and walking is a good way to stay fit and mentally refresh your mind. Running allows you to get your heart pumping and your lungs inhaling the fresh air. And Walking after running keeps you from over exerting yourself and allows the body to rest in intervals.

If there are a lot of trees in the area where you run- walk, then take the time to enjoy the trees or flowers that surrounds you while you do your exercise routine. Enjoy the sound of the birds chirping, dogs barking or even the sound of crickets. Take the time to enjoy nature while you run-walk.

For information on some of the world’s healthiest foods click here.

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