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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Back to Basics: Cooking Your Own Food

In this fast paced society we live in,it is easy to give the excuse of not having the time to cook. Taking the time to buy and cook your own food gives you the most control of how you feed you and your family.

In preparing your food you have more control in the following areas:

 1. You control the amount of salt (sodium)  in your food.

 2. You control the amount of sugar and sugar substitutes in your food.

 3.  You control the amount of preservatives in the foods you intake.

By taking the time to read the back of labels of the foods you buy, you can minimize the amount of salt, sugar and preservatives you intake.

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

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