Are you Thriving or just Getting by? Part 2

Last week’s blog post was on thriving in our spiritual lives, but this week I want to talk about thriving physically.

About twelve years ago, my husband and I implemented better food choices to get healthy. We started on minerals and vitamins and gave up white flours, sugars, and potatoes.

Six years ago, I started Trim Healthy Mama and gave up most grains and all sugar. I know unbelievable, right? I was fortunate; sugar addictions and withdrawals did not affect me when I stopped eating sugar. My husband and I feel better; we have little inflammation (because sugar and grains increase inflammation) and seldom get sick (as a biologist, I know all bacteria feed on sugar).

Think about how sick most people get between Halloween and the New Year when we eat the most sweets and desserts.

Don’t even get me started on high fructose corn syrup.

After I got sugar out of my system, I noticed my food tasted better. I now like certain foods I had not liked before. And if I eat something sugary now, my joints and body get sore and stiff. I have even gotten sick to my stomach. My body now hates sugar.

I should mention that I am NOT talking about naturally occurring sugar in fruits and vegetables.

I believe God made us to eat for our health, not to self-medicate or to satisfy our sweet tooth.

Balance is God’s way for us physically and spiritually.

I am not suggesting we never eat for enjoyment either. God gave us food to be pleasing to the eyes and taste buds. I enjoy food now more than ever, but what I eat is much better for me and tastes better, too.

Children are getting Type 2 diabetes younger and younger. Obesity is getting just as common among children as it is among adults.

Eating habits are not just eating how we were taught as children, but why we eat as well.

Depression, loneliness, fear, pain, and guilt, among other things, cause us to medicate with food and drink. A lack of nutrition causes many of our diseases. We need vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, and vitamins A, B, C, D, and E to keep us healthy and our bones, muscles, nervous and digestive systems to operate as they were designed.

We find most of those vitamins and minerals in foods grown from the ground, not in processed foods or at McDonald’s…

Many people may wonder why we do not see as many healings as in the Bible. I have even heard people claim that Jesus only heals us in a spiritual sense, but not physically. I don’t believe that.

 But, could it be we don’t see as much healing because Jesus wants us to take responsibility for what we put in our mouth? OUCH! Sowing and reaping apply here.

I believe God can heal anything/everything. I am not suggesting He won’t heal because we eat donuts and candy. He alone knows when and how He wants to heal our bodies, but sometimes it may not be until Heaven.

Steps for taking control of our body’s health:

1. Incorporate more low carb fruits and vegetables like berries and green leafy veggies, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and brussels sprouts. Using a mixture of real butter, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic gives these vegetables great flavor.

2. Avoid processed foods. Eat foods that you make yourself or know was grown from the ground.

3. Drink lots of water. Drink one-half of your body weight in ounces of water. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, then you need to drink seventy ounces a water a day.

4. Cut way back on sugar. Avoid candy, too. Sugar and even most artificial sugars like Splenda, Aspartame (or Nutrasweet and Equal), or Saccharin (or Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin) still spike your blood sugar.

Stevia, sugar alcohols, and brands like Swerve do not raise your insulin levels while letting you enjoy sweets. There are many websites to find website that use these healthier sweeteners.

In a lab, we grow bacteria on sugary cultures. From Halloween to New Years we overdose on sugar and feed the bad bacteria in our body spending most of the winter sick.

5. Limit white and wheat flours, pasta, breads, and anything made with them. Keto diets really help you get your sugar and insulin levels in a healthy range.

Eating to self-medicate is never good for us and either is making food an idol. God wants us to live free from sugar addictions and self-medicating.

He is the Healer of our minds, bodies, and emotions. Seek Him to find healing and freedom from food addictions.

Seek Him if you are hurting. Forgive and bless those who have caused you pain. Freedom comes only through Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:32 (NLT) says, “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is good for you. You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is beneficial.”

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie Lavender says:

    Thank you for your healthy suggestions, Stephanie. Balance is most definitely hard to achieve on a daily basis for me, but it’s something I need to work on, with lots of prayer.

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  2. Stephanie P. says:

    Because balance is God’s way, Satan is going to make sure it’s not ours. It must be something we pray about in every area of our life. Thank you for reading my post.

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  3. J.D. Wininger says:

    Thanks Ms. Stephanie. While my wife helps me make better food choices than I grew up having, I find my physical well-being is just like my spiritual life, too much junk in my diet and I pay for it. Great tips and suggestions ma’am.

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  4. Stephanie P. says:

    Thank you, J.D. Balance is hard but worth it, I pray you find it. We want you around for a long time!

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  5. Nicola says:

    This is so true. Good nutrition is important for a healthy mind, body and soul. I eat healthily but don’t deny myself the odd treat from time to time. I definitely have a sweet tooth. It’s all about balance!

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    1. Stephanie P. says:

      Yes, balance is so important. Many don’t realize how connected our body, soul, and mind are.
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  6. Thank you, Stephanie, for this two-part post on thriving! Feeding our Spirit daily with God’s Word and our body with healthy food are blessings from the Lord. I am thankful for both.

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    1. Stephanie P. says:

      Thank you LuAnn. I am glad you see them as blessings. We are blessed to be able to have a healthy heart, mind, soul, and body.

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