Do You TRULY Care About The Health Of Your Family?
We all care about our families, about their health and wellbeing. We want them to be happy and we want them to like and appreciate the way we are taking care of them. Yet, many of us are unconsciously promoting poor health and compromised well-being by fostering poor eating habits in order to keep the family “happy” and not to rock the boat by making drastic food changes.
Data for the USA- one of the richest countries in the world- has been showing disturbingly high rates of illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer for the past two decades. Diabetes type 2 and obesity used to be problems that affected only older people. Today however, childhood and teenage obesity as well as diabetes type 2 rates are not unusual at all among young kids. Studies indicate that being overweight and obese as a result of poor eating habits and lack of exercise significantly enhance the risk to get cancer. Prognoses for the future are not promising either.
The good news is that most of these diseases can be prevented if we only take action to learn and understand how we work and start feeding our bodies and our families with what they really need, instead of basing our needs on unhealthy likings and cravings. I am convinced that any mother who could take a peek 20 or 30 years into the future and could see her child struggling with some serious health condition, due to decade-long unhealthy eating habits, would do anything to turn back time and enforce proper, wholesome eating behavior into that screaming child that simply did not want to eat his veggies.
Now, you may wonder, how in the world one can consistently eat right and feed the family wholesome meals, teach the children healthy eating habits while juggling all the chores and work of our crazily busy every day life. I have good news for you. With some knowledge about basic nutrition and how your body works, planning, and some discipline, it is not as difficult as you may think. If it seems like a challenge initially, consider the positive impact such changes will have for your own and your family’s life and long-term-health.
After an initial adjustment period, your taste and your body will get used to healthy and wholesome foods. As a result, you will not even miss many of the unhealthy foods you once thought you could not live without. One day it will hit you that instead of your afternoon chocolate bar, you are now looking forward to your newly discovered exotic tea, an immunity-boosting fruit salad, or something else that will not stick to your waistline for decades to come. Soon, you will not want to miss the way you feel great, and you will be proud of the way you look.
You will feel more energized and realize that neither you nor anyone else who is on your feeding plan has been sick in a long while. Your skin, fingernails, and hair will be beautiful, shiny, and strong. You will become friends with your scale, as you will be thrilled how much weight you are loosing (if weight problems have been an issue). PMS will be a thing only other women and other husbands are complaining about.
You will find that your children can concentrate better in school and your brain is working better too (if you get enough sleep). Most importantly, you will not have to be concerned about your families and your own long-term health. If you do your part, the natural laws that govern your body will do theirs. As a result, you and your family can enjoy vibrant health for many years to come. And for those of you, whose goal and purpose it is to serve our Lord and Savior and glorify him with your lives (you really need to be healthy and in good shape to do so), the following scripture may encourage you: “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, whom you have received as a gift from God? You are not your own. "You were bought with a preciousness price and paid for. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.” Amplified Bible 1 Corinthians 6:19-22
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