I truly enjoy the way my body feels when I eat healthfully. I have found that a balanced diet of protein, fruits and veggies typically does the trick. Anyone who knows me knows I am constantly preaching about gut health. I am no medical professional, just a mom and wife who has had to do a lot of research regarding this topic for various reasons. My family’s health has depended on my knowledge in this area.
Just as a quick run down, processed sugars are bad. Simple carbohydrates are bad. Chemically and genetically modified foods are bad. Whole grains are good. Veggies and Fruits are good. Water is good. Of course, there is more to it than this, but you get the point.
* For my foodies I make a mean zucchini and black bean taco with homemade corn tortillas. And yes, my kiddos devour them!*
Like everyone else I fall victim to those foods on the “bad” list. The struggle is real, everyday! When I do, my body pays for it dearly. I have had nights of intolerable pain. I have had days of a completely distended belly and sit ups, crunches and planks wanted nothing to do with it.
My spiritual and natural health tend to intersect. If I am spiritually fatigued, you can bet it is because I am naturally fatigued and vice versa. When I have taken the time to commune with the Lord in prayer and by studying His word, it sets the tone for my entire day. The same is true when I begin the day with a good bit of protein. However, when I miss key ingredients, I might as well be a slug. I may get blindsided by a donut or distraction. Unfortunately, for me, in the past, this enacted a snowball effect, a downward spiral of binge eating. Sometimes, I could get back on track. But, it wasn’t until I asked the Lord for help in this area that I was able to regain control. He told me which foods were making me feel this way. My culprit was sugar. The same can be said about spiritual toxins. Television or music that is contrary to God’s word may drudge up memories of a past life that needs to stay in the past.
If you find that you are feeding the desires of the flesh more regularly than you are feeding your spirit, there are some steps you can take to get yourself back on track!
Identify your triggers!
Search me o God and know my heart test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, think about these things
Guard your Gates!
To set the mind on the flesh is death but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
To watch over the mouth and tongue is to keep out of trouble
Your eye is the lamp to your whole body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but if it is not healthy your whole body is full of darkness.
I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me
I am reminded of the sweet little children’s song “oh be careful little eyes what you see”
If you are spiritually constipated the lasting implication of bad decisions made by improper “diet” may hinder you from attaining the manifestation of what it is that the Lord has for you. The trials that we may face without the proper “diet” could potentially have long lasting effects on our spiritual health. This doesn’t always happen in one day. But, when we get into the habit of poor diet it becomes easier and easier to slack in the disciplined areas of life that you have worked so hard to achieve.
The Lord has so many amazing things He wants to show us, but we can’t be trusted with this lofty information if we give into selfish motives more than we feed our Spirit.
Help us Heavenly Father to maintain the right balance of health in all areas of our lives. Identify those hidden things that grieve you and rip them out of us so that we can operate at an optimal level spiritually and naturally. In the mighty name of Jesus! Amen!