Abs are made in the kitchen.
You are what you eat.
These popular sayings are nice but they usually don’t inspire us to actually change the way we live our lives. Ron and I want to show you a path to real freedom. We have found that making changes to our physical health we can begin to reclaim our freedom and it is linked in a unique way to spiritual conversion and living radically as a disciple of Christ. We try not to just give you wise sayings or anecdotes that may provide a spark, but will quickly burn out quickly and fade away.
In this article I wanted to provide you with 3 practical tips for changing your eating habits. Ron and I have both found through our experience that you will the see the quickest and most dramatic health changes through an intentional change in how you eat. Making this change requires some re-wiring in your habits and planning for success. Once you get the ball rolling with a healthier diet, combine movement (through exercise) and you will see radical changes in your life which is like throwing gasoline on a fire.
Here are a three ways you can get started to begin eating radically.
- Write down your goals. Ron and I both started to use the Self Journal to help articulate some short term goals and then hold ourselves accountable through the action of writing down your plan each day and infusing your smaller plans to meet those goals throughout each day. This has been a very fruitful exercise for me and helped me be more productive and see what I have accomplished. While using this exact journal is not necessary, intentionally writing down your short term goals and the path to get to there is a proven way to change your habits.
- Start small. Pick one meal this week to tweak. Breakfast is the hardest meal for me to get right, so I have had to become intentional about planning and executing a healthy breakfast each day. Once you get that one meal right, switching to eating real food at other meals will come much easier.
- Form a Tribe. We are communal by nature so when there is an external threat (overweight, disease, spiritual laziness) people overcome these problems with the help of friends. Start with your family and create a challenge with your kids to eat differently for the one meal and help each other meet that goal. Your kids look to you for leadership and when you sacrifice and include them in the challenge it will build a bond with them that is unbreakable.
We all have excuses as to why we don’t workout or have time for prayer. However, changing what we eat is the perfect place to begin your journey towards authentic freedom. We all are going to eat…we all eat at least a lunch and dinner meal of some sort. By engaging our will in the decisions about what we eat, we can begin to discover that our desires do not control us, but we can control our desires.
“Put on the Armor of God” (Eph 6:11)