Prospering in Health
by Danny Tariman
“I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.” (3John 1:2)
The Biblical verse above is a prayer for wellness (in other versions the word used is “prosper”) in all areas of our lives, including physical fitness. This tells us that the LORD wants us to have good heath.
This reminds me of my family’s consciousness to stay healthy. I believe that as Christians, we have to take good care our our bodies.
“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?” (1Cor 6:19)
I believe that regular proper exercise, in addition to healthy food, will keep us fit.
This is why, I and my wife do walking around the village for about 30 minutes.
My son does his weights and cardio exercise in his personal gym.
My daughter does her exercise too in a membership gym.
But for us to reap the benefits of exercise we have to do it on a regular basis. We have to discipline ourselves to do these exercises 3 times a week.
“Physical exercise has some value” (1 Tim 4:8)
In addition to these physical exercises, we also discipline ourselves to have a healthy diet.
We have “fruitified” and “vegefied” our meals.
“Then God said, ‘I now give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’” (Genesis 1:29)
For breakfast, we eat fruits first. A mix of 2-3 kinds of fruits everyday of whatever is available for the season and in the market. Of course we have protein too – eggs, lean pork or beef, fish, etc. But this is after we had finished the fruits.
Why fruits first? Because fruits are easily digested hence gets absorbed quickly than carbohydrates and protein. And of course we always take a glass of milk, and yoghurt too.
Expensive? No. We make home-made yoghurt. We buy fresh fruits from the wet market – banana, papaya, pineapple, or whatever is available.
For lunch and dinner, we take more vegetables. During dinner, we frequently eat fresh vegetables – iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce (and all sorts of lettuce leaves), carrots, cucumber mixed in a healthy salad dressing – vinaigrette, lemon juice, and sometimes yeah, mayo-based dressing, which is not much recommended.
“Please test your servants for ten days by providing us with some vegetables to eat and water to drink. At the end of the ten days their appearance was better and their bodies were healthier than all the young men who had been eating the royal delicacies.” (Daniel 1:12,15)
And yes, we eat protein as well for lunch and dinner – fish, chicken, less-fat pork, lean beef, and other protein sources.
We have lessened our in-take of carbohydrates. We take less of processed food.
We love ice cream, cakes, and all. But we take them now in moderation.
I pray that the Lord continue to grant us all good health and strength.
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