Does God REALLY care what I eat?

Does It really matter to God what we put in our mouths? I mean, He has an awful lot going on in the world to be concerned with our eating habits., right?

Not so much. Even though there are lots of things going on in the world that may seem so much more important, fact is that WE – you and I – are His top priority. He actually cares about every little, minute detail of our lives. Including what we eat. But WHY would what we eat matter to God?

1 Corinthians 6:12-13 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

We as saved believers are free from the Law. “I have the right to do anything…but not everything is beneficial.” God wants us to be benefitted by what we eat.

Romans 6:15-16 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness?

We belong to God. He made us. He owns us. He loves us enough to die in our place. We owe it to Him to be obedient. Not out of debt but out of love and gratitude. I like this analogy. “If someone gave you a million dollars, just because they love you, what would you do? Would you turn around and spit in their face? No! You would be ecstatic! You would be grateful! You would want to be nice to them! How much MORE valuable is your salvation? Bought at a price?” Obedience should not be out of obligation but love and gratitude.

Ok, so food…
1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory. We glorify God with our bodies. God wants us to be healthy. For our own sake and for His glory. Think about it. If we are unhealthy, we don’t feel good. We get diseased, overweight, tired, etc. hard to glorify God with all that going on!

We are stewards. Dictionary.com defines steward as: “a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.” EVERYTHING belongs to God, including our bodies. We are their caretakers. This really got to me. I am the CARETAKER of my body. I am taking care of it for God! Think back to the analogy. If someone gave you a million dollars and asked you to take care of it, what would you do? I would be very careful to take good care of it! How much more valuable our bodies? Our lives?

I recently bought the book <a href="http://The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life“>The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren. I haven’t read all of it but some of my thoughts in this post came from reading the first chapter. You can purchase the book by clicking on the title.

I will be sharing more from the book as I continue reading it, I’m sure!

So how good of a steward are you being? What are your thoughts on stewardship? Not just of your body, but in general?

As always, thanks for reading and may The Lord bless you!

Permission to cheat

Healthy eating. Sounds easy enough but is it really? I think the mistake most of us make is that we try to do it all at once with no permission to mess up. Things like “no more sugar”, “no more fried foods”, “I’m only going to drink water from now on” or my personal one “I’m giving up soda”! The problem with those kinds of declarations is that it sets a high standard that is probably not going to last.

What if instead we decided to make a conscious effort to make healthier choices but also gave ourselves permission to make unhealthy choices ON OCCASION? Let’s face it, we mess up and when we make hard and fast rules with no leeway we set ourselves up to fail!

This is why I love carb cycling. By alternating our high and low carb days we have a variety but as part of Chris Powell’s program we also get a GUILT FREE DAY! A day to give into that French fry or doughnut craving! One of the purposes of this blog is to enable you to make better choices and to learn to be good stewards of the body God has given you.

Join me next time as we delve into why God would care what we eat.

What do you find yourself craving? Do you tend to make bold declarations or you a little at a time person?

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Meal Plans and Recipes!

This is my second week on Turbo 10. I lost 2 lbs last week! Yay!! This week I thought I would share a Low Carb Day Meal Plan and a High Carb Day Meal Plan with you, as well as a Low Carb recipe.

On a typical LOW CARB DAY, with Turbo 10, my meal plan looks something like this:

Breakfast: Bod-e Chocolate Protein Shake
Snack: Bod-e Burn and ¼ cup of nuts (I buy unsalted, raw nuts and roast them. I then mix one small bag of salted nuts to 3 bags of the ones I roasted. It cuts way down on the salt but still has flavor)
Lunch: Bod-e Chocolate Protein Shake
Snack: Crock Pot Pizza Soup (recipe below)
Dinner: Grilled Steak, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and side salad

HIGH CARB DAY:
Breakfast: Bod-e Chocolate Protein Shake
Snack: Bod-e Burn and one Ezekiel English Muffin with 1 tsp Land O’ Lakes Butter with Olive Oil
Lunch: Bod-e Chocolate Protein Shake
Snack: Roast Beef, Cheese, Spinach and Arugula Wrap on Low Carb Tortilla
Dinner: Pulled Pork on Whole Grain Bun with Roasted baby carrots

LOW CARB CROCK POT PIZZA SOUP WITH DICED TOMATOES RECIPE:
(By Chef Dine on September 29, 2006)

Prep Time: 15 mins, Total Time: 8 hrs 15 mins, Servings: 6

About This Recipe
“This is a variation recipe from “Mercy”. More tomatoes, less sodium…”

Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 (16 ounce) cans low sodium beef broth
1 medium red bell pepper, diced (I prefer green peppers so I use them instead)
1 small onion, diced
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 lb Italian sausage, cooked and drained*
3 ounces sliced pepperoni*
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons italian seasoning
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (this is VERY stringy when melted. Next time I may try shredded Parmesan instead)

Directions
Place all ingredients in the crock pot except the cheese. Cook on low 8 hours. Sprinkle cheese on each individual serving.

Serving Size: 1 (390 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6

*I used turkey pepperoni and turkey italian sausage
**My notes are in italics.

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