Our theme for this month: “Taking care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “Everything is permissible for me”, but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.”
1 Corinthians 6:12 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Eating right is the best thing you can do for your body.”
People often make the mistake of concluding they need to exercise in order to get in shape. While exercise is an important part of taking care of your body, exercise is only about one-third of the equation. Good nutrition is the other and bigger factor. Being fit and healthy is approximately two-thirds eating right and one-third exercise.
You can exercise like a madman every day but if you overeat you will still have weight and health issues. However if you eat right, if you consume fewer calories than you burn and if you eat mostly healthy foods, you will maintain a healthy weight even if you don’t exercise. And then, if you combine good nutrition with daily exercise, you will really be in good shape.
Good nutrition is approximately two-thirds of good health – and really don’t need to go on any of those fad diets. You also don’t need expensive pre-packaged foods, and you don’t need diet pills. A simple and basic rule of thumb for getting and staying in shape is to eat moderate amounts of reasonably healthy food and get some exercise every day.
That’s it. It’s no more complicated than that. Make sure your diet is mostly of healthy foods; limit your calorie intake to something less than what you burn (I will provide you with a formula to calculate that tomorrow); and then get some exercise every day. If you do that, you will get in shape and you will stay in shape.
Moderation is the key. But, I know that’s easier said than done, and I know it from personal experience. I’m a glutton at heart and by practice. I love to eat, and once I get started, I love to eat a lot. I don’t like to stop. I’ll eat everything on my plate even if I’m no longer hungry. I’ll eat ice cream directly from the ½ gallon container and I’ll keep eating until I can’t hold any more. So I know that moderation is not easy.
But it is doable. There are tricks that will help. Here are two that I have learned that have helped me with my personal struggle with overeating. When I go out to a restaurant to eat, if the portion is large, I immediately ask for a “to-go” box. I put half of the food in the box to take home and I then eat everything that’s left on my plate. With respect to ice cream (one of my weaknesses), I simply don’t have any in the house. If I want some I will go to the store and buy a single serving, but I don’t keep any in the house.
Tomorrow we will consider some other tricks and habits which will help us to implement a good nutrition program and to then maintain it long-term.