Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

imagesI praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

 

We are awesome!! Regardless of how much you may want to change your nose, your body size, or other parts of your anatomy (if you pay enough you can!!) our bodies are miracles. God made our bodies with the ability to heal themselves and to have wisdom to let us know when something hurts or, if we really pay attention, we have a feeling when something is not quite right even before the doctor. What wonderful wisdom and amazing ability are found in our bodies.

As wonderful as we are, there are some things we need to do that will help our bodies be the best they can be. Are you getting the proper amount of nutrients for energy, for clear thinking, for proper functioning? The Daniel Fast is promoted as being a healthy plan for eating. Certainly it is—plenty of nutrients. Eating a plant-based diet allows us to get the nutrients without the saturated fats, sugars, and cholesterol that lead to disease. But, I am discovering it still takes paying attention to avoid eating too much or to avoid food that is not recommended. It takes mindfulness

I had to begin being mindful of how what I ate affected my body’s wellness because I am gaining weight on this Daniel Fast. I know 😦 . Who gains weight on a FAST??!! Well, I eat the foods on the recommended list, but I just kept eating and eating and eating. I am hungry all the time. My portion control has lost all proportion.

I have to make some adjustments now or I wont be able to fit into my Easter suit.  I decided to look at what the requirements are for living healthy on a plant diet. After a little research, I discovered why I am gaining weight. Three things: dried fruits, nuts, and mindless eating. I learned this from the Happy Herbivore website. http://happyherbivore.com/2013/04/not-losing-weight-plant-based-why-how-to/

Dried Fruit

aclk“Dried fruits are very calorically dense and not very satiating.” Happy Herbivore

I sprinkled dried cranberries on everything. My salads, my oatmeal, my cereal. Not a few, but a handful. Also, dried mango was my sweet treat. I missed cookies, so I ate dried mango instead.

Nuts

“If you’re trying to lose weight, limit tofu, tempeh, avocado, nuts, seeds, coconut milk, coconut, nut butters (i.e., almond butter and peanut butter), chocolate, and olives.” Happy Herbivore

I wasn’t trying to lose weight. Until I realized I was gaining weight. Without thinking, I sprinkled nuts on everything, heart-healthy walnuts and nutritious pumpkin seeds (high in zinc) on everything. My salads, my oatmeal, my cereal. Trying to add nutrition and flavor, I added more fat and calories.

Mindless Eating

“A lot of foods sneak in each day that we don’t think about and that can be a huge culprit. Also, never leave food on the table. Leave it in the kitchen so you have to get up if you want seconds and always put your snacks in a bowl — don’t eat out of the bag or you’ll mindlessly munch.” Happy Herbivore 

Yes, I was mindlessly munching from the bag. I apologize to my body. While I focused on quality, I went crazy with quantity. Our bodies are truth-tellers. They let us know when they are happy with how they are treated. When I am mindful I slow down and notice what and how much I am eating. I get it now: When I pay attention, I learn what my wonderful body needs. Selah.

 Prayer for Day 28: Thank you, Lord, for our awesome bodies, minds, and spirits that all work together for our IMG_0063highest good. Open our minds to be attentive to our needs. Amen. 

Resources

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/TenTips/DGTipsheet17SuperTracker.pdf  Allows you to track your food intake and exercise. Also, provides tips to help with achieving goal

http://www.happycow.net/vegan_nutrition101.html  You don’t need to be a vegan to benefit from the information on nutrients on this site.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/13-health-benefits-of-pumpkin-seeds.html Not only does this give nutritional content, it also has health information for body, mind, and spirit

 

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About Hilda R Davis, Ph.D., LPC

Wellness Counselor, Writing Coach, and Author of "Live Healthy and Be Well: Create an Action Plan," an action book for women seeking health and wholeness in body, mind, and spirit. Live Healthy and Be Well offers a journey to a healthy lifestyle through Biblical stories, journal activities, weekly meditations, and an action plan for a lifestyle of wellness. Please visit my website: hildardavis.com

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