As a family, Nathan and I have always tried to eat pretty healthy but recently we’ve decided to kick it up a notch. We were sitting in church one Sunday and our guest speaker was speaking about Daniel and how his lifestyle is an awesome example of Christian living . The thing that resonated with me the most was his diet. See, Daniel, like most Jews of that time, was a good steward over his body and he was extremely particular about what he ate. The speaker went on to say something that turned on a light bulb for me: Our bodies are temples designed to be used by God and it is our job to take good care of it [1 Corinthians 6:19-20].
Now, I definitely don’t have the worst eating habits but I certainly don’t have the best. Like most people, I like McDonald’s (and that 20 piece nugget special), I’ve been addicted to Coca-Cola, and Lord knows I love my sweets. But if I’m going to be used by God for many years to come, it’s time to make a change.
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been working on cutting out pretty much all processed foods, fast foods, and unhealthy snacks. You read that right—fast food too. It’s convenient and it tastes good, but boy is it bad for you. Even the healthier options! Nathan and I took a look online at the nutrition facts for the healthiest choice at our favorite place and we were horrified. You always hear people say it’s bad but when you actually see the numbers, you know it’s real. The daily recommended sodium intake for Americans is 3200mg and that one item (not even a meal) had 1060 mg of sodium—almost half of what you should be eating for the entire day. We’ve also started paying better attention to serving sizes. Turns out they’re actually there for a reason, haha. In the process, I’ve come up with a few healthier alternatives.
Instead of ordering delivery pizza (or Digornio), we make our own. Instead of sugary fruit juice, I make Greek yogurt smoothies. In place of breakfast at McDonald’s, we make our own English muffin breakfast sandwiches or crust-less quiche.
Anyone else have any other suggestions for healthy eating? What are some other great recipes?