Thursday, June 28, 2012
Chapter 3 ~ Getting A Plan
"My changing body revealed all my secrets...poor food choices were sabatoging my body, my mental energy, and even my spirit. Food had become like a drug. And, honestly, a good drug choice for a Christian woman. Every church event I attended readily provided my drug out in the open with no hesitation or judgement."
These are the words of Lisa Terkeurst author of Made to Crave.
Even as the hard work of digging, spading, planting, watering, weeding a garden reveal the end results; the proof of the result is in the PLANNING. The ultimate goal....aka end results will come when there is a specific PLAN.
Eating vegetables and fruit with abandonment, keeping the fat low (reading labels for nutrition values, and not buying anything higher than 4 grams of fat.), doing the same with carbohydrates (keeping a journal), sugar (reading the nutrition value and let it be the 3rd ingredient or more), protein at nutritional value. Using the Spark People tracking will show all these values. It will lay out for you a Healthy Heart Guide, a Diabetic Guideline, a low fat guide, Calcium values, Fiber values....all of this to produce a PLAN.
Now, that PLAN will only work if we WORK THE PLAN.
Someone had to learn the discipline of giving up some things and that someone was me!!! Those things were poor food choices that were sabotaging my body, my mental energy, and even my spirit. Did you get that .... past tense, were!!
"This journey will require you to make some tough sacrifices, but I've come to look at this process as embracing healthy choices rather than denying myself.
Speaking of gardens, I have a funny truth to share about the healthy eating plan I chose. Basically, I eat what a wild animal eats - meat and things that grow naturally from the earth. I was immediately encouraged by the possibilities of this new eating plan. I have yet to see an overweight animal in the wild lamenting over excess cellulite."
Along with Isaiah 43:18-19 "Forgetting the former things...
Psalm 34:4-8 "I sought the LORD, and he answered me, he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."