Saturday, September 26, 2015

What Does Food Do For You? How Do You Replace It?

When you take away the food, you can be thrown into depression or
chaos unless you fill that void with something else, As
a Christian, that voice is best filled with the Lord.

Whenever you falter, turn to God's Word. Pray, meditate, keep
a prayer journal. According to Jesus, the main command of God is to "love Him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all
your strength."

The second command is "love your neighbor as yourself." So, I would suggest, when cravings hit (as they surely will), call a friend, visit an elderly or disabled person, write a letter or communicate encouragement online. When we turn the focus on others, we learn that it's not all about me.
Though we start a weight loss program with drawing close to God, we must also hit the problem on mental and physical fronts.

Excess or fattening foods give us something, or else we wouldn’t turn to them. Examine your life. What does food do for you?
Stress relief?
Cessation of boredom?
To start:
1. If you haven’t already, decide on a food plan that works for you, one that provides a balanced, healthy way of eating and includes food you like and goes along with your lifestyle. If you can't eat that way forever with minor changes, you won't stay with it.
2. Purchase foods that work for your plan.
What must you keep around to stay on target?
    With me, I must have fruits and low-fat yogurt.
3. Decide on some activity.
Walking, running, gym, DVDs at home, dancing, water aerobics, swimming? What do you like?

     How can you incorporate your daily chores into exercise?
    Sit with small children & do toe touches or kicks?
    Go up and down steps at work every day?
    Break up sitting with 10-15 minutes of stretching or jogging in place?
     Mowing lawn
     Knee bends while on telephone
Common sense tells us less in, more moving, equals weight loss, so on a practical level, we must do a combination of these two things.
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