Healthful Living is Faithful Living

What do health and faith have to do with each other?

In my opinion, a lot.  This can be a very touchy subject but it's something I felt like I needed to share with you all today!

I have spoken multiple times before about how I lost a lot of weight two years ago and then gained it back over the past two years (+10 pounds grrr) while dealing with health issues.  I still would like to lose 35 pounds so please know I am preaching to myself on this topic too.

Of course, some of the reasons I want to lose weight are vanity based.  I want to wear a smaller size.  I want to fit back into some of my favorite clothes.  I want to look good for my husband.  I want to avoid a double chin (see example below) in photos.  Some are wellness based.  I want to feel better.  I want to sleep better.  I want to keep my health issues under control.  It's also faith based.  Our bodies are vessels gifted to us by the Lord and I want to take care of mine.  

Sometimes I think we have a bad habit of treating weight loss or healthy choices as some sort of punishment to ourselves.  How is it punishment to nourish our body with the foods that it flourishes on and to exercise to keep it in the best shape?  I don't know the answer to this question because I've felt this way myself.  I feel like it's a treat to my body to eat a whole bowl of pasta and some dessert but punishment to eat a protein filled salad.  When you think about it, that is totally backwards.

I will never be and do not want to be a size zero.  I was in great shape, a size 4/6 and feeling amazing two years ago and that's what I want back.  When I was in that shape, I was more rested, energized and had the ability to handle each day really well.  What does this have to do with my faith?  A lot.

A more well rested, energized version of myself felt better and more capable of doing the things God called me to do.  When I was truly healthy, I was a better Christian, wife, family member and friend because I had the energy to be.  Think about it. When you feel good and feel good about yourself are just a better version of yourself.  God gives us one body to take care of that is supposed to be a temple to him.  By rewarding (in reality punishing) myself through unhealthy foods and a too sedentary lifestyle, I am not being respectful of the gift that I've been given.   

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