A Godly Focus for a Healthier Lifestyle
by Ellie Marrandette
Published on January 29, 2024

A Godly Focus for a Healthier Lifestyle

“For it is written, You must be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16)

Okay, it’s been over three weeks. This is about the time dieters give up and give in to temptations. This is the week I hear, “Oh Ellie, I tried, but it’s just too haaa . . . rd!”

Yes, it is. Healthy living is conquering self. Spiritually we are commanded to honor God with our bodies, but let’s face it, temptations are everywhere! The devil taunts: Just give up – why bother? You’ve already failed plenty of times. You’d never be successful anyway.

Did you fail due to attempting restrictive, non-biblical diet plans? God kept His Biblical Diet simple. His diet is a simplistic, sensible lifetime plan. Choose the same. Make it simple as I recommended in my last article – the godly plan featured in Genesis 1:29 and Genesis 9:3.

Complicated diet advice discourages quickly. A Dietitian on the internet recently posted this recommendation: “People aiming to lose weight eat a minimum of 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight a day to help maintain lean muscle mass while in a calorie deficit.”

Got that? No? Neither does 99% of the world! Information isn’t valuable unless one can relate to it. This is another, “What does this mean to me in dog years?

There’s a calculator on the website www.verywellfit.com that will help you calculate what your ideal weight should be for your age, activity level, gender, and what your caloric intake should be. We are way too uniquely designed with diverse chemically-created body types to offer a one-size diet plan.

Losing your resolve? Our Lord knows you are more powerful than Satan so tap into God’s power!

“You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Successfully conquer Satan’s temptations to quit! Here’s how:

  1. Successful people are committed to reaching goals. They don’t allow setbacks to deter them. Sometimes you’ll be ten steps forward – then four steps back. But remember, you’re still going forward! Realize that God doesn’t expect perfection from you, only obedience – so don’t expect it from yourself.
  2. Be aware of how you react to temptations. Talk to yourself. Handle one challenge at a time. Take food temptations for example. Are you really hungry or simply provoked by a feeling? Do you bring healthy food or junk food home? (If it’s in your house, it’ll be in the mouth.) Do you eat quickly? Practice “fork down – spoon down” when dining leisurely with friends and family.  It takes 20 minutes for your brain to know your stomach is full, so relax and savor your food.
  3. Successful people build a support system for accountability and encouragement. God declared,

“It’s not good for man to be alone.”  Your friends and family care if you’re unhealthy. Allow them to encourage but don’t allow them to be enablers.

  1. Winners understand themselves. According to Scripture, God created us individually. Embrace that. You might never have a 34-inch waist but you can be healthy! Build your worth around your love for God, others, family, and a humble personality. God looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
  2. Successful people develop strategies. They have created strategies to overcome temptations before they arise. Outside influences don’t control them. They know honoring God is more important than establishing unhealthy foods as an Asherah pole.
  3. Take pleasure in other actions besides eating! Develop a hobby, write, paint, exercise, read a favorite novel, repair your automobile, or learn another new skill. Keep your hands and mind busy. Grasp satisfaction through a well-rounded lifestyle and temptations won’t be the highlight of your life.
  4. Motivated people use visualization skills to resist temptations. Try visualizing yourself covered in greasy yellow chicken fat. Visualize eating slimy bacon drippings, mmm . . .  Not very attractive. Think of your heart as a separate entity, a gift from God, faithfully working day and night to keep you alive. Your heart deserves better!
  5. Winners are confident people! Aren’t you drawn to confident leaders? Just think how mentally strong you are becoming. No one else can overcome personal habits but that individual!! If you conquer temptations, you can do anything, so walk like a winner!
  6. Winners know themselves. They understand why and where temptations are. They control their daily fat intake and rarely eat junk food – which like sugar, greatly ages the body. They exercise because it’s beneficial and FUN. They’ve learned physiology and what an intricate machine God created. That’s empowering!
  7. Winners make feeling great their everyday routine. Healthy people smile more, enjoying life! Being healthy improves one’s looks, energy level, longevity, and self-esteem. It’s their testimony to how God gloriously rules in our lives.
  8. They’ll memorize scripture verses that will motivate them. 1 Corinthians 9:27 always spurs me onward: “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
  9. Exercise energizes! Fresh air restores feel-good endorphins and gets the blood circulating throughout. But value exercise for the right reasons! “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”  (1 Timothy 4:8)

Walk within God’s Strength. It’s something winners strive for! “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13)

Ellie Marrandette earned her Bachelor of Ministry (BMIN) from Trinity Theological Seminary. God’s direction guided Ellie toward a career as a licensed, certified nutritional counselor. After working with doctors, nutritional centers, and independently, she became the founder of New Creations Ministries, a faith-based solution in overcoming health challenges. In recent years, God has focused Ellie’s path toward writing. She is the author of four Christian novels, a novella, and a non-fiction book on healthy living entitled, Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese (Nutritional and Life Lessons God Teaches Us.) Her most recent book, God’s Furry Messengers was just published in July, 2023. All can be found Here. Her current endeavor is to complete a children’s devotional this year. For more about Ellie Marrandette visit her New Creations website.  

Feature Photo by RDNE Stock project

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