Food. It is a major part of life. Without it, humans cannot exist. Healthy food nourishes; unhealthy food can deplete the body of energy. Food can either provide good mental health or complicate mental illnesses. The Bible contains many verses regarding food and the health of the human body.
“Food is the only beautiful thing that truly nourishes,” is a quote from the movie, Autumn in New York. This quote provokes many thoughts, and has offered this author the idea of a series of articles regarding food and inspiration. This series will be written and published over the next two weeks. Each will offer some helpful information about a certain type of food, along with a Bible verse or a prayer that relates to the topic covered.
To begin the series, it is important to remember that food is only a part of life. It is not wise to become addicted to food, or to look to food to solve problems. Philippians 3: 18-21 says, “For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself,” (The New Revised Standard Version Bible, 1989, New York, NY: American Bible Society).
Many people look to food as a way to solve problems. They end up overeating, or eating foods loaded with sugar and fats. A common example is for a teenage girl to sit down with a carton of ice cream, eating the entire thing because of broken relationship. Another is to sit down with a dozen doughnuts, eating one after another; finding it impossible to stop. A healthier choice would be to handle the situation in a rational manner; such as talking with a friend, or seeking professional help, if needed. Prayer is also helpful. Ask God for the strength to deal with whatever is being faced. Food is not always a good choice in this type of situation. If food is used as a calming agent, it would be wise to choose something that contains protein, rather than choosing something with sugar and/or saturated fats.
Get up and move about. Exercise is helpful to the body in cutting down cravings, limiting the hunger pains, and to process the foods that have been eaten. Sitting for extended lengths of time can cause circulation problems. Drinking water is also conducive in promoting digestion and clearing the body of contaminants. Exercise burns calories, builds muscle, and promotes a more positive outlook on life.
Eat with a friend or family member. Eating alone is not always wise; although many people have no other choice. Enjoying a meal in the company of others brings with it a more satisfying experience. People generally eat a wider variety of foods when eating with others. They also spend more time eating their meals, as they have the time to chew their food properly and to take part in a conversation, rather than rushing through their meals.
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