Dear future Pinksters,
As I have been contemplating what to write about today, I thought of several topics that might be appropriate.
Since Monday was Presidents Day, this is a good place to start. In the United States we have the privilege of voting for a new President every four years. (I can assure you that this post is not going to be about politics.) I will say that in my generation, it appears that we have been choosing between the lesser of two evils on election day.
How does this apply to helping you feel great this Friday and possibly every day? How can we vote in our daily lives? What choices can we make?
When it comes to shopping for food, do we feel like we are being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils?
Do we feel like the food that is good for us doesn’t taste very good? Do we feel like the food that is bad for us tastes great? Do we believe that eating healthy is expensive? How do we choose what to purchase, and put on our plate?
Every time we go shopping, we can choose to vote with our wallets. Are we voting for the foods that will help prevent disease? Are we voting for foods that will give us more energy? Are we voting for foods that will make us happy for more than a few minutes? Are we voting for foods that cost less now, but will ultimately cost us more when we get sick?
Did you know that cancer and candida feed on sugar? Reducing our intake of sugar can certainly reduce the amount of time and money we spend suffering.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I never asked God: Why me? I knew the answer. I believe there were two reasons.
I had been a closet sugar addict for twenty years. (I knew exactly how much chocolate I could eat during the day and not feel miserable. I knew exactly how many chocolate chips I could eat. I had my own secret hiding place for them.) I read the book: Licking the Sugar Habit by Nancy Appleton, PhD when I was in my mid-twenties. I knew then that sugar contributed to cancer.
- I knew I needed to share my breast cancer story with my dear sisters who were on a similar journey. I wanted them to know about the importance of faith, family, and friendship. I wanted to share the lessons that I learned along with what I wish I had known beforehand. (There are A LOT of things I wish I had known beforehand!You can find all of this information in my breast cancer memoir: Dear Sister, Today Is…one woman’s breast cancer journey. You can purchase it on Amazon, or save 25% off their price by purchasing through me if you live in the continental United States. (Send an e-mail to me at: email@example.com)
At Church this past Sunday, we talked about Temples. Specifically how Jesus cleansed the Temple. Some people believe he was angry. I prefer to believe that he was expressing righteous indignation for those who were defiling His Fathers house.
Temples are beautiful structures built by man to worship God, and perform holy ordinances. They are a little piece of heaven on earth.
Our teacher asked the class if Temples or church buildings were the only places where we can worship God, and feel his holy and loving spirit. The answer was a resounding: NO! Our homes can be places of worship too.
The next question became: What can we do to make our homes places where His Holy Spirit can dwell? Everyone had a different answer. Some people were single, some had young children, and some were empty-nesters.
I love the scripture in the New Testament that talks about our bodies being Temples of God.
(King James Version) Corinthians 6:19 says: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
Our bodies are not our own. God created them. Wouldn’t it make sense to cleanse our physical temples by putting the most beautiful things we can on them, and in them so we can feel His holy spirit guiding and directing us? Don’t most of long to feel His peace and love?
Our bodies didn’t get built in a day. Where we are now is a culmination of all the steps we we have taken in our lifetime.
Beautiful Temples built by man are not made in a day. It takes years of time, commitment, and money to build them.
The good news is that regardless of where we are now, there ARE things we can do to build our bodies into the Temple God has designed for us.
Everyday we can choose to eat one more serving of fresh fruit or vegetables.
We can choose to drink one more glass of water.
We can choose to put an apple in our lunch bag.
We can choose to walk one more step or 100 more steps on the treadmill than we did the day before.
We can choose to log off our phones or computers ten minutes earlier every night. (I am still working on this one…)
It’s important to note that all of us are not in the same phase of turning our bodies into Temples. Most of us can not do it alone.
I can also tell you that you can make healthier choices that don’t cost a lot of money. In 2015, a study was published in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition where researchers discovered that a meat-based diet cost: $53.11 per person per week. The cost was: $38.75 per week per person for those who ate a plant-based diet. By choosing to vote for, and eating a plant-based diet, you can save over $700/year!
If you would like some help in creating healthier lifestyle changes, that can, and will save save you money-not just on food, but medical expenses, as well as prevent most diseases, feel free to cast your vote for a free, no obligation health consultation to see for yourself how I can help you start building healthier habits into your daily routine by clicking here.
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You can choose to vote for taking the next step to living your life…in the pink!
Enjoy your day!