Should you do keto? Should you go gluten-free? Should you add more carbs to your diet?
These and other questions plague the minds of many Americans today, somewhat understandably so, as the current overall state of health among the general population is declining and some studies say approximately one out of two people in the U.S. are obese.
However, there are so many schools of thought that worrying about your diet can be quite stressful. In fact, you may wind up wishing you never had to eat at all rather than try to sort through all the choices, recommendations and ever-changing fads out there.
I’m a mind-body-spirit type of person. Everything we do should be geared to help us be the best we can be. If my mind is not in a good place, it’s definitely going to affect my body and my spirit. These three are so closely connected that all must be kept in good shape for a person to successfully function.
It’s utterly maddening to have to worry that the food we’re putting on our family tables might possibly be poisoning our loved ones. How that is able to happen is a topic for another day. In short, corruption, greed and power sometimes get the upper-hand and have a trickle-down effect in many areas of our lives, including diet.
Rather than stress yourself out trying to read every single ingredient on every single label of every single food product you buy, perhaps it’s time to think of the bigger picture, which is how you and each member of your family are feeling in a health sense. Sure, you might want to drop a few pounds or make a few changes to break some bad habits; however, if diet topics are making you lose sleep at night, then you might want consider some new ideas.
A 10-tip list may be just what you need to be proactive, make some changes and work toward being healthier and happier in body, mind and spirit. Scripture tells us to let food be our medicine. This shows how integral a component diet is in connection with our overall well-being. If you try even one or two of the following ideas, you will likely improve your health, build a stronger body and gain peace of mind and joy in spirit, knowing you’re doing the best you can with what you’ve got:
Eat less, move more.
Avoid food that come in vacuum sealed packages that are highly processed.
If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, it probably isn’t good for you.
Eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, raw first, steamed if you prefer.
Get white processed sugar out of your house.
Do not fear true fats, such a real butter. They are good for you.
Most snack foods are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, which is toxic to your body.
Grow some food, even if it’s just a few herbs.
If you enjoy second helpings, only have them on days that start with, “S.“
Your mind and your soul need exercise, too. Pray, think and live clean life.
This little list is certainly not going to solve your health issues overnight. Diet is only one component of your overall state of mind, body and soul but it’s a really important one. If you eat something out of habit and you feel awful afterward (You know, that why-did-I-do-that-I-feel-so-sick feeling.) then perhaps you should challenge yourself to remove it from your diet. Choose one item from this list every week to begin taking baby steps toward a better diet and overall improved state of health.
Writer Bio: Judy Dudich
Judy Dudich resides in the beautiful woods of Pennsylvania, where 24 acres of land and a home-office provide the perfect setting for her children’s home-education and her own homesteading and business ventures. Life is full of blessings (and challenges!) for Judy, as a wife, mother of 10 and Grammy to six. She is a published author, whose book, “I Surrender/A Study Guide for Women” continues to encourage and support others in Christian family lifestyles throughout the world. Judy has also previously worked in the online speaking circuit. Her passion for permaculture, re-purposing, foraging and organic gardening fills her days with learning and adventure that she loves to share.