In today’s fast-paced world we constantly face choices and decisions. Your time, thoughts and energy are constantly in demand. You are always on the go with family, work and social responsibilities. There is not enough time in the day to get everything done and no time to think about food, what to eat or where to eat it.
How do you keep up the pace and fulfill all of your daily responsibilities and chores knowing that you also have a responsibility to take care of your body and your health?
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. —1 Corinthians 6:19-20, KJV
You must honor your body while fulfilling your responsibilities. Although you are on the go, it is important to be fortified with food that will not slow you down but will provide strength and stamina.
Many Christians have found guidance on the road to healthful eating in the story of Daniel, who, as a boy, was taken to serve in the palace of the conquering King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel refused to eat the rich royal foods, subsisting instead on less rich fare, like beans and water.
And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. —Daniel 1:15, KJV
Daniel’s experience illustrates the importance of eating foods that are good for the body, rather than rich meals that taste good but may weigh us down, figuratively and literally. Moving away from rich foods doesn’t have to be a huge change. You can start by simply replacing your hamburger with a turkey burger, or replacing a can of soda with a bottle of water.
More healthful eating won’t always be easy. Although our bodies feel better when they are well-fed, carrot sticks just don’t taste as good as carrot cake. Daniel shows great self discipline, turning down fine wines and other delicacies in the name of his beliefs. He is an example for us to follow.
However, make sure to balance healthful eating with the rest of your life. Be happy with who you are and how you look and enjoy each day of your journey. After all, the Lord warns us:
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. —Romans 14:1-3, KJV
God tells us not to dwell on food. He has provided all that we require and with trust in the Lord all of our frustrations are taken care of and all of our needs fulfilled.
When in doubt, know that the best way to eat on the go is to feast on the Word of the Lord.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. —John 6:35, KJV