I started this blog 90 days ago and got distracted. Well. The headline above refers to being two months into the new year, that will soon be an old year, as we settle way into what’s happenings in our lives, community, country and the world. How have these categories affected you mentally, physically and spiritually? Has your stress level risen out of control? Gained weight? Mad at GOD? Running towards GOD? Angry at your neighbor? Angry at yourself? That’s enough. I believe you get the idea.
While a good counselor and coach and perhaps even a mentor, will help us work through our issues and our emotional response to them, what can we do to aid the process? You guessed it! Exercise and proper eating. Notice I did not say “diet”, as it has too many meanings. I am not going to teach you anything new here, but to say “you already know” that staying hydrated holds the key to our well-being.
A few facts. Rather than “reinvent the wheel”, I found a great article citing six great benefits of drinking enough water. They include:
- Brain health
- Weight loss
- Youthful skin
- Healthy muscles
Now get the deails here – https://www.brainmdhealth.com/blog/6-amazing-health-benefits-of-drinking-water/
Let me know what you think.
The Dimensions of Wellness encompasses many facets. So, it should be no surprise that today’s blog topic speaks to the spiritual. To have a healthy body, we need healthy thoughts, which lead to healthy words and healthy actions. I like using the Bible Scripture Romans 12:2 because it tells us to renew our minds and we will be transformed. Another verse even tells us how to do it. It instructs us to have the mind of Christ. Wow. Philippians 2:5
What is the mindset of Christ? We might use another scripture to answer that question. The scripture I’m thinking is the one that talks about the fruit of the Spirit. Whether or not you are a Bible-believing Christian, or are an otherwise spiritually “religious” person (or not), you have been taught the principles of the fruit of the Spirit, as have I. These principles are even taught in business as emotional intelligence (EQ or EI).
Okay, “the fruit of the Spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.” Galatians 5:22
Embedding these behaviors in our thoughts and minds should cause us to practice them. Think about for a moment. What would the world, or our personal environment, look like, feel like, if we each adopted the fruit of the spirit? It would be an amazing place. No crime, no hunger, no poverty. Peace and joy. Love would rule the day. Wouldn’t it be grand?
Let us each intentionally grab these nuggets of truth and practice then daily. We will encounter challenges of opposition along the way, but the more we integrate them into our lives, the more others will change around us. Let’s make a difference.
This is more food than I am accustomed to eating in one sitting, however recommended by my nutritionist. I hate feeling to full, so I usually eat all you see except the rice. She said I could double the vegetables as an option. What I noticed is that my snacking into the evening made up for only eating a 2/3 full plate. I have not gained weight but I have not lost any either. That’s bad news. From now on it’s a full plate of good stuff. If I feel full before finishing, I’ll eat the rest for a healthy snack. What’s on your plate?
I was feeling especially “foodie” this evening. I made three linguine dishes. Check out these photos. Oh so good! Zucchini with garlic, onion, basil, parsley; Zucchini with diced tomato, bell pepper, basil, garlic, onion, parsley; Zucchini with shrimp sauce. and extra virgin olive oil. Oh, in the background a Kale and Swiss Chard Smoothie with banana and strawberries and almond milk