N is for Nutrition
Sticking to a healthy system of eating mostly plants and not too much was the scientific reason I lost so much weight.
John 4:13-14 “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.
But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
When Jesus spoke these words I thought about them and asked myself, "why am I always hungry?"
The conclusion I came to was that even though I had received the life changing message of the Good News from the teachings of Jesus, I still had a bad relationship with food. I prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to help me with this.
I began to see food as medicine and other food as poison. I saw that excess body weight was hurting just about every area of my life.
Vegetables and healthy proteins became more appealing to me.
I was had a new passion to learn how to cook.
Studying nutrition and cooking skill has become a healthy hobby.
I put myself on a rotation diet. Here is what it looks like.
Monday - Plants (I usually eat them raw.)
Tuesday - Plants
Wednesday - Beef & plants
Thursday - Chicken & plants
Friday - White fish (Halibut) & plants
Saturday - Salmon & plants
Sunday - No rules on Sunday but I still keep the calorie count in mind.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday I also rotate what plants I eat so nothing is repeated. This gives me a large variety of nutrients.
Most people eat the same things each day. When was the last time you had a Beet? or a Kiwi?
Next time you go to the grocery story scan over all of the plants and ask yourself, are their nutrients in these plants that will help me to healthy and fight off disease?
Getting your essential nutrients from food is much better than hoping your vitamins are doing something.
I use the app My Fitness Pal to determine what I am getting out of my food. It also gives me a budget of how many calories I have to eat. Simple, scientific and informative.
I can eat 1,583 calories a day.
I stop eating by 7:30 at night.
No more late dinners or snacking at night.
Because my sleep has improved, I don't desire sugar as much.
Do I go to bed hungry some nights? Yes, but I never wake up hungry. So was I really in need of food or was I just desiring more. Pray and maybe God will help you to be self controlled and full of peace before bed instead of being full of ice cream and potato chips. (Spoken in love.)
Your body is one of your greatest responsibilities. Study how to take care of it.
I do this on Tuesdays.
Love, Pastor Max
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Pastor Max Marcoux
DD and I have been married for 26 years. We have 4 children and have pastored since 1999. We believe with God in the center of our lives, our marriage, our parenting and our church, life is so much better. We hope you discover God the way we have.