I can sit here and tell you all the things you need to do to lose weight and feel better. In fact, I would bet that most of you already know much of what you need to do… am I right?
- We already know we need to move our bodies more….
- We already know we need to eat more veggies…
- We already know we need to eat less processed foods (junk food, fast food, fried food, anything that isn’t whole)…
- We already know we need to take better care of our bodies…
- We already know we need to stress less…
- We already know we need to drink more water…
- We already know we need to be positive and be kind…
- We already know we need to be thankful… even thankful for our jobs if we aren’t happy with them…
- We already know we should make some changes…
- We already know we need to pray more and get closer to God…
We already know a lot about what we “should” do, so why don’t we do it?
What do you need me for?
Why read my blog or listen to me, or any other Health Coach, Nutrition Expert, Fitness Professional, Functional Doctor or Christian Health Advocate?
Why follow a diet when you know what you need to do already?
I’m not here just to tell you what to eat, how to exercise, that you should pray more and avoid these foods… but you want me to.
It’s not just about the information, but in how it’s presented. If you agree, and there’s something you think you can actually use to “transform” your life as opposed to just having “information” overload.
Where I help make a difference is in helping to hold you accountable. Helping you understand that your body and your health is something you have and it can be taken away if you don’t care for it properly.
Take care of it the way God advised us to.
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity . . . This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:1-2, 8)
I’m not here to convict you!
I eat French fries sometimes. I do things against what I know is right. Everyone does! Even those seemingly perfect looking people in the media.
Give yourself a break and try to commit to a 90/10 ratio.
Just because we’re human doesn’t give us carte blanche to just go ahead and destroy our bodies, but we can’t expect to be perfect either.
Food is a gift from God; it is His provision.
Unfortunately, food in our country is MEANT to be addictive – in fact, sugar is found to be as addictive as cocaine. Knowing this helps, a little. But it’s not an excuse to eat poorly anyway.
This knowledge does allow you to stop beating yourself up (or at least learn not to).
If you don’t make a decision to change your lifestyle and create new habits, you will continue with the above cycle forever. (Join my free Facebook group for help with accountablility)
What does Health look like?
The KJV Bible definition of Health: The state of an animal or living body, in which the parts are sound, well organized and disposed, and in which they all perform freely their natural functions. In this state, the body feels no pain.
Good health is something we take for granted—until we start to lose it. When our health takes a downturn, we quickly begin to question our habits and diet.
God has designed the human body so that it is a finely tuned instrument. God has even provided us with an “owner’s manual” that tells us how to operate the human body.
That manual is the Bible. A book that contains instructions for proper maintenance. Although it isn’t a medical text, it is God’s Word, and in its pages, He reveals many basic principles for good physical, mental, and spiritual health.
God’s Word through me
So how can I help? Well, it isn’t really me, it’s God’s Word through me (along with my Integrative Nutrition and Fitness Education). Without the supernatural relationship with Him, without the trust and confidence that He can help you overcome bad habits and eat the way He intended, it may not happen.
The Bible encourages us to care for our bodies, and good nutrition is naturally part of that. God cares about our physical comfort and well-being (Exodus 22:27)
That’s where Faithitarian comes into play. We’ve heard the term Humanitarian, we’ve heard Vegetarian… well a Faithitarian is:
- A lifestyle approach (or belief) that encompasses whole food and healthy living with Faith at the core.
- A strong belief through God to live in a way that glories Him and our bodies by feeding oneself nutritious substance in order to live a healthy lifestyle.
- Wholeness – physical and spiritual health. The state of being perfectly well in body, soul (mind, will and emotions) and spirit.
- The Creator God, who is sometimes called the Great Physician, knows everything about us, and He’s provided the necessary keys to good health. The choice to obey the Lord and reap the resulting benefits is ours to make.
- Food is a gift from God and is meant for nutrition and good health; our Faith in God is needed for our spiritual health. The combination is needed for our mental health.
- Centering our lifestyle around our Faith in Jesus.
Putting God at the center, as the main focus in our lives and in our health.
Taking the steps to live a healthy life because we know what to do already. We just need a little help, understanding and accountability and a little focus on what’s most important (Jesus).
Move That Body
We already know our bodies were meant to move… so if you trust in Him will you move your body more? Even if you begin with 30 minutes a WEEK?
Maybe Fitness isn’t your issue and you already workout.
… but maybe you aren’t doing what is best for your body.
Did you know that women (yes, especially women) need to strength train as they age? It’s extremely important for our bones as we age. Plus, it helps you lose weight more quickly.
It will NOT bulk you up… it will lean you out and keep you strong so you can walk on those legs longer.
In addition to helping you lose fat, build muscle, boost mood and improve sleep, weight training also helps improve bone density.
Post-menopausal women have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Estrogen is a potent bone-builder and the decrease in estrogen when periods stop increases risk.
Food can be confusing
When it comes to food… there is so much information out there and so many options to confuse everyone… but you can keep it simple by eating more whole foods. Taking an extra 30 minutes to prepare your food for the day or better yet, do you prep work on the weekends. Make it simple by eating a salad a day, add a new vegetable to your dinner, have healthy snacks on hand (Click HERE to download my healthy snack guide).
Keep it simple, yet allow yourself to enjoy different foods. Uncover new tastes that you may enjoy. God provided SO much abundance on this earth. Not only that, we are so incredibly blessed in the US to have so many great foods available to us every day.
Building a healthy foundation for your life begins with you and God at the center. Our mindset is a significant part of that equation.
Our minds often dictate how we feel each day so working towards having a positive mindset, being determined to be happy, thankful, positive every day is important.
If we tell ourselves we aren’t happy, we don’t have something we want and complain all the time, it will prevent us from accomplishing our goals and having a joyful life.
What is holding you back emotionally?
God wants you to experience joy! Trust, pray, renew your mind, move forward and give back!
Set your intentions
What will you begin today?
Keeping a daily food journal has higher proven success rate at weight loss than those that don’t journal. It also helps keep you accountable and realize what you’re putting in your body. You can also journal your mindset, your physical activity and your prayer in the very same journal.
Get my Free Food Journal Download HERE
Will you begin?
Join my Free Facebook group, Where Food & Faith Meet. You can share your struggles and successes with like-minded people just like you! I run this group for you, to help you be more accountable, ask questions and be successful at achieving your health goals.
In health & faith,
Christina Grenga is a faith-based Certified Holistic Health Educator who works with Modern Christian women who are ready to quit dieting for good, lose weight naturally, and transform their life. Christina graduated from the world-renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and is a Certified International Health Coach. She uses a Christ centered approach to guide women to create a balanced, thriving life.