"Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don't have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 2: You Are Not Your Own

It's lunch time on Day 2, and I spent my lunch break drooling over healthy recipes that I plan to make over the next few weeks (such as mashed cauliflower, kale chips, stuffed winter squash, etc).  Then I received this text from Jeremy showing me his lunch, see below:

(Corn tortillas with brown rice, black beans, red peppers, onions, black beans, and Chipotle Cholua hot sauce)-->Well done babe!  See, eating healthy can be incredibly tasteful.  He has one up on me, given he can go home for lunch and actually cook.  Even still, leftovers seem to be working just fine for me.

I also spent a portion of my lunch break reading the article (see link below), on Paula Deen.  She was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes three years ago; however, she's been hiding it from the public, until now, when she revealed it on the Today Show. 
What is more sad about this diagnosis is that she makes no plans to change.  She has acknowledged a severe health problem, yet refuses to change her eating patterns.  It is disappointing that a spotlight figure has an opportunity to take a stand, and be a leader in the cooking world, yet refuses to do so.  Rather than promoting healthy meals, she is promoting drugs as a solution to the greater problem she is wrestling with.  While no one food has been contributed to the cause of diabetes, one factor has, and that is obesity.  And obesity can be controlled, halted, and reversed by nutrition.  We see season after season on The Biggest Loser, contestants reversing their diabetes through their nutrition/weight loss.  They are set free from insulin shots/pump.  This is one more reason that has fueled my fire for the plant-based diet.  If I have an opportunity to positively impact my health, long-term, and halt genetically passed health conditions, why would I not jump on that bandwagon?
Many of you know that I am incredibly passionate about a healthy, holistic lifestyle.  For me it is an act of worship.  I believe strongly, that taking care of our bodies honors God.  In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul says,
"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."

Our bodies do not belong to us.  We are not our own.  When you borrow something from someone, you don't treat that item like trash, and return the item back to the owner in worse condition, do you?  Most of us would agree, when we borrow something from someone, we do our very best to return that item in its same condition.  Why would we not do the very same thing with our bodies?  Why not take as best care of our bodies as we can, until we go to meet our Maker?  Our bodies are not our own.  We were bought at a price, and that bill of sale is the cross of Jesus Christ.

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