This week I am honored to host a guest blog by Katherine Pasour. I know her through the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. Katherine is a great writer who encourages others in their writing journeys. She recently published the book "Honoring God with My Body: Journey to Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle." I appreciate her desire to connect taking care of our bodies as a way to honor God, and am excited about her words. I pray her blog below will challenge you to find new ways to create healthy habits. I'm also doing a give-away of her book where I will have a drawing for any new subscribers to my blog. I will announce the winner on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Enjoy her article!
I am blessed.
Two amazing little people call me Grammy and I have the privilege of caring for these wonderful gifts from God three days a week. Their mother usually has leftovers in the refrigerator for my lunch. Recently, she had a bowl of slaw covered with a stretchy lid and I dipped some out before attempting to put the cover back on the bowl.
After numerous attempts and much grumbling, I admitted complete lack of success. The plastic cover stretched over the bowl without too much difficulty. But after a second or two, the lid always popped off. After a dozen attempts, I accepted defeat.
Life presents us with challenges on a daily basis. If we find a task extremely difficult, our options may be similar to what I faced with the bowl of slaw—Persist in trying only one way—Adapt our strategy and find a different way to complete the challenge—or decide the task isn’t worth doing and give up.
What about the challenge of making healthy lifestyle choices?
Below are five suggestions for your consideration. These actions can lead to a healthier lifestyle, but first an answer to the obvious question:
Why bother to seek a healthier lifestyle?
Achieving a healthy lifestyle, which includes daily physical activity and healthy nutrition, provides significant benefits:
But achieving a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy. We don’t always have the information we need to make healthy choices. Fast foods and unhealthy snacks tempt us. We may have a sedentary job and limited options for exercise opportunities. Perhaps we indulge in unhealthy eating habits that are difficult to eliminate.
So…let’s take a look at those suggestions for a healthier lifestyle.
Five actions for a healthier you:
Persist, adapt, and give up
In my situation with the bowl and frustrating cover, my solution was to find a different container and lid to store the slaw. I did some persisting, adapting, and giving up. I persisted in that I was determined to get the slaw back into the refrigerator. I adapted by finding another method. I gave up on the original plan and found a different way that worked.
Persist, adapt and give up (?) on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
God gifted us with an amazing human body.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 138:14-15, NIV)
We honor God when we take care of His gift.
10/23/2022 08:50:20 pm
I'm excited and honored to be your guest this week, Joanna. Thank you for this opportunity.
10/27/2022 07:01:43 pm
Thanks for being willing to share your insights!
10/25/2022 09:43:52 pm
I'm so glad you enjoyed the article, Lydia. Thank you! Wishing you joy and blessings.
10/27/2022 07:02:06 pm
So glad you liked it!
10/25/2022 11:52:52 pm
Katherine, I love the slaw example. I can visualize that and apply it to healthy choices. What a perfect way to encourage us to make healthy choices. Your book is helping me do that, and I appreciate this added encouragement on Joanna's site.
10/27/2022 07:03:04 pm
Katherine did give a really great visual representation in her story. I am thankful she choose to bless us with her writing.
10/28/2022 09:44:27 pm
Jeannie, I'm so glad Honoring God with My Body is giving you encouragement. That is my goal--in hopes that readers will received support to make some healthy changes. Thanks so much for sending me encouragement through your comment.
10/26/2022 07:10:43 am
Katherine and Joanna, thanks for this post. It is easy to give up when situations frustrate us. But like the victory over the bowl, we can take control over our eating habits too. When we don't eat right, we will be frustrated with the results.
10/27/2022 07:03:57 pm
I am encouraged about knowing I have a choice to control my eating habits and can choose to be healthy in other ways too.
10/28/2022 09:47:15 pm
The enemy has those darts ready to frustrate, intimidate, and discourage us. Thank you, Barbara, for helping us recognize the importance of perseverance when seeking a healthier lifestyle.
10/27/2022 07:26:38 am
Such truth. Persistence is required to accomplish anything, be that a more healthy lifestyle change or a new life as a child of God.
10/27/2022 07:04:49 pm
We just have to not give up and use God's strength to be healthy.
10/28/2022 09:50:47 pm
I agree, J.D., without persistence we will stumble and fall, a victim of our own lack of effort. As you say, whether seeking a healthy lifestyle, or more importantly, seeking God, persistence is necessary. I'm so thankful that God grants us that trait--we just need to ask Him to receive it.
10/31/2022 12:46:56 pm
10/31/2022 11:56:40 pm
Very encouraging 🤞😊🥰‼️
11/18/2022 11:29:42 am
Thank you, Katherine! You've written another great post important for our health!
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Joanna Eccles has led Bible studies for over ten years and completed the year-long C. S. Lewis Fellows Program. She is passionate about discipleship and helping people know God better. Joanna enjoys coffee, traveling, and reading, and currently lives in Virginia.