Hope for Health

| November 19, 2019

 “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thessalonians 5:23

God has a destiny and purpose for our whole spirit, soul, and body. Our inner man (our spirit and soul) lives in a marvelously crafted body. Stewardship of this temple is vitally important if we are to run and finish our race well. My personal passion is to help pastors and local churches learn to eat for health and vitality.

Food habits vary from cravings to addictions that can leave people full of shame, guilt, and chronic disease. Bringing sound nutritional information to a community of believers can impact thousands toward a God honoring structure where we control our bodies rather than our bodies controlling us. “But I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” I Corinthians 9:27

You are the day to day manager of your health. As a certified health coach, I encourage my clients to pursue wholeness rather than just weight loss. Poor food habits are usually the result of a lack of nutritional knowledge or fast paced lifestyle, but informational tools and simple changes can make a huge impact for lasting change. However, unhealthy relationships with food can also be a symptom of a deeper emotional trauma that needs to be resolved in order to break a detrimental cycle. “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2.

Finding your personal reasons for wanting change and then setting practical goals for change will create greater momentum and potential especially when coupled with help from an accountability partner. God created our bodies to thrive in health. When given a chance through wise food choices, moderate exercise, and six to eight hours of sleep a night we can develop a healthy patterned lifestyle that will “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is our reasonable service of worship.” Romans 12:1.

We have an energy crisis in America and abroad! This debilitating crisis is chiefly caused by processed food. So many of us are running on fumes, physically and mentally. The attempted cure? Snacks. We’ve gone snack crazy needing that sugar/caffeine boost every few hours so that we can function. Carbohydrates and sugar addiction are out of control in America. Dr. Robert Lustig refers to the obesity/diabetes epidemic as “processed food disease.” There are more gym memberships and diet programs than ever before, yet obesity and metabolic disease abound.

Eating real food is key. A bowl of “heart healthy” Honey Nut Cheerios with an 8 oz. glass of orange juice and bagel will spike insulin levels in a hurry with a corresponding crash soon after. A vegetable omelet with some bacon or avocado would serve you much better. The low fat diet experiment over the last several decades has failed miserably and I’m convinced a low fat diet will actually make you fat. An excellent resource on this topic is Dr. Robert Lustig’s book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.

I Corinthians 6:12, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” Eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) isn’t sinful, but for sure it is not profitable. The processed food industry is primarily comprised of sugar, seed oils, and grains and the result over the last fifty years has been a drastic rise in Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders.

However, there is much hope. Many cardiologists (Dr. Brett Scher), endocrinologists (Dr. Robert Lustig), and neurologists (Dr. David Perlmutter) are bringing an increased understanding of how to achieve and maintain health, and there is exciting and encouraging momentum in the Functional Medicine community to find root causes of disease rather than treating symptoms alone. Small changes done in conjunction with your primary care physician can produce tremendous results. I have seen folks dramatically reduce their HbA1c (glucose reading over 3 months) levels in just months by reducing sugar and processed starches from their diets. The low carb, healthy fat (LCHF) way of eating is helping thousands to revitalize their immune systems, remove brain fog, and reduce inflammation. The LCHF diet is not an exclusive niche limited to a specific regimen either. Vegetarians, vegans, carnivores and omnivores can all benefit from this way of eating.

Any time we make dramatic changes, especially food changes, it’s important to have support. In the LCHF community, there are many health coaches and online groups that give guidance and encouragement.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has given us resurrection life to our spirit – but not yet our bodies.  We have the admonition of Scripture to manage this God given body well.

Category: Lifestyle

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Email | Website | Rev. Greg Carr, a retired pastor having ministered for 42 years, received his health coaching certification with Primal Health Institute. He currently leads Anchor of Hope Ministries in small group Bible studies with emphasis on teaching and coaching. He also does speaking engagements with both biblical preaching, and nutritional teaching.  His passion is to bring wholeness for spirit, soul and body.