As you deepen in your spiritual relationship with God and allow the Word of God speak to you and the Holy Spirit to guide you, you’ll realize God’s ultimate plan for you and how to achieve optimal health. He designed your body to remain healthy by:
- Eating a variety of nutritious, whole foods
- Staying active
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Abiding by biblical principals
- Staying connected through church, friends and family members
Unfortunately, many people don’t realize their full potential for ultimate health, as chronic diseases increase at alarming rates in the United States.
Why Does Disease Run Rampant in America?
There are numerous reasons Americans are sicker than ever. Their lifestyles aren’t in line with biblical principles and disciplined eating. For example:
Insufficient Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
God designed fruits and vegetables to provide the nutrients necessary to enhance your body’s natural healing ability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that just 1 in 10 adults eats recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables (at least 1 to 2 cups of fruits and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables every day, which is still a woefully inadequate amount). Increasing fruit and vegetable intake helps lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and obesity. These and other chronic diseases make up the leading causes of death in the U.S.
A Sedentary Lifestyle
Due to technology and other factors, many Americans live sedentary lifestyles. You can grocery shop online, have meals delivered to your doorstep, work all day at a computer, and hire out yard work and house chores. Fast food and ready-made packaged dinners make healthy cooking at home easy to avoid. While the convenience of technology comes in handy, it takes away a need for staying physically active. Even hitting the gym regularly might not keep you active enough to avoid disease if you’re sedentary the rest of the day. To keep your body functioning at its best, build activities back into your day-to-day routine by:
- Doing yard work and house chores regularly
- Practicing sports with your kids
- Cooking meals at home
- Working out regularly
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Riding your bike to work
- Using a standing desk at work
- Walking during bathroom and lunch breaks
Stay as active as you can throughout the entire day, not just during workouts.
Food Additives and Added Sugars
Food additives and added sugar, used to extend shelf life and enhance flavor, may add to your risk of cancer and obesity. To optimize health, longevity, and energy, choose whole foods when possible and steer clear of heavily processed foods, sweets, and sugary drinks.
Achieving God’s Plan for a Healthy Body
In the days the Bible was written, life was much different than it is today. To understand God’s plan to achieve optimal health and wellness, use the following strategies:
Read the Bible Regularly
The Bible is full of information about God’s plan for your life. Examples of Bible words of wisdom regarding health and wellness include:
- Genesis 1:29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body [a]and in your spirit, which are God’s.
- Proverbs 23:20 Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
Use the Biblical pattern from James 4:7 to overcome temptation to splurge on inflammation-causing foods that increase disease risks: submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you..
To achieve God’s plan to reach ultimate health, drink high quality liquids (vegetable juice, green smoothies, raw fruits and vegetables, etc.) or pure water throughout the day and replace sugary drinks with water. Aim for about ½ ounce of high quality liquids per pound of body weight per day.
Focus on Fruits and Vegetables
Make disease-fighting fruits and vegetables your focus to achieve optimal health. During meal time, aim to fill half of each plate with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Eliminate Red and Processed Meat
An agency of the World Health Organization classifies processed meat as cancer causing, and red meat as probably cancer causing. That’s why the American Cancer Society recommends diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains instead of processed meats like bacon, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, ham, and deli meats. Instead, choose whole grains, legumes, and beans to meet your protein needs. We don’t need as much protein as we are often told.
Eliminate Alcohol and Nicotine
To achieve God’s plan to maximize health and avoid disease, avoid alcohol and steer clear of cancer-causing nicotine products.
Follow the Hallelujah Diet
The Hallelujah Diet uses biblical principles to optimize health, lower disease risks, and help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The diet consists of the following strategies: First, replace current foods with:
Secondly, use personalized plant-based diet plans to reduce toxins and renew energy. And finally, if you’re fighting disease, eat a clean vegan diet to strengthen your immune system, restore your health, lengthen your lifespan, and improve your quality of life. God designed your body to fight disease and sickness naturally. Taking care of your body and drawing close to God allows you to achieve God’s plan to reach ultimate health.