Heart Food

I was running from meeting to meeting, and when I got done I was hungry. So a quick stop into a gas station for a Diet Pepsi and… well, my first impulse was to grab candy or chips. It took no small amount of willpower to make myself grab a healthier alternative.

One of the top rules for healthy dieting: don’t let yourself get too hungry.

Seriously, I know it sounds backward but it works. If you eat three smaller meals with three healthy snacks in between meals you will lose weight. Why? Because keeping the good stuff in you makes the bad stuff less tempting. Try it and let me know how it works for you, but it’s been working well for me.

But what about “heart food” or “thought food”? The Bible says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23, New Living Translation).

If you don’t keep the good stuff in your heart and thoughts, the bad stuff becomes more tempting. And just like the junk food aisle in the convenience store is front-and-center, so are the “junk food headlines.” Swine flu … economic woes … earthquakes … war … these junk food headlines dominate and it’s so easy to snack on them unless you have some healthy stuff in your heart and thoughts.

Health experts say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What about some healthy heart/thought food each morning? How about some healthy conversation time with God: “In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3).

Then you could make sure you have a healthy heart/thought diet throughout the day: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

And then how about a healthy bedtime snack: “I set Your instructions to music and sing them as I walk this pilgrim way. I meditate on Your name all night, God, treasuring your revelation, O God” (Psalm 119:54-55, The Message).

How’s your heart/thought diet doing? Are there any changes you need to make? Best of all, how about sharing with us some heart/thought diet tips that have worked for you.

2 Responses to “Heart Food”

  1. Tootie Says:

    Craig,
    Just saved this file on 15 Secrets this morning – and just now read about your Heart Food. Cherry Diet Pepsi is heart food?? :>(

    Yes, I agree that thought food is what we ‘run’ on and is very important in all areas of our lives.

    Attitude & Focus:
    1) Concentrate on Your Health as opposed to losing weight. And if you have kids, concentrate on your kids and how you losing weight will help improve the energy you bring to your relationship with them.

    2) Hold Yourself Accountable and Don’t Make Excuses. We are all extremely busy, but you can fit movement into your schedule. You owe it to yourself to have some personal time at least 3 times per week.

    3) When you exercise, Be Proud of Yourself and know how much that it positively effects your energy, health and life.

    4) Stay Positive. Life is too short to be beat yourself up over weight that you have gained or workouts you have missed. Stay positive and it will help all areas of your life.

    5) Have Fun. If your workouts are not fun, than you are not going to keep doing them. So if you dread going to a gym, than don’t go. Instead go for a walk, play with your kids in the yard, etc. If you can turn the dreaded exercise word into a fun activity, than your chances of being successful go up dramatically.

    6) Throw the Rear View Mirror Out the Window. Concentrate on today and tomorrow. You can’t change the past and beating yourself up over weight you gained, etc. is only going to drag you down and move you in the wrong direction. Today is a new day so take advantage of it.

    Exercise & Movement:
    7) Do Interval Workouts 2 or 3 days per week – intervals help you BURN 30% MORE CALORIES PER WORKOUT and can help leave your metabolism elevated for up to 12 hours after each workout. You can access a FREE sample workout by going to: http://www.momentumfs.com/flylady

    8) Do the 6-minute No Excuses Workout 2 or 3 days per week – you can do this quick and highly effective strength training workout right in your living room and no equipment is required. You can access the FREE sample workout by going to: http://www.momentumfs.com/flylady

    9) Turn Random Acts into Fitness – take the stairs at work, park in the furthest spot at the store or work, play with your kids instead of sitting on the sideline, walk in place while brushing your teeth, etc. Be creative and you can turn activities you already do into opportunities to improve your health.

    Nutrition:
    10) Always Eat Breakfast – and try to have it within 1 hour of waking up. This will help keep your metabolism buzzing.

    11) NEVER Skip Meals – this causes your metabolism to slow down and sends the signal to your body to store your next meal as fat in order to avoid starving.

    12) Drink 64 Ounces of Water Per Day and one additional ounce per minute of workout time – you should be going to the bathroom at least once per hour.

    13) Eat Something Every 2 Hours – make sure to have healthy snacks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. This again helps keep your metabolism buzzing.

    14) Only Eat Dessert Once Per Week – this could save you 300 calories per day on the 6 non-desert days (1,800 calories per week). Since you have to have burned 3,500 more calories than you consume to lose 1 pound, this new habit could lead to losing an additional pound every two weeks or 26 pounds in 1 year!

    15) Limit Sugar – this is tough, but the excess sugar is not good for your health and can cause major ups and downs as far as your energy level.

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