Hey, hope y’all are having a great Monday so far! It’s time to talk about attacking our abs from the inside out, one bite at a time. Just to be clear, there isn’t a particular way to eat that’s reserved strictly for flattening and firming our tummies; eating high-quality, nutrient-dense foods affects the whole body, and certainly your abs will benefit – not to mention your brain, your bones, and your heart!
When I first began working out with my trainer Michael, I ate like a fifteen year-old guy; burgers, fried chicken – Chick-Fil-A nuggets, to be exact – spaghetti and meatballs, and of course, Coke and Dr. Pepper, comprised my diet. (I realize now my workouts might not have seemed so terribly tough back then had I poured the proper fuel into the tank!) Bless Michael’s heart, I simply would not listen to his nutrition spiels; I thought my work in the gym should darned well be enough to shed my “skinny fat.” Not so, my friends, not so…
It really wasn’t until after my struggle with anorexia and BED (binge eating disorder) and a personal revelation from the Lord convicting me to honor Him with my body that I took healthy eating seriously. Verses such as those following leapt off the pages of Scripture, and I promptly pasted them on my mirror and fridge as daily reminders of who I am and Who I belong to:
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. -1st Cor. 6:19-20
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. – 1st Corinthians 10:31
Seeing that we serve a merciful, great, and caring God who lovingly tends to birds and flowers and calls the stars by name, I figured it would be worthwhile to consider what His views might be on how we, His beloved children, feed our bodies…our temples.
I could write a whole chapter (something I’ve done for my upcoming book 😉 ) on the subject of…a biblical diet, shall I say? But one of the most essential principles that I’ll share here is that eating foods that are as pure, whole, and clean as we can get them – how God created them – is the surest, safest way not only to smaller waist but to a longer, happier, healthier life.
Stay fit, stay faithful ~<3 Di