Supporting your Digestive System: Diet
D I E T
Is that a “bad word”? For some, diet has negative connotations and triggers feelings of failing and not meeting the world’s standards.
However, I want to dispel all the negative associations you may have with the word and bring it back to basics. Your diet is simply the food that you eat. Here is the actual definition:
the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.
Simply put, we were created to eat a particular way. Our bodies are incredibly complex. They function optimally when we nourish the systems as God intended.
We can use all the oils, supplements, and exercise all day long, but the most basic element to our health starts with the food we put in our mouths. All other efforts are on top of or supplemental to our diet.
To keep things moving through our bodies, we need to eat lots of vegetables and fruit and drink ample amounts of water!
Have you ever noticed that when your diet suffers, you have irregular bowel activity?
So here are some challenges and tips to help you keep things moving for yourself and family members:
*challenge your family in a water drinking contest! See who can keep up with drinking the recommended amount of water for the longest! (Half your body weight in ounces).
*have your kids choose a NEW vegetable from the produce aisle or farmers market to prepare and serve at dinner
*commit to eating 5 servings of produce a day. Eat the rainbow!
*start the day off with a smoothie! My “go-to” that my children beg for is: one frozen banana, 1 cup of frozen spinach, 1 cup of frozen berries, 1 whole avocado, a 1/2″ of ginger, 1 cup of orange juice and the rest water. Blend till smooth and suck it down with a straw!
*show your kids a video from YouTube of Popeye eating spinach and instantly having muscles. They will gobble up some raw kale! 🙂
*play the closer game with your kids: with each bite of broccoli, the pasta scoots closer to their plate!
These are just a few ideas to help you keep things moving and grooving in your body systems as God designed. Remember, health STARTS with how we feeeeeeed our bodies. We must nourish ourselves each and everyday. And oils will work BETTER as a result of your clean eating!