7 Ways to Treat your Body as a Temple
‘” I am the only one who can make my well-being my top priority. I owe it to myself to pay attention to the needs of my body, mind, spirit.” ~ Unknown
My daily mantra – “I am God’s masterpiece. I matter to God! I matter to me!” I say this to remind myself of my value and to mindful that my thoughts, words, and deeds are reflective of a masterpiece….God’s masterpiece. Our body’s are temples…..
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31)
- Drink plenty of water– You should drink ½ your weight in ounces of water each day. Divide your weight in half and that equates to amount of water you should consume. Be mindful that your body is made of ¾ water and so is the earth. (This is not a coincidence)
- Eat good ,wholesome, REAL food!– Give your body the best nourishment.
- Processed foods are packed with poison and it’s killing you, literally. The processing of food strips the nutritional value and is loaded with salt, excessive sugar, and unhealthy fat, preservatives, and other chemicals.
- Eat organic &natural. Watch out for GMO foods & be mindful to limit corn, soy, gluten. Real food is grown and doesn’t have a long shelf life. Real food is planted and harvested. Humans have decided to play God and create franken-freak food. Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made and were not designed to process fake food. Think about from the” farm to your fork”. Your plate should be colorful with fruits and vegetables. The more wholesome food you eat the more your body will crave goodness and repel the other junk!
- Eliminate Dairy- I’m sure you have a blank stare on your face. Yep- I said it. Cow’s milk is for cows. 75% of the population is lactose intolerant. Milk from other animals was meant for the nutritional needs of those animals not for humans. Dairy contains high amounts of saturated fat, contributes to excess mucous, allergies, constipation…. I could go on and on.
- If you eat animal protein- choose meat and eggs that are grown humanely and without growth hormones and antibodies. Many animals are raised in deplorable conditions and aren’t allowed to roam freely. Whatever the animal consumes, you consume. You are what you eat. Additionally, the mental and emotional state of an animal treated inhumanely is passed along to you.
3 Get adequate sleep- Rest is part of cultivating good health. Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep. Don’t sleep with the TV on. Let your mind rest and your body recharge and repair. Sleeping is an immune booster. Tired, worn down, people get sick more often. We live in a fast-paced world and rest is a necessity for our well being. Most importantly a lot of guidance can come through our dreams when we are well rested.I need an ” I Matter to Me” Routine
4 Take time for yourself. Create an “I matter to me” routine. Schedule time to love on yourself. Maybe it’s a devotional morning routine or a post-shower ritual. Speak peace and joy and love to your spirit. Light candles and incense. Read motivational quotes and timeless spiritual books. Adorn your body with fragrant oil from head to toe. Listen to good music. Just Love!
5. Minimize or eliminate your consumption of Alcohol, Caffeine, and Sugar. Alcohol, caffeine, and sugar are all stimulants and are addictive substances. We must be mindful of the detrimental effect these substances have on our health, not just physically but mental, emotionally, and spiritually.
6. Exercise! Move! Groove! – Commit to get out and move. Even if it’s just taking a walk. I personally like to run & practice yoga and I’d rather be in nature enjoying the cool breeze, warm rays of the sun, and enjoying God’s beauty. Choose what makes you feel good and stick to it.
7. Detox and cleanse your temple 3-4 times a year. Cleansing and detoxification helps to purge your body of waste, toxins, other poisons that were not eliminated properly through normal digestion. It’s best to detox seasonally during each fall/winter/spring/summer/equinox. Additionally I advise my clients to detox during seasonal changes in your life. For example, marriage, divorce, career changes, grief, birth, etc.
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