God’s Pharmacy for Healthy Living

3 John 1:2–

“Dear Friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

I hope that you are all well–body, mind, and spirit–as we walk through this unprecedented time in our lives.  There is much conflicting and unknown information about COVID-19, but the one thing of which we can be certain is that God is in control.  Daniel 2:21–“He controls the course of world events; He removes kings and sets up other kings.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.”   Truth and understanding come from God.

With that in mind, let’s look at some ways that we can keep ourselves healthy.

God created our immune system to fight against disease, and our job is to support it.  There is no magic pill that can take the place of a healthy lifestyle.

1.  Practice peace (the opposite of stress).  Fear and anxiety weaken the immune system.  Philippians 4:6–“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  2 Timothy 1:7–“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgement.”  Psalm 56:3–“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”  Isaiah 26:3–“You will keep in perfect peace the mind that is dependent on You, for it is trusting in you.”

2.  Wash your hands.  Mark 7:4–“When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they have washed.  And there are many other customs they have received and keep, like the washing of cups, jugs, copper utensils, and dining couches.”  Leviticus 15:11–“If the man with the discharge touches anyone without first rinsing his hands in water, the person who was touched is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.”

3.  Practice quarantine.  Leviticus 15:13–“When the man with the discharge has been cured of it, he is to count seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in fresh water; he will be clean.”

4.  Sleep (7 to 8 hours a night for adults) is important for allowing the body to repair and rebuild.  Psalm 4:8–“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

5.  Get 20 to 30 minutes of moderate daily exercise.  Movement keeps our lymph system working to “take out the trash”.  Take hourly breaks from sitting.  Clean the house, pull some weeds, walk around the block, put on some music and dance, etc.  Feel free to check out my Exercise at Home with Lisa Facebook Group for some simple exercise routines you can do anytime (balance, cardio, WholyFit, etc.).  The link to join is Exercise at Home with Lisa

6.  Fresh air and sunshine help to increase vitamin D and alleviate depression, positively affecting the immune system.  Deep breathing helps to strengthen the lungs and remove toxins.

7.  Drink enough pure water to dilute toxins and mucus so they can be removed from the body.  A stagnant river is a breeding ground for disease.  Keep your internal river flowing with enough pure water.  Squeeze 1/2 lemon into a cup of water for its vitamin C content, which helps fight infections.

8.  Eat food as closely to the way God created it as possible to obtain nutrients and fiber that help create an environment where viruses can’t thrive.  Highly processed foods are poor in nutrients and fiber and can create a hospitable environment for viruses. 

Learn to read labels and count fiber instead of calories.  Eat a minimum of 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day.

9.  Replace negative character traits with positive ones.  Colossians 3:12-14–“Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another.  Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you must forgive.  Above all, put on love–the perfect bond of unity.”

Good health starts with a healthy spirit!

10. Keep learning to be healthy!  Join my private Facebook Group:  Learning to be Healthy with Lisa.

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Blessings of health,

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritional Consultant

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” Mark 12:30

The Bible is the ultimate love book:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22, 23a

This kind of love requires action. Action takes energy. Energy is produced by the body, mind, and spirit. The health of one affects the other. A healthy body, mind, and spirit helps us love better.

Good works are love in action: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10. Doing good works takes time, energy, and strength of body, mind, and spirit. An unhealthy lifestyle can rob us of these and leave us unmotivated (and often too sick) to serve God and others.

A healthy body, mind, and spirit happens one day at a time. Choose something you need to work on, and make a plan to focus on each action until it becomes a habit. Habits drive our behavior.

Body: Do you need to drink more water? Do you need to eat more vegetables? Do you need to get more sleep? Do you need to move more?

Mind: Do you need to pay more attention to what you put into your mouth (maybe keep a food journal)? Do you need to replace negative thoughts with positive ones? Do you need to eat more healthy fats to nourish your brain?

Spirit: Do you need to rely more on God power vs. willpower? Do your fruits of the Spirit need some work (Galatians 5:22, 23:a)? Do you need to read a Bible verse every day?

Choose something small and doable from each category to work on. It’s better to do something small over time and feel successful than to try to do too much and become overwhelmed and give up. As you feel better, you will make better decisions and feel more loving, which is the real goal!

“Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love– and the greatest of these is love.” and the greatest of these is love.”   1 Corinthians 13:13

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Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your healthcare provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

Healthy to Serve–Spirit, Mind, & Body

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do
good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10  

Christians are created to do good works, not for our salvation, but to show God’s love to others because of our salvation. We serve better when we are healthy. “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy
good health and that all may go well with you, even as your
soul is getting along well.” 3 John 2. 
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Our health affects body, mind, and spirit, and the health of one affectsthe others. Our purpose for choosing a healthy lifestyle comes from
our faith in God’s plan for our lives and our desire to serve Him. 
“Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37. 
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Our plan to live a healthy life is motivated by our mindset, because
our thoughts and attitudes play a huge role in our behavior. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by therenewing of your mind. Then, you will be able to test and
approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing, and perfect
will.” Romans 12:2. 
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Our actions to develop healthy habits are inspired by both our
purpose and plan, and we succeed with God’s power, not willpower. “I can do all this through Him, who give me strength.”
Philippians 4:13. 
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To develop lasting healthy habits and, for many, weight loss, first lay a healthy foundation. “For no one can lay any foundation other
than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11 
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Instead of following the latest diet craze, why not go back to basics: God’s food vs. man’s food. Start by keeping a food journal and
paying attention to what you eat and how your feel. “I have the rightto do anything, but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything, but I will not be mastered by anything.”
1 Corinthians 6:12 
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Try keeping a thought journal to see how your thoughts and emotionsare affecting your health. “We demolish arguments and every
pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to
Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 “Finally, brothers and sisters,
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 
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When that becomes a habit, start making small healthy changes, one at a time, until they become habits. If you develop even one new healthy habit a month, by the end of the year, you will have 12
healthy habits under your belt!

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Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever
you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the
place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your
healthcare provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that
are right for you.