Week 1: Body - Day 3: Fuel
Step one to treating your body like a temple is being mindful of what you put in it. It can be difficult, though, with so many opinions about what a truly healthy diet looks like. While I can’t give you all the magic answers to your food/fuel questions (though if you send us an email, I’d be happy to talk with you about them!), as someone who takes her diet very seriously and has struggled to understand how to properly fuel her body, I’d like to offer two pieces of advice.
“It’s SO easy to eat without intention and forget throughout the day just what it is that we’ve put into our bodies”
The first is very practical and absolutely essential to the beginner hoping to build positive eating habits. Ready? Here it is: know what you eat. For one week (just one!) write down or record everything you put in your mouth. You don’t have to count calories or measure or weigh anything. Just write down in a notebook or on your phone or in an app everything you eat. It’s SO easy to eat without intention and forget throughout the day just what it is that we’ve put into our bodies. After you’ve done that for a week, review. Did you realize that on Tuesday you didn’t eat hardly anything until 3pm? How about that headache Thursday afternoon? Wasn’t that the day you had a milkshake at lunch? Simply being aware of your current habits is the first step to building better ones. From there, you can identify areas that need improvement.
The second is to ask God for the grace to see food the way He intended. Food is a gift. It’s something we need. The Eucharist, Jesus Himself, is presented to us as food! It is not an enemy; rather, it can be put at our service in the spiritual life. It is intended to be used by us, not control us. Today, ask Jesus to make clear to you your perceptions of food and invite Him to conform your mind and heart more closely to His so that you can properly enjoy the gift of food.
In His strength,