Healthy Living

Since January 1st I have not eaten any sugar that I am aware of, and also no wheat flour. So far with only that diet restriction I have lost 13 lbs, and I am feeling really good with lots more energy. It hasn’t been very hard to maintain the discipline because the results have been so quick and significant that I stay motivated not to cheat. The Bible has a lot to say about living healthy, but not much of what it says has anything to do with food. An example is in Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Most people with Parkinson’s are mildly to severally depressed, because the chemical that their body has stopped making is dopamine which besides being the chemical the brain uses to communicate to the muscles is also the “feel good” chemical. “A joyful heart is good medicine”. So is a joyful heart entirely an issue of good things happening in and around us. It is obvious that it is also the result of our body not producing certain chemicals. So, the burning question is, can I choose to be joyful as an act of my will or am I entirely at the mercy of unpredictable and uncontrollable events in my life? So I can choose to act happy even if I don’t feel happy. If I am only acting happy am I really happy? Not yet, but if I continue to act happy in spite of how I feel, my behavior will work on me in the inside, and soon I will feel happy. “Don’t act the way you feel, act the way you want to feel, and you soon will.” So, choosing to rejoice always, and to think of positive things most of the time will result in a mostly positive and happy person, which results in good health.

Philippians 4:4-8 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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