“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
College is a breeding ground for unhealthy living. With all the fast food, parties and fast-pace lifestyle, it is difficult for many to fill the body with healthy things. Our body is God’s temple, and just like you would not fill a temple with garbage and trash, it is unwise to fill your body with fast food and junk. Some may find this nearly impossible being in college and dealing with the stress of class, work and social life. Here are a few tips to get you started on building a clean temple for God.
1.) Healthy does not mean DIET- There are hundreds of diets out there, many are eager to try something new and quick to shed pounds. The majority of those diets do not even work and most revert back to old habits. You do not have to start a diet in order to shed pounds or get healthy.
2.) Don’t know where to start? Start cutting back!- Are you used to eating out 3 or more times a week? (yes…subway does count as eating out). Try eating out 2 times a week. Maybe you are used to eating out multiple times in a day? Try eating out one time a day and having your other meals cooked. Whatever position you are in, start cutting back and your body will thank you. Even though restaurants will advertise healthy food (Subway, etc.), in all reality, a home cooked meal is most likely healthier than fast food.
3.) What do I cook?- It is easy to say that you will cut back on eating out, but youwill quickly find yourself at the drive through of a Jack N the Box if you do not know what to cook. I’m going to keep it simple: a healthy meal consists of carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits. Carbohydrates are the bulk of what you will find in your meals and big sources of energy. Some examples are breads, potatoes, whole grains, beans, nuts, yogurt, etc. Protein are your meats. If want to gain muscle in your body, then you need to eat plenty of this and protein. It will also keep you full longer. Besides your meats, protein can be found in beans, nuts, eggs and fish. Healthy fats are the fats that actually help you lose weight and not gain it. These can be found in avocados, butter (real butter not margarine), coconut oil and virgin olive oil. Finally, your vegetables and fruit: the more colorful the better! A basic meal should consist of a carb, protein, vegetable and fruit. Example: Grilled chicken (protein), rice (carb), broccoli (vegetable), fruit (blueberries).
4.) No time? Plan Ahead!- Sacrifice a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday to plan out what you are going to eat for the week. Another tip is to repeat meals! Have the same lunch two days in a row. In my opinion, food taste better the second day anyway! Buy in bulk so you do not have to deal with an empty refrigerator and cabinets. Chicken is your best friend! It is a great source of protein and can be popped in the oven, grilled on the stove or even a George Foreman grill! Buy containers to store food for the week. If you plan ahead, you will always know what you’re going to eat and avoid those fast food lines.
5.) Start small!- It is hard to change your way of eating overnight but that’s ok. Start by cooking a few meals a week, even if it’s one or two. As long as you start somewhere you should be proud of yourself!
I hope at least one of these tips helps you in your journey! This is just the basics of eating healthier, and there is much more that can be done to live a healthier lifestyle. Everyone has to start somewhere, so why not pick a tip and try it out! God will give you the strength you need to live a better life.
Fellow College Student, Brina C.