Thursday, October 18, 2007
I keep reminding myself that God's timing is always perfect. I've had to because these past few weeks it feels as though He's gonna be quite late with the selling of our house. And with our moving. (Have you ever moved out-of-state in the snow? ugh.)
Yet I can recall His timeliness in my life... here's a recent example: The way He convicted me to totally change the way I eat/live and even breathe just this past July. Greatly because of those switches, I've been able to handle the stress I'm now facing much better. That, and my having developed the habit of spending time with God and hanging-out with Him consciously all the hours of my days.
Since July I've felt so much better physically! I read some blogs now whose authors staunchly defend their right to their disease... to feel bad... to complain about people who try to help... and well, I feel sorry for them. But usually I leave no comments there unless I sense an openness to change, otherwise I'm just wasting my computer time.
So for those of you who may be feeling physically blech-o most days, here are some of the changes I've made. Just in case any of them may help. Just in case you are open to making a few changes out of desperation:
1. I--mostly--avoid processed (man-made) foods. I'm also avoiding fast-food places.
2. If a label has one or more of these ingredients, I leave it on the shelf: sugar, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, salt, carageenan (seaweed) or any word I cannot pronounce.
3. I try to stick with only organic foods-- foods grown without chemicals, pesticides, hormones or antibiotics. I'm learning which foods my poor ol' head (and body) can no longer handle, even the seemingly healthy stuff like wheat, oatmeal, milk, etc. And if I have real coffee, it's only a teensy-tiny bit, say, one-fourth cup once a week. (I know....big sigh...)
4. I don't eat foods or drink liquids from microwave ovens.
5. I avoid all artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame (Nutra Sweet). I use Stevia, instead, (it's been around hundreds of years) and occasionally a little sugar. If a recipe calls for a cup of sugar I use a packet of Stevia (or two) and maybe a tablespoon of real (organic) sugar.
6.I walk at least one-half hour most days (and am working up to more). I also do stretching exercises daily, mostly to strengthen my back.
7. I stay away from non-prescription drugs. I'm searching in a variety of books for natural cures, taking notes, making lists.
8. I've stopped using cologne (chemicals, chemicals, chemicals). I use laundry/cleaning products without perfumes and dyes and ones which won't harm the environment or myself (or I'm slowly getting there, anyway).
8. If the news or newspapers upset me, I avoid them. If I have the Grace to still remain peaceful after seeing/reading the news, I'll take them in small doses.
9. I listen to tranquil music. I forgive people. I let things go (or confront issues only when I'm given the Grace to do so). I'm learning about the differences between being alkaline and acidic on the inside of my body--how foods and attitudes affect both.
Something else I've learned? When God convicts me to make changes, He provides all I need to make those changes. The money. The books--and the time to research them. The right information. The right people. The right products. The strength, ability and willingness to make the changes.
After all, God is not a big tease or tempter. If He wants us to do a thing, He makes a way where there is no way. Count on it.
P.S. Now, am I doing all of this stuff perfectly? Uh, no. But I'm aiming toward it and just by making a beginning I've noticed huge differences in the way I feel.