MMMMAKING A CHANGE
Updated: Feb 12, 2019
Food. We all need it. We all love it. Most of us follow food accounts on Instagram, watch those addicting Tasty videos on Facebook, or even have Pinterest boards full of recipes that we may or may not ever try. But in the real world of cheesy fries and 11:00pm pizza orders, how does one avoid the desire to overindulge in the wrong things? There is no simple answer to this question except to try saying "no" to the foods that are obviously bad for us. This is difficult...especially in the moment. However, when we think less about how much our needy taste buds crave what they shouldn't and begin to realize the effects that poor food choices have on our lives, saying "no" becomes a bit easier.
Studies have shown that poor eating habits can cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol, some cancers, and other health problems. We are aware of this, yet the results of bad eating do not seem real until tragedy arises. This is why it is important for us to train our minds to want to eat what's good for us. I've recently been slacking in the healthy eating category. So here I am, back to square one, attempting to revamp the wise eating habits that once made me feel great. It's only been a few days since I decided to get back to businesses, but over this short period of time I've learned that one of my favorite ways to do this is by swapping bad foods for good foods that would fall under a similar category. For example, I absolutely love carrot cake! But instead of cutting a slice, I decided to make sweet potato bites to satisfy my cravings (take a look at mine in the pic below). Both are delicious, but one is made of whole ingredients, full of protein, and will leave no regrets!!!
For some extra motivation, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 GNT says, "Don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; He bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God's glory." God wants us to feed ourselves spiritually by studying His word, but He desires for us to nourish ourselves with good, healthy foods as well. This surely doesn't mean we must rule out all junk foods forever; however, we should respect our bodies and choose the best foods possible as often as we can. A few benefits of doing so include improved health, energy, and satisfaction in knowing that we've successfully accomplished our goals.
Now this is coming from the girl who used to sneak leftover birthday cake as a child and who just made a pan of cheese crackers at 2:30am last weekend. But I think it's time I get myself back on track! If I can do it, you can too! I'd love for you to follow me on my healthy living journey, and join along if you're ready for a delicious and nutritious lifestyle change. Comment below if you're up for the challenge or if you'd like to see more recipes.
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Recipe for Sweet Potato Bites (derived from @bowlofrachelandrice on Instagram):
-1 Large Sweet Potato steamed or baked until soft; peeled
-1 Cup Rolled Oats
-1 Cup Soaked Dates
-1/3 Cup Shredded Coconut (Unsweetened)
-1/2 Cup Crushed Pecans
-1/3 Cup Flax Meal
-1/2 Cup Crushed Dark Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened)
-2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup or to taste
-2 drops of Vanilla Extract or to taste
-1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
-Pinch of Salt
-Optional...1 Small Piece of Dark Chocolate to place inside of each bite once they come out of the oven
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine ingredients into a medium bowl until they are evenly distributed. Roll the mixture into golf-sized balls, and place them onto lightly oiled aluminum foil or baking sheet (use 100% Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil if you can). Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly browned on the outside. Remove from oven, and carefully place a small piece of dark chocolate inside of each bite. Garnish with cinnamon. Makes approximately one dozen depending on the size of the potato.