There are several reasons why good nutrition is important. I want to explore these, because I think it can be motivating. Let’s face it, we all need motivation when we are electing to make important changes. It has been my desire to make this journey for a long time. I have struggled with poor nutrition habits all my life. One of the reasons I started this blog was to make a commitment in a way that would hold me more accountable. Even that didn’t work, or at least it has been a very slow start.
I have been teetering on the edge of eating disorders since my cheerleading days that started back in middle school. I started with crash diets that continued into my high school years. When I got into college, I began to dive more into nutrition and learned about fasting. Unfortunately, I didn’t use it in the right way. I would fast and then I would return to my old habits. I think fasting is a great tool for many reasons, but it has to be paired with good nutrition, or you will always gain the weight back. There is also emotional and other physical deficits that come from using this tool the wrong way.
Even though my lifestyle is based on a journey 4 eternity, implying that this is a long but healthy road, I started off talking about fasting because I wanted to lose weight quickly and then hoped to stay on the right path from there. Now, let’s try to do this the right way by focusing on changing our mindset. Below are some reasons why good nutrition is important.
Reason #1 – For Yourself
How can you help others if you are sick? How can you be successful if you are sick? How can you be a living sacrifice for God if you are sick? How can you do anything if you don’t feel good emotionally, physically, or mentally. For a long time, I didn’t think this should be a motivating factor, but it doesn’t make sense not to be a factor.
Don’t you want to look good? It seems selfish and vain, but looking better doesn’t have to be selfish or vain. Think about who or what you represent. The “who” or “what” could be your husband, your children, God, your job, and/or your business. Don’t you want to make the best impression for all of these whos and whats? It would be selfish not to care about who you represent or how your appearance affects others.
Don’t you want to be productive and efficient in everything that you do? How are you going to be successful at anything if you are tired, or sick? I have set out to have a productive day plenty of times only to find myself tired and unable to focus a few hours into my day. Disappointed because I have so much more to do, but I’m sleepy or in too much pain to get it done.
Reason #2 – For Your Family
Some people may not agree with my position here, but think about your role in your family. If you are a husband or father, how can you be the head of a household, the bread winner, if you are sick? If you are a wife or mother, how can you help your family if you are sick? Think of the children you may desire to have or do have. Did you know that for the first 3 months of pregnancy the embryo is attached to a little yolk sac? This little tiny human being feeds off this yolk sac while the placenta develops. What if you have been living off Doritos and Mountain Dew? Are you giving your baby a good start? What about those children when they arrive in this world? How is mom or dad going to keep up with these balls of energy if they are too tired or sick? Good nutrition will help you give your wife or husband, and children the best chance possible of being the best at whatever they want to do.
Do you want your family to have the burden of taking care of you if you get sick? Think about your children, mate, parents, siblings. if you get sick they will have to take time that could be going towards making their family successful to take care of you. What if you don’t have family? Who is going to take care of you if you get sick. Did you know we really weren’t meant to retire? We should be able to work until the day we die. We don’t have to die sick. We can just die because it’s just our time.
Reason #3 – For God
God wants us to have good health. He has given us lots of instructions in His Word, The Holy Bible, about it. There are health laws that should not be broken. It’s like the Ten Commandments. If you break these laws, there are consequences. The consequences are sickness and death. He promises to heal us if we do get sick, but we have conditions that we must meet. Those conditions are faith and obedience. It’s really not natural to be sick. The natural state of man should be great, robust health. God has a plan for us. One way to fulfill that purpose is through good health.
I’m sure you can think of more reasons good nutrition is important. I hope these reason give you some motivation. Think about them. Think about what is important to you and how much more it will mean to you if you have good health. Think about how much happier you can be. Think about how much happier your family can be. I’m not exaggerating when I say think about how much happier this world can be. One person can make a difference. Make a difference to yourself, to your family and to a greater purpose. You will be more productive, energetic and inspiring!