Telling People What to Eat ?

Recently, a friend who follows this blog asked me if I was going to tell people what to eat. No, I’m not. Perhaps that sounds strange. After all, the blog is on health and wellness, and what you eat is a big part of that. Also, as you already know, I take my own nutrition and eating seriously. So why wouldn’t I tell you what to eat?

First, everyone is unique, and I don’t know you. What kind of foods do you like? What don’t you like? Do you have any food allergies, intolerances or medical issues that might influence your diet? What about your spouse and children? Most of us need to negotiate a little regarding meal choices if we want to eat together as a family. I’m sure you can think of many other variables that might affect what constitutes a practical and healthy diet for any particular individual.

Now I could suggest a more general healthy eating plan from which you could construct your own exact regimen. One reservation I have in this regard is that the healthiest general diet plan is so far away from the typical American’s diet as to be seen as crazy, radical, scary or simply unachievable. And I don’t want to scare anyone off.

Too much change too fast, or even a clear view of the great change required can be intimidating. Many sedentary and overweight individuals are intimidated when they first set foot in a gym if everyone they see is trim and fit and their fitness instructor is a good-looking triathlete with 0.0% body fat. This can be overwhelming and lead to a feeling that I shouldn’t be here; I’ll never be like them. It happens with healthy eating too.

My goal is to help you design your own plan for healthy eating – one that works for you and that you can improve at your own pace. My own diet has evolved significantly over time, and I continue to make positive changes month-by-month and year-by-year. You will too.

Yes it’s more work for you, but the great thing is you will have a plan that works and, very importantly, you will own it. Too many people are looking for a quick fix solution. “Just tell me the answer,” they say, “and I’ll do it.” But they don’t, because they don’t own it. They’re not really committed. Be committed. You can figure it out. Healthy eating isn’t rocket science.

But enough about what I won’t do; here’s what I will do:

  • provide my perspective on healthy eating,
  • recommend helpful resources,
  • share some of my personal journey to a healthier diet,
  • answer specific questions from readers, and
  • provide a forum for others to share their ideas and experiences (through the comments and/or guest posts).

I hope over time you will find plenty of practical help here at Health Discipleship, not only from my writings but also from those of the commenters many of whom have deep experience in health and wellness. If you have a particular question you’d like me to answer or issue you would like me to write about please ask.

Comments

  1. Good information. I have been on a healthier diet for about two months. That was not as hard for me as an exercise routine. You will probably talk about the benefits of exercise in a later post, but I wanted to comment briefly about that. The problem with exercise is that I really dislike doing it. Recently I realized that I need to take exercise seriously because of the real benefits that comes from it. I was told by my doctor that cardiovascular exercise is been for me from a health perspective. He encouraged to do some exercise at least three times a week which would elevate my heart rate for at least 20 minutes. He suggested jogging, swimming or stairsteps. He said this would exercise my larger muscles, thus requiring my heart to pump stronger. I decided that stair steps were best for me, so I went for it. Honestly, though, I really did not want to do it, so I asked the Lord to help me be consistent with it. I decided to do it for Him instead of for me. He reminded me that my body was really His and that I need to take care of it. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) I started out slowly. We have five steps going up to our back deck. The first day I went up and down it 50 times. I gradually increased it to 200 times. It takes about 30 minutes, but when I’m finished I have really gotten a workout. At first I was very exhausted, but now that I have been doing it consistently I actually feel better after I clean up. Now it not so hard and the uplift it gives me it very wonderful. I have been doing it for about two months now and it has helped me lose some weight too. I’m glad the Lord gave me the perseverance I needed to not give up. I just want to encourage all your readers with the Lord’s help to start an exercise program and be consistent in it. It really will make a difference, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Ray,
      Congratulations on making the positive changes in your diet and in your activity level! Your experience of not wanting to exercise is common, but so is the outcome. As people actually see results and feel better, they begin to associate the workout with that result and feel more inclined to do the work. (And it is work.) Ideally they get into a virtuous cycle, where the more changes they make, the better they feel and the easier it is to continue to make changes. Perseverance pays off.
      Also, I admire your submission to, and reliance on, God in this process. Too often I set forth on my own, or decide what I will or won’t do without consulting him. Let’s remind each other that our power comes from above, but that power is given to fulfill God’s will not our own.
      I look forward to updates on your progress as you feel like sharing them.
      Pete