Friday, November 7, 2014

Mindset of Prevention

Over 5 years ago when I started my health journey, I should say when I started to listen to God and became obedient with my health journey 5 years ago,( I think it started long before 5 years ago), I learned that while society's frame of mind is to let something break, and then worry about picking up the pieces, that's not really a functional attitude or great way to heal. We need to think about our bodies and our health like the way we treat our cars. Truly there are people that treat their cars, homes, or pets better than they treat their bodies. It's almost tragic. Why do we think it's okay, especially in the USA to allow our bodies to get to the point where we are literally in danger?  There is so much disease in our beautiful USA that doesn't have to be there. We do have some control. Instead of breaking down, let's stop the process. 

The Mastery of God's Provisions 


The Most High God and Creator of the Earth  gave us healthy, naturally organic foods to eat. He made sure we would all we needed to survive and thrive, but we trashed them, and the soil, then choose to eat chemicals instead? Why? We were not designed to eat chemicals heated up to overly high temperatures with microwaves. We are beautiful creations of God, and we don't treat ourselves like masterpieces...why? The information is available, we say we want healing, but then complain lifestyle changes are too difficult. 

We need to change our taste buds, renew our minds, and go back to His word for what we are to eat. In the beginning, in the book of Genesis, "Then God said, "Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food." This was God's intention. Then in the book of Leviticus due to the fall of man came God's allowance, not original intention, but allowance planned from the beginning clearly defining what was considered actual food for His people to eat. He made clear that it was now okay to eat certain meats to get further nutrition. He knew what sin would do to the world, and that this would be necessary.

 Yeshua never came to change the guidelines and instructions of  His Father, He came to fulfill them, and show us the way. What changed was that eyes were opened to the understanding of grace, and that what the Father truly cares for is the condition of our hearts. He is not concerned with outward appearance, or the drones of repetitions some call prayer, or even our "good deeds" because even those can be done selfishly. God is concerned with the why and our obedience from a heart surrendered to Him. At the end of the day, only He can judge our deeds. All the more we should honor Him with our temples.

David, a man after God's own heart, understood grace from the very beginning. Grace always existed. He also knew the difference between man's law and God's guidelines and instructions. He understood that following what His Heavenly Daddy had to say was what was best for him. David knew God was His provider and all in all. David knew his position, as well the difference between doing what he could just because he can and doing what was best. By grace we are given the privilege of freedom, no longer bound by anything, but the love of the Messiah. By grace we could put anything into our mouths and call it food. That doesn't make it the best decision. In 1 Corinthians 6:12 it says, "You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is good for you. And even though "I am allowed to do anything," I must not become a slave to anything." Also in 1 Corinthians 10:23 it says, "You say, "I am allowed to do anything"—but not everything is good for you. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"—but not everything is beneficial."

We need to stop making our allowances for foods or really things WE call food be a part of our diets. All things in moderation is not always appropriate. In fact that saying gets on my last nerve because it can be greatly abused and one person's view of moderate use could be daily as opposed to hourly. It is difficult to break away from our own traditions or to accept that all along we have been doing things backwards or wrong. These thoughts are killing us. We absolutely, positively have to have discernment. Salad is great, but not if it's a bowl of poison ivy. Just because what we eat doesn't defile us spiritually, doesn't mean it doesn't defile us physically. We must be good stewards. Illness, cancer, and disease is not rampant for no reason. We are responsible. Food of course is just one aspect and reason, but the most basic place to start, and easiest for us to control. It's important to understand what certain foods do to our bodies. That's a huge reason why I became a holistic health counselor. I wanted to help people learn.

Things to Strive for in the Kitchen

1) Homemade meals, then you know what you are getting
2) Eat organic whenever possible to avoid genetically modified foods, as well as herbacides, fungicides, and pesticides
3) Make most of your plate plant foods
4) Eat lots of raw foods for maximum digestion
5) Eat lots of lacto-fermented foods and beverages for healthy bacteria to build the immune and digestive systems
 6) Don't drink soda EVER, drink spring or filtered water
7) Don't consume factory farmed meats or dairy, go local, organic, and raw for dairy when available 

Essential Oils

God gave us EOs as His provision in the plants to take care of our bodies. He did not just leave us out here without support. We do not need foundations to do research, God already did the work. He knew what sin would do and what we'd be up against. He gave us these marvelous oils tucked inside these plants for our benefit. These were used in the Bible, it's nothing new under the sun. I'm so grateful that YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS does everything the right way so they are truly beneficial and beyond organic. Not all essential oils are the same on the market. If you want to learn more, contact me about hosting a free class.

The Human Body's Ability to Move 

We were not created to sedentary creatures. Adam was told he would toil for his family's food. Well, unless you're  farmer, which I am not believe me, chances are you are not doing too much toiling at the grocery store or farmers market grabbing groceries. Since that is the case for most of us, we absolutely, positively MUST build in time for exercise daily. Here is why:

5 Reasons We Need to Exercise

1) It builds muscle, muscle is needed for strength in the body, and burning excess fat
2) It naturally detoxes the body through sweat
3) It improves our mood and promotes emotional wellness
4) It promotes digestive wellness by increasing regularity
 5) It encourages good rest and sleep in the body

Not About Fear

I love my friends and family! We need mindsets of prevention! I want healing for all! God's desire is not for us to suffer. He's a kind, loving, and merciful God. He's also just though, and makes it clear that this life will not be easy. He's says things will be hard, and in the end days there will be disease. What He doesn't say is that His children need to have the diseases.  There's somethings we can't do anything about for sure. At the same we do have responsibilities to ourselves, our children, and to the Holy Spirit for those who are believers in Yeshua Messiah, since we house Him! All we can do is our best and God will handle the rest. From then on if we say God allowed this...fill in the blank, then fine. Do you see the difference? The attitude that I'm going to die anyway doesn't glorify the Lord. That is not being a good steward or being grateful for the health He's given you. There are those born unable to walk, and more severe. Please be grateful if you can get up and move, go to bathroom without assistance,and take care of yourself to stay that way. God can use anyone at anytime for His glory, surely! He loves all of His wonderfully made creation. How much better though to have usable hands and feet to proclaim His message of love to all if He chose to give those to you?!! Please join me in this mindset of prevention!

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC

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