And...we're back with Devin Riley, my friend and personal trainer. He's guest blogging making a health and fitness applications to the current sermon series, Days of Future Past on the Book of Daniel. With over a decade of experience, and over 25,000 sessions completed at Hoffacker Health and Fitness, Devin is a true marathon man. If he’s not running or riding his bike, he’s mindfully pushing the weight to get the most out of his body in the least amount of time. Devin has attended Heartland Church with his family since 2006. If you don't see him in the sanctuary, chances are he's onstage entertaining and educating your little ones in the Crossroads (K-4) Ministry. Connect with Devin at firstname.lastname@example.org
This week we’re talking about food, the second area in Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan. There are five essential areas (Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, Friendship) that influence the trajectory of your life. Last week we talked about faith, and how it is a force that when strong, propels you into the other four areas with confidence and assurance. But when your faith is weak, it can’t even help you resist the Doritos commercial. Before you know it, you’re in an MSG coma and your clothes are covered with “snack dust” from your Doritos encrusted fingers. This area is the most difficult to manage—Food.
Wait…some of you might be looking ahead and thinking that fitness would be the most difficult area. Nope. It’s food.
Think about it. Society, your doctor, and even your momma have all told you over and over again that you need to work out. So can we all just agree that exercise is inherently good, and we’ll talk about it next week? Now, your momma also told you that you needed to eat your veggies, drink plenty of water, and maybe just have a little bit of ice cream, not the entire pint. But what does society tell us…errrrr…BLAST us with? Eat what you want. You’ll still look healthy and feel energetic. There are no repercussions from your food choices…just good feelings and good times. This is a consistent, clear fallacy. When was the last time you saw some athletes finishing a ride, a run, or a weight training session and pound a beer…even a “light” beer? Yet that is what is consistently portrayed in these ads.
There is a saying that is common in the fitness world: “You can’t out-train a bad diet.” A few minutes of poor dieting decisions can derail many hours in the gym. Let me give you an example from my own life. Until recently, I would eat at McDonalds about once a month. It’s comfort food! I went there as a treat when I was a child, and that “treat” mentality has stayed with me throughout my life. Work hard, have a busy day, go grab and quick meal at McDonalds and relax for a few minutes. My go-to meal was the Quarter Pounder with Cheese Extra Value Meal with a Coke, and a McDouble. Let’s get a calorie count on that meal. I could go into detail about the fat content, saturated fat content, sodium, etc. but from a sheer calorie input, this meal packs a whopping 1,610 calories. Let that soak in for a second. If I’m on a 2000 calorie diet, I’ve just consumed three-fourths of my allotted calories in about 20 minutes of my day.
On May 3rd, 2014, I ran my fastest Mini Marathon ever. I covered 13.1 miles in 1:35:40. That’s an average pace of 7:14/mile. And, oddly enough, I burned 1626 calories…just 16 more than my go-to meal at McDonalds. Whoa. I love running, but I don’t want to have to run this far to negate a few mouthfuls of food.
Now let’s get something straight. I am NOT the food police. I will not judge you for your eating choices. That’s why I used myself as an example. We all have “guilty pleasures” that seem innocent enough. But unchecked over time, those moments of comfort can add up to a lifetime of discomfort and bad overall health. It’s all about making better choices.
The Apostle Paul explains it perfectly: "Everything is permissible for me—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me—but I will not be mastered by anything." (1st Corinthians 6:12, NIV) Yet we are submit ourselves to being mastered by advertising that promises satisfaction and happiness from sub-standard, science-produced food. Daniel had it easy. Wait, what? Isn’t this the guy who was tossed in the lion's den? Yes he was. And he faced a clear and readily identifiable enemy. We invite our enemy into our homes every time we turn on the TV and watch a commercial for mac and cheese.
You want 3 ways to fight the enemy? I’ve got 3 ways that you can start this week to change your eating habits, boost your metabolism, and start to make healthier food choices.
- Drink more water. Pay attention here—there’s some math involved. Take your body weight. Divide it by 2. The resulting number is how much water you need in ounces, per day. If you weigh 180 lbs, you need 90 ounces of water a day. Keep track of your water consumption for a week. I mean really keep track of it…like on a piece of paper. You’ll feel instantly better. I guarantee it.
- Eat more protein. Start your day off with some form of protein. Eggs are awesome. 7 grams of protein in every egg. Also, oatmeal and yogurt make a good combo. Don’t like dairy? There are many dairy-free yogurts out there. And they’re yummy.
- Eat more whole grains. The less refined your food is…the better. Now, I might get some pushback here that whole grains contain gluten, and gluten is bad. My reply is this: You’ve got to start somewhere. So if you’re currently pounding white bread, White flour tortillas, and um…store bought waffles, start mixing it up with some whole wheat bread, Wheat tortillas, and make your own waffles. Seriously. My waffle recipe is the truth. If you want it, email me.
It all starts with a decision. Even if it’s just a small decision—to start doing one thing different and keep it up! Need some encouragement? Have a question? Want my waffle recipe? Email me: email@example.com Run the good race. Fight the good fight. Live the life you were called to live. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.