“What should I eat to be healthy?”
Being a juice bar focused on health and wellness, we get this common inquiry by many who are looking to become healthier. It is a loaded question that can be hard to answer as everybody is incredibly unique.
With the complexity of how we were created, there are many variables that go into overall health. A great way to discover how to care for our temple is to ask the One who lives there. The Holy Spirit knows us much better than we know ourselves and can provide wisdom of how to walk in health.
We have learned to partner with the Holy Spirit to transform and care for our spirits and souls. Our bodies, however, are often neglected or deemed the less important part of our triune being. In 1 Corinthians 6:20, we are commanded to honor the Lord with our bodies. This verse can feel a bit heavy for some as there are many questions of how to properly do this.
With all of the health information available and various fads advocated, it can be easy to feel discouraged. But a journey to a healthier life does not have to be a hard, confusing one. There is hope to be found and joy to be experienced!
We often seek the voice of the Lord about the major aspects of life: our purpose, calling, destiny, etc. But what if we were to ask the Holy Spirit what we should have for breakfast? He cares about every aspect of our lives, including the minute details of our day. He is excited to walk on this journey with you!
When I asked the Lord how I should eat, he responded, “When are you going to stop looking elsewhere? I know just what your body needs.” This was a turning point for me in my health. I learned to listen to Him about what to put in my body.
This led me to discovering Dr. D’Adamo’s Eat Right for Your Blood Type, a book about eating particular foods that benefit certain blood types. And I found that the Lord had been telling me to eat foods that are actually beneficial for me. He truly does know what our bodies need to be fully alive and thrive.
When I started intentionally juicing with the dream of opening up Asis Juicery on my heart, I would play Brian and Jenn Johnson’s “After All These Years” and Bethel Music’s “Starlight” as the Holy Spirit unlocked a creativity inside me to develop the juices we now have at Asis Juicery. This is the exciting part of partnering with the Holy Spirit to lead a healthier life: you may discover a creative expression you never knew you had!
Our goal at Asis is to empower people to walk this journey with the Holy Spirit to live out a healthy, vibrant life while having fun in the process. Our employees are often inspired to create new recipes by listening to what the Holy Spirit tells them their bodies need.
Eat Your Veggies and Fruit… of the Spirit
Healthy living can be a joyful experience filled with grace, rather than a burdensome task full of the fear of failure. When we partner with the Holy Spirit, we are also partnering with the fruits of His Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
On your journey, it is important to ask yourself: Am I experiencing joy and peace? Am I being gentle and patient with my body? There is an abundance of grace available for you to receive in this process. Don’t feel the pressure to eat perfectly or strictly adhere to a certain diet. Do the best you can, taking small steps to a healthier life, and allow the grace of God to cover the rest.
If there is one quality we really champion in transforming our health, it is gentleness. In this process, gentleness may be something you have to contend for, as most conventional advice tells us to starve our bodies and then overwork them through exercise. But we firmly believe in showing kindness to our bodies through gradual changes and patient perseverance.
Becoming healthier is not meant to be a heavy burden. Be patient with yourself. Be kind and good to your body. After all, it is the temple of the Lord. Some discipline is required, but keep in mind, self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. All that’s required is surrender and He will be faithful to produce self-control in your life. There is no striving!
Joy is the key to keeping a healthy lifestyle sustainable long term. It is important to have fun in creating your food and find physical activity you enjoy doing. Whether it be writing, dancing, or even cooking, our creative expression requires us to set aside time and make space for it to take place.
When it comes to caring for our bodies, this might look like setting aside time on the weekend to experiment with a new recipe. Or use what you have in your fridge and ask the Holy Spirit for new ideas. Have fun with it! It does not have to be overwhelming. Start by taking one step forward and watch Him meet you right where you are.
We would like to thank Theresa Dedmon and her team for giving us the opportunity to share our heart with you. If you are interested, we will have a breakout session/impartation at the Bethel School of Creativity in May where we want to further empower and activate you.
Faith and Joy,
**Please always consult with your healthcare professional on any matters regarding your health. The content provided in this blog is not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog.