My mother had a favorite saying: “You are what you eat, and you are what you think.”
I’ve thought about the last part of that stateement over the years. You really are what you think. The Bible is filled with Scripture which talks about renewing the mind. The King James Version of the Bible gives us a verse which says “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.”
You are what you think.
In a real sense, you are also what you eat.
Mackie Shilstone is a fitness guru known nationwide. He played football at Tulane “back in the day,” but he is best known for training professional athletes.
Recently, he sent out a report concerning foods which “cause” or “contribute to” depression. The reports originated from studies reported in the British Journal of Psychology and Journal of Rheumatology, and in books specializing on this topic.
The gist of the reports stated the foods we eat have a chemical reaction in our body that can either cause feelings of depression or help good feelings. Isn’t it amazing and wonderful that we can actually do something to help our feelings and to promote health?
What foods should you avoid? Foods high in fat and sugar and processed and fried foods may aid depression.
Foods rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and fish can actually have positive effects on your mood.
Mackie gave five his top five foods to stave off depression.
1. Vegetables–green leafy vegetables. Spinach and broccoli are good examples.
2. Fruits–Mackie cited blackberries, bananas, and watermelon as helpful in this area.
3. Seafood–Salmon and other fish high in omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation. Even shrimp is good for you.
4. Protein–Eggs, beans, and lentils are high in protein. Mackie says that getting foods high in protein is extremely important.
5. Whole grains, nuts, seeds–eat whole grain breads .
Our Christian theology teaches us our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Shouldn’t we care for this temple? Shouldn’t we do all within our power to care for the body given us by God? When we find ways to make ourselves more joyful and more pleasant to be around, shouldn’t we embrace those practices?
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