Few month ago I was in the Dominican Republic, being a part of a big outreach on the largest university in town. Part of my job was to translate for the speaker, Dr. Rice Broocks, so I got to be on several TV interviews. Well, they say that the camera adds 5 pounds to your appearance. It seemed like I had several cameras pointing at me. I came out of that trip with a decision to loose weight, and work on getting a healthier lifestyle. That’s when my fight with carbs began.
As someone who lived a third of his life in Egypt, a third in Bolivia, and the last third in America, I have been hugely exposed to a daily diet rich in carbs. Egypt is knwon for the quality and the quantity of its bread. Bolivia is the land of rice, yuca and potatoes. And America is unfortunatley the land of sugar. So no matter which culinary culture I claimed, I was surrounded by carbs. Not only that, but also convinced that the thing to avoid is fat, or fatty type foods. To be fair, I always knew that an excess of cabs is bad for me, and that sugar specifically, has a lot of bad ramifications for our bodies. Nevertheless, I chose to ignore that knowledge and follow the culture around me.
I am not a health savy, and I don’t pretend to be there any time soon, but I do know that by cutting the bad carbs, and reducing my carb intake in general, I lost 20 pounds over 3 month (not fast, but consistent). I feel better health wise, I have more energy every day, and I can focus better on my ministry to do list. But I have to say, it doesn’t come without a fight. Everyday I have to remind myself why I am doing this. Every time I get with friends, and they are indulging on a cheeseburger, fries, or simply a cup of soda. I have to stop and remind myself of the benefits of broccoli, salmon, and sugarless foods in general.
I know this is suppose to be a blog about faith, and faith related matters, but I thought if my struggle to live a healthier lifestyle can be of assitance to anyone, it’s well worth the try. We are called by God (each one of us beleivers) to go and make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:19). To accomplish such a gigantic task, we need to stay healthy not only spiritual, but also physically. That is why Paul said to Timothy “Take good care of yourself and the doctrine…” 1 Timothy 4:16