Wednesday, 27 January 2016

N.E.W. S.T.A.R.T


N.E.W.S.TA.R.T.



‘New Year new me’. Every year around this time many utter such phrases. There is something about the word new, which is refreshing, carries a sense of hope and oozes a degree of determination from the speaker.  However, by the second month of the year such ambition and passion to start anew are merely past utterances and wanted realities that just remain as daydreams. Do not be dismayed, for as if there is still breath in you there is still hope!  

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest”. (Ecclesiastes 9:10 KJV). This bible verse reminds me of the concept of YOLO (You only live once), not in a frivolous or haphazard manner that often accompanies the concept, but one that encourages a life of diligence.   “…do it with thy might  for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest”. God is encouraging us to be diligent for in the grave there is no opportunity to work towards that ‘new you’.

One of the common goals set each year is one that focuses on health. My friend ‘E’ (Hoi dushi!) mentioned to me that if we don’t have good health then we cannot do much. Bad health slows down and almost instantly inhibits about every aspect of your lives. Let us focus on our health and encourage others through our new or improved lifestyles to do the same.  Health is not just exclusive to diet and exercise, but umbrellas other area such as: mental, social, emotional spiritual, societal, and sexual health (Staple, 2015). In this post I will make particular reference to health that pertains to food and diet as well as spiritual health.


Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 2, (KJV)). Our heavenly Father wants us to ‘be in health’, so let us obey his instructions by adopting a new start. The acronym N.E.W.S.TA.RT is commonly known amongst many Adventist, but unfortunately many are dining on the fleshpots of Egypt (Exodus 16:3). I must be frank that many of these disease or health issues we are having is partially because we do not follow the health laws of God. “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26). My favourite  writer/prophet puts it plainly “Sickness is caused by violating the laws of health”(Testimony Vol 3 p. 164). What are some of these health laws? They are as followed:


Nutrition
Exercise
Water
Sunlight
Temperance
Air
Rest
Trust

N.E.W.S.TA.RT. (click here for a video that illustrates this concept) 

Nutrition. You are what you eat. I can attest to the latter when I eat junk I feel like junk, I feel sluggish, weak and can feel my motivation deplete as I layer up on over processed food! Praise God I have given up chocolate but as for cakes and biscuits this is an issue. I terms of nutrients we need to follow the principle of Genesis 1:29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”A plant-based diet was the original diet for man. Life food. Upon leaving Eden to gain his livelihood by tilling the earth under the curse of sin, man received permission to eat also “the herb of the field.” Genesis 3:18.Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet (EGW, 1905)” A way to help Improve your nutrition is to adopt a rainbow theme on your plate. The more colour the more better (God willing I shall be launching a Green leaf challenge on the blog stay tuned).



Exercise.  I have heard of so many mentioning how they have signed up for the gym yet they do not go. When it comes to exercise set small realistic goals.  Get of a few stops before you stop and walk to your destination. Take the stairs and not the lift. These are just small examples of how we can improve our physical health.  Exercise alleviates the likelihood of chronic disease as well as improves disease.  

   Heart disease. Regular exercise can help improve your heart health. Recent studies have shown that interval training is often tolerated well in people with heart disease, and it can produce significant benefits.
   Diabetes. Regular exercise can help insulin more effectively lower your blood sugar level. Physical activity also can help you control your weight and boost your energy.
   Asthma. Often, exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
   Back pain. Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercises (core-strengthening exercises) may help reduce symptoms by strengthening the muscles around your spine.
Arthritis. Exercise can reduce pain, help maintain muscle strength in affected joints and reduce joint stiffness. (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise-and-chronic-disease/art-20046049)


Proverbs 31:27 KJV  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness”. Let’s be honest some of us are not exercising because we are feeding on the bread of idleness!  Exercise can not only reduces the chances of contacting disease but also gives you a feel good feeling. When we exercise our body release a chemical known as endorphins. This chemical creates a positive feeling. Many are in search of happiness imagine if we moved a bit more how happy we would be. 



 

Water.  In health and in sickness, pure water is one of heaven's choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage, which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. Drunk freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the system and assists nature to resist disease. The external application of water is one of the easiest and most satisfactory ways of regulating the circulation of the blood. A cold or cool bath is an excellent tonic. Warm baths open the pores and thus aid in the elimination of impurities. Both warm and neutral baths soothe the nerves and equalize the circulation” (EGW, 1905 p.237). There is no doubt that water is vital for our overall health. But how can we ensure that we are getting the optimal amount? Have you considered downloading a water app? This is a great way to monitor and improve your water intake daily. Another method is to put a glass, bottle ect within your view so you're encouraged to drink more water. Aim to drink two liters a day or around about that amount. “ Don’t take water for granted. Start today replenishing your body, and begin to reap its many rewards” (Staple, 2015).

Stay tuned for part 2.  References will be added at a later date. Please share this article and feel free to comment. 


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3 comments:

  1. Great post Rae :) What are some of your goals this year?

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    1. Thank you Tomi! OOO I think I will share it as a post. Thanks for the idea loool!

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