Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle During Lockdown

Have you found yourself developing unhealthy eating habits since the stay-at-home if possible guidelines came into effect?

• Are you snacking more?
• Or maybe you find yourself consuming more junk food than you did before?
• Are you less active?
• Have you gained a few extra pounds?

You are not alone.

For many of us, our daily routines and habits have changed significantly. Now is a great opportunity to create new habits to benefit your health.

Nutrition and Hydration

• Plan your meals and focus on simple healthy meals that don’t need a lot of time and effort
• Try not to skip breakfast. A healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need to last until lunch
• Stay hydrated (swap fizzy drinks for filtered water or sparkling water with a slice of lemon)
• Try to keep healthy snacks readily available, such as a piece of fruit, some vegetables or nuts

Staying Active

Outdoors

• Regular physical activity releases endorphins which can help reduce stress and improve mood
• Try a daily brisk walk for at least 30 mins (walk part of your journey to work/home
• Take part of your lunch break outdoors (build in a quick walk)
• Find an activity you enjoy doing such as cycling or gardening – and build the activity into your day
• Try to walk shorter journeys instead of using the car/bus

Indoors

• Making small changes to your routine by including small bursts of activity all add up and help you move more.
• Try to limit the amount of time you spend sitting each day
• Walk around the house while on phone calls if possible.
• Aim to always use the stairs instead of the lifts
• Try completing strength and balance exercises on at least two days per week (these work all the major muscles legs, back abdomen, chest shoulders and arms)
• Use resistance bands and/or weights to help strengthen your muscles; If you don’t have weights you can use bottles of water or cans of food

There isn’t a one size fits all. If you don’t feel you can do it alone, try asking your family or friends to join you (at the moment no more than 6 people keeping within current social distancing rules) as you create new lifestyle habits.

NHS Live Well offer lots of practical advice, receipts , tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.

Visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/

 

 

Does Your Christian Walk Stop at Believing / Faith? No!

In Luke 13:23-25, Jesus said there’s a striving that we need to do to make it to heaven, to enter the narrow gate. Many will find the gate but they will not be able to enter. Why? Perhaps because they stopped at faith. They hung around the gate like the people in Noah’s days and took for granted how much time they had. They got to the door and thought simply claim it and it’s yours will get them through but it doesn’t. They still lived in the world. The Bible says there is a daily striving work expected of Christ’s children. Daily dying to self, daily choosing not to conform to the desires/passions of this world, daily striving to do things that please God (…continue reading).

The Dark Side of Pride – When We Forget Our Source

God who lifts man high also brings him down. In His word, God has given us the formula to unlock the windows of heaven and how to revel in His blessings. But He’s also always cautioned about the risk of forgetting the source of our blessings. To help whip us in line is partly why God uses silent/wilderness seasons to refine us like gold, to re-calibrate our focus to Him when we lose track or to prepare us for the next level of our walk with Him (e.g. Moses, Joseph, David, Paul, Jesus etc.). Psalms 1:1-3 has the “secret sauce” (…continue reading)

A True Story – Achieve the Impossible with Practical Faith

Life. The journey we are all on. Different paths leading each of us on varied experiences. We rise, we fall and hope to share our story to the benefit of someone else. Mine is a story of persistence. Persistence in hoping and trusting in God, believing I could achieve what others thought impossible. The first was believing I could get into a top global business school without the ideal GMAT score. I sat that 2011 Saturday in Church with the MBA dream still in its infancy and I heard a voice – ‘you will go for your MBA, free of charge’. Yes I did hear a voice. And so the journey began… (continue reading)

God’s Refining Process: Trials, Hardships, Detours etc.

Trials, hardships, detours etc. are all part of God’s way of refining His children so that we can bring even more glory to His name. If we respond as we ought, we will receive the guaranteed blessings on the other side of our trials. If we don’t, we risk losing the blessing and/or extending the length of our trials, just like the Israelites and their 40-yr journey in the wilderness which should have taken less than a year. Specifically in Isaiah 48:10-11, it says that it is in the furnace of affliction that God tests and chooses His true children…(continue reading).

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle During Lockdown

Have you found yourself developing unhealthy eating habits since the stay-at-home if possible guidelines came into effect? 

Are you snacking more? 
Or maybe you find yourself consuming more junk food than you did before? 
Are you less active? 
Have you gained a few extra pounds?

You are not alone

For many of us, our daily routines and habits have changed significantly. Now is a great opportunity to create new habits to benefit your health.

Nutrition and Hydration

Plan your meals and focus on simple healthy meals that don’t need a lot of time and effort
Try not to skip breakfast. A healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need to last until lunch
Stay hydrated (swap fizzy drinks for filtered water or sparkling water with a slice of lemon)
Try to keep healthy snacks readily available, such as a piece of fruit, some vegetables or nuts

Staying Active

Outdoors

Regular physical activity releases endorphins which can help reduce stress and improve mood
Try a daily brisk walk for at least 30 mins (walk part of your journey to work/home
Take part of your lunch break outdoors (build in a quick walk)
Find an activity you enjoy doing such as cycling or gardening – and build the activity into your day
Try to walk shorter journeys instead of using the car/bus

Indoors

Making small changes to your routine by including small bursts of activity all add up and help you move more.
Try to limit the amount of time you spend sitting each day
Walk around the house while on phone calls if possible.
Aim to always use the stairs instead of the lifts
Try completing strength and balance exercises on at least two days per week (these work all the major muscles legs, back abdomen, chest shoulders and arms)
Use resistance bands and/or weights to help strengthen your muscles; If you don’t have weights you can use bottles of water or cans of food

There isn’t a one size fits all. If you don’t feel you can do it alone, try asking your family or friends to join you (at the moment no more than 6 people keeping within current social distancing rules) as you create new lifestyle habits.

NHS Live Well offer lots of practical advice, receipts, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing. Visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/

Believing vs Asking/Speaking – What the Bible says about ”meditating on the word”

In Psalms 1:2, “Blessed is the man who delights in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates, day and night”. The common worldly understanding of meditation is that we’re thinking about something or emptying our minds of thought. Biblical meditation is however different: it’s neither about emptying our mind nor simply just thinking. Joshua 1:8 helps us better understand what it means to meditate on God’s word day and night. Basically, meditation means the word of God does not depart from our mouth. Meditating on the word of God means confessing it, speaking it out loud, concerning our life and situations, vocalizing it etc. (…continue reading)

Lessons from Nehemiah – How to Repent

The book of Nehemiah highlights some great points in the process of true repentance to God. I noticed that they’re strikingly similar to the steps taken during the time of King Hezekiah in 2 Chr 29 which we studied last week. The first step here was that the people read the words of God to discover the truth, why they were suffering and got convicted for their wrong ways. They fasted and prayed. They spent half a day studying the word, confessing their sins and worshipping God. They wasted no time in changing their ways! Nehemiah 8-9 covers these. Nehemiah 10 mentions the other key steps they took…(continue reading).

Lessons from Hezekiah: How to get God to turn your situation around quickly

2 Kings 18:5-7, 2 Chronicles 29:36
The Bible says that of all the kings of Judah, there was none like Hezekiah who held fast to God and obeyed His commandments. In fact, God so loved His obedience that He extended His life by 15 yrs (2 Kings 20)! Even when he had pride towards the end of his life and showed off his possessions to the Babylonians, the punishment for this didn’t happen in his lifetime. Did you know he was also the one who destroyed the bronze serpent that Moses made? The Israelites had kept it and been worshipping it for all those years! (…continue reading)

Getting to and succeeding at the top, God’s way – 12 lessons from the life of Daniel. 🙌🏾🤓

Daniel 5:10-12; Daniel 6:1-5

1) Daniel was very well educated and skillful. He and his 3 friends were given knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom, by God, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. King Nebuchadnezzar interviewed them in all matters of wisdom and understanding and found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers in all his realm. (Daniel 1)
2) Daniel and his friends were vegetarians and non-alcoholics, and they looked better and fatter in flesh than all their peers. (Daniel 1) What they fed on and drank had a direct impact on the quality of their mind and thinking clarity (…continue reading)