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Food & Exercise

March 9, 2013 @ 11:57 pm
posted by Joy D.

I’ve always been an athletic woman. I’m 6 feet 1 inches tall and a former basketball player for the Lady Razorbacks. It seems I’ve been exercising for as long as I can remember. The fact that I was on medication that contributed to weight gain was really not in my favor.

After I developed diabetes, I learned the importance of both exercise and healthy eating. It takes discipline.  My weight fluctuated a lot because of different medications; so exercise was all the more important.

exerciseIf experience has taught me anything, it’s the importance of healthy eating and exercise. I enjoy exercise. I feel so much better when I do it. Exercise has helped me manage my illness.  Before my illness, I walked a mile at least once a week. I’m much weaker now, but I still exercise my upper body. It’s part of my therapy.

Exercise Improves Your Mood

When your spirits are down, exercise causes endorphines to fire and you feel uplifted. According to WebMD, many studies show that people who exercise benefit from a boost in positive moods and lower rates of depression.  Endorphines act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. Endorphines are also sedatives. Notice how you can sleep so well after a good exercise? That’s why.

Did you know that glucose (sugar) is actually a fuel for cancer cells? Cancer survivors should limit the intake of sugars. Try natural sweeteners instead.

The Bible allows us to eat many different foods, but Jesus practiced a Levitical diet: white meats, whole grains, vegetables, honey, etc.

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With this in mind, I think it’s a good idea to substitute more broiled foods for fried foods. The Bible says nothing about Christ eating fried fish.  Don’t get me wrong. Living in the catfish capital of Arkansas means I do love a good plate of fried catfish, but I agree that fried foods are not good for the body…. especially one that’s fighting cancer.e grains, vegetables, honey.  For example, Luke 24:41-43 states “And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.”

Join with me and pray for continued faithfulness in diet and exercise for all of us who are fighting cancer..

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One Response to “Food & Exercise”

  1. Jospeh Devillier says:

    I read. great post.

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