Wait..I can't forget frapps from Starbucks; gotta love those frapps from Starbucks.
Sweetened versions of coffee that taste more like candy than coffee was ever meant to taste bring joy to my taste buds, sweetened and colorful cereals marketed to children catch my eye, and any way you can wrap bread in sugar makes my tummy dance a little jig.
The problem is I'm quite positive these foods don't feel the same way about me. As a matter of fact, I'm almost convinced they have secret meeting discussing how they can sabotage my health on a weekly basis.
They appear to be bigger fans of the gestational diabetes I struggled with while pregnant with my daughter, or the Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes that creates chaos throughout my maternal family, or the way eating certain foods weighs me down and makes me not want to exercise even though I actually love a good run or 40-minute yoga session.
Food has not been my friend.
My shopping cart at the grocery store used to look like a serious oxymoron (can you spot the problem in the pic above?).
But I know it wasn't intended to be this way.
I agree with the lovely Lysa TerKeurst when she wrote in her book Made to Crave that she believes God intended for us to enjoy food because He gave us taste buds. Right on, Lisa! He created all kinds of deliciousness for us to consume, but the plan was never to allow it to consume us.
Throughout middle, high school and some of college I struggled with binge eating. I would never purge (even though the thought crossed my mind a time or two...just being honest), but I would eat healthy for weeks and then spend an entire day eating ridiculous amounts of any carb I could get my hands on. It wasn't because I thought I was overweight, or because I had body image issues. Not trying to sound conceited, but I always thought I was pretty cute. Maybe it's because my mom always told me I was, so I felt like a runway model even when I was rockin' yoga pants and a VS hoodie.
Nevertheless, me and food have been in this constant tug-of-war for far too long.
There have been days when I found myself in tears (literally) over giving in to cravings that I knew I shouldn't have. I've prayed while driving past my favorite bakery for the strength not to turn in. I have bought candy bars from the store, taken one bite and then thrown the rest away. I've hidden food wrappers and containers in my handbag before going into work so no one would see what I'd just eaten. As if they knew the struggle that was going on in my heart.
I'm tired of it.
I'm done with it.
And I'm determined to make a change.
A change for my family, for my Father, for His kingdom, for this temple I am living in.
||| cc: Young Living Essential Oils |||
So, some wonderful Young Living friends of mine who have also fallen in love with the health benefits of these products have decided to do a Ningxia Red Challenge at the beginning of the year. Each one of us is doing a little something different to with their individual teams, so I decided to share my team's challenge with all of my lovely blog readers!
As we let go of the old and make room for the Holy Spirit in the new year we are praying God will help us cleanse our hearts, minds and bodies.
- Read one chapter of the Book of Proverbs a day
- Walk at least 2,000 steps a day (just try!)
- Drink 1 oz. of Ningxia Red a day
- No fried foods or artificial sugars
**As part of my own personal challenge, I will also be taking Super C supplements and drinking our Balance Complete formula as well since I'm preggers and currently need a few more nutrients than you all might.
The Holy Spirit has given us all the ability to have self-control and we MUST submit ourselves to it.
"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things!"
|| Gal. 5:22-23, NLT (emphasis mine)||
If you would like to join us, let me know. If you are already signed up as a wholesale member, you can order the Ningxia Red yourself using your 24% off discount! If you aren't (you should be, lol), I can place your order for you so you can use my discount (local participants only, please) and you can simply pick it up from me. If you're signed up as a Retail Customer, you can still order at retail price which is still worth starting the year off with a healthier you! One bottle of Ningxia Red will last you the entire month if you only drink an ounce a day, which is really all you need when starting off.
I personally recommend signing-up as a wholesale member and just getting the Ningxia Red Starter Kit. It includes 2 bottles of Ningxia Red (remember, each one can last a month!), 30 2 oz. travel packs, a box of Ningxia Nitro, and samples of five different essential oils. If you're only drinking an ounce a day, that's about a five month supply for about $75 less than if you'd bought it all separately! Plus, you'd then be able to just order any other products from yourself in the future and there is never an obligation to buy every month. Buy as little or as much as you would like throughout the year.
It's all about us making a commitment to do whatever we can to clean out this holy temples we live in and keep them clean.
Not a diet.
Not a fad.
A commitment to be set a part in spirit and in health.
If you have any questions about the health benefits of Ningxia Red, feel free to ask me and you can even find some great videos on YouTube!
If you want to make sure you are stocked a ready to start some new health goals come January 1st, order soon so your order won't get lost in the shuffle of Christmas packages that FedEx will also be delivering across the country. Mine usually takes a week to get here from ship date, so I am placing my order on the 19th.
As always, if you have any questions about a product feel free to send me an E-mail and I will be glad to help you!