‘Tis the Season to be Conscious

Did you know that 52% of annual weight gain occurs during the six week holiday season? Not to mention the majority of New Year’s fitness resolutions that fail by the third week of January. This holiday season I want your mind to be set on Jesus. It’s time to shift our focus off the pleasantries that come with this time of year. Christmas would have no meaning if it wasn’t for Christ. It’s when we focus on the hustle of the holiday that we get into trouble. We replace our quality time with Jesus for exclusive shopping hours at our favorite store. Mid-week Bible studies and Sunday services turn into family trips out of town. Oh, I almost forgot about the Christmas parties at work, school, or the community club houses! Exercise even takes a backseat to bicep curling your favorite pie or drink to your mouth!

Be conscious of Jesus this Christmas season and ALL He’s done for you this year. Thank Him for allowing you to wake up and breathe each day. Thank Him for the job that allows you to provide for your family. Thank Him for not allowing your poor eating habits and lack of exercise to send you to the hospital for heart or organ-related issues. God has given you another chance to regain control of your TEMPLE. Don’t wait until January 1st for the TAKEOVER to begin: tis’ the season for it to start now!

One of the main reasons people overeat during the holidays and pick up unwanted pounds is because of the abundance of highly palatable foods. No one wants to choose foods that are low on the taste scale during the holidays. Even I give myself room during this time of year to eat foods I see once a year. What is it that makes food pleasant to the taste?

  • Sugar and salt content
  • Certain textures (melts in your mouth, crunchy, soft, easy to chew)
  • Pleasing aroma
  • Variety of flavors

It’s not hard to see why holiday meals promote overeating. Once you factor in the gathering of friends and family, it’s hard to say no to a tasty treat. Here is a scripture I want you to meditate on to help you eat more simply this holiday season.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21)

How did I equate this popular verse with that of food? The tongue controls more than just the words that come out of your mouth. It also governs what you deem is pleasant or unsatisfying to your taste buds. If you love the taste of something, you’re going to eat more of it! It’s just that simple. Some of the best tasting foods are on display during this time of year. Will you use self-control to avoid overindulging?

A person without self control is like a city with broken down walls (Proverbs 25:28).

Your TEMPLE is the city and Jesus resides in. To avoid stumbling into 2015 with major repairs to your broken down walls, learn to say “no.” Use moderation this holiday season. Tis’ the season to be jolly, merry, and conscious.

Rashad Sanders

Rashad A. Sanders is a celebrity Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach and has over 10 years experience in the fitness industry. He received his B.S. in Marketing from Oral Roberts University and eventually earned his M.S. degree in Recreation and Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University. Rashad has had the opportunity to train college and professional athletes, pastors, gospel artists, actors, state senators, music producers and other entertainers. After eight years of working as a personal trainer in Atlanta, GA, Rashad decided it was time for a change of scenery and moved to Houston, TX. He Is currently a Lead Coach at Iron Tribe Fitness – Missouri City. In addition to coaching, Rashad is a regular contributor to Gospel Today and an enthusiastic Falcons fan. He and his wife, Andrea, currently reside on the southwest side of Houston.

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