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IN A FOOD FIGHT

July 14, 2010Read: 1 Corinthians 9 "And everyone who is striving, has self-control in all things." --1 Corinthians 9:25

At PrayFit, we place a great deal of emphasis on healthy eating habits in order that you might live more abundant lives. Now of course, we believe that this life is vapor-quick and that no matter how many good foods we eat or bad foods we avoid, our days are numbered. Let's face it, food can't save us.

And many say, "Since life is so quick, why not eat up?" We say "Since life is so brief, why not stay the course?" Think about it: Where does God live? He lives inside of us. Our bodies are his dwelling place, right? How much respect are we showing if we have a willful disregard for what certain foods, not to mention what amounts of foods, can do to our bodies? Again, this won't translate into long-lasting change unless you see healthy eating as an act of obedience.

Now, we're not saying we can't enjoy food -- even the cheat kind -- but too many of our friends and siblings, parents and kids are struggling in a battle against food-related illness. And we'll lose the fight unless we...

--push away from the table sooner --shop smarter --teach our kids portion control --put up a fight

Besides, God didn't design us to be at the mercy of food. Of everything He created, we're his top priority. Let's learn to eat in such a way that pleases Him.

--J.P.

PRAYFIT RECIPE OF THE WEEK: QUINOA & BLACK BEAN SALAD WITH GRILLED SHRIMP Eating well doesn't have to mean chicken and rice. Try this high-protein dish to switch things up

Ingredients: ¾ cup cooked quinoa ¼ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained ½ cup diced cucumber ¼ cup diced red bell pepper 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil Lime juice to taste 4 oz grilled shrimp Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, combine quinoa, black beans, cucumber, peppers and cilantro; Drizzle with oil and lime juice, season with salt and pepper, and mix well. Serve topped with grilled shrimp.

Calories: 471 | Protein: 34 grams | Carbohydrates: 45 grams | Fat: 18 grams

>> Got your own healthy recipe to share? Jot it down and get us cooking at the PrayFit Nutrition forum.

Originally posted 12/1/2009.