My sister is healing beautifully from her brain surgery. The doctor told her on her three week checkup that the typical recovery time from such a surgery is 6 months. He said that this length of recovery is second only to open heart surgery.

Then he said that her progress was amazing and that her recovery was as far along as most of his patients are at three months post-surgery.

I know that God has everything to do with this. He made me and her both a promise that she would be fine and He is faithful. But I can’t help but wonder if there is anything else that may be contributing to this quick recovery. God is always faithful but sometimes our actions can also hinder or compliment His plan.

Her unwavering faith has definitely had an impact on her ability to endure this ordeal. She faced this trial as if it was a journey with a beginning and an end. She had a great attitude and her strength and confidence in the Lord rubbed off on everyone involved.

Lisa is also a bit of a health nut. She knows what the body needs in order to function at it’s full capacity and she’s committed to optimum health. She is always the first one I call when I have a question about anything to do with health.

As you can imagine, healthy eating has now become the topic of choice around our home and among my circle of friends. Everyone has an opinion. I prefer to listen to those who seem to be enjoying better health from their efforts. In other words when Jim Bob chimes in, after nearly coughing up a lung, my mind tends to wonder as he opines.

I’ve read many excellent articles on good health but I’ve received the most valuable information just from conversing with my sister. Her information isn’t biased toward a particular teaching or company profit structure. The difference between what the average person knows about health and the actual truth is substantial.

Healthy eating benefits us more than just physically. Our mental and emotional health depends on healthy habits too.

Beginning the change over to healthier habits can be overwhelming at first. I wish I had made more nutritionally sound choices when my children were younger so that healthy eating habits had been instilled in them early on. But, it’s never too late to change. The thing to keep in mind is that a lifestyle change of this magnitude can be done in baby steps. For me that has been the only way to make changes. Slow and steady wins the race.

When I read The Maker’s Diet a few years back I’ll be honest, it scared the bejeebers out of me. It was so radically different than how I fed my family that it overwhelmed me. I will re-read it this summer because having already made a few changes I realize now that I can pick a few of the author’s suggestions and just run with those. Sometimes, it’s not advantageous to have my “all or nothing” kind of mindset because I tend forget that every single change is a step in the right direction.

Written by Lauren

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