Published January 30, 2018

Shelia Shares
"Choosing Wisely"

Dieting is not my thing. I don't like to be deprived of food. But, I also watch that I don't put on too much weight. My back and my knees have a way of telling me if I do.

This year I've found two ways to lose weight quickly. One is to get sick. In one day you can lose a lot of weight. This is not the preferred method.

The other check on adding weight that I've recently discovered is to keep a grandchild. (I suppose it would work in caring for your own young child, as well.) When I keep my four-month-old granddaughter, I find I don't take time to snack. I am busy keeping her busy, as well as feeding and changing her.

Actually, keeping a check on your weight is not that difficult. It often comes down to choices — to making good choices. (This doesn't just apply to eating, but to most other areas of life, too.)

We all know there are basic food groups. But, how we get our nutrition from those food groups can vary.

When I select a vegetable, I can't count my "potato" chips as the veggie. "Corn" chips really doesn't seem to be such a good choice either.

When I select a fruit, it is best that I don't count "lemon" meringue pie or "cherry" pie with a thick lardy crust.

My milk choices probably shouldn't be a big bag of "cheese" curls or ice cream with all the toppings.

I think we all know what our weaknesses are. Our best choice is to keep those "weaknesses" out of our homes. I can sit and eat an entire can of potato sticks without thinking. Fortunately, I have learned simply not to purchase potato sticks. Well, too often, anyway.

The old quote, "Moderation in all things," is still a good one. After all, our bodies belong to God. 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us, "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

So think about the choices you are making every day:

And have you factored in the most important choice of all – choosing to give God the time and devotion He surely deserves in our everyday living?

God gave each of us a brain capable of making choices. Are you making good ones?

- Shelia Heil

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