I just returned from a wonderful 10 day family trip to South Africa. We ate a lot and discovered something wonderful about the food-It tasted so much better than American food! But I’m not ready to talk about that just yet. Another story for another time….But I will say this last thing about the food: my son purchased a Kit Kat candy bar in Germany and he remarked how much better the chocolate was than America’s chocolate. Even in South Africa he pretty much purchased a Kit Kat bar every chance he got, because he couldn’t get over how much better they tasted! And the fruit! Wow! It was so good! Now enough about the food differences, because that’s an entire article in itself. Perhaps I will revisit it at a later date, because it’s so consuming and exasperating what we do to food in America-it’s a bitter taste in my mouth right now. NOW…
Below are some travel takeaways from my trip I want to share that might help you in the New Year as you plan your 2017 summer getaways.
Avoid the herd mentality. Go on vacation with a predetermined mindset that that you are going to stick with your healthy eating habits no matter what the crowd does. While some of those in the group I was with chose the loaded burgers, fries and other fried options and sugary drinks, I chose options which said, “This is who I am, this is how I eat and this is what I am about. Hopefully, I set an example, but if no one noticed or cared, it was important to stay true to who I was and how I live my life. I read something that Joyce Meyer wrote in her Daily Devotion: Keep your word to yourself. If you can’t keep your word to yourself, then you won’t keep your word to God.” That resonated with me and I never forgot it. I try to walk in integrity with God and with myself. I try not to let myself down in this area.
Schedule some down time. Vacations are supposed to be about rest and relaxation. Yet as we all know, it is anything but that! It’s usually about hurry, rush, go, do, see it all, and eat it all. But remember, it’s important to take some time to relax. To reflect. To re-energize your inner man by spending some quiet time alone with the Lord, reading, praying, and meditating on the word of God. All of our plans mean nothing except we admit our need for Him. In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures for evermore (Psalms 16:11). It all starts with spending time with Him!
Get refocused on your dreams and goals. Deliberately spend some time thinking and planning and reworking your goals. Revisit your vison for your life and tweak or update as needed; look at where you are and where you want to go and what you need to do to move forward. It’s ok to discard some things if they are no longer pertinent. Make a commitment to do the last thing God told you to do so you can receive more from Him. You will be amazed how the cares of life, fear, and not trusting God can distract you from fulfilling the things that God has given to you. Take time during your vacation to re-commit and to take action. Sometimes we don’t need to plan but rather act!
There’s nothing worse than going on vacation and coming home tired, weary, not focused on the things God wants you to do, and with your healthy lifestyle undone!
I pray that these travel takeaways are helpful as you plan your 2017 summer getaways. Let your vacations be a gateway to achieving a better you, rekindling your love and passions, and in developing a closer walk with Christ.
Changing Minds, Changing Appetites, and Changing Eating Habits
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