Exercise is key to longer lives. (Courtesy photo)
Exercise is key to longer lives. (Courtesy photo)

Scripture says in the book of Ephesians 5:29, “For no one has ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, as the Messiah does the church.”

Let’s dig into this a bit. When a woman prostitutes herself, is she tenderly caring for her body? When folk abuse their bodies by shooting drugs into their veins, are they tenderly caring for their bodies?

Therefore, I’m taking this opportunity to remind us that even when we overeat, causing our bodies to become overweight, we are not loving and caring for our bodies in the way this Scripture describes.

Most of us overeat for the wrong reasons. When my late mother baked those homemade chocolate layer cakes, I would eat slice after slice! Why did I do that? One, because it tasted so good, and secondly, because I didn’t have joy and fulfillment. My husband had abandoned me and our three children, I was working triple time to make ends meet, so when I would walk in the door and my mother had made such a scrumptious meal — fried chicken, cabbage, some type of beans, or maybe it was collard greens, but they had smoked turkey in them — and everything was delicious, topped off with the chocolate cake, it was tough to ignore.

It was a sin to eat that much food at once. Not only did I make myself fat and overweight, I also gave myself several health conditions that would hit me later. I didn’t get Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure until more than 20 years later, but it was a direct result of me having overeaten back in the day! My poor body decided, “You have given me entirely too much sugar to process, and you are interfering with my regular routine. Therefore, I’m going to quit doing what I do, and I will just let some of this sugar run rampant in your blood stream.”

That’s what happens when our blood sugar level is high. Our systems just can’t handle any more. This article is written to remind us to love our bodies, and then we will know how to love others.

Begin to exercise and you can encourage others to do the same. Select healthier food choices, such as more green, leafy vegetables, and select fresh fruit that isn’t extremely sweet, such as strawberries, blueberries, apples and low sugar-type fruits.

I’m there finally! I’m eating good every day, I’ve lost more than 50 pounds, and I run every morning as soon as I get up, sometimes as early as 3 a.m. I will go to get water, and remember how bad things were for my mother, who suffered from Type 2 diabetes, and I will stop what I’m doing and run a path that I have created inside my home. Today is Sunday, and my column is due every Sunday, but when I got up this morning, I ran 25 rounds to kick off my day. I will run another 25 rounds before I leave for church.

Dr. Calvin W. Rolark said it best when he said, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!” It was me who ate all of that cake and ruined my system. Now, it must be me who corrects this problem. Every round of running that I do eliminates sugar from my blood. Manually removing blood sugar from my body with exercise, until one day, my body recognizes that it can consume sugar again.

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email lyndiagrant@gmail.com or call 202-518-3192. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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