Clean Eating?! How About Clean Living?

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It seems that a return to whole foods has been all the rage, lately. With the popularity of documentaries like Hungry for Change and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, it’s easy to see why people have starting rising up against the processed, chemical-injected food we’ve been duped into buying. People are taking back their right to choose what they consume.

The concept of clean eating is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. To “eat clean” means to intentionally avoid consuming sugary, processed foods that are full of additives, and instead, consuming foods that are unaltered and straight from nature like fruits, vegetables and meat. Clean eaters pay close attention to ingredients and avoid anything they can’t pronounce like butylated hydroxyanisole or yellow tartrazine. {Huh?} Chances are if you can’t pronounce it, it was created in a lab somewhere.imagesC5RJA1F2

Why would anyone voluntarily go through the trouble of being a stickler over ingredients and clearing out their pantry? Because when you clean out your gut, allow it to heal from all the junk, and nourish your body properly, the chemical-induced fog lifts. You lose fat. Your energy increases. Your skin and hair become healthier. You sleep better. Your mental well-being improves. {And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want all that?}

So, this leads me to wonder how this might transfer over to other areas of our life. What would happen if we not only ate clean, but we became clean consumers in other areas of our life. What if we chose to be clean in what we view, in what we hear, in what we read and in what we think? What would happen if we remove the things from our life that are unhealthy and destructive? What if we take an honest look at the “ingredients” of our life  and lay down our pride long enough to stop justifying some of our choices?

But why would anyone go through the trouble of doing this? Because when you clean out what you expose your mind to and allow it to “heal”, the haze begins to lift. You become sensitive to the things of the Spirit. You start seeing things clearly, again. You  experience more peace, self-control, joy, etc. (see Galatians 5:22-23) {And, again, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that?}.

The only thing is that you won’t be able to do it on your own. Sheer will power isn’t enough. Human determination will eventually burn out. You need something to help you persevere. The good news is that long ago, a divine human being, Jesus Christ, asked His Father(God) on your behalf, to give you an advocate (Holy Spirit) to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17). He will be your helper. The only thing is that you won’t know Him unless you know the Father(God) and the Son (Jesus). But there’s more good news — He is the way, the truth and the life; so, if you want truth and life {and who doesn’t?}, follow His ways  because His ways are good (see John 14:6).

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:8


How might your life look different if you made choices against the backdrop of what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable? Do you need to reconsider what you have on your watch list? your playlist? your computer?

Ask God to give you a heart that desires more of Him and less of what this world has to offer.


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2 thoughts on “Clean Eating?! How About Clean Living?

  1. Wow! What hit me hardest from this was the utilization of the Holy Spirit. I’ve tried so many many times to do life on my own with a knowledge of Christ. Knowledge isn’t enough. I need to sit down QUIETLY and allow the Holy Spirit to purge what needs to be gone in my life. Oh, to have a greater sensitivity to the things of God! Thanks Jennifer! I needed this today! Was about to let my quiet time go, but He has gently nudged my heart through this!

    1. I’m right there with you, Amy. When I start my day submitting to the Spirit, things are so much clearer, but I all too easily let that time with Him slip away. Our flesh is so weak and unreliable!

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