In order to live a healthy life, we have to change the way we think. Researchers at the University of Tubingen in Germany found that when study participant concentrated on different types of information when planning meals it lead them to choose smaller portion sizes. It seems that adopting a health-focused mindset instead of one of pleasure and just a desire to fill up lead to healthier eating habits. Researcher Stephanie Kullman states:
“Focusing on food for pleasure leads to bigger servings and increased brain response to food reward, whilst the sensation of fullness is perceived as less satisfying”.
This health-focused mindset triggers the pre-frontal cortex which is linked to self-control and future meal planning. Study participants were to focus their mindsets either on the health of food, expected pleasure, or intention to remain full until the next meal. Those who had the mindset on the health of the food chose smaller portions while those who focused on getting full or the pleasure of food chose bigger portions.
I believe this study is a good example of how changing our mindset can change our lives. Setting our mind on being healthy can lead to healthier choices in every area of our lives.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:1–4).
What does it mean to set your heart and mind on things above? I think it simply means to set our heart and mind on Love (God), loving ourselves and others. This can only be truly done when we understand the LOVE the Father has for us. His LOVE is a jealous, unrelenting love that desires to fellowship with, love , and protect His children. Those he created, he loves with a love that cannot be understood in human terms and can only be experienced in an intimated relationship with His Spirit–The Holy Spirit. This love of the Father was revealed to us through His son. He is LOVE and His LOVE is perfect and His LOVE will not fail. Setting our heart and mind to know Him and His love will transform our lives. There is nothing like His LOVE. It is so pure and so good. No matter what you have done, thought, or experienced His love can break the chains of addiction, self-hate, lust, abandonment, sexual addictions and perversions, and I could go on and on. Nothing is to hard for Him or to ugly for you to come boldly to Him for healing. He really is the only one who truly loves you and will never leave you. He is good and His intentions toward you are good. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then you are a new creation seated in Christ in Heaven. A mind set on Him (perfect love) will be transformed. Jesus said all the law and the prophets are summed up in this:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. Matthew 22: 37-39
We in our human strength can not do this scripture. Our love is not perfect. It is only in our pursuit to know Him and His love for us that we can love ourselves then love others. It is in fellowship with the Holy Spirit that His love is revealed and a divine exchange happens: We get His transforming love and He takes our brokenness and transforms our heart of stone to one of flesh. It’s time to turn our heart and mind towards Him. He is the one and only true God. He is the HEALER. He is the RESTORER. He is the REDEEMER. He is LOVE. Sunday September 23rd at sundown begins the Feast of the Tabernacle. It is a time of celebration in what Christ has done. It is also a time of increased angel activity and miracles. I encourage you to take this time to turn your heat and mind towards Him and see what miracle will take place.
Psalm 144:1 The Passion Translation (TPT)
144 King David’s poetic song as he stood before Goliath[a]
1 There is only one strong, safe, and secure place for me;
it’s in God alone and I love him!
He’s the one who gives me strength and skill for the battle.
Reference: Mindset during meal planning changes food choices and brain response to food; July 17th, 2018; Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior