10 must-read pros of doing your own cooking

If you are wondering if you’d be better off doing your own cooking, you are right.

There are limitless pros to doing your own cooking versus buying ready-made food from restaurants or the supermarket. Read on to find out the pros of doing your own cooking.

 

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We all know that most people feel pressed for time to do their own cooking, what with all the demands on their time: kids, careers and many other commitments.

But why does doing your own cooking have to take a backseat when it comes to honoring those demands?

The way I see it, doing your own cooking should fit right at the top of your priorities seeing that it’s the quality of the food you eat that will determine whether or not you have enough energy to honor all the other demands.

Without wasting any more time, let’s dive straight into the pros of doing your own cooking.

 

  • #1: Doing your own cooking straight away puts you in charge of your diet and therefore your health.

Wouldn’t you like that? To have complete control over your diet instead of handing that control over to someone else like the indifferent chef at that restaurant or that exhausted one at the supermarket?

If you are serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, and you know that a simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet, then you know you have to be in charge of your own diet. And the only and best way to do that is by doing your own cooking.

If you are in charge of your diet, you’ll have control of your health, and that’s what we must all be striving for.

Your food choices will determine how healthy you are where the diet component of a simple healthy lifestyle is concerned.

Learn how to use food as medicine for your body with these 6 effective tips.

 

  • #2: Doing your own cooking straight away puts you in charge of your time

If you say you don’t have the time for doing your own cooking, then you are saying that you are a victim of time, and that’s a negative mentality to have.

Finding the time to do your own cooking puts you in complete control of time. You are not the victim and you can actually manage time better than someone who chooses to let time limit them.

 

  • #3: Doing your own cooking makes you prioritize on quality

If you are going to cook unhealthy food, then don’t bother. You’d be better off stepping into that restaurant or supermarket instead.

Because of doing my own cooking, I tend to prioritize on cooking the best quality food we have available at home.

If you are going to take the time and effort to do your own cooking, then your food has to be of the best quality.

 

  • #4: Doing your own cooking puts you in control of what goes into your food

I’m talking about your choice of ingredients. Not only do you get to decide on what ingredients to add but you also get to decide on how much of those ingredients to add.

I tend to add less oil and salt to my cooking. I don’t add sugar at all, except a little bit when I make bread because my family is not ready yet to quit sugar.

You need these  12 tips if you want to eat less sugar.

Being in charge of what and how much ingredients to put in your food will surely guarantee a healthy diet.

 

  • #5: Doing your own cooking helps stave off unhealthy cravings

You tend to crave healthy foods when you are doing your own cooking, provided you always cook healthy foods.

Remember that eating healthy/unhealthy is all about conditioning the  subconscious mind.

By cooking only healthy foods, you teach your mind that healthy foods are the only and best thing to eat, thereby getting rid of your cravings for unhealthy foods.

You’ll be interested in how to stop obsessing over calories.

You’ll also want to read how to stop binge eating.

 

  • #6: Doing your own cooking helps you save money

You save a lot of money. You don’t throw money away on those pricey dishes at the restaurant. You know how to compromise on ingredients in order to reduce costs while still obtaining the best quality.

You are careful not to unnecessarily throw out food and you learn to recycle things like stale breads, and the list is endless.

 

  • #7: Doing your own cooking may help you uncover a hidden cooking talent

There are a lot of people who don’t know they are talented at cooking simply because they’ve never taken the time to experiment with cooking, or maybe they did try it, but didn’t stick with it long enough to discover that talent.

I used to hate doing my own cooking. And because of that I was terrible at it. But then I quit my job and found myself sitting at home, faced with the responsibility of cooking for my family everyday.

It was that obligation that drew out the great cook in me. You might just discover your hidden cooking talent if you resort to doing your own cooking.

Read 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.

 

  • #8: Doing your own cooking makes you appreciate life more

Because you are in touch with the food you eat, you tend to appreciate that more than if you let someone else do your cooking.

It wasn’t until I started doing my own cooking that I started appreciating how nature gives me the food that I eat, aware of their work in me to keep growing me everyday.

We are literally the food we eat. That’s a massive thing to ponder. And when you do, you’ll be passionate about doing your own cooking, eating clean and even growing your own food.

Make a vegetable garden without spending any money is a must read.

 

  • #9: Doing your own cooking fosters healthy relationships

And we all know that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships. Doing your own cooking when you have a family will bring you together. I appreciate whoever does our cooking at home. I have new founded respect for them whenever they put my plate in front of me.

After a long day at work for you and school for your kids, why would you let the mechanical tendency of your lifestyle extend to your diet as well by eating store or restaurant-bought foods?

Don’t. Do your own cooking, encouraging your family to lend a hand and bond while you do so.

 

  • #10: Doing your own cooking puts you in charge of your weight

And weight is a source of concern for many people around the world. A lot of people are unhappy with their weight, but most if not all of them would lose all that excess weight and keep it off by doing their own cooking.

If you eat out everyday, how can you be shocked when you pack on extra pounds? I too used to worry about gaining weight, but since I started doing my own cooking, weight is no longer a concern because I have it under control.

 

The final word

Nothing beats doing your own cooking. It makes you a chef in your own kitchen. God gave us the natural ability to feed ourselves, so don’t hand that power over to another person and prioritize less important things over your own healthy eating.

There’s everything to be gained from doing your own cooking and nothing to lose from it. If you haven’t tried your hand at it or you’ve been skimpy about doing your own cooking, then start taking charge of what goes into your body because that literally builds or breaks you.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your thoughts about it? Do you do your own cooking? Then share with us your own pros? If you don’t do your own cooking, please share with us why?

 

How to avoid being taken advantage of in relationships

You can make a decision to avoid being taken advantage of in relationships right now.

Remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

But if you realize that a relationship is anything but healthy, and you feel like you are being violated, then it’s time to take a step.

So how exactly do you do that?

 

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  • Have the right intentions for getting involved with other people

Your own selfish intentions about starting relationships can be the ones making it difficult for you to avoid being taken advantage of.

If you are in a relationship for money, for example, then it’s easy to succumb to abuse, as long as you get the money you are looking for.

To avoid being taken advantage of, go into your relationships based only on love  and all the other right intentions of trust, genuine companionship, honesty, etc.

 

  • Know yourself

Sometimes you can’t avoid being taken advantage of because you don’t know yourself.

You are swayed by whatever happens in the relationship, whatever the other person asks of you, however unfair.

So, know yourself and be acquainted with your own values. Only when you are clear about your values will you not allow them to be compromised.

I recommend 6 useful tips to know yourself better.

The best way to know yourself is to read the word of God. It’s the perfect mirror of who God created you to be.

2 Timothy 1 v 7: God’s spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The spirit gives us power, love and self-control. (CEV)

Romans 8 v 37: … in all things we have complete victory through him who loved us! (GNB)

Hebrews 2 v 8: …God has put everything under our power and has not left anything out of our power…(CEV)

There are many more verses that talk of who you are in God’s eyes. So pick up the word of God and immerse yourself in it.

Meditate on it until it is completely carved into your heart. Live by it. If you have trouble understanding the bible, then I recommend 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

Also read 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

 

  • Be clear about what you want

If you want to avoid being taken advantage of, then be firm about what you want. Let your yes mean yes and no mean no.

What does that mean? It simply means, don’t be ambiguous about anything. If the other person asks something of you and you don’t want to do it, then be firm in saying no.

And make sure to be vocal about what you want so you can avoid being taken advantage of. Don’t assume that will be clear to the other person. No. Clearly communicate it.

 

  • Get out of unhealthy relationships

You already know that a healthy relationship is based on love, trust, honesty, mutual respect, etc.

Any relationship that falls short of these qualities is not worth being in. So, if you are sure that there’s no hope of the relationship being redeemed, then it’s time to let go of it so you can avoid being taken advantage of.

It’s in unhealthy relationships that people are mostly taken advantage of. So, make sure all your relationships are healthy.

 

  • Be assertive in accepting correction and advice

Just because now you are clear about what you want doesn’t mean you should be stubborn.

Remember that a healthy relationship is not all about taking; you should be prepared to give as well.

So, don’t be stubborn. Sometimes your obstinacy is the only thing you need to get rid of so you can avoid being taken advantage of.

Be wise and accept correction. Don’t assume you are right every time.

But being timid and gullible is not going to help you either. Be careful about the kind of advice you get because some of it may work against you and not for you.

Learn to be assertive instead. This way, you’ll be wise enough to accept correction without being manipulated. This will definitely help you to avoid being taken advantage of.

Read my post on 9 effective tips to improve your self esteem.

 

  • Don’t draw rash conclusions about the other person

Being judgmental is definitely a stumbling block when you are trying to avoid being taken advantage of.

Don’t assume the worst of the other person, or you’ll just perpetuate that assumption and actually draw out the worst in that person.

Always give the other person the benefit of the doubt. Actually, do better by thinking the best of them.

Did you know that thinking the best of a bad person can actually draw out the good in them? People act decent when we make it clear it to them that we think they are decent.

 

  • Ask questions

Sometimes all you need to do to avoid being taken advantage of is ask questions.

When the other person does something that you feel puts you at a disadvantage, then simply ask them questions without being accusatory.

You might discover the root cause of why they do the things they do. Then you can both work toward improving things so you can avoid being taken advantage of again.

If you are wondering how to go about asking questions then I suggest you read my post on 12 easy tips to become a good conversationalist.

 

  • Forgive

Yes, if you want to avoid being taken advantage of, then playing tit for tat isn’t going to help you.

If you feel that you’ve been wronged, then doing the same thing to the other person is not going to avenge you. It’s only going to make things worse by perpetuating the cycle of abuse.

So, refuse to take revenge against the other person. Instead, forgive them and move on. Don’t keep reminding them of their mistakes. Forgive them and learn to trust them again. Forgiveness heals many ills.

 

  • Accept each other just as you are

Don’t try to change the other person. This will just backfire on you. People are to be loved, not fixed.

Likewise, refuse to let the other person change you if you want to avoid being taken advantage of.

Remember, there’s nothing wrong with you. That doesn’t mean you can’t improve on your behavior. But the choice to do so should be yours and not imposed on you by the other person.

 

The final word

If you want to enjoy healthy relationships as a key component of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, then you have to take the necessary measures to avoid being taken advantage of.

Follow the tips above and many other tips so you can avoid being taken advantage of. Please note that you should also use the tips above to avoid taking advantage of others.

Remember that relationships are partnerships. They are about mutual love, trust, honesty and respect, so play your role in making yours healthy.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it. What do you think of it? What are your own tips on how to avoid being taken advantage of? Please share with us by commenting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 simple things you must do to become happier

If you are like every other person on the face of the earth, you want to become happier. Keep reading to learn what you must do in order to become happier.

 

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  • #1: Realize that happiness is a state of the mind

It’s all within you to become happy. It’s all in your mind. If you are currently unhappy, then you need to cultivate your mind for some happiness.

And the good news is, you can become as happy as you want just by exercising your mind the right way. So become happier by working your mind to give you as much happiness as you need.

 

  • #2: Stop looking for happiness around you

This follows from the point above. Happiness is not external, it’s internal. So, stop looking around you to become happier.

The people around you and the things around you are not responsible for making you become happier.

By letting go of the idea that the people around you must make you happy, you enable yourself to form and enjoy healthy relationships.

Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

 

  • #3: Make a choice to become happier

Becoming happier is a choice just like many other different choices you make in life.

If you are currently less happy than you should be, it’s because you’ve made that choice, whether or not you realize it.

So, consciously choose to become happier.

 

  • #4: Renew your choice to become happier every day

Just because you chose to become happier yesterday doesn’t mean you are set for happiness for the rest of your life.

Renew your decision to become happier every day.

 

  • #5: Be active in the word of God

You’ll remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality.

The word of God says you have a right to become happier than you are right now. It says happiness is one of the many blessings bestowed upon each and every one of us by our Father.

Don’t skimp out on reading the word. And don’t just read it, live it. This will definitely help you become happier.

Read these 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

Also read these 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

 

  • #6: Realize that you have everything you need in order to become happier

Remember that it’s not about the external things. You, all on your own, have everything you need in order to become happier. That’s powerful.

So, use this power you have and don’t let it go to waste.

 

  • #7: Stop comparing yourself to others

Nothing good can come out of you comparing yourself to others because you’ll always come out feeling short.

Learn to run your own race. Be confident in who you are. Know yourself enough to not be swayed by how people around you are living their lives.

Read my post on how to stop comparing yourself to others.

Also read 9 effective tips to improve your self esteem.

You’ll also definitely want to read 6 useful tips to know yourself better.

 

  • #8: Focus more on helping other people and less on yourself.

I can honestly say this has helped me become happier. I used to focus too much on myself and my needs. I thought I was happy until I started focusing on other people more.

Then I realized the true meaning of happiness.  You can too if you learn to focus more on other people than you do on yourself.

 

  • #9: Forgive and accept yourself just the way you are

You are God’s creation, so you are already perfect. Stop trying to fix whatever you think is wrong with you and start celebrating yourself.

Forgive yourself for your mistakes. Take them as opportunities to grow.

 

  • #10: Forgive and accept others just the way they are

Become happier by cutting other people some slack, just as you should do for yourself.

Accept others’ mistakes and forgive them. Forgiveness is a medicine for the heart.

 

  • #11: Give

It can be your money, time, labor, talent or any other resource. Giving is a sure way to help you become happier.

Read my post on 8 important tips to be more generous.

 

  • #12: Take care of yourself

Just because now you are focusing more on other people than on yourself doesn’t mean you should neglect yourself.

Actually, you can’t successfully care about and love other people if you can’t do those things for yourself first.

You have to be fit in every way to take care of others. So take care of yourself if you want to become happier.

Eat right, exercise, focus on your personal development, spirituality and on nurturing and developing the traits that will enable you to become a part of healthy relationships.

 

  • #13: Be positive

Positivity will definitely help you become happier. Always try and see the best in every person and every situation. Worry less and rejoice more.

 

  • #14: Be grateful

Grateful people are way happier than those people who aren’t grateful. There’s plenty to be grateful for.

Stop whining about what you don’t have and start showing gratitude for what you have.

 

  • #15: Smile and laugh

Smiling and laughing work magic if you want to become happier. On those days when I don’t feel too good, just smiling and laughing literally brighten up my mood and my day.

Please learn to do the same. Your true beauty shows when you smile and laugh.

 

  • #16: Focus on doing the things you love

Don’t waste time on the things you don’t like if you want to become happier. Live your hobbies and your talents. Read this post on 10 important steps to nurture and develop your talent.

 

  • #17: Make the most of every day

People who do this become happier. Knowing you are not wasting your days contributes tremendously to your happiness. Read this post on 8 effective but simple strategies to be productive.

 

The final word

You can become happier right at this very moment if you make a decision to do so. Happiness is available to everyone, regardless of your life circumstances.

So, don’t use your divorce, childhood trauma, disability etc as an excuse to remain unhappy. And don’t grow weary in your journey to become happier because you will definitely get where you want to go.

Judge your growing progress along the way, remembering to focus on the long term rather than the short term. The pursuit of happiness is a lifelong journey after all.

Read this post on 12 signs you are making progress in your life.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Are you happy? Do you want to become happier? Tell us what you think you need to do in order to become happier.

 

You’ll also want to read:

How to be happy: 23 ways to be happier by psychologytoday.com

10 ways to be happier by realsimple.com

6 easy to use tips to avoid gossip

If you are looking for easy to use tips to avoid gossip then you are in the right place. I used to struggle with gossiping and didn’t have any idea how to avoid it.

But then I made a lot of progress in that area and I’m about to let you know how I did that so you can also make progress to avoid gossip.

 

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Gossip is never good, and it’s always best to avoid it at all costs. Avoid gossip so you can keep your relationships intact because they are an important requirement to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

Gossip turns loved ones against each other and leads to a broken world. It also hinders you from being the best you can be and sharing that with other people.

There’s so much we can do if we can learn to avoid gossip. Think of all the time and energy you’d save, and all the relationships you’d enjoy.

So here are 6 easy to use tips to avoid gossip.

 

  • Tip #1: Stop gossiping

There’s no use in saying you want to avoid gossip if you are gossiping yourself. The first thing you need to do is stop gossiping so you can begin to dissociate yourself from it completely.

 

  • Tip #2: Avoid people who make you gossip

You know who those people are because you’ve been gossiping with them. But remember that you should try to get your friends to also avoid gossip instead of cutting them off altogether.

Give them a chance to realize their mistake and repent. If they insist on gossiping and you know you tried with them, then it’s time to move away from them and form healthy relationships.

 

  • Tip #3: Be productive with your time

This will definitely help you avoid gossip. Read my post on 8 simple but effective strategies to be productive.

Sometimes we gossip because we have nothing to do with our time. Our days are just so empty that we are looking for empty but harmful talk to fill them up.

Keep busy instead. Find something to do so you don’t have time to gossip. There are many things you can do. Try new things. Engage your talents. Read this post on 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.

Don’t worry that you won’t find something to do. There really are plenty of things. You can do this.

 

  • Tip #4: Get in the word of God

I know, this is my answer to everything. But it really works and this is perhaps your best tip. Get in the word of God. The word has a lot to say about gossip and it will teach you to move away from it.

Proverbs 20 v 19: Gossips can’t keep secrets, so never confide in blabbermouths (MSG).

Proverbs 16 v 28: Troublemakers start fights; gossip breaks up friendships (MSG).

We should be eager to follow the word of God because it’s the perfect manual for our lives.

Read my post on 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible. You’ll also want to read 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

 

  • Tip#5: Watch less TV

TV is full of gossip. Celebrity gossip is the perfect foundation for a life of gossip. There’s always plenty to talk about when it comes to celebrities.

Read my post: Watch less TV with these easy tactics. Watching less TV will help you avoid gossip and help free up some time for you to be productive.

 

  • Tip#6: Spend less time on social media

There’s a lot of gossip going around in social media. All that time spent on Facebook talking to friends you might have never even met is bound to get you talking about someone or something you shouldn’t be talking about.

Some people use social media as a means to cure boredom. Learn to nurture your relationships with others and learn to enjoy your own company. Read this post on 6 useful tips to know yourself better.

Also read this post on the real impact of social media in your life.

 

The final word

It can be hard to break a habit. So you’ll definitely face temptations while you are trying to avoid gossip. Keep strong and no matter how many times you fall, get back up and keep moving forward.

 

Thank you for reading this post. How do you avoid gossip? Please tell us your own tips by commenting.

 

 

 

How to be free from anger

Being free from anger is liberating beyond explanation. See, anger is a negative emotion that takes more than it gives, unless you are talking about giving you disease. Being free from anger is something we must all strive to achieve. Continue reading so you can learn how to be free from anger.

 

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A lot of people struggle with anger management. There used to be a time in my life when I did too. It didn’t take a lot to anger me, and when I did get angry, it was excessive.

Let me tell you. I once blew up at my boss at work. I stood up in a meeting of more than one hundred people and called out the boss that everyone, including myself, was scared of.

That might have been brave because I was standing up for my rights. But it was the wrong way to go about doing that. Since then, I’ve consciously stepped away from that kind of anger, and anger altogether.

A life free from anger is a life of freedom in every way imaginable. You free up your spirit to focus on the positive and in the process, you free up your body to enjoy that positivity.

 

Here’s how you can be free from anger:

  • Get into God’s word

I know. It seems like this is my first answer to every question. Well, the truth is, it is. The word of God is literally a manual for your life. It has the answer to every question you have right now.

The word of God tells us to not go to bed angry, and it tells us to love each other. It tells us to patiently put up with each other.

There’s no anger evident in any of the scenarios above. And in the first scenario, the word of God comes right out and condemns anger.

So, be free from anger by getting into God’s word and meditating on it. Pray to God for guidance. Read my 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

 

  • Avoid anything that triggers your anger

Avoid people who make you angry. If it means changing the people you hang around with, then so be it.

If it’s someone at work or school who you can’t avoid, then converse with them only in matters concerning work or school so you limit the chances of them saying something that makes you angry. This will definitely help you be free from anger.

 

  • Practice forgiveness

I’ve already mentioned patiently putting up with each other. Now, go further by forgiving others for the wrongs they’ve done to you.

Everyone makes mistakes, including you. And everyone deserves forgiveness for their mistakes, including you. Forgive others just as you’d like them to forgive you and by doing this you will be free from anger.

If you hold grudges, you open yourself up to a lot of heartache, which births diseases. Plus, holding grudges robs you of healthy relationships and we know that healthy relationships are one of the key components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

Read my post: a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

 

  • Address your personal issues and make peace with your life

Sometimes all you need to be free from anger is to address the issues in your life. And these are issues no one else but you might know of. Maybe you are struggling with addictions.

It’s common that when you are frustrated with your private things, you tend to take them out on others in the form of anger.

Instead of lashing out, address your addictions. Lean on the word of God, and seek counseling. You shouldn’t be alone in your time of need and there are a lot of people who are ready to help you so you can be free from anger.

 

  • Live a simple life

This is extremely important. I know the world today encourages cut-throat competition and a high lifestyle few can afford.

Don’t let people dictate how you should live. Read this post on having the guts to live life on your own terms.

Be clear about what you want. Know yourself enough to know the kind of life you want to lead and be firm about it. I have these 6 useful tips to know yourself better.

A simple life is the best life. Simple means affordable, and you can never go wrong with affordable.

Living a life you can’t afford burdens you, and this breeds anger. So be free from anger by living simply, quietly, minding your own business.

 

The final word

Do everything you can in order to be free from anger. Freedom from anger will liberate you and attract good things into your life.

You’ll have the best that life has to offer, and though challenges will arise, your new attitude will ensure you deal with challenges with amazing positivity that will enable you to always emerge triumphant at the other end of your problems.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I know a lot of people struggle to be free from anger. Are you struggling too? Let us know. If you’ve struggled to be free from anger before but you managed to conquer your anger, please share with us how you did that.

 

You’ll also be interested in:

10 biblical truths to overcome sinful anger by biblestudytools.com

3 ways to break free from anger by huffingtonpost.com

Keys to powerful living: overcoming anger by cbn.com

How to successfully live a celibate life

If you’ve made a choice to successfully live a celibate life then you are not alone. Many people, though a lot of them haven’t come forward about their choice, are choosing to live a celibate life. I have personally chosen to live a celibate life and I’m about to share with you why I’ve made that choice and the benefits of it.

 

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I’ve had romantic relationships in the past. In fact, two weeks ago I was sitting here in my office and thinking of all those relationships. I counted the number of people I’d gone out with, and sad to say, I’d slept with each and every one of those people. And my fingers fell short of counting those people.

I sat here on this chair and cringed, shaking my head in shame. Now, the moment I accepted Christ into my life, I knew I was free from shame because the bible says those who believe in Jesus Christ will never be ashamed. The bible also says that once I’m in Christ, I’m a new creature, blameless.

But two weeks ago I couldn’t help but feel that shame I’d almost forgotten. I made a decision to become celibate in February 2017. I wasn’t happy with the way my life was going, and I’d just discovered how deeply in love I was with God. So I wanted to focus fully on him and remain as pure as I could be while I did that.

Now, I’m still celibate as of 11 July 2018. If you were to ask me how it’s been trying to live a celibate life, you might not like the answer I have to give. See, many people living this life are struggling. But some have found a way to successfully live a celibate life, and I’ve found that way too.

But people would like for us to tell them that living a celibate life is hard and not doable, just so they can have an excuse to not live a celibate life. The truth is living a celibate life is a personal choice you shouldn’t have to justify. And anyone can live a celibate life. It’s not hard at all and I’m about to share you why I say that.

It’s important to point out that your decision to successfully live a celibate life might not have a spiritual bearing. Maybe you just want to be celibate to avoid the complications of relationships, to focus on finding yourself, or to avoid sexually transmitted diseases because these reasons also had a huge bearing in my own decision.

That’s why I have this post under the Lifestyle category and not the Spirituality category. So that you don’t doubt your decision if it’s not based on spirituality. Whatever your reasons for choosing a celibate life, I’m here to help you.

Here’s how you can successfully live a celibate life too:

 

  • Be sure about your decision and be happy with it.

And this is really the whole point: that you intentionally want to successfully live a celibate life. You can’t be happy about it if you feel forced to do it. Or if you think you want to do it just because right now you’re single. What happens when you meet someone later today?

No, you have to really establish that you want to live a celibate life and be happy with your decision. It’s the only way you can successfully live a celibate life.

 

  • Tell God about your decision

You might be celibate for a reason outside of God but you are going to need him in order to successfully live a celibate life. I don’t care who you are. Your self-discipline and self-effort are not going to be enough to get you through this especially in the early stages. Only God’s strength can get you through this. So tell him about your decision and humbly ask for his guidance.

 

  • Renew your mind with the word of God

And there’s only one way to do this: read God’s word. You can’t think the way you’ve been thinking all along and think you can successfully live a celibate life. Remember, you haven’t been able to successfully live a celibate life because you’ve been thinking like the world.

When you renew your mind, you exchange your own ideas for God’s ideas. And God’s word clearly says that we have everything we need in order to live a life that pleases God. That life includes being celibate as long as you are single. If you renew your mind and start thinking along these lines, you’ll feel your sinful desires melting away to be replaced by contentment in celibacy.

And renewing your mind is not just a one time thing. No, you have to stay in the word every day to renew your mind. You are always going to need the word for you to successfully live a celibate life.

 

  • Avoid temptations

Just because you’ve now renewed your mind doesn’t mean you are immune to temptations. If fact, don’t be foolish and subject yourself to temptations. You can’t intentionally watch porn and think you won’t be tempted. Of course you’ll be.

You can’t go out to the strip club and think you won’t be tempted by all that nudity. Of course you’ll be. If you want to successfully live a celibate life you have to remove yourself from all temptations.

By the way, if you’ve truly renewed your mind, you won’t even consider watching porn or entering a strip club.

 

  • Associate with people who can help you

That means rethinking your old friendships. If you want to successfully live a celibate life you can’t keep hanging around with friends you used to hang around with while you were still sleeping around. But do them a favor by letting them in on your decision to successfully live a celibate life.

Invite them to join in that life. Let them decide. If they want to live this life, then partner with them so you can help each other. But if they are intent on continuing with their current way of live, wash your hands off them because it’s the best thing for you to do.

Again, don’t listen to people who mock you and make fun of your celibate life. Be proud of your life and don’t be afraid to speak about it when confronted, though you shouldn’t have to defend yourself about that.

Remember that enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle is dependent upon being in healthy relationships.

 

The final word

It’s possible to successfully live a celibate life even in these times when sex rules the world. Remember that you first have to be sure and happy about your decision. That’s extremely important.

Don’t worry about what people say to you and behind your back. Take pride in your celibate life, knowing you are avoiding a lot of disappointments and heartache by choosing this life, not to mention you can have the most intimate relationship with God.

Remember to lean on God, whether or not the choice to live a celibate life is based on a spiritual reason.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Tell us what you think of it. Maybe you are not celibate, but you definitely have some thoughts about celibacy. So let us know what those thoughts are. And maybe you are celibate. Tell us how you successfully live a celibate life.

 

You might want to also read:

How to live without sex: a beginner’s guide to celibacy by christian today.com

How to live a life of celibacy by wikihow.com

A simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships

A simple healthy lifestyle is dependent upon you establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships.

 

A message about love for a simple healthy lifestyle

 

Please note that relationships have to be meaningful if they are to work. Not just meaningful to you, but to the other person as well.

Our world today is permeated with selfish relationships. Relationships have come to be about what I can get from the other person, and never about pursuing genuine love.

But I’ve gotten tired of hearing phrases like: well, it’s what it is, we just have to live with it.

Why do we have to settle for the worst things in life, mediocre at best? We are the ones who changed relationships from meaningful to selfish, and we are the only ones who can change them back.

So let’s not settle for less than what we deserve if we wish to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

You are worthy of love message for a simple healthy lifestyle

 

OK. So then, we have to examine ourselves.

 

What is stopping us from enjoying meaningful relationships?

The answer is pretty simple, if you think about it. But many people continue to miss this truth and therefore they cannot enjoy meaningful relationships that in turn allow them to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

This is the truth:

Meaningful relationships are all rooted on one thing: Love.

 

If you don’t think you are worthy of love, or that others are worthy of love, you can forget about having meaningful relationship with others.

 

That’s it. It’s that simple.

Love makes everything possible.

And love is the mother of all great things in this world.

 

If we can love ourselves and love others at the same time, then we have found the key to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

If we can love ourselves and others enough to know that we deserve only the best, then we’d form meaningful relationships that only promote that belief.

 

So am I saying that people today don’t have love?

Exactly. Maybe it’s not something you think is true. Or maybe you know it’s true but you don’t want to hear that truth.

Notice that in the above statements I didn’t say people should love themselves only. I said they should love themselves AND others.

True love goes beyond self to others.

 

Genuine relationships for a simple healthy lifestyle

 

You cannot say you truly have love until that love pours out to those around you. Only then can you genuinely say you have love in your heart.

So if you want to argue that there is love around us then I’m not going to argue with you. I see love around us, of course. But that love is self-love, and it falls far too short of the kind of love you need to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

Yes, again, I don’t want to offend anyone but today we love ourselves and nobody else. We revere ourselves and have turned that worship from the one being who deserves it: God.

We have so much self-love that we have no room in our hearts to love anybody else. That’s why we form empty relationships that are all about what we can get from the other person.

 

So how do I start loving others?

You just have to make a decision to love them. That’s all it takes to start: A decision.

You can’t wait for people to do good things for you before you start loving them. Simply because people aren’t perfect and if you wait for that to happen you might end up waiting forever.

Love others NOW with all their imperfections, the same way they should love you with all your imperfections.

Realize that love makes you and them grow and become better people than you were yesterday. And that’s what we need in order to heal this world.

 

What if someone hurt you?

Love them. It’s that simple. Does that mean you are not hurt or angry? No of course not. You’ll feel the disappointment, the hurt. But love them regardless. Only if you love those who hurt you and you show them that love, will they want to become better people.

If you want to know more about loving and forgiving others for their mistakes, read this.

So begin your journey now to love yourself and others so you can start enjoying the simple healthy lifestyle that guarantees results.

  • Start by loving yourself unconditionally
  • Make friends and love them unconditionally
  • Love your children unconditionally
  • Love your spouse unconditionally. That is what marriage is all about anyway.

Love everyone unconditionally.

 

Loving your spouse unconditionally for a simple healthy lifestyle

 

Don’t let unconditional love be something you reserve only for your pets. Pets are cute and we should love them, but people are indispensable and we should love them even more, treasure them, and not take for granted the little time we have with them in this world.

I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll say it again: The bible is my only source of truth. And the bible says everything is hinged on love. We are to love our creator, and we are to love others.

I can quote a few  verses about love.

1 Corinthians 13 v 2: What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing unless I loved others. (CEV)

1 Peter 4 v 8: Most important of all, you must sincerely love each other, because love wipes away many sins. (CEV)

1 Corinthians 13 v 13: For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love. (CEV)

1 Corinthians 14 v 1: Love should be your guide. (CEV)

1 Corinthians 16 v 14: Show love in everything you do. (CEV)

And there are many more verses.

 

Bible verse about love for a simple healthy lifestyle

 

The final word

We don’t have to let our relationships deteriorate like it’s the case right now in this world. We can turn things around and form genuine relationships based on true love. Only then can we enjoy the simple healthy lifestyle we deserve.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please let us know your thoughts on the topic. What kind of relationships do you have? Are they all genuine and meaningful or can you do without some of them? What are your struggles in forming healthy relationships? Let us know in the comments below.