Is Your Body a Temple or a Trash Can?

As I sit down to write this, I am back on Day 1 of the Keto diet. Back on — as in I started it and slipped off the wagon again. I’ve lost the same five pounds at least 15 times and I’m not even exaggerating.

I’m tired of starting over and I’m tired of struggling to not treat my body like a trash can. Whether it’s fast food, snack food, or overeating — I always slip up after I start making progress.

I watched my dad fight for his life, fight to keep his body going, and I act like I couldn’t care less about mine. So I sat down to think about that. Why am I like this? Why do I not care more?

Then I realized I live my life thinking I’m entitled to my body. It’s mine. I didn’t work for it or pay for it — but it’s mine. I don’t feed it the way it should be fed but it should still work for me because.. why?

Why should it keep working for me if I won’t work for it?

Do you remember the post where I talked about marinating in the Word? (You can read it here.)

He gave me what I needed to hear. Again.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” -1 Corinthians 6:19

Holy crap, did I feel like He just slammed a book on my desk while I was caught sleeping.

My body isn’t a temple — my body is the aftermath of an SEC tailgate with a quick swing through a McDonald’s and Taco Bell drive thru on the way home.

When I said yes to God and accepted what Jesus did for me — trusting his grace and forgiveness to save me — God put his Spirit inside me as a guarantee of my salvation. His Spirit is in my body. And I’m feeding it with trash. I thought my body was free but I’d just forgotten it was paid for in advance.


Today is Day 344 of Day 1 of Keto. I’ve already posted one of my favorite Keto recipes but I’m going to make that a weekly habit.

Remember though, it isn’t just what we feed our bodies — it’s what we feed our hearts and minds too! More on that another day. 🙂

If you’d like to join in, you’re more than welcome to! I know the holidays are right around the corner — literally this week — but I personally can’t keep putting it off. You’ll still be getting holiday recipes and treats from me because I like making those for other people but I’m gonna be taste testing a lot less! Tomorrow, I’m going to post some “getting started” tips and tell you how I lost 20 pounds the first go-around a few years ago. I felt so good!

And if you liked my cotton ornament (found here), I’ll be showing you how you can make your own for almost free later this week (without stealing it from someone’s crop) ;). Stay tuned!

Before you go!

If you haven’t already, please like the Joyful & Jittery Facebook page! I’ll probably keep majority of my Keto recipes and diet news over there. It’s also a lot easier to chat with y’all there, too! Just click here!

I hope your week has started off great! Let me know if you decide to join in with me. It’s always better with a team!


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