Spiritually and Physically Fit!

NateCCA“I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” – 1 Corinthians 9:27

Many Christians are spiritually fit but physically weak and sick. Fitness, nutrition, and health is our RESPONSIBILITY as stewards of the body God gave us. It is our duty to remain spiritually and physically fit for Christ.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

The verse above applies to all areas including fitness, nutrition, health, and all forms of abuse against the body (sexual, physical, alcohol, drugs, etc.).

It’s not about looking good or having six-pack abs. Although, form follows function and you will look better which will in turn make you feel better about yourself. Having a better self image and confidence are things you need as a Christian to give you the BOLDNESS, POWER and STRENGTH God has given us through the Holy Spirit. And good health means we can do what God has called us to do.

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of POWER and love and DISCIPLINE.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

Discipline your body through proper exercise and nutrition. Let it fuel you and provide the POWER and STRENGTH you need to be BOLD in Christ and to honor and glorify Him while fulfilling the purpose He has for you! God should be your inspiration and motivation to get fit and healthy.

I have spent a large part of my life immersed in fitness and nutrition as an intense hobby and passion and never had a clue why until God revealed the reasons for it in 2009 when I lost my  job and started Underground Fitness Revolution. I can help you because it is God’s purpose for me. It’s the reason He created me. He gave me gifts, talents, and abilities to fulfill this purpose in my life yo!

My current goal is to become as spiritually fit as I am physically fit. And although I have many more years of physical fitness under my belt than I do as a Christian, God continues to grow me spiritually each and every day the more I follow in His footsteps, listen to what He is saying, and follow what it is He wants me to do.

NateMissionAndPurposeMy spiritual fitness will quickly catch up and surpass my physical fitness in a lot less time than it took me to figure out the fitness, fat loss, nutrition, and health side of things. I’m eager to see what God is able to do through me once my spiritual fitness catches up to my physical fitness while loving and helping others and fulfilling my purpose in life.

“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:7-8

In addition to being the owner and Fitness Coach for Underground Fitness Revolution, I provide online coaching, accountability, support, motivation, inspiration, passion, and all the nutrition and training experience you need to succeed.  #DoWhatNateSays

I’m asking you to commit 15-30 minutes a day to get fit, lose fat, and improve your health. If you cannot do that, nothing else will work for you. No gimmicks, pills, potions, or any other fad or easy fix! Just consistency and hard work.

It will take discipline, commitment, action, better habits, and a lifestyle change but it’s all to honor and glorify God in the end and do what we are responsible for doing as Christians and stewards of our bodies yo!

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do ALL to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Sample Meal Plan

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

In my last article, I gave you the guidelines for “protein, produce, healthy fats, and water.” Today, I want to share a sample meal plan with you along with some ideas and options to make it easier for you to follow my recommendations.

Notice what it says in the bible verse above? When you eat or drink, you should do it all to the glory of God. That means God gave us the ability to enjoy the food He provided us. We should take much pleasure and delight in eating all the wonderful food God provides while honoring and glorifying Him in the process.

Have you ever thought about eating in that way? You should! It will change your mindset about eating in a whole new way. The next time you eat, ask yourself, “does this food that I’m about to eat honor and glorify God and the body he gave me?” If not, it’s time to make some changes.

Have you seen my previous article that talks about how your body is a temple? Are you eating food that reflects that? Or, are you eating processed food, sugar, fast food, fried food, organic junk food, and other garbage that dishonors God and your body? Remember, you CHOOSE what you put in your mouth each and every day. It’s your responsibility as a steward of the body God gave you to take care of it and honor and glorify Him through it.

If you’ve been neglecting your body due to a lack of a proper exercise and fitness program or poor nutrition, then I highly encourage you to read my previous blogs and also check out this sample meal plan that will greatly improve your fat loss, health, and muscle gaining goals while honoring and glorifying God in the process. In addition, you will feel better, sleep better, have more energy, be more productive, have less chance of health problems, and prevent diseases!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Here’s what a typical day of meals looks like for me following the “protein, produce, healthy fats, and water” guidelines.

SAMPLE MEAL PLAN:

Breakfast:
– 3 large or x-large whole eggs scrambled in coconut oil (or as an omelet) loaded with veggies of your choice (and maybe some cheddar or goat’s cheese)
– 2 slices of bacon (Maverick Ranch sugar-free or from a farmer’s market as they have no antibiotics, no nitrites or nitrates, no hormones, or MSG)
– 1/2 avocado
– 16 oz. Water

Post-Workout:
– Whey protein or Shakeology mixed with water and 5-10 grams creatine monohydrate
– (or a specific post-workout drink like R&R)
– (a whole foods option could include 1 cup of cottage cheese and berries or 5-8 ounces of plain Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of raw honey)

Lunch:
– Chicken breast, grass-fed beef burger, salmon, or other meat (6-12 ounces)
– Veggies of your choice (a very large serving: 2-3 cups)
– Coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, or olive oil on veggies for healthy fats
– 16 oz. Water

Dinner:
– (same as lunch – see above)
– 16 oz. Water

Snack (ONLY if needed between lunch and dinner or before bed – try not to snack):
Shakeology or whey protein mixed with almond butter, water, and ice (See more of my Shakeology recipes here – Nate’s Shakeology Recipes!)

– OR –

– 1/2 cup almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews or other nut (preferably raw) or nut butter (almond or cashew butter) on celery or apple
– 16 oz. Water

Ideally, water should be consumed before and after meals and throughout the day but not during the meal. Also, remember that I recommend a minimum of half your body weight in fluid ounces of water each day. If you weigh 150lbs, that’s a minimum of 75 ounces each day. You should consume more if you live in a hot climate, exercise, or have a physically demanding job.

That’s almost exactly what I eat each and every day! It follows the “protein, produce, healthy fats, and water” guidelines perfectly and allows me to eat a lot of delicious food and different meals and recipes that are quick and easy to make.

Here’s a quick and easy wild salmon recipe you can make in less than 20 minutes!

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In addition, I’m currently using Eat the 80 because everything is fully prepared so all I have to do is “heat it and eat it!” It takes less than three minutes to have a healthy and delicious meal ready to eat with this program. I highly recommend it for all my coaching clients. And yes, the food is DELICIOUS! I would not use it or recommend it otherwise.

If you think about how much time you spend shopping, planning, preparing, cooking, and cleaning each day, you’ll soon realize that for about $12 per meal, it’s a good deal and an easy way to follow my “protein, produce, healthy fats and water” guidelines without even thinking about it (it becomes a habit and a lifestyle!).

So there you go! A sample meal plan, recipes and ideas so you can follow the “protein, produce, healthy fats, and water” guidelines. It’s simple, easy, quick, and a healthy and delicious way to live. Once you make it a habit and lifestyle, it will be easy to do on a daily basis. Best of all, it will help you reach your goals faster than you ever thought possible while being able to eat a large volume of food. Many people will wonder how you can eat so much and still stay so lean and look good in and out of clothes.

If you need more help or have questions, be sure to ask me on our Facebook page.

Crank it yo!

Nate