BeHealthyChurch. Our aim is here to serve and to promote initiatives to help people understand eating habits and to lose weight if necessary. We are here to help. Whether you are a Christian or not I hope that you will find benefit from this site. The Bible says in John 10:10 that Jesus came to give life in its fullness. This is your total health & wellbeing. We want to help this happen.


 

BeHealthyChurch at a Glance


Here at BeHealthyChurch, we know that sometimes all it takes to change the way that we feel about ourselves is a little support. We are determined to make an impact. The core of our efforts is to bring fresh ideas and passion to the range of activities we’re all involved in, eating! Through all of our and your endeavors we hope to display the conviction behind our belief in Christ when He said that we should have life to the full, John 10:10.

We are a Parachurch Christian faith-based organization that work outside and across denominations to engage in social welfare and evangelism. 

Disclaimer!!  I am NOT a doctor or medical professional of any kind.  I am now a certified nutritionist with The Nutrition Network. (I do have advisers that are doctors)  If you want to change your diet to treat illness, I highly recommend that you consult with your physician.  Any content shared on this site is informative only. Do your own research and let us know what you found out!

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Activities

BeHealthyChurch is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do is Non-Profit and aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges.

Obesity is now the number one avoidable cause of death in the UK and much of the western world. Lets do something about it.

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More than one way!

One of the things that I have learned while doing research at BHC is that there are so many different diets and we need to find the one that fits you. However, it's best not to look as this as a diet but a change in lifestyle. So many people say that they have tried to loose weight but can't. As a Christian I know that that statement is false because in my bible it says, 'I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength'. Phillippians 4:13

Overweight Church!

With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. Recent surveys have shown that there is no difference overall between the church and the world when it comes to being overweight or obese. This survey then looked into the different religious denominations. They generally found that among Jews & Muslims there were very few people that were overweight. But Christians, especially from denominational churches bucked that trend and were actually higher than average.

Weight Drop-Off!

At BeHealthyChurch, we looking at different ways of adjusting our eating habits. While we recognize that 'a balanced diet' is what many might recommend sometimes to 'kick start' weight change we may have to be more brutal!  Hopefully on this site you will find links that you find helpful but we do stress that you should seek medical advice before you make any drastic changes in your diet.

Here is a tip - Don't drink orange juice but eat an orange! A glass of OJ contains nearly as much sugar as a glass of coke!

 
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"If we can help one person with how they feel about themselves then we have made a difference"

John Berriman

 
 

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Elim's ex GS John Glass lost 40+ pounds

June 9, 2019

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Some people argue that it is possible to be overweight and fundamentally healthy and, to some degree, I can agree with that.  Even when I reached my top weight of 19 stone (266 pounds for those reading in the USA and 121 Kilos for those in Europe)  my cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure levels always registered perfect.  I put it down to the fact that, on my father’s side of the family I come from a long line of farmers - stocky yet strong.


Having said that, I was not happy with my weight as I knew that there were other attending difficulties.  For example symptoms such as shortness of breath which was attributed to mild asthma turn out to be, once I had lost weight, the result of visceral fat that had attached itself to internal organs and had made breathing more difficult than it should have been.


During the period that I had put on weight my lifestyle had been the contributing factor.When I was not sitting behind a desk or around a table in committee meetings a lot of my time was spent travelling.  It became too convenient to buy unhealthy snacks at a garage when refuelling my car rather than taking time out to eat more healthfully in a restaurant.   


They say that it takes a tipping point to motivate someone to change their lifestyle and mine came when the scales tipped 19 stone. As I was retired from my former role I could no longer attribute my busy schedule to my physical condition.  At the same time two good friends who were also pastors were encouraging me, from different perspectives, to regain my former fitness.  The fact that they were both busy leaders yet managing to maintain a healthy lifestyle removed the last vestiges of my excuse.  Steve Uphall leads the All Nations network from a large church base in Wolverhampton and Ryan Morton, a UK champion weight lifter, is lead pastor of the Elim church in Keynsham.


Within three months I had shed 44 pounds through a combination of diet and exercise.  I utilised the Cambridge diet which packs all the essential proteins and vitamins into a selection of basic food products.  My exercise regime involves walking several miles a day - 700 miles in the past six months.  For core strength I use a Pilates Reformer machine.


At 70 years of age I feel far fitter than I have been for decades.  Sickness can of course strike the healthiest of people however I believe that, as Christians we have a responsibility to keep ourselves in shape.  I am not yet at my ideal weight and the challenge is always not to lose ground by reverting to less healthy habits.  Nevertheless we can all make a difference once we motivate ourselves to the first steps in the right direction.

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Vanessa's story

August 19, 2019

I have always struggled with my weight! Looking at photos I was, what everyone says, a “chubby” baby. I cannot remember exactly the transition from school uniform sizes to adult ones but don’t remember wearing size 8, 10 or 12 clothes ever in my late teens.


When I met my future husband, through a combination of fad diets and our windsurfing hobby I managed to stay a reasonable size but then as I progressed up the career ladder at work I went to lots of meetings where food was an integral part of the proceedings.


When I finally got pregnant I put on weight very quickly, and then, becoming very ill at the end, I had put on 9 stones by the time I gave birth to our twin daughters but I did lose 4 stones in the operating theatre that day.


With two babies and going back to work full time food was an afterthought and I ate all the wrong things. I was brought down to earth very quickly when I went to see a surgeon who told me that he wouldn’t operate on me until I had lost 4 stone as it was too dangerous! No-one had ever said that to me and I was very shocked! I needed the surgery so started a drastic diet regime of milkshakes and bars, under the supervision of a trained dietician who also explained about the importance of our head thinking when dieting. Over 6 months I lost the weight I needed to but had gone down lower and was now wearing size 8 skirts – I was told Iooked fabulous but I was rather skeletal in places.


I kept the weight off for a few years by being careful and watching my diet, but bad habits creep back in and before I knew it I was “at the high end of obese” in medical terms. With friend and family bereavements and the stress of moving to Cornwall, although a positive move, we were “empty nesters” for the first time in our lives, I turned to bad food choices and snacks. I started to get out of breath when exercising and suffered from a really bad back, aches and pains and was anticipating worsening pain into my retirement.


I didn’t want to be in pain, I attended physio and started doing pilates, then, realising that I couldn’t do it on my own I decided to join a Slimming World* group. My motivation was now that our daughter Gabbi was getting married in June 2019 and I didn’t want to be a “fat mother of the bride” in the photos.


It was the best thing I have done in many years. Not only have I lost 3 ½ stone but I have met a group of lovely people who are all on the journey with me. We have a lovely group leader who is so supportive, being on the journey still herself, although having lost more than 8 stone already.


I can identify the triggers for overeating and know what I should be eating. I have never eaten so much if I am honest. We cook things differently and I can have all the things that I love, but in a measured and controlled way! I intentionally exercise and love walking the dogs on the beach or in the woods, pushing myself to walk further and for longer. With my Pilates exercises my core muscles have strengthened and my back pain has gone!


The wedding was in June and it was an amazing day. My daughter has never looked so beautiful as she did and her sister was equally as lovely as a Maid of Honour. I had an amazing dress that I would never have dreamed of even looking at before and felt wonderful, also had so many lovely comments from others too!


I still have a way to go to reach my final target weight and this is the difficult part now. I need to find another goal to work towards. I fail every day on something but I don’t dwell on it, just make better choices next time. I will get there with the support of my family and weight loss group.


My top tips for weight loss are:


  • Be with people who encourage you – join a group – make like-minded friends


  • Go to group every week – be honest - take part – Have fun!


  • Have a target and goals along the way


  • Drink plenty of water – you may be thirsty rather than hungry


  • Don’t beat yourself up for yesterday – today is a new day to start again.


  • Reject words spoken over you that are not encouraging to you



Vanessa

Aged 58 1/12


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