10 Servings of Veggies and Fruits for Longevity

Eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death

I LOVE this new research. 10 servings of veggies and fruits a day create an amazingly healthy and disease-fighting body. From morning to night, that is what I eat. And with a condition that keeps my white blood cell count low, I should get sick often. My family often comments on the fact that mom is “never” sick. It is indeed a rare occasion that I get a virus or bug of any kind, and I have always comment back with “That’s because of all the vegetables I eat.” So start the day with veggies and end it on a sweet note with fruit!

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Motivational Tools for a True Lifestyle Change

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With the start of the year just ahead, many are setting goals, and many of those goals are focused on better health. Here are a few excellent online resources that are geared towards helping people incorporate healthy habits into each and every day so they can transform their lifestyles from that of mediocrity to that of thriving with stronger bodies and minds!

  • Revelation Wellness is offering a 30-day online Challenge called “The Little Way” for a tax-deductible donation. With an emphasis on growing your faith, you will also be encouraged in the areas of food and fitness. These 30 days will help you establish healthy habits that will become part of your daily life.

  • Wendi Pett’s Get Visibly Fit is a 7 week program to guide you and coach you to establish healthy habits and to break free of unhealthy ones.

  • Faithful Workouts has a free 31-day Health Challenge that allows you to click on the date and then a daily verse, food advice/wisdom, and a workout video will pop up for you. 

May you find the encouragement to continue in your health journey or to start your very own journey into a healthier and stronger you!

Jesus Had Big Biceps and Ate Kale

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Ok, so I’m not sure if Jesus ate kale, but I do know he had big biceps! Being a carpenter naturally lends itself to developing one’s physique. With that in mind, take some time to listen to this sermon from Pastor Mark Balmer of Calvary Chapel Melbourne. It is an awesome lesson about taking care of our bodies just as Jesus took care of his. This is the essence of my blog – a mind, body, and spirit approach to living a life for the glory of God the Father! May you be challenged and grow in wisdom.

40,000 Clicks – Thanks! 

I’m just a little blog in the land of health and nutrition sites, but as of last night, my awesome readers pushed me pass 40,000 views! Thanks for reading – you are the best! 

You Consume 1/4 to 1/2 Pound of Sugar a Day

The average American consumes anywhere from a quarter to a half pound of sugar a day.

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PLEASE read this article from The New York Times about how sugar is just as addictive as cocaine and nicotine, and how the food industry is happy to have us addicted to sugar so it can continually sell us their junk.

The solution? As the article states:

“A better approach to sugar rehab is to promote the consumption of whole, natural foods. Substituting whole foods for sweet industrial concoctions may be a hard sell, but in the face of an industry that is exploiting our biological nature to keep us addicted, it may be the best solution for those who need that sugar fix.”

Happy New Year!

May your 2015 be filled with opportunities to be transformed in many marvelous ways! /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/b8b/19248628/files/2014/12/img_0845.jpg

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

Pilates Certified Instructor…Coming SOON!!!

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Guess what I did?! I just signed up to receive my Pilates certification! Last week at the RecSpo conference, God spoke to my heart, continued to speak, and confirmed today that this is what He wanted me to do. My certification course via Oklahoma Baptist University will be completed in mid-December, and I will be ready to start classes after the first of the year (and there will be one class every week that will be FREE!) Stay tuned for more details…

A Healthy Body by Aleyah

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Here is a post by Aleyah, my 9 yr old daughter. These are her tips for living the healthy lifestyle both physically and spiritually. 🙂

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Aleyah D. Terry

Psalm 84:1  

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!!

God does not want your dwelling place (your body) unclean, so why not keep it clean?!

  • Drink 7-8 glasses of water

  • Get 8-9 hours of sleep

  • Do 1 hour of exercise or more

  • Eat right

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 

~1 Timothy 4:8

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

~3 John 1:2

Use It or Lose It – Physically AND Mentally

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Upon returning yesterday to ballet (cast and all) after just 2 1/2 weeks off, I am feeling a bit sore today. Which reminds me that if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! While we know that is true of us physically, Ohi0 State University researchers found that lack of exercise also leads to mental/cognitive loss. In research done on COPD patients, those that maintained their doctor-prescribed exercise routine scored higher than those who became sedative after their initial 10 week workout program. Building muscle power means building brain power!      

Move #4 & 5 in the Path to Better Health

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Tip #4 & #5 – Appointment and Accountability

Since I missed posting last week’s tip, I am tying tip #4 and #5 in together since they can go hand-in-hand at times.

Tip #4 is to make your workout a priority by making an appointment with yourself. Placing it in your schedule by typing it into your smartphone calendar keeps you focused on the goal. As a mom, I love to “check off” items on my to-do list, and exercise is one thing I do for myself and, therefore, is a benefit to my family since I feel a sense of accomplishment afterward.

Tip #5 is to have accountability with a friend and make an exercise date with him or her. Once again, it’s scheduled and you are less likely to skip it. Friends also encourage and push you along the way.

 

Check out my other healthy New Year tips:

Tip #1 – Don’t Drink Your Calories

Tip #2 – Portion Control

Tip #3 – Get Moving