Staying Cool with God

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My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:5-8

I LOVE this podcast from Revelation Wellness and Alisa Keaton. She talks about how certain foods inflame our bodies and how we need to cool our bodies with the right, anti-inflammatory foods. But, more importantly, we need to remember that it is the Lord that spiritually keeps us cool and fills the void, heals the hurt that we try to fill with food, or relationships, or approval from others, or whatever we tend to lean on for comfort and assurance.

Please take an hour and listen to this to encourage you in both your spiritual and physical journey. I would love to hear back form you on what you gleaned from this podcast!

 

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Americans are Over-medicated

“We are 4.4 percent of the world population but we use 52 percent of the drugs in the world.  These drugs further damage our bodies and we continue to form diseases that rob us of our quality of life and life itself.”  In an article by Dr. Sue Aery, we are reminded of the poor choices the average American makes especially in regards to lack of exercise and gut-destroying food. My girls have been learning the importance of gut health in terms of pH levels where acidic stomachs promote disease and guts in an alkaline state help combat disease. As we have studied the gut, we have been reminded that our main goal is to stay far away from processed foods, dairy and meats and opt for a plant-based diet. It is then that we are better equipped to fight off infections, sickness, and disease. May your week ahead be a jumpstart for a diet that promotes a healthy gut!

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Obese America

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  • 36.5% of Americans are obese (this is obese only – it does not include those who are overweight).

  • 97 million Americans are effected by obesity-related conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. These diseases constitute the second leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.

  • $147 billion is the estimated yearly total of obesity-related medical costs in our country.

  • 1 is the number of people it takes to encourage and walk alongside someone in his or her pursuit to change from an unhealthy diet and seditray lifestyle to one of healthy eating and consistent exercise. My prayer is that we can each be that cheerleader for someone or, if we are the one in need of that change, to seek out someone to be that person for us.

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Sand Circuit

Our beach day earlier this week turned into a mini-circuit workout for me. I didn’t get my normal morning workout in, and my schedule was a bit frazzled, so I took advantage of the kids’ beach time to squeeze in some exercise. I did a series of 5 full push-ups followed by 20 walking lunges in the soft sand. I ended up with 20 push-ups and 60 lunges and then joined the kids in their sand castle building fun. That ended up with me being a moat digger, therefore I got in a little extra arm workout 😉 So when you don’t think you can get exercise into your day, stay active and keep these things in mind:

  • Take advantage of where you are

  • Take advantage of the time you have

  • Act like a kid

 

10 Servings of Veggies and Fruits for Longevity

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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!

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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