Monthly archive for May 2007

Most Frequently Asked Question About Spiritual Life

What is the most important part of leading a balanced life? Most people who join First Place need balance in all four areas, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. I believe that if we will begin practicing on a daily basis the four areas of spiritual balance, the other areas will fall into line. Remember the founding verse of First Place, Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” When I neglect the spiritual area, all of the other areas suffer and I find myself floundering. Let’s take these one at a time and see if there are some tips that will work for you as you aspire to be balanced spiritually. Scripture Reading I try to read a specific book of the Bible at a time. I read my Bible each morning while the coffee is brewing

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Do My Feelings Affect My Eating?

Yes, maybe, but… I have the best intentions to live a healthy lifestyle but I just don’t stick with it. Sometimes I just don’t feel like it. The Balanced Life One of the great distinctions of the First Place program is an emphasis on balance in all areas. When it comes to “head and heart,” it is vital we keep things in equilibrium. We must be honest and aware of our emotions. They are important to our mental, physical and spiritual health. But we cannot trust our emotions to give the right direction all of the time. As we examine our personal history, we will discover patterns that are at times helpful and others hurtful. Our feelings can be key to how we treat food and as a result, impact our health. Feeding the Feeling Happiness – Celebrations can be “reason” to eat a feast. We give ourselves permission to

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Q&A with the RD

One of the best aspects of my job is having the opportunity to communicate daily with the members and leaders of First Place. Whether via email or telephone, I love being able to connect with and assist you in every way possible regarding question about nutrition or the Live It plan. Recently, I answered a couple of questions I feel are important enough to share publicly. Due to the depth of some questions, they have been condensed for the purpose of sharing the most relevant content. I look forward to hearing from you again soon! Question 1: Sugar-Free Living I have a new member who did First Place about eight years ago. She wants to do no sugar and we discussed having a commitment for the group to no sugar, but as a leader, I need to know how to tell them to accurately do that. What does First Place

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FAQ’s – Fitness Action Questions!

Ask the Expert How often and how long should I exercise? The answer, pure and simple, is that it needs to be a part of your everyday life. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Surgeon General have both recommended that we accumulate at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. We need to start by focusing on a more active lifestyle. Every day, make choices to walk instead of ride, get up instead of sit and move instead of stand still. Every bit of activity you add to your life is a positive fitness decision! Once you get moving, you can look at the possibility of taking a fitness class, developing a regular walking program or using a treadmill. There is a little device called a pedometer that you can wear to measure how many steps you take in a day. It would

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Enslavement

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. – JOHN 15:5 As a new First Place for Health member, walking with my husband one afternoon, I shared how overwhelmed I felt trying to fit all my daily First Place for Health responsibilities into one day. When my husband tried to encourage me, he paused to find the exact word, ” Just do the best you can and don’t worry about doing all those….” “Enslavements!” I blurted out. The surprise and irony of that word popping out of my mouth made us laugh, though I felt a little sheepish about being so negative. Moments later, the realization struck that this was God’s word choice. He was revealing to me that my expectation of perfect obedience was enslaving me. I was

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