Monthly archive for March 2009

How Do I Deal With Temptation?

This is the first of a three-part series on How Do I Deal With Temptation? No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 Dear Ones, We all know the progression; it begins with a thought, which when entertained, proceeds to an action. It really doesn’t matter what the temptation is, the end result is always the same. Once we give in to the temptation, we find ourselves in a mess–one more time. Temptation is not limited to overeating, even though this area leads to the kind of mess that shows on the outside of our bodies. Temptation can come in the form of angry words spoken in retaliation

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Why don’t we do what we know to do?

Why don’t we do what we know to do?

I heard a children’s sermon recently that taught great truths. The speaker held up a packet with a picture of a watermelon. He asked them if he planted these seeds, would he get corn. The children looked at him like he was really goofy and said, “Of course not!” “You will get watermelon.” 1. Corn seeds will grow a corn plant. Next, he asked that if he planted the seeds right now, could he have corn to eat for lunch today. And again they wondered what was wrong with their teacher. They replied, “Of course not!” “He would have to wait for it to grow.” 2. They take time and the right conditions to grow. …and then he made his point: If we plant a seed from a weed, we will not get a vegetable, and if we treat other people in a mean way, they probably will treat us

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Eating Well During Pregnancy

I receive several calls a month from FP4H members asking about prenatal nutrition, so I felt it was time to include a comprehensive overview in a newsletter. Healthy maternal nutrition during pregnancy is essential for developing babies and the moms themselves. Here are some common questions and answers surrounding this important topic. How many calories do I need? Surprising to most, pregnant women only need an additional 300 calories per day beginning around the second trimester (13 weeks). That’s a 15% increase in total calories – hardly “eating for two”! It is a common misconception that women need to or should feel justified in eating double portions, and one that leads many women to gaining more weight than they should. Three hundred (300) calories equals about 3 cups of skim milk or a piece of whole wheat toast, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and a small banana. It is important

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Sports Nutrition Tips

As I’ve been studying for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified fitness trainer exam, I was pleased to see a fair chunk of the material devoted to the basics of nutrition and specifically, sports nutrition. More importantly, the information is accurate and fad-free – which always makes me happy! We dietitians tend to get a bit defensive about the massive amounts of nutrition misinformation readily available, so I was pleased to see that ACSM got it right. You may remember a few months ago that I wrote about how to prevent or plough through a plateau. One of the main takeaways from that article was that consistently consuming too few calories will lead to a reduction in lean body mass (or muscle). This causes the rate at which you burn calories (the “metabolic rate”) to slow down and thus preclude you from losing body fat. In other words,

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Seeking the Holy Spirit

But the Counselor, the Holy spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. – JOHN 14:26 Several years ago, I had a personal revelation about the role the Holy Spirit plays in our daily lives. I came to realize that He truly is our counselor, teacher, comforter and friend. I had just begun my 160-pound weight-loss journey in 1998 as a First Place for Health member. I was afraid to meet people I didn’t know. I didn’t want to go outdoors where people would see me working out. During this part of my journey, the Holy spirit became my comforter and encourager. I remember asking Him to help me with my food plan. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t do it correctly. Knowing that advance preparation was essential to my First Place

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