Monthly archive for September 2009

God’s Waiting Room

I don’t know about you, but I do not like to wait.  Recently, my husband Johnny had an MRI scheduled at the medical center.  We went the week before to have all his scans done at one time, but the MRI machine was broken so we had to reschedule the test for a week later.  I usually go with Johnny when we will be there all day, but this time we decided he could do it without me. I left the house at 6:00 a.m. to exercise and Johnny had asked me to call him at 8:00 to be sure he was awake.  I called at 8:00 and 8:15, but the calls went into his voice mail both times.  I had a 30-minute telephone interview in my office at 8:30, so when I finished I called him again.  When this call went into his voice mail, I panicked and drove

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The 20 Saltiest Foods in America

The 20 Saltiest Foods in America

About one-third of all adults in the US have a problem with high blood pressure.  By the time they’re 65 years old, more than 60 percent of Americans have blood pressure that’s too high.  Anything at or above 140/90 is considered actual high blood pressure, or by its official name, hypertension. A reading above 120/80 is designated as pre-hypertension. Your ideal goal is 120/80 or less. Surprisingly, getting rid of the salt shaker is NOT the best way to fix the problem.  Only about one-fourth of our salt intake comes from the salt shaker.  The rest comes from processed foods that we buy. Remember, a good daily target for your total sodium intake from everything is somewhere between 1500-2300 mg.  That sounds like a lot, but that’s only about 1 teaspoon of salt, total.  From everything. A recent article is Men’s Health magazine listed the 20 saltiest foods in America.

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Let’s Stretch It Out

You know you need to exercise but you only have a short period of time. You choose either cardio or strength training; you warm up for a few minutes then jump on in. You look at the clock, see that your time is up and run for the shower. What’s missing? Stretching! A lot of people neglect stretching-why is that? I think it is because it is hard to measure the benefits and results. We can tell when we are not strong—just try doing some furniture moving when you haven’t been working out regularly! We can also tell when we are not where we should be in cardiovascular fitness. Try running after a bus that is pulling away or climbing a staircase quickly, when you haven’t been doing your cardio workout.  You can tell you are not fit in those areas. But lack of flexibility is much more subtle. Many

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Power Strength – Part II

There is another important concept in strength training—it’s called “going to failure.” In the world of strength training this is not a negative concept – it is a safety concept, which means that you stop when you can no longer do a repetition of an exercise in good form. If you were to continue at this point, you could be subject to injury. In the case of strength training, “failure” simply means that your muscles just can’t do any more of that particular exercise on that particular day. But it doesn’t mean that you will never do more than that, because the muscles adapt. They get stronger. God created our amazing bodies that way! He created your body that way! Don’t be afraid to do strength training, and be wise to allow yourself to ‘go to failure’ and stop when you can’t maintain good form. This type of ‘failure’ is not ‘failing’—it

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Anniversaries

Anniversary:  The annual recurrence of a date marking a notable event. Monument:  A lasting evidence, reminder, or example of someone or something notable or great. In Bible times people of old built a monument to remember important events in their lives.  Every time they looked at the monument, they remembered what God had done for them at that particular time.  Today we have anniversaries, and each year on certain days we celebrate or reflect on different occasions.  A birthday is actually a one-year anniversary of our birth.  The last four months have been full of anniversaries or monuments to God’s faithfulness. In May we celebrated the 50th anniversary of my high school graduation.  This type of anniversary is usually not significant enough to remember every year, but 50 years is certainly one of those occasions that warrant celebration.  It was such fun spending time with people who knew me in those early days.  We were children together and share special

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Healthy Foods That Aren’t So Healthy

Healthy Foods That Aren't So Healthy

Things aren’t always as good as they appear in the American supermarket and restaurant.  Here’s ten food items that don’t always deserve their healthy reputation: Yogurt. Yes plain yogurt is a great, high-calcium food but it tastes like sour milk. And that’s because it is sour milk. So the food manufacturers add “fruit on the bottom” which is really more like fruit preserves or jelly, than real fruit. That gives you a food that now often has 5-10 teaspoons of sugar per serving. What I do is buy one large container of plain non-fat yogurt and mix it with one large container of non-fat vanilla yogurt. That cuts the sugar per serving significantly from the “fruit added” kind but still gives you a product that tastes good. Fish. Yes, fish is a great food for your health. But not fast food fish. Not only is it deep fried but it, as a

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Australia Group Hosts Lunch

Australia Group Hosts Lunch

Wollongong Church of Christ Figtree NSW Australia Group were asked to host lunch after church. We did the catering using First Place 4 Health Recipes from the E-Newsletter and gave each person a brochure and recipes to take home. The comments were “Let us know when you are going to do this again! It was so nice.  I would love it each week!” There were many who came back for seconds saying they didn’t know food could be healthy and tasty at the same time.

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