Monthly archive for April 2012

Sugar Addiction

Sugar Addiction

I recently read an article about sugar addiction. The article mentioned a video on YouTube that has gotten over 2.3 million views, which raised my curiosity.  I watched this long video and believe that the information presented is correct.  The video is “Sugar, The Bitter Truth” and the presenter is Dr. Robert Lustig, a California endocrinologist. I have shared before that I have a problem with sugar consumption.  If I don’t eat sugar, I don’t crave it but if I eat sugar, I crave sugar.  During our winter session of First Place 4 Health, I decided that I would eat no sugar.  My trainer, Donna Roberts, challenged her clients to abstain from sugar for 12 weeks and to put $5 in a jar each week that we would each donate to the “As Our Own” charity at the end of 12 weeks. I did great for nine of the 12 weeks and lost 10 pounds.  I

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Spring Clean Your Fridge

Don’t let your refrigerator hinder your weight-loss goals.  Here are a few rules for having a healthy fridge: Make fruits and veggies easy to grab.  Pull the fruits and veggies out of the crisper for frontline duty.  Put fruit and vegetables at eye level.  Make them easy to see and grab by shopping and putting them in see-through containers. Redo your dairy.  Replace full-fat milk, yogurt and cheese with lower-fat versions.  You will get as much calcium and protein as you would from fuller-fat versions without the saturated fats. Drink freely.  Keep a pitcher of water with cucumber and mint or floating orange slices on the top fridge shelf.  Sip all day to stay hydrated. Tame Temptation.  Move decadent foods (like last night’s Lasagna) out of sight, and put lighter picks in plain view. Make over the freezer.  Keep frozen goods like shrimp, whole grain waffles, fruit, or steamable veggies on hand so a healthy meal is not hard.

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That’s Why It’s Called a Workout

That's Why It's Called a Workout

When someone finishes one of my classes I love to hear “Wow, that was pretty hard but I feel great!.” Those words are music to any fitness instructor’s ears.  I do believe that many of us are afraid of the hard work that comes with exercise. It will be hard work; that’s why it’s called a workout. If you have completed a workout and it has not cost you something—sweat, energy, time, toil—then it has not been much of a workout. I love the story in the Old Testament of King David and Araunah. King David had brought a plague upon Israel and went to God seeking mercy: Then the angel of the LORD ordered Gad to tell David to go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name

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Love Back At You

Love Back At You

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 1 John 2:23 Several years ago, my husband and I were going through a very emotional time of grieving and change. My 49-year-old sister-in law was dying from brain cancer. Our college-age sons both made major decisions that same summer. Ben, our youngest, was going to be married that August, and our oldest son moved out of state. This move was one that brought us to a place of testing and trusting God. Nate’s move was prompted by an admission that he was homosexual. We were devastated, yet clearly knew that God calls us to love unconditionally. By His grace, we have been able to maintain a relationship without compromising God’s truth. I have been blessed to attend the annual First Place for Health Leadership Summit

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In Prison

In Prison

Recently, I received an “At Goal” form from a woman who lost 80 pounds in eight months.  As I read the form she filled out, I learned that this woman is serving a sentence in a Federal prison.  Someone donated a Member’s Guide and a couple of First Place 4 Health Bible studies to the prison Chaplain and the woman began reading and studying the materials.  Her life has been radically changed! Below is the note enclosed with the form: “I am currently an inmate at a Federal prison camp.  About 10 months ago the Chaplain gave me four of your books and from there we have formed a Bible study, which has grown into a faith-based class offered to all the women here.  I have led the Bible studies and have now taught the class twice. As a high school health teacher and a Christian, I love every concept of First Place 4 Health.  It

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A Fresh Look at Worship

A Fresh Look at Worship

Most of us think of worship as something we do on Sunday morning with friends and family and the praise band playing, or sitting in a pew somewhere in our beautiful stained-glass buildings.   Most would say that worship starts at 11:00 and ends at noon!  As we exit the building, that’s where our worship stops, or does it? Many of us continue to worship, but at a different kind of altar. We head to the nearest “all you can eat” buffet giving praise to God, while we fill up our plates for a second and third time. What if we could make a connection between our eating and exercise commitments and our worship? I’ll never forget the day when God impressed upon my mind that how we eat and exercise can also be a way to glorify God.  It happened one morning when I was on a run. I wore an old t-shirt

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12 Seeing others fully committed to wholeheartedly obeying the Lord Jesus in every area of their lives always challenges me and inspires me. As I examine my own heart and mind, I find myself asking: Am I willing to say yes to God—whatever He asks of me? Am I willing to say no to the things that displease or dishonor Him? In John 4, Jesus has just told the woman at the well that only He can quench her spiritual thirst: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (verses 13-14). She responds to His invitation and receives this life-giving water, calling everyone in her village

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