Monthly archive for November 2012

Christmas Can Be Confusing

Christmas Can Be Confusing

Yes, you know you’re trying to watch your weight. Maybe your doctor told you your cholesterol’s a little too high. But it’s Christmas for Pete’s sake! How are you supposed to navigate that minefield of tasty temptations people push on you over the next several weeks? Well, if you’re the cook in the family, or you know the cook in the family, here’s seven quick tips to help make those holiday treats delicious, but just a little more nutritious. In fruit pies you can cut the sugar called for by half. You save 744 calories for every cup of sugar you don’t use in the recipe. This way you may actually be able to taste the natural sweetness of the fruit. In cookies and crusts use half whole wheat pastry flour and half all-purpose flour instead of just using all-purpose flour.  They probably won’t taste the difference, but it’s a delicious way

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Christmas Survival – Is That What It Has Come To?

Christmas Survival - Is That What It Has Come To?

Did you ever think the time we set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus would have to come with a survival guide? Didn’t the angels say “Peace on earth, good will to men?” It appears that maybe we do need a survival guide. Weight gain, family conflicts, abundance of food, and financial pressures are just a few of the things that can weigh us down and launch us into destructive behaviors at Christmas. That is a potentially dangerous situation for those of us who use food as a coping technique. That is the very reason I am making my plans now.  I am not going to only survive; I am going to actually enjoy the holidays. I absolutely believe it is possible that this will be a most wonderful Christmas, especially with my Holy Holidays Enjoyment guide.  Here is my holiday plan: I will stay connected.   My FP4H class

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Just a Shepherd

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” –Luke 2:10-11 Picture this scene: Somewhere between Jerusalem and Bethlehem (a distance of only five miles), you sit around a campfire on an incredibly beautiful, star-filled night. It is chilly and you are a shepherd, doing what a shepherd does best—shepherding. Nothing like what you are about to experience has ever crossed your mind. After all, you are just a shepherd. Suddenly, the sky is illumined above you with a brightness more brilliant than the noon-day sun. The first words you hear are, “Now, don’t be afraid!” Right—don’t be afraid. Remember, you are just a shepherd. Then comes the announcement that will change history forever. An angel speaks, and

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November 2002

I just wanted to express my thanks to all of you for such a wonderful, heart changing program! I have lost nearly 50 pounds and am continuing to carry on towards the goal of permanent weight loss. I am doing this because I am “seeking first His kingdom and all things will be added unto you”! I am really excited each day to read and study this devotional. I will keep in touch as I move closer to the heart of God for my life! I sincerely thank you! Janet Anderson Catskill, New York ———————————————————————————————– Carole, I must tell you how much I am enjoying Today is the First Day. I am learning so much about myself. GOD and I are having the greatest conversations. We just don’t seem to have enough time. It’s like being out with a friend for your lunch hour and it is a sweet time

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