Monthly archive for December 2012

I Had a Choice That Day

I Had a Choice That Day

I don’t know about you, but I love every opportunity for new beginnings.  I love Mondays, the start of a new month and even the beginning of a new school year.  My very favorite new beginning is the New Year because it is a clean slate, a fresh start and another chance to do better. Our theme for the 2012-2013 year is Live Life.  My goal in writing Live Life Right Here, Right Now was to convey that today may be all we have.  Life is uncertain and we must do things that will propel us forward right here, right now. All of us reeled in shock and grief over the senseless killings of six adults and 20 children in Newtown, CT, just before Christmas.  As I read the stories of those precious children, I was struck by one in particular—the story of six-year-old Charlotte Bacon.  Charlotte was the little

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Women Hide Stolen Goods Under Body Fat

I thought that headline would get your attention.  Well, it’s that time of year again when resolutions turn to losing weight. But two women in Edmond, Oklahoma recently decided to use their extra pounds to make some extra cash. They were arrested at a TJ Maxx store where they allegedly stuffed $2600 worth of denim, footwear, and accessories under the rolls of fat on their stomachs, beneath their breasts, and up around their armpits. They stashed four pairs of boots, gloves, a wallet, and three pairs of jeans between the two of them. It turns out they probably needed the money.  A recent study found that 35% of adults that earned less than $15,000 per year were obese. Of those who earned $50,000 or more per year, only 24% were obese. So maybe the secret to losing weight is to get a second job! Those two ladies aren’t alone in

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How Does Your Cold Cut Stack Up

The curing of meat was traditionally done to preserve a precious food, and that food, being precious, was not served in mile-high deli sandwiches. It’s the portion, not the pastrami, which can be unhealthy these days. Still, even in a modest 1- or 2-ounce serving, sodium can add up. To dodge some of the salt, get your slices fresh from the deli for up to 50% sodium savings over pre-sliced. Opt for reduced-sodium versions when you can. And load your sandwich with lots of fresh veggies. Prosciutto.  Per ounce: Supersalty at 650 mg Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast.  Per ounce: Lean choice – less than 1g sat fat. But not salt-free – about 243mg sodium. Lower-sodium versions have about 175mg. Beef Pastrami. Per ounce: Seasoned brisket or round is leaner (0.5g or less sat fat) with lower sodium (242mg) than you might think. Smoked Turkey Breast. Per ounce: Similar to chicken – no sat

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Five Healthy Habits for 2013

1.      Fuel Up on Whole Grains.  Look beyond white rice, white bread and pastas this year and swap them for nutrient-rich whole grains.  Making a simply swap such as choosing brown rice, whole grain bread or whole-wheat pasta will lead to improved cardiovascular function and reduce the risk of some cancers.  Be adventurous and try some less familiar grains like quinoa, buckwheat groats and others.  Keep your favorites like oatmeal and air-popped popcorn! 2.      Focus on Healthy Fats.  Stick with unsaturated ones found in vegetable oils, seeds, nuts, fish, and avocados to promote health and protect against heart disease, stroke, inflammation, and diabetes. Incorporate healthy fats into your day-to-day cooking by cooking veggies in heart-healthy olive or canola oil, using skinless poultry or lean cuts of beef and pork, and topping salads with crunchy nuts and seeds instead of buttery croutons. 3.      Snack Smarter.  Eating snacks between meals helps satisfy cravings, keeps your energy and mood

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What it Takes to Get Started

I love and hate starting over. I hate it because it seems to be just another reminder that I was not successful the last time. I love starting over because His mercies are new every morning. Starting over is at least a start! The key to starting over is setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals. This goal-setting strategy has been around a long time, but it is proven to help us be successful. Specific- How is the goal specific?  Be as specific as possible.  Just saying “I will get healthier this year” will not cut it. Consider setting the goal of losing two pounds a week by cutting portions sizes.  The more specific the goal the better chance of meeting the goal. Measurable      – How will my goal be measured?  Setting a time limit is extremely helpful.  Setting a goal to grow closer to the Lord this year is excellent, but how will that

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How Easy It Is To Lie To Yourself

How Easy It Is To Lie To Yourself

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. —1 JOHN 1:7 Have you ever noticed how easy it is to lie to yourself?  I think of myself as an honest person and yet, for many years I lied to myself on an almost daily basis about the choices I made related to food and healthy living.  I had fallen into the trap of “I can do it myself.”  Certainly, there were short periods of time when I would successfully lose 20 to 30 pounds, but those victories were short-lived and my weight continued to creep up.  When introduced to First Place for Health’s Live It food plan, I remember thinking, “This sounds like a great program, but why do I need to show up to a meeting every

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