Monthly archive for March 2013

Pass the Test with Flying Colors

Pass the Test with Flying Colors

This morning when I woke up, I began thinking about waking on Thanksgiving morning, 2001.  We were having 30 family members for Thanksgiving lunch that day and I had not planned to get up early.  The Lord woke me at 4 a.m. and began prodding me to get up and spend time with Him before the day began.  I lay there and argued for a few minutes reminding Him of how busy the day would be and that maybe I needed the rest.  After awhile, I was wide awake so I got up and went into the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot.  While the coffee was brewing, I opened my Bible and it opened to the first chapter of James.  I sat there and read haphazardly while the coffee was brewing and after I got my first cup of coffee, I read James 1 again and I meditated on verses 2-4 and verse 27 especially.  2Consider

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Test Your Nutritional IQ

Which of the following are true statements regarding sea salt, kosher salt and table salt? Because of its fine grain, a single teaspoon of table salt contains more salt than a tablespoon of kosher or sea salt. Sea salt is harvested from evaporated seawater and receives little or no processing, leaving intact the minerals from the water from which it came. Kosher salt contains no preservatives and can be derived from either seawater or underground sources. All of the above. Answer:  4.  All of the Above.  Taste and texture are the main culinary differences between these three.  Table salt is mined from underground salt deposits, and includes a small portion of calcium silicate, an anti-caking agent added to prevent clumping. It possesses very fine crystals and a sharp taste.  The minerals in sea salt flavor and color the salt slightly. Sea salts are usually expensive.  It is worth keeping in mind that

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Choosing the Best Frozen Foods

Choosing the Best Frozen Foods

Frozen foods can be convenient and easy when you’re in a hurry.  Frozen fruits and vegetables can even be just as healthy as fresh.  Here are a few tips on how to choose the best frozen items at your grocery store. Frozen Potatoes What to look for: Potatoes listed first on the ingredients. Vegetable oil or canola oil, not partially hydrogenated oil in the ingredients. Below 1g saturated fat. Less than 300mg of sodium per serving. Preparation:  Don’t fry them.  That adds more calories and saturated fat than what’s listed on the nutrition label.  Baking them is a healthier way to prepare them that will still give you the fries you crave. Frozen Fruits & Vegetables What to look for: Only the fruit or vegetable in the ingredients. No added salt or sugar. Did you know:  One cup of frozen spinach has four times more potassium than raw. Frozen Waffles

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Recess Works!

Okay, I knew I was right.  I just love it when I discover new research that comes out supporting what we already know and are doing in FP4H.  Newest research shows:  You will stick to your exercise commitment longer if you connect it to play. I must admit there have been times when I become totally bored with my workout and the emphasis is entirely on the “work” part.  When this happens, most people quit.  It has happened to all of us.  We are all pretty much in the same boat, caught in the ongoing struggle with weight, self-image, energy and overall well being.  We all know the prescription to lose the weight and the work involved, but often these efforts are short-lived.  What can keep us on the exercise straight and narrow track? When we exercise with the mindset that exercise has to be something that is really hard and something we dislike, we have to rely on

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Early Warning System

Early Warning System

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  –Proverbs 4:23 An ominous message flashed on my computer screen. A virus-infected file had been detected trying to enter through my e-mail system. The culprit was disguised in a bogus attachment. The suspect had been captured by my antivirus software and was being held in quarantine. What did I want done with the contaminated file? Without hesitation, I selected the “delete” option—and with a click of the mouse, the enemy had been destroyed. That brief episode left me wondering, Why can’t I be as diligent when it comes to zapping the pollution that threatens to invade my heart? Why can’t I zap the contaminants that threaten to sneak into my soul and pollute that sacred space where the Holy Spirit dwells? I would like to tell myself it is because I don’t have an early warning system

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Crisis of Belief

Crisis of Belief

A dear friend Lavahn Stillwell joined the First Place 4 Health program when it was still very young.Lavahn reached her goal weight and began leading a group.  She soon became one of our original group of networking leaders and has directed the First Place 4 Health ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA, for over 20 years.  Lavahn recently called me and we had a wonderful visit over the phone, even though I was sad that the Lord has told her to step down from her leadership role in the ministry. Lavahn shared that she has battled with this decision for over two years and has been perfectly miserable, because she kept saying “no” to the Holy Spirit’s urging. Our conversation reminded me of all the times that the Holy Spirit has softly and quietly shared the Father’s will for me and I have stood my ground and said, “I don’t

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Safe Preparation, Cooking and Storing of Your Meals

GENERAL PREPARATION RULES: Wash your hands with hot, soapy water before handling food. Use plastic or other non-porous cutting boards. Wooden cutting boards can absorb juices, making them hard to clean thoroughly. Never put cooked food or food to be eaten uncooked (such as salads) on surfaces where uncooked meat has been prepared. Wash and sanitize your hands, tools, and preparation surfaces after coming in contact with uncooked meat. Use paper towels to clean kitchen preparation surfaces instead of cloth; you can then throw the soiled paper towel away. Keep food away from cleaning chemicals, poisons and pesticides. Temperature is very important. Use a meat thermometer to check temperatures of meat to ensure accuracy.   HELPFUL TIPS: Covered food takes longer to cook in the oven. Allow space between pieces in baking pans. More pieces in the pan will take longer to cook. Cook chicken until juices run clear and

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Give Your Workout and Weight Loss a Boost

Give Your Workout and Weight Loss a Boost

I know you are all familiar with the most common benefits of exercise: helps to maintain a healthy weight, lowers blood pressure, increases bone density, lowers bad cholesterol, helps fight depression, and about 15 other proven benefits.  What you may not know is that there is now proven research on the extra benefits that come with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).  This form of exercise has become an increasingly popular physical activity.  Boot camp classes, workout DVD’s and interval training classes are the number one most popular works according to a recent article in IDEA Fitness Journal. Taking part in a class with a name like Boot Camp can be intimidating to say the least.  I teach a boot-camp style class on Edisto Island where our population is mostly senior, and many will not even come and try it because just the sound of the class seems too hard.  I have seriously thought about changing the name

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Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. –1 Timothy 4:7 “You must eat a grapefruit with every meal,” a well-meaning friend instructed, as she nodded knowingly. “This is supposed to really work. I read about it in a magazine.” Another magazine article spouting advice, I thought, from yet another so-called expert wanting to sell books providing a quick fix to rapid weight loss. I’d seen it all and, unfortunately, tried it all before. Grapefruits all day. Ice cream only. Liquids for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every time I turned on the TV or stood in line at the checkout stand, I would find myself bombarded with the next great diet and health program. Some had tidbits of truth; others, well—let’s just say I found myself wanting for a new program or plan. This constant seeking and searching for the ultimate

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