Monthly archive for February 2014

Moment of Truth

Moment of Truth

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 noticed how easy it is to lie to yourself? I think of myself as an honest person, 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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Ten Foods that Sound Healthy, But Aren’t

Ten Foods that Sound Healthy, But Aren't

Salad, bran muffins, fat-free foods―they’re good for you, right? Not always. Some of these unhealthy foods may surprise you. Prepared Salads.  Don’t assume that anything with the word “salad” in it must be healthy. Prepared tuna salads, chicken salads, and shrimp salads are often loaded with hidden fats and calories due to their high mayonnaise content and taco salads with high fat chips. While a lot depends on portion size and ingredients, an over-stuffed tuna sandwich can contain as many as 700 calories and 40 grams of fat. If you’re ordering out, opt for prepared salads made with low-fat mayonnaise, and keep the portion to about the size of a deck of cards. Better yet, make your own. Multi-grain and Wheat Breads. Terms like multi-grain, 7-grain, and wheat sound healthy, but they may not actually contain heart-healthy whole grains. Many types of bread labeled “multi-grain” and “wheat” are typically made with refined

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Cooking Tips to Save You Money

Cooking Tips to Save You Money

Cook and serve the right portions.  According to nutrition experts, a healthy serving of cooked meat is 3 ounces—about 4 ounces raw. If you’re eating meat for dinner, aim for it to take up no more than one-quarter of your plate. Fill half the plate with vegetables and the final quarter with a whole grain. Eating less meat is better for your health and your budget. Cook ’em low and slow.  Tougher cuts of beef and pork are a lot cheaper than steaks and chops (about $2 to $6 per pound for many cuts compared with $10 or more per pound for steaks), but no one wants to eat a piece of leather for dinner. The best way to cook tough cuts of meat: cook them low and slow, usually for 3 or more hours and often in liquid to make them melt-in-your-mouth. Bring out the roast.  Roasting a big piece of meat is an easy way to feed a crowd. Of course, a crown rib roast or beef tenderloin

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Obesity Related Illnesses Claim Over 850 Lives a Day

As national director of First Place 4 health?” My number one priority is to lead us in fulfilling our mission statement. We have stated that we want to provide a biblical wellness program, enabling individuals to achieve balance in spirit, soul, mind and body based on giving Christ first place in their lives. I realize this is a huge endeavor, but I believe this is God’s ministry and He will fulfill His mission to bring the world to redemption through His Son Jesus Christ. God is at work everywhere. For the first time in years, many organizations are open to our program, regardless of being faith-based.  We receive letters and emails weekly from people being changed forever through FP4H. People are so unhealthy and overweight they are even willing to try something that would require faith on their part. Never has there been a time in our history for such a need as

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Go With Me

Go With Me

To say that I am overwhelmed as the new director of First Place 4 Health is an understatement.  It’s not the work ahead that is overwhelming, but the honor bestowed on me.  Knowing Carole Lewis has been such a blessing in my life.  The very thought that I could even start to fill her shoes is impossible to even comprehend.  I have watched, listened and learned from her for almost twenty years now.  She has placed her hands on me and blessed me with this mantle of leadership.  I could lead no other way.  I am sure there will be some changes, because I can only be who I am, but I assure you that our core values will remain the same.  I commit to you that these core values will be at the heart of all that I do: Truth – Biblical and scientific truth.  We will continue to be

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I Have a Gift For You

I Have a Gift For You

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him (Matthew 7:11). In January 2013, the Lord spoke to my heart these words: “I have a gift for you.”  I pondered these words during the year, expectantly waiting to discover the gift.  Might it be that God would heal my husband, Johnny?  That would be a gift of monumental proportions.  Sitting here at the beginning of 2014, I can say with surety that God gave me three huge gifts in 2013. Gift One No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  Therefore strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the

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5 Healthy Snack Ideas

Planning is the key when it comes to healthy eating…including your snacks! So when that hunger strikes in the middle of the day, you can resist the cookie temptation by being prepared. Stock your refrigerator with the quick and healthy snack ideas below to help you stay on track.   Hummus and Sugar Snap Peas Cottage Cheese and Berries Cheese Stick and a Cup of Red Grapes Peanut Butter Banana Spirals (recipe in this newsletter) Air-popped popcorn   Want to create your own quick and healthy snacks ideas? Base them around protein, fruits and veggies, making sure they are approximately 200-300 calories to stay satisfied and energized.

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Just Don’t Quit

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.– Proverbs 14:29 It takes time for changes to take place in our bodies.  Developing patience and proficiency in the area of exercise may be one of the biggest challenges of all, but will be well worth it.  One of the most common reasons people give up on exercise is lack of results.   We expect immediate results. I recall one dear lady in my class in Charleston, SC, who had decided she was going to work diligently at her commitment to exercise.  She walked faithfully every day for one week and when she got on the scale, she had “stayed the same.”  She immediately began to cry and say, “It’s no use – I am just going to quit.  I won’t be back next week.” We all have had the same experience.   I gently reminded her that the scale cannot

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