Monthly archive for October 2015

Emotional Eating – Uncover the Truth

One of our best-kept secrets in our Member’s Kit is the Emotions and Eating DVD.  Be honest—how many of you have taken the time to watch it?  The next step is Mapping Your Emotional History With Food, found on pages 90-92 in the First Place 4 Health Member’s Guide.  Fear is the most common reason people choose not to watch the DVD and/or map their history with food.    The master deceiver loves to keep us in fear.  Ephesians 6:12 tells us we are in a battle against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Fear is Satan’s friend and he enjoys watching us hold back the freedom we will receive from truth. Do you or your group need victory over emotional eating?  Losing weight is hard work and keeping it off is even harder.   How many times do we need to lose weight and gain it back before we take a

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Turkey Tips

Turkey Tips

Whether you are cooking your first turkey or your fifteenth, you might want to take a look at these tips.  Some of them may break some myths that you’ve heard about how to cook a turkey. Did you know a frozen turkey takes four days to thaw in the refridgerator? Planning to brine your turkey?  Most turkeys are already brined.  Check the label! Let your turkey come to room temperature before roasting (take out one hour before).  That will help it to cook more evenly. Dry your turkey thoroughly (inside and out).  It will make the skin crispier. If you don’t brine your turkey (or if it’s not already brined), you need to season thoroughly.  Don’t forget to put salt inside too. Always use a roasting rack or the meat on the bottom will end up overcooked and dry and your kitchen will probably fill with smoke. Don’t stuff your

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Holiday Temptations – You Need a Plan!

Holiday Temptations - You Need a Plan!

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, many temptations will come our way. It will become more and more difficult to remain faithful to our goals as we are bombarded with activities that will demand our time and attention. That is why we need a PLAN! The plan is to remain consistent in practicing the spiritual and physical disciplines you have already begun. Remember, this is a lifetime journey, and one wrong turn doesn’t mean the journey is over!  One poor food choice or one missed quiet time doesn’t give us permission to give up. We must plan to succeed, and if we fail, we must plan to begin again! Develop strategies that will help you be successful during the holidays. My Goals for the Holiday Season 1. 2. 3. Strategies to Help Me Be Successful in These Goals Exercise Plans 1. 2. 3. Live-It Strategies 1. 2. 3. Plans for

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Food-Free Thanksgiving Fun

Food-Free Thanksgiving Fun

Looking for some fun family ideas for the holidays?  Give these a try! Board games! Get out those games you have in the closet since last Christmas and haven’t played yet. Scrabble, Life, Yahtzee, Cranium, Trivial Pursuit, Trouble, Chutes & Ladders, whatever! Have some silly fun! Play Charades. This doesn’t take much. Make your own rules as you go. Have fun! Sing-a-Long. Karaoke. Get out the instruments, guitars, piano. Dust off that accordion. Bring out the tambourines, spoons, etc. Put on a holiday radio station and sing along. Make up a contest. You can really have fun with this. Memory Sharing. Share stories. You can pick a theme such as: The greatest day of my life. The best thing that happened in my life this year. My favorite memory from childhood. The funniest thing that ever happened to me. Have someone scribe the stories or videotape the event. Kids Talent Show. There’s usually one

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A Healthy Heart is a Happy Heart

A Healthy Heart is a Happy Heart

Don’t you love it when science and medicine catches up with the Bible? First Place 4 Health has said for years that there is a connection between a healthy body and a healthy spirit. Now there is clinical proof. The Bible tells us that people who give thanks and praise to God stay healthy and young!  Psalm 103: 1-5 from the New International Version says: Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  I have meditated on this Psalm all month. What sparked my interest is the phrase from verse two, Praise the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all his benefits, and the connection

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Overindulging in Thankfulness

Overindulging in Thankfulness

Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.   1   T H E S S A L O N I A N S   5:18   Before I matured in Christ through First Place 4 Health, I viewed all holidays from the fridge and pantry doors. All my plans revolved around the bountiful spread of the family’s favorites on the table—the richest of foods containing thousands of calories with practically no nutritional value. (You know the ones—those we think we cannot possibly live or celebrate without!) Today, most of those foods are hardly missed at my table, or they have been converted into healthier recipes for family and guests. Through the years with First Place 4 Health, my family has also developed new tastes that have led to new traditional favorites. I find it exciting to shop in the vegetable section and to select

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Two are Better Than One

Several months ago Barbara Amy, a First Place 4 Health Leader from Beaumont,TX, began posting a picture on Facebook every Wednesday morning of her feet on the scale. This takes a lot of courage to do, but it also adds a level of accountability that I believe could help many of us to succeed if we would just take the plunge. I am reminded of something my friend Becky Turner says: “The scale is just like the law in the Old Testament; it shows us where we are, but has no power to help us change.” Many have an irrational fear of the scale and believe that the it is an indicator of how good we are or how bad we’ve been.  In reality, the scale is just a tool to help us get where we want to be if we can get over our fear of it. The scale

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