Monthly archive for May 2016

Five Superfoods You Need in Your Kitchen

Although there is no set criteria for determining what is and what is not a “superfood”, they have a common characteristic—they are nutritionally dense.  Here are five super foods that would be a super addition to your meals. TOMATO.  This fruit/vegetable is the exemplification of a cancer-fighting superfood. Not only do tomatoes contain lycopene, the antioxidant phytochemical that also helps prevent heart disease, but they’re a good source of vitamins A, C, and E — all enemies of cancer-friendly free radicals. GARLIC.  This super food has been used to treat conditions ranging from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and heart attack to certain types of cancer.  Add a few cloves to almost any savory sauce recipe, or create a meat rub before tossing steaks on the grill. Garlic is also an easy add-in for cooked greens and other veggies, and its flavor boost makes it easier to cut

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The Power of the Couple

The Power of the Couple

Having a workout partner can often be the difference in achieving your fitness goals, and your spouse can be the best workout partner.  Research shows when one spouse improves his or her exercise regimen, the other spouse is significantly more likely to join in. Laura Cobb, a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health co-author of the research states, “There’s an epidemic of people in this country who don’t get enough exercise and we should harness the power of the couple to ensure people are getting a healthy amount of physical activity.” My husband, Vince, joined me on my journey from the sedentary, obese life to an active and healthy lifestyle. Transformed, we motivate and enjoy our time with each other. Walking and hiking are perhaps the easiest. When I started walking, Vince joined me. We walked our neighborhood, gradually building up to two miles each morning. With greater confidence,

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  J O H N 1 5 : 1 2  Seeing others fully committed to wholeheartedly obeying the Lord Jesus in every area of their lives always challenges me and inspires me. As I examine my own heart and mind, I find myself asking: Am I willing to say yes to God—whatever He asks of me? Am I willing to say no to the things that displease or dishonor Him? In John 4, Jesus has just told the woman at the well that only He can quench her spiritual thirst: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (verses 13-14). She responds to His invitation and receives this

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Check Out This Power-FULL Lineup

Check Out This Power-FULL Lineup

Are you looking for inspiration?  Motivation?  Do you need tools to make your journey to wellness easier?  Or maybe you just need a kick to get you back on track?  Summit 2016 has that and more.  Take a look at the power-FULL lineup of speakers and seminars. CHRISTIN DITCHFIELD.  Keynote speaker and seminar leader. Christin has authored three FP4H studies, Living for Christ, A New Beginning and A Thankful Heart. Besides being an inspiring writer and speaker, she has an amazing testimony about her own wellness journey. Christin, in spite of debilitating knee problems, has learned how to persevere and press on to a goal of health and wellness. Her story is inspiring and her gifts are remarkable. LISA LEWIS.   Want to avoid processed foods and learn to eat a more nutritious and whole-foods based diet?  Lisa will give you practical, easy tips on how to plan, budget and cook delicious, healthy meals using real ingredients

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Easing the Hard Work

Easing the Hard Work

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. G A L A T I A N S   5 : 1 3 When I asked my daughter how she liked the first few days of her freshman year in high school, she said, “I love it! It’s like summer camp!” A few months later, the hours of homework were beginning to pile up and grades beginning to weigh on her. She still loves the friends and the extracurricular activities of high school, but doing the actual schoolwork is hard! Isn’t that how it is when we join First Place 4 Health? We’re revved up and determined to lose some weight and start exercising and eat right. We fill out our food and exercise Tracker. We start walking with a friend three days a

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