Monthly archive for September 2016

Easy Ways to Eat More Veggies

Easy Ways to Eat More Veggies

In soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, and casseroles, most recipes call for a certain amount of vegetables. You’re already slicing and dicing, so with a little extra chopping, you can up your veggie totals. Stir into soups. Don’t be afraid to go off the recipe.  In soups, an extra handful or two of veggies will not ruin the recipe. Pile on pizza. Don’t hold back on the veggies!  Add extra veggies to a frozen pizza, order double veggies from delivery, or create your own. Stir into casseroles. Cooking up a Mexican casserole? Add some extra peppers, mushrooms, and squash.  Making Lasagna?  Add some chopped broccoli or spinach to the marinara layer.  Chicken Pot Pie? Double those peas and carrots. Be creative! Shred it.  Shred or grate fruits and vegetables and add to your favorite recipes.  It can work in marinara, meatballs, meatloaf and others. Lisa Lewis, author of Healthy Happy Cooking,

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Friends in Christ

Friends in Christ

Friends in Christ I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.  ROMANS 15:14 When I found myself sitting on my couch watching television, not answering the phone and wondering what I could eat next, I realized that step by step, I had become isolated, disconnected and overweight. Every once in a while, I would remember that there is a better way to live, and I would seek weight loss but ultimately fail. First Place 4 Health was just my next weight-loss choice. Carole Lewis was in my first meeting, and she said that the good thing about First Place 4 Health was that if you didn’t quit, you would succeed, because success is in the process. When the going gets tough, I still remember those words, and they encourage me. Somehow, I became a First Place

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Winning the Battle

Winning the Battle

About this time in our FP4H sessions we are tempted to give up, throw in the towel, roll over, go back to old habits, or simply said…just quit.  It takes time to lose weight and get healthy and most of us are just impatient. We want results today without much effort on our part. To say that getting healthy is hard work is an understatement! I have been on this wellness journey most of my adult life. It has been some of the hardest, but most rewarding, work I have ever done. One of the reasons it’s so hard is because it is so daily. Every day I have to focus on tracking my food, settling myself in quiet time and planning out time for exercise. It’s a lot of work. Jesus never said it would be easy to love the Lord with all of your heart, mind, soul and

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