Monthly archive for September 2017

We All Got Something

We All Got Something

What are you dealing with today? Anything causing you to lose sleep or be anxious? Of course there is! It’s been one of the most eventful years in history. I’m writing this in a hotel room in Charleston, SC, because we have no power, no water, no cable and no Wi-Fi, thanks to Hurricane Irma. I have to say my anxiety meter has been running nonstop for about two months now. As many of you know, our distribution warehouse is located in Galveston, TX, which was right in the path of Hurricane Harvey. The warehouse remained high and dry and we are so thankful. It could have been nerve-wracking texting with Lisa Lewis through the storm, but so many of you were praying for our materials; it saved us both from a nervous breakdown. But what about Houston? Our beautiful FP4H heritage started in Houston! On top of the Galveston

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De-Stress

De-Stress

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress (I Timothy 4:15). Hitting my first weight-loss milestone underwhelmed me. I lost 25 pounds, 10-percent body weight reduction. Who cares? I still had 91 pounds to go; I’d been there before. Big deal! This time, though, was different. My FP4H materials challenged me to identify a non-food related reward that I could gift to myself. I settled on treating myself to a luxurious full body massage. During this massage, I relaxed fully and thanked God for the weight loss. I enjoyed this indulgence so much that I decided I would get a massage each time I hit a 10-pounder goal—one at 228, 218, 208, 198 and so on all the way to 158. As the masseuse kneaded my body, I begged the Lord to continue my physical restoration. I learned to praise my

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I Need Ice Cream!

I Need Ice Cream!

The definition of comfort food, according to Merriam Webster, is “food prepared in a traditional style having a usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal.” In other words, it’s food that makes you feel better and reminds you of a happier time when you’re stressed or upset.  Research has shown that comfort foods are associated with relationships and do make us feel less alone when we are isolated.   What is your comfort food?  Is it a deep-fried corn dog, which reminds you of summers at home?  Is it ice cream that reminds you of the song of the ice cream truck when you were a kid? A grilled cheese sandwich that your grandmother used to make for you?  Research also shows that foods we associate with happy memories influence how good we think a food tastes, as well as how good they make us feel.   The reasons why we struggle

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Fueled by Friends

Fueled by Friends

Of all the blessing in life from God, the gift of friendship, especially fitness buddies, should not be overlooked.  During an eight-week study, research found that people who exercised with a partner did more exercise during the brief study.  Other research has found that if you find a partner, you will stick with the exercise routine even six months later. With every blessed mile, friends have walked, run, biked and exercised shoulder to shoulder with every wellness success.  What if you could double your chances for fitness success and exercise would be more enjoyable, fit into your schedule, and pull you through the fitness rut?  Proverbs 18:24 states: “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”  Reliable friends can be the difference between your exercise habit success or failure. Start with a collaborative arrangement that works for you!  

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Ask the Dietitian – Grains

Can you help me answer the following question that came up for discussion last night at our meeting? Many see grains as bad or a sure way to gain weight/or lose weight. I have personally eliminated a lot due to a season of following Paleo. Another member was told to limit her carbs because she is pre-diabetic. Can you give me some info to share on this topic and encourage grains with a scientific/God background?  Your question about grains comes up quite a bit.  There has been so much confusing media attention to grains in recent years, much of which falsely puts them in a bad light overall.  You have done well to speak a lot about the quality of grains in your classes–that is the best start to “undoing” the damage.  Continue to encourage them to focus on whole grains for the vast majority of their daily grain choices, if not

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Praise Worthy Patience

Praise Worthy Patience

A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. PROVERBS 19:11 When I looked at this verse, I could easily understand that a wise person is a patient person. But what does it mean when it says, “It is to his glory to overlook an offense”? One of the dictionaries says that glory is a “highly praiseworthy asset.”  Another said that glory is “great honor and admiration won by doing something important or valuable.” God must think it is a big deal when you and I overlook offenses! How many times are we offended each day? Think about yesterday. Did someone say something rude or hurtful to you? Did someone not do something he or she promised to do? Did a friend fail to include you? Did someone cut you off in traffic? Did someone fail to thank you for a favor? All of

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