Monthly archive for November 2018

Bringing Joy to Others

Bringing Joy to Others

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. HEBREWS 10:24   ©     Volunteer and give donations. Volunteer to serve a holiday meal to needy families and give donations to a food pantry. You could even give a gift to someone in another country through organizations such as Samaritan’s Purse (see www.samaritanspurse.org). ©    Send cards to military service personnel. Visit www.anysoldier.com for more information. ©    Send Christmas notes to at least six people who blessed you this past year. For example, you could send a thank-you note to your First Place 4 Health leader or an other member in your group who has encouraged you. Be specific as to how they have helped you this year. ©    Call someone who may be feeling sad this holiday season. Call a friend who has endured some form of crisis this past year, such as a death in the family this

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Healthy Holiday Cooking Tips

From gravies to biscuits to sweet potato pie, these healthy holiday cooking tips will help you stay on track this holiday season. Gravies or sauces: If you are making pan gravy, first skim the fat off the pan drippings. For cream or white sauces, use fat-free (skim) milk and soft-tub or liquid margarine. Dressings or stuffing: Add low-sodium broth or pan drippings with the fat skimmed off instead of lard or butter. Use herbs and spices and whole grain bread for added flavor. Biscuits: Use vegetable oil instead of lard or butter and use fat-free (skim) milk or 1 percent buttermilk instead of regular milk. Salads: Use skin-free smoked turkey, liquid smoke, fat-free bacon bits or low-fat bacon instead of fatty meats in the salads. Sweet potato pie: Mash sweet potatoes with orange juice concentrate, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and only one egg. Leave out the butter. Cakes, cookies, quick breads and pancakes: Use egg whites

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All I Want for Christmas

It’s been a long time since someone asked me what I wanted for Christmas. It’s been a long time since I made a Christmas list like when I was a little girl. I have decided this year I am going to change that; I’m making a list and submitting it to my heavenly Father who is in the business of giving. He gave His throne to Jesus, and Jesus is there at the right hand of the Father, telling our heavenly Father just what we need. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift (see James 1:17).   The main thing I want: an MHVR player—a Mind and Heart Video Recorder to permanently record impressions on my mind and heart. If I could just capture Christmas moments in my mind and heart forever! If I could just keep my children small! If I could always have focused thoughts

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Alice LaPlaca

Alice LaPlaca

“Before FP4H, I was used to eating seconds (and sometimes thirds!), plus I would eat off my girls’ plates and also my husband’s. I couldn’t stand for good food to go to waste and it wound up on my WAIST!” Although some people tell me now that I didn’t need to lose the weight, I knew in my heart that I did.  At 5′ 9″, I could sometimes hide the extra weight, but the big mirror in my master bathroom never lied.  Six months ago, I was 50 pounds heavier than when I first met my husband in 1990, and being a former beauty pageant queen, I often wondered if people were secretly thinking, “Does she know she’s gained all that weight?” I knew I wanted and needed to take the weight off, but I just kept telling myself that at 48 years old I would just have to settle

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Abby Meloy

Abby Meloy

“Food was my comfort from the stress,” says Abby. I am a truly thankful person for the First Place program. As a pastor’s wife who had stayed at the 200-pound (and over) mark for seven years, I can now say that I am 135 pounds, a size 8, and I have maintained that for a year and a half. In the beginning, I did not want to try First Place. I did not want to weigh my food or take the time to learn the measurements, but since the ladies in my church wanted the program, and since I was a size 18/20, I thought I’d give it a shot. After my first session, I was 27 pounds lighter and I had new insights on the fact that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. It took me 9 months and 3 sessions to lose 74 pounds. My

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Tomato Basil Salsa

Tomato Basil Salsa

Opening text for the home page. Can describe the recipe in a few sentences or whatever you choose to have in this space. Number of Servings 8 Ingredients 1 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes with olive oil & garlic 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 2 tablespoons chopped red onion 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Instructions Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serving size: 1/4 cup.   Note:  Also great served over grilled fish or chicken. Refrigerate for up to one week. Nutrition Information 12 Calories; 1g Fat (44.6% calories from fat); trace Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 69mg Sodium. 

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You’re Thankful for What?!

You're Thankful for What?!

My pain! Yes, I just said it. I am thankful for my pain. With Thanksgiving coming so quickly this year, it’s time we ponder our blessings, make our thanksgiving list and prepare to answer the traditional, round the table before we dive into the turkey question: “What are you thankful for this year?” Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was not a happy day; however, as a result of daily pain and physical limitations I am truly better for it. How’s that? Let me list the ways: I cry out for help. There are some days I can barely get out of bed. And it’s usually on my busiest days. I am learning to cry out to God every morning from inside my pain, much like Jonah from the belly of the great fish. Jonah 2:1-2 says, “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: “In

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They Ate Together With Glad & Sincere Hearts

They Ate Together With Glad & Sincere Hearts

…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, Acts 2:46 The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family and food and the fall season brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy. There are apples and cranberries and squash—oh my!  Many are favorites because we only have them around this time of year.  So this year, include dishes filled with your favorites because many recipes can be lightened (a lot) in terms of fat, sugar and calories. Check out the First Place 4 Health website for some great holiday recipes.  Here’s a few tips and recipes that you might want to include in your holiday meal. We know we should fill at least half our plate with vegetables, so go for the greens and seasonal root vegetables. Sautéed Green Beans with Glazed Pecans 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon water 3/4 cup coarsely-chopped pecans 1 teaspoon minced

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