Monthly archive for December 2018

Choose Life

Choose Life

January 2019 – Choose Life By Lisa Lewis My FP4H class is using the Bible study, Balanced Living. One of our scripture memory verses is, This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. DEUTERONOMY 30:19 We have a choice. Eat the way the world tells us to eat or eat a more healthy way. It doesn’t have to be complicated. We don’t have to have a degree in nutrition. We can eat the kinds of things people have been eating for a long time: meats, vegetables, fruit, grains. Eating healthy means eating food – real food.  We’ve been told that we’re supposed to eat the stuff on the perimeter of the store. Not the stuff in the middle. Some of that isn’t even food.

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Getting Healthy Is Not For the Faint of Heart

Getting Healthy Is Not For the Faint of Heart

I can’t memorize verses. I can’t track my food this way. I don’t have time to do the study every day. I am tired and busy, so I cannot make a meeting every week. I did not want others to know my weight, so I can’t weigh-in in front of people. I have had too many surgeries, so I couldn’t exercise; I have physical limitations. I worked hard all day; I deserve to eat or to take a break. I have a lot of food allergies and I felt deprived of all the things I could not eat, so I ate what I could (and more of it). These are some of the reasons I have heard why FP4H does not work. There is just too much work involved. It’s true, getting healthy will take some major effort on your part. But we are without excuse really. The Bible tells

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Your Most Important Decision

Your Most Important Decision

We receive calls and emails from people all over the country responding to prompting to lead a First Place for Health group. Some have a passion for wellness and are excited to find a Christ-centered program. Others are like me, feeling unqualified to lead people in an area they’ve struggled. Bringing a First Place for Health group to your church or community may be the most important decision you make for yourself and those who join your group. Challenge yourself to the following questions: Who are you be listening to? It took me over a year to respond to the prompting to start a First Place for Health group. Trust me, waiting a year was not one of my best decisions. When I finally said “Yes” and embraced God’s plan, I took a giant leap of faith. Even though I felt unstoppable, the enemy still spent time distracting me. He

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My Place for Fitness

My Place for Fitness

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not. He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” the trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and at that age it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds

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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Number of Servings 6 Ingredients 1 tsp olive oil 1 pkg. (12-oz) Yves Ground Round or Boca Crumbles 2 large carrots, grated (1 cup) 1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup) 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 cup cream-style corn 6 small potatoes boiled and mashed with 1/2 teaspoon salt (about 3 cups) Instructions Sautee onion and grated carrot about 5 min over medium heat, add veggie ground round and heat an additional 2 minutes. Add rosemary and Worcestershire and mix well. Put mixture in casserole dish and top with corn and then potatoes. Bake at 350 about 30 min. Variations: Add garlic to mashed potatoes and sprinkle extra rosemary on top. Nutrition Information 360 Calories; 5g Fat (11.3% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 71g Carbohydrate; 10g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 725mg Sodium

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35 Things I Learned in FP4H

35 Things I Learned in FP4H

Food is not my family. Friends matter. A potato is a vegetable. The scale does not define me. I can exercise. You have to pay the price for success. God is here to help me. I can resist temptation. Prayer makes a difference. I can understand God’s Word. Love is a great motivator. I can push through pain. I don’t have to medicate with food. I have boundaries I will not cross. It is okay to enjoy my food. Sleep is important. Overeating is not healthy. God will provide resources. It does matter. The truth will set me free. God cares. The Bible is nourishment to my soul. It is okay to ask for help. Two are better than one. Everything is permissible, but not everything I eat is beneficial. Even small changes can make a difference. Sometimes I just need to do the next right thing. Get back on

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Posture, Strength & Avoiding Injury

How big is your purse? It seems that the fashion is to carry bigger and bigger purses. And I am guilty of following this fashion. Recently when buying a new purse for fall I had to make sure that I could fit in a water bottle (which I must have with me at all times), a reusable bag for groceries (so I can protect the environment), my energy bar for a healthy snack (so I am not lured in to any fast food restaurants) etc. etc.—and that doesn’t even include the necessities like my wallet and huge key chain. Are you laughing? Can you relate? So why am I talking about purses? Because, I am really talking about posture, strength, and avoiding injury and bad habits that will progress if we are not careful. Whether you are carrying a big purse, a small child, a suitcase, or groceries, remember the following:

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Purpose meets Passion

In the beginning, GOD.”  Before our “New Beginnings,” God is already there.  A FP4H member once said, “That is the story of my life. No finishes, just beginning again and again.” I was about to get caught up in the moment of sadness when the Spirit of the Lord stopped me and allowed me to view all of the diets and exercise programs I had begun. I had so many new beginnings, I couldn’t count or remember them all. I could have viewed each “new beginning” as a failure, but realized that each one was actually a learning experience, a stepping-stone to where I am today. God has a purpose in placing us on the starting line.  In each one of my new beginnings, God was already there. He has a purpose in placing us on the starting line of our beginnings. His purpose is that His children are successful in all that

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Valentine’s Fit Tips

Happy Valentine’s Day! This Valentine’s Day, what better gift can you give yourself than a healthy heart. You don’t need to go all out. If the thought of exercise makes you groan, there are lots of activities that will help your heart. The goal is to get your heart rate up 30 minutes a day, but you don’t have to do it all at once. Here are eight tips for becoming active and getting your heart into shape. Walk, Don’t Drive. Walk instead of jumping in the car. If you were to walk to the grocery store instead of making all of those trips for one or two items, you’d be well on your way to meeting your goal. If you live somewhere it’s not possible to drive, park as far away from the door as you can. Take the stairs. Don’t take the elevator or escalator. If you can’t

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Read This if You Don’t Want to Run a 5K

Read This if You Don't Want to Run a 5K

There was a time I could not understand someone wanting to run a race and was determined not to, but the Lord had a different plan. I asked Joyce Ainsworth, author of Food, Freedom and Finish Lines, about racing.  She encouraged me to start with a 5K.  Thanksgiving seemed like a good day to burn off extra calories, so I entered a 5K Turkey Trot.   I survived, I finished and I was thankful.   The Lord sent another encourager, Sherry, who asked to arrive late to a training meeting, because she was competing in a triathlon.  When she arrived at our meeting, we asked about the race.  As she shared, I started thinking, “I swim. I bike.  I run.”  Sherry, a brand new friend, encouraged me, and something happened after I signed up for the Triathlon Sprint. I actually wanted to swim, bike and run.   Not only that, but I looked forward to

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