Monthly archive for February 2019

My Success Story Wellness Week

My Success Story Wellness Week

My story really isn’t about me it’s about God’s transformation in my life through the First Place for Health program. When people see me, they automatically think I have been in shape and exercised all my life, but that is so far from the truth. The truth is that I and loved to eat and was a couch potato. I knew every number on the fast food menus and had such a sweet tooth dessert was part of each meal. I was so out of shape and overweight that my arms used to flap every time I moved them. My eating and non-exercise habits lead me to years of yo-yo dieting. I tried so many diets: the high carb diet, weight watcher, and the low carb diet. All these diets worked I would lose 20lbs and but then I would go back to my old eating habits and gain it

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Salmon & Kale Salad

Salmon & Kale Salad

Serves 1 2 tbsp. Tahini 1/2 tsp. Minced Garlic 2 tsp. Lemon Juice 2 cups Kale, finely chopped 1/2 cup Purple Cabbage, shredded 1/4 cup Red Onion, minced 1 cup Apple, chopped 3 oz. canned Salmon 1/2 cup cooked Quinoa Whisk garlic, lemon juice into the tahini. Place finely chopped kale in your bowl, top with purple cabbage, red onion, and apple. Add the salmon and quinoa and drizzle with the seasoned tahini.  

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Healthy Hacks

Healthy Hacks

We’re all looking for tricks and tips to eat, cook and serve healthy meals.  Try these five Healthy Hacks for the kitchen, for the table, and for the grocery store. Portion Size Healthy Hack. The bigger the plate, the more you eat. Invest in smaller plates and bowls, or serve dinner on salad plates and use a mug for your cereal or ice cream. Another trick: Spread food, rather than mound it. It looks like a lot when it’s not.  Vegetable Prep Healthy Hack. Freshen up your limp kale or other vegetables by dropping them into ice water. Plants wilt due to water loss.  Ice water restores their crispness. Grocery Bag Healthy Hack. In a recent study, researchers found that 64 percent of the 25 used reusable grocery bags tested were contaminated with bacteria. Make sure to wash your cloth bags weekly and use single-use bags (e.g., plastic) for raw meat,

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It’s Time to Stop

It’s Time to Stop

Lately, the Lord has been showing me it is time for me to stop talking and listen for understanding. Stephen Covey says, “Most people do not listen to understand; they listen to answer. While the other is talking, they are preparing their reply.” The scripture says, “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” (Proverbs 18:13, NLT) The more a leader talks, the more we concentrate on thinking about what we are going to say next. We are more likely to miss important information or clues or promptings of the Holy Spirit if we are doing all the talking. When we take time to listen and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in leading our group, we are gaining a complete understanding before we speak. The 80/20 rule of active listening says that we should spend 80% of the time listening and only 20% of

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Sisters in Christ

Sisters 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 4 Health leader.

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Giving Up Too Soon

  A man meets a guru on the road. The man asks the guru, “which way is success?” The bearded sage does not speak but points to a place off in the distance. The man, thrilled by the prospect of quick and easy success, rushes off in the appropriate direction. Suddenly, there comes a loud “SPLAT.” Eventually, the man limps back, tattered and stunned, assuming he must have misinterpreted the message. He repeats his question to the guru, who again points silently in the same direction. The man obediently walks off once more. This time the splat is deafening, and when the man crawls back, he is bloody, broken, tattered, and irate. “I asked you which way is success,” he screams at the guru. “I followed the direction you indicated. And all I got was splatted! No more of this pointing! Talk!” Only then does the guru speak, and what

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“Fried” Green Tomato BLT

“Fried” Green Tomato BLT

Serves 2 1 medium-size green tomato, cut into ¼” slices 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce (optional) 1 egg white, lightly beaten 1 1/2 tablespoons, cornmeal Vegetable cooking spray 2 leaves romaine lettuce 2 1-ounce slices reduced-fat mozzarella cheese 2 slices turkey bacon, cooked, drained, and halved 4 1-ounce slices sandwich bread, toasted Sprinkle tomato slices with hot sauce, if desired, and dip in egg white, and dredge in cornmeal. Place slices in a single layer on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat slices with cooking spray. Broil 3 inches from heat 3 minutes on each side or until tender and golden. Layer lettuce, cheese, turkey bacon and tomato slices on 2 slices of toast. Top with remaining toast. Serve immediately. Nutritional Information: 309 calories, 8.7g fat, 18.4g protein, 37g carbohydrates, 2.4g fiber, 33mg cholesterol, 741mg sodium.  

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Raspberry Fudge Brownies

Raspberry Fudge Brownies

Serves 16 1 10-oz. package of frozen raspberries in light syrup, thawed but not drained 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp., margarine 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 cups flour 1/8 tsp. salt, Nonstick vegetable cooking spray Drain raspberries, reserving 3 Tbsp. juice. Set raspberries and juice aside. Combine margarine and cocoa in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until margarine melts and mixture becomes smooth. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla to cocoa mixture, stirring well. Combine flour and salt and add to cocoa mixture, folding in gently. Gently fold raspberries into cocoa mixture. Spoon batter into an 8-inch square baking dish that has been coated with nonstick vegetable cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cut into 20 squares. Nutritional

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Lemon Broccolini

Lemon Broccolini

2 teaspoons olive oil 2 (6-ounce) bunches Broccolini 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add Broccolini, salt, and pepper; sauté 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from heat; stir in lemon rind. Serves 4. Nutrition Information: 55 Calories, 2.3g Fat, .3g Saturated Fat, 173mg Sodium Tracker: ½ cup Vegetables

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Chocolate Chip Meringues

Chocolate Chip Meringues

Ingredients: 3 large egg whites 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/8 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, divided 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips Preheat oven to 250°. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Combine sugar and 3 tablespoons cocoa, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add sugar mixture to egg white mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in mini-chips and vanilla. Spoon mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip or large zip-top plastic bag with 1 corner snipped to form 1/2-inch opening. Pipe 30 (2-inch-round) mounds 1/4 inch apart onto prepared baking sheet. For a quicker method, just spoon one tablespoon of mixture onto prepared baking sheet 1/4

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