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Recipe Day — Good-For-You Chocolate Cake

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I looked at the recipe in disbelief.  NINE eggs? Surely that was a misprint.  Only 3/4 cup flour in a cake?  Not likely.  As I studied about coconut flour, though, I saw that, yes, it does take that many eggs […]

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Climbing Into Jesus’ Wheelbarrow

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Once there was a famous tight-rope walker.  He stood before a huge crowd by Niagara Falls, preparing to do his most daring feat. “How many of you believe that I can walk across Niagara Falls on this tightrope?” he asked […]

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How Do You Know When to Stop Eating?

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“We asked 150 Parisians how they knew they were through with dinner,” food psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, said.  “They said, ‘When we’re full.’  When we asked 150 Chicagoans that they said, ‘When the plate is empty.’” * No wonder 2/3 […]

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Making Plans to Succeed

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H.A.L.T. — Don’t get too hungry, too angry, too lonely, or too tired.  But how do you do that?  How do you avoid getting in a dangerously tempting position? It takes planning.  Start planning before you even head to the […]

No More “If Onlys”

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Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.– Carl Bard If only — If only.  How the “if onlies” plague us! “If I had only […]

Recipe Day — Avocado Chicken Salad

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The health benefits of avocados blew me away!  They are full of a wide variety of nutrients that help so many health conditions.  I was particularly interested to read of their anti-inflammatory properties, since my beloved husband has arthritis, which […]

New Sweetener Favorite!

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I have a new favorite!  I didn’t know about it when I did the original series about sugar substitutes, but thought this would be a good time to introduce it.  It’s called Just Like Sugar — and I have not […]

Ranking the Sweeteners

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For those who want a list from best to worst in one place — here it is: 1. Stevia. Zero calories. Glycemic Index: 0 2. Coconut sugar.  16 calories per teaspoon. Glycemic Index: 35 3. Trehalose. 11 calories per teaspoon. […]

A Sweetener That Keeps Hair from Going Gray?

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A sweetener that keeps your hair from turning gray?  That’s just one of the interesting claims I encountered when researching blackstrap molasses — another in our series of sugar alternatives. Another thing I didn’t know — molasses is the “waste […]

An Army to the Rescue

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Some days it seems like the cookies are holding us captive.  Temptation surrounds us and we can do nothing but fail.  It seems hopeless. Elijah’s servant certainly felt hopeless and helpless when he looked out in the morning and saw […]

Low Glycemic Chocolate Mousse

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A big party was coming up.  I knew that the smart thing to do is plan ahead. If everyone else is eating high glycemic cake and with mounds of ice cream, I had better make provision for my runaway sweet […]

Top Sweetener Picks

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 This is only my opinion, but here is a summary of what I consider the best of the alternative sweeteners.  These are the ones I will be using: 5. Xylitol.  This sugar alcohol has about 10 calories per teaspoon, and […]

The Worst Sweeteners — Summing it Up

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There are a lot of sugars out there!  This series has brought lots of questions, comments, and not a little discussion and disagreement.  Several people asked me to do a summing up of what I found.  Let me stress that […]

Insecticide on the Table?

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It’s on the table — but that doesn’t make it food. Doing research on sucralose,  found in the popular artificial sweetener, Splenda, brought disappointing, not to say frightening, results. It sounded  so good — a more “natural” sweetener that is […]

Transforming the Hindrances

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“He transforms the very things that were before our greatest hindrances into the chiefest and most blessed means of our growth. No difficulties in your case can baffle Him….Put yourself absolutely into His hands, and let Him have His own […]

Lose the Fat — Not Your Friends

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There was that look again.  My friend’s eyes began to glaze over — and I realized I had been talking too much about my weight loss plan. It happens. We talk about the things that concern us, the things going […]

Lose the Fat — Not Your Temper

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I still remember asking a friend, “How is the diet going?” “It’s all over,” she said sadly. “My husband brought me a doughnut and begged me to eat it.” Now, why would a loving husband insist his wife go off […]

Lose the Fat — Save the Muscle!

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We don’t really want to lose weight. We want to lose fat.  Other things, like bones and muscles, we want to save. Unfortunately, when the pounds leave, blubber isn’t the only thing to go.  You lose muscle, too.  Let’s take […]

Lose the Fat — Save the Bones

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There are things you don’t want to lose when you are losing weight. In fact, it would be smarter to think in different terms — not losing weight, but reorganizing it.  Let’s take another peek inside and see what our […]

Motive Matters

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Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Psalm 37:4 The skinny woman on the commercial zips up her size two pants and looks in the mirror with pride.  Then we see […]

One-Pot Chicken and Vegetables

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It’s Friday — recipe day.  I have a one-pot meal for you today that even this incompetent cook made successfully.  However, this incompetent photographer didn’t get a picture! Steamed Vegetable and Chicken Medley for Two  Ingredients 1 cup thinly sliced […]

Should You Weigh Yourself Every Day?

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To weigh or not to weigh — that is the question we are looking at today.  Ask a dozen different health gurus and you will get a dozen different answers. Some say “Be SURE to weigh every single day. The […]

Meals on Cruise Control

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Variety may be the spice of life — but too much of that spice may have contributed to our epidemic of obesity.  A study in this month’s  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tested the idea of putting a meal […]

Does It Help to be Crazy?

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Why do crazy diets work? I once owned a book called “The Dr. Forgot-His-Name’s Quick Weight Loss Diet Plan.”  It was really a collection of  crash diets that called upon the dieter to eat strange things for quick weight loss.  […]

No More Anger

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How do you feel when you start a weight loss plan? I always felt angry.  I would think about the people who were not satisfied with me as I was and, yes, I resented them!  It just wasn’t fair that […]

Skinny Monkey Cookies

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The best plan is to retrain your sweet tooth by eliminating all sweets.  Then you can enjoy the flavor and sweetness of fruit as a dessert.  (It really DOES work that way!)  However, sometimes you have to make cookies.  When it’s […]

A Better Measure

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You’ve been working hard on your weight loss plan — so why aren’t you seeing results?  Chances are the results are there  — but you are looking for them in the wrong place.  We use the scale as the primary […]

Maybe Your Problem is in Your Glass

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You are doing your best — even going above and beyond the call of duty. So why are those pounds not leaving?  We’ve looked at a couple of reasons.  Maybe you are underestimating your calories, or you need to step […]

Free Weight Loss Drink

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We’ve looked at a couple of reasons why your weight loss may have hit a plateau.  Here’s reason number three:  Maybe you aren’t drinking enough water. Let’s take a look inside at what is happening to your body as you […]

Keep Doing It!

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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22. “I’ve read every diet book on the market, but none of them have done me any good,” a friend proclaimed recently. Too true.  […]

Low Glycemic Caesar Chicken Recipe

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Recipes are always a good idea.  It’s much easier to stick to a low glycemic plan if you have some good ideas of what you can fix — particularly if you are fixing for your family as well as for […]

Picking Up and Moving On

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It’s so frustrating when you do all the right things, and the scale refuses to budge!  But don’t get discouraged. Maybe it’s simply a matter of needing to do more of the same.  If you have been doing the step […]

Maybe It’s the Timing

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You have been faithfully keeping to the plan and stepping up the exercise.  Why is the scale not moving? Yesterday we talked about how too many calories — even the right kind of calories — can stall out your weight […]

Fixing the Stall-Out Problems

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How is the weight loss going?  I hope the weight IS going!   Many of you will be happily saying, “This is easy. I can do this from now on.” However, there is also no doubt some will be saying, […]

Watch Out for Pebbles in Your Path

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Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.  ~Author Unknown How many times have you accomplished something difficult,  […]

Recipe — Harvest Pecan Delight

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Oklahoma’s 100 degree days are over for the year (hurrah!) and it’s cool enough to actually turn on the stove.  I’ve been trying out low glycemic recipes to share with you, and I have a winner for today.  It works […]

When You Can’t Keep Stepping

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We’ve talked about adding steps to your day by doing easy things like being the one who gets up and does the fetching instead of asking others to do it for you.  Then we added a daily walk and talked […]

Cure for Boredom Eating

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The next time you open the pantry door and scout out something to munch on — stop.  Ask yourself, “Why am I here?” No, I’m not exactly suggesting you contemplate the meaning of your existence –although that might not be […]

More Walking and Talking with Jesus

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Yes, God is really there, with you, all the time — but sometimes, because we can’t see Him, we forget.  Practicing His presence is a good way to focus on the reality of our living God.    That’s why we […]

A God of Yes

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The promises of God in him are yea…. (II Cor. 1:20) I squatted down and looked the annoying, whining child in the eye. “If you are going to stay with me, we need to get something straight,” I told him […]

Recipe Day — Chicken Tacos

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 Chicken Taco Filling Ingredients  1 package dry taco seasoning mix 1 cup chicken broth 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts Directions Mix chicken broth and seasoning in a bowl. Place the chicken in the slow cooker and pour the chicken […]

Keep Walking — And Talking

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I hope you have been enjoying walking with the Lord.  Click here to read about the best walking buddy. Yesterday we talked about beginning your conversation with some words of appreciation.  Today I have a suggestion for what to talk about […]

Walking and Talking With Jesus

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Yesterday we talked about walking with Jesus — picturing Him walking beside you, just outside your range of vision as you follow your exercise route.  So what do you say to Jesus? Most of us start out with our list […]

The Best Walking Buddy

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Ready to walk?  Don’t go alone.  This morning, walk with God. You knew already that God is there, with you all the time.  But let’s see if we can make that truth more real to you. Today as you start […]

Whose Body Is This?

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Ye are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. I Corinthians 6:20 We can do what we want with our own bodies, right?   But are these bodies our own?  When […]

Recipe Day — Fresh Fruit Parfait

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 It’s recipe day, and here is a simple, refreshing favorite. Fresh Fruit Parfait  1 cup part-skim milk ricotta cheese 1/2 tsp. almond extract Stevia, or other sugar substitute to equal 1 tsp. sugar 1 TB skin milk 1 cup sliced […]

Where Are You Going?

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Ready, set — go!  Well, we’re almost ready to go.  On our daily walk, that is.  We talked in yesterday’s blog about deciding when to walk.  If you just plan to do it “sometime” it most likely won’t happen.  You have to […]

Stepping Up the Plan

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How are the steps coming?  The plan is to take the average of your steps for three days and then each week start adding 200 daily steps.  This is a small, but doable, change and those who started out with […]

Another Easy Step Idea

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How are the steps coming?  Do you need suggestions for working more steps naturally into your day?  Here’s one that changed my numbers dramatically. I used to be frustrated at the amount of time I had to spend on the […]

When Size “Large” is a Good Thing

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Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress. Have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.  Ps. 4:1 Do you feel distressed, depressed, and like giving up?  There’s a […]

Recipe Day — A Surprise Dessert That Can Make Your Meal Less Fattening

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Yes, it’s true — but that doesn’t mean you can pig out and eat a dessert to “take care of it.”  (See, I know how experienced dieters think.  I am one!)  However, the right combination of foods can lower the […]

The One Day Diet Plan

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“Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall.  Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day.  Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down.  And this is all life really means.”  ~Robert Louis […]

A Tale of Evil Twins

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They are almost like evil twins. Insulin is “black hat” twin for those who want to lose weight. It’s the hormone that tells our body, “Store up the fat.  Winter is coming.  Slow down and fatten up.”  Too much insulin […]

Start Adding Steps — Easily!

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Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits. Anonymous It’s called inertia.  Things that are at rest don’t want to start moving.  It affects all of us, and as we get older, it exerts a stronger and stronger […]

The Source of True Gladness

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Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.  Psalm 4:7 Naturally skinny people can by trying at times.  They can eat what they want and never seem to gain […]

Recipe Day — Easy Guacamole

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 It’s recipe day — and here is one that is surprisingly low glycemic. The avocado has received a bad rap over the years and is listed as an exception in the “eat fruits and vegetables” chapter of many diet books.  […]

A Fitness Plan You Can Do Forever

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A friend saw that her fitness center membership was about to expire, so she rushed in to renew — even though she hadn’t been inside the place for months. “I bet you have a name for people like me who […]

Pesky Calories — How to Control Them Forever

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I know, I know.  Nobody wants to talk about calories.  We’ve come to think of them like ants — annoying little things that won’t stay out of our lives. We would like to put out a “calorie hotel” and rid […]

Do Calories Count?

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Do calories count? I wish I could tell you that they don’t — and that you should just forget all about the pesky things.  Unfortunately, it isn’t so.   Any type of diet or eating plan can be sabotaged by […]

My Favorite Weight Loss Scripture for Bad Days

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Yesterday I didn’t do so well sticking to my plan.  In fact, it was the kind of day when I washed out in lots of areas.  Here is one of my favorite verses.  I use it a lot — and […]

Recipe Day — Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

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Today is recipe day.    Here is one of my favorites. I love to take it to potluck dinners so there is something filling and yummy I can enjoy without giving myself a setback.  Next week I’ll post my favorite […]

The Green Light/Red Light Eating Plan

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You know now that your brain sends messages to your internal organs, and those messages vary depending on what  you eat.  Today’s post is about the foods that will help you give your body the right message.  This is a […]

Getting Started: Meet Your Autopilot

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Think of your body as an airplane. You are the pilot of your personal “craft.”  The part of you that lives in your brain and makes the decisions, has the memories and feelings, is your conscious pilot.  You pilot your body […]

Get Ready to LIVE!

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Okay folks, we’ve already been on every diet known to man — or woman. We have done without fat, red meat, sugar, and carbs at various times. We have eaten grapefruit until it was coming out our ears. We have […]

Changes Ahead

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Tomorrow is a new day — and a new year.  What will you do with it?  You have the power to make it the best year of your life.  You can’t control all the circumstances that will happen, but you […]

Recipe Day — Meringue Cookies

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It’s tough to be good during the holidays!   I know that — so today I’m posting a cookie recipe that isn’t exactly good for you, but is significantly, well, less bad.  The protein lowers the glycemic load and it […]

Seven Things You Can Do to Save Your Brain

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Exercise, cutting out sugar, eating a low glycemic diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy oils.  So far all the tips for a youthful brain are the same as for a youthful body!  Well, your brain is […]

Food for a Young Brain

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Not to call you a fat-head or anything, but actually about 60% of your brain is made up of fat.   If you want it to work well, you have to keep it supplied with fat. Yes, you read that […]

Merry Christmas!

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I know — you don’t want to hear from ME today!  ;^)   Don’t worry!  I’m just going to say that I wish you a very Merry Christmas.  I hope all my readers have a wonderful day with their families. […]

No Hurry

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Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.  […]

Recipe Day — Lemon Cloud Pie

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It’s recipe day — and I’ve been working on a healthier version of an old favorite. I found a recipe for Lemon Cloud on a low glycemic Web site.  However, I have learned a lot during the years I have […]

Don’t Eat This Brain Drainer

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Does it matter what you feed your brain?  Yes! Studies show that sugar will slow your brain down and hinder its functions.  In other words, sugar can make you stupid.  Scary, huh? So, if you eat a low glycemic diet […]

Young Brains Keep Moving

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What’s the best thing to do to keep your brain young?  Move it!  I’m not talking about mental exercise (at least, not in THIS post) but about physically moving.  Many sites I visited mentioned clinical studies that show that critters […]

A Younger Brain!

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Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.  Anonymous Our muscles, our ears, and our eyes — we want them to last as long as we do.  Why would we want to live longer if nothing […]

Beware of Slump Time!

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We all have body rhythms that peak and fall. There are times of day we feel creative and have energy. Larks have them in the morning while owls are at their best in the evening hours. And we all have […]

Recipe Day — Mexican Sweet Potatoes

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It’s the season for sweet potatoes.  We most often eat them in holiday casseroles that taste more like desserts than a side and which, unfortunately, are so full of sugar that most of the good-for-you qualities are negated.  But there […]

What You Can Do to Avoid Macular Degeneration

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What can you do if you have risk factors for macular degeneration?  What if you have already been diagnosed with this age-related sight-stealing disease?  Is there anything you can do? Yes! You can avoid the risk factors that you can […]

Will You Develop Macular Degeneration? Here’s How to Know if You are in the Danger Zone

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What causes macular degeneration — that sight-stealer so prevalent among the more mature crowd? Free radicals are a major culprit.  They form when the blue and ultraviolet sunlight passes through the lens of the eye.  Consistently wearing good sunglasses is […]

Sight-Stealer #3 — Macular Degeneration

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Glaucoma and cataracts — two of the major age-related sight stealers.  Today we will look at the third of the big three: macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the gradual breakdown of the macula cells. The macula is the small, yellowish […]

Hope for Discouraging Days

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Sometimes I find myself thinking of my body as a naughty child who will unpredictably do something mean — like putting on a couple of pounds when I expected better behavior!  We’ve all experienced that phenomenon of mysterious weight gain […]

Recipe Day — Dried Cranberries

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It’s recipe day — and I want to share a second cranberry recipe I found while looking for cranberry sauce recipes the other day.  It’s for dried cranberries.  Most of the time dried fruit is counter-productive.  There is too much […]

Foods (and Drink) to Avoid Cataracts

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We already know that vitamins A, C, and E are good for your eyes.  Getting them in your diet will help prevent cataracts, among other eye ills.  The nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin also are helpful.  So are the B vitamins. […]

Sight Stealer #2 — Cataracts

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Cataracts, that film that grows over the lens of the eye, gradually steals away vision.  Age is the biggest predictor of developing them.  One statistic I found, but was unable to substantiate, said that 75% of people over 60 will […]

Natural Glaucoma Solutions

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We’ve learned that eating foods high in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as getting plenty of  Omega 3 fats, can help with glaucoma. There are other lifestyle changes you can make that will also help. One of the […]

The Best Investment

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“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~Edward Stanley It’s a matter of investment. In what are you investing your time and effort?  If you make your […]

Recipe Day — Veggie Dip

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We’ve been talking about the importance of eating those raw veggies to prevent age-related eye diseases like glaucoma.  One way we do this at our house is to have a vegetable tray ready-made and ready for snacking. The veggie tray […]

Food Fight — The Nutrient Battle Against Eye Disease

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Glaucoma — that curse of age — can steal your sight, one of your most precious senses.  The good news it that there are nutrients that can help you avoid that dreaded disease. I found the basic three eye vitamins […]

Sight Stealers and What You Can Do About Them — Glaucoma

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We take our five senses for granted — until age begins to steal them away.  One sense we particularly want to guard is our eyesight.  I know this, because I was recently diagnosed with glaucoma, one of the eye diseases […]

Celebrate Giving Tuesday

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Happy Giving Tuesday!  We had Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Those days were about shopping for bargains and buying more stuff.  Today the focus isn’t on getting, but on giving. We talk a lot on this blog about living a […]

Dreams and Reality

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Some people dream about success… while others wake up and work hard at it. — anonymous I’ve read lots about visualizing success.  Picture yourself as svelte and slim, the articles say, and you will become what you imagine.  There is […]

The Truth About Leftovers

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Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is officially in full swing.  Start making up for the Thanksgiving feasting by walking and working in as many steps as possible. (Tell your spouse that Black Friday shopping is part of your […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to my faithful readers!  I am personally thankful for each of you. Enjoy your friends and family today.  And plan ahead for the temptations that lie ahead.  Maybe you have given yourself permission to take the day off […]

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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It’s almost on us — the most treacherous time of the year for those of us working to live a healthy lifestyle.  It’s THE HOLIDAYS!  What makes you blow your plan?  Stress?  Temptation?  Busyness?  The next six weeks are permeated […]

Getting Your Mind in Gear

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I scowled as I  listened to the “Learn the Thai Language” cd that I found on eBay.  This is one tough language!  You not only have to learn difficult words with tongue-twisting sounds — but the pitch at which you […]

Sugar Free, Gluten Free — But Not Taste-free Pumpkin Bread +

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The smell of baking goodies fills the air as you bake holiday goodies for for parties and for gifts for your friends and loved ones.  But — what are YOU going to eat?  You are committed to a low glycemic […]

Healthy Food of the Week — The Great Pumpkin!

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You lose weight by eating moderate portions from the green, low glycemic list and avoiding the high glycemic, red list, right?  The high glycemic foods make a load of sugar hit your bloodstream in a rush.  Then your pancreas pumps […]

Protect Your Eyes from “The Big Three”

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When we were younger, we dreaded getting older because we didn’t want to look like an old geezer.  Those of us reaching that age, though, are not nearly so concerned about how we look, as we are about how we […]

Positive Thinking? Here’s Something Better

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Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.  Prov. 16:3 Everyone tells you to think positive thoughts. I’ve tried to do that when I was down, but it didn’t work.  I knew I was lying!  You […]

Recipe of the Week — Super Easy Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberries can do wonderful things for you — including helping you to feel and look young. (See yesterday’s blog.)  A USDA study showed them to be the fruit with the highest antioxidant values. But how do you eat them?  You […]

Healthy Food of the Week — Youth Berries?

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Cranberries — They show up at the holiday season, but we pretty much ignore them the rest of the year.  Too bad, because they might be the “fruit of youth” to keep us healthy and vigorous longer.  They fight a […]

Hang On to Your Hearing! Foods to Prevent Hearing Loss # 4

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A week without phone or Internet service — well, it was a change!  After the first Facebook withdrawal symptoms, it was a welcome one.  Knowing I would be out of communication range, I posted a week’s worth of encouragement ahead […]

A Better Size Large

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Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress. Have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.  Ps. 4:1 Do you feel distressed, depressed, and like giving up?  There’s a […]

The One Day Diet Plan

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“Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall.  Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day.  Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down.”  ~Robert Louis Stevenson How long do you have to […]

How Struggles With Weight Can Make You Strong — Spiritually

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“He transforms the very things that were before our greatest hindrances into the chiefest and most blessed means of our growth. No difficulties in your case can baffle Him….Put yourself absolutely into His hands, and let Him have His own […]

Hopscotch Habits

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I remember the hopscotch we played at recess in fourth grade.  The school had seen generations of kids come and go — and hopscotch had been a staple game for those thousands of kids.  The board had been drawn in […]

Better Than Banana Splits

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Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.  Psalm 4:7 Naturally skinny people can by trying at times.  They can eat what they want and never seem to gain […]

Recipe Day — Sweet Potato Boats

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It’s recipe day — and here is one using the super nutritious sweet potato. Ingredients 2 medium/large sweet potatoes 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil 1 bag fresh baby spinach 1/4 cup sour cream 2 ounces cream cheese 1 cup chickpeas […]

How Sweet It Is — The Number One Most Nutritious Veggie

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Want to know what vegetable is the number one most nutritious veggie? The Center for Science in the Public Interest gives the award to…..drumroll please……..the sweet potato! Surprised? You probably thought these spuds were duds on the dietary level. After […]

How’s That Again? Prevent Hearing Loss #3

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Noise — it drives us nuts. It also damages our hearing.  As we get older, we see the cumulative effect of the blare of loud music, screaming kids, and roar of traffic of a lifetime.  However, there is hope!  I […]

Foods to Prevent Hearing Loss #2

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Getting older — how we dread it!  However, the alternative to growing older– dying young — is not so good either.  Don’t despair.  There are lots of things we can do to prevent the ills that befall us when we […]

Foods to Prevent Hearing Loss #1

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“What did you say?”  “How’s that?” Paul and I are beginning to sound like a couple of geezers.  I say he is losing his hearing.  He says I mumble.  Sometimes we reverse the order and I say HE mumbles and […]

5 Ways to Handle Sweet Temptations

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Church fellowship is precious — but oh that weekly time of fellowship that involves snacks!  It can be (and often is, in my case) a deadly time for a healthy eating plan. Perhaps I had better explain that our church […]

Recipe Day — Good and Purple

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I admit it.  I usually encountered cabbage only in coleslaw which was  never a favorite of mine.  After reading about the amazing health benefits of this much maligned veggie, I decided to change that. I experimented last night and came […]

Surprising Anti-Aging Vegetable

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It’s been known as a weight loss food for a while, but now we are seeing that our healthy food of the week actually slows aging and helps stave off several of the diseases that hold terror for us as […]

Stop Pushing Your Obesity Button!

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Is your weight determined by your genes?  Somewhat — but a new study shows that what you drink can affect how those genes work. We all have a certain amount of genes that predispose us to gain weight. Some have […]

Stop Being So Mean!

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“And just exactly what happened to those good intentions?” I asked sternly.  “You were doing well on your plan and even encouraging others along the way. What happened to you?” “W-e-e-l-l,” my uncomfortable counselee whined.  “It’s been really hectic at […]

Right Choices — Automatically

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Wouldn’t you like to automatically resist temptation and make healthy choices without even bothering to think about it?  You can. That’s our topic today. Recognizing the cues that start us on the cycle of bad habits is part of the […]

Cookies? No thanks. I’d Rather Have Life.

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I glanced down the cookie aisle at the grocery store — and felt a sense of loss.  Remember the days when I could pick out cookies — any kind of cookies — and treat myself?  I love reading and snacking […]

Breaking Free from Grief and Anger

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Have you ever found yourself caught in a negative thought pattern loop?  Something happens and you are suddenly thinking painful or angry thoughts.  You may have been hurt by someone you trusted, had something tragic happen that haunts you, or […]

Two-Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Dip/Frosting

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Need more protein in your diet?  Greek yogurt packs a powerful punch of muscle-building protein in each serving.  Usually I have to search for recipes that look easy and edible to feature our good-for-you food of the week.  Not a […]

Healthy Food of the Week — Greek Yogurt

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You probably thought that every healthy food we highlight must be are either a fruit, a nut, or a vegetable. Well, it’s true that a healthy diet will have plenty of these all natural, nutrient-dense foods.  Today’s healthy food comes […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #5 – Change the Routine, Keep the Reward

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One way to break the failure cycle is to identify the reward you get from your bad habits.     Then you can change your routine so you get the reward without going through the harmful behaviors. For instance, say […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #4 — Find the Reward

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Habits. They can make or break you when you are trying to establish new, healthier routines in your life.  We’ve seen that there is a definite habit pattern.  First is the cue, which leads to the routine, which leads to […]

Is Jesus a Copy — Or the Real God?

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It’s been going around on Facebook — the chart comparing a cartoon and goofy-looking Jesus to the Egyptian God Horus.  They both were supposedly born of a virgin, baptized at 30, had 12 disciples, and rose from the dead.  The […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #3 — Change the Cues

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Habits — they have a powerful hold over us!  How can we break the cycle that keeps us in failure? In our last post we talked about the pattern of cue — routine — reward.  One way to break the […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #2 — Picking Up on the Cues

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Are you really hungry, or do you eat because of habit?  I’ve been doing some research on habits and addictions — and have come to conclusion that many of our problems with staying on a healthy eating and exercise plan […]

Recipe Day — Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

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Want something besides your usual oatmeal for breakfast?  Here is an easy recipe (my favorite kind!) that is packed with protein and adds the benefit of our healthy food of the week, strawberries.  Of course, it is also low glycemic. […]

Fight Inflammation with Strawberries

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Troubled with inflammation disorder like osteoarthritis, asthma, or atherosclerosis?  Instead of reaching for the ibuprofin bottle, you might try reaching for the strawberries instead. Strawberries, our good-for-you food this week, contain a chemical compound called phenols.  Phenols fight against inflammation […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #1 — Finding the Pattern

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You worked hard, lost the extra weight, and you never felt better.  So why did you go back to snacking on brownies and packing the flab back on? I read an interesting book recently that gave a possible answer — […]

Fat Souls, Not Fat Bodies

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The liberal soul shall be made fat and he that watereth shall be watered himself.  Prov. 11:225 Sometimes I wonder if weight issues don’t go along with hoarding issues — which come down to problem with trust.  If we don’t […]

A Trick That Works

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Ha! Another study just proved my theory was right.  You can have greater success on your healthy eating plan by making it easier on yourself. In an article appearing in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a team of Massachusetts General […]

Ask This — But You May Be Surprised By the Answer!

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We talk a lot about doing healthy things that will give us a longer, more active life.  Why?  Unless you have a reason for living, there isn’t much incentive in stretching it out. That’s why it’s important that you have […]

Coffee for Weight Loss?

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We’re always looking for it — that magic pill that will make the fat melt off our bodies.  A new study shows surprising evidence that the magic pill might have appeared.  A study published in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity […]

Don’t Jump Overboard!

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Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.  Philippians 4:5 Moderation.  Some of us have lots of problems with that character quality!  I wonder how many of my readers share my inclination to go overboard […]

Recipe Day — Blackberry Treats

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Blackberries — they are some of the most anti-oxidant rich foods around. And, even better, if you live in the south where they grow wild, they are free for the picking. (Well, it will cost you some in scratches and […]

Cancer Prevention — And More — In These Berries

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They grow like weeds in the brushy, wooded areas here in Oklahoma. You’ll see them along the fences and in the underbrush, loaded with sweet, wild fruit.  Blackberries grow wild and are free for the picking.  If you aren’t in […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #8 — The Easiest Way

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How can you get more exercise in your life when you are too busy to go work out? We’ve looked at lots of ways to do that — from doing squats to pick up the laundry to interval housework. Today […]

More Baggage–Shorter Trip

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Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip.  Arnold H. Glasgow Well, our bodies are more than baggage.  They are the place we will live until we die.  There […]

Prayers God Wants to Hear

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Would you enjoy a relationship with someone who was always talking, never listening?  How about if that someone was always asking something from you and never telling you “thanks” when you came through for him?  Now let’s suppose that your […]

As Long as We Keep Eating We Don’t Have to Wash the Dishes

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“As long as we keep eating, we don’t have to wash the dishes.” My Grandma used to quote that old saying. It probably referred to more in life than eating, but it applies to those of us who are moving […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #7 –Do it the Hard Way!

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We spend a lot of time figuring out how to do our work more efficiently.  That’s fine — unless we are doing it so we have more time to spend on the couch in front of the TV.  Did you […]

When Size “Large” is a Good Thing!

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Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress. Have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.  Ps. 4:1 Do you feel distressed, depressed, and like giving up?  There’s a […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #6 — Vacuum Away the Fat

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We’ve been talking about making housework into a workout.  Vacuuming is another chore that can become a calorie burner.  Here’s how: As you vacuum the floor, do split lunges. Lunge forward to work the thigh and gluteus muscles. Be sure […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #5 — Interval Housework

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Need to get your heart rate up, but no time for the gym?  Try interval housework training. Interval training is a new method of exercise I’ve been reading about. You do any kind of aerobic exercise at a moderate pace […]

You Aren’t A Victim!

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Where did those pounds come from?  Every veteran dieter knows the depression that comes from seeing hard-fought fat reappear like a recurring nightmare.  It takes so long and such diligence to rid ourselves of those unwanted bulges, and it seems […]

This “Forbidden Fruit” is Really a Superfood

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A fruit that does everything from preventing cancer to curing bad breath?  Yes, this one fruit has too many health benefits to list them all in one short blog.  It’s also very low on the glycemic index at less than […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #4 – Laundry Workout

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Laundry — bleuh!  I know it’s crazy to complain when I can remember my grandma scrubbing her clothes on a washboard in a metal tub out in the yard.  All I have to do is sort them, change from washer […]

No, You Are NOT Hopeless!

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“Ye have not resisted unto blood, striving against sin.”  Hebrews 12:4 “I just can’t help it,” a friend told me. “I’ve tried every diet known to man — or woman — and I’ve always failed. God must want me to […]

Recipe Day — Mexican Quinoa

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So, you are ready to ditch the grains and go for a healthier, diet with less gluten.How do you do that?  One way is to replace the grains with quinoa (keen-wa). We talked in our blog yesterday about the many […]

Good-for-You Food of the Week — Quinoa

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A new wonder grain that is rich in protein and low on the glycemic index? Well, almost. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) isn’t really new, since it was cultivated by the ancient Incas in the Andes Mountains of South America.  They called […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #3 — Strong Arms and Clean Windows

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Arms flabby but  no time to go to the gym?  Time to get out the window cleaner and start polishing the glass.  Think about your posture — shoulders back and down and stomach in.  Remember to pretend you are clenching […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #2 – Strengthen Abs the No-Pain Way

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Okay, I know you hate to do stomach crunches.  Here is something more effective that you can do, almost without noticing it, One of the best ways to strengthen your abs is by just holding them in.  You can do […]

The Dance With Pain and Pleasure

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“We will all do more to pass up pain than we will to pursue pleasure.”  Dr. Neecie Moore in Encouragement for Your Journey. I had to stop and think about that one.  Is it true that avoiding pain is more […]

Making Good-for-You Baked Goods — With Coconut Flour

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We are such creatures of habit!  We tend to think the food we always eat is the only edible stuff out there.  Actually, we don’t have to make do with empty calories or starve.  On Thursdays we will be looking […]

Stay Free!

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Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  Gal. 5:1 It’s Independence Day!  On this day my readers who are in the U.S. celebrate our freedom […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life — Top Multi-Purpose Muscle-Builder

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So, you are too busy to work out?  Some of my readers who are young moms expressed this problem. After a busy day of homeschooling, housework, and just keeping up with kids, there isn’t enough time or energy left to […]

Live Until You Die

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If your focus is on looking good — sorry, but you are bound to be disappointed. There will always be someone more attractive than you are.  You may feel great next to your overweight friends, but suddenly feel like a […]

Recipe Day — Fresh Fruit Parfait

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Well, my recipe for the day flopped. I made a healthier version of blackberry crumble. I had to rename it blackberry sludge.  I think I know where I went wrong and will try again, but in the meantime, here is […]

Plan to Win #6: Plan to Celebrate!

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Plan to celebrate.  In fact, start celebrating now. One trouble with doing healthy things is that we are used to having the bad stuff as “treats.”  If we don’t get them, we feel we are being punished. So don’t punish yourself.  […]

Plan to Win #5: Plan for Failure

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Plan for failure.  Hey — don’t panic!  I didn’t say “plan to fail.”  You are planning to win.  But along the path to the finish line there will be many stumbles and falls.  You will lose some battles on the […]

Plan to Win #4: Expect the Unexpected

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We’ve been talking about planning — and how it can be the key to your success in your healthy eating and exercise plan.  Plan your food — don’t try to make decisions when you are tired and starved.  Plan your […]

Don’t Quit!

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Even though I had looked every imaginable place for my Fitbit, the snazzy electronic pedometer my daughter gave me for Mother’s Day, it was nowhere to be found.  But I kept looking, even in the same places I had looked […]

Recipe Day — Nut-Crusty Chicken

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Getting tired of plain grilled or baked meat?  Here’s a recipe that adds a different, crunchy twist to chicken. Nut-Crusty Chicken Ingredients 3 medium chicken breasts 2 egg whites 1/2 cup pecans 1/2 cup almonds 1 tsp. sea salt or […]

Plan to Win # 3 — Watch Where You are Going!

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You know what you will eat and when you will exercise. Is that all they planning you need? No — there are a couple or other things that will help you in your plan to win. Write Out Your Schedule […]

Plan to Win #2 – How to Make Sure You Get Your Exercise

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You are going to work today. Really.  You walk over to your treadmill and unload it.  You hang up all the  clothes and move the pile of papers to another place.  By now you have used up most of your […]

Plan to Win #1 –Here’s How to Avoid a Temptation Ambush

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Do you ever feel like that your best intentions were ambushed and defeated by life?  You intended to eat right and to exercise.  Monday came, and you were sure that you would do it right this week. And life happened. […]

How to Avoid the Ambushes of Life

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A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself, but the simple pass on and are punished. (Proverbs 27:12) Have you had some punishing defeats lately? Sometimes it seems that temptations are around every corner, ready to ambush us.  We […]

My Favorite Scripture for Bad Days

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Yesterday I didn’t do so well sticking to my plan.  In fact, it was the kind of day when I washed out in lots of areas.  Here is one of my favorite verses.  I use it a lot — and […]

The Source of True Gladness

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Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.  Psalm 4:7 Naturally skinny people can by trying at times.  They can eat what they want and never seem to gain […]

Get Out the Roadmap

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“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” Yogi Berra During our low times we sometimes forget where we are going, and why.  That’s when we mess up in our […]

Start Adding Steps the Easy Way

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Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits. Anonymous It’s called inertia.  Things that are at rest don’t want to start moving.  It affects all of us, and as we get older, it exerts a stronger and stronger […]

The One-Day-at-a-Time Diet Plan

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“Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means.” ~Robert Louis […]

Recipe Day — Sweet Potato Boats

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It’s recipe day — and here is one with such different ingredients that I was a bit doubtful about it.  However, it turned out surprisingly tasty.  Ingredients 2 medium/large sweet potatoes 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil 1 bag fresh baby […]

“Sweet 16″ Ways to Burn Fat Faster

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We’ve looked at 16 ways to rev up your metabolism — the rate your body burns fat.  I like to call them the “sweet sixteen.”  Here they are, in abbreviated form:   Eat small meals throughout the day.   Drink […]

Metabolism Booster #16 — A Vitamin that Moves Out the Fat

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You knew that Vitamin C prevents scurvy.  And when you have a cold you reach for the C supplements.  But did you know that Vitamin C can give your fat-burner a boost? The University of Arizona did a study in […]

Metabolism Booster #15 – Vitamins that Rev Up Your Metabolism

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Here’s another tip for revving up your sluggish metabolism:  Make sure you are getting your B vitamins. According to the American Dietetic foundation, several of the B vitamins can give your natural fat-burning powers a boost. Vitamin B2, also known as […]

Here’s How to be Strong — Even When You Feel Weak

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And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  II Cor. 12:9 I sometimes find myself thinking that I have to be strong or that God won’t be pleased with […]

Recipe Day — No Bake Cherry Chocolate Brownies

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The best plan is to train your taste buds away from sugary treats.  When you have been off sugar for a while, fruit tastes unbelievably sweet and delicious! However, this is real life we are living. It’s going to happen. […]

Metabolism Booster #14 — Tea for Two (Sizes Smaller?)

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Here’s one you may have heard about.  Drinking tea — especially green tea– can help prevent belly fat, boost metabolism and speed up weight loss. One way that green tea prevents belly fat is by counteracting cortisol.  You might remember […]

Metabolism Booster #13 — Turn Up Your Internal Thermostat

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Hang onto your taste buds!  Today’s tip for speeding up the metabolism is a scorcher.  Numerous sites hail cayenne pepper as the hottest metabolism booster around. (Okay, sorry for the pun.) Seriously, though, cayenne has been used in traditional medicine […]

Metabolism Booster #12 — Do This to Burn More Calories All Day

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Study after study has shown it — eating breakfast will kick your metabolism off and keep it running the rest of the day. There are several reasons breakfast works.  For one thing, it wakes up your leptin hormone and sets […]

Have a Guilt-Free Picnic

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It’s Memorial Day — a day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It’s also the big cookout day for most of us.  We will be tempted with potato salad, homemade ice cream, and a multitude […]

Metabolism Booster #11 — Run! A Bear is After You!

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Want a new way to speed up your fat burn?  Press the fast forward button for 10 to 40 seconds and your workout can become a much more effective metabolism booster.  I personally would be content to do just about  […]

Metabolism Booster # 10 — Fight Fat with Fats

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Fight fat with fats– the right kind of fat, that is.  Several clinical studies (one is in the May 2007 edition of “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition”) have shown that adding Omega 3’s to your diet, along with exercise, can […]

Metabolism Booster #9 — Freeze Your Buns Off

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Freeze your buns off?  Maybe not. But the latest research from several universities show that you have a kind of fat that actually helps your body lose weight when the temperature is cool.  It’s called brown fat, and is a […]

Don’t Wait for “Normal”

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The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.  Proverbs 20:4 Are you planning to start your healthy eating and exercise plan when life is back to normal?  Won’t happen.  […]

Deviled Eggs — Angelically Good!

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It’s picnic weather!  Here is a deviled egg recipe that is very low glycemic and high in protein. One dozen hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half. 8 oz. plain Greek yogurt. 1 TBSP mayo Squirt of mustard salt and […]

New Study Proves This Sweetener is a Brain Danger!

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Maybe it isn’t creeping age that is playing tricks with your memory.  It could be the desserts and soft drinks that caused you to forget your neighbor’s first name. You have heard that high fructose corn syrup damages your body […]

Metabolism Booster #8 — Ditch These for Faster Weight Loss

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Want a faster metabolism?  The answer could be in your glass.  It may not be what you are eating that is your problem, but what you are drinking. Alcoholic beverages pack on the calories and will drag down your metabolism.  […]

Breaking Away from Anger

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How do you feel when you start a weight loss plan? I always felt angry.  I would think about the people who were not satisfied with me as I was and, yes, I resented them!  It just wasn’t fair that […]

How Success Can Hold You Back

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…Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount.  Deut. 1:6 Mountains aren’t bad places to dwell.  Metaphorically speaking, mountains are the high points of our lives.  The trouble only comes when we are stuck on the mountain. The children of […]

Low Glycemic Recipe Day — Nutty Carrot/Apple Salad

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It’s recipe day — and I have a really tasty, nutty, low glycemic side dish for you today.  This may be one of my new favorites! Nutty Carrot/Apple Salad Ingredients 2-3 medium carrots, chopped 1 apple, chopped and coated with […]

Metabolism Booster #7 — The Laziest Way to Shed Fat

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Want the easiest way possible to speed up your metabolism?  Catch some more zzzzz’s! It’s true.   In 1999 the University of Chicago did a study with eleven lean young men.  They had them sleep eight hours for the first […]

Metabolism Booster #6 — This Is the Opposite of What You Have Been Told to Do!

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People trapped by pounds of fat feel like hiding in the dark. (Been there!)  But one of the best things you can do to speed up that dragging metabolism is to get out in the sunshine. I know, we’ve been […]

Metabolism Booster #5 — Stop the Stress!

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Stress. It’s a part of our lives.  People give us problems.  We have money worries.  Our schedules are too busy.  It’s not pleasant. Now we know from numerous studies that stress not only takes its toll on your nerves. It […]

This Habit Will Kill Your Energy and Stop Your Weight Loss

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Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy, but the worst habit you could possibly have. – Dale Carnegie Whine, whine, whine.  Haven’t we all been there?  We see thin people chow down […]

Low Glycemic, Low Calorie Ranch Dressing

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Some people love salad and scarf down the veggies with cries of “Yum!”  Others of us think salad is something to eat salad dressing on. That’s not good, because salad dressing tends to be heavily laden with bad stuff, like high […]

Metabolism Booster #4 — Put the Pedal to the Metal

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This one is no surprise.  If you want your body to burn calories faster, you have to get up and move. I wish I could just pick the expert with the advice I like the most and give it to […]

Metabolism Booster #3 – Don’t “Eat” Your Muscles

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How do you rev up your sluggish metabolism?  Try packing in the protein.   Numerous studies have shown that eating fewer carbs and emphasizing proteins help with weight loss, blood sugar issues, and cardiovascular health.  Let’s go inside our bodies […]

Metabolism Booster #2: Flush Away Fat — For Free

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Does your body seem to hang onto the calories instead of burning them off?  An answer to speeding up your metabolism may be as close as your kitchen faucet.  You can speed up your metabolism by drinking more water. Here’s […]

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Recipe Day -- Good-For-You Chocolate Cake
I looked at the recipe in disbelief.  NINE eggs? Surely that was a misprint.  Only 3/4 cup flour in a cake?  Not likely.  As I studied about coconut flour, though, I saw that, yes, it does take that many eggs to make a successful cake with ...

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No More "If Onlys"
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