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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 those bodies our own?  When we come to God in salvation, we come in surrender.  He actually owns us by right of creation, anyway. When we repent of running our own lives and surrender to Him, we surrender our bodies as well as our spirits.  This imperfect body of mine isn’t really mine anymore. It’s His. I’m just taking care of it for Him.  Guess I’d better do a better job of keeping it fed with the right fuel and making sure it is properly exercised to stay at optimal strength!

The price Jesus paid was the highest possible — His own life.  That makes these bodies worth a lot!  Let’s remember to whom our bodies belong, and take good care of them.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown

 

 

It’s amazing what  a little whipped cream can do to make a bland dish into a indulgent-feeling dessert.  Yes, I said whipped cream. Like most dairy products, whipped cream has a zero glycemic number and, a  1/4 cup serving has about 90 calories.

Put a dollop on a baked apple or pear, or make a jello salad with whipped cream instead of non-dairy topping.  You may need to experiment a little to see how the recipe works, but it can be done.

Here’s how to make your own whipped cream.  (By the way, this recipe is much easier than the evaporated milk-whipped cream I posted earlier.  And if you remember to turn off the mixer before lifting it out of the bowl, you don’t get whipped cream all over your kitchen!)

  • !/2 cup whipping or heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 Tbsp. confectioners sugar or  equivalent natural sugar substitute   (There will be less than a teaspoon in your 1/4 cup serving, so it may not matter that much.)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

First put the bowl and mixer beaters in the freezer for about ten minutes.  After they, and the cream, are thoroughly chilled, beat the cream on medium low.  Add the sugar or  substitute  and vanilla a little at a time.  Beat until the cream stands in stiff peaks — but don’t beat too long!  You might end up with butter.  This recipe makes about one cup of whipped cream.

Enjoy!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown

 

He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters. Psalm 18:16

This is my salvation testimony in one verse.  I was busy going about my way to destruction and He reached down and rescued me. It wasn’t good works that I did to find deliverance.  It wasn’t that I was more spiritual or more worthy in some way.  God chose me and He saved me!

He has drawn me out of many waters — many dangerous habits and situations.  I am prone to hold grudges — yet His forgiveness for my sin drew me out of that. How can I hold anything against another person when He has forgiven me so much?  I always want to be in the spotlight — but He has said, the one who will be great should be the servant of all.  I could go on and on — and I have lots of other waves that  slap me in the face and tend to draw me under.

Learning to be temperate is one of those deep waters.  He who sent from above and took me, who delivered me from so many things that had a hold on me — can surely deliver me from these waters, too!

How about you?  Are you struggling in the cold ocean of addictions to food and habits of overindulgence?  He who made you, who knows your weaknesses, can rescue you.  Turn to Him and call out for aid.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown

 

Here’s another food  you probably thought you could never see again on a healthy eating plan — pasta.  Most pasta, when cooked al dente, is low to low/moderate on the glycemic index.  That doesn’t mean that your whole diet can consist of pasta, but it does mean that pasta can be a good switch for a higher glycemic side like rice or potatoes.  It also means that you can use favorite recipes with pasta and low glycemic sauce ingredients.

Spaghetti, for example has a low GI number of 23, which puts it on the green list.  It has  220 calories for a one-cup serving, though, so it is not a low calorie food.

Things to avoid:

  • Pasta cooked to mush.  It becomes high glycemic when it is overcooked.
  • Processed pasta dishes, like boxed macaroni and cheese.  The sauce and additives make it high calorie and sometimes high glycemic.
  • Lots of pasta.  Too much can move it to the high glycemic category.  Stick with a single serving.
  • High glycemic sauces.  Check out the ingredients in the sauce. If they are high glycemic and/or very high calorie, you certainly aren’t going to lose weight with them!

Pasta won’t help you lose weight quickly.  You can do that by a stricter plan of lean meat and veggies.  We are talking life-long healthy eating, though.  You won’t eat a restrictive diet all your life.  Pasta in moderation can be a part of that plan.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown

 

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