Beyond Gorgeous

We all have them. They are foods that trigger our appetites and overcome our will power.  They may be fine in moderation — but we aren’t moderate when our taste buds come in contact with our particular nemesis.

For me, bread will do it.  One slice of whole grain bread is absolutely fine — but not for me.  Because I won’t stop at one slice.  It triggers an overeating reaction that will do me in every time.

So how do you deal with trigger foods?  By keeping your finger off the trigger. If you can’t stop eating a certain food once you start — don’t start.  For you, that perfectly “okay food” must be banned until you have your weight and your habits under control.

Be aware of  what makes you stumble, and you will be much more likely to be able to run with your low glycemic-healthy eating plan.   I’ll start on Monday listing some surprising foods that have a low insulin response.  I wanted to warn you first, though, that some of these may be trigger foods — so be careful!

Tomorrow is recipe day, so I’m trying out a new dish today.  One advantage of  being an incompetent cook — my readers will know my recipes are idiot-proof!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown



But they, measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  (II Corinthians 10:11b)

Don’t get caught in the comparison trap.  You are unique and your business is to be the best “you” possible, for God’s glory.  Don’t let those who are thinner discourage you and cause you to give up.

And don’t compare yourselves with heavier folks, either. You might decide that since you aren’t that bad yet, you don’t have to work at being healthier.

Remember, it’s not about looks, anyway. It’s about taking care of our bodies so we can serve the Lord longer and more effectively.

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown




We talked in a post last week about shrinking our clothing size by increasing the size of our worlds.  Becoming involved in a mission is an excellent way to do that. Click here to read about things that are fulfilling — not just filling. But, how do you find your place to serve?

Ask God.  He knows the perfect place for you — so tell Him you are willing to work and ask Him what He wants you to do. He promises to answer those who ask and to open doors for them to enter. (Matthew 7:7)

But remember that God doesn’t intend for you to do everything, and the wrong “good” thing can tie you up and stand in the way of doing the best that He has planned for you.  Not only that, but you might be doing the job He intended for someone else.  Jumping in without asking can rob both of you of a blessing.

And sometimes it is a matter of timing.  I often felt frustrated when my children were small and my time limited. But to everything there is a season (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and the season of life with more freedom to become involved in worthy causes came before I knew it.  It will for you, too. (One more reason to look forward to growing older!)

The Christian life is about getting to know God and serving Him with joy.  When we focus on doing that with our whole hearts, our dependence on physical food will diminish — and  so will our waistlines!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown




Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it. ~Thomas Jefferson

I doubt if Thomas Jefferson ever tried to lose weight — but this quote works for us.  There may be momentary pleasure in that bag  of candy — but it may hook us right on the sweet tooth and give us a painful setback.

Remember, you aren’t living for your tastebuds — and you aren’t ruled by them either!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown