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How Long Do I Have to Do This?

posted by sbrown

“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 Stevenson

It isn’t always easy to do the right thing.   We are tempted to fall back into old, familiar eating habits. “How long do I have to do this?” we ask.

The answer — just do it today.  Tomorrow you start again, but right now all you have to do is make it until bedtime. You can do it!

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown



Does It Help to Skip a Meal?

posted by sbrown

We know it matters what you eat. Does it matter when you eat?


When you skip a meal, your autopilot gets the message from the stomach, “Hey, we are out of business here.  Where is the fuel?”

“I don’t know what is up,” the autopilot signals back. “I’ve passed on your message to the conscious pilot, but so far nothing has happened. I’ll bump up the signal strength and try to get through.  In the meantime, I’ll send the message to the rest of the body to slow down and conserve fuel. We might be starting a famine.”

The body gets the message and the organs shift into low gear.  The metabolism slows down to a crawl.

Finally you are feeling weak and think you are starving to death, so you give in and eat.  And eat. And eat.  Because by this time your stomach has been hammering you with the hormone ghrehlin which is your hunger signal.  It takes awhile for the message to fade out of your system, so you eat until you are stuffed.


Then the autopilot gets back on the horn.  “Famine is over for now,” he announces. “We know that starvation could come again at any time, so we better prepare.  Hang on to the reserves.”

You have just cued your body NOT to lose any weight.  Your skipped meal did not help at all.

Instead, try to space your food so that you are eating three small to moderate meals a day with a couple of snacks.  Make wise, nutritious choices, and your body will cooperate and you won’t feel weak and hungry.

Your body is listening to the messages you give it. Make sure you are sending the right signals!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown



A God of “Yes”

posted by sbrown

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 calmly.  “I am a ‘yes person.’  I always say ‘yes’ if I can.  If you want or need something, ask me. If it is possible, I will say ‘yes.’  I will only say ‘no’ if there is a good reason.”

I went on to explain that, if he thought my decision was a mistake or that I didn’t have all the facts, he could have one appeal and explain his case. After that he had to drop it or face some preset consequences.  That child, who was known for his persistent whining and nagging, cheerfully accepted my terms.  He tested me a bit and I followed through with my promise. I said “yes” if I could and serenely dished out the consequences when he nagged me.  After that we were fine and the summer he spent with me was enjoyable for both of us.


Why did he cooperate with me when other sitters were ready to despair?  Because he didn’t feel he had to fight for his rights. He trusted that I would only say “no” for a good reason.

How much more peace we would have if we trusted God to be a “yes” God!  Don’t we often act as if our Father in Heaven was like an earthly parent who will always say “no” until he is nagged and whined into compliance with our wishes?

He is a “yes” God.  Over and over we see it in scripture.  He provided the needs of the Israelites in the wilderness. He gave Hannah a child.  He gave Israel victory over her enemies. I can’t think of a single time He refused a reasonable request.

And that’s certainly true in my life. He hasn’t just given me everything I need. He has given me everything I want.  It makes no sense to pray despairingly.  There’s no need to look through books about prayer trying to find some key to make God answer our requests.


He is a “yes” God and His promises are yea.  Today let’s cling to that truth and pray less fretfully and with more gratitude.

Is this promise for you?  It is if you are God’s child.  If you aren’t sure how you stand in your relationship with God, check out this page:

Click here to see my message about God. Let me know if you have questions or if I can help you in any way.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown




My Favorite Salad

posted by sbrown

Today is recipe day.  (I know I said I would post them on Saturdays, but I changed my mind!)  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 dessert — which I also take to potlucks for the same reason.  I also like this with raisins instead of grapes, although raisins have a slightly higher glycemic index number.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad


  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup imitation bacon bits or crisped bacon crumbles


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • natural sugar substitute equal to 1 tsp. sugar

Mix dressing with vegetables – Enjoy!

Eating to live and Living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown


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