Beyond Gorgeous

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 kept up that healthy eating and exercise plan I started five years ago I would look terrific now.”

“If only I had been smarter and used more self control when I was younger, I wouldn’t be carrying around all this extra blubber.”

If we could turn back time, we would certainly fix those mistakes that we are forced to wear now.

We can’t change the past — but we don’t have to suffer with the “if onlys” either.  We can’t have a new beginning, but we can have a new ending.  If we start now doing what we wish we had done, we will find ourselves on a different road.   And that road ends in a different place than the the place we’re headed now.

As long as you are alive and breathing, you can change things and have a different outcome.  That applies not only to weight loss and fitness, but to the rest of life as well.  Wish you had finished college?  It’s not too late!  I graduated when in my fifties.  Thinking “if only” you had learned an instrument when you were younger you would really enjoy it now?  So take lessons.  Maybe you don’t have time to be a concert pianist, but you can play for your enjoyment and maybe even for the benefit of others.  A friend of mine learned to play the violin when in his seventies and now travels to nursing homes in the area to play concerts for them.

Regretting that you didn’t start serving God earlier in life?  It’s not too late.  Use the life you have left to honor Him.

“If onlys” don’t accomplish anything but making you sad.  Instead, do something positive.  Make a change and have an ending you WON’T feel sad about!

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown

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 he manages well with diet and supplements.  Anti-inflammatory foods make it as regulars on my grocery list!

Here is a chicken salad recipe that is low glycemic and chock full of foods that are good for you.

Avocado Chicken Salad


  • 2 large avocados
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup button mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons sunflower seed kernels (or chopped pecans, or other nuts)
  • 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste


Chop one avocado and slice the other into one inch slices.  Mix all the ingredients except the sliced avocado, which you will fan out over the top of the salad to make it pretty.

If you like your food a little spicier, you can add 2 tsp. curry powder.

This turned out really tasty!  Next time I’m going to halve some grapes and throw them in, too.  It’s not difficult and is packed with nutrients. Just remember that it does have calories, even though it is low glycemic, so you can’t scarf down the whole bowl!

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown

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 been able to find ONE single negative post about it.  That’s phenomenal, because all of the sweeteners I studied have at least one drawback. With stevia, it’s the aftertaste.  With xylitol it’s the laxative effect.  I could go through the list — but this one has no problems.

Just LIke Sugar has only four ingredients.  It contains chicory root dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin C, and natural flavors from the peel of a lemon.  No nasty chemicals at all!  It has no calories and a glycemic number of 0, so it is safe for diabetics and won’t sabotage your weight-loss efforts.

You can use it cup for cup like sugar in baking — and it tastes great!  This one is a winner all the way around.

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown

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. Glycemic index: low/moderate in most people.

4. Honey.  22 calories per teaspoon. Glycemic index: 55.

5. Xylitol. 10 calories per teaspoon.   Gycemic index: 8

6. Molasses. 16 calories per teaspoon. Glycemic Index: 55.

7. Whey Low. 4 calories per teaspoon. Glycemic Index: about 25

8. Truvia/PureVia.  Zero calories. Glycemic index: 0

9.  Agave nectar.  15 to 30 calories per teaspoon.   Glycemic index: 30

10.  Table sugar.16 calories per teaspoon.  Glycemic index: 65

11.  Sucralose (Splenda) Zero calories.   Glycemic index: 80.

12.  Aspartame — Zero calories. Glycemic index: 0

13. High fructose corn syrup — 16 calories per teaspoon Glycemic index: 87

You will notice that the calories and the glycemic index aren’t the only deciding factors in these ranking.  This is my judgement based on health benefits or dangers, price, accessibility, taste, and ease of use.  Your list may be different — and that’s fine!  As I have often said, God didn’t make us with a cookie-cutter.  Find what works for YOU!

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown