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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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,  […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Emotional Eating — Choosing Freedom

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What’s the best way to control emotional eating?  How about by getting our emotions under control? It happened again yesterday. I had just given a friend some excellent advice — then failed to take it myself when I was in […]

Skinny Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

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Here is the recipe of the week.  Although I did at least half a dozen things wrong  (including spilling the sauce all over the countertop and having to start again) it turned out pretty tasty. I found it on Pinterest […]

Xylitol — Another Sweet Choice

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Don’t be discouraged!  We’ve been looking at sugar alternatives and have found many that are dangerous or even deadly.  There are still plenty of options left for us, though. One of these is Xylitol. Xylitol is found in many fruits, […]

A Bible Verse for Emotional Eaters

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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 […]

Don’t Eat the Worms

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Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, Guess I’ll go eat worms.  We’ve all had times when we could sing that song!  However, we usually sing, Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, Guess I’ll go eat cookies. Emotional eating can be […]

Look Higher

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Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2) Can’t stop thinking about food?  Maybe that’s a signal to you that you need to change your focus.  The more you set your sights on the Lord […]

Tips for Better Sleep

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Sleeping better may help with your weight loss goals by keeping your hunger vs. fullness hormones in balance. Besides that, avoiding being over-tired can help you also avoid over-eating and binging. Not to mention that you won’t be in the […]

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 What is your goal?  I hope it isn’t measured in just pounds or inches — but in a state of […]

Snack Attacks — Don’t Be Ambushed!

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Snack attacks  — they can sabotage the best-laid healthy eating plans!   It’s true that eating small meals throughout the day can keep your metabolism steady and your hunger at bay.  But the type of food you are munching matters […]

Why Isn’t Everyone Going to Heaven?

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Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just forgive everyone and let everyone into Heaven? Why do we need to be saved from sin?To help us understand, let’s think of an imaginary situation.  Suppose a man shot his neighbor. Someone called […]

Getting Started: Meet Your Autopilot

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Recipe – Funny Egg Wrap

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Breakfast is an important meal — maybe the most important one you’ll eat all day. But, what can you eat?  You aren’t eating high glycemic bagels anymore, and we aren’t even talking about doughnuts.  Most cereals are on the yellow […]

Are You a Blitzer?

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For a plan to work, it has to work for YOU.  Your personality plays a big part in whether you stay the course or abandon it.  We’ll take a wide view and then talk about more specific personality types to […]

Angels with Crowbars

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For my special Sunday message I’m bringing back another of the articles I wrote several years ago.  I hope it will be a blessing to you! Angels with Crowbars When I stepped into the elevator, everyone smiled. These folks are […]

Recipe Today — Fresh Fruit Parfait

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Woo-hoo!  I have a functioning kitchen again. It’s small (we live in a travel trailer) but the refrigerator now works after weeks and weeks of waiting for a replacement part.  We have been able to reconnect the propane so the […]

Take Your Time

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You’ve been doing so well.  Why is that stupid scale not moving?  We’ve looked at many different reasons — but it all boils down to one simple fact.  It takes time and effort to lose weight permanently.  If you put […]

The Giant Rat Parade

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We’ve been enjoying three of our grandsons while their parents are away, celebrating their anniversary with a trip to Colorado.  Staying in their home and keeping up with young children has reminded me of what my life used to be […]

Better than Riches of Beauty

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A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.  Ps. 37:16 Well, we’re not really talking about money in our blog — but this verse applies to us, anyway.  Aren’t  we  always tempted to […]

Give it a Rest — and Be Patient

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Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.  Psalm 37: 7a We folks who are goal-oriented have trouble with this verse!  We want to be doing something and we want results NOW.  We’re the ones who will do killer […]

Something Missing?

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Another reason the pounds might be clinging to your hips instead of leaving as directed?  Maybe you are missing something.  In your food, that is. I just heard a lecture by Dr. Gil Kaats, a presenter for Proevity, a company […]

A Prayer and a Promise

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Commit thy way unto the Lord. Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5 I looked in my tiny, dorm-sized refrigerator and sighed. No matter how often I looked in there, nothing tasty and low […]

Dwelling in the Land Beyond Gorgeous

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Trust in the Lord and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.   Psalm 37:3 Does it seem sometimes that the “land beyond gorgeous” is a foreign country to you? That you […]

When You Begin to Fizzle Out….

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Trust  ye in the Lord forever,  for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:4 It happened again.  You ran out of steam.  You were doing well, going strong on your healthy living plan — and now you don’t […]

Keep Walking — and Talking

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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 […]

Walking and Talking with the Lord

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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 […]

A Thankful Walk

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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 […]

Face Up

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Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. ~James Baldwin One reason why we don’t see results — we haven’t really faced the seriousness of our need.  It’s easy to compare […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Whose Body Is It?

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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?  […]

To the Rescue!

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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. […]

More Power to You

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My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. II Corinthians 12:9b Do you feel too weak to bear the struggles and the temptations in your life?  Good news!  We have all the power of […]

Easy Crockpot Dinner

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It’s recipe day!  I’m glad to say that this week’s dish was much less hassle than last week’s.  That’s partly because I cooked it in a crockpot.  Out of necessity, I might add, because now my stove and oven do […]

What can I eat?

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So, what does a low glycemic meal look like?  What are you supposed to eat?  Here are some suggestions. What’s for breakfast? *You can have eggs  — scrambled, poached, or in an omelet. Limit fried eggs as they add calories. […]

Sure Cure for Worry and Discontent

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We’re back from a week at church camp.  It was a great week with no major problems — except for eight-year-old grandson Jeremiah falling off the climbing rope and spraining his ankle. And a personal challenge for me.  When we […]

Not Julia Child — But Thankful to be a Child of God

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Does it help to know that other people struggle, too?  Just in case you thought I was advising you from the lofty heights of super-human ability, I decided to post this blog, which was not originally for publication. Note:  Those […]

Friday Low Glycemic Recipe — Lemon Cloud Pie

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It’s Friday — recipe day for the Beyond Gorgeous folks.  Sometimes you just need a treat!  And when there is a potluck or big family get-together, it really helps to have something there you can eat with a clear conscience.  […]

Habit – It Keeps You Going

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Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going.  ~Jim Ryun Why do most people (including me) fail at a healthy eating plan after the first week or so?  Because motivation is waning and habit hasn’t kicked […]

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 many kids.  The board had been drawn in the […]

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 […]

Bigger World — Smaller Clothing Size

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Perhaps one reason we tend to be sedentary and to focus so much on our food is that our worlds are too small. Getting involved in missions bigger than ourselves will get us out of our lethargy and busy doing […]

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 […]

How Long Do I Have to Do This?

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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 […]

Does It Help to Skip a Meal?

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We know it matters what you eat. Does it matter when you eat? Absolutely! 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 […]

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 […]

My Favorite Salad

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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 […]

As Long as We Keep Eating….

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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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

The Best Kind of 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 It’s slump time. Do you feel distressed, depressed, and like giving […]

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 […]

Something You’ve Never Had….

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“If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.”  Dr. Neecie Moore in Encouragement for Your Journey. You’ve probably never been permanently at a  healthy weight — or you wouldn’t be reading my blog.  We’ll […]

What Does God Look Like to You?

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 What is God really like?  He isn’t what we make Him, or decide He should be.  He is.  What does He look like to you? Is he a kindly grandfather in the sky?  A Santa Claus – type, watching out […]

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 […]

Want to Look Like Model? Here’s How They Do It

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Want to look instantly beautiful like the famous models do?   This video shows how they do it.     There’s an important lesson here!  Don’t compare yourself to people who aren’t real.  In fact, don’t compare yourself at all. […]

Ready to Start Living?

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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 […]

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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 ...

posted 3:06:20am Mar. 29, 2013 | read full post »

Climbing Into Jesus' Wheelbarrow
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 the people ...

posted 3:23:14am Mar. 28, 2013 | read full post »

How Do You Know When to Stop Eating?
“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.’” ...

posted 3:54:25am Mar. 27, 2013 | read full post »

Making Plans to Succeed
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 grocery store.  ...

posted 3:41:47am Mar. 26, 2013 | read full post »

No More "If Onlys"
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 ...

posted 2:36:33am Mar. 25, 2013 | read full post »

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