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Bump Your Phone for Way Too Much Information!

posted by Linda Mintle

When you think you’ve heard it all, you know you haven’t! Here is an App I never saw coming. It uses Bump Technology.

If you’ve never heard of what it means to “bump” your smart phone, let me explain.

Bump is an app for Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems. The technology allows two smart phones with the app downloaded to send contact information and photos to each others’ phone over the internet. You open the app, hold your phones  and gently bump your hands together. The data shares via internet. Bump technology is being used to pay for merchandize, split dinner checks at restaurants and more.

The more….was the press release I received.

According to Kathryn Kelly of CWR & Partners, LLP, a new App using bump technology will reveal another person’s STD status. That’s right, you use this App to learn if the person has a sexually transmitted disease! The clearance is reportedly given by a person’s medical doctor and follows HIPAA regulation. One has to volunteer to bump phones and use this sharing.

The promotional piece suggested that this is a way to help college students, divorced singles and other adults know if the person they are attracted to is in the clear when it comes to STDs.

I have so many problems with this:

1) How about if we suggest that people develop enough of a relationship first to actually talk about their sexual histories.

2) There is no such thing as responsible sex. There is always a risk and no app is going to erase that risk to zero.

3)  If you can’t talk about this subject in an honest way and need to get this information from an App, the relationship is already doomed.

4) This seems like a way to continue to promote causal sex. Physical “clearance” does little to address the emotional, relational and spiritual fall out of casual sex.I can’t clear those issues with an App!

5) The rampant rate of STIs is never going to be solved by an App. How about an App to zip up ones’ pants?

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Don’t Keep Eating: 5 Tips to Pace Yourself Through the New Year

posted by Linda Mintle

As a weight loss expert, I know that so much of losing weight is won in the mind. And the easiest thing to do the day after Christmas is to give in to overeating. Many of us think, “Oh well, I might as well give up until I can hit the gym in January.”

Don’t go there. Pace yourself on the leftovers and goodies that remain in the house. It will help you in the long run. Instead, say, “I can have a treat each day but it needs to be a small portion.” This way, you don’t deprive yourself-the thing that makes most of us overeat.

When you feel the guilt of overeating, keep in mind that most of us gain about a pound over the holidays. And while we don’t want to gain weight, a pound can be lost by cutting back and getting into a healthy eating routine once again.

Here are a 5  tips to help you stay on track:

1) Weigh yourself regularly. Sounds counter intuitive, it is not. People who weigh regularly don’t allow that extra five pounds to build.The exception to this would be if you have an eating disorder.

2) Control your portions. It is all about how much you eat, not that you ate that cookie.

3) Don’t go hungry to events. Drink water or have a light snack (e.g., piece of fruit) to curb your appetite.

4) Keep tempting food out of sight–It’s true, out of sight, out of mind.

5) Limit the variety. The more variety of foods available, the more we overeat.

 

Above all, avoid mindless eating. Don’t use food to relax or for comfort. For more help in that area, order a copy of my book, Press Pause Before You Eat: Say goodbye to mindless eating and hello to the joy of eating. It is filled with practical tips on how to develop a healthy relationship with food and be in control of your eating habits.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

posted by Linda Mintle

Wishing all my readers a very Merry Christmas.  Christ is Born!

When Darkness Gave Way to Light

posted by Linda Mintle

Christmas is not an easy time when a loved one is nearing death. I know this first hand, as I had to say goodbye to my mom two years ago. Mom knew the Lord and was not afraid to die. But is it never easy to say goodbye to a parent?

Even when you know death is not final, that your loved one will be reunited with family members who have gone before them, the reality of loss is still difficult to embrace.

I am grateful for the time we have had together, happy that we worked through our differences in years past. The last time I crawled in to her hospital bed and lay there quietly with my arm around her, we didn’t have to speak. It was a silent night; all was calm and all was at peace.

And I wondered… What did God feel the night He gave His Son to be born in a lowly manager, knowing 33 years later, his son would die? The tiny babe would grow in stature and be put to death for our sins. On this side of Heaven, the celebration of birth is always matched with the reality of death.

But the baby Jesus brought hope. The plan to save us was put into motion by the birth of the Christ child. The story of Christmas ends with the triumph of God. One day, there will be no more tears, no sorrows, and no disease.

Rejoice! Our Light has come!

So if you must prepare to say goodbye to someone you love, have hope. As the person passes from this life into the presence of God, you will see that person again worshipping around the throne of the babe who was the light of the world.

On a starry night long ago, darkness gave way to light.  And that light remains no matter how dark the night may be.

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