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It’s All Alright

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

If ever you are worried, fearful, or think that things are not all right, hand it over to God. Put your problems into God’s infinite care.  Hold up the troubles so that God can see them.  He will see your […]

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Blessed Assurance

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself,” said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the worst moment of the depression in the 1930’s.  He was right. Fear is not always useful.  It often just gets in the way. […]

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Southern Weight Loss Wisdom

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I had lunch with a born-and-raised Southerner, who loves to cook and eat – just like I do.  She told me she’d lost 15 pounds a year ago, and was keeping it off. She knew I’d written, “The Joy of […]

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Summer Solstice and a New Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s a special day, not only is it the last day of spring and the first day of summer, there’s big change in the air – at least with me. After over 12 years writing daily columns and blogs for […]

Father’s Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s Father’s Day time in the U.S., a time for celebrating dads and fatherhood in general. Probably another one of those holidays started by greeting card or food corporations – no matter – why not celebrate fathers?  We’re the great […]

The Jesus Prayer – Win a Copy of the Book, Movie and/or CD!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

You may have heard about the Jesus Prayer, Lord Jesus  Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. I hope you use it in your daily prayer or meditations. I do.  i’ve experienced many positive changes in my […]

How to Prioritize the “First Things First”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There’s an old saying found in Twelve Step groups: “First Things First.”  When I first heard that years ago from a client, I honestly wondered what it meant. Was it the “first thing” that came to mind?  Or is the […]

Pray the Jesus Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Those 12 simple words are so ancient and so powerful.  Try the Jesus Prayer right now, and share it with your friends. Here’s what His All Holiness Ecumenical […]

The Healing and Healer Is Inside You

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The key to all that is – is inside you.  God, your Creator, resides as an Image in your deepest core. Metaphorically, that Image of God was lost and forgotten when humans (created as images of God Himself), Adam and […]

God is Able!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I had the pleasure and honor of delivering this past Sunday’s sermon at the Second Baptist Church in Bloomington, Indiana. At that wonderful service, the angelic choir sang “Yes, God is Able.” That got me thinking! Yes, God is always […]

A Different Memorial Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

If you are in the U.S., we’re celebrating and honoring those who are not here with us.  The holiday was originally set to honor those dead from war and battles, but I like to remember everyone who has passed.  I […]

Travel for Rest and Renewal

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This coming weekend, in the US, it’s Memorial Day. You may have plans already, but just in case — have you thought about doing something a little different? How about a little mini-trip to a place you have never been […]

We’re Still Here

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The world didn’t end.  We are still here.  Thank God. I’m grateful for the beautiful day.  The flowers are in bloom and so are the spring flowering trees.  The air is so clean and pure after days of spring showers. […]

Terror and Fear No Match For God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Even though Usama Bin Laden may be dead, terrorism lives. There is still the threat that terrorists may want to retaliate, or take more action towards fueling hatred and war. Yet, with God we need not fear. Remember that terror […]

Mt. Athos: St Gregory of Sinai (Part 2)

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This week, I’m featuring sections of my new book, “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer,” the chapter on Holy Mt. Athos.  You may have seen the “60 Minutes” segment, and want to know more.  In my book, I also have a […]

Mt. Athos: St Gregory of Sinai (Part 1)

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This week, I’m featuring tastes of my new book, “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer,” the chapter on Holy Mt. Athos.  You may have seen the “60 Minutes” segment, and want to know more.  In my book, I also have a […]

Holy Mt. Athos: A Background

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

You may have seen the recent “60 Minutes” piece on the Greek peninsula, Mt. Athos, since the last 1,200 years a holy refuge for monks and prayer, where there are only twenty monasteries.  It’s almost impossible to visit there, as […]

The Agony of Betrayal and the Promise of Infinite Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was reminded today of just how far down things can go in life, and how we just cannot ultimately rely on anything or anyone on earth.  That sounds so fatalistic and depressive, I know, but bear with me for […]

Direct Communion Through Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Can you imagine any greater thing than to have communion with God himself, and to be wholly absorbed by him ? – Evagrios of Pontus. Chapters on Prayer. 34b. Philokalia. 1. p. 179. from my Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer […]

Holy Week and Easter: Ancient Thoughts and Prayers

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

For this Holy Time of Easter (Pasca) and Passover, I’ve been offering ancient prayers and writings.  Today, from St. John Chrysostom, the saint and ealry Christian father of what came to be the Holy Liturgy. “But why did He appear […]

“Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer” Short Version to Air on PBS Stations for Holy Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Please tell everyone you know: friends, Church members, co-workers, believers and unbelievers!  “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer,” my new book and documentary feature film on the prayer, with an unprecedented inner-view of Orthodox monasticism has an abbreviated public TV version […]

A Prayer for Holy Week from St. John of the Ladder (c. 579-649)

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Saint John of the Ladder was born in Syria and entered the monastery at the age of sixteen. After the death of his spiritual father, Martyrius John, the saint withdrew to a hermitage, where he lived for some twenty years, […]

Please Join Me in Chicago Tonight!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’ll be in Chicago this evening, Thursday, April 14th at 7pm at the Pickwick Theater, Park Ridge, IL., for a screening of my film, “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer,” a Benefit for Saint Iakovos Retreat Center.  For tickets: call The Metropolis […]

A Day of Rest

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The Bible says in Genesis that God created everything, but then he took a rest on the seventh day.  I’m going to do that, too.  Not create!  God did that, and I certainly can’t create much, myself.  I’m going to […]

Assurance

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

As we begin another week in this marvelous life, I want to reassure you that you are OK, and that things are going to be OK. You may be beginning a new workweek, with lots of stress and worries.  Know […]

Need Good Support?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Have you ever been to an anonymous support group meeting? They can be really interesting and valuable and you meet people you can relate to, because they’re having similar experiences with being overweight.  You can also discover cool groups at […]

What Do YOU Get From Fat?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a query for your day, today… What is overeating and being overweight giving you? Please think about this, in a very insightful, deep way, and share your feelings.  Post them on a comment below, then come back in a […]

God is Here

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Have you gained weight?  Are you struggling with money?  Is “lonely” your middle name?  Do you miss someone so bad you can taste it?  Are you ill or in pain?  Unemployed or struggling with work?  Don’t give up – no […]

Love is in the Air! Happy Valentine’s Day!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, let us celebrate love.  It’s St. Valentine’s Day.  Go out and love others.  Forgive them of their trespasses, and do your best to see their bright, best qualities.  Traditionally, Valentine’s Day was a celebration of love between lovers, but […]

National Wear Red Day 2011

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Go ahead, wear red today on National Wear Red Day 2011. It’s to support awareness of heart disease in women, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Many of us will be wearing red today, will you?  Better yet, will you […]

Take Action and Turn It Over to God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I am a deeply spiritual person, and I pray all the time, or at least as much as possible.  I’ve discovered though, we need to take action, in addition to dedicating our lives to the care of God. Many people […]

Memories of Dr. Martin Luther King

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

As we mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I am reminded of many memories of him from my childhood.  I’m so sad his life was cut short, at only 39 years of age, too.  I’m happy for […]

Need For Civility and Hope

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was moved to tears last night, several times, hearing President Obama’s moving memorial to the victims, and empathic speech of hope to the survivors. He offered condolences along with encouragement to maintain civility. Civility is the lesson we need […]

Diet and Weight Loss Assurance

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There are so many diets and weight loss products, books, films and blogs it’s so hard to know what to do with overweight and obesity. If you are realizing that you have a problem with weight, let me give you […]

Dr. Martin Luther King Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A friend forwarded this message to me, and I thought I would pass it along to you! Next Monday, January 17 is the 25th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. , a Federal holiday. MLK Day is recognized across […]

New Years Resolution? Diet? Exercise? End Violence!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I think I’m not the only one thinking about New Year’s Resolutions today, last week, and at the beginning of this new year.  Sure, I want to lose those stubborn 20 pounds that have been with me far too long.  […]

Love That Workout!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’ve always said that you don’t have to work out at the gym all day in order to control your weight. All you need is a minimum of 30 minutes a day filled with consistent, moderate movement or activity. And […]

Appreciating What You Have

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, I’m thinking of how good I have it. I remember friends and colleagues who I have loved, but I’m reminded that they passed away.  I remember a friend with great style and ability to design, as I see his […]

Lindsay Lohan, Relapse and Rehab

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We were treated to the news the other day that Lindsay Lohan, the 24 year-old actress who has been in and out of rehab treatment, is out again from the Betty Ford Clinic, according to Radar and TMZ.  We also […]

Lose Weight by Eating Very Slowly

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Just as we humans are made up of a lot of different parts, our digestive system is too.   If we don’t use every part of ourselves, we short-change ourselves from experiences and opportunities.  Just like in digestion if we […]

God Will Guide You

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

If there’s one tip for losing weight, staying healthy and finding true, infinite happiness it is this: Keep God at the center of your life through constant prayer and daily worship. We humans are full of paradoxes and inconsistencies!    We […]

Simply a New Year and a New You

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Making a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, diet, exercise, save money, etc., again? I encourage you to just be sensible and moderate this year, and perhaps not go on a crash New Year’s Diet or radical new program.  Simple […]

Out with the Old In the NEW YEAR

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s new year’s time!  Hooray!  Time to celebrate life and living. We have made it another year.  Amazing. Here are 5 ideas to start your New Year well: Forget what happened in the past as best you can. Forgive those […]

Make Meals Sacred

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, I’m delighted to have a guest blogger, Maggie Davis, MS, RD, LDN, FADA, CDE the Author of a new book from Paraclete Press, “Good Food for Life: Planning, Preparing and Sharing.” Thank you, Maggie, for your good work, and […]

Holiday Depression

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s a season full of cheer, gifts and celebrations.  It can also be a season when old and difficult feelings can enter in.  Many people find the holidays to be stressful, and even depressing. Christmas may be a time of […]

New Grapes, New Year

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Dear Friend, here is an article that I wrote awhile back.  It’s one of my favorites.  I thought I would share it with you as we approach the New Year.  I hope you enjoy it. – – – – – […]

Christmas Coma?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas full of good cheer, and the peace of Christ.  If you are also full of food, let me say: if you overate yesterday, I have some suggestions. Appreciate: Say thanks to God for […]

God is Here, Now

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There, in the undercurrent of everything, is Spirit. There, behind you, is the Playful One. There, above, below, and deep inside is the Higher Powerful Force. Therein, even in the darkest problems, the most extreme pain and suffering, lies the Divine.  […]

For Christmas: A Message of Christ

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I would love to share with you this message from the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Christian Church, for North America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.  I find it quite beautiful, and the point of why we are celebrating Christmas, the […]

It’s About Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here we are in the holiday season.  It’s come so fast, I can’t believe it.  Yet, as always, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years are so wonderful, I want to take time to really cherish every moment, as it will […]

A Walk With God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This holiday season, it’s so easy to get all wrapped up in business, I mean busy-ness.  Yes, there’s the business of gifts.  The business of making money to pay for all the gifts.  The business of making ends meet. There’s […]

Kelly Osborne on The Talk

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

My wonderful wife, Catherine Stine, author and book blogger herself, loves to watch TV shows where women talk. A big fan of “The View” for years, she’s now also into “The Talk.” Frankly, I’m not so talkative or into hearing […]

Book Review: “Trauma and Grace”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This is a really interesting, and helpful book that I wrote about earlier this year.  I want to bring it to your attention again, in case you have not read it. “How do people, whose hearts and minds have been wounded by […]

Keep It Real

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Tell the truth today, as much as possible, in every instance. Say what you’re really feeling and thinking — unless it would actually hurt someone for them to hear it. If you find it hard to reveal your true thoughts, […]

Change the Narrative

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I had lunch the other day with my dear friend, and colleague, Dr. Harville Hendrix, author (with his wife Helen LaKelly Hunt) of “Getting the Love You Want.”  That’s a classic bestselling book that “can save your marriage,” according to […]

OK, A Diet Slip

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It happened again.  Much to your better judgment.  All the “willpower” went out the door in favor of deep-fried everything.  Sauces.  Mayonnaise.  Fat.  Sugar.  Desserts.  Late night snacks.  My, oh my. What to do now? – don’t give up– know […]

Silence is Golden

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Every time, before you eat, take a moment to be silent. Close your eyes if you like, or just fix your attention on a neutral object or point. Take a few slow, deep breaths. Think about your body and that […]

My Friend on a Diet – Emotionally

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yesterday, I described my friend’s new diet,  yes, the dreaded “D-word” as she put it.  It’s a VLCD, or Very Low Calorie Diet program that you purchase, that’s subsidized by the company she works for. Doctor supervised, she says a […]

Celebrate Your Positives

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, join me in celebrating all that’s good in you.  Just skip the cake and ice-cream (or have it, within your Joy of Weight Loss Food Plan, that is!) – Celebrate that you are alive.  Yet again this morning!– Celebrate […]

Think Yourself Thinner

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

“As you think you become,” said Descartes.  “To think is to create,” is another variation.  I know that’s true.  Rhonda Burne in “The Secret” gathered a bunch of experts, and they said it too – calling the power of mind, […]

How to Deal with Sugar Cravings

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Do you crave sugar all the time? Are you a walking sweet-tooth? Ask God to help you curb your sugar habit, and have some fruit, instead. Fruit has sugar, of course, but much less than the sugars in baked goods, or […]

Chilean Miners – Miscounted

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

“There are actually 34 of us,” Jimmy Sanchez a nineteen-year-old trapped Chilean miner said in his letter forwarded up a tube last Tuesday just before the dramatic rescue a day later, “because God has never left us down here.” Trapped […]

Jump In!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

You will find great joy and happiness if you can overcome the inertia, get up, and be active on a daily basis. If you stand aside and watch the world go by, you will be left behind! It doesn’t matter […]

That Human Connection

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was reminded this morning about the importance of being human. Our washing machine was not working right, and my wife said there was a “burning smell.”  I had tested it, and sure enough, the agitator wasn’t turning.  The clothes […]

Write the Weight Away

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A great way to understand what’s going on in your life, in your habits and actions, thoughts and needs, is to write about it. Keep a journal or diary. Write what you’re thinking and doing. Talk on paper about what […]

God Is Able

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I went to a wonderful church in Indiana yesterday, and there was a hymn “God is Able.”  The choir was heavenly, and the soloist fantastic.  The lyrics spoke of God being able to move mountains, solve all troubles, and help […]

A Spiritual Cleanse

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, I want to suggest a spiritual cleansing technique you can do without getting wet! You can do this anytime, anywhere. It’s a variation on an ancient Chinese practice. Stand up tall, loosen your body by shaking it out a […]

You’re My Hero – 2

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yesterday, I honored your dedication and how you are careful with your eating.  Today, I want to honor your physical being. You may not be so happy with the body you’re in – but let’s find out what s good […]

You’re My Hero

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, I want to acknowledge and honor you – my faithful reader.  You are a very important person to me!  Although we don’t know each other, we have a lot in common. We are so dedicated and working hard to […]

Lose Weight with Sex and Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I thought that title would get your interest, but I’m serious.  Please allow me to get a little intimate today. Working with lots of people over many years, there is a strong pattern I see in almost everyone who is […]

Ask God For Help

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here is a question from a reader:  Can prayer help with weight loss?  I believe owning a weight problem and having the courage to surrender and ask God for help is the best way possible. Call it prayer, spiritual communication, […]

It’s the Weekend: Keep Eating Healthy and Play!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Just because you may have time off today, and want to be really good to yourself, don’t abuse your body by overeating or bingeing.  Be good to yourself by eating really well. Stay on your food plan today, and all […]

Weight Loss and the Becoming Process

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today I would like to feature a guest blog by a talented, sensitive, compassionate author, speaker and personal coach, Kanta Bosniak.  Full disclosure, she’s my sister-in-law.  I’m so proud of her and the excellent work she does. ___________ by Kanta […]

Back to Normal

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

If you were among those who overate this past weekend, no problem.  Just get back to normal, and learn from the experience. Ask yourself what drove you to overeat?  Was it because you were with friends and decided to indulge […]

Start Over – It’s a New Year in September

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yesterday and today, I’m featuring a couple of guest blogs by Maggie Davis and Carol Showalter, authors of YOUR WHOLE LIFE: The 3D Plan for Eating Right, Living Well, and Loving God.  I like this book — see my review of it […]

Make Small Changes – Your Whole Life

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today and tomorrow, I’m featuring a couple of guest blogs by Maggie Davis and Carol Showalter, authors of YOUR WHOLE LIFE: The 3D Plan for Eating Right, Living Well, and Loving God.  I like this book — see my review of it […]

New from Old

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Sometimes it’s good to remember that good things come from difficult, or bad times.  Just look at how flowers grow out of dirt.  All the dead matter, the organic waste, the decayed previous living plants all form soil, then it […]

Make Every Day Your Birthday

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Remember the “Merry Unbirthday” song from the Disney animated film Alice in Wonderland?  I always loved that one, as it celebrates each one of us all the time. There’s a reason to celebrate our existence every day.  It’s amazing that […]

Do What You Can

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There is only so much you can do well. You may want to be perfect, or do everything in the whole wide world, but alas–there are limits. Since there are only 24 hours in a day, don’t try to do […]

A Weight Loss Idea

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a challenge that will help you lose weight, and get healthier. SPEND TIME WATCHING LESS TV TONIGHT Go for a walk instead, or play a game of simple sports like tossing a ball, or whirling a hula-hoop. Go for a […]

How to Avoid Vacation Diet Disasters

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are you able to take a few of these last summer days for a little vacation?  That’s a great idea, if you can.  Be sure, however, to not vacation from taking good care of yourself. It’s easy to fall into […]

A Rainy Blue Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s been raining: pouring, driving, hard rain for days.  Work’s been pouring, too: so much to do, not enough time to get it all done.  Major transitions in the family: a close relative having surgery, kids demanding, emotional dramas.  Money […]

Keep It Real

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Tell the truth today, as much as possible, in every instance. Say what you’re really feeling and thinking — unless it would actually hurt someone for them to hear it. If you find it hard to reveal your true thoughts, […]

Loving Weight Loss

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Most people who set out to lose weight get a healthy focus on their goal or the end result. They picture themselves as thin, beautiful, and happy. Unfortunately, few actually achieve this unrealistic expectation in exactly the way it was […]

Pot and Weight Loss

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I recently wrote a blog about how alcohol, pot and other recreational drugs can effect weight loss and weight maintenance.  Here’s the article – click here. That received many comments, one I find very interesting was posted by an anonymous […]

Guilty About Your Weight?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Feeling guilty about eating too much? Think you can’t be forgiven for mistakes you made in the past? It doesn’t matter if it’s your fault or not. You can be forgiven.  If you’re a parent with kids, you know that when […]

Weekend Diet Derailed?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Do your weekend diet, food plan, or efforts toward weight loss fall apart every weekend?  While relaxing from a hard week of work, do you lose “will power” and discipline on your day’s off? If the answer to my questions […]

Dancing is Really Fun!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This morning, I’m taking my regular dance class again. I am a regular for many years now, and just love it, but this summer it’s been on an abbreviated schedule as our teacher, the glorious Naomi, has been traveling a […]

The Truth About Drinks, Smoke and Weight Loss

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s simple: if you’re trying to lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight or weight loss – stick to a diet, perhaps – drinking and smoking pot make it hard or darn right impossible. It’s a fact:  alcohol is high […]

Someone Who Cares

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Remember that time when you were really in trouble, or sick, or needed help?  That moment when someone reached out and helped you?  That time when a loved or, or even a perfect stranger took you by the hand, and […]

Seize the Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This is it.  The moment we’ve all been waiting for.  Right now!  It’s time to do what needs to be done. Take the plunge, let go of the baggage.  Just do it. You’ve been waiting for so long for the […]

The Afternoon Slump

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A lot of people feel like they’re in a tired stupor between 4 and 5 p.m. every day. Many make the mistake of eating candy or fatty stuff to get an energy boost. The secret is that many times that […]

Inception

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We saw the new movie, Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio last night – prompted by the family.  The trailers didn’t look so interesting to me, but I thought Inception was excellent. Being someone who dreams a lot every night, with sometimes […]

How Much Exercise is Just Enough?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

You do not have to instantly go for broke with exercise in order to lose weight and get fit. Just do a little active, enjoyable movement every day.  Start by walking 10 minutes a day if you’ve been sedentary for a […]

Listen to Your Body

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Your body’s telling you that you need specific nutrients. Maybe you feel run down, and feel you need a hamburger (protein). Or perhaps the need for some quick energy from carbohydrates after a game of volleyball or tennis is calling […]

Mel Gibson, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnson

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

OK, I can’t keep it to myself any longer. Our world’s obsession with scandal is over the top.  I have heard enough! Why are we so preoccupied with scandal, negativity, hatred and salaciousness? Why is the alcoholic telephone rage of […]

Things Go Better With…

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

God!  Do you have a hard time getting started sometimes?  Think of God, and say a prayer of thanks. Do you imagine that something you have to do is really difficult?  So hard you can’t really find the energy or […]

You Don’t Have to Gain Weight

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There’s a new report, just out, from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, based on a study that’s been conducted since 1989.  The study found that women on average, automatically gain 20 […]

Obesity on the Rise

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There’s a new report just out: Adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year, and declined only in the District of Columbia (D.C.), according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010, a report […]

The Importance of Listening

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I find that many people who struggle with overweight and obesity, also have problems that are connected with relationships.  Many clients of mine of the years have reported being very lonely, or in difficult relationships, either with their spouse or […]

God is With You, In You

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Have you ever wondered why you’re able to pray silently, to yourself, and somehow God hears you?  It’s because God is there, inside you… OK…Now ask God to speak to you, and show you the truth of Divine Existence! Ask […]

This is the Best Moment

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here we are right now, together.  This is the best moment of our lives – right here – right now!  What are you doing as you read this?  Please post a comment and let me, and our other friends know. […]

Hang In There

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Have you gained weight?  Are you struggling with money?  Is “lonely” your middle name?  Do you miss someone so bad you can taste it?  Are you ill or in pain?  Unemployed or struggling with work?  Don’t give up – no […]

Not to Take It Personally

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Sometimes people say things that are plain upsetting.  I am easily upset, too, because I’m a very sensitive guy from being criticized, devalued and squelched for a good part of my formative years. That’s why when yesterday at lunch I […]

Working Out is Really Fun!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’ve always said that you don’t have to work out at the gym all day in order to control your weight. All you need is a minimum of 30 minutes a day filled with consistent, moderate movement or activity. And […]

Uncovering What’s Covered Up by Fat

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I so love the comments posted last week, in my posting “Is the Fat Covering Something?” and in “Trained to Overeat – Some Responses” so I want to hold a few up for everyone to see.  There are lots of excellent […]

Help From God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are your weight problems affecting your relationship with God?  If you look to food for comfort and satisfaction, instead of God, you may be missing an opportunity. If you are isolated, lonely inside your house, avoiding an active and engaged life, you […]

On Silence and Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

In case you have not yet joined our spiritual journey, traveling to ancient lands of Egypt, Mt. Sinal, Greece, Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia — for our upcoming feature film and book, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer (click here to […]

Learn to Love Yourself

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Quick, think of three things that are good about yourself. Remind yourself of these things all day today, at every given opportunity. Go ahead, give yourself some compliments (even though it may be hard at first). If you need prompting, […]

A Blessing Count

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Aren’t we blessed to be alive? Isn’t it wonderful to be human: To give and receive love, to have dreams and aspirations, to learn and change? Let’s take time together to see what bountiful blessings we have today, instead of […]

Is the Fat Covering Something Up?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Think about this today: are you protecting yourself from happiness by keeping yourself overweight and unhealthy? Do you think you’re keeping yourself safe if you eat in over-abundance? You may be unknowingly, unconsciously over-protecting yourself by old habits and mistaken […]

E.T. movie premiered – June 11, 1982

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Can you believe it?  The  “E.T.” movie premiered – June 11, 1982, some 28 years ago!  Where were you, what were you doing, and how did it affect you? I remember loving the “E.T.” movie.  It was the first time […]

Back on the Healthy Bandwagon

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Did you slip with your food plan?  Did you “fall-off-the-wagon,” so to speak?  No problem, all is not lost, surely God forgives you – just don’t let it snowball. In my efforts to be sugar-free, and lower fat, I often […]

Inspirational Quotes For Difficult Times

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Do you wake up in the morning with your mind filled with thoughts of personal shame, inferiority, hopelessness, dread, anxiety or worry?  You are not alone – many people do. I thought I would send some inspirational quotes, and uplifting […]

How to Give Care and Love to a Compulsive Overeater

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Overeating is a complicated, sensitive subject.  When it gets into the realm of eating disorders such as compulsive overeating, it’s especially difficult and urgent. I wrote the other day about a guest of ours who has some challenges in these […]

Weed Your Mind’s Garden

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’m out the door early this morning to weed my newly planted garden.  It’s a very humid day, with low-hanging foggy clouds after a night of rain and lighting.  This day is soggy and gloomy, reminiscent of the fog of […]

Memorial Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This Memorial Day, and every day, let us honor our ancestors, our fallen soldiers, and our long line of spiritual mothers and fathers.  Let us honor them by seeing God in them, and in taking good care of ourselves.  A […]

A Prayer & Meditation Before Eating

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Try this meditation today. It’s very peaceful. Do it BEFORE you overeat. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Focus your mind’s attention on your breathing: in and out, in and out. Do this for as long as you can. End […]

Too Much Sugar is Not Enough

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Sugar and sugar addiction is a big topic with me, and I know it is with a lot of our readers, too, going by the number of comments and page views we’ve received. Of course, the amounts of food I […]

Sweet Treat Dinner Special

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was at dinner the other day, with my wife and her friend who was taking us out.  I ordered a “Monday Night Special”  that included appetizer, entrée and desert.  Feeling guity about it, while ordering I quickly reminded myself […]

That Loving Feeling

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Have you ever had that “love rush” feeling, where you experience connection with the earth, others, and yourself?  You feel a part of everything; you belong and are truly valuable? Time almost stands still in those moments of pure love.  […]

See Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a helpful, inspiring idea for your day, today.  Instead of seeing what’s wrong, see what’s right.  Further, try to see love present all around you. As you come into contact with people, turn negative first impressions around.  Think about […]

Love the Workout

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’ve always said that you don’t have to work out at the gym all day in order to control your weight. All you need is a minimum of 30 minutes a day filled with consistent, moderate movement or activity. And […]

Stand the Pain

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This morning is not a great morning so far:  gotten a cold, sore throat, irritable, laboring a debate with someone, and there’s lots and lots of work to do with demanding and annoying bosses.  All of that is external, though, […]

How to Pray for Forgiveness

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Calra, a reader of this blog wrote in a comment the other day… “i have a lot of guilt and anger built up inside of me and i don’t never go to church because of work that satan has made […]

Inspiration for Today

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Need some inspiration?  Do you need a good inspirational quote, prayer or uplifting quote to carry with you throughout the day? Here’s a very simple thought and a plan: God is here.God is everywhere.God is in me. Everyone you come […]

Spiritual Help

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The best way I know to lose weight is to ask God for help. Let go of all the worries, fears, and anxieties you may have, which may be causing you to overeat and be sedentary. Give them to God.Look […]

Graduation

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s Happy Graduation Day for millions of students.  Either today, or one soon to come, the air will be filled with tossed caps and mortars, tassels flapping in the winds of happiness.  Parents, grand parents and siblings will all be […]

American Idol Results

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Who got kicked off American idol may 12?  I did not write about the American Idol performance program the other night, as I thought it is just too tricky to predict who will be sent home.  Last week I was […]

Happy Mother’s Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I want to wish every mother a very happy Mother’s Day, not just today but everyday.  I want to honor my mother every day!  Moms are the best, aren’t they? Thank God for moms. Without our mothers we would be […]

How You Can Lose 5 Pounds This Week

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I am so excited: I’ve lost 5 pounds in little more than a week.  I needed to do it, as I was again in my range of 10 pounds, 5 up or 5 down, from my ideal weight.  What are […]

National Day of Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A day for prayer is really good, but I believe and practice that everyday is a day of prayer!  Let me add International to National Day of Prayer while I’m at it.  It’s controversial; just look at the Franklin Graham […]

Kirstie Alley’s Big Life

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’ve gotten hooked on Kirstie Alley’s Big Life!  Her show on A&E is actually quite fun and entertaining.  I didn’t ever think this would happen, but she’s a delight. The episode this week is about the hiring of a new […]

I Love Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Every night, before I go to bed, I say the Lord’s Prayer, and I love it.  I get all happy at that glorious moment between consciousness and sleep.  Prayer is the bridge for me: taking me from on to off, […]

Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I want you to be among the first to know.  I have been working on a documentary movie and book about ancient prayers, once secret — now being brought to the world.  It is called Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer […]

Daily Peaceful Inspiration

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Don’t let the start of a week get you down!  It is possible to get everything done, and to get what you need – perhaps a little inspiration in the form of uplifting quotes and validation can help. – Remember […]

Keep it SImply True

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Tell the truth today, as much as possible, in every instance. Say what you’re really feeling and thinking — unless it would actually hurt someone for them to hear it. If you find it hard to reveal your true thoughts, […]

How to Stop Overeating

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

How can I stop myself from eating when I’m not hungry? It’s often hard to realize you may be eating for reasons besides a nutritional need! You may be simply just eating out of habit, boredom, or to distract from […]

Trust Your Instincts

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Ever have that funny first impression “something is not right?”  Trust that intuition.  If it feels wrong at the very first moment, don’t do it. It may be a first impression of someone you are meeting for the first time.  […]

Daily Peaceful Check-In

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It is the beginning of a new week: things to do from last week, new projects and challenges for this new one.  As you are getting started, you might want to take a peaceful moment, and then a mini-inventory, to […]

Loving Limitations

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

After decades of being told such things like “reach for the stars,” “you can do anything,” and “you can have it all!” from an all-pervasive consumer advertising-driven culture, perhaps it’s time to rethink those ideas.  A lot of us are […]

Solve Your Problems

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This morning I am filled with all sorts of stuff that needs my attention – problem after problem.  Nothing urgent; no emergencies, but a lot to get done, and not enough time to do it.  Where to begin?  I feel […]

What I Learned from Easter and Passover

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This season, the lesson to be learned for me is that less is more, and that sacrifice to God brings freedom and life.  This worldwide recession is forcing us to make sacrifices – spend less money and make more, or […]

Easter Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Dear Jesus, Dear God, I have been sad my whole lifeThat people betrayed You.That the Son of God, who brought us so much joyAnd love of God, would be offered for crucifixion. Dear Christ, the Annointed One,Who sacrificed His human […]

A Message for Easter, Passover, and Spring

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Religious holidays of Passover and Easter are aligning in the same week this year. Traditionally, these are festivals of renewal, rebirth and most importantly freedom and forgiveness.  Passover and Easter ordinarily fall sometime after the Vernal Equinox (after the full […]

Phoebe Prince, Sexual Abuse, and Obscene Video Games

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The news of more child sexual abuse scandals from Catholic priests and the Pope’s alleged involvement in cover-ups, the abuse of Phoebe Prince – a bullied teenage girl who committed suicide, and a new video game that simulates rape are […]

Prayer for Passover and Easter

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, I offer you a prayer to God in thanks for the spring holidays of Passover and Easter.  These are celebrated in the same week this year, and both are about liberation, release, forgiveness and salvation. God,Thank You for my […]

Last Supper Biggie-Sized?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Check-out this post in my friend and colleague’s Beliefnet blog, Fresh Living today.  Erin O’Donnell wrote a piece about the portion sizes in “Last Supper” paintings. She points out a recent study by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, “Researchers […]

Weight! Try love!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here is an inspiring and uplifting quote for you today… “My love is my weight.” –  St. Augustine When you’re concerned about overeating, and if you’re feeling low about your weight — fill yourself with LOVE.

Sabbath or Sabotage?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Do you take a day for rest, like it is recommended in most every religion? Do you go to church, synagogue, or temple? Do you meditate, pray, or spend time in peaceful contemplation?  Or is it that you just don’t […]

In a Routine

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I realized today, while making a big bowl of salad for my lunch, that I have salad pretty much every day at midday.  I then began to think breakfast.  I tend to have some sort of whole grain muffin or […]

Recipes for Nighttime Eating

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

As nighttime eating is a difficult problem for me and many of our readers, I have some suggestions.  A lot of experts say just “don’t eat at night,” or “never eat after 8pm,” but a lot of folks just have […]

Make Exercise Fun

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Since I wrote about getting outside and hiking the other day, there have been lots of comments, and I’ve received some questions about exercise. Do I have to work out for an hour a day? Simply put: no! Over time, […]

On the Verge of Spring

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It was a gray day yesterday, with a little drizzles, but the rays of sunlight trying to appear through the clouds drew me outside.  There was a chill through the door as I made my way out, perhaps overdressed with […]

Motivation to Move

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

After a few days of rain, strong winds, and cold weather, the sun is peaking through the clouds.  I feel like getting out of the house, even though it’s still lightly drizzling .  Yes, my mind instantly and habitually thinks […]

Desert Dessert Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a challenge and an opportunity. Make tomorrow “desert dessert day.” Don’t have any dessert all day-if possible. Have fruit (grapes, kiwis, apples, plums, etc.) instead. What if you didn’t have desserts at all? If you did nothing else, and […]

Pray Thyself in Me

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here is a little prayer I’ve had with me, and on my wall, and in my wallet, and heart and mind for many years.  An old friend gave it to me long ago, and now I give it to you.  […]

Can the Cant’s

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Do you ever wake up and just feel like you can’t go on?  All of the feelings of impossibility just overwhelm you as you make your way out of bed, into the day?  Here is what I do to put […]

Are You Addicted to Pleasure?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was addicted to pleasure for most of my life, until I “woke up” and got it together. I spent most of my time and energy pleasuring myself (I thought) by eating huge amounts of food, watching endless TV, and […]

Spiritual Wellness Month

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I hadn’t heard anything about Spiritual Wellness Month, this month of March, until I was researching some studies on the net.  It came up as a popular posting.  It seems that there was a spiritual wellness month last year, too.  […]

Obama’s Check Up

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We received news in the last few days that President Obama had his annual checkup this past Sunday in Washington, D.C.  As the American president, he is required by the military to do this once a year.  After 90 minutes […]

Weight Management

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hello and welcome back.  I’m so glad you’re here.  Today, let’s keep the momentum going, the pounds flowing (off!), the healthy diet alive, and the recreation joyous and energizing.  All by the grace of God. I’m headed out the door […]

Continuing New Weight Loss Lifestyles

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I want to applaud you for staying with me through the entire Give-Back Diet.  This is a special day.  I don’t think of it as an end, I think of it as a continuation, or a new beginning – this […]

Unlimited Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Alright! It’s the 55th and next to the last day of your new beginning on the Give-Back Diet.  Many of you have made great efforts, seen some great weight loss results, and made some lifestyle changes that have put you […]

Recipe for Real Weight Loss

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here we are in the last stretch of the “Give-Back Diet.”  It’s the 54th day of 56 in total.  I’m taking the next few remaining days to encourage you to keep doing what you’ve been doing!  If you haven’t started, […]

Listen for Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I wrote last week, “if you want to be loved, be loving.”  Today, this 52nd day of the “Give-Back Diet,” let’s expand on a technique I’ve learned for offering love to others, in a way that they need — listening. […]

Tips for Building Self-Esteem

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are your troubles getting the best of you?  That is, your opinion of yourself – the best person that you are?  For today, the 50th Day of our “Give-Back Diet” program, let’s get to the root of the problems: self-esteem. […]

Natural Appetite Suppressors

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here we are, at the 49th Day of the Give-Back Diet.  It’s a pleasure to be together with you, day-by-day.  A few of you have asked me about what to do when your appetite is “out-of-control.”  So I offer you […]

Understanding Real Hunger

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

As we are coming up to the last week of the “Give-Back Diet” program, not that a healthy diet, maintaining weight loss and staying thinner ever ends), I want to focus on the true meaning of hunger. At several points […]

Give-Back Diet: Live, Laugh and Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hello, and welcome!  Here’s a special message video I made for you, this 46th day of the “Give-Back Diet” program. Today, I want to encourage and inspire you to think of ways you can enjoy yourself, find comfort, and connection […]

Forget the Appetizers!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

If you are like me and most people I know who have weight challenges, the last thing we need are appetizers, as our appetites are already quite fine, thanks! This being the 44th day of the “Give-Back Diet,” I’m getting […]

It’s Just Emotions: Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Happy Valentine’s Give-Back Diet day 42.  Welcome, and thanks for being here. I’ll keep it short today.  Give yourself some love, by realizing that your feelings are just thoughts.  That’s right: emotions are only thoughts.  They don’t necessarily need any […]

Dancing with Love Video: Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s Saint Valentine’s Day (and Nate’s 18th Birthday), and the 41st loving day of the Give-Back Diet!  Congratulations!  Feel the love!  I feel so happy I want to dance!  Will YOU dance with me? Yes, I’ll freely admit it’s silly.  […]

Loving the Binge Foods: Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The next few days, the Give-Back Diet is all about LOVE, especially on this 40th day.  Loving in new ways, such as not “treating” yourself to binge foods.  Loving your successes, rather than over-thinking your failures.  Loving others, and giving […]

Inspiring Quotes: Gifts of Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We’re on the 39th day of the Give-Back Diet.  Why is it called that?  This is about making simple changes by giving back the problem foods and behaviors.  It is about giving back to others in need. Today, I want […]

Recipe: Banana Dessert

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’m so proud of you for joining us here today for the 38th day of the Give-Back Diet weight loss plan.  A central feature of this program is limiting (or eliminating) added sugar and carbohydrates.  We’re also all about eating […]

Michele Obama’s “Let’s Move” Childhood Obesity Campaign

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I am delighted that our First Lady, Michele Obama is not only speaking out, but taking action to help adults and kids eat more vegetables and fruits, less desserts, and to be active on a daily basis.  Yes! As an […]

Connecting: Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

You have been losing weight by watching sugar and carbohydrates, eating less meat, moving, praying and journaling on the Give-Back Diet for 37 days.  Getting help with weight loss is also about helping others; making connections with new friends and […]

Enjoy a Prayer Walk

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s a great day for some prayer and physical activity. Thanks for being here – we’re on the 36th Day of the Give-Back Diet.  Today, I want to encourage you to try a prayer walk.  Yes, it’s cold in many […]

Count the Blessings – Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hello, and welcome to another day of the Give-Back Diet.  Today, let’s keep it really simple and joyous and count our blessings together.  Have you lost weight, stabilized your weight and diet, or made some healthy changes?  Let’s identify what’s […]

Joys of Yoga – Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

As we move another day forward, this the 34th Day since the beginning of the Give-Back Diet, I want to convince you of the joys of yoga. Yoga is a Sankrit word for “union.”  It all about making connections with […]

Meat – Lose Weight Without It

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’m convinced that many of us in the western world eat way too much meat.  When trying to lose weight, I’ve learned that limiting both meat and carbohydrates and increasing physical movement through exercise is the way to go.  By […]

A Serving Is Enough: Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Ever read package serving sizes?  Want to lose weight, get fit, and eat less? Have you been shocked to find out that they’re usually smaller than your diet has been in the past?    That’s the subject of Day 32 on […]

Eat Out and Save: Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It is possible to occasionally eat out at a restaurant, or even a fast-food place and keep your healthy diet, and save calories and money too.  Welcome to the 31st day of the Give-Back Diet. I do want to say […]

Give-Back Diet Delight! The First 30 Days

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Many of us have lost weight!  Many of us haven’t gained any!  Many have tried new diet ideas, are getting fit, doing Give-Backs with our fears and problems, gave sugar and junk foods back to multinational corporations, given-back the high-fat […]

Keeping It Fresh – Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Right on the heels of the completion of the first 30 days of the Give-Back Diet, let’s check-in on weight loss, new fitness and health routines, new and better habits, and your relationship with God and others.  Welcome to Day […]

Moved by Activity

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

How are you?  How is your Give-Back Diet going?  Today, I’d like to give you a special gift.  It’s a lot of fun.  A song and dance.  Here’s the video: I hope you’ll sing and move along with me.  Singing […]

Recipe for Love: Gratitude for God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This morning, I’m feeling very grateful.  I’m very happy just to have awakened again today, and to be able to live my God-given life one more day.  It’s the 24th day of our “Give-Back Diet,” and I’m grateful to you […]

Healthy Habits Become Routines

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Go team “Give-Back Diet” go!  Keep up the good work!  Today, let’s talk habits.  We know a lot about bad ones.  Let’s delve into good ones.  Yes, it’s absolutely possible to lose weight and gain new healthy habits, no matter […]

How Much Should I Eat? Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

On this the 20th Day of the Give-Back Diet, you may be asking yourself about food: how much to eat, what is normal, and when to eat?  So far, we’ve been doing things a bit differently; defining what you CAN […]

With a Little Help from Our Friends

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I love the net.  I love being able to speak together with you, every day, like today, Day 19 of the Give-Back Diet.  I love reading comments you post, and questions from you.  When I was losing weight, I got […]

Healthy Food is Cheaper – Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here we are together: Day 15, of the Give-Back Diet.  Welcome, if this is your first day.  Let’s blow the myth right out-of-the-water that healthier food is expensive, today.  It’s possible to both lose weight and save money at the […]

The Inconvenient Truth of “Convenience Foods”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hooray for you!  You’ve made it another day into the second week, or Day 12 of the “Give-Back Diet.”  I’m sure you’re feeling great, and making little changes that all add up.  How did the extra walking time go?  Please […]

Exercise for Weight Loss? The Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hello, welcome to Day 10 of the “Give-Back Diet,” where today we’ll inspire and motivate you to move a little more, and love your body.  As I write this, I just came back from an hour walk.  I was thinking […]

Less is More, More or Less: Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s the 9th day of our “Give-Back Diet” program, the continuation of a new week together to help each other “give-back” to pounds, lose weight and get healthier.  If this is your first day, welcome.  If you’re continuing, welcome again […]

Mindful Eating and Shopping for Weight Loss-Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hello, and welcome to the 8th day of the “Give-Back Diet.”  How are you?  REALLY!  How are you doing?  Please take time to reflect and consider how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, and consider what’s great and powerful in your […]

Grateful Appreciation

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yea!  Congratulations, you have come to Day 7, the end of the first week on the “Give-Back Diet: Lose Weight and Help Others” program.  Let’s use this day to rest, contemplate what we have learned, and get motivated to keep […]

Walk Away the Weight in Prayer – Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Congratulations!  Another day is here, the 5th day!   Today, let’s keep up what we’ve been doing so far: logging and journaling food, feelings, activities, and now (since yesterday) caloric and financial savings.  You’re on the right track to lose weight […]

Recipe: Salad Instead – Give Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Congratulations!  I’m so proud of you for making it to the fourth day of “The Give-Back Diet.”  I’m sure you’re making and enjoying some positive changes in your life.  Today, we’re going to make another simple change for the better, […]

Find Love in Life, Not Food

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today is all about love — it’s Day 3 of the “Give Back Diet.”  Feeling loved is vitally important in your efforts to change.  I know from experience, I didn’t feel very loved as a child, other than through food.  […]

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