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Weight Loss: Eat Less? Exercise More? Do Calories Count?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

It’s not just how much we eat, it’s WHAT we eat that affects our weight.  Those who eat more vegetables, fruits and whole grains gain less weight, and maintain weight loss better than those who eat a lot of carbohydrates, […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Natalie Portman Gives Up Vegan Diet While Pregnant

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

ABC News reports that Oscar winning actress, Natalie Portman, has started eating eggs and dairy, now that she is pregnant.  Portman, once known for selling “vegan shoes” now claims that she was “listening to my body,” and giving into cravings. […]

Recipe: Spring Slaw

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a unique, green, “springy” slaw that’s really great for us, and tasty, too. Dr. Norris Chumley’s Spring Slaw 1 head of cabbage, red or green 2 spring onions 3 small or medium apples (green, red, your favorite – tart […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Friend on a Diet – Spiritually

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The last few days, I’ve been writing about a good friend who I visited last weekend.  She’s such a lovely, kind person.  Lots of fun, too.  Lately, though, she’s not her usual self. She’s been on a very strict diet.  […]

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, […]

What to Do When the Bulge Won’t Budge

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Trying to lose weight, but the pounds are not dropping?  Dieting to get rid of some excess fat, but despite your great efforts, you are not losing weight?  Don’t worry, help is here.  Try my tips for weight loss plateaus […]

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 […]

It’s Simple: Be Free to Eat

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

With my Joy of Weight Loss Plan, and with God guiding your food choices, it’s true you can have anything you want, as long as it’s just one serving, and a reasonable size.  Anything you crave you should have, in moderation. Perhaps […]

Half

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

An easier way to lose weight and maintain it, without drastic diets, is just to eat half of what you are eating, and take twice longer to eat. For breakfast have half a bagel instead of a whole one.  Or […]

It’s Fun to Play

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yesterday, I wrote a sentence about my desire to go outside to play.  That’s exactly what I did – I went outside and played.  I went for a long walk with my wife and sister. It wasn’t exercise – although […]

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 […]

Morning Bodily Wake Up

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This morning, right now, I’m not quite ready for my daily hourly workout.  I have some deadlines to answer (including writing today’s blog!), and some plans I want to accomplish right away. So I put on the radio to a […]

Time to Review Your Medications

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Recently, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and some European agencies announced that they were not recommending continuation of a medication for diabetes, Avandia (generic name Rosiglitazone), as it was implicated in heart disease.  Further, sales of the drug […]

An Obesity Virus?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post mentioned scientific studies about a link between a virus, Adenovirus-36, which causes respiratory problems and obesity. There have been dozens of subsequent research studies on this possible (or impossible) link. After a […]

Build up Exercise for Fitness

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 […]

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 […]

Recipe: Sloppy Josephinas

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a twist on an old and beloved recipe from our childhoods – sloppy Joes.  This one is vegetarian, almost no fat, and tons of flavor.  It takes about 15 minutes to make.  Serve with homemade sautéed potatoes, cole slaw, […]

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, […]

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 […]

Recipe: Greens Gratin

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a delicious end-of-summer dish that’s healthier, easy on the waistline and the budget.  Make it from fresh produce from your garden, or local farmer’s market or organic grocery.  Serve it as a main dish, or a fancy side-dish. Dr. […]

Soda Truths

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are you aware that sodas are very high calorie?  A little soda, in an old-fashioned 8-ounce soda bottle can be as much as 100 calories.  A 16-ounce bottle or cup (now the “small” size in fast food joints), may be […]

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 […]

Waist Size and Mortality

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Science has known for decades that obesity is a contributing factor to heart and cardiovascular diseases, and for certain cancers.  Now, there’s a new study that links waist size to higher risk for death. The medical journal, Archives of Internal […]

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 […]

Real Weight Loss Help for Obesity

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yesterday, I wrote about my dental hygienist who was struggling with losing weight.  She needed to lose 100 pounds, she said.  Also, she reported being on a severe weight loss diet.  After speaking a little while about the diet, and […]

Get Help with Eating Problems

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are you extremely concerned with your eating – perhaps too much?  If you starve yourself, or follow extremely limited calorie consumption, or binge and then make yourself vomit, or compulsively overeat, it’s time to get help. Eating disorders are very […]

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 […]

How Often to Weigh?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I recommend weighing yourself only once per month. Same day, time, place. Try weighing yourself first thing in the morning, before breakfast, after your morning “constitutional.” Then write it on a piece of paper, with the date, amount, and variation […]

Qnexa – Diet Drug Perhaps Not Approved

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I wrote about Qnexa recently, a “new” weight loss drug that combines two older ones, phentermine (an amphetamine) and topirimate (for seizures).  Last week, an FDA panel of advisors voted to not approve it. The panel saw that it contains […]

Sunscreen or Sunblock and What SPF?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This is a question I often ask myself, and often want to share with my family and friends: what’s the best sunscreen, and how much sunscreen or sunblock? Here is what I have gathered, recommend and do myself: A “healthy […]

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 […]

Recipe: Delicious Salad – a Variation

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This is a truly delicious, and highly healthy recipe for a salad.  It’s like tuna salad, but it is not!  It’s like chicken salad, but no, it’s not that either it’s…. Dr. Norris J. Chumley’s Sardine Salad 1 can sardines […]

Energy Juice

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I saw a TV ad for a new cranberry “energy juice.”  It claimed to help me through my tiring, busy day, asking if I “needed a lift?”  I am skeptical. Looking up the product online, it claims to be full […]

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 […]

Huge

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Did you happen to catch the premiere of ABC Family’s “Huge?”  It’s pretty interesting: it’s a drama about teenage angst and social experimentation, the location is “Camp Victory” a fat camp.  This is one of the now many TV programs […]

Recipe: Delicious 4th of July Cupcakes

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Let’s celebrate independence!  Independence Day, or 4th of July is coming up in the U.S., celebrating our freedom from England.  Let’s also celebrate freedom from compulsive overeating, and freedom from fat!  Here is a great and delicious recipe for Independence […]

Recipe: Better Berry Muffins

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This is a really tasty recipe that’s better, and healthier for you – but it doesn’t taste like “heath food.”  No way!  Try it, you’ll like it. Dr. Norris Chumley’s Better Berry Muffins Spray or coat two muffin tins with […]

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 […]

NO Bread in Thailand!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We were delighted to host some friends from Thailand last week, a young woman, 23, and her mother, who speaks no English whatsoever. They were so excited to be in the U.S.!  The daughter had been here a couple of […]

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 […]

Trained to Overeat – Some Responses and Thoughts

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Last week, I posed a question about being trained to overeat.  I asked for your thoughts, and a few of you shared what’s going on —  see comments here. I bring this up in addition to having written recently about […]

Trained to Overeat

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, I want to pose a few simple questions to you about overeating. Are you trained to overeat?  Ask yourself this, and think about your answer.  Then think about some other questions connected with it: Every time you eat, do […]

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 […]

Signs of Compulsive Overeating

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We’ve had a guest in our house over the Memorial Day weekend who is obese, who has also left signs behind in the kitchen.  It’s amazing to me to see how much someone needs to eat to maintain a massive […]

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 […]

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 […]

Weight Loss Inspiration – Lose the Pounds Now!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here are some weight loss ideas, and some methods to help you lose weight and continue a healthy diet and lifestyle. Losing weight is not just about eating less, it is also important to eat the best foods.  If you […]

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 […]

What if You’re Not Full

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Another reader’s inquiry.What do you do if small portions don’t fill you up? I recommend eating six small meals throughout the day: one serving (USDA Food Guide Pyramid size) of grains, protein (meat or dairy), and a fruit or vegetable. This […]

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 […]

Recipe: Chicken Salad

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a great recipe for you, and it’s healthier than the usual one.  It’s a variation on classic chicken salad, the kind you may have had as a child, at a picnic, or from a delicatessen.  This one’s updated, 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 […]

Fat Embolism

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I noticed that a sometimes-fatal medical condition resulting from a physical trauma, or surgery – something called fat embolism – was in the season finale of “House.” Anything with the word “fat” in it always gets my attention – because […]

Eat Anything and Lose Weight – Here’s How

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s something to try today, will-power aside, if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your weight.  Try having only half of what you would normally eat.  Having half and eating really slowly is actually an effective way to eat […]

Fill Your Soul

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There are times when one feels empty.  Perhaps it’s a moment of feeling blue about something not going as expected, an unfortunate turn of events, or being down on yourself. Do you need some inspirational quotes for difficult times, or […]

Sweet Desserts

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are you with me on the kick-sugar, going sugar-free, low carb intake campaign?  How are you doing with it?  Several people have written comments, how they’re doing with it.  But I’d love for you to join-the sweet with no sugar […]

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 […]

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, […]

Sugar News, Sugar Blues

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Last week I wrote about a studied link between sugar and heart disease.  Your comments, as usual, were great.  I for one, am doing my best to not eat anything with added sugars, corn sweeteners, evaporated cane juice, brown sugar, […]

Recipe: Plum Delicious Chicken

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here is a really great, and simple recipe for chicken.  It’s originally a Russian/Georgian/Turkish dish that I have modified a bit to be lower fat and calories.  Try it over some delicious risotto or a flavored rice-dish. Or it’s great […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Sugar and Heart Disease

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There is a new study linking added sugar to increased risk of heart disease.  It’s in the current issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Entitled “Caloric Sweetener Consumption and Dyslipidemia Among US Adults” it is by […]

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 […]

Recipe: My Favorite Vegetable Dish

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a really delicious, healthier, happy medley of vegetables and fruit (if you like).  It is a main dish, takes only a few minutes, and is honestly full of flavor.  Not much fat in it, either. Dr. Norris J. Chumley’s […]

Pollen

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

There is something in the air – it’s pollen! Have an allergy? Those pollen counts, count! I have been a pollen allergy sufferer my whole life.  No matter what I try, I get allergy symptoms: stuffy nose, congestion, cough, and […]

Weight Loss

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

An “overeater” posted a comment the other day with a question on depression and excess weight that I think a lot of us may relate to. They wrote: “How do people go about focusing on getting unwanted pounds off when […]

Have Chocolate and Lose Weight

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

My friend’s dad, Bernie, taught me his trick for having dessert (but not really). He has one little tiny piece of high quality chocolate every day, in the evening. Just a sliver. He lets it melt slowly on his tongue, […]

Keep the Weight Loss Diet Going!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today, as in every day, I want to encourage you to just make one little change to lose weight.  No need for a drastic diet or anything!  Just a small change, done every day, will add up.  Begin you day […]

Nighttime Bingeing

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’ve written about the problem of eating large amounts of food, especially sugar and carbohydrates many times in this column, but today I saw an article on an eating disorder that mixes sleepwalking with overeating.  You may want to take […]

Recipe: Sugar-Free Pie

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here is a great sugar-free and lower-fat pie treat that’s easy to make, with exotic sweet fruit and no artificial sweetener.  The fruit is so sweet you don’t need additional sugar. You can use a frozen piecrust, or make one […]

Medications and Weight Gain

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

You may want to take a look at my colleague and friend, Therese J. Borchard’s guest blog about a recently released book that talks about weight gain from antidepressant medications.  Although I have not read the book, the title takes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recipe: Easter Dinner

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

As Easter was originally a Passover meal, when the Rabbi Jesus Christ faced crucifixion at the Last Supper, it makes sense to want to celebrate His resurrection with a traditional feast.  A symbol of Passover was to take blood of […]

What Does Fat Offer You?

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 […]

Be Satisfied!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

OK, what’s so bad about you? Are you really that worthless? Are you really so fat and ugly? Do you really deserve the harsh judgment and low self-esteem you throw on yourself? Is your life really that difficult? Or are […]

Recipe – Succulent Side-Dish

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a really simple, delicious vegetable side dish that’s full of vitamins, minerals and flavor. Dr. Norris J. Chumley’s Succulent Spinach 1 bag of spinach, approximately, a pound, washed and drained½ onion10-15 cherry tomatoes1 teaspoon olive oil Wash the spinach […]

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.

Kirstie Alley’s Big Life

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

My wife saw Kirstie Alley on a talk show last week, which inspired her to record her new A&E series, “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life.”  I planned to avoid it! But the other night, while she was watching it, I was […]

Healthcare

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Like others, I have a bit of fear and skepticism over the new healthcare reform bill, passed by the House and Senate.  Yet, it’s clear that we definitely do need some sort of healthcare reform! The facts are that healthcare […]

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, […]

Recipe: St. Patrick’s Day Salad

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a bit-o-the-green for you.  Instead of using food coloring to make food green, such as green bread, green eggs, or lord help us, green ham – let’s have something natural to celebrate St. Patrick, and Ireland. Dr. Norris J. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pills May Not Be the Solution

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Why do doctors push diet pills if they’re harmful? Many people are in such dire need of help they resort to pills. Perhaps they have a lot of weight to lose, have given up hope, or flatly just don’t want […]

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 […]

Recipe: Amazing Smoothie

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A cool delicious drink, with plenty of vitamins, minerals, and not so many calories, carbs, or fat is the glorious smoothie. Surely you’ve had one. If not–you’re in for a major treat–that won’t be self-destructive, either. You can make smoothies […]

Recipe: Baked Apple Supreme Dessert

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Spring is not far away and thoughts of blooming flowers, gardens growing, and sweet fruits on the vine fill my mind and heart.  I want some fruit now, though!  What’s available while I wait for spring?  Apples and raisins!  So […]

Q&A: How Much is a Portion?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Question from a Reader:  I’ve been trying to learn more about good nutrition and there’s lots of advice out there about how many portions of various things you should eat every day. But how much is a ‘portion’? Answer: The […]

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 […]

Link to Cancer from Soda?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Word came out a few weeks ago that there was a study conducted on a link between 2 or more sugared sodas a week, and cancer, pancreatic cancer to be specific.  This is an aggressive one, and very difficult to […]

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 […]

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, […]

Diet Tea

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hello, and Happy 53rd Day of the Give-Back Diet, a weight loss, healthier lifestyle program.  We’re coming to the beginning of the continuation phase of the “diet,” thinking very positively.  We will wrap-up the initial 8 week starter series with […]

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. […]

Recipe: Delicious Breakfast

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We’re at the 51st Day of the “Give-Back Diet.”  All along, I’ve been recommending that you eliminate or avoid added sugar and eat whole grains.  Also, develop a regular healthier eating plan.  Today, I want to again feature a recipe […]

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 […]

Save Money, Eat Well

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We are eating healthier, saving calories and money on the Give-Back Diet, this 48th Day.  Today, I want to encourage you to save at the grocery store or supermarket. Buying generic or store-brand groceries makes good sense.  Did you know […]

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 […]

Recipe: Homemade Frozen Meals

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Congratulations, “Give-Back Diet” participants, you’ve reached the 45th day of our program.  I hope you are continuing to limit or avoid sugar and fat, and are eating regularly in small portions.  I also hope that you are making sure to […]

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 […]

Recipe: Wild Dinner

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a recipe for a whole, great dinner; an old-style Italian speciality that’s so great.  It’s low-fat, no sugar, and healthier.  Serve it on a special occasion, or just because it’s Monday (or Tuesday)!  This is the 43rd day of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recipe: Roast Chicken and Vegetables — Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here’s a simple recipe that is easy, inexpensive if not cheap, delicious, and very healthy.  We have it all the time at our house.  It’s one of those “one-pot” recipes. Dr. Norris J. Chumley’s Roast Chicken and VegetablesServes 3-4 1 […]

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 […]

Give-Back Diet Friend and Food Fest

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’ve written this week about weight loss, diet help from friends, fitness and being grateful.  Here we are on the 26th day!  We’re giving back the pounds, the pain, and the unhealthy habits. Today is a good day for me […]

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 […]

The Whole (Grain) Truth: Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Why eat whole grains?  What are they, anyway?  That’s the subject today, the 22nd day of the Give-Back Diet. When you’re losing weight, it’s really important to feel full.  Also, it’s important to receive a full compliment of foods that […]

Counting Your Weight Loss Blessings – Give-Back Diet

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Today on the Give-Back Diet, Day 21, let’s take stock on what we’re giving back: the unhealthy foods and how we are giving back to others. In the past 2 weeks, we have been encouraging each other to stop buying […]

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 […]

Water

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Hello, again, glad you are here.  It’s Day 18 of the “Give-Back Diet.”  Thank you for visiting and reading.  I hope that you’re enjoying the changes you’re making in eating habits, walking, stretching and moving.  I also hope that you’re […]

Give-Back Weight Problems to God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Are you doing the “Give-Back Diet” program?  Join us!  This is the 16th day, but you may start anywhere.  Losing weight and keeping it off is a process, not an “on again/off again” deprivation diet. This program is about “giving […]

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 […]

A Book You May Like

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I walked into a bookstore the other day, and given that it’s New Year’s Resolution time – there was a table with (no kidding) at least 50 new diet books.  Most of them deprivation plans, one way or another.  They […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Healthy Food Can Be Inexpensive (Day 2)

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Congratulations!  You have begun a new way of thinking and taken action on your desires to change.  I hope you have gotten a physical check-up from your doctor or health provider, or at least made an appointment.  I would love […]

Dr. Norris J. Chumley’s GIVE-BACK DIET – Day 1

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Welcome!  This is a totally different program that can help you lose weight and become healthier in a whole new way.  How is it new? Simple: most weight loss diets are about what you take in, this one is about […]

See God in ALL

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The solution to all of your problems is God. The source of all of your experiences is God. Think of God all of the time. See God in everything and everyone. Hear the Creator in every sound. Taste God’s bounty […]

Happy New Year!

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was at a New Year’s party, and a friend asked me “what’s new about your new year? Any new year’s resolutions?”  I thought to myself, came up with nothing, and just spontaneously uttered, “I’m turning over a new leaf.”  […]

I Would LOVE To Hear From YOU About How I May Help

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Out with the old, in with the new!  Do YOU have a New Year’s Resolution, or need for the New Year? Have you lost weight, or are you enjoying better health?  Do you need to lose weight, feel better, get […]

New Resolutions for New Years – A Simple Program

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Don’t know about you, but I’ve made so many HUGE resolutions in the past, only to work on them for awhile, like a week or two, and then they fizzle away.  This time, I’m only going to do really little, […]

Sugar, More More More!

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 we’ve received. Of course, the amounts of food I overate when 400 […]

Holiday Recipe: Merriment and Moderation

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I’ve been baking some Christmas cookies this morning and afternoon: some butterscotch oatmeal, and whole wheat sugar cookies for decorating. Always baking, especially for holidays, Christmas cookies are a favorite of mine.  It’s just not the holidays without them!  This […]

Your Reason for the Season

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We’d probably all love to hear what hopes, joys, challenges and gratitude you are experiencing this Holiday Season. Please comment below, right now, and I’ll pull a few together and add my own in an article shortly. For me, my […]

Trust In God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Trust in God in all matters, especially your health and habits, and you will see that you needn’t worry about anything. Real, unsolvable problems only occur when you are not allied with God in all aspects of your life. Give […]

Hunger for God

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I just love the comment that someone posted a few days ago, in response to How to Curb Your Appetite.  I reprint it below, as the “Comment of the Week.” This week I’ve posted a lot on family history, genes, […]

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

That’s a very easy, straightforward concept, isn’t it?  If something that is not good for you is not easy to get, you are less likely to think of it, or eat it.  If the bad stuff is not in your […]

Fat is Not Your Fault Says Gut Instinct

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Scientists and dietitians have told us for decades that overweight is a simple equation: calories-in balanced with calories-out.  Now, there may be another factor on obesity: your genetic disposition towards a particular kind of bacteria in your intestines and colon. […]

Enough Stuff

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Turns out, our family already has plenty.  We don’t need much more for the holidays.  So why spend a lot of money and buy more “stuff?”  I think we should spend less money, use what we have, be less “materially […]

How to Curb Your Appetite

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Do you often feel hungry, even after eating?  Are you always on the hunt for food, even though you know you have eaten enough?   There are some reasons why this may be happening to you, and there are ways to […]

Reducing Sugar, Reducing Kid’s Weight

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I was delighted to awake this morning to discover a press release from General Foods announcing they are reducing sugar in some of their cereals for children.  This is good news! Here is an article on it from The Wall […]

Book Review: “The Restored New Testament”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

At the heart of Willis Barnstone’s monumental “Restored New Testament: a New Translation with Commentary, including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas” is purity, poetry and the human condition. One of the most prolific and erudite scholars, translators, and […]

Give a Gift of Love

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yes, it’s the Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa season, and it’s traditional to give gifts.  So I too am thinking of  “what to buy, what to give.” This year, as it’s still an era of the necessity of mindful money, as it’s […]

How to Handle a Craving

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

The next time you’re ready to open the floodgates, and stuff yourself silly with food… 1) STOP. 2) Ask yourself how you’re feeling right now. 3) Ask yourself what you need in your life — what’s missing? 4) Pray for […]

Is It OK to be Obese?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

What about the “fat acceptance” concept? Shouldn’t I learn to love myself the way I am? If this means accepting the fact that you are abusing yourself by overeating and not using your body then that’s a healthy concept. If […]

We Are Family, We Are Important

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

What’s your family genetic history? We all have good genes, and not-so-good genes. It’s best to be informed and aware, so that you can make choices to have the best, longest life possible. Knowing your genetic tendencies allows you to […]

Holiday Help

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Here is a list of ten ways to remedy holiday mistakes, blunders, and misfortunes.  If you overate, forgot to exercise, got lazy, said something you later regretted, didn’t do what you meant to do – whatever – join the club!  […]

Healthy Recipes – Thanksgiving

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Getting ready for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner?  Dreaming of stuffing yourself with stuffing?  A juicy, fat turkey?  Marshmallow sweet potatoes?  Buttery rolls and mashed potatoes?  Pumpkin pie?  These all sound great, sure, but they’re not so great for your body; […]

What is Thanksgiving?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Quite simply, Thanksgiving Day is a time of appreciation for a bountiful harvest. First celebrated at the Plymouth Plantation in 1621 (debatable) by the Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoag tribe in North America, it was a meal shared by […]

Thanksgiving Every Day

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Don’t wait until next Thanksgiving Day! Let every day be a day of thanksgiving! Appreciate the bounty that you receive from God. A roof over your head. Food in abundance. Your career, or mission in life. Your family. Friends. Interests. […]

Recipe: Smoothie of Your Dreams

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

This is a high-protein, low fat, no sugar recipe for a smoothie drink that will knock your socks off!  It’s a great meal replacer, as it packs a bunch of nutrients and vitamins in it, naturally and makes you feel […]

Book Review: Matters of Death and Life

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Mark C. Taylor, noted philosopher, scholar, professor of religion and Chair of the Columbia University Department of Religion, has published a glowing, often super-real and sometimes surreal collection of essays on the human condition.  “Field Notes From Elsewhere: Reflections on […]

Is God There?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Q: I wonder that God doesn’t have enough to do without hearing about my weight problem. So many crises, so much death and turmoil in the world, so many real problems to deal with. How can I possibly ask for […]

Be Careful with Juice

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Be careful of how much fruit juice you drink. It has a lot of calories in it. A serving size (USDA Food Pyramid) is only a 1/2 cup. Fruit juice is concentrated and powerful. An 8 oz. glass of apple […]

How Do YOU Stay Healthy?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Beliefnet’s Holly Rossi (Fresh Living) has just written a new gallery of ideas and great photos.  It’s called 21 Simple Ways to Be Healthy.  This is a good list, of easy, simple, free ways to either get healthy or stay […]

Weight Loss? Will Power? No Way.

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

For years I thought it took will power to make major changes in my life, such as getting healthy, finding a job or losing weight.  In the middle of doing it, though, and falling flat on my face a bunch […]

How Much Water?

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Last week, I wrote about a radio station losing a lawsuit over their water drinking contest.  A lot of you were very interested in how much water to drink, and to make sure there’s no danger in too much water.  […]

Book Review: “The End of Suffering”

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

A wake up call, that’s what suffering offers us, according to the poet and writer, Scott Cairns.  Suffering is not about the pain and hardship, per se – we need to look past suffering to what is beyond.  “The End […]

Recipe: Zero-Calorie Double Pleasure Sweet Tea

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

I can’t believe how great this hot (or cold) drink is!  Sweet, tasty, no calories, no caffeine, and helps me curb hunger and lose weight. Ever been at a bar and heard someone say to the bartender, “make it a […]

Recipes: This Is Why You’re Fat

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

We know why we’re fat: too much food in general, especially fats and sugar-laden food.  Now, “This is Why You’re Fat” is a book and website of a collection of recipes and photos of really crazy fatty, sugary food.  This […]

Make Weight Loss Fun and Pleasurable

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

What if doing something you dread could really be fun and pleasurable?  What would happen if you did not have a lot of fear, anxiety and trepidation? If you simply don’t believe the old mental programming that losing weight, becoming […]

Weight Loss Prayer

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

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, meditation, or simply belief–just do it–because it […]

Candy Life

posted by Dr. Norris Chumley

Yesterday I wrote about added sugar, and the shock of how much sugar is in everything.  Consider this today: what if you ate only candy? What if you only ate foods with sugar in them, like candy bars, donuts, pastries […]

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