Dr. Norris J. Chumley Satisfied Life

Today is the last day of this column on  After over 12 years of daily writings on Beliefnet, I’m moving on.  I thank God for this wonderful experience.  As far as I’ve been told, I’m the last original Beliefnet contributing editor and writer; everyone else is new.  Now, however, I need to make some changes.  It is now time for me to move on.

I’ve written over 3,000 newsletters and blog posts!  My faithful readers have commented almost 6,700 times just since October of 2008, when we began hosting comments.  There have been over a million subscribers on average, with many millions visiting over the years.

Honestly, I’m leaving Beliefnet but I’m not leaving you.  I have several websites, and the one that’s at the forefront of my current work is which has a newsletter and regular features (click the link to sign up now, please).  I hope to see you there.  I’m leaving Beliefnet to concentrate more on making movies, writing books, and executive producing/hosting a new national radio series in conjunction with Columbia University (details at  I’ll also continue writing for the Huffington Post, giving public talks and conducting workshops when time allows.

I want to thank you from top of my soul and the bottom of my heart for being with me, whether reading “Spiritual Weight Loss with Dr. Norris” and/or “Dr. Norris Chumley Satisfied Life” for the first time today, or over the last 12+ years.  YOU are who I wrote this for.  YOU are wonderful.

I also want to thank my friends and colleagues at, too many to mention everyone, but I must thank founders Steven Waldman and Bob Nylen, with help from T George Harris, and my wonderful, brilliant Editor and friend, Elizabeth Sams.  Also Mark Tauber, Anne Simpkinson, Wendy Schuman, Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Sujay Jahveri, Becky Phillips, Deborah Caldwell, Alana Kornfeld, Paul Raushenbush, Michael Kress, Qiana Mestrich, Sherry Huang, and Adam Arif have all been so helpful over the years.  More recently, Ju-Don Roberts, Beth-Ann Eason, Laurie Sue Brockway, Corinne Gatti, Lakesha Gadson, Ash Greyson and Steve Halliday have gone out-of-their-way to assist me in this endeavor.

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I will remember you in my prayers, and I ask that you remember me in your prayers, too.  God bless you, and thanks again.

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 good intentions and efforts to do what is right, be your best, and be good to others.  Put your whole life into God’s hands, and then hand Him the credit and appreciation.

God knows that you are all right.  He made you in His image; it’s not possible for you to be less than good, or whole.  You’re one of God’s wonderful creations, under God’s great care.  All you need to do is to love God, and love your neighbor (as Jesus Christ taught).

Don’t be dismayed that your humanness is limited, or that you experience both good and bad.  This is also part of God’s creation.  He created a universe that is polarized, always vibrating and shifting between poles of positive and negative.  Like batteries, our human electricity is always moving from one to the other polarity.  Everything in His creation is always seeking balance, between extremes of opposition, plus and minus.

So what that means is that inside this material world, as human beings, we too are shifting between extremes.  We go between good and bad, hot and cold, on and off.  Sometimes the appropriate way is one way today, but it might very well be the opposite tomorrow.  There are sunny days, partly cloudy days, and then dark cloudy or even rainy days.  Everything changes, that you can be sure of.  Your problems and challenges are changing too — tomorrow they will be different, especially with God’s help.

As children and lovers of God, we are fully human and we are also Divine at our center.  As the material world and life shifts from one thing to another, deep in our core is perfect balance – the likeness of God – guiding us, loving us, being us.

Don’t forget – God loves us and we love Him.  Remind your neighbors!

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, potatoes, starches, and meats, and drink a lot of sweetened sodas.  It’s not enough to eat in moderation; it’s important to choose the right foods.  Another study just came out that proves it.

Harvard University Medical School studied “120,877 American women and men who were free of chronic diseases and not obese at baseline, with follow-up periods from 1986 to 2006, 1991 to 2003, and 1986 to 2006,” as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

We knew that potatoes, any way we cook them: French-fried, mashed, baked or broiled, or potato chips, make us gain weight.  This study establishes that daily consumption of potatoes can put on the pounds.   It also found weight gain with consumers of sugary beverages and red meats. Curiously, though, nuts, yogurt, whole grains, vegetables and fruits are connected with weight loss.

From the NEJM: “Within each 4-year period, participants gained an average of 3.35 lb (5th to 95th percentile, ?4.1 to 12.4). On the basis of increased daily servings of individual dietary components, 4-year weight change was most strongly associated with the intake of potato chips (1.69 lb), potatoes (1.28 lb), sugar-sweetened beverages (1.00 lb), unprocessed red meats (0.95 lb), and processed meats (0.93 lb) and was inversely associated with the intake of vegetables (?0.22 lb), whole grains (?0.37 lb), fruits (?0.49 lb), nuts (?0.57 lb), and yogurt (?0.82 lb) (P?0.005 for each comparison).”

It’s also proven that exercise, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption and lethargic TV watching (computers too?) are important in the weight loss/weight maintenance equation.

From the NEJM: “Aggregate dietary changes were associated with substantial differences in weight change (3.93 lb across quintiles of dietary change). Other lifestyle factors were also independently associated with weight change (P<0.001), including physical activity (?1.76 lb across quintiles); alcohol use (0.41 lb per drink per day), smoking (new quitters, 5.17 lb; former smokers, 0.14 lb), sleep (more weight gain with <6 or >8 hours of sleep), and television watching (0.31 lb per hour per day).”

So – why do potatoes, sugar, processed grains like white bread make us gain?  It’s likely about insulin, and insulin resistance.  We’ve been talking about that for the last couple of years in this column, and it’s important to know it, and not eat much of those things.  Less carbs and starches = less weight.

So – why do nuts and yogurt, and vegetables, fruits and whole grains help?  Also due to less impact on insulin, lower fats, non-saturated fats, and fiber.  We’ve talked about that a lot, too.

So – now we really know what we knew, but have gotten confirmed in a study of over a hundred-thousand people.  So just eat less potatoes and red/processed meats, and more whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and don’t forget to walk, dance and play every day!