Filling the Holes

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Filling The Holes We have all been there.  When we feel discontent and down, like something is missing.  We try to fill these holes with more things, a bigger house, a nicer car, a better job, tastier food, and the list goes on.  The hole seems to be filled temporarily, and then like a pot hole, collapses again at the first sign of a heavy weight or an intense storm.  In the weight loss clinic I used to work in we tried so many behavior modification techniques, we tried various…

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Can Science and Faith Come Together in the Nutrition World?

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Can Science and Faith Come Together in the Nutrition World? Science and Faith I have been thinking about this question a lot lately. Confusion abounds when we consider how to believe science and still continue in our faith. Let me first just say they are absolutely not mutually exclusive. I firmly believe that God gave us science to help us understand His creation! We also must remember that His creation is so beautifully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) that it is certain, we will never know everything. It helps us…

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Intentional Eating: Using the Hunger Scale

Intentional Eating: What is it? Intentional eating is not a new concept, but we seem to have forgotten the benefits of being intentional about life in general and also about our food and nutrition. I have used the phrase Intentional Eating to describe a combination of Intuitive Eating concepts and Biblical Concepts and how they can come together. Intuitive eating consists of 10 principles. Each of these principles focus on getting rid of dieting! In fact, three of the principles involve getting back to feeling and understanding your hunger. Principle…

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Does God Care About Nutrition?

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Does God Care About Nutrition? Nutrition is a hot topic Nutrition is a hot topic in our culture today.  So hot in fact that the last 30 years we see passion, arguing, struggling, and idolizing relating to all things nutrition.  We often see many obsessing about which diet to follow, which new supplement to try, and what type of fitness routine should we adopt.  Our culture is completely distracted from what really matters and our mental, physical, and spiritual health is suffering from it all. The diet mentality Fleeting motivations…

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Freedom from Shame and Guilt

Freedom from Shame and Guilt Do you ever get that feeling of guilt after eating a little too much dessert? How about a piece of pizza? Do you find yourself often feeling guilty about something you ate or because you didn’t do something (like exercise)? Hmmm. I wonder though, should you feel guilty? Guilt and shame happen frequently for many of us when we “break the rules”. These feelings come up more and more often as we continually add food and exercise rules to our list of “shoulds”. These feelings…

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God Loves Every BODY!

What do you like about your BODY? Many of us struggle with loving ourselves.  If you are asked what you like about yourself, what would you say?  Typically we don’t talk about loving our physical body.  Much of the time, we tell of a character attribute like “I am kind”, “I am servant hearted”, “I am empathetic”, “I am organized”, etc.  We rarely tell of a physical attribute.  We often focus on what we don’t like about our bodies, and fail to recognize what we do like.  I encourage you…

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Comparison and Our Health

Comparison Starts Young Starting at a very young age, we begin comparing ourselves to others. My four year old often talks about what her friends are wearing and wants to wear clothing similar to them. My 8 year old often talks about his school work by comparing his work to others.  But why wouldn’t he?  He is constantly being compared to his classmates by his teachers and the others that work at the school.  We hear all the time, your son is in the 80th percentile.  The doctor even tells…

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Encouragement to Keep Going!

Encouragement to One Another I want to take some time today to encourage you.  God tells us to encourage one another.  1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”  I hope you are enjoying the new you!  How are you feeling?  Are you proud of what you have accomplished with the help of our Lord?  You should be.  I am guessing you have made some amazing changes related to your health that have helped you feel stronger, more confident, healthier,…

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Finding Joy in Eating

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Finding Joy in Eating “Diet” is a Four Letter Word Have we lost the joy of eating?  Too often we think of “dieting” with such a negative connotation. We are practicing self-control and not eating the foods that are not good for our bodies, and we begin to look at it in a negative light. It seems restrictive, not fun, not delicious, a burden, and so much work!  First, I actually very much dislike the word “diet”. A diet in the American culture is a short-term restrictive way of eating…

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Winning the Food Battle

The Food Battle Begins Often, we go into our day unprepared for the battle we will face with our decision regarding how we nourish our bodies.  Not recognizing it as a battle is dangerous and we will often find ourselves unprepared.  How often have you been out running errands longer than expected and you sense the stomach “gremlins” starting to scream at you?  Were you prepared for battle?  Did you have something healthy to eat with you?  Or did you then drive by the restaurant on the corner and succumb…

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