Fasting

Water, fasting, self-control, and discipline

Fasting History of Lent Do you celebrate Lent? The first record of early Christians started observing Lent probably in about 325AD following the Council of Nicea. (The Council of Nicea also developed the Nicean creed. This creed has become foundational in many reformed theology churches even today. Search for it yourself to read it.) However, Christians were likely practicing lent as early as the second century. The genesis of lent comes from the desire to engage in some type of fasting following Jesus’ 40 days and 40 nights in the…

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5-Day Healthy Easy Real Food Meal Plan

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5-Day Healthy Meal Plan Creating a meal plan every week can seem overwhelming at first. Often, when we are overwhelmed, we can’t seem to get much done. But, creating a meal plan can be extremely helpful to save time, money, and stress! There are truly so many benefits! I hope that this article will help you see that meal planning doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Before you review the plan below, I encourage you to check out this article: Meal Planning 101 to help you understand how…

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Managing Blood Sugars 101

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Managing Blood Sugars: Diabetes Receiving a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or diabetes is not what we want to hear, but there is good news. I hope by the end of reading this you will feel empowered to make some healthy changes in your life. There are so many wonderful tools available to help you manage your blood sugars and stay healthy even with this diagnosis! I hope this article will help you get started in sorting through all of the nutrition “noise”. Myths about Diabetes First, let’s dispel some myths about…

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Sugar Addiction: What Does the Bible Say?

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Is Sugar Addictive? Many of my conversations through the day involve talk about sugar or sugar addiction. Many of us know we eat too much, but we don’t know what is a reasonable amount and we might struggle to truly change our habits. Sometimes, people tell me they are “addicted” to sugar. I am not convinced that this is a term we should use. Yes, sugar does have some addictive properties, but as with many pleasures in this world, sugar is a delightful gift from the Lord. Have you ever…

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Comparison and Our Health

Comparison Starts Young Starting at a very young age, we begin comparing ourselves to others. My daughter started talking about what her friends are wearing and wanted to wear clothing similar to them when she was 4 years old. My son, 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. The doctor compares growth in weight and height at each visit. You can see,…

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God Loves Every BODY!

What do you like about your BODY? Many of us struggle with liking our physical body. Consider this, what do you like about your physical body? Your answer may not be associated with your physical body.  You might say, “I am kind”, “I am servant hearted”, “I am empathetic”, “I am organized”, etc.  We often focus on what we don’t like about our bodies, and fail to recognize what we do like.  I encourage you to take a minute now and think about what physical characteristics you like about your…

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Winning the Battle

What is the Goal? The Lord calls us to be stewards of our physical bodies. That means we endeavor to take care of them to the best of our ability so that God can use us. Taking care of our bodies well can be a challenge. Maybe we lack planning skills, or we don’t have time, or maybe we just don’t always care enough. The Battle Begins It is a battle. A battle of choices in how we will nourish our bodies. We are often unprepared especially if we don’t…

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Encouragement to Keep Going!

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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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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 often try to fill these holes with more things, a bigger house, a nicer car, a better job, tastier food, weight loss, the next new diet, and the list goes on.  The hole seems to be filled temporarily, and then like a pot hole, it collapses again at the first sign of a heavy weight or an intense storm.  Did you know that I used to work in the weight loss…

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Finding Joy in Eating

Finding Joy in Eating “Diet” is a Four Letter Word Have we lost the joy of eating?  I think many of us have. We are so accustomed to restricting, counting, and limiting that we have lost the joy in eating. When we adopt a dieting mindset we loose much of the pleasure in food. It seems restrictive, not fun, not delicious, a burden, and so much work!  First, you should know that  I dislike the word “diet”. A “diet” in the American culture is defined as a short-term restrictive way…

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