Category Archives: Interesting Tidbits

4th of July Challenge

flags-clip-art-RTA6yAGTLHappy 4th of July! I challenge you to eat a red, a white, and a blue healthy food today!

If you attend a BBQ or party whose host uses Pinterest, this will be easy. There will undoubtedly be a tray of fruit with red strawberries, white bananas, and blue blueberries (duh). If your host is a die-hard Pinterest fan, said fruit will be arranged like a flag…until someone comes along (there’s one at every party) who eats all the strawberries.

So scour the fridge or the store for RED tomatoes, beets, raspberries, and radishes (two for one! red and white!), WHITE turnips, cabbage, cauliflower, and parsnips, and BLUE berries, blackberries, eggplant, and purple potatoes (purple is close enough to blue, right? If it bothers you, you can eat them in the dark) and have a wonderful Independence Day!

 

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

 

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Father’s Day Fun

elias-birthday-098.jpgIf you have a healthy father in your life, go ahead and take a moment to appreciate that. Let the gratitude ooze out of you. If you’re going to see a father this weekend, try to compliment his healthy habits and participate with him in them.

“Dad, thanks for eating your vegetables. Watching you eat them let me know Mom wasn’t crazy and green plants on my plate won’t kill me.”

“Dad, want to go for a walk with me? It’s good for us and gives us something to do while we catch up.”

“Honey, Let’s play outside with our kids. It’s healthy for them, for us, and it makes them more tired and easier to corral indoors.”

Heavenly Father, thank you for the fathers in my life.

Happy Father’s Day!

 

The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. Proverbs 23:24

A Diet Constant

We don’t always do what we know we should, especially when it comes to eating healthy and exercising regularly. Today’s post is a friendly reminder that God’s love for us doesn’t change with our willpower.

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He loves me cartoon_0001For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Be Your Own Mom

“Mom, can I have a snack?”

“Dinner’s in an hour, so you can have fruit or vegetables.”

With an overly dramatic siiiiiigh, my son slumps his shoulders and goes back to playing with Legos. He’s hungry, but not hungry enough for healthy food. Another son asks me the same snack question, receives the same produce answer, fishes an apple out of the fridge, and sits at the table to munch on it. I open the pantry door in search of spaghetti sauce and come face to face with a bag of chocolate covered almonds. Suddenly I’m hungry.

037newDinner’s in an hour, so you can have fruit or vegetables.

My own words echo in my mind and my hand hesitates, fingers inches away from crunchy chocolate goodness. If I “spoil my dinner”, no one will know. No one will put me in time out or make me skip dessert. Part of me is glad I’m a grown up and part of me wishes my mother was there to give me limits like when I was a child. It’s so much easier to do the right thing when you don’t have a choice.

Then it hits me: maybe I should treat myself like a child sometimes. I need to BMOM: Be My Own Mother.

“Only one cookie, Sweetie. Take smaller bites.”

“You’ve had enough, dear.”

“Go outside and play.”

“Bed time! You need your rest.”

“Get your finger out of your nose!”

A mother takes care of you, reminds you what’s best for you, and implement limits. This Mother’s Day show your mom you love her, then take a little time to BMOM. You can even make yourself breakfast in bed.

 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a [wo]man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)

MORE of What You Love

book cover 2What could be better than Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating? MORE Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating! My second book is now available on Amazon. More weight loss, more encouragement, more T-Rexes and Diet Drones, more cartoons, more recipes, more laughing your way to better health. Check it out for yourself or send a copy to someone who needs a smile.

 

Congratulations on finishing March Ab-ness! Total minutes this week: 21. Fishdom level? 426. I sense a new habit here.

 

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits for Easter

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Jim Watkins – talented author and threat to society, or at least chocolate rabbits- has done some thorough, delicious, and humorous research into the health benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate improves blood flow, sex, mood (duh!), and smarts and helps fight bad cholesterol and diabetes. Pass the chocolate, please.

 

Only one week left in March Ab-ness! Let’s finish strong! Total for this week: 21 minutes.

 

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” John 12:13

Spousal Weight Loss

A new study found that when spouse A loses weight, spouse B often does too, even if spouse B isn’t participating in any particular diet or program. The opposite is also often true: as spouse A gains weight, so does spouse B. What’s that phrase? “What’s yours is mine, especially if it’s chocolate”.

Spouses rub off on each other and exercise and diet habits are no exception. In honor of this new study, here’s a link to How to Force Your Spouse to Lose Weight. Even if your spouse doesn’t want to join you, keep up the good work of getting healthy. You’re influencing him weather he realizes it or not.

 

MARCH AB-NESS update: 21 minutes of ab exercises this week. On track and feeling good!

 

As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. James 5:11a