Category Archives: Interesting Tidbits

BYOM for Mother’s Day

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Orange we the cutest?

“Mom, can I have a snack?”

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

With an overly dramatic sigh, my son slumps his shoulders and goes back to playing with Legos. 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 put water on to boil and open the pantry door in search of spaghetti sauce. A bag of chocolate covered almonds catches my eye. I’m suddenly hungry and reach for the bag.

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Smile! Some-bunny’s delicious.

Dinner’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. I know I shouldn’t “spoil my dinner”, but I really want to. It would be so much easier if I was a child and my mother was here to tell me “no” like I told my son. I laugh and shake my head. I like being a grown up and I don’t want someone—even someone I love as much as my mother—to tell me what and when to eat.

I’m not a child, but maybe I should treat myself like one when need be. I need to BYOM: Be Your 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 BYOM. 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 man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)

Feels a lot Like Last Thursday

037newWelcome to the New Year! Today feels a lot like last Thursday (except there’s less wrapping paper strewn about the house). The new year is a good time to make changes, but sometimes it just feels like any other day. Whether you’re ready for resolutions or still recovering from the holidays, today is a great day to take care of your body.

In 2020 this blog will be focusing on the health benefits of successful weight loss habits (sleep, exercise, consuming water and vegetables, and portion control). The more I learned about why those healthy habits help us lose weight, the more I learned about how those healthy habits help protect us from heart disease, diabetes type 2, and cancer. There are no guarantees when it comes to health (especially cancer) but giving your body what it needs is a good way to start.

For today, just do one healthy thing for your body, even if it’s taking a moment to relax and be grateful for the parts of you that work well. Or drink a glass of water. Or take a walk. Whatever you want, it’s your Thursday!

“A blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.” Deuteronomy 23:5b

*I will be posting every other week instead of every week. 🙂

I WILL Act Like a Child (A Holiday Manifesto)

img_4132This holiday season, I vow to act like a child.

I will not sit still. I will get up or get out and move every day. I will skip to the mailbox, I will dance in the kitchen, I will walk around the block, I will jump up and down in anticipation. I will do it because it makes me feel good, not because I have to.

I will be a picky eater. If I don’t love it, I won’t finish it. I will not waste stomach capacity on mediocre food. The only exception is if the cook is watching me. If the cook is watching, I will make an interesting comment to draw attention to my eating their dish—“Mmm, is that nutmeg in these mashed potatoes?”—and then push the remaining food to the edges of my plate and cover it with a napkin. If I love a food I will savor it, licking my fingers (discreetly) and ignoring the world around me until it’s gone.

I will ask “why?” I will listen to the Christmas story at church and to carols on the radio and I will ask “Why? Why? Why?” until the only answers left are “Because God loves us so much, he came down and saved us himself” and “I don’t know, He just does.”

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Ebook Stocking Stuffer

This season, consider gifting an e-book that entertains and increases healthy habits. At only $5.99 with full color photographs of each recipe, you can stuff someone’s stocking or treat yourself.

Click on the links for Sex Soup and Two Fisted Eating: Hilarious Weight Loss for Wives and More Sex Soup and Two Fisted Eating: a Second Helping of Hilarious Weight Loss for Wives .

Ginger Bread With Broccoli (Shhh, don’t tell my kids)

What says “Merry Christmas” and “Eat your vegetables” at the same time? Broccoli Ginger Bread! This recipe comes from Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious cookbook. The beauty of molasses and ginger is that you neither see nor taste the broccoli and carrot purees this recipe calls for. Even my picky eater eats it. Doesn’t get much better than that! (I’ve paraphrased the recipe instructions a bit because I’m too lazy to type every word.)

 

2014 Dec 021Gingerbread Spice Cake

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp EACH baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon

1/4 tsp EACH ground cloves, allspice, salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil

1 egg

1 cup broccoli puree (I thawed frozen broccoli and stuck it in the food processor with the oil)

1 cup carrot puree (Steam or boil carrots, puree in food processor or blender. Or use applesauce if you’re pressed for time)

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup molasses

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tb grated orange zest

 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 9×5 loaf pan.

2. Mix the flours and spices in a bowl, set aside.

3. Mix the sugar, oil, egg until smooth. Add the veggies, yogurt, molasses, vanilla and zest and mix again. Add flour mixture and mix until smooth.

4. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes, turn out onto a rack and cool completely. Or slice it steaming hot and blow on it to cool it between bites like I do. 🙂

Laughter Sale: Black Friday Deal

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Getting healthy can be fun. (Not as fun as Christmas shopping, but close!)

Laugh until you love your body
Are you ready to lose weight and get healthy, but you hate celery sticks and sweat? This book is for you. Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating is:
*Fun: laugh-a-minute encouragement complete with cartoons, poetry, and enough cheesy puns to make you lactose intolerant.
*Sustainable: for long term results, look no further because the healthy habits you develop will help you stay fit until you die. (See how encouraging this is?)
*Flexible: easily adaptable to fit your needs and preferences like a need for chocolate and a preference to avoid spandex, for example.
*Educational: the science supporting healthy habits is explained in a memorable way, like how REM sleep is like a toilet.

 

 

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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.

He loves me cartoon

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)