“If the doctor of today does not become the nutritionist of tomorrow, the nutritionist of today will become the doctor of tomorrow.” Thomas A. Edison
How many servings of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and the like do you eat in an average day?
Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you. (Acts 27:34; NKJ)
Friday, we were excited to announce our coming e-book and seven-part webinar series on one of our most impassioned topics — wellness! To review, Dr. Randy Peck, MD (we felt it good to have a doctor along for a wellness series), Sharon (who is a RN), and I have teamed up and will be conducting an interview-style weekly webinar to lead you through the six major factors that determine a person’s wellness. This first webinar will be an overview of the entire series and is open to all who can attend for no charge whatsoever. You simply need to be at your computer so you can participate in the roll out. The big day and time is today, April 1, at high noon EDT. Put it on your calendar and reserve the hour. To register for the webinar, Click Here.
The third major factor to wellness is to eat more superfoods. Superfoods? Food with a red cape and a big “S” emblazoned on it somewhere? No, no, no…superfood is simply nutrition-rich food. I bet you could name most of them with out even looking. And no, donuts are not on the list — but dark chocolate is, hallelujah!
My resident expert, Sharon, wrote a short article about superfoods as last May. She even included a link to a list of superfoods. Sharon likes to call them “God-foods.” Whole books have been written on this topic. But again, for most of us, we need to keep it simple.
The simple bottom line is eat more superfoods this week than you did last. How many superfoods should you eat? How many more than last week? All up to you. If you only eat one a day on average (and believe it or not, there are some who don’t even eat one a week), then adding one or two superfoods a day is going to begin to make a big difference. The issue is simply “more,” not how many more.
Simple enough, right? So see…as I predicted, a little more complex than water and exercise, but with the help of a list, it’s just as easy. Be sure and join us today at noon to hear the rest of the factors to wellness. See you at high noon EDT.
Father, the name God-foods says it all. If they’re God-foods, they must be good for us. We thank You for the God-foods that are so readily available to us. And we thank You for those who will be joining us later today for the wellness webinar.
Link of the Day
Registration link for Wellness Webinar
Blessings on you as you purpose to add one superfood to your diet this very day — of course, after you register for today’s webinar.
“Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.” The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2002;287:3127-3129
What have you heard about the need for nutritional supplements?
Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Cor. 3:16; NAS)
Yesterday, we were excited to announce our coming e-book and seven-part webinar course on one of our most impassioned topics — wellness! If you were able to be with us, we hope you felt our excitement — if prior commitments kept you from being with us we recorded the session and our link today will give you access to that recording so that you too can feel some of the excitement that was in the air yesterday.
To quickly review, Dr. Randy Peck, Sharon, and I gave an overview of the upcoming weekly webinar course and our e-book that will lead you through the six major factors that determine a person’s wellness. That series will begin on Wednesday, April 8, again at high noon EDT. Details on how to be a part of that series are included with the recording of yesterday’s webinar.
Recall that on Monday I briefly discussed water as the first major factor to wellness, Tuesday I covered exercise, yesterday I covered Superfoods, and today, let’s look at the the fourth major factor to wellness, supplementation.
Yes, you do need to add supplements to your daily regimen. Even the American Medical Association came out in 2002 and reversed their long standing position against the need for supplements. They now admit that the nutrient value of our food supply has diminished so drastically that it is virtually impossible to get all the nutrients one needs from food alone. You’ve probably heard that only two peaches a day would have supplied a woman’s vitamin A RDA in 1951. Today she would have to eat more than 53 peaches to meet this same requirement. Peaches anyone? And peaches aren’t the only food to show a loss.
OK, so you need to supplement. Now you may accuse me of being a little self-serving here, but I do need to let you know that all supplements are not created equal. In fact, this problem has gotten so bad that Congress has now passed a law that requires a manufacturer to be able to prove that what is advertised to be in the container is indeed in the container. What a novel idea! Sarcasm aside, when buying supplements, you have to be aware that the lowest price is usually not the best value. I’ll leave it at that.
But again, the fourth step is simply to supplement what you eat with a daily regimen of nutrients. What nutrients you ask, and whose are good? Bottom line, find someone with enough experience to be credible and then trust them. Everybody has their own strong opinions about what is best. But just like with quality food, you must expect to pay a little more for quality supplements.
So there you have it, four simple steps. There’s a couple more, stress management and rest, that we will cover in the webinar course and in the e-book, but will not cover here in our DGs. The four we’ve listed this week really are simple, aren’t they? So simple, in fact, that they’re easy not to do. Or like most New Year’s resolutions, easy to start with a bang and fall off the wagon a couple of weeks into the game.
The solution? Tomorrow, I will conclude this mini-series with a discussion of the magic key to the four simple steps. There is a way to keep you “on that wagon.” It’s just as simple as the four steps, but at the same time, incredibly powerful. See you tomorrow!
Father, the food You provided for us and intended for us to eat is indeed perfect. But through a number of economic-driven choices, our food supply is no longer able to sustain us as it was intended. We thank You for giving mankind the wisdom and the ability to supplement our diets with those missing nutrients.
Link of the Day
Access to Recording of Our 4/1 Wellness Webinar (After 10a ET)
Blessings on you as you purpose to supplement your diet with additional nutrients on a daily basis.
“There are two obstacles to vibrant health and longevity: ignorance and complacency.” World Health Organization
How much could a partner help you achieve a goal?
No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body, which is the church. (Eph. 5:29; NLT)
On Wednesday, some of you were with us as we announced our coming e-book and seven-part webinar course on one of our most impassioned topics — wellness! If you were able to be with us, we thank you for being there to share our excitement — if prior commitments kept you from being with us, we recorded the session and, one last time, our link today will give you access to that recording so that you too can hear what we’ve got coming beginning next week.
To quickly review, Dr. Randy Peck, Sharon, and I gave an overview of the upcoming weekly webinar course and e-book that will lead you through the six major factors that determine a person’s wellness. That course will begin on Wednesday, April 8, at high noon EDT. Details on how to be a part of that course are included with the recording of Wednesday’s webinar at the link below.
As we wrap up this little mini-series discussing four of the six keys to wellness, there is one last piece to put in place. I call this one the “magic key” because with it the probability of success sky rockets. Without it, the probability for failure sky rockets.
That magic key is structure. You need a structure to make all this work effectively. By structure, I simply mean that you need someone who is going to touch base with you each week just to see how you did with your goals for the week, and to support, encourage, and hold you accountable to keep taking those very simple steps.
Let’s face it…you know you should pick the apple instead of the donut. You know that exercise is good for you. You know that drinking water is good for your body. But for most of us, it can be hard to stay on track. If I may quote from a document that came to my attention a couple of months ago, “A recent study from the Public Library of Science Medicine Journal (January 2008) found that basic healthy habits can add 14 years to your life…. They found that what stopped people from changing their behavior was not a lack of knowledge, it was a lack of practical support. Someone to help them make a plan. Someone to help them stick to the plan.” You know, that’s exactly what a coach is trained to do.
Please allow me to conclude this series with an invitation. I would like to invite you to join us as we start the weekly webinar course covering each one of the six major factors to wellness in depth. If that option is out of the question for you right now, as a second choice, I would like to urge you to give one of us a call at 757.482.4490 and let’s talk about the kind of structure and support we can offer you. We invite you to become an active part of the health community we are creating. It’s a lot more fun when you’ve got a buddy.
Have a better than fantastic weekend!
Father, we thank You for the privilege of sharing our passion for wellness with so many wonderful people this past week. We pray that our messages have helped many of our hearers come to terms with some changes they need to make in order to fulfill the destiny You have created them for.
Link of the Day
Access to Recording of 4/1 Wellness Webinar
Blessings on you as you choose to become pro active regarding your health.
“It’s not what happens to you, but how your react to it that matters.” Epictetus
Who do you turn to when going through rough times?
I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. (Phil 3:14, 15a; Msg)
After more than a week of focusing our Daily Grams on our wellness e-book and course launch, I have been wondering what was next. As I was looking through the list of possibilities that I have accumulated, I ran across this little movie from Simple Truths. I’ve used their movies several times before, but for some reason this one had been shoved to the background. As I find their material to always be inspirational, I decided to go ahead and share this one today.
You know, we all find ourselves kind of on the bottom at various times in our lives. You know, the tail rather than the head. It’s pretty easy to give up when we get to feeling sorry for ourselves at those times. That’s when attitude becomes all important and separates the winners from the whiners. Attitude is always a choice that we alone are ultimately responsible for. We can choose an attitude of persistence and stay in the game, or we can choose an attitude of “I give up” and go looking for another game to play. This little video is all about choosing to stay in our game.
Seeing others choose to stay in their game can sometimes be the little push that we need to stay in our game as well. Bit there are times when it takes more than just a video…or a story about someone else. There are times when it takes another human who believes in you. Someone that will come alongside and be your encourager, your cheerleader. Someone who can walk that delicate balance between encouraging you to believe in yourself and pushing you beyond what you believe you can do. Someone who will hold you accountable to get up and go at it again.
That brings to mind the example that I bet most of you have experienced. I’m sure you can remember seeing a little child learning to walk. Sometimes they fall to the ground and look up to see whether or not they should cry. If the adult(s) around them are all “wigged out” over the fall and rushing over to console the child, often they will burst out in wails of pain. They are literally taking on the attitude of those around them.
When we find ourselves “down for the count,” should we be looking to those who will make us feel good by commiserating with how terrible things are, or would we be better to be surrounded by people who believe in us enough to encourage and challenge us to get up and stay in the game? Could it be that a significant part of finishing strong is choosing who your friends are?
Who do you have in your life that can coach you to victory?
Father, grant us the grace to finish strong. Guide us in our choice of friends who will encourage us to be all that you designed us to be.
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Blessings on you as you become purposeful about your support network.
“Our mission is to provide valuable information about Christian coaching to coaches and anyone else interested in the profession, while building community among the different streams of Christian coaching.” Tony Stoltzfus
When was the last time you purposed to learn something new?
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Prov. 27:17; NIV)
Today, is the launch of an extensive informational Christian coaching blog. Author and founder, Tony Stoltzfus says, “Our mission is to provide valuable information about Christian coaching to coaches and anyone else interested in the profession, while building community among the different streams of Christian coaching. We have a big, diverse crew of people involved, and we’ll be posting dozens of fresh articles and tools each month on a whole range of areas of interest. Users can browse (everything is free), comment, sign up to receive article feeds, contribute their own work and more. We hope this becomes a welcoming, diverse gathering site for the Christian coaching movement!”
This brand new informational site for Christian coaches is the place to go to enrich your coaching abilities and meet others in your niche. Created by coaches for coaches, this site lets you read dozens of coaching articles from over 20 authors, find information on coach training and coaching schools, browse an industry-wide events calendar, find coaching tools, resource recommendations, and much more.
Each site section is moderated by an expert coach from that arena, and includes contributions from multiple individuals. Here is a taste of some of the categories and moderators:
–Coaching Women with Kimberley Dinsdale
–Training and Certification with Linda Hedberg
–Coaching Skills with Tony Stoltzfus
–Wellness Coaching with Sharon Graham
–Web Marketing with Beth Cole
–Coaching Ministry Leaders with Michael Warden
–The Family Coaching Center with Jeff Williams
As you can see, I (Sharon) have been asked to be the moderator of the Wellness Coaching category. I’ll personally write an article each month, as well as post other articles written by guest writers. Jerry will be a guest writer for several categories. This month he has an article posted under the Web Marketing category as well as the Wellness category. There is a great deal of information on the site, even if you’re not a coach. Avail yourself to articles on leadership, being in ministry, and articles specific to women.
We’re excited about sharing the wonderful news of Wellness with a growing population! Feel free to browse the site and pass it on to others whom you’d like to bless.
Father, we thank you for Tony and the many ideas you give to him. Thank you for this new website and for all of the people that it will bless and touch.
Link of the Day
Christian Coaching Center
Blessings on you as you purpose to learn something new this week.
“Man is never satisfied. This fact is deplored by many, but God did not intend that man should be forever satisfied.” Raymond Holliwell
In what areas of your life would you like to see growth?
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Mat. 7:7; NIV)
Who hasn’t heard the sagely advice, “Be satisfied with what you’ve got.” Sounds good doesn’t it? The problem with it is that it comes from an untrue belief. And like most untrue beliefs, it results in limitation.
Limitation? How so? Well, if you’re satisfied, you won’t try for more…or greater…or higher, etc. What invention or breakthrough can you name that was inspired by someone being satisfied with what they had? Nada! None! Satisfaction is inherently limiting.
What is untrue about satisfaction being desirable? For one thing, the whole notion that satisfaction is a good thing. After all, satisfaction is the antithesis of growth. Look around you. If something is not growing, it’s dying. Things (or people) don’t get better by just sitting around maintaining status quo. The second law of thermodynamics, better known as the law of entropy says that the natural progression of everything is to go from order to disorder. Sitting still, or being satisfied, always leads to decline…disorder…death.
As bad as satisfaction is, to be ungrateful is perhaps even worse. We should be grateful for all that we have, with where we are — “always give thanks for everything” (Eph. 5:20a; NLT).
So be always be grateful, give thanks, and begin to reach for the next level. A life of growth and advancement is the life that God intended man to live.
Father, we ask You to be quick about showing us those areas in our life where You are not satisfied with our current situation. May we never be complacent in our reach for our God-given destiny.
Link of the Day
If You Aren’t Growing, You’re Dying
Blessings to you as you take steps to plan your growth in an area where you aren’t satisfied.
“Humans detect taste with taste receptor cells. These are clustered in taste buds.” scribd.com
How aware are you of your taste buds?
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. (Ps. 34:8; NIV)
Have you ever wondered why food tastes good or bad to you? Thank your taste buds. Taste buds are sensory organs that are found on your tongue and allow you to experience various tastes. How exactly do your taste buds work? Well, stick out your tongue and look in the mirror. Do you see all those tiny bumps? Those are called papillae, (pronounced puh-PIH-lee), and most of them contain taste buds. Taste buds have very sensitive microscopic hairs called microvilli, (mye-kro-VIH-lye). Those tiny hairs send messages to the brain about how something tastes.
The average person has about 10,000 taste buds and they’re replaced every two weeks or so. However, as a person ages, some of those taste cells don’t get replaced. An older person may only have 5,000 working taste buds. That’s often why older people lose enjoyment from eating. Food just doesn’t taste as good to them. Smoking also can reduce the number of taste buds a person has.
Those ten thousand, teeny weenie, little taste buds on your tongue can detect FIVE tastes. I knew about the sweet, salty, sour and bitter ones. But I just learned about the fifth one called umami, (pronounced oo-MAH-mee). This was news to me. When I told Jerry this profound news, he said “Yeah, when I was a kid, I often cried for oo-MOM-mee.)
Back to your taste buds. A single taste bud contains 50-100 taste cells representing all five taste sensations. Each taste cell has receptors on its surface. A single taste cell seems to be restricted to expressing only a single type of receptor (except for bitter receptors). Most everyone is familiar with and understands the tastes of sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Dr. Jordan Rubin says, “The umami is a meaty, savory taste that’s responsive to free glutamates, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), as well as savory tastes of Parmesan and Roquefort cheese. Since we were created with five distinct tastes, it’s important to consume foods that supply all these tastes, not just the sweet and salty foods that define much of the American diet.” (Note, I’m NOT saying that it’s okay to eat foods that contain MSG and neither is Dr. Rubin. MSG is a deadly food additive.) So, explore some other taste sensations such as kefir and goat cheese. You’re in for a treat!
Father, we thank You for our tastes and for all of the wonderful food that You have designed for us to eat.
Link of the Day
Taste inflation revealed
Blessings on you as you explore some new tastes.
“We don’t REALLY believe that God is the source of our substance. We try to think it true, and may theoretically accept it, yet there is an uncertainty. It is hard for some to believe in something they do not see.” Raymond Holliwell
How do you decide whether or not to believe something?
Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. (Mark 11:24; NLT)
It’s a bitter pill to swallow for most to come to the realization that what they think they believe, they actually don’t. I know it is for me every time I come face to face with the reality that my behavior really reflects my core or true beliefs. As Holliwell points out in his quote, “It is hard for some to believe in something they do not see.”
Those of us who hold a Christian world view recognize and hold to the truth that God is our source of supply. Yet, how many of us find ourselves more than a little concerned as we experience this current economic climate. If you admit to even a modicum of concern, you have to also admit that the concern emerges from a lack of certainty that God will supply all your needs (Phil. 4:19).
If we see plenty all around us, it’s easy to believe in an all sufficient God supplying all our needs, but when we see lack all around us, it is natural to begin to have some doubt and some questions. The only legitimate question is…who changed? It seems that we can easily believe what we can see, but it doesn’t take much to shake that belief when we can’t see, touch, hear, or smell it.
Which comes first — seeing or believing? After all, seeing is believing. NOT!!! In reality, believing is a necessary first step to seeing. This is true in all things spiritual and physical. Again, as we did a couple of days ago, consider any innovative breakthrough, e.g., man flying through the air. It didn’t start with seeing. It started with someone believing that it could be done and then setting about to prove that belief. How about the four-minute mile? It was broken by someone who believed that it could be done, while at the same time considered a hard and fast barrier by the multitudes who had never seen it done before. Think through any example and you’ll see how this holds true — believing is a necessary first step that leads to seeing.
Can you really trust what you see? Should you? Have fun with today’s link.
Father, help our unbelief. Grant us that measure of faith to move forward in the face of overwhelming odds and unmerciful ridicule toward those visions for our future that You have planted in our hearts.
Link of the Day
Seeing is Believing?
Blessings on you as you ponder and reconsider dreams and visions that you laid down because you didn’t see any evidence of reality.
“Purpose is implanted in us as well as revealed to us — we were made for what God calls us to be.” Tony Stoltzfus
What greater good have you been called to serve with your life?
You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. (Psa. 73:24; NLT)
As a life coach who has focused a good deal of my time by helping clients understand and determine their destiny, I’m always watching for new resources that would take my ability to help clients to a new level. I believe I have found one, and I’m very excited about it.
Tony Stoltzfus, the person who taught Sharon and me virtually everything we know about coaching, has just released a new book titled A Leader’s Life Purpose Handbook: Calling and Destiny Discovery Tools for Christian Life Coaching. My initial skimming of the book leaves me eager to dig deeper to explore some new (to me) thinking around destiny coaching. As Tony points out, life purpose or destiny coaching up to now has primarily focused on “helping people look inside, discover their design, passion and abilities, and then pursue them.” Some of his new thinking jumped off the page to me as I read his thesis that “calling” has been a vital, but missing, piece of one’s destiny discovery. Calling, in this case, can be defined as an external commission to serve a greater good.
Hmmmm…if he’s right, I’m guilty as charged. I was erroneously treating calling as a synonym for destiny or purpose. Tony is helping me to see that calling is discovered by looking outward rather than looking inward. Pretty obvious…now that it has been pointed out to me.
So Tony’s new book brings a more balanced approach to destiny discovery by looking in four directions:
–Outward at the external call
–Inward at what our design reveals within
–Backward at how our life experiences have prepared us
–Forward at dreams and passions pulling us toward our destiny
If you’re a coach, or even if you’re not, this book presents some very enlightening information that will take the whole pursuit of destiny discovery to a new level. Thank you, Tony, for another awesome contribution to coaching. I’m honored to be your student.
Father, we thank You for new discovery tools and for anything that leads to a greater understanding of our destiny. Our greatest desire is to pursue that destiny and to finish well.
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Coach22 Bookstore (click Coach22 Exclusives on the left to find Tony’s new book on sale)
Blessings on you as you purpose to passionately pursue your destiny, i.e., your reason for being.
“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.” Author Unknown
When was the last time you blessed someone with a home-cooked meal?
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate. (Ps 127:5; NIV)
Jerry and I are blessed to attend a church with lots of new growth! There have been many new babies born in the past two months with more to come! Who doesn’t love the sight of a newborn baby? Their unbelievably soft skin, precious fragrance and tiny little features all speak to the glory of the Father. They are one of God’s most precious gifts to all of us, and we as a church get to rejoice with each and every one of these new, wee ones.
We enjoy supporting these young families with our prayers, our support, AND our food. What young mama, after the energy draining marathon of giving birth doesn’t welcome a steaming hot, fragrantly spiced, home cooked meal? It’s a fun blessing for me to be able to prepare a meal, deliver it, and get to see and hold the new baby!
I got to do this just last week for a favorite family of mine! The mama is one of my long-time nutrition “mentorees” and she had her second, beautiful baby girl. When preparing a meal for a family, take time to give some thought to what would really bless them. What would you enjoy eating if someone was bringing you a meal? Would you prefer a tub of KFC over a simple, home-prepared meat loaf? I think NOT. I made a meat loaf using bison and loaded it with lots of vegetables. The topping was made of tomato paste, vinegar, honey and mustard. You can find a similar recipe on our blog at www.nutrition777.com. I also prepared a mixed green salad using organic spring mix. I loaded it with other cut up vegetables such as cucumbers, yellow and orange peppers, carrots, and tomatoes.
I also made a sweet potato dish and called it Sweet Potato Royale. I didn’t want to prepare the recipe I use at holiday time as it’s a bit on the sweet side. So, I developed a less sweet version. Click today’s link for the recipe.
Father, thank You for the gift of life and for all of these wonderful mamas who choose LIFE!
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Sweet Potato Royale
Blessings on you as you choose to bless someone else.