“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.” Redd Foxx
How would you define a health nut?
Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever. (Deut. 34:7; NLT)
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be dying of nothing than dying of something. Nevertheless, as usual, Red Foxx’s humor brings a good laugh. And that’s a good thing. Here’s why:
Scientists at the University of California have discovered that laughter relaxes tense muscles, reduces the production of stress-causing hormones, lowers blood pressure, and helps increase oxygen absorption in the blood. Cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center found that laughing can actually reduce the risk of heart attack by curbing unwanted stress, which can destroy the protective lining of blood vessels. A good giggle also burns calories since it’s possible to move 400 muscles of the body when laughing. Some researchers estimate that laughing 100 times offers an aerobic workout equivalent to 10 minutes on a rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike. Hmmmm…when’s the last time you laughed 100 times in the space of an hour or so?
I’m disappointed to say that we did not include a chapter on laughter in our UNCOMMON Wellness Coaching ebook. Looks like we missed a fun opportunity. Oh well, I can see that Volume II is already in the making. Anyway, allow me to remind you that the wellness course is starting next Wednesday at noon. I encourage you to check out the Link of the Day to get all the details. Even though we don’t have a chapter on laughter, it’s going to be fun anyway. And it’s definitely going to change lives. That’s always fun!
Choose to make your weekend a magnificent one. Laugh a lot and have lots of fun. See ya on Monday!
Father, we thank You for the blessing of a sense of humor and for laughter. We also thank you for the joy that is perpetually in our hearts. We thank You that you made us to have fun.
Link of the Day
UNCOMMON Wellness Coaching Course
Blessings on you as you purpose to laugh more this weekend.
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” Christopher Reeve
Who do you know who is currently, or has recently, gone through a major life trauma (e.g., divorce, loss of job, death of spouse or child, et al.)?
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called. (Eph. 1:8a; NLT)
A week ago today, I listed several upcoming webinars that Randy Peck and I were hosting. Among them was the one coming up this Tuesday by Shelley Grieser, a certified Life Coach, who lives a little south of Boulder, CO. Shelley works with men and women who are on their path to recovery from divorce and empowers her clients to create a future they truly desire (a hope-filled future).
I’ve had the very great blessing of working with Shelley now for a little over a year. She hired me to help her promote her coaching business back at a time when I was just beginning to learn the principles of attraction marketing. Shelley has been one of the most eager, teachable, people I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. I’m very excited that she will be our guest on Tuesday’s webinar. I encourage you to register to join us if you can.
But promoting her webinar appearance is not what this post is about. You see, Shelley has a blog, and writes articles that are published by EzineArticles. She’s really a very gifted writer. Shelley wrote a blog post last Friday about our upcoming wellness course which I want to share with you. It’s directed toward her audience of those trying to get back on their feet after a divorce, but it struck me that you could substitute virtually any major life trauma for the word divorce in her post and it would still retain its veracity. What follows are the opening three paragraphs of Shelley’s blog post of last Friday. Enjoy!!!
“Today I want to share with you information about an upcoming class on Wellness, being taught by Jerry Graham Ph.D, Sharon Graham R.N. and Randy Peck M.D. Going through a divorce can really take a toll on your health both physically and emotionally. As you begin your recovery from divorce, focusing on your health/wellness is important. At a time when you may feel you have little control over your circumstances, one thing you can control is your health.
“Post divorce is a great time to educate yourself on wellness. Learning about health and wellness enables you to make good choices regarding your personal health. The better you feel physically will positively impact you emotionally. Focusing on your health will help to get your mind off of your circumstances and put your thoughts and energy into improving your life.
“The stress of divorce can create health issues or further complicate existing ones. You deserve to feel well. If you have children still living at home, you need to take care of yourself so you can better take care of your children. Your health and wellness are priceless. Investing in your health is investing in your future. This upcoming class is sure to be well worth your investment.”
Great word! Thank you Shelley.
Father, we thank You for those who come into our lives to minister hope when it seems that all hope is gone. Bless them and fill them with hope as they so unselfishly pour out to others day in and day out.
Link of the Day
UNCOMMON Wellness Coaching Course
Blessings on you as you look forward to an UNCOMMON week.
“Health care professionals, when confronted with a disease should focus first on what the body needs for optimal function.” Joe Woolsey
How healthy, well and fit do you feel on a daily basis?
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Ps. 139:14; NIV)
How many of you know why God placed you on this earth? Do you have a clear, delineated reason for why you do what you do each day? Perhaps you are a mother of a very busy household and if it weren’t for your planning and performance the family would crumble around you. Or, perhaps you’re a busy attorney with a thriving practice and your daily interactions and responses depend on having a sharp, clear focus. A web designer or software engineer needs to be at their best both mentally and physically to have optimum creativity.
How effective are you when you don’t feel well? Have you ever thought about the decrease in productivity that you personally experience when you don’t feel well? Even simple allergy symptoms such as running nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing can cause someone to feel “wiped out.” They’re off on their game. Fatigue from not sleeping well the night before can precipitate costly and even deadly mistakes.
We’re offering a practical, step-by-step course to learn the principles of becoming and staying well. You’ll learn why your body needs to drink water and have consistent exercise along with the best foods and nutrients to feed your body. Randy, Jerry, and I bring years of our own personal journeys to this course. What I have to say about eating, exercise, rest, taking supplements, etc., I have lived…each and every step of it. I nearly lost my health over twenty years ago and spent years regaining my health. At the age of 56, I am now healthier, more robust, and stronger than I was in my twenties. This didn’t just happen by itself. It took knowledge, application of the knowledge, discipline, and determination.
We often hear that successful people have an “edge” over others. Some of you may be feeling that you’ve never had an edge and that you’re merely getting by. This course may very well empower you to not only feel healthy and well, but to develop your own edge and be successful in carrying out all that God has for you and your life.
Invest in your edge. Click the link below for details.
Father, we thank You for each and every person that You bring to the course. Bless them abundantly.
Link of the Day
UNCOMMON Wellness Coaching Course
Blessings on you as you choose to invest in your life!
“Researchers found that levels of three stress hormones — cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), and dopamine — were reduced by 39 percent, 70 percent, and 38 percent respectively in study participants who were about to watch a funny movie.” Loma Linda University
When was the last time we correlated wellness to laughter in the Daily Gram? (Hint: It was one day late last week.)
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. (Prov. 17:22; NLT)
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Do I dare believe that my last Friday’s blog post titled “Laughter: A Wellness Result or Precursor?” was so wonderfully received that Mac Anderson, founder of Simple Truths, was inspired to create one of his famous 3-minute movies carrying the same basic message?
Well, that’s probably pushing my ego just a little too far as I’ve looked and looked and can’t find Mac’s name on our subscriber list anywhere. Maybe it’s just coincidence (actually, many of us of Christian persuasion don’t believe there is any such thing), but Mac sent out a blog post this morning with the following message:
“Laughter is one of the simple joys of life; and recent studies say we need 12 laughs a day just to stay healthy! Well, this little 3 minute movie is our contribution to your good health. Just sit back, turn up your speakers and take a little vacation…on us!”
So I’ve included his little movie as today’s link of the day.
More of the emerging research linking laughter with wellness:
–Researchers from the Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine concluded that laughter therapy holds promise for helping relieve children’s acute pain.
–Researchers at the University of Tuebingen in Germany, learned that clowns helped acutely ill elderly patients feel less depressed.
Feeling stressed? Watch the link below.
Father, again we thank You for the many enjoyable paths You have provided to help us reclaim our health from the clutches of the enemy.
Link of the Day
Laughter Is An Instant Vacation
Blessings on you as you laugh your way to wellness.
“Nuts are an extremely nutritious food if properly prepared.” Sally Fallon
How aware are you of the natural food traditions of your ancestors?
I went down to the grove of nut trees to look at the new growth in the valley, to see if the vines had budded or the pomegranates were in bloom. (Sol. 6:11; NIV)
Most everyone knows of the many health benefits of eating raw nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. I’ve alluded to the benefits of “soaking nuts” in former posts. When I first began this process several years ago, very few of my friends and colleagues had adopted the practice. However, as I review current Internet posts, I see that the process is gaining in popularity, and I’m seeing more and more people incorporate soaking into their healthy lifestyles. So, what is this all about, anyway?
Sally Fallon is responsible for most of the research reaching our eyes and ears around this topic. She’s a brilliant researcher, author, and speaker.
Nuts contain high amounts of numerous enzyme inhibitors.
These enzymes are useful to seeds and nuts because it prevents them from sprouting prematurely. However, they also place a strain on the digestive system. Some people notice various digestive issues such as bloating or gas when eating raw nuts. Other people notice that they develop mouth ulcers when eating too many raw nuts.
Soaking nuts in warm water will neutralize these enzyme inhibitors, and also help encourage the production of other beneficial enzymes. Those helpful enzymes, in turn, increase your body’s ability to absorb various vitamins.
The Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds
- Enzyme inhibitors get neutralized.
- The amount of vitamins your body can absorb increases.
- Digestion is much easier.
- Phytic acid, an inhibitor of the absorption of vital minerals, is reduced.
Here’s the link that will give you specific instructions on how to soak nuts and seeds.
Father, we thank you for your infinite wisdom and care for us.
Link of the Day
UNCOMMON Wellness Coaching
Blessings on you as you move toward “soaking your nuts.”
“The human brain is a wonderful organ. It starts to work as soon as you are born and doesn’t stop until you get up to deliver a speech.” George Jessel
What does wellness have to do with the brain?
Alcohol and prostitution have robbed my people of their brains. (Hosea 4:11; NLT)
Those DG subscribers who have been with us for a while know that I really enjoy reading and writing about the amazing power of the human brain. I think part of this is because the brain has been largely misunderstood and underestimated and is a lot like unexplored space in terms of how rapidly modern science is beginning to explore the inner workings. It is truly one of the most amazing features of our body, and I’m sure we’re not even scratched the surface with our knowledge and new understanding.
All that aside, I’ve been focused on wellness for the last couple of months as Sharon, Randy, and I have labored to put together our UNCOMMON Wellness Coaching e-book. In fact, some may be wondering if I have “wellness” on my brain? Well, I confess that I probably have been pretty single minded of late. Interestingly enough, I ran across a blog post by Jeff Nickles titled “20 Ways To Train Your Brain for Peak Performance.” In his post (today’s link), Jeff offers a number of interesting ideas for keeping our brain “young,” a topic that is of great interest to me — for obvious reasons.
I was struck by how many of the 20 ways that Jeff mentioned were congruent with the things we were stressing in our wellness book. Here’s a short list of overlaps that I found:
- We have a chapter on exercise and Jeff’s way #5 points out that one study shows that physical activity increases the volume of the brain. See you at the gym tomorrow?
- Another chapter in our book is on rest. Jeff’s post offers way #4 suggesting that things are clearer and brighter after a good night’s sleep.
- A number of his other ways speak to stress issues that we address in our chapter on stress. Jeff suggests meditation, positive thinking, reducing TV watching, reminiscing old memories, et al. as ways to reduce stress and thereby train your brain for peak performance.
- One of his ways even overlaps with our chapter on nutrition as he points out that protein rather than carbohydrates is the better way to feed your brain.
So, it almost looks like we could adopt a subtitle for our book…something like UNCOMMON Wellness Coaching to Train Your Brain for Peak Performance. Thanks for the idea, Jeff.
Father, we continue to marvel at Your incredible design for the human body. Grant us the grace and understanding of how to properly care for such an amazing machine.
Link of the Day
20 Ways To Train Your Brain for Peak Performance
Blessings on you as you outline a regimen of brain training this weekend.
“Wellness and prevention programs have become a mainstream part of the benefits offered by large employers, and it’s virtually certain that Congress will include incentives for such programs.” Frank B. McArdle
How do you feel about politics?
“Look!” he said. “If they can accomplish this when they have just begun to take advantage of their common language and political unity, just think of what they will do later. Nothing will be impossible for them! (Gen. 11:6: NLT)
I try to steer our DG’s away from political issues as much as I can. It’s not that I’m apolitical, nor that I’m afraid of controversy, but I see no reason to segment our readership over issues that have little or no direct bearing on the topics we are writing about. Sharon and I have strong political preferences, but we choose not to try to convince you of the wisdom of our choices. After all, the winds of politics are much like the weather — if you don’t like what’s happening, just wait a day or two. The only sure thing is that it will be different tomorrow than it was today.
But in spite of that avoidance of all things political, I did run across a political article that really excites me. The New York Times published an article just yesterday with a headline that reads, “Congress Plans Incentives for Healthy Habits.” I’ve included the article as today’s link. Being in the wellness industry for lo these many years, it has always bothered us that our economic structure was set up to promote a sickness industry rather than motivate wellness. By that I mean, the out-of-pocket expense to go to the doctor or the emergency room to get “fixed” always appeared to be significantly less than to proactively stay well in the first place.
The NYT article makes it clear that there are now voices from both sides of the aisle that are waking up to the fact that it’s always better (and cheaper) to stay well, and finally acknowledging that most of our major illnesses are life-style related rather than caused by germs. After all, you don’t “catch” cancer, and you don’t “catch” heart illness nor diabetes. You earn them. Indeed, it’s highly possible that some issues, such as swine flu are “caught,” but the most effective defense against those kinds of maladies is always going to be a healthy immune system rather than the latest and greatest vaccine with all its attendant risks.
As the article points out, we’ve dug a pretty deep hole and it’s not going to be easy to just climb out. There’s going to have to be a lot of sacred cows slain and a lot of pet oxen gored, but at least it’s now being talked about by more than just us “health nuts.”
We would love to have you share your view on this issue in the comment box below.
Father, we thank You for the incomprehensible design of our bodies that provides the perfect defense from and repair of virtually all of our diseases. Forgive us for thinking we have found a “better idea.”
Link of the Day
Congress Plans Incentives for Healthy Habits
Blessings on you as you continue your own personal quest for proactive wellness.
“Nuts and seeds naturally contain enzyme inhibitors. And by soaking them, you not only release the toxic enzyme inhibitors, but also increase the life and vitality contained within them.” Avena Originals
How are you doing with exploring some new and different fruits and vegetables that you’ve not eaten before?
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. (Is 61:11; NIV)
These instructions are a follow-up from last Thursday’s DG. You might see various recipes for soaking nuts and seeds. However, this method is taken from Sally Fallon’s book titled Nourishing Traditions.
– 4 cups of raw, hulled pumpkin seeds
– 2 tablespoons sea salt
– 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
– filtered water
Soaking Time: At least 7 hours, or overnight
Dehydrating time: 12-24 hours, until dry and crisp
Pecans or Walnuts
– 4 cups of nuts
– 2 teaspoons seal salt
– filtered water
Soaking time: 7 or more hours (can do overnight)
Dehydrating time: 12-24 hours, until completely dry and crisp.
Pecans can be stored in an airtight container, but walnuts are more susceptible to become rancid so should always be stores in the refrigerator.
– 4 cups of almonds
– 1 tablespoon sea salt
– filtered water
Soaking time: At least 7 hours, or overnight
Dehydrating Time: 12 -24 hours, until completely dry and crisp
So, when I begin the process, I place the nuts in a large glass bowl. Then I cover them with filtered water and stir in the salt. I place a plate on top of the bowl and allow them to sit on the counter for the required time. I check the nuts periodically during the soaking time to see if more water is needed to keep the nuts covered.
After the allotted time, I drain the nuts in a colander. Most recipes call for drying the nuts in a food dehydrator. This will make the nuts crispy and flavorful. I have an oldie but goodie food dehydrator. I place the drained nuts on trays and allow them to dehydrate for the specified time. Then I store the nuts in glass jars.
Most modern ovens do not have a low enough temperature setting to dry the nuts without actually roasting them, which destroys the good enzymes in the nuts. Perhaps I’ll write about dehydrators in another DG.
Father, we love You and adore You. We are thankful for each new day and for every new thing that we learn about You.
Link of the Day
UNCOMMON Wellness Coaching
Blessings on you as you experiment with making your seeds and nuts easier to digest.
“A strong immune system is our number one protection against any virus or bacteria, not a pill or even vaccine.” Evita Ochel
On a scaled of 1-10, how would you rate the strength of your immune system? What makes you say that?
A washed pig returns to the mud. (2 Pet. 2:22b; NLT)
A recent headline in the BBC News shouts, “US sees confirmed flu cases rise: The US now has 2,532 confirmed cases of swine flu, after a jump in figures in recent days, officials say.” The article goes on to say, “The cases — up around 600 since Friday — mean the US has now surpassed Mexico as the most affected nation.”
The Chicken Little mindset fueled by the media continues with no end in sight. A friend of mine was recently asked what he thought about the Swine Flu, and he responded by saying, “It was the greatest thing that ever happened to the US. It took the attention off the recession, and housing sales and starts immediately responded positively.” A bit extreme perhaps, but it’s painfully true. Bad news sells, and good news never will.
But this post is not about the media (who are just doing a great job of what they’re hired to do), but about an extremely sane and well-thought out blog post I came across that listed several ways to protect yourself from the Swine Flu. I wanted to share it with you as our Link of the day. I have to confess that it resonated with me because the central theme of the post, written by Evita Ochel, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, is that the best defense against the Swine Flu, or any other kind of flu for that matter, is a strong immune system. I couldn’t agree more as you probably observed from my mini-rant in Monday’s DG.
So whether you’re concerned about Swine Flu or not, I strongly encourage you to read today’s link. The wisdom within the post will serve you well for a lifetime.
Father, we thank You once again that You designed our body to protect itself and recover from almost any bacteria or virus. Thank you for the reminders that we continually get to remind us of Your superior design.
Link of the Day
10 Ways to Protect Yourself Against the Swine Flu
Blessings on you as you make the lifestyle adjustments to strengthen your immune system.
PS — There are a couple of opportunities that I would like to bring to your attention:
1. Tomorrow, Thursday (5/14) at 3:00 pm EDT, Shelley Grieser is a special guest on Lynne Lee’s Christian Life Coaching Cafe. If you will remember, Shelley is the life coach who works with folks who are trying to get their lives going again after a relationship breakup. Her topic is “God Hates Divorce But He LOVES the Divorcee: Navigating Divorce as a Christian.” It’s not to late to register. If you can’t attend because of the time, note that all who register will recieve a link to the recording. To register, click here.
2. Friday (5/15), Sharon and I will be visiting Culpeper, VA for the very first time. Dr. Randy Peck has arranged for the three of us to make a 60-minute interactive presentation on wellness at the Culpeper Library. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm, so if you happen to live in the area, please come by. Come a little early as we would love to meet you.
“Blueberries Reduce Belly Fat and Diabetes Risk” mercola.com
How many servings of blueberries do you eat in a week?
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (Psa. 1:3; NIV)
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past several years, you’ve continually heard that eating blueberries is a good thing to do for your health. You’ve probably heard things such as, “blueberries are high in antioxidants, low in sugar and high in fiber.” Fairly common knowledge.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are undisputed, but modern research keeps showing us just how they help you to optimize your health. Berries are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. In the case of blueberries, naturally occurring phytochemicals such as anthocyanins can do wonders to normalize and improve your health.”
But new research shows some even greater benefits of eating blueberries that until now wasn’t commonly known. Eating blueberries could actually help a person get rid of belly fat, and possibly be instrumental in halting some factors leading to diabetes.
“New research gives tantalizing clues to the potential of blueberries in reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. The effect is thought to be due to the high level of naturally occurring antioxidants called phytochemicals contained in blueberries.”
The World’s Healthiest Foods website lists any number of benefits from eating blueberries such as protection against macular degeneration, colon and ovarian cancer. It also states that one can have a “better brain with blueberries” along with a healthier gastrointestinal system and better elimination.
I use blueberries routinely in our smoothies. I buy frozen berries for the most part. When the price of fresh berries is a bit more reasonable, I’ll buy fresh berries. Picking blueberries in the summer months and freezing them is a fun and economical thing to do. Blueberries are simple to freeze. If they’re not organic, I recommend washing them in a produce wash, rinsing them and allowing them to drain in a colander. Place the drained berries on baking sheets and allow them to dry. Then place the berries (still on the baking sheets) in the freezer and allow them to freeze until solid, like marbles. Then place the frozen berries into containers or baggies. When ready to use, any amount can be poured from the container since the berries were individually frozen. Frozen blueberries make a smoothie thick and luscious.
Father, we thank You for all of Your wonderful, creative wisdom! May we honor You with our choices and decisions.
Link of the Day
World’s Healthiest Foods on Blueberries
Blessings on you as you enjoy some blueberries.