We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories… And those that carry us forward, are dreams. Über-Morlock
Where do you spend most of your time…remembering or dreaming?
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten. (Joel 2:25a; NKJ)
“What if…?” Interesting question, isn’t it? It’s a question that can pull you down as you look backwards and wonder how things might be different if events, decisions, or what ever from the past had been different. Or, on the other hand, it can propel you upward if you use it to dream of a preferred future. Where do you spend most of your time?
As I move through the autumn season of my life, I believe the expectation is to spend more and more of my time looking backward, but I am excited to report that the opposite seems to be true for me. As I take a few minutes to reflect on the question, I find that I’m almost hard pressed to remember the last time I even had a thought of “what if I had done this or done that differently?” But I did listen to something yesterday that made me ask, “What if I had realized that truth at that age? Where would I be now?”
The “something” I listened to was a graduation speech. A what??? Yes, a graduation speech. Turns out that a great friend of mine, Adrian Schoonmaker, sent me his blog in which he bragged on his “little” brother, Justin, who just graduated from William and Mary. Justin was selected to be one of the speakers at the commencement ceremony, and the wisdom contained in his under 8-minute speech is priceless. What if I had understood that when I was in my 20’s? Or even in my 40’s? But, praise God, it’s never too late to learn, is it?
Don’t miss this opportunity to be exposed to some incredible wisdom that will serve you well for the rest of your life–no matter what your age. It’s very short.
Father, I thank You for the promise that it’s never too late. For the promise that the days ahead will be greater than those behind us. I thank You for each and every precious day that You give us. Show us how to best utilize our time.
Link of the Day
Justin’s graduation speech William and Mary 2009
Blessings on you as you choose to respond to the opportunities created by rejection.
“Breakfast cereals that have been slurried and extruded at high temperatures and pressures to make little flakes and shapes should also be avoided.” Sally Fallon
How much do you know about how your breakfast cereal is made?
For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Prov. 2:6; NIV)
I recently overheard two ladies at the gym talking about their weight and what they were eating. One of the women said that she just purchased a common, well-known cereal since it was the “lowest in calories and the best one to eat along with skim milk.” It was all I could do to keep myself from telling her how deceived her thinking really was! Typical breakfast cereals are anything but healthy!
Today’s link actually talks about four common breakfast foods that are NOT healthy for us; cereal, toast, juice, and coffee. I’ll zero in on the cereal. Feel free to read the link if you’d like to know about the other three.
I personally stopped buying packaged cereals years ago, however I didn’t know how damaging to our health they really were until I started reading Sally Fallon’s writings. I’ve quoted her many times before. Sally provides valuable information regarding the importance of soaking grains and nuts. She also tells us the best way to eat grains if we’re going to eat them — and processed, packaged breakfast cereals is not the best way.
The author of today’s link provides information similar to that written by Sally Fallon. Quoting from that link, “The boxed cereal that you purchase from supermarkets and even health food stores are produced by a process called extrusion. The basic processes of this processing are the grains being made into a slurry and then a machine called an extruder forces the slurry out of a tiny hole at high temperatures and pressure. This is where the shape of the cereal is made, this could be animal shapes, O’s, flakes etc. These shapes are then carried past a nozzle and sprayed with a coating of oil and sugar.
“This extrusion process used for these cereals destroys most of the nutrients in the grains. It destroys the fatty acids, it destroys the chemical vitamins that are added at the end. The amino acids are rendered very toxic by this process. This is how all the boxed cereals are made, even the ones from health food stores which may be even worse for you as they often have more protein which of course is rendered toxic by extrusion.
“Boxed cereal also will normally have a high glycemic index. This basically means that the carbohydrates in the cereal will get released quickly into the blood as glucose and result in fat storage, insulin resistance, lowered energy levels and hunger following closely behind.”
I know that for many readers this is not happy news. Hey, I used to love boxed cereals too…many moons ago. After learning some of what I’m sharing with you today, I’m no longer the least bit tempted. So, before you ask, “What do you eat?”, I’ll tell you. This morning we had a smoothie made with coconut milk, frozen mixed berries, fresh organic baby spinach, and raw eggs. Yes, it tastes great and it’s very filling. Some mornings we have eggs, lightly cooked in coconut oil, and spelt sourdough toast with real butter and raw honey, and perhaps some berries. Other days we eat organic, whole milk yogurt with various fruits and berries and possibly some almonds (that have been soaked and dried.)
Father, we’re so grateful that You have given us the ability to study and reason. May we continue to keep our hearts open to what You would have us learn.
Link of the Day
Is Your ‘Healthy’ Breakfast Doing You More Harm Than Good?
Blessings on you as you examine your breakfast habits.
“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?'” George Bernard Shaw
Were you ever told, “You’ll never be able to do that?”
It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools will not turn from evil to attain them. (Prov. 13:19; NLT)
On Monday, I wrote about a graduation speech that started out with the word “rejection.” Very unusual for a graduation speech. Rejection is such a powerful word. Unfortunately, our culture tends to give it the wrong kind of power. Just as Justin explained in his graduation speech, the word should propel us to overcome. But so often, like it’s cousin “failure,” it causes us to give up.
What if you were born with multiple birth defects? Like only two fingers on each hand, for example. What if the ripe age of 3, you had to undergo surgery to have both legs amputated just below the knee. Rejection? Rejected by God? Rejected by your parents? Rejected by your peers? So many opportunities to give up — to throw a perpetual pity party. What if someone saw in you the potential to be a concert pianist? What kind of black humor is that? Can’t even reach the pedals on the piano.
Watch today’s Link of the Day. You will find it almost unbelievable. Certainly inspirational. 23-year-old, Hee Ah Lee certainly deserves a prominent place in the overcomer’s hall of fame. As you watch this, don’t fail to notice Hee Ah’s mother. She undoubtedly has earned a place in the hall of faith.
As I write this, I am struck by the picture of life this social networking phenomenon known as YouTube has become. Like life itself, it can be filled with trash or treasure. There is indeed a lot of trash to be found on YouTube. But there are also nuggets of pure gold. We get to choose which to take in. I have featured several overcomer stories in past DGs. I find that they help me see that God intends that we have no limitations. It’s up to me to face my fear and step out of my goofy little box and be all that God has designed me to be.
See you at the top?
Father, thank You for Hee Ah. Thank you for the life lessons that she can teach us. Grant us the grace to take it all in and allow it to change out lives.
Link of the Day
Incredible Inspiration–The 4 Finger Pianist
Blessings on you as you dust off those old dreams that you “assumed” were beyond your reach.
“The decline in healthy lifestyle habits is disturbing because it may translate into higher rates of diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.” Dr. Dana E. King
How aware were you that Americans are NOT getting healthier?
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil. (Prov. 3:7; NLT)
We’re constantly being bombarded with ways to become fit and healthy. One can’t check out at a grocery store without seeing magazines offering “Five minutes to losing 50 pounds”, etc. ad nauseam. It seems more and more people are hitting the ground running and/or joining a gym. People everywhere are “watching their weight.”
So, it was with mild shock that I read a recent Reuters article saying that in spite of all the press and hype about eating healthy and going to the gym, fewer Americans are actually following a healthy lifestyle. The number of middle-aged and older people in this country who eat right, exercise and keep their weight down has actually declined substantially in the past two decades. I was surprised. Are you?
In 1988, 42 percent of Americans ages 40 to 74 said that they ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. In 2006, that number was down to only 26 percent. Also in 1988, 53 percent said they worked out or exercised at least 12 times per month. That number is now down to 43 percent.
Not surprising that the rate of obesity went in the opposite direction. The June issue of the American Journal of Medicine states that in 1988 the obesity rate was at 28 percent. In 2006 that number increased to 36 percent. Perhaps we’ve all heard that one third of Americans are obese. That number backs it up. One third of Americans are overweight as well. And I believe that the remaining third of the population is trying diligently not to be part of the other two thirds.
So, if we’re continually hearing about why we need to eat healthier meals, make better food choices, and get to the gym, why do you suppose it’s “not happenin’?” I’d be eager to hear your viewpoints.
As a coach, the first thing that comes to my mind is the lack of support, encouragement, and accountability that one needs to make and stay with the necessary lifestyle changes. It’s difficult for many to make the necessary changes, often when they’re in the mid-stream of life (or middle age.) Old habits sometimes die hard. However, the good news is that it is NEVER too late to change.
Lord, we commit our lives and our bodies to You. Thank You for continually loving us and providing for us.
Link of the Day
Fewer Americans following a healthy lifestyle
Blessings on you as you strive NOT be one of today’s statistics.
“Wealth, fame and good looks may be a formula for anxiety rather than happiness.” LiveScience.com
Would you rather have an apple or a donut? Why did you make that choice?
Does my happiness depend on my wealth and all that I own? (Job 31:25; NLT)
There was an interesting article posted on msnbc a couple of days ago…especially when read in conjunction with the article Sharon passed along yesterday. According to another one of those longitudinal studies on happiness, this one only two years long and done by psychologists at the University of Rochester, happiness comes more from fulfilled relationships, health, and personal growth than it does from wealth, fame, and good looks. Does that surprise you? Probably not — if you give it some thought.
The U of R psychologists described two major categories of goals, extrinsic and intrinsic, i.e., external and internal. Not surprisingly, at least upon some reflection, attaining the intrinsic goals bring much more happiness than do achieving the extrinsic ones. “Achieving intrinsic goals led to higher self-esteem and a greater sense of well-being, the researchers statistical analysis revealed. But, in a snub for the American dream, attaining the extrinsic goals of wealth and fame led to anxiety and unhappiness.”
Fascinating article, but really interesting when you realize that in spite of an increasing level of well-publicized research and evidence to the contrary, people are not following a healthy lifestyle. It’s the old story, put an apple and a donut in front of someone and ask which is better for them and virtually all would admit that the apple is the only contender. Then ask which they would like to have right now, and you’d better have a couple dozen donuts with you as you conduct your little research study. Why is that? Even the U of R research is telling us that the apple will make us happier.
I believe that part of the answer lies in the significance of support, encouragement, and accountability (SEA). SEA is the stock in trade of a life coach. In order to consistently attain our goals, we will all do better with a plan (support), a cheerleader who believes in you (encouragement), and finally someone to whom you would rather not disappoint by making a wrong choice or by not fulfilling your commitment to them (accountability).
If you need help in accomplishing some of your goals, get a coach. I have one. Sharon has one. Any other way is simply too much work and far too prone to failure. Get healthy and be happy! Make it a fantastic weekend!
Father, we thank You for guiding more and more credible research toward “revealing” the truths You present in the Manufacturer’s Handbook. And we especially thank You for not losing your patience with us along the way.
Link of the Day
Key to happiness? It’s not money or looks
Blessings on you as you as you have a healthy and happy weekend.
“A shift happens when you decide to be healthy. You start to feel really good. You go from wanting not to deal, to actually wanting to deal with life, future, goals, your past, and your relationships.” Tara Stiles
How important to you is it to be considered “cool” by your friends? Now, answer the question again…honestly.
So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. (Eph. 5:15; NLT)
A tweet I read this morning pointed me to a very interesting blog post titled “It’s Cool To Be Healthy Again!” I’ve selected it as the Link of the Day (see below). It brought back some interesting (?) memories for me. In my college and early adult years I did a lot of things which I recognize now were extremely deleterious to my health. Of course, during those years, we’re all feeling invincible, right?
And it’s true…a lot of those things that I did were not necessarily because they were fun or even enjoyable, but because they were “cool,” i.e., my circle of friends were doing them. Hopefully as we grow older, we also grow wiser. For one thing, ideally we learn to be more careful in our choice of friends.
I met Sharon in my late 30’s. As I’m sure you can guess if you’ve spent any time around her, some very profound and interesting changes were ahead of me. Sharon introduced me to another lifestyle where it was “cool” to be concerned about what we eat, drink, and how we live. Note that the only thing that changed was who was important to me. What was weird yesterday was now cool and vice-versa. Almost overnight, many of my old friends thought I’d gone off the deep end — but I didn’t care. (Isn’t love amazing?)
Now, almost 30 years later, cool isn’t the issue for me anymore. But I firmly believe that had I not been led into a lifestyle that emphasized temple-care, you would not be reading this DG today.
I love the way Tara Stiles ends today’s link. It is so profound that I believe I will let her quote end this DG as well. “When you live healthy you feel great — both while you’re doing it and the next morning too. You stop fighting against yourself. You have all the tools you need to shape your life how you want it to be.”
Father, thank You for my 66 years and the many more that lie ahead. Thank You for sending me such a magnificent messenger and companion.
Link of the Day
It’s Cool To Be Healthy Again!
Blessings to you as you carefully reflect on what’s “cool” in your life.
“The creation of polyester and acrylic are actually pretty complicated chemical processes…these materials are a byproduct of the oil refining process which results in gasoline.” CennyWenny
How aware are you of the fabric content of your clothing?
He is to put on the sacred linen tunic, with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban. (Lev. 16:4b; NIV)
Years ago when my body began reacting to many common substances, I learned about natural fibers versus synthetic fibers. At that time, polyester was very common, and believe it or not, cotton clothing was difficult to find. I began ordering cotton clothing from catalogs that came in the mail. (The Internet was still in the mind’s eye of Al Gore.)
I also learned about other natural fibers. Why was I so interested in natural fibers? For one thing, natural fibers come from natural, God-made sources. When wearing natural fibers, the body can “breathe.” I can recall of having offensive body odor when I would wear synthetic fibers. Now, I know why.
Our skin is our largest human organ. Annabeth Eve Parker-Jamieson says, “The skin needs adequate hydration, protection from too much sunlight, protection from extremes in temperature, and the capacity to ‘breathe’ naturally by means of exchange of temperature with the environment and by releasing surface moisture, or perspiration. Wearing clothing made from synthetic fibers no longer allows the natural heat-regulating processes of our skin to function easily. Polyesters, acetates, latex, nylon and blends of these and other artificial fibers create an unnatural condensation of moisture on the inside surface of the fabric, and therefore on the surface of the skin, which is why we feel ‘sweaty’ sometimes when we wear them.
“Natural fibers do not interfere with our own human cooling and/or warming system. Wearing clothing from cotton, organic cotton, hemp, linen/flax, silk, ramie, wool, and rayon, and/or blends of these fibers, is therefore a much more healthy and more comfortable choice.”
Cotton is now very common and easy to find. (And yes, organic cotton is best.) I also began wearing silk when I was looking for “pretty” dresses that weren’t synthetic. Silk is a luscious fabric and it too is readily available. There is even a catalog (and website) called Winter Silks. I also enjoy wearing clothing made from linen, even though it wrinkles. It’s still extremely comfortable and easy to launder. Begin exploring your closet and taking note of how you feel (and smell) when you wear synthetic fibers. It’s never too late to make a change.
Father, thank You for the many abundant resources You have blessed us with. May we never take them for granted.
Link of the Day
Why You Should Wear Natural Fibers
Blessings on you as you take note of what you’re wearing!
“The biggest factor that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live.” Deborah Kotz
How long do you want to live?
Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, they will live no more than 120 years.” (Gen. 6:3; NLT)
Do you want to live to 120? 100? 90? What is your goal? Are you enjoying life and living — or are you ready to pack it in? I’m not trying to be morbid or anything, but I do believe that it is important that you have some intentions built around a goal.
Over the last several decades, we have seen amazing strides in the longevity of mankind. Almost exactly six years ago to the day, we heard the Director of the National Institute on Aging, Dr. Richard Hodes, M.D., testify before Congress with the following words, “Today, more people than ever before are enjoying robust health and productivity well into their seventies, eighties, and beyond. Life expectancy for Americans, around 49 years in 1900, has increased over the past century to about 76, thanks to improvements in health care, nutrition, and the overall standard of living for most people…. In fact, centenarians (persons 100 years of age and older) are the fastest-growing segment of our population.”
However, in that same testimony, Dr. Hodes went on to admit, “At the same time, diseases of aging continue to affect many older men and women, seriously compromising the quality of their lives. For example, more than half of all Americans over age 65 show evidence of osteoarthritis in at least one joint. Over half of Americans over age 50 have osteoporosis or low bone mass. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes remain common among older Americans. And, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, as many as 4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia among older persons.”
Hmmmmm…living longer, but enjoying it less? Seeing Sharon’s Mom confined to life in a personal-care home, really makes me wonder what all this is about. And of course, the physiological side of things is only part of the story, isn’t it? Seeing so many seniors lose their retirement nest eggs to a faltering economy with credible predictions about Social Security and Medicare running out of money sooner rather than later, it is clear that if the physiological side were to be supernaturally fixed, the fiscal side might create even greater issues with no solution in sight.
It would be very easy to get discouraged, wouldn’t it? But better than sitting around wringing our hands, I believe it would be far more efficacious to be proactive about our health and wellness and do the common sense things that will make however many years we have ahead of us more productive, more fun, and something to look forward to rather than something to dread. Trite, but we need to do all that is in our power to become part of the solution rather than be part of the problem.
I saw a great article the other day listing 10 things you could do that will help you live to 100. Deborah Kotz made some excellent points. Armed with her information and our ebook, UNCOMMON Wellness Coaching, maybe your goal could be to be like Moses of whom it is written, “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” (Deut. 34:7; NLT) Why not???
Father, we are awed by the advances of medical science, but at the same time dismayed to see the majority of the population abdicate the responsibility for their health to their doctors and to the government. You are the only hope we have to get out of this incredible mess we have made of things.
Link of the Day
10 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100
Blessings on you as you purpose to engage in healthy living.
“Many foods, from meats to grains to juices, are zapped with radiation equivalent to ten to seventy million chest X-rays to kill or prevent microorganisms from growing.” From The Seven Pillars of Health
How aware are you of the safety of the food you’re eating?
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:25; NIV)
Most of today’s post comes from Dr. Don Colbert’s book, The Seven Pillars of Health. However, there are several excellent links that expound on this subject in even more compelling ways. Food irradiation. We don’t hear much about this, however it’s quite disturbing.
“Irradiation destroys up to 95 percent of vitamin A in chicken, 86 percent of vitamin B in oats, and 70 percent of vitamin C in fruit juices. It also reduces essential fatty acids, amino acids, friendly bacteria and enzymes in food.” Who knew?
Beginning in 2003, the USDA began allowing irradiated fruits and vegetables to be imported into the US. All irradiated, imported produce is supposed to be labeled, however only about 2 percent of imported food ever gets inspected by the USDA. Many restaurants serve irradiated meats and they don’t have to notify you that they’re doing so.
A substantial body of evidence says irradiation is unsafe — causing cancers, mutations, and chromosomal damage. Studies of malnourished children in India showed chromosome damage after they were fed irradiated wheat for six weeks. When the children were taken off of the wheat, the condition went away!
Mike Adams from Natural News tells of a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists reported that cats were developing severe neurological symptoms due to a degradation of myelin, the fatty insulator of nerve fibers. “Because myelin facilitates the conduction of nerve signals, when it is lost or damaged there can be impairment of sensation, movement, thinking, and other functions, depending on what particular nerves are affected. This loss of myelin is found in several disorders of the central nervous system in humans — the best known being multiple sclerosis (MS).
“So what caused the cats to develop neurological problems? Although the researchers’ statement to the media practically buries the fact, a close read shows the animals were fine until fed irradiated food. What’s more, when they were taken off the irradiated diet, the animals’ nervous systems began healing.”
I strongly recommend refusing to eat irradiated food whenever possible. Watch for the Radura symbol on foods you buy, which is the international sign of irradiation.
Father, we are so grateful to You for the knowledge and wisdom you give to us. May we continue to seek for Truth in all areas of our lives.
Links of the Day
FDA Plots to Mislead Consumers Over Irradiated Foods
Blessings on you as you continue to become educated consumers.
“Live simply. Speak kindly. Care deeply. Love generously.” From video, “Life is Like a Cup of Coffee
What would you say you’re more focused on, being or doing? Is that by choice?
For the poor, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. (Prov. 15:15; NLT)
Today’s link is a YouTube video which was first called to my attention by a great friend of ours, Julia Peck. The title of the video is “Life is Like a Cup of Coffee” and carries a very powerful message. Julia is an entrepreneur who owns a coffee roasting business and as you might expect has this video on her web site. If you’re into coffee, be sure an check out Julia’s site at http://worldbeanroasthers.com/. In addition to her roasting business, Julia is also a world-class competitive triathlete. Absolutely amazing!
Those of you who know us, know that we’re not into coffee. No judgment here, just our choice based on our research. Out of curiosity, I went googling for the story in today’s video with a title other than coffee. Turned out to be a fun and interesting experience. For instance, I found the same basic story entitled “Life is Like Hot Chocolate” although it was not a a video. I actually found all sorts of Life is Like __________ to choose from. It’s an interesting little diversion for you to explore this weekend if you’re so inclined.
In the meantime, enjoy the video and remember to live simply, speak kindly, care deeply, and love generously.
Father, help us to remember that the happiest people don’t have the best of everything — rather they simply choose to make the best of everything. Thank You for the power of choice.
Link of the Day
Life is Like a Cup of Coffee
Blessings on you as you purpose in the coming days to focus on the drink and not on the cup.