“Many of our holiday ‘traditions’ revolve around the North American custom of gorging ourselves. In fact, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day and our birthday celebrations, all involve the ritual of overconsuming, and wasting, a lot of food.” GreenMuze.com
What one thing can you do to NOT gain weight during the holidays?
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17; KJV)
How many holiday parties will you be attending…and hosting? For some people attending parties is a highlight of this season. They love to see friends and family that they’ve not seen lately. They enjoy catching up on the news of their acquaintances. And, then there is the food. Food, food and more food! One doesn’t have to enter 2010 five pounds or even two pounds heavier. It is very possible to enjoy oneself during the holidays and not gain any weight. If you will be attending some parties, here are some tips that can help you to enjoy yourself without having to buy the next larger size of pants in January.
- Don’t go hungry. Going to a party when you’re ravenously hungry is asking for big trouble. You’ll eat far too much of the wrong foods and perhaps far too much of the right foods. Eat a high protein snack before you go to the party. Eat a hard-boiled egg or a piece of chicken with a small apple before heading to the festivities. Having protein on board will curb the desire to dig into all those fat-producing cookies.
- Be a food snob. Choose what you eat very carefully. Don’t waste empty calories on high starch and high carbohydrate foods that will make you want to eat more but will quickly add unwanted pounds. Choose raw fruit, fresh vegetables, nuts, bean dip, deviled eggs, cheese cubes, and turkey breast or roast beef. Avoid the “mystery” foods or foods that you have no idea what they were in their original state. Avoid the store bought pastries, cookies, and cakes. Choose one dessert and be very picky. A small piece of homemade cheesecake would be an acceptable choice. (But I still ask [in a nice way] what it’s made from. If I hear Cool Whip, I pass.)
- Don’t drink your calories. Wine, hard liquor, beer, sodas, and even punches can add lots of extra, empty calories. Stay with water and add some lemon or lime slices for variety. Herbal teas can be iced and sweetened with stevia for a nice change. A small glass of organic juice or hot cider is nice for a treat, but save your calories for more nutrient dense foods such as nuts, cheese, and meats.
- Choose smaller plates. When you enter the buffet line, instead of using a large dinner plate, choose the small dessert plate for your entire eating spree. You’ll consume less food that way. Eat the food slowly, savoring each bite. When the plate is finished, discard it and go find someone to talk with. Stay away from the food table to avoid further temptation.
- Be hospitable. Take something yummy to the party with you. That way if there is nothing available that you choose to eat, you’ll have something that you can enjoy. I usually always make a high protein food to take with me to parties. Someone usually has fresh vegetables and fruit at a party. So, if nothing else is available, I eat the vegetables, fruit, and what I brought.
Enjoy your parties and picture yourself entering 2010 thin, fit, and healthy. Today’s link is a great dish to take to a party.
Father, we are so grateful for all of Your bounty! Thank You for Your unending love and grace for us.
Link of the Day
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Blessings on you as you make wise food choices at your holiday parties.
Photo by Sharon
“If you ever feel tempted to go for a cheeseburger, fries, and a soft drink, consider this: along with the fast food, you are ordering up an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.” S.L. Baker
How many servings of fruits and vegetables are you eating each day?
So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the rich foods and wines. (Daniel 1:16; NLT)
You hear it continually and I’ve written about it on numerous occasions. We can fight obesity with eating the right foods. We all know that eating fried foods, fast foods, and soft drinks (soda) causes dis-ease. However, a new study from the University of Florida has revealed that the opposite is also true. If a person avoids the “health robbers” and instead eats lots of veggies, fruits, nuts, and legumes (beans), this prevents and reverses harmful metabolic processes in the body, giving better health and slimmer bodies. Who doesn’t want that for a Christmas present?
One important advantage of eating an abundant plant foods diet is the high amount of phytochemicals found in plant foods. These phytochemicals prevent oxidative stress — a process linked to being overweight and to the onset of inflammation and disease. Phytochemicals include lycopene from tomatoes, beta carotene from carrots, anthocyanins from blueberries, allicin from garlic, and many more.
According to the report from the University of Florida, “Without enough phytochemicals and antioxidants to counteract oxidative stress, damaging free radicals cause inflammation and other toxic problems in the body. In overweight people, excess fat tissue and certain enzymes that are more active also trigger the production of excessive free radicals.” Obese people need more fruits, vegetables, and legumes to counteract the many adverse metabolic processes going on.
The study concluded that people should try to eat plant-based foods such as dark, leafy greens, vegetables fruits, and nuts at the start of each meal. The article went on to say, “Fill your plate with colorful, low-calorie, varied-texture foods derived from plants first. By slowly eating phytochemical-rich foods such as salads with olive oil or fresh-cut fruits before the actual meal, you will likely reduce the overall portion size, fat content and energy intake. In this way, you’re ensuring that you get the variety of protective, disease-fighting phytochemicals you need and controlling caloric intake.”
For a list of obesity-fighting, phytochemical loaded foods see Today’s Link which features our Superfoods list.
Thank You Father for so many good and wholesome foods to eat.
Link of the Day
The Coaching Pair’s God-Foods List
Blessings on you as you choose more vegetables and fruits to eat.
Photo by ccharmon
“If men can run the world, why can’t they stop wearing neckties. How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck.” Linda Ellerbee
How many ties do you have?
“I’ve found that you don’t need to wear a necktie if you can hit.” Ted Williams
I’ve been accused of writing from my head rather than from my heart. Well, maybe so — but what follows is from my heart:
At long last, I’ve found the missing piece.
I have always wondered about the wisdom of neckties. Why do men wear neck ties?
Maybe you like ties. If so, forgive me for my rant, and feel free to go ahead and wear them. I’m not against neckties — around other people’s necks. Just not mine.
I did a little research and discovered that (according to Wikipedia anyway) “The necktie traces back to the time of Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) when Croatian mercenaries from the Military Frontier in French service, wearing their traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs, aroused the interest of the Parisians. Due to the slight difference between the Croatian word for Croats, Hrvati, and the French word, Croates, the garment gained the name “Cravat”. The new article of clothing started a fashion craze in Europe where both men and women wore pieces of fabric around their necks. In the late seventeenth century, the men wore lace cravats that took a large amount of time and effort to arrange. These cravats were often tied in place by cravat strings, arranged neatly and tied in a bow.”
Can you believe it? Almost 400 years later, we’ve put men on the moon, stuffed rooms full of computer power into your wrist watch, invented global warming, the Internet, and other amazing feats, but we’re still slaves to those silly little things around our necks called ties.
Another source reads, “Ties have truly become an important fashion accessory using color and pattern to create a means of a man’s self-expression.” Oh come now — surely we can come up with more creative ways of expressing ourselves.
Well by now you have a good idea about how I feel about neck ties. Just to set the record straight, I’ve paid my dues. For over 25 years, as a member of corporate America, i was obliged to wear one…every day — no matter what. Crazyness! Part of my evaluation, I’m sure, was my compliance with the group-think conformity of wearing my tie to work. Of course, I could self-express by wearing a red one, or a yellow one, or even one with polka-dots. They didn’t even care if it had gravy spots on it — just so I was choking myself like they all were.
Well, I finally found a use for ties. That’s the missing piece I’m so excited to share with you. That piece came from an incredible find on the Internet in the form of a blog post with the provocative title, “What You Can Learn From Tying a Tie.” Doesn’t the title alone make you want to read the rest of the article to find out what you can possibly learn from tying a tie?
Seriously, the extremely well-written article explains that there is a wonderful object lesson available to us all just by learning to tie fancy knots dangerously close to our throats in a long piece of cloth that we wear to just to self-express. Rather than spoil it, I’ll leave it to you read the article in Today’s Link.
So, take your tie off and make yourself a magnificent weekend.
BTW, I do still have a rack full of the dastardly things that I still feel obligated to wear from time to time. But those times are precious few and far between. I’ve been delivered!!! Hallelujah!
Link of the Day
What You Can Learn From Tying a Tie
Photo by MShades
“A more fit humanity just may save us all.” GetActive!
How are you doing with staying with your fitness goals during these busy days?
If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat. (Proverbs 23:2; NLT)
Many people have recommended that I watch “The Biggest Loser” on TV. When my Aunt told me that Tuesday night was the finale for the season and that she was so excited to see the program, I made a decision. I tuned into the program, although well after it had begun. I began seeing pictures of the contestants weighing in at over 300 and 400 pounds. If you’ve been a frequent watcher of the show, it may be difficult for you to relate to my “culture shock” when seeing these contestants in their shorts with huge amounts of adipose tissue falling every which way!
I knew the show was about people losing weight, but I really had no idea of the actual culture behind the show. At the top of the hour, I realized the show wasn’t over. Although I was doing other things, I did watch the show until the end and see Danny become the Biggest Loser. Kudos to… Read more on Who is the Biggest Loser?…
“It’s one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no person can help another without helping themselves.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
How have you made a difference in someone’s life recently?
Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. (Matt. 7:12; NLT)
Conference Leader and good friend Robert Hartzell and his wife, Cyndi, sent me a very touching video a week or two back which I found to carry a very significant message that we would all do well to hear. Briefly, it’s a movie about a true story of the impact made by a NY school teacher who found a very innovative way to “make a difference” in her students’ lives by publicly affirming their value in front of their peers. The unique twist was to ask each of them to “pay it forward” and pass that blessing of affirmation along to someone else.
Who would have guessed that years later, such a simple,yet powerful, concept to bless other people would have been made into a little flash movie that touches the heart of so many people. As I wrote about viral videos on Monday, here is another example of the power and reach of the Internet to spread a story far and wide in a relatively short period of time.
In addition to the message of the movie, which is today’s link, I also encourage you to take a few more minutes this weekend to read the story of the movie maker, Mary Robinson Reynolds. Her story also conveys a powerful message that could literally change your life. I find myself wondering if she has ever thought of making a movie of her own story. Her story can be found at http://makeadifference.com/about_mary.htm.
Mary has definitely made a difference in the lives many people. So can you. The question is, “What will you do?”
Father, we thank You that You have designed us all to make a difference in the lives of those around us. We ask that you guide us with creative ideas and boldness to be willing to step out and begin to make that a reality.
Link of the Day
Who I Am Makes A Difference
Blessings on you as you determine to make a difference to someone in your life this very day.
“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.” Christina Baldwin
There’s only 10 more days till Christmas. How are you doing with your shopping? Don’t forget the reason for the season.
Now go, write it before them on a tablet, And note it on a scroll, That it may be for time to come, Forever and ever. (Isaiah 30:8; KJV)
I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for something a little unique, a little different that I can give as a gift — not only at Christmas, but pretty much any time of the year. So hopefully, you won’t think I’m being too forward by making the following suggestion.
First a little background — I’ve been journaling, off and on, for years. (I’m ashamed to admit that it has been more off than on for the last decade or so.) Then into my life comes a person who has become one of my closest friends and peer coach, Dr. Randy Peck, The Journaling Guy.” Those of you who know Randy, know that he is passionate about journaling. So passionate that he has written a comprehensive book on the topic and now taught several classes as well.
“Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.” Martin Hickman
What foods are you eating that contain sodium benzoate?
…let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance (Prov. 1:5; NIV)
I recently received a copy of a health and wellness newsletter that was new to me. It contains some compelling articles. I’ve chosen one that I thought would be of interest to our readers. I also did some further research and digging to substantiate what this article presents.
Perhaps many of you are aware of a substance called sodium benzoate. Sodium benzoate is a preservative used predominantly in Read more on Yet Another Reason Why Drinking Soft Drinks Is Dangerous…
“In a digital world, the gift I give you almost always benefits me more than it costs.” Seth Godin
How’s your giving spirit holding up through this season of giving?
Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you. (Luke 6:38; NLT)
Undoubtedly you have heard me refer to Seth Godin in some of my previous posts. He is one of the most innovative thinkers I have ever seen. Seth is the bestselling author of ten books. He writes about marketing, the spread of ideas, and managing both customers and employees with respect.
He just released another book Read more on Give This Book Away…