Desiring To Be Intentionally Fit? A Must Read!

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,” 

                                              (Philippians 2:12)                                                                

Inspirational author Mary Graziano Scro, epitomizes the total mind, body and Spiritual connection to fitness in her new book, Intentional Fitness: Working Out Your Salvation.Intentional Fitness  As Mary asserts early on, “Only by being intentional in our Spiritual life can we become intentionally fit in our personal lives.” So True!

Ms. Scro stresses that our life’s goal is not for man’s adoration but to honor and glorify our earthly body for our LORD.  Each of us should strive to be healthy, not only to be physically fit but to ultimately honor God and live as He designed us to live; with energy, vitality and True Joy.

Why then, when we desire to become healthy, certain obstacles prevent us from accomplishing that feat? Mary urges us to not believe Satan’s lies. The devil has no power over you unless you allow him to fill your mind with defeat. You are an imperfect being, so what? Aren’t we all? God understands our imperfections and is ready to restore us if we seek Him.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

The author addresses the fact that to fully accomplish any health goal, one must understand how our inward thoughts and actions affect us. Recognizing what ingrained habits and thought-patterns obscure our path will allow us to rid ourselves of any sinful baggage which holds us back. Only then, using Godly principles, can we strive for success.

Intentional Fitness is aimed at dispensing practical applications and steps to reach personal goals and provides in-depth, thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. Since each of us have different personalities and trials to overcome, each question will assist the reader in discovering what motivates his/her mind-set and actions toward victory or failure.

A1tH-+XJslL._SX80_[1]Wonderfully written and presented in her humorous, encouraging and motivating writing style, Mary Graziano Scro’s inspirational book is a short 108 page easy-to-read delight. Mary discloses personal analogies and illustrations which many of her readers will relate to. Her testimony of how she met her husband is priceless! She reveals how God answered her prayers and met her needs and will do so with you as well, if you are truly ready to lay your burdens down and let God take over.

Intentional Fitness: Working Out Your Salvation can be found on Amazon.com for only $2.99!  For that price you can even purchase an additional one for a friend!

 

The Benefits of Green Tea

As much as I post, I was amazed that I hadn’t written anything on the benefits of green tea!   thX2JS1LC8

As a nutritionist, I maintain a healthy weight and hardly ever weigh myself, so I was puzzled to discover that I had lost 5 pounds and an inch and a half around my waist over the winter. My yearly physical was perfect, so I was curious as to how I could have lost weight while being cooped up all winter in Ohio’s bitter cold. Oh sure, I had lifted a few weights but not nearly as much as when I had resided in Arizona.  Nor had I routinely walked two miles daily.

The only difference was that I climbed 11 stairs and drank a whole lot of tea this winter. I surmised that it had to be the tea! So if you are curious to discover if green tea will work for you, I urge you to try it for yourself. Just remember that green tea contains caffeine so don’t drink close to bedtime if caffeine affects you. And don’t fall into the trap that “if some is good, more is better” – it’s all a matter of physiological, godly balance. Green tea is not a god to be worshipped – 2 cups per day is best.

Green Tea’s Benefits:

  1. Green tea is steamed rather than fermented. What that means to you is that it maintains it’s potency properties to heal quickly.
  2. It contains bioflavonoids which is a powerful immune system booster, reducing the risk of cancers and other infections. Scientists and doctors have tested it on those suffering from stomach, lung, breast, bladder, colon, liver, prostate, skin and intestinal cancers with great success.
  3. It’s potent antioxidants (called catechins) build immunity against cancer-causing toxic nitrosamines formed from nitrates. (Bacon, cold cuts, salami and other cured meat contain nitrates.) 90% of nitrates are considered carcinogenic but surprisingly fruits and vegetables which also contain nitrates, are the 10% that aren’t. Why? Because all meat is acidic and vegetables are alkaline. More proof that cancer cells can’t exist in an alkaline environment! (Please use my search engine to read my posts on the pH scale)
  4. Green tea is a detoxifier. That means that energy producing nutrients are absorbed quickly and begin to burn calories without having to battle against other toxic chemicals first within the intestines or bloodstream.
  5. It will kill the unhealthy bacteria in the mouth and on your teeth and gums. The Japanese routinely consume green tea after dessert and have far fewer cavities than western cultures. Less bad bacteria = better health overall.
  6. Green tea can lower LDL (the bad) cholesterol in your bloodstream.
  7. And of course what is good for your heart and circulatory system is also beneficial for your brain. Green tea boosts  memory retention and improves alertness.
  8. It stabilizes blood sugar. Therefore you won’t feel as hungry and it will assist with blood sugar challenges and diseases such as diabetes and hypoglycemia.
  9. Drinking green tea stimulates your metabolism and burns about 100 calories daily. It transports the type of fat called triglycerides throughout your bloodstream which releases beneficial polyphenols, which in turn activate certain enzymes, burning fat.

Isn’t God amazing? No wonder He placed Adam and Eve in a Garden! Some diet gurus or physicians  might discount the benefits of green tea, but will quickly sell you a fad diet program or pill. Don’t be fooled. Listen to the Great Physician first.

“Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,” (Exodus 23:25)

I Humbly Accept the WordPress Family Award

 

A Very Special Thank You to Deborah of www.talkingtomyweightlosscounselor.wordpress  for nominating me for this sweet award, The WordPress Family Award!

wordpress-family-award1[1]I was amazed to discover that Deborah and I have been reading each other’s posts for only four months!  That just goes to prove how quickly one can become friends via the blogosphere! I urge you to check out Deborah’s blog where she advises and encourages others to strive for healthy weight-loss through Godly, long-lasting ways. After all, He is the True Counselor!  No dietary gimmicks for this lady! She looks amazing and if she can do it through sensible applications, then you can too.

Yes, as bloggers we do seem to become family, don’t we? When someone’s heart is breaking, we grieve along with them. When someone  celebrates a special  occasion we are happy with them. When one moves from a warm climate to brave the bitter cold of a northern  winter . . . oh wait I digress . . .  well anyway, close blogging friends sympathized with me. Sometimes, don’t you wish we could simply select all those who are close friends via our blogging network, and create one big, happy, encouraging town of our own? Yeah, me too.

 

Simple rules for the Award:

1. Copy and display the award logo on your blog.  (check)

2. Link back to the person who nominated you. (check)

3. Nominate 10-15 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience. (check – all of these and more have been incredible supporters!)

4. Let your “fellow blogging family members” know you have awarded them. (check)

5. That’s it. Simple. Just please pick 10-15 people that have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.   Simplest award I’ve ever won! But family members are supposed to make life simple, aren’t they?

I’m proud to call each one below a beloved friend, for each one has been there encouraging me and making me feel so special that I called upon my LORD to keep me grounded and realistic. I know that my life belongs to God and He is the one I ultimately work for.  I wish I could nominate all 1556 more but then it would become another book. But please know that I love and adore all my followers! Please continue to express your comments so I can get to know all of you better.

  1. https://storyland4.wordpress.com
  2. http://dgkayewriter.com
  3. http://carolbalawyder.com/http://steverebus.com/
  4. https://meandtheboss2013.wordpress.com/
  5. https://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/
  6. http://fromtrextotigress.com/
  7. https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com
  8. http://jodythomae.com/
  9. https://harmonyspearls.wordpress.com/
  10. http://lorriebowden.com/
  11. http://stormiesteele.com/2015/05/18/renewal/
  12. https://karriewilson.wordpress.com/about/

The friends below are nominated as well,  but I know they live extremely busy and hectic lives, so I leave it up to them to accept or not.  No need to respond, but I want you to  know you are equally special to me:

  1. http://blessedwiththunderthighs.com/
  2. http://faith1stministries.com/2014/10/05/draw-near-to-god/
  3. http://joequatronejr.com/2015/05/16/a-very-special-book-of-prophecy-intro-to-revelation/

 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you”  (Philippians 1:3)

Don’t Settle!

The other morning as I was feeding our two dogs, I placed a normal potion of food into our Lhasa’s bowl and since there was a bit left in the cup, I placed that leftover amount into our Cocker Spaniel’s bowl, intending to fill it up with more.  He immediately began chowing down, not waiting for me to finish giving him all he required.

When I attempted to replenish it with the rest of his food, he gave me a warning growl.  Whoa! . . .  that wasn’t like him at all, he’s not the territorial one! So, giving him the “desires of his heart,” I simply let him enjoy that little bit, oblivious to the bounty he had lost out on.

thD2J7L93NI believe when we kneel before God, our eyes will be opened and all will be revealed. And with it, I suspect we will understand all we could have achieved, how joyfully and abundantly we could have lived,  if we had only followed God’s Divine Plan for us instead of resisting His wise counsel and following our own. We’ll discover how rewarding our life would have been if we had simply allowed Him to replenish our “life’s bowl.”  Instead, we tell God that we’re happy with less than what He desires for us.

“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;” (Psalm 37:23)

Don’t Settle!

That is one of the recurring themes of my book. “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese . . . ”  We settle for less. Instead of choosing God’s vibrant life filled with wholesome foods, we select chemically-processed, dyed and less-than-nutritionally-beneficial products.  As we learn in 1 Corinthians 10:23, “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is helpful . . . “ any food is fine in moderation, but if I only gave my dogs treats, they wouldn’t be as vibrant and happy at their age as they are now. Since I love and care for their well-being, it hurts me if they become ill.

Therefore, isn’t it reasonable that God cares as much about us? He loves us enough to have designed us with Free Will. We get to choose if we follow His nutritionally- sound guidelines or some advertiser’s false claim that “you can lose 16 pounds in a week!” by following an unhealthy diet plan. How it must grieve Him to see us suffer from these foolish, unhealthy, personal choices we make!

His Plan gave us a bounty of highly nutritious foods and yet we choose junky, processed foods or quick-fix diet plans more often than not. Does the world’s chemically-created bounty tastes better than God’s to you? We can become toxic from these acidic food choices, which establishes a breeding ground where chronic illness will fester, destroying our earthly temple. It’s a Free Will choice but if He had wanted us to eat only processed foods, He would have placed Adam in a McDonald’s, not a garden!

When we choose convenience over nutritiously-dense foods, we also settle for a world of mediocrity. Why go through life within a sluggish existence when we could live the focused, energetic, vibrant one our Lord wants for us? He wants to fill our bowl with energetic, bountiful JOY but some choose to go through life with a cup either half-full or on empty! a vibrant life

Nutrients were created to allow our brains to work like well-run computers and our bodies to run like a well-managed machine. Choose daily 80% wholesome grains, vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and seeds and enjoy a little dark chocolate along the way. Discover for yourself how abundantly God wants us to live!

God’s Healing Garden

 “Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.” (3 John 2)

Plants contain healing properties. That’s a fact! They create an alkaline environment which improves our mood, strengthens our immune  God's healthy gardensystem, repairs our cells and defends us against harmful UVA/UVB rays. There is no doubt that consuming plants extends our lives.

God didn’t place Adam on a beach, a desert, mountain top or in a forest. He placed Adam in a garden (Genesis 2:8) and gave him the keys to rule his kingdom . . .  all was well until Adam fell for Satan’s devious deception. A deceptive Satan still lures consumers away from life saving nutrients toward false diet claims today.

The father of “modern” medicine, Greek physician Hippocrates, (400s B.C.) stated, “Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food.” He strongly believed that diet along with exercise, was the key to health. I admire any physician today who still deals in a nutritional solution.

So Many – Here’s a Few:

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower: Cruciferous vegetables contain isothiocyanates, a 50 cent word which defends us against cancers, especially colon cancer. These vegetables contain protective chemicals; indoles and detoxifying enzymes which prevent cell damage. (anti-aging secrets?)

Cabbage has been known to heal ulcers. These are all our dieting friends, being low in calories and high in fiber. They attract and escort fats out of your system quickly.   These vegetables are best eaten raw or lightly cooked to release their healing properties.

There are many ways to use these versatile vegetables year round. It’s also the perfect season to plant a garden. Herbs liven up recipes without sodium and infuse your favorite dishes with valuable nutrients and fiber.

Garlic: My favorite!! It’s antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, fights inflammation, infections and stimulates the immune system. It kills parasites, controls digestive problems, helps respiratory illnesses like bronchitis or asthma. It contains allicin with its healing property, (unless you burn it.)

Garlic heals wounds, prevents cancers, opens up the lungs, balances blood sugar, controls blood pressure, circulation, lowers bad LDL while increasing good HDL cholesterol and is great on meats, Italian, Asian and so many ethnic recipes! Because garlic contains high levels of selenium, it improves your mood, so why anyone wouldn’t consume as much garlic weekly as they can, beats me!

Onions: Similar to garlic, onions have many health benefits! Onions increase good HDL cholesterol, decrease inflammation, fights infection and are powerful cardiovascular agents.

Onions contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant which prevents cell deterioration and cancers. It’s also excellent in fighting off diabetes because it contains the mineral chromium, which regulates insulin.

New studies are to be released  soon  which profess that a compound in onions inhibits bone loss. Choose colorful red, green or yellow onions because they contain more beneficial chemicals than white.

Spinach: High in fiber, vitamin A, C, E, K, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc, selenium and lutein (for eye health). Spinach is a powerful cancer fighter and men especially should consume it because it helps prevent prostate cancer.

Its dark green color contains chlorophyll which detoxifies the body and is another cancer fighter. It’s vitamin A content supports a beautiful skin. Also helps in fighting inflammation, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.  It’s high water-density makes it a perfect addition to a diet.

Remember to allow your healthy demeanor and warm smile to always shine as an example to others. It’s our best testimony for God’s gift of Saving Grace!

“For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.” (Luke 12:23)

 

 


The Non-fat, High Carbohydrate Diet Fantasy

Julia was a lovely patient who was desperate to lose 125 lbs. I had asked her to keep a food diary for a few weeks. A food diary allowed me to view eating habits and nutrient consumption.  Honesty is the best policy here or you’re only hurting yourself. Remember, just like salvation, Truth is Absolute.

th41IT1JJDI noticed she had listed six cookies as one snack. I asked her why, and she sighed, “But Ellie, they’re fat-free!”

Unfortunately, fat free doesn’t mean calorie free and if you consume more calories than your metabolism burns off, you’ll still gain weight.  Cookies are fine once in a while in moderation, just select one that contain nutrients; such as fig newtons, oatmeal raisin, macadamia nut or even dark chocolate cookies.  What’s my mantra?  “Eat for nutrients!” We need balance to stay healthy. Skip a vital nutrient and we become unbalanced, mentally and physically! Don’t believe hype!

 “Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.” (Hebrews 13:9)

The Dangers of A Non-Fat Diet  (basically an extremely low (10-15%) or fat-free diet, with little added protein.)

  • Without fat, the body breaks down muscle tissue to use as protein for energy. “Danger, Danger Will Robinson!!” THE HEART IS A MUSCLE! Heart disease and lower HDL protective cholesterol is a distinct possibility!
  • Everyone has something called brown fat which cushions and insulates our vital organs. Born with all the brown fat we’ll get, it generates heat and regulates metabolism. It’s never reproduced through food intake but is lost on low-fat diets.
  • A fat-free diet increases insulin production, upping the chances of diabetes, anxiety attacks, depression and personality changes.
  • Carb dieters seem to forget the “simple versus complex” carb difference. Complex carbs offer vital fiber, vitamins and mineral nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Simple carbs are usually processed goodies such as donuts, candy, cookies and other sugary foods without substantial nutrients.
  • Many dieters then use artificial sugars. Sugar has only 16 calories per teaspoon and there are no artificial chemicals in sugar. Use real sugar for your coffee or baking, just use less of it. Note: I’ll have a blog on the dangers of Splenda soon.
  • Dieters have a mentality of “if it’s-fat free, I can eat more of it” and will lose sight of self-discipline.
  • Non-fat processed foods usually increase sodium for added flavor which raises blood pressure.

Basic Benefits of Fat:

  • Fat is a necessary component for transport of vitamins A, D, E and K throughout your system.
  • Most adults need 44 to 78 grams (11-19 tsp or 2/3 to 1 cup) of good fat per day. Remember, 4 grams = one teaspoon. 3 tsp. = 1 tablespoon = 120 pure fat calories. (Visualize 20-50% of a piece of meat as fat) A little goes a long way. Keep nuts, avocados, olives, flaxseed, tuna, salmon, olive, canola oil, and other good fats loaded with nutrients, in your diet.
  • Cutting out fat is crazy!  Our skin would look sallow, we’ll get colder, have little energy, our hair would lose its luster and even fall out.
  • Without fat, you’ll feel unsatisfied and your brain will nag for any fat until you give in to a greasy burger or bacon.

As for me and my house, I’ll listen to my God as he told Noah in Genesis 9:3, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.” and not to false diet gurus who say what our “tickling ears” want to hear.

Have Thyroid Challenges? Please Read:

Have you tried everything to lose weight; dieting, exercise, denying sweets, but are still unsuccessful?  Perhaps you need to detoxify a tired system. As we grow older, the second law of thermodynamics kicks in; body functions start winding down. But we can live more vibrantly by enacting certain age fighters.

thJ82R282UThere are three vital areas of our bodies that could be affected through years of abusive eating habits.  If the above sounds like you, on your next physical, specifically discuss your thyroid with your doctor.

First, it’s amazing to me, how some believe that all of our complex bodily functions simply occurred by accident! The more I studied, the more I learned how intricately we were designed! But according to certain non-believers, two organisms coincidentally developed at the exact same time, over “billions” of years of history at the precise location in this huge worldbecoming male and female at specifically the right time.  Sorry, it takes more faith to believe that crazy theory than to believe a Godly Designer created us! As for me and my house, we’ll believe in God’s Divine Design.

Psalm 139: 13-14, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

Thyroid hormones control the body’s major metabolic systems. If our thyroid is sluggish, (Hypothyroidism)  it will affect our mood, weight, cholesterol levels, as well as produce low energy, dry skin, arthritic conditions, cold hands and feet.

Hypothyroidism also affects:

  • The speed at which  organs function and metabolize food, causing digestion problems and constipation.
  • Pancreatitis, an illness of decreasing insulin production. Insulin is the hormone which processes sugars.An imbalance with the body’s ability to thermogenetically burn fat.
  • Feelings of fatigue or weakness.
  • Possible muscle aches which discourages exercising.

As you can see, this is a downward spiral of thermodynamics. We live in a more toxic environment than ever, so how do we counter this? Processed foods, hormones added to meat, pollution, everyday stresses, lack of scheduled exercise, certainly add to the challenges. It can be discouraging but fear not, you can take steps to fight back.  God gave us brains for a reason! Use them!

Fighting Back:

  1. Change your diet to one that reduces hormone-added, meat protein in your system. Ever wonder why little girls are ‘budding’ earlier? Increased hormones in food sources is one answer.
  2. Find ways to de-stress with massages, warm baths, aromatherapy, music, exercise and fresh air. These reduce adrenaline and cortisol, the stress hormones.
  3. Protect yourself when exposed to x-ray radiation.  Request and insist on a thyroid shield to block thyroid radiation exposure.
  4. Lightly steam cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage to kill thyroid suppressing elements.
  5. Add Kelp (inexpensive tablets) in moderation to your diet which adds iodine.  It is also found in seafood such as shrimp, cod, halibut and other saltwater fish.
  6. Add foods containing A, C, B Complex and E which strengthens the thyroid gland.
  7. Add zinc (25mg but no more than 60mg) and 3mg of copper.  Foods containing zinc are crab, shrimp, low-fat beef, wheat germ. Dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, oysters and lobster contain both.
  8. Increase fiber and water to rid the body of toxins.

Usually a sluggish thyroid begins for women at the onset of menopause but I caution; hormones are nothing to fool around with!! Speak to your physician or implement strategies gradually! We’ll discuss how the other systems affect us later this week.