Archive | January 2013

Is There Actually A Water Cure???

My thanks to Victoria from  for bringing this subject to my attention.  She asked my opinion on this controversial water-cure and I promised I’d research it.

As you know, I love physiology, so I found this water-cure possibility intriguing. But I was skeptical initially.  I was slightly more confused after my research. Whether it’s truth, I’m not sure. I only know that God created us as complex and intricate beings.  In the end I decided that it’s like the non-essential doctrines of Christianity.  If a  doctrine doesn’t affect my Salvation, I can tolerate other opinions and leave the Truth to God, which I’ll discover in heaven.

I’ll present the facts on water as best I can and allow you to make up your mind.

Fact:  Except for oxygen, water is our most vital nutrient. Someone can live for 40 days without food but only a few without water.  If the body loses 2.5% of our body weight to dehydration, we die. Thirst is not the first indicator that your body requires water, so you must replenish before we’re actually thirsty.  (As a side note; if someone entered my office, I could detect if they were drinking enough water simply based on their demeanor, eyes, hair and skin appearance.)

Fact: As we dehydrate, we becomes lethargic, our blood thickens and the heart’s circulation system works harder to survive. The brain is primarily water (80-85%) so we’ll feel sluggish, irritable and “spacey.” If we lose 25% of our water volume, we’ll die.

Fact:  Water transports nutrients to all body cells through the blood (90% water) and is also the carrier of oxygen. Water’s essential for our neurotransmitter process, which keeps us humming along. Water’s a solvent and is a transport system for vital nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium which balances our metabolism.

Fact:  Water is also an adhesive which binds our body together. Water secretes endorphins which make us feel relaxed and happy. In today’s world of flavored coffees, teas, alcohol and soft drinks, (all diuretics), humans get dehydrated quickly and fail to replenish their need for water.

So that brings me to noted doctor and scientist, Dr. Batmanghelidj, with his proposed water-cure.  He discovered over nearly a three-year span as a prisoner in an Iranian facility, that simply increasing the daily intake of water for 3,000 patients with peptic ulcers, cured them of the disease. Water, he later declared, contained medicinal properties to cure illness; not only of peptic ulcers, but cancer and other diseases through physiological processes.

First, our bodies are complicated machines and like any machine must be taken care of to work properly. How would your car run without water? Water is the best cure for preventive illness because it washes away waste products so toxins don’t fester. It allows our organs and glands to work properly, (remember I spoke of the kidney/liver relationship a while back). It’s used to digest food, lubricate and plump up our skin. Drinking water allows the inside and outside function of our cells to remain balanced and balance is the key to health.

Dehydration changes our immune system, affecting important amino acids and antioxidant function.   Without water we lose our receptor cells. They are shut down because there isn’t enough water to transport nutrients. We need at least three quarts of water daily.  We lose 1+ quarts through simply breathing, 1 to urine and some to perspiration.  We’ll reap about a quart of water through food intake but we need another 2 quarts beyond that.

Now Dr. Batmanghelidj has no stake in any water company, nor does he make a profit from a fad diet program. The only profit he made has been from the sale of his book, “Water Cures, Drugs Kill”.  Most authors don’t live in luxury and he totally believed in his water-cure theory for most illnesses. Could health be that simple? There is probably a lot of truth in what he professed. Pharmaceutical companies on the other hand, have a great deal to lose by not encouraging medication. Sometimes drugs are necessary, but once again, balance is the key. Sadly, Dr. Batmanghelidj died of pneumonia in 2004.

Bottom line:  I trust Jesus when he stated that He offers Living Water: John 4:14 ” but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Accepting Christ’s living water is becoming a child of God. That means don’t become stagnant and stale, but useful for all parts of the body, including the church.  Nor lukewarm, which isn’t beneficial for anything, either for drinking or cleaning.

*****  Note to my followers: Feel free to leave a link if you created a blog on healthy, infused water. Thanks.


“The Skinny on Fat”

Are all fats created equal?  Well . . . sometimes.  But let’s discuss the facts. You’re an adult.  You choose.

Each tablespoon of olive, canola, corn, safflower, sesame or coconut oil contains 120 calories and 14 grams of fat. In that regard they are equal.  Every oil is 100% fat and takes 5-7 hours to digest in your system.

It’s how fat reacts in your system that’s most important.  We need fats to transport the fat soluble vitamins, A,D, E, K throughout our body.  Without fat, your skin would get dry, you’d look haggard, be depressed, feel sluggish, your hair would lose its luster and you’d start burning brown fat which cushions your vital organs for energy. The body doesn’t create more brown fat so don’t ever go on a fat-free diet!

A healthy diet should contain a variety of fat, about 15-30% of your daily caloric intake depending on your biochemistry. Most of the time choose monounsaturated fats which are healthier for your body and tend to promote your good HDL cholesterol.

Mono-unsaturated fats: sources include margarine spreads with a canola or olive oil base or oils such as olive, canola and peanut oils, avocado, and nuts such as peanuts, hazelnuts, cashews and almonds.

Polyunsaturated fats, are found in nuts, seeds, soy, sunflower, safflower, corn oil but tend to turn rancid more quickly. So purchase only a small amount which can be used up in a reasonable amount of time.

So what about butter and margarine then?

Butter contains 100 calories and 12 grams of fat and vitamin A, E, D, K, calcium and trace amounts of B vitamins. It’s still saturated fat which clogs your arteries, so use sparely! A better choice is whipped butter which adds air, reducing fat to 6 grams, 50 calories and is easily spreadable.

If choosing margarine, choose soft tub products with no trans fats: Promise, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Earth Balance or any containing less than .05 trans fats. Plant sterol margarine is a bit expensive but contains vital omega 3 fatty acids which reduces bad LDL cholesterol.  If you can afford them great, if not, cut down on other fat because I doubt you’d use so much of it it’d make a difference.

So what’s best to place on your toast? Probably an olive oil based soft margarine or plant-based sterol one with omega 3’s or a tiny amount of soft butter. When cooking, try buttery sprays like I Can’t Believe It’s not Butter or Parkay with no cholesterol or saturated fats. I’ll occasionally cook with a teaspoon of real butter for flavor.

Saturated and Trans fats are the ones to avoid whenever possible. They tend to be solid at room temperature.  A manufacturer, in order to have less spoilage, added a hydrogen molecule creating “trans fats.”  Increasing product shelf life, it’s found in cakes, pies, biscuits, donuts, most peanut butter (Skippy is trans fat free)  and baked goods. This added molecule behaves like a saturated fat in your body, turning into a solid; clogging your arteries and raising your LDL and lowering protective HDL.

Saturated fat sources include fatty cuts of meat, full fat milk, cheese, butter, cream, most deep-fried fast foods, coconut and palm oil.  Caution: too much of saturated fat, (like cheeseburgers) can really do a number on your arteries! So when you say, “I’m dying for a cheeseburger,” you could mean that literally. Choose lower-fat cheeses whenever possible.

Omega-6 fats are found primarily in nuts, seeds and plant oils such as corn, soy and safflower.  I would avoid heating these because that changes their chemical bonds into something less protective.

Omega 3 sources include oily fish, (sardines, tuna, salmon) olives, nuts such as walnuts and brazil nuts, and milled flax seeds. These contain the strongest evidence of reducing heart disease. This is the fat source I highly recommend.

Some of the benefits of omega-3 fats in the diet:

  1. Reduces inflammation, blood pressure and triglyceride level. It improves blood vessel elasticity, making it less sticky and you looking younger!
  2. Regulates a strong heartbeat and immune system, reducing cancer cell growth.
  3. Lowers triglyceride levels, which are important risk factors in coronary heart disease.
  4. Improves your mood, making you happier.
  5. Improves the condition of your skin tone, nails and hair.
  6. Reduces obesity risk by improving the body’s ability to respond to insulin. It stimulates the secretion of the hormone leptin which helps regulate food intake.

Confused yet?  Bottom line: ask yourself if this fat substance will basically benefit or hurt me? Eat as naturally as possible and honor God with your choices. Remember, your purpose in life is to honor God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

PS:  For a great link to some wonderful healthy, homemade salad dressings, link to my dear blogger friend’s site here:

Caution: You’re About to Enter the “Drop-Out” Zone!

Okay, it’s been over three weeks and your enthusiasm is fading fast.  All those NFL play off parties with chicken wings and nachos . . . your resolve is headed South and the Super Bowl’s coming up fast!

Yep, unfortunately around three to six weeks is the time most people give up and return to old habits. Whether it’s been gym memberships, diet programs or vows to quit smoking, most abandon their quest for healthier living after just three weeks.  So sad when it’s such a relatively short blip on a life-line toward a longer healthy one.

Must I remind you that you’ve worked too hard to give up now?  Review what you’ve already learned:

  • Lemon water changes PH making your body alkaline and less hungry.
  • Fiber influences your nutritional bodily dissemination functions.
  • Chewing and eating slowly releases enzymes, breaking up foods and transporting them to different bodily “rooms” for maximum productivity.
  • Exercise improves your mood and increases metabolism.
  • Colorful, spicy foods jumpstart your metabolism . . .  and on and on . . .

Tell me why, after learning so much, would an intelligent person like you, simply give up and return to bad habits?  EXACTLY!  It’s not a physical challenge but a psychological one!  So let’s address it.

“Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy” Ephesians 4:24

Are you committed to getting healthy? Is it still important to you because if not, don’t waste your time! You have to want to change! You must convince yourself that you are worth the cost. God believes you are.

1.  Are you suffering needlessly, believing that if you don’t “suffer and starve”, (the penance principle) it’s not a real diet? Remember 1 Corinthians 10:23 “Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.” You needn’t deny yourself, simply discover different choices.  Did you know that dark chocolate syrup tastes as good over strawberries as heavy fudge? (Why?  Because fat coats the tongue, making it harder to taste the actual chocolate.)

2.  Are you aware of why you eat in the first place?  Are you seriously hungry or unconsciously eating?  All of a sudden a donut is in your hand and you don’t even know how it got there!  Think. What were you doing just before that? Did you receive a phone call, letter or did a news program upset you, causing emotional eating?

Something motivated those eating behaviors. Understanding subconscious reasons behind the feeling and food connection, whether it’s childhood memories, stress, helplessness, loneliness, an anniversary of a loss, is essential to recovery. Legitimate sorrow needs time to grieve. Recognize that and create strategies besides eating, to strengthen you, like exercise, positive affirmations or pastoral counseling.

3.  Have you addressed the behavior modification issues that need to be achieved? Perhaps you’re not getting much out of this because you not putting much into it! Have you given it “your all” or have you gone back to gulping down your food, drinking less water?  A champion didn’t become one overnight. Get back to basics and start again . . .  one meal, one day, one week at a time. Renew your level of commitment and reward your accomplishments!

4.  Are you still talking yourself into success?  Has something occurred which wrecked havoc on your self-esteem; a nasty comment, bullying, a failure attempt? You may find it difficult to behave differently from how you see yourself because if you believe it’s true, you’ll behave as if it is true. Create a series of positive affirmations and place them around the house, on the fridge or the bedroom mirror. Believe in a better self-image, which defines your abilities and overcomes your limitations.

5.  Are you fearing failure or success? If I fail, I’ll be laughed at but if I succeed, they’ll expect more of me. Two sides of the same coin, but both “stinkin’-thinkin’.” You and God control your destiny and He’s on your side. He doesn’t make junk.

Psalm 107:9 “For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

Continue to strive for excellence, you’re worth it!

Thank You With All My “Heart”

The Versatile Blogger Award

I wish to thank Raquel from  for honoring me with the Versatile Blogger Award.  How appropriate during this week, when I’m encouraging others to find support to continue on in their health-quest,  that I should be so blessed with Raquel’s support.  Now Raquel’s truly a versatile blogger. She does it all (!) with her beauty, fashion, decorating tips, culinary and mothering skills! She keeps me quite humble.

As per the rules of the displaying the award I am to  tell you 7 things about myself so here goes:

  1. I was Vice President and then President of my high school and everyone thought I’d go into politics. (and they think hypocrites are in the church??????)
  2. I was in a great many plays and placed second in a New York State public speaking contest so everyone thought I’d go into acting. (see above!)
  3. My philosophy of life is that “it’s a smorgasbord and there’s too much to choose from and it’s only what we do for God that lasts anyway!”
  4. As a military spouse, we lived in West Berlin, Germany while it was occupied, half by the British, French and Americans and half  by the Soviet/ East German forces. Birds could travel across the divided wall, yet humans couldn’t. 
  5. I enjoyed being a tour guide in Europe for American personnel and tourists and getting paid to escort people to thousand-year old monasteries and castles!
  6. Prince Albert of Monaco once winked at me at a night club in Tunisia, while he was dancing with another. (Yeah I looked good that night! 🙂 I was also 25 years younger)
  7. My favorite baseball team will always be the Boston Red Sox, where I spent many a date in the $1 bleacher seats, hollering, “Go Yastremski!”

Now I’d like to nominate 15 others for this award which has always been difficult because I have the BEST, most versatile followers and wish I could nominate all of them. By the way, I simply added the extra commentary as an incentive, you don’t have to.

  1.  (really neat, clever beauty tips!)
  2. (excellent thought-provoking Christian posts)
  3.  (this young man just started following my blog but I’m already hooked on his!  What an intelligently written blog!)
  4.  (what a fun one with many great tips!)
  5.  (I’m cheering her on and know she’ll be successful!)
  6.  (a blog that pulls on your heart-strings and makes us grateful for the strength God gave, within us)
  7.  (you’ll understand why this lovely lady became an inspirational speaker)
  8.  (an interesting blog stated in a versatile way)
  9.  (one of my favorite inspirational blogs who overcame so much to inspire others)
  10.  (if you search out this blog, you’ll understand why she’s so special!)
  11.  (I love blogs that make me think and this one never fails to inspire!)
  12.  (one of my absolute favorites who from the beginning, touched my heart and I’ve been praying with ever since)
  13.  (this gal is another one who does it all AND does it in a wonderful common sense format!)
  14.  (I love this blog with her diversity, it’s always thought-provoking and fun)
  15.  (another one of my favorites with her common sense, practical approach to life)

Oh, that’s always the hardest part of any award, I had so many more I would have wanted to nominate and hope to do so in the future if I ever win another award nomination.

So if you’re nominated on this list, here’s what you do before you can place it on your website:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
  2. include a link to their blog.
  3. next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  4. nominate those 15 bloggers for the versatile blogger award.
  5. finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

See Simple . . .   ah,  just enjoy and I hope this will lead others to discover your blog.  Thank you again, Raquel.

A Lesson On Support


Develop a Personal Support System as Strong as a Redwood Forest!

Trusting God and Losing Weight

De-stressing our lives.  Experiencing fun actually benefits our health.

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” Psalm 143:10


Be Kind to One Another . . . Including . . . You!

Here’s the scenario: You new neighbor strolls down the street and you invite her in for tea, expecting to have a pleasant visit. While getting to know each other, she suddenly spills her cup all over your table.

What would you do? Would you create a scene, rant and rave and tell her she’s stupid? Ban her from your home forever?

I very much doubt it.  On the contrary, you would politely mop up the spill, and as she’s professing her embarrassment at her clumsiness, you’d protest, “Oh no, don’t worry about it, it’s nothing  but an accident. It could happen to anyone!”

Now consider another scenario. Perhaps you eat too much at a party or give in to a craving for a fattening chocolate dessert while on this new health kick. You begin telling yourself,  “Gosh, I can’t control myself and probably never will. I’m such a failure at everything!  I’m an absolute mess-up so why bother?”

Sound familiar?  Why are we so kind to perfect strangers and yet expect perfection from ourselves? God doesn’t expect perfection, only obedience.  Since God doesn’t expect perfection from us, we must learn to forgive ourselves and laugh at our mistakes.

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 (NJV) 

Tell me, what do you truly think of yourself?  Write down all you’ve accomplished in life.  As I told you months ago, the process is more important than the progress!  Are you proud of your achievements? You individually, instilled new habits,  developed self-discipline and made personal, positive decisions.  You’re becoming more determined, healthier, slimmer and energetic every day!

Or are you still tearing yourself down? How I hope not!  Remember no one else lives in your body but you and you haven’t given up yet, right? Even with a few mistakes, you are still progressing toward your goal. Congratulations!

If we were perfect human beings, Christ wouldn’t have had to come to save us. But we aren’t perfect so why do we expect it of ourselves? He’s commanded us to be kind to each other and telling our Lord that we don’t believe we’re worth it, is a slap in the face of God. How unkind is that?!

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32.

Imagine you are sitting in a chair opposite you. What would you tell yourself if you made a mistake? How would you build individual self-esteem? Kindness starts at home, then branches out. You’re your child’s role model, he learns what he lives.  If he sees you degrading yourself, (you’re his hero) what is he supposed to think about himself?  Exude JOY and he’ll possess joy. Are our standards so high that it’s all or nothing? Is that the legacy we are leaving for our children?

If you were on a trip to Disney World and took a wrong turn, would you turn around to your children and announce, “Oh sorry gang, I made a mistake. Vacation’s over, we’ll have to go back!”  No of course not, you’d find the correct road and continue on toward your goal of reaching Disney World.  Keep your eyes on your long-term prize!

Likewise, we must learn to forgive ourselves, recognize that mistakes are simply a learning experience and get back on track. Going back to the party scenario, perhaps next time you’ll join a lively discussion, sit with your back to the food display and not give in.  Or if you give in, you’ll take a disciplined walk to burn off the calories.

Repeat after me: “No food can ever taste as great as being successful FEELS!!”  Place THAT on your fridge!