Archive | August 2013

Keeping your sanity in a world of insane food choices

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

smart food choicesI can’t imagine anything as physically devastating as having a stroke or losing memories to dementia. For it’s not our outside appearance but inside which makes us who we are.  According to 1 Samuel 16:7, it is truly our heart and brain, not our looks, that God also cares about!

How we treat our godly temple speaks volumes.  That which we love, we take of.  We wouldn’t throw a precious heirloom on the floor or use our favorite piece of clothing to scrub windows, would we? So if we love our bodies, we shouldn’t treat it so carelessly either.

Hippocrates once stated: “Men ought to know that from nothing else but the brain come joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations.”  

Choose foods wisely! Strive to maintain those brain cells so we’ll live a more vibrant life! If you consume junk, your body will perform like a sluggish machine! Does any machine work efficiently when it labors to perform?  No.  We want to keep our arteries clean and pliable so the blood-flow to the brain and heart isn’t clogged and can work efficiently.

Add garlic to our weekly diet! Garlic protects our brain neurotransmitters, enhances memory retention and increases blood flow. The Israelites craved this wonderful bulb. “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic”. Numbers 11:5.  All brain food!

Increase good fats. Too much of the wrong kind, like saturated fat, will harm because the body works harder trying to fulfill its basic mechanics, resulting in higher blood pressure, less energy and even less brain power. Rather choose monounsaturated fats such as  olive and canola oil and omega 3’s.

Omega-3′s refer to omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty acids are the ‘building blocks’ of fats just as amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are vital nutrients. Omega-3’s are used to regulate blood clotting, build cell membranes and support cell health.  Good fats such as olive oil, flaxseed, salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, anchovies will prevent the blood from stickiness, potential blood clots, strokes and hear attacks. What’s good for your heart is good for your brain!

When our brains get older, the neurons can’t talk to each other as easily as they once did. Open up the blood-brain barrier with inflammation fighting foods:healthy foods

Vitamin E found in green leafy greens, wheat germ and walnuts lowers cholesterol and provides anti-clogging powers.

Vitamin C:  Not only does this vitamin help create collagen, thus making us look younger, it also neutralizes free radicals and strengthens blood vessel walls. Cantaloupe is one of its best sources.  So are strawberries, sweet red peppers, cabbage, broccoli, lemons, limes, oranges and tomatoes.

Spice up your life with curry or cinnamon which blocks the formation of plaque in the arteries.

Exercise your brain like a muscle with cross word puzzles, brain games or other stimulating activities such as Scripture memorization, reading or card playing. Find active, not passive activities for your brain.

1 Peter 3:3-4 “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

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How It All Began: Happy Birthday

Dear Fellow Bloggers and Followers: Today is my birthday! No, not my real birthday, I try to keep that a secret because age to me has always been an attitude, not a number and I feel younger than the date on the calendar!!!

In celebration, I wanted to re-post my very first blog. Looking back on it, it’s been a humbling experience before the Lord and I praise Him for all the wonderful friendships I have accumulated from all over the world this past year. Many have become like family – which actually you are because you are my brothers and sisters in Christ! Thank you for your friendship, I praise God each time I remember you. Therefore I hope you’ll enjoy reading how this all began:

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So you are probably wondering, why did I create this website, New Creations Ministries? Glad you asked!

Many years ago, as I was relating the basic requirements for losing weight to a new patient; consume smaller portions, slow down, exercise and drink water, she sat back in her chair looked at me and stated discouragingly, “Oh Ellie, I know all that already!”

Well, I didn’t doubt it. The average patient who came to see me had attempted at least six weight loss plans before coming into my office. With so much media coverage today from morning news shows to talk and cable health programs, magazines and infomercials, everyone seems to be an expert in the field. Most people know what is required to lose weight but they fail to follow through.

So it got me to thinking; if patients know “all that” already, then why aren’t they following it? Immediately a Bible verse popped into my head:

“You believe in God? Good! Even the demons believe that -and shudder.” James 2:19

The demons also had all this “head” knowledge and no “heart” knowledge and it failed to change their actions as well.

As I meditated on that verse, I thought how very much like those who say they ‘know’ Christ but do nothing with it. Knowing and doing are two different things! It is a matter of doing something with the knowledge of Christ’s gift of salvation, personally accepting it and evoking a changed behavior, that glorifies the Lord. For many know, but do nothing to practice their faith, anymore than they have all this health knowledge and do anything to become healthy. Just like salvation, change must come from within!

My objective through this blog is to educate and motivate readers to present their bodies as living sacrifices before the Lord, as it states in Romans 12:1,2:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

So stay tuned and learn practical applications and how all this nutritional “gooblety gook” physiology pertains to you in “dog years”. I’ll be here to offer practical ways to change your behaviors to glorify your personal Temple of the Holy Spirit in a way to honor God.

Postscript 8/23/13: Now with God’s wisdom and with humor, I humbly offer “Life’s Too Short To Eat Bad Cheese . . . “ reaching out to Christian groups through a practical, encouraging and motivating mind, body and spirit, 3-part seminar based on 2 Corinthians 5:17.   I’d so appreciate your prayers that God be glorified through this project. Blessings my friends,

Avoid Becoming a Health Chameleon

We’ve all seen them.   hypocricy

I’m speaking of those who attend church looking properly pious during each service. However, as soon as church is over, they blend into a worldly crowd: they laugh at a co-worker’s dirty joke, fudge a report or degrade another employee.  The homefront’s a battlefield but on Friday night they’re the ‘life of the party’. Back on Sunday morning though, they reverently sing hymns and pray righteously for all the world to hear. They blend in with the crowd wherever they go, the church or the world.

I call them, “Spiritual Chameleons”. Sadly, it’s one of the reasons people avoid church. They’ve done more to turn others away from God’s Word than any other obstacle!

I asked a friend once why she didn’t attend church. “The church doesn’t work for me!” she replied. “Too many hypocrites!”

How sad. She failed to comprehend that we shouldn’t attend church to be seen, but to discover and worship Christ!

Begin by judging yourself against God’s standards, not against others.  It’s like a Spiritual Westminster Dog Show! Please don’t compare yourself with any other Christian for we are all accountable for our own actions. Compare yourself only to the standard Christ set down for us. What does God ask of our attitude?

 “for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

Similarly, if you desire health, look to Absolute Truth in physiology.  Don’t become a “weight loss chameleon”.  It won’t work, no matter how hard you try!

Unfortunately I see health chameleons all around too. Several famous talk show hosts flit from one diet plan to another, drawing others into their dangerous web. If they truly knew physiological absolutes, they wouldn’t.

Does anyone remember in the 1990s, when Oprah, to prove a point, set up a totally fictitious  diet center in a mall?  That ‘diet’ consisted of eating only hot dogs and ice cream.  How silly, who’d sign up for that? Well . . .  41 people in three days.

Suppose someone says, “Hey I’m on the Atkins diet. You should try it. I lost 126 lbs in one month!!!” So you try it and all you’ll get is a sluggish feeling and higher cholesterol. Didn’t work for you, although it worked for her.

Next you’ll see a celebrity on television stating they lost 35 lbs on this boxed food program.  So you’ll try that.  You might lose 2 lbs a week and spend a bunch of money on packaged food that doesn’t hold your interest after it’s consumed twelve times. Your wallet’s lighter though.

Okay, so now you’re getting desperate and searching for quicker results.  That new popular pill that health clinic is advertising seems like the perfect solution!  After two months of heart-racing nervous reactions, a cranky attitude and a husband who doesn’t enjoy coming home to a nasty, unkind, hungry wife, it’s too high price to pay for thinness. (Notice I didn’t say health)

After trying so hard to become thinner by attempting everything the world has, you might throw up your hands: “See, weight loss doesn’t work for me! They’re all shams! ” Becoming a weight loss chameleon never works! Embrace your uniqueness! You aren’t meant to blend in with everyone else!

Happily. God established a true diet plan for our physical health in the Garden: fruits, vegetables, seeds, whole grains and after the flood, lean meat. Try Truth . . . it works.

Job 31:5,6:  “If I have walked with falsehood and my foot has hastened to deceit;  Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!”

Thank you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award!

What a lovely surprise and thank you so much,  C. F. Martin for the unexpected nomination for the Super Sweet Blogger Award!  Christine, a member of the International Women’s Writer’s Guild and an all-round inspirationall blogger, has such an encouraging site.  So those who need a little uplifting in their spirit I urge you to view it!  Please check it out at Our Soul’s Purpose:  http://oursoulspurpose.com/christine

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So as expected, I am to follow all the simple rules for this  award and with that goes the pleasure of nominating 13 other sweet bloggers. (Which is always the hardest part!)  But this award is great fun and as easy to prepare as that Kenner Easy Bake Oven you used to have as a kid!

Rules for this Blog Award:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer five ‘Super Sweet’ questions, listed below.

3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award Icon in your blog post.  (simple, copy image above)

4. Nominate a baker’s dozen, so cute (!) 13 other deserving bloggers.

5. Notify your Super Sweet nominees on their blog.

Here are my nominees:

  1. http://thelifeofathinker.wordpress.com   (I know the answer to at least one of his questions, ha!)
  2. http://ibeatovca.wordpress.com
  3. http://lexiedache.wordpress.com
  4. http://healthisfromheaven.wordpress.com
  5. http://pickfreshfoods.com
  6. http://farmfoodieandfitness.com
  7. http://fit-n-fancy.com
  8. http://hundredpercentchanceofchange.wordpress.com
  9. http://beautifulcourageousyou.wordpress.com
  10. http://leilaworldblog.com
  11. http://homemakingwithheart.com
  12. http://yomicfit.wordpress.com
  13. http://andasprinkleoflove.com

My Five Super Sweet Questions for this Award:  (You Answer the Same One’s)

1. Cookies or Cake?

Definitely CAKE.  I just love the texture and mouth-feel of the it.  Especially a dark chocolate one!

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Need you even ask????  Of course chocolate . . . the darker the better.

3. Favorite Sweet Treat?

A Pampered Chef recipe for mini Chocolate Brownie Truffle Cups – so decadent! Second choice, Chocolate Aztec Mousse cups.

4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most?

For some reason right after I eat a chicken or tuna sandwich.  Must be physiological lacking a nutrient like magnesium, I suppose.

5. Sweet Nick Name?

Hey “Hon” short for honey or honey will do.

My 13 nominees!

These are my nominees and I love them all.  They are probably just like you so please check them out and you’ll add another new blogging friend to your world bank of acquaintances. I love all my followers and of course wish I could nominate every one of them, but then I’d never post again because I’d have no fingers left!

Philippians 1:3  I thank my God every time I remember you,”

Cereal, ‘smerial, it’s just breakfast, isn’t it?!

a sugary breakfastI Recently viewed a television commercial in which a family happily walks down the grocery aisle as the announcer touts the benefits of eating breakfast each morning.  Smiling, they tossed a few boxes of cereal into their cart and go their merry way.

Although I agree that breakfast is important, the type of cereal they were gleefully placing in their basket was appalling! They might as well have tossed Oreo’s into their cart! Oh wait . . .  didn’t they try that breakfast cereal already?  Didn’t last – went the way of the Mr T cereal.

Anyway, parents please!  Just because a child demands a certain cereal doesn’t mean it’s good for them. If they wanted cocaine, would you give that to them too? Hopefully not! As parents, encourage a child in the way they should go in all their spiritual, mental and physical endeavors.

Proverbs 22:6  ” Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” 

A child lives what he learns.

Submitting to increased daily sugar/fat intake is one of the worst things you can do to your child. It’ll set them up for a possible  health challenges later on. I saw the results of hyperactivity first hand twenty years ago while working with physicians. I suggested eliminating chemicals, preservatives and dyes if possible. Recently studies confirmed that chemical relationships can be linked to hyperactivity and ADD.  I pity the poor teacher who had children ‘climbing the walls’ from the chemical rush obtained from these breakfast choices.

Unfortunately, most cereals on the shelves are loaded with sugar,chemicals, preservatives, dyes, trans and hydrogenated fat.  Sometimes the proclaimed bonus of ‘fruit’ consists simply of flavored gelatin and dyes. Hmm, think those yogurt cereals contain real yogurt with its good bacterial properties? Not unless you create your own cereal/yogurt parfait from scratch.

Let’s look at several of the worst offenders:

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks:  This product (3/4 cup serving size) contains 15 grams of sugar, (56%!)  What that means to you in “dog years” is this:  There are 4 grams in a teaspoon. Divide 15 by 4 and you are consuming almost 4 teaspoons of sugar. Take a moment and visualize placing 4 teaspoons of sugar in that bowl.  You could give your child 6 Hershey Kisses for less sugar!

Captain Crunch:  Sugar content is 3 teaspoons.  Bad enough but look at the chemical ingredients added to this: Yellow dye 5 & 6, Red dye 40, Blue dye 1 and BHT, a preservative.

Quaker Oats OOPS All Berries: Same as above with its red dye #40, Yellow #5, Blue #2,  Blue #1 and 46% is pure sugar.  Fill a measuring cup and visualize for yourself. Quite an eye opener.

Sometimes children request a cereal simply because of the cartoon character on the box. conveniently located eye-level on the shelves. That’s manipulation of children and corporate greed! Rather than risk a public temper tantrum, the parent gives in.

Hardly any of these child-targeted cereals contain healthy fiber, which allows sugar to be released more slowly into the system. Choose cereals with  less than 5 grams of sugar but at least 5 grams of fiber.a good breakfast

Now parents I know you love your children. You should love the Lord even more.  You are killing your children with kindness by being a pushover!   Search for good wholesome cereals such as Shredded Mini-Wheats, Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat and Bran, Wheat or Bran Chex, Grape Nuts, any Kashi cereal or oatmeal.

If your child wants something sweet on their cereal add real blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, raisins or bananas. All packed with nutrients that will assist with brain productivity and produce a much healthier child.

 

Does Anyone Find Satisfaction in a Lifetime of Diets?

 “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly”   1 Timothy 4:7

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I was gently explaining to Alison, who wanted to lose nearly 250 pounds, why diets don’t work. As I began to list several of them, I mentioned the Rice Diet. All of a sudden she became enraged, ” Listen Ellie, I know the others don’t work because I tried all of them.  But the Rice Diet . . . that one works!  I know because it worked for me,  3 times!!!”

Oh my. She didn’t get it. If you lose and gain it all back (and then some), then a diet doesn’t work.

The only diet that works is one a person can stay on for life! Would you enjoy eating only cabbage soup for the rest of your life?  I wouldn’t! Nor would I want to give up chocolate or French fries forever.  Eating a variety of foods allows the body to function properly. If you only eat a fruit diet for example, your body is deprived of over 50 essential nutrients needed to sustain normal function.

In fact, dieting incorrectly destroys muscle tissue and it’s muscle tissue that burns fat. Do not destroy the Holy Spirit’s temple . . . you!

Without proper knowledge of how our body works, we’re only spinning our wheels and we’ll gain the weight back. That’s why exercise should be a daily routine.

Now I can hear you sigh, “You mean I have to exercise every day?”

“Oh dear,” I reply. “You mean I have to brush my teeth every day?” Yes. That is unless you enjoy rotting teeth and bad breath.  You choose to brush your teeth each day because the pay off is better than the alternative. Same as health.

Make exercise  fun first of all, and then incorporate different types into your routine so you don’t get bored.  Just like food!  Variety really is the spice of life. Walking, golfing, biking, gardening, dancing – it’s all exercise. Chicken, yogurt, flaxseed, fish, spinach, ice cream – it’s all nutrients.  As each exercise works different muscle groups, nutrients provide different metabolic benefits as well. Therefore we need variety.

In order to enjoy life:  relationships, exercise, food and your occupation should be satisfying.  You should look forward to playing tennis with friends, going to work and sitting down to a plate of colorful, nutritious foods. If one doesn’t find contentment, something else will fill that void.  Addictions to food, alcohol, drugs, even fad diets and exercise, numb the pain but the pain remains nonetheless. Suddenly you’re trapped in a downward spiral.

Luke 21:34 ““But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap”

Life is about choices. One can choose to be unhappy, unhealthy, suppressed – OR – vibrantly alive and spiritually fulfilled. There is only one way to be truly happy in life. Allow God to fill that physical and spiritual void with Joy.  I chose God, how about you?