Archive | September 2013

“Egg”actly What Can We Eat?

Okay, I can hear you thinking right now, “Alright Ellie, you tell me one thing today and tomorrow, another nutritionist will be saying something totally opposite!  How do I know what to believe when so many “experts” continually say something contradictory?!”

confused personAt one time I was confounded by that exact same thing. I was perplexed by the almighty egg.

As I began my nutritional counseling career in 1990, the common practice at that time was to avoid eggs. They were bad for you . . .  you know, cholesterol and all. “Stay away from eggs!!” everyone cautioned.

Well, as a Christian, I began to wonder about that.  How could God who created all things “very good”, suddenly turn around and say, “Oops! Sorry kids, I’m afraid I made a mistake.  You can’t eat eggs without harming yourself, so you must stay away from them!”  I doubted that because MY God doesn’t make mistakes.

So I started researching and discovered that the nutrients in eggs contained: thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12, choline, folate, selenium, zinc, potassium, magnesium, potassium, Vit. A, E, D, iron and calcium. Simply amazing, isn’t it? All those great nutrients in a supposedly dangerous food?! And I am a firm believer that one should eat for nutrients, not calories, food groups or grams. Eggs are abounding with nutrients and I sensed that scientists would change their mind. Sure enough, experts eventually discovered that the cholesterol found in eggs actually assists in the good HDL cholesterol production. God knew it all the time.  As for me and my house, I’ll trust the Lord. Man can catch up later.

God first instructed mankind to be vegetarians. (Genesis 1:29) Man didn’t eat meat until after the flood. (Genesis 9:3) I’m sure the change in climate had something to do with it, however Daniel sustained himself quite well on vegetables long after the flood.

I tell confused patients that anything is fine in moderation. Counting calories, fat grams and worrying about every carbohydrate is a hassle! Eat for nutrients. An easy way to eat a balanced diet is to have five times more fruits and vegetables than meat on a smaller plate. The portion of a piece of meat protein should be no larger than the palm of your hand. An average chicken breast is 6 oz. and that’s as much meat as you should consume all day. So cut it in half, pound 3 oz. into a flat schnitzel and it’s plenty for dinner as a serving, along with a small baked potato, vegetable and a salad.

And what about that potato?  You mean I can eat potatoes too?  But Ellie, they’re full of carbs!! Carbohydrates are bad for me!!  Oh ye of little faith.  A potato contains vitamins A, E, D, K, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, folate, choline, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. Does that sound like something God wants you to avoid too? Use common sense. Avoid placing a ton of butter, sour cream and cheese on it, or frying it in oil and it’ll stay healthy.

I repeat, God doesn’t make mistakes, but science has.  At one time man believed in a flat earth concept. Let’s use the common sense God gave us!  Don’t trust false teachers (the latest fad diet guru) who say “what our itching ears want to hear” Rely on Godly Absolutes and His Scriptures.

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,” 2 Timothy 4:3

Running Away From God

Are there really victim-less crimes?  Some people think so.  Some adamantly proclaim, “If it’s my body, I can do what I want! Lighten up!”  “If it’s not hurting anyone else, what difference does it make?”

A lot. But some have become so anesthetized in their sin that they don’t see the pain they cause others around them.

Jonah on the shipJonah thought his sin of rebellion wouldn’t affect anyone. Wasn’t true. The storms of life affected the innocent ones around him.

Jonah 1: 5 “ All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.

But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.”

Jonah was so anesthetized to sin, he slept like a baby! Foolish man,  As we learned in Kindergarten, God is everywhere! No one runs away from God. He sees our addictions and demands that we make no golden idols of worldly things “because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” 1 Peter 1:16. 

Our out of control behavior touches those who care about us. And it’s not just the “big” abuses: drugs, alcohol, smoking . . .  it’s also eating addiction, gluttony. Even food can be an idol. If food controls us, we’ve just made it our god. Do you love the Lord more than food? If not, it’s your idol.

My patient Jenny, didn’t think weight affected anyone else until she overheard her 8 & 10 year old children being taunted by other children regarding her weight. She noticed the sorrow and embarrassment on their faces and felt ashamed. As she sat in my office she told me she thought she was a good mother. She spent time with her children. Well, except the times when she was too tired to play . . . or her knees hurt too much to walk . . . or couldn’t fit into the amusement ride seats at Six Flags. She looked at me and announced, “It was my wake-up call. I’m ready to change.” Overeating affected the innocent.

Good for her!   Until someone desires to change, they won’t.  Change must first come from within and sadly food addiction is one of the hardest to conquer.

Medications, stresses, peer pressure, family lifestyles, emotions, holidays all affect our eating habits.   How many times have you heard someone joke, “Oh I’d die for a piece of chocolate right now!”  They  don’t call it, ‘Death by Chocolate’ for nothing! However it’s the fat content , not the chocolate that’s the culprit. All foods are fine in moderation but when one is controlled by it, it becomes an emotional issue! (stay tuned)

Jenny began to include her children in her healthy living process which educated them as well.  Here are a few actions they incorporated into their routine:family preparing meal

  • Cut designs in vegetables; flowering radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes and cover with a tuna or chicken salad.
  • Create your own salad vinaigrettes.
  • Teach as they watch you create recipes.
  • If safe for them to do so, let them help in the process.
  • Create your own chocolate sauce by melting some semi-sweet chips and dunk fruit for dessert.
  • They exercised together!

Happy Ending: Her children became her accountability partners as well as her cheerleaders. For every pound lost, they placed a dollar in a jar. When she reached finally her goal, the money was used for a visit to grandmother’s house. It was a win all the way around!

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

No Willpower You Say?

So you don’t think you have any willpower, do you?no willpower

“Hogwash!”  That same willpower that prevents you from telling your boss, mother-in-law or that rude sales clerk what you really think of him/her, is the same willpower you should tap into to prevent yourself from pigging out or losing control.  You have a lot of willpower, you simply have to realize it for yourself.

Think about it logically. There are only three things that happen in any situation: 1. The event itself.  2. The self talk, and  3. The reaction

Let me give you an example.  Your co-worker asks if she can pick up something from a fast food restaurant on her way back to the office.  That’s the event.

Now the self-talkGee, I brought some homemade soup with me today, but a burger sounds tempting.  I’ve been really good on my ‘diet’ plan lately. Maybe a burger would be okay, I can get back on it tomorrow.  Oh, but I wanted to get into that little black dress before the reunion next week.  Which do I want more, the burger or to feel triumphant when I see bully Rosemary Kolwsalski, and ask, ‘how do you like me now’??? (totally in your humanity of course) 

Finally,#3; reaction:  Whatever you choose to do, you own.  It was your decision, no one else’s.  No one else lives in your body but you!  Willpower is choosing to do the right thing, and you already know what you should do. Talk yourself into success.

Another tip to build willpower: Tap into your visualization skills.  Imagine how you’ll feel walking into that class reunion, looking your best, most confident self!  After all, if you can lose weight, you can do anything, right? Wouldn’t that be a fabulous reward?  Wouldn’t you like to feel confident and special everyday, not just for one night?  After all, if you only lost weight for the reunion, then what’s to keep you going the day after? That’s precisely your goal; a lifelong commitment to feeling special because you are! Feel great everyday!  Don’t give in to a fleeting moment’s temptation, be stronger than that!

Create positive thoughts throughout the day to help you.  Tell yourself, “I am a strong, competent person because I am a child of a very important King.” Memorize scripture verses to assist you, such as  Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

You were bought with a price by our Lord Jesus Christ. God stated that gluttony and lack of control is sin. Did Jesus have to die for your out-of-control eating habits; for the sake of an entire Pepperidge Farm cake that you ate in one sitting?  Seems a little crazy, but sin is sin and Jesus died for all our sins, even gluttony.

Pray for wisdom and strength. He’ll provide a way for you to overcome temptation. Trust in God’s Word:

I Cor. 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide  a way out so that you can stand up under it.”  

Think ahead. Write down what you can do besides eat when you are tempted. Perhaps you may have to bring in more flavorful, colorful lunches. Maybe avoid bringing snacks into your home, which create a loss of control on your part.   All of these are practical ways to overcome temptation, you just need to develop the personal choice that you’ll do the right thing!

It’s That Time of Year Again . . .

No, I’m not talking about hearing the first Christmas Carol of the season (although amazingly I heard it yesterday)  I’m speaking of the sneezing, sniffling nose and itchy eye Fall season.  Unfortunately just when we can open our allergy seasonwindows again to let in fresh air, the pollen and ragweed seems to be most prevalent! What’s a person to do?  Prepare beforehand!

Contrary to popular belief, histamine is not our enemy! It’s simply one powerful tool God uses to balance His fantastic human creation! Histamine is an influential way the body protects us by dilating blood vessels and stimulating secretions from the glands which release protein from our cells so we can flush away foreign particles. Amazing isn’t it? . . . and some think this all happened by chance.

Antihistamines such as Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra and Triaminic, meant to protect the body are to be taken only rarely. They are drugs and therefore have side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, irritability, dizziness, irregular heartbeat . . .  oh joy.  These antihistamines were developed by man to “help” us overcome histamines. God however created natural antihistamines in food as a way to balance our system. So who do you think I put my trust in?

Please understand that I am not against drugs, only man’s chronic use of them. When God stated in 1 Corinthians 10: 13 that He would always provide a way to escape, was He perhaps including natural health remedies as well? Start now to protect your immune system through these natural antihistamine remedies found in food:

1. Vitamin C

So much to choose from: all citrus fruits, cranberries, garlic, lettuce, strawberries, mangoes, papaya, cabbage, cantaloupe, asparagus, cayenne pepper, green peas, radishes, potatoes, kiwi, raspberries, tomatoes, honeydew, pineapple, red and green peppers, sweet potatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts,  green onions . . .  whew, take a breath!

2. Quercetin

A powerful antioxidant that also contains  natural antihistamine properties which help stabilize cells to prevent the release of histamine. It can be found in citrus fruits, onions, garlic, apples, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, legumes, berries and buckwheat.

3. Include Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines as well as olive, canola oil and walnuts.

4. Green, chamomile, ginger and herbal teas contains powerful antioxidant powers.  It blocks histamine production and shuts down the body’s receptors that react to allergens.

5Local Honey:  Bees of course ingest the pollen from the area fauna and then we, by consuming their local honey, can build up a tolerance against local allergy-induced causes. Add honey to the tea and Bam! You’ve got double whammy protection!

6. Hot peppers, horseradish, wasabi, cayenne pepper, spicy ginger, tabasco sauce . . .  anything that will make your nose run will clear out your lungs too, allowing you to breathe better.

7Garlic –  My favorite all round protective food, garlic can be eaten raw in salad dressings, prepared as a dip for whole grain bread or used in a myriad of recipes for beef, chicken, pork or fish and of course pasta. Garlic restores and builds the immune system!

8. The probiotic effect of Yogurt. Try low-fat Mountain High, Stoney Field Farms, Fage, Brown Cow or Dannon Natural Yogurt with berries, walnuts, sprinkled with milled flax-seed for some immune-building protection.

9. Consume even more WATER  this time of year to wash out toxins and protect your cells.free from allergy season

 “Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37: 3-4

Try God’s Medicinal Garden to have an allergy-free season!

Dancing with NED

Dear Readers: Connie is my hero with her positive attitude in the face of this challenge! Her words are so important here. I wanted to help her by spreading the word to others who might be questioning whether they might have the disease. God bless!

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Ovarian cancer is a silent killer.  It creeps into lives undetected and makes a home.  Most women aren’t diagnosed until it is Stage 3 or 4, and it is simply too late.  I was fortunate because my cancer was Stage I and the chemo drugs have knocked it out for now.

Doctors almost never use the word cure.  They say there is “No Evidence of Disease”.  And so, I’m in remission and dancing with NED.  I could be left stranded on the dance floor at any moment because NED is a fickle partner.  Who knows when the ugly beast could tap NED on the shoulder, and he would be out of here.  Gone.

I could spend my time worrying about this, but instead I choose to live my life fully and face the future with a smile. I don’t know when my situation will change, but I know God is…

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Proclaiming Nutritional Truth to an Apathetic World!

 

Crack Your Shell To Be Useful

I’ve loved walnuts since I was a child. Those beautiful trees grew close to our farmhouse and I remember my brother and I gathering the nuts that fell to the ground and carrying them in to the kitchen. Our mother would ask us to crack the shell to remove the walnut meat inside. Then she would create wonderful recipes through the results of our hard work; coffee cakes, breads, even home-made ice cream.

Recently I failed terribly at something I wanted to do gloriously for the Lord. I prayed and studied that as a substitute teacher, God would be glorified through what I taught! I prayed all week and the Holy Spirit seemed to give me powerful illustrations to connect to that week’s Biblical text. Sadly, life stepped in, I lost my confidence (which rarely happens) and I failed miserably when I tried to convey the spiritual truths God gave me. It was just what Satan discouraged personwanted. I could almost hear him taunting, whispering in my ear, “Did you really think you could be as good as the regular teacher? She’s amazing!” The devil won that round because I became discouraged.

As I sat dejected, I began to think of those early spiritual leaders in the Bible who also became discouraged: Abraham, Moses, Job, Elijah, Peter, Paul . . . my goodness – did I think I was stronger than they were? Not even close! I began to praise God for my failure, for without it, I might have become complacent and prideful.  Those biblical figures didn’t wallow in self-pity but drew themselves up and did what was right for their LORD! No excuses, they confessed their insecurities and lack of faith and went on!

Hebrews 12: 11-13, “ No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”

Remember the walnut? It is only after it’s been broken that it can it be useful. To simply remain in its shell would be purposeless. No bountiful recipe could be reaped. Occasionally God must break our human shell so the Holy Spirit can fill us, thus becoming a sweet Christian recipe. I felt useless and needed the meat of the Word to mend my broken spirit.    imagesCAIJ3M75

It’s ironic that walnuts are sometimes called the “King of Nuts.” They are valueable for health in many ways, but two ways are especially useful:  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory heart properties and for strengthening bone health.

Yes my sad, heavy heart needed restoring. It wasn’t long before the Word of God with its own anti-inflammatory properties, strengthened me. Asking for forgiveness, He raised me up with His gentle arms setting me on the right path once again. His powerful Words restored and strengthened my weary bones, giving me the determination to learn from my mistakes. I shook my fist in the devil’s face, prayed and searched for the good things this learning experience brought me.

I now praised God for failure! If you are also attempting to overcome obstacles, don’t give up at the first sign of adversity – don’t give the devil a foothold, eating away at your faith. Remember the shell must be broken before the results of goodness can be found!

John 16: 33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”