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Do You Enjoy Being a Human Chemistry Set?

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

I believe in eating as naturally as possible. Artificial ingredients, dyes and chemically-altered, processed food choices change body chemistry. It seems every time man comes up with a new idea: oleo versus butter, artificial sugars versus real sugar, Egg Beaters versus real eggs, God’s ideas best man’s ideas every time!

I base my personal sensible diet on Genesis 1:29 & 9:3 which encourages consumption of natural fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds and herbs. Meat protein, which God advised us to consume only after the Flood (Genesis 9:3) is rich in B12, but other than that, every nutrient to sustain life as well as heal the body, is found in Genesis 1:29.

God originally designed us to live forever but sin destroyed Eden and the Second Law of Thermodynamics began to apply. That Law states that everything on Earth is winding down and wearing out, humans included.

(That alone should contradict man’s theory that through evolution, man progressed into a better life over millions of years.) But back to nutrition.

When we consume chemically modified food, those chemicals land in the liver, the clearing house for the body. Since the liver can’t metabolize these chemicals, they remain. Of course we can give ourselves a fighting chance by detoxifying our system but even then, some toxins remain. Tell me, when studying chemistry in high school or college, what happens if too many dangerous chemicals are placed in a testing tube? You’re right, most of the time, the chemicals corrode, churn and then blow up.

Do you enjoy being a human chemistry lab?  All those toxins in our body fester, create an acidic environment, ulcerate and turn into debilitating illnesses. And we have more man-made chemicals in foods than ever before!

Sadly, we can’t get away from every toxin, pesticide, fertilizer, GMO or other questionable food treatment. Life goes on and we must use common sense, trust God and live without fear or there would be nothing left for us to consume!

Also most people nowadays don’t garden and must rely on supermarkets for their food supply.  But we can certainly and voluntarily stay away from artificial  sugars, colas, chemically-processed and fast food. TIP:  If you want a soda, place seltzer water and ice into a glass and fill the remainder with orange, grape, cranberry or other quality juice. Seltzer contains no sodium, thereby you’ll keep your bones longer. High salt intake is linked to a loss of calcium and thus a deterioration of bone structure.

Organic products are wonderful but don’t be fooled. Realistically organics are only as good as the farm next to it. When the neighboring farm is sprayed with chemicals and the wind blows, unfortunately your organic farm isn’t as much anymore. And if it uses the same water supply, chemicals get into the water and affect results too. So what can you do? Buy in season and as much locally grown produce as possible or plant your own fruit trees and garden.

Bottom line: How do you think God views a Christian who purposely defiles his body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, with gluttonous, selfish desires, pleasing his body rather than his soul? You’re right, I’m sure it grieves Him or makes Him angry. Let’s strive to honor God with our bodies by remembering God’s strong Words:

“If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” (1 Corinthians 3:17)

The SIRTFOOD Diet Plan, Fact or Fallacy?

“The Sirtfood Diet has replaced the paleo and dukan diet to become one of the most talked-about diet trends.” red-wine-and-chocolate

Lose 7 lbs. in 7 days!!!” is pie in the sky too because it’s mostly water weight not fat you’re losing.

Exchange the word trend with fad and you’d get it right. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad plan, because it will shake up your metabolism and it is only for seven days.

I dislike however how people get lured in by a celebrity rather than relying on God’s original dietary decrees. So what if Adele lost weight, so did Oprah many, many times. The only good diet is one you’ll stay on for life. (And can one develop good habits in seven days? I doubt it.)

So what’s all the hype about? What are these SIRT  “Silent Information Regulator” proteins?

SIRT1 has been around for at least a decade but all seven of the SIRT7 proteins, amino acids and enzymes cofactor with cell growth, (found in food) play a role in stress resistance, assistance in insulin regulation, reducing oxidative cell damage while increasing energy metabolism. In fact consuming all three sensible food groups; complex carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fats will do that too. (I see a series of diets in the future using all seven SIRT’s.)

At least this plan is better than the Paleo diet because it stresses healthier nutrients like green tea, blueberries, turmeric, kale, apples, parsley and citrus fruits, even red wine and dark chocolate, wow! Resveratrol anyone? All of these are indeed excellent and effective for weight loss. But that’s how I eat now, anything in moderation without “dieting.”  (1 Corinthians 10:23)

There are several physiological truths that factor into this plan to make it recommendable. I’ve touched on many of these same truths for free:

  1. Eat for nutrients and you’ll lose weight and stay healthier.
  2. Every nutrient has a purpose and if you consume a well-rounded diet plan, you’ll naturally be healthier.
  3. An alkaline diet creates a less hectic lifestyle. Good stress = better metabolism.
  4. Fruits and vegetables create an alkaline environment, avoiding heart diseases, cancers, etc.

God’s Common Sense Free Diet Plan based on Genesis 1:29 & 9:3 stands the test of time. For the past 4 1/2 years New Creations Ministries has been spouting healthy eating plans with my mantra, Eat for nutrients!  Along comes the Sirtfood Diet Plan and voila’, all of a sudden everyone is talking about nutrients.

This diet sounds great and in some ways it is. Except it advocates easy-ways-to-lose weight loss with half-truths once again.  

“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)

Where it’s off-base:

The basic premise of this “new” diet plan is simple. Starve yourself on 800/1000 calorie a day for 3 days and then consume around 1500-1600 calories per day for 4/5 days.

So let’s address this low-calorie suggestion. Whenever you commit to a starvation plan, your brain will believe you are sick and will slow your metabolism to a crawl. When you decide to eat normally, you’ll likely gain weight. It’s your body’s innate defense ability.

But does this book explain how nutrients work in conjunction with metabolism? (If not use my search engine and you’ll discover WHY.) Address cravings?  Does it teach how to create good habits, overcome temptations when pressured at a party or family dinner? Doubt it, you’re on your own then or purchase my book, “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese . . .” (Nutritional and Life Lessons God Teaches Us)

Therefore exercise to maintain normal metabolism. Vary nutrient-dense foods throughout the day so your body doesn’t believe you’re starving. Increase water intake to flush ketones (toxic chemicals) out of your system.

As I said, the SIRT diet isn’t bad but is this how you’ll eat throughout life? I’d rather recommend the Mediterranean, DASH or Weight Watchers for a lifetime diet plan. Stay healthy!

 

 

 

“Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese . . . “

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As you know most people gain weight over the holiday season which now lasts from Halloween until the Super Bowl. Then feeling guilty, they’ll desperately attempt a diet beginning on January 2nd. This lasts approximately three weeks if they’re lucky – or until the first football playoff game if not.

What’s the underlying reason for failing on a diet plan? It’s usually not because we don’t know what we should do. Most realize we should eat less, exercise more, slow down and drink water. Yet we fail over and over again! That’s frustrating! Weight loss is primarily a mental and Spiritual challenge, much more than mere willpower.

Please don’t settle for second best!” You are worth more than that! You would never think of throwing trash on the floor of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, so why do you trash your own temple of the Holy Spirit with so many unhealthy foods? 

My book, “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese . . .” will make the perfect Christmas gift this year. With over 230 pages of practical applications and encouragement, it targets our mind, body and spirit. It’s not another diet book; it was written as a positive philosophy on how to honor God with our earthly bodies by choosing wisely.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”  (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20)

“Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese” (Nutritional & Life Lessons God Teaches Us) addresses this Truth: God never meant for us to live on complicated, fallacy-laden, restrictive diet plans which clearly reject our Maker’s fundamental psychological, physiological and spiritual wishes. God set Adam in a Garden and provided the perfect Master Plan for health. Today however, people needlessly consume “sticks and twigs,” processed packaged foods, drink tasteless protein shakes or restrict their diet needlessly. Why?

Healthy living is not about denying oneself chocolate, cheese, eggs, potatoes, shrimp or any other food while consuming only rice cakes and celery. God gave us the perfect dietary plan in Genesis 1:29 and 9:3. There is no need to suffer through some restrictive, unappetizing menu in the quest to obtain health. If one concentrates on nutrients, they will naturally be healthier, while resisting toxic cravings. Since most already know what to do, I concentrate on the physiological reasons of why do we do what we don’t want to do? (as the Apostle Paul acknowledged in Romans 7:15.)

Now please don’t respond with comments like “Well I’m allergic to eggs or shrimp, so that’s a Biblical fallacy!”  God didn’t have to advise, “don’t put beans in your ears . . .” either. He gave us common sense and a world where we live under Grace.  (We also live under the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, meaning everything’s winding down.) Everyone’s been formed uniquely with a different chemical make-up. I address that in my book.

“Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese” is filled with useful illustrations, realistic applications and common sense! I pray that this encouraging and intriguing non-fiction work will motivate you to tackle the many mental, physical and spiritual connections to food which challenge you. Discover your true vitality through sensible eating, honoring God in the process!

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

My paperback book can be found on amazon.com at an affordable price or as an e-book. (It’s certainly less than a hospital visit and remember: nothing tastes as wonderful as Victory feels!)

Changing Those Pesky Habits

A story is told of a little girl who sat at her kitchen table watching her mom make dinner. Four generations had arrived for a family reunion and there was much to do.

The little girl watched as her mother placed the roast in a large pan and as she normally did, proceeded to cut off several inches of it and put it aside.  mother-daughter-making-dinner

The daughter watched all this thoughtfully. Being a curious little child, she  innocently asked, “Mom, why do you always cut the end of the roast off each time you and toss it aside?”

Her mother shrugged and replied, “Well, I don’t honestly know honey, but that’s how my mother did it. Why don’t you ask her?”

So the girl walked into the living room and asked her grandmother, “Grandmother, why did you always cut a few inches off the Sunday roast when you put in the pan?”

The grandmother contemplated the question for awhile and finally remarked, “Well I don’t really know. But it’s always been the way my mother made it. Let’s ask her.”

So they both walked into the den where her great-grandmother was watching television and the child asked,” Great-grandma why did you always cut a couple inches off the Sunday roast before you placed it in the oven?”

Great-grandmother  seemed perplexed at the question. “Why in the world would you ask that?”

“Well, mom is making dinner and that’s what she does, so I asked why and she didn’t know. Then I asked grandmother why she did that too and she didn’t know either. So we thought we’d ask you why you did the same thing?”

“Oh honey,” the great-grandmother sighed, shook her head and smiled sadly. “I only cut the roast because my pan was too small!”

Yes, we live as we learn and habits are pesky things. Occasionally, (as you’ve probably found as well), even when I spoke to my children, I thought, “My goodness – I sound like my mother!”

We tend to act, purchase and cook as our parents did. How many of us buy the same deodorant, mouthwash, paper towels or peanut butter that our parents routinely purchased?  We recognize the brand name and it’s reassuring to know exactly what we will get. But sometimes people get into a rut and are afraid to branch out and try new things.

I was a European tour guide for a few years (yeah I know, twist my arm.) After we entered a village and had some free time for lunch, inevitably someone would ask where the local McDonald’s was. They were afraid to be adventurous, trying new foods.

Our bodies can get into a routine also. We shouldn’t! When one eats the same old foods . . .  exercises in the same old way . . . even uses the same old shampoo, our body gets used to it. We get into a rut. Exercising the same way continually uses the same muscle groups and the body stagnates. If we constantly eat the same foods, we could develop an allergy to that food. Not varying your calorie intake also creates the innate metabolic function of “same old calories in, same old calories out.”

God created us with bodies that need variety! Each nutrient provides a different purpose within our frame. Mixing up different food groups with diverse nutrients will assist in keeping us healthy.  I urge you to become adventurous because God has provided us with a bounty of nutritional goodness!

    “In whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.” (Ephesians 2:21)

How Nutrition Assists Those with Lyme Disease

Lyme disease has been around since 1975. It’s an intense inflammatory disease primarily caused by bacteria and living with it is a challenge. Symptoms range from severe headaches, memory loss, fatigue, debilitating joint pain and heart palpitations (mimicking Chronic Fatigue and Epsom Barr Syndrome.)deer-tick

The common misconception is that the disease is only spread by the deer tick. Recent studies have discovered however that not only ticks but fleas, mosquitoes, spiders and even lice spread the disease. How well one lives with Lyme disease is determined by many factors but foremost is how healthy one’s immune system is previously to  acquiring it.

We live in a deteriorating world far removed from Eden. Many new-found plagues, like the Zika Virus, will be prevalent during the end times. (Yet another reason to consume a healthier diet.) Our body constantly hosts a myriad of illnesses within us, including cancer cells. So the question remains: why are some susceptible to certain illnesses while others aren’t? The answer: hereditary genes, environment, lifestyle, Second Law of Thermodynamics – in other words, you name it!

To combat inflammation, we should keep our bodies slightly on the higher end of the pH scale (7.2 – 7.4.)  If water is pure at 7.0, acidic foods are below 7.0 and alkaline foods are above 7.0. Once again we need balance in our lifestyle and dietary habits.

Alkaline foods are very anti-inflammatory so consuming more vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and herbs is imperative to fight this. Anything’s fine in moderation but limiting one’s daily meat intake to 4-6 ounces would go a long way to improving health.

Since the disease is a bacterial one, ensure you consume a good quality natural yogurt such as Dannon Natural or one with no fillers, preservatives or junk added. Fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut, kimchi or fermented vegetables contain probiotic’s and essential enzymes. Without enzymes the body can’t walk, breathe, talk or do any other bodily function!

Garlic has always been a natural defense agent protecting us against disease. Containing allicin, it antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, destroys parasites and strengthens the immune system. A side benefit is that it’s a mood elevator.

Flavoring our foods with herbs like parsley, basil and oregano detoxifies our liver. Most herbs are anti-inflammatory and these three are especially great! Pesto over a white fiber pasta, anyone?

Turmeric (also curcumin found within turmeric) increases bile production in the liver which transport toxins out of the body.

Pineapple is a fabulous anti-inflammatory agent. Containing bromelain it increases a natural killer cell of bacteria called CD57.

Green drinks with chlorophyll, are excellent detoxifiers. Adding green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, lettuce and of course many cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cabbage and Brussels Sprouts should regularly be on the menu.

Only use quality oils. Try coconut oil which resists bacteria and will last up to 6 months after opening. (And a little goes a long way.)

Omega 3’s is imperative. Fish oil, salmon, tuna, avocados, milled flaxseed. It’s easier to look up a list of these beneficial choices rather than rattle them off now but all lower inflammatory symptoms. The Mediterranean Diet is very saturated with omega 3’s!

One last item you can try if you find it is called Bentonite clay. It tastes like milk of magnesia, binding toxins and removing them from your system.

As I’ve mentioned, it’s a debilitating illness but always hang on to hope – some people discover their symptoms subside over time. Eating well might help diminish painful symptoms.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)

 

As Sweet As Honey

honey“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” (Proverbs 16:24)

There is so much civil unrest in our world today it’s sad. If only some thought before they spoke, their words could be as sweet as honey and how much different this world could be! Many walk around as grumpy as can be  Perhaps a spoonful of honey would make them happier.

But some people will sneer and state that honey has too much sugar to be healthy. I counter with, “What’s my mantra?”  Eat for nutrients, not for calories!  I say, if you’re not allergic to bees, what have you got to lose?

Honey’s chocked full of nutrients!

Honey contains vitamins riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, B 5 & 6, C and minerals: magnesium, calcium, phosphate, potassium, sulphur, iron and in smaller quantities, copper, iodine and zinc. The general rule: the darker the honey, the more powerful it is. (Illinois buckwheat honey at one time had the highest antioxidant activity but perhaps they’ve discovered even better ones now.)  Honey contains a lot of 50 cent words like polyphenols, salicylic acid, oligosaccharides, alpha-tocopherols and other amazing properties benefiting health. Trust me, God wouldn’t have created it and then said, “Whoops, don’t eat this.”

Excellent medicinal properties:

Honey is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial. Doctors historically, have used its over 180 curative properties to assist with respiratory illnesses, yeast infections, ulcers and arthritis. And of course we’ve all heard that honey with lemon will soothe a sore throat. It was even used during the Civil War as a natural antiseptic to promote wound healing. Honey has an incredible amount of antioxidant abilities to ward off illnesses, even cancers. Bacteria cannot live in honey so it virtually never spoils!

Raw honey is one of the best ways to rid yourself of  vegetation allergies!  Not just in northeast Ohio, but anywhere. The reason raw honey’s proclaimed to work is that bees use the flowering plants that contain the local pollen to which you are allergic.  This unfiltered raw honey, gathered through local pollination, also contains incredible antioxidant properties. TIP: Search for a honey produced closest to your area.  After a while, you’ll build up an immunity to allergy attacks.

Another Benefit: It keeps us looking younger!

Try a honey mask to clear up skin blemishes. Honey attracts water to the skin, so it hydrates, becoming a wonderful moisturizer. (Wouldn’t mind if it got rid of a few wrinkles in the bargain, would you?)

How to consume it?   Honey can be used in recipes all day long!

  • Drizzle it over your oatmeal, yogurt or on whole grain toast with peanut butter and cinnamon.
  • Create a honey-mustard salad dressing, BBQ sauce, or a low-fat cream sauce using plain yogurt.
  • Baste it on chicken, fish, shrimp or pork recipes.
  • Add to smoothies or different teas.
  • Create an after school yogurt/honey dip for apples, bananas or other fruit.

Simply use your imagination and you’ll find many ways to add honey’s natural nutrients two or three times a week.

Caution: Use common sense

Proverbs 25:27 proclaims,  “It is not good to eat much honey,” 

Remember anything’s fine in moderation, so don’t overdo! If you’re allergic to bees, don’t consume!  Diabetic? Consume a small amount and always with high fiber items. And DON’T give honey to children under a year due to possible botulism effects. Consume intelligently!

 

 

Who then becomes the “Biggest Loser?”

When the popular weight loss reality show, The Biggest Loser premiered six years ago, my husband and I watched advertised previews. My hubby turned to me and asked, “It can’t be good for the body to lose that quickly, can it?” Even he recognized that instant gratification isn’t good for our overall health. How right he was.

“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8) 

Yesterday all  the morning programs, as well as the internet,  announced with dismay that contestants on The Biggest Loser were gaining weight back and currently had to fight like crazy to maintain their ever-growing physique. Oh dear, the commentators lamented, what went wrong?imagesCA2E4O1C

Nothing that wasn’t normal physiology. God created this fabulously designed machine which protects us against our own foolish desires. He knows what is best for us and yet we fail to yield to it, insisting on our own path. We sometimes lust for the world’s praise, not God’s. God definitely wants our bodily temple healthy and that includes the entire mental, physical and spiritual package.

People are so desperate to lose weight for the world’s idea of beauty that they will try anything. Years ago Rachel Ray, the famous chef and television talk show host wanted to see exactly how desperate dieters can be.  She created a false diet program which was advertised as:

“Volunteers needed to test new diet program. Some foods ae toxic and will cause paralysis and blindness.”

Now you’re probably laughing thinking, who in their right mind would sign up for something like this? Well sadly over 1400 people did! Are we an out of control narcissistic society or what???

The reason the contestants gained weight back is because the body is very physiologically possessive. It will fight to preserve itself in any way it can for it wants to live! (It’s one reason why children can survive after being underwater twenty minutes or longer.)

In the case of The Biggest Loser, the body was  unnaturally stressed to its breaking point in order to create maximum weight loss. It was forced to do an activity that was against normalcy. (And remember stress can cause all types of illnesses in the long-term.) After being released from the rigors of that program, the mind demanded to take control of its own body again. That meant getting back to “normal,” which by now was all messed up.

After the contestants had stressed and manipulated their metabolism to reach their goal weight, the real challenge began. Keeping it off! The brain took over and slowed its metabolism for protection. In other words, it believed itself to be ill and wanted to survive. Therefore it hung on to every ounce of food it could while slowing its metabolism. One should always remember he can’t outsmart a fat cell or God’s physiology.

“I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  (Psalm 139: 14a)

I feel so bad for these contestants because it will be a very long time before their metabolism will return to normal. It’s a tough way to learn patience. Never fear however, for if you lose weight slowly and sensibly (1-3 pounds a week) you’ll keep it off for God wants you healthy!