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Today is a study in faith . . .

Friday, January 07, 2011

Joyce Meyer has been teaching us this week to "Unclog the arteries of our heart." One way I can do that is to study and meditate on God's word: This can be so refreshing! Conflict-free living is a way to truly sense God's presence in my life.

Romans 12:16-21 (Amplified Bible)
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.
17 Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone.
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God's] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord.
20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.
21 Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.

I am blessed to have the resource of God’s word that holds all the answers. I am also very grateful for the many SparkPeople resources to both work and achieve the healthy goals with such great friends who are instrumental in helping me stay on track.

hug, hug,

PS Burning coals here, is a red hot fiery love that melts a person's heart!

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MOMFAN 1/8/2011 4:50PM


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ANGELONE11 1/7/2011 11:51PM

    Yes, I would agree with the nice way that you put it "red hot fiery love that melts a person's heart" especially when it comes to dealing with our enemies!

Very inspirational!! Enjoyed reading!!

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PAMAPPLE 1/7/2011 7:57PM

    I have Joyce Meyers Everyday Life Bible and it is my favorite for it is full of devotions and explanation that go along with the scripture. Yes, we need to heed his word and love our enemy by, I like how you put it, red hot fiery love that melts a person's heart. emoticon

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    I so agree, sparkpeople is a great place to be to make great big changes in big ways because of the leading of Holy Spirit that led me here to do a big big work.

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Another great resource: Check out the new Hungry Girl Cooking show!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I'm looking forward to the world premiere of Hungry Girl (the TV show!) this Saturday at 4pm ET/1pm PT on Cooking Channel. The first episode is all about PIZZA! They’re celebrating with a bunch of brand-new pizza-esque recipes. Chow down... and tune in!

For program information, visit: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/hungry-gir
l/you-wanna-pizza-me/index.html?ref=hg. Here’s one of Hungry Girl’s recipes that came in my inbox:

The HG Special Pizza -->
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 254 calories, 9.5g fat, 1,009mg sodium, 31.5g carbs, 14g fiber, 7g sugars, 22.5g protein -- PointsPlus™ value 7*

Three kinds of cheese... a "secret" sauce... assorted yum-ilicious toppings. You will be dreaming about this veg-tastic pizza until the end of time!

1 La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortilla
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese
1/4 cup Amy's Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque
1/4 cup frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles (like the kind by Boca or Morningstar Farms), thawed
3 tbsp. chopped red onion
1/2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 piece Mini Babybel Light cheese, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place tortilla on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven until slightly crispy, about 5 minutes.

Remove sheet from the oven and carefully flip tortilla. Once cool enough to handle, evenly spread cheese wedge over the tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Cover cheese with the bisque.

Evenly top the saucy layer with soy crumbles and onion. Sprinkle with garlic powder and Parm-style topping, and then evenly top with chopped cheese.

Bake in the oven until cheese has melted and tortilla is crispy, about 5 minutes. Cut into slices and eat!


* PointsPlus is a Weight Watcher trademark. While I track my daily nutrition and participate online with SparkPeople, I am also a Weight Watcher.

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SHELLEY147 1/7/2011 10:54AM

    oh, I can't wait to see the show! :) I love Hungry Girl...even have some of the cookbooks! Thanks for letting us know about it!! ~hugs~

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NINJA-NED 1/7/2011 9:29AM

    i wish we got that channel. i posted a blog on my love affair with pizza (http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_

thanks for sharing the recipe. i use those tortillas for pizza all the time. yum!

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PAMAPPLE 1/6/2011 8:35PM

    Mmmmmmm... Looks yummy and healthy!! I can substitute a whole wheat tortilla and soy cheese to stay on my Daniel Fast. Thank you for the information!! emoticon

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CERIUSLY 1/6/2011 7:45PM

    Sounds interesting I'll look for it. That pizza looks and sounds yummy.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/6/2011 3:35PM

    Future episodes:

You Wanna Pizza Me?: Jan 8 & 13
Episode: CCHGL-101H
Hungry Girl puts a new spin on an old Italian favorite - pizza. In addition to presenting recipes for Crispy White Pizza, Bring on the Breakfast Pizza, and Pizza-fied Chicken, Lisa shows us how to work with uncommon crusts like high fiber tortilla and pita. She also heads to the grocery store to share her top tips on how to enjoy pizza the HG way. Additionally, Lisa cruises by her favorite pizzeria to give tips and tricks on ordering guilt free.

Fill 'Er Up: Jan 15 & 20
Episode: CCHGL-102H
For everyone who enjoys stuffing their face, this episode highlights food that fills your appetite the smart way. Hungry Girl reports from the supermarket to reveal her top super-filling snacks and ways to bulk up dishes with tasty fillers. Dishes include her famous Hungry Chick Chunky Soup, Chop-chop Beef Stir-fry Ginormous, and Sweet-tart Fruit Salad, which are all guaranteed to keep you filled up for hours. And, as a special treat, Lisa tries to fill the appetite of the number one competitive eater in the world, Joey Chestnut!

Chocolate 911: Feb 5Surprises, Shockers & Swaps: Jan 22 & 27
Episode: CCHGL-104H
In HG's most revealing episode, Lisa fills us in on foods that are deceptively bad. But don't fret! Lisa uses simple swaps to whip up dishes like Hungry-Girl-nola, Yum Yum Brownie Muffins, Bake-Tastic Butternut Squash Fries, and two killer swaps for chips - Baked Kale and Lavash - that both go great with HG Hot Couple Dip. In addition, Hungry Girl shares her top swaps direct from the grocery store.

Pasta La Vista: Jan 29 & Feb 3
Episode: CCHGL-106H
Afraid that pasta is going to whack your diet? Fuggedaboutit! Lisa shows us that there's nothing wrong with a little Italy. She shows off her amazing dishes like Fettuccini Hungry Girlfredo, Slaw & Order (which you have to taste to believe) and her top-secret tricks to supersize your pasta bowl. We're also heading to the grocery store to learn about pasta swaps and the shocking differences in sauces. Additionally, Lisa goes to an Italian restaurant and serves unsuspecting diners their meals and their ridiculously high calorie totals and reveals the smartest choices for filling food from a typical Italian menu.

Episode: CCHGL-105H
Chocoholics rejoice - Hungry Girl shows you how to enjoy your favorite indulgences guilt-free including Chocolate Marshmallow Mississippi Mug Pie, Madness Cupcakes, an over-the-top dessert drink, a Mounds Bar Martini, and to top it all off: a non-alcoholic Hot 'N' Nutty Liquid Brownie. In addition, Lisa searches for the dessert of her dreams!

Comfortably Yum: Feb 12 & 17
Episode: CCHGL-103H
When life gets you down, there is always one thing that makes you feel better - comfort food! Lisa is challenged by a HG fan to whip up an HG version of her mother's mac & cheese recipe - the pressure is on! Also, we get the skinny on the low cal (but fabulous) 'Cue the Pulled Pork and PB n' Chocolate Bread Pudding Bonanza. In addition, Lisa treats us to a Diner Survival Guide.

Think Fast... Food: Feb 19
Episode: CCHGL-107H
What is more American than onion rings, cheeseburgers, and apple pie? Hungry Girl! Lisa presents inventive, low-calorie remakes of these classic foods like Lord of the Onion Rings, Island Insanity Burger, and Awesome Apple Pie-lets. Lisa also gives us a survival guide for two other American staples - fast food restaurants (are there any good choices?) and treats stored behind those tricky glass counters at your local Cineplex (some are definitely rated R).

Happy Hour: Feb 26
Episode: CCHGL-108H
Join Lisa as she replaces traditional happy hour temptations with Hungry Girl's own Sweet-Hot Steak Bites, Slammin' Slimmed-Down Strawberry Daiquiri, Kickin' Cranberry Cosmo, De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket, and Exploding Chicken Taquitos. Lisa also points out shockers about bar food and drinks that could make your happy hour miserable.

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Celebrating the 12th Day of Christmas with friends!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Twelfth Day of Christmas culminated in breaking bread with good friends. This has been a delightful Christmas Season with many opportunities to celebrate life and breaking bread -- while continuing to make wonderful connections -- with good friends and loved ones.

The Apostle John writes, "...I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10) I praise God the many blessings that can come my way that allow me to enjoy life to the fullest. I was able to introduce a SparkPeople recipe, Thai Cabbage Salad, to my Nepali friends. Yum!

The Christmas Season is also a wonderful time to remember our many past connections with people who are no longer with us or have moved away. I love that most of our gatherings now include a “hug, hug” photo!

May 2011 exceed your expectations in love, peace, and joy!

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    Thank you for sharing - nice pictures. emoticon

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Eat to live or Live to Eat?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

In the article, Overcoming Overeating, SparkPeople Health Educator Nicole Nichols wrote the A+ answer to the question: Why do we eat? Nicole says, “We all know why we should be eating: to supply our bodies with plenty of energy to get through the day; to get nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals which help us to stay healthy and free of disease; and to get useful carbohydrates, proteins, and fats—all of which contribute to running our bodies properly and maintaining good health.”

Wow! Could I ever internalize such a message? I get a great deal of enjoyment whenever food is involved: I enjoy a diversity of foods, their aroma, their beauty, and appreciate their existence when we enhance relationships through the breaking of bread.

Making quality connections with people and sharing food together go so well together. I have many great memories that involve food: While visiting friends in India, it seemed our hosts were serving a light beverage or food every 15 minutes as a warm and welcoming gesture. When I remember visits with various families, I remember the watermelon Ann and Art almost always served, along with the many pot lucks at the summer cottage. Even one the key highlights during my camping days were bringing a cast iron griddle for hash and fresh blueberry pancakes . . . then there was the campfire-grilled corn on the cob.

While I often relinquished myself to this statement: I will always have an eating problem because of my love and enjoyment of food! What I have done, though, is learn more about the variety and quality of foods that should go into this body. I have come to terms with the fact that my “live to eat” mentality is a lot like being a morning person . . . it’s deeply engrained in my psyche and who I am. But I also know that food can be kept in check or managed better. For that, I am thankful for my many resources, that include my SparkPeople friends and teammates. We are learning to make healthier choices.

Merry 11th Day of Christmas. I have my last dinner party tomorrow evening for a few Nepali students. May 2011 exceed your goals for healthy living.

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FREES1 1/6/2011 2:03PM

    we have developed such a culture around food - the basics of why we eat are as Nicole has stated.. if you have pets just watch them eat.. our two cats share a two compartment food dish - they eat, they leave - no interaction between them saving one pushing the other out of the way
We can have our culture and our nutrition too - just can't let the one lead us to overindulge in the other!

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NINJA-NED 1/5/2011 7:22AM

    Thank you for sharing. I copied the 'why to eat' quote into my personal notes as a reminder.

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DWROBERGE 1/5/2011 12:22AM

    Eat to live is the proper choice.

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The Merriment goes on . . .

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Merry Sixth Day of Christmas! [six geese a-laying]

I felt a little like Gene Kelly when I decided to get in a little fitness while walking down to the supermarket today. The temperature was 35F, meaning what should have been snow was rain. My bumbleshoot was keeping me dry and then it happened, I broke into song:

I'm singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again
. . .
Just singin',
Singin' in the rain . . . then breaking into humming! Some of the old movies bring back fun memories!

I have to admit, me and exercise have a love/hate relationship. Thanks to the Teddy Bears and the Peeps for your encouragement. I’m actually praying that such a great feeling will come over me, that there will be additional incentive for a literal change of heart when it comes to wanting to exercise . . . a change of attitude that takes place on the inside. Let’s just say, I’m still waiting! Nevertheless, I take the challenges I’m in quite seriously, because I know some super terrific people are counting on the team as a whole. That participation is enough to keep my energy levels revved up.

Good news! I successfully posted my first recipe today. That was a fun! However, eating and being able to log my dish accurately, was even a greater treat! Today I am thankful as I remember Kamla – she allowed me to follow her in the kitchen as I learned how to make several Indian curries. Just the type of dishes that meet my “What the Bible Says About Healthy Living” team’s challenge to eat foods that come from the Bible.

I hope being active in SparkPeople is contagious for you and your friends. John writes, "Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." (3 John 1:2)

Join a new challenge or kick it up a notch in a challenge you’re already in. May you be blessed with improved health in 2011.

Hug, hug,

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JUGE300000 1/4/2011 8:11AM

    Nice blog. Great Attitude.

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NINJA-NED 12/31/2010 7:48AM

    no one should look that good while cooking emoticon. you're beautiful.

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ANDYINBC 12/31/2010 2:18AM

    Thanks for your well wishes for 2011. I wish you the same. Got a kick out of your Singing in the Rain story. Always loved that movie and the young Debbie Reynolds. Gene was pretty good too, but Donald O'Connor was definitely the funny one. I think I am definitely dating myself with this response so I will simply say... Happy New Year!

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MOMFAN 12/31/2010 1:39AM

    emoticonCheering you on! Let's reach our goals together this year!

Was walking in the compact snow with my Yak Traks today!

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PAMAPPLE 12/31/2010 1:25AM

    I love your enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle!! It looks like you are making serving sizes of food in baggies. Posting recipes at first is time-consuming but very gratifying. Later, I'm betting that you will create a cookbook on SP!! emoticon

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THEGORGESBLONDE 12/30/2010 11:48PM

    Great blog!

and merry 6th day of Christmas!

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SHELLEY147 12/30/2010 11:04PM

    You know....every time I read your blogs I wished I lived next door to you! I have to say...you make me smile each and every day you are in my life (even if only via the internet!) You, my friend, are a remarkable woman! ~hugs~

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