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.
PS Burning coals here, is a red hot fiery love that melts a person's heart!
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!
MAKES 1 SERVING
* PointsPlus is a Weight Watcher trademark. While I track my daily nutrition and participate online with SparkPeople, I am also a Weight Watcher.
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!
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.
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
. . .
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.
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