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Discovering Kale

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I read an article on SP the other day that sung the praises of kale because it is the veggie with the highest percentage of antioxidants--by a long shot. So I gook the time to identify it at the store and incorporated it into a salad today. It was good and I will continue to eat it that way and I'll probably also mix it into smoothies as it would be essentially tasteless in that case and yet would deliver the goods!

So thanks to SP for introducing me to another wonderfully healthy food.

  
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DDKITTYP1MP 11/23/2009 1:57PM

    It's also great in soups!!!

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HAPPYMOM8 11/22/2009 9:53PM

    Wow1 Great to know you can use it in a salad. I have been using it cooked in olive oil and as part of my veggie chicken soup(excellent) but I haven't used it in a salad yet thinking it might be too strong a flavor. Will give it a try! thanks, Pat

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On a Five-Month Plateau but Feeling Great!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I don't know what it is. I've been on a plateau since June and I just can't get off of it. I've tried just about everything I can't think of to start losing again, except drastically reducing my cals (which I may try), but nothing has worked.

But you know what? It's really not that big of a deal to me. I know I do have more to lose, and I know I will go much faster on my bike if I do, but at the end of the day my passion is to love God more by caring for this body he's given me well. And that's happening. I'm eating a good variety of foods, I'm exercising 4-6 days per week, I'm sleeping well, serving others, and seeking God. So really, what's a little more weight loss compared to all of these things? It would be nice but it's not essential.

I do hope to break through this plateau at some point, if nothing else just to have conquered this barrier. But honestly, if I'm never able to do that I'm a happy camper!

  


Seek Health for the Right Reasons because Almost all Glory Fades

Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm sitting in my dining room looking at a painting of Venice, Italy. I was there last November (though I didn't acquire the painting at that time) and, though the painting is set about 150 years before I was there, modern Venice looks much the same. I actually recognize the three cathedrals in the painting as well as some of the other structures.

Being an American the longevity of the Venecian culture is inspiring to me but as I think about it a little more deeply I can't help but coming to the conclusion that all earthly glory fades--eventually. At one time the Italians were so powerful and influential around the world but now their glory has largely faded on the world scene and people visit Italy to see what used to be. They visit it as one would a museum. It is essentially a nation-sized monument to a glory that has faded away.

And all earthly glory is like this. It fades away. It may seem powerful and inspiring and immovable and worth giving ourselves to for a time, but in the end it will fade away just like a flower or a vapor or a blade of grass.

Now, when it comes to the pursuit of health we must be careful and search our hearts well to ensure that we're pursuing it for the right reasons--reasons that will last, reasons whose glory will not fade away. And what would those reasons be? Achieving a particular weight? Being able to fit into a pair of pants or, for the ladies, a dress? Looking good in swimming attire? Fitting in with a certain crowd? Being able to lift a certain weight or complete a certain number of repetitions of a certain exercise? Being able to run or ride or climb fast or long, or to accomplish any athletic goal?

It seems patently obvious to me that the glory of all such things will fade away, and fade away fast. If we're pursuing health to achieve these ends we will be sorely disappointed and our end will be no better than our beginning.

Therefore, as I reflect on these things it seems to me that the only glory that will never fade away--that CAN never fade away--is the glory of God expressed in his purposes. This is why Jesus taught us that the most important commandment of all is this: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one. You shall LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength. And the second is like it: You shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:28-34). In other words, he was saying, "Spend your life pursuing the only thing worth pursuing and pursue this thing in everything else you do--namely, God himself, the eternal one.

So the only motive for pursuing health that will not fade away is the passion to love God more by caring for that which he has entrusted to us, namely, our bodies. If my pursuit of health is essentially the pursuit of the glory of God I will not be disappointed because God's glory will never fade away. As David said in Psalm 16:11, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."--that is, pleasures that will never fade away.

So I invite you to search your heart with me and think deeply about WHY you're pursuing health. Will the things you're pursuing last or will they fade away? Why spend your life running after things that will undoubtedly fade away? Why not pursue God in all things since God and his purposes will never fade away?

Thanks for putting up with such a long entry, and thanks for being on this journey with me! I appreciate you so much, my SP friends! To God be the glory.

  
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WINDY_LEE 11/20/2009 12:36PM

    Thank You very much.
God Bless

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LOLEMA 11/20/2009 12:18PM

  Well said, thank you!

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Craving What is Good

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I was talking with a friend yesterday about how much my tastes have changed over the last 10 months. Honestly, the very thought of eating McDonalds, which used to be so delightful to me, is now off-putting. And the handful of times when I've decided to eat there for the sake of convenience my body has very much disagreed with me! It's learned to love good foods and it has a hard time processing processed foods now.

Conversely, almost every day I waking up literally craving fruits and veggies, especially spinach! I love spinach and eat it almost every day. Just writing about it is making my mouth water right now. It takes time to acquire such cravings but once you have them nothing else will satisfy.

So, I'm very thankful to God and also to SP for causing/helping me to pursue health until I've come to the place where I now crave what is good and have a distaste for what is not good.

  
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SAHMWICH 11/19/2009 5:44PM

    I totally feel the same way! I've noticed that if I eat McDonalds a couple times I start to crave it again though. I SWEAR they put addictive substances in their food.

Good for you and keep it up!

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DDKITTYP1MP 11/19/2009 1:23PM

    That is great!!! My tastes have changed a lot already to, and I've only been at this for a little over a month! I actually THIRST for water now, even though I'm drinking tons of it!

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BLONDEDOG 11/19/2009 10:42AM

    As you read on my blog I still end up eating some bad food...but I agree with you about the healthy cravings...nothing tastes so good to me as a banana, or spinach-I too am a huge fan of spinach!!! yum yum! And I'm thankful that 80 percent of the time junk food/fast food doesn't appeal to me. As for Mr. F. Round...I didn't even want him...he was just sitting there all alone and quietly whispering my name. I should have kicked him to the curb right then...another lesson learned.

YOU ROCK!!!

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NKHARRIS329 11/19/2009 10:01AM

    It is amazing how quickly your tastes change, and how horrible you feel after eating 'crap' food.

Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Mmm, Just had a Great Burrito

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I just enjoyed a homemade burrito which included:

6 oz of chicken
onions, red and white
fresh cut 1/2 tomato
bell peppers, red and yellow
spinach, 1 cup cooked
pace picante sauce
red pepper
small tortilla

Oh what a yummy burrito, glad I made a double recipe so I can have this again for dinner!

  


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