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Archive for September, 2009

The French Way to Stay Thin

Here is an interesting article explaining the French woman’s way to stay thin. It doesn’t involve the gym or lots of time working out. Rather, it incorporates exercise into your day in a very practical and effective way. http://tinyurl.com/yaoz6s9.

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Remember the Importance of Rest

Taking inspiration from a church sermon today about the importance of REST. Since the beginning of time (according to Genesis), rest has always been important: “… and on the seventh day, God rested.”

Don’t forget that rest is important. It’s not something that you should try to do if you can find the time. We all live such hectic lives. So hectic that it is imperative that we find the time to rest. Without rest we cannot rejuvenate. Without rejuvenation, we cannot be our best, not to ourselves or to anyone else.

Remember to take at least one day a week where you rest, relax, and do something you enjoy. Your life and your health will be much better for it, even if you are getting less accomplished. Taking the time to rest is an accomplishment in itself!

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Add to your diet for better health

I was listening to a podcast by Joel Osteen today (I love his podcasts!) and he had a great analogy. He talked about a glass of dirty water. In the glass was water and in the water were lots of little pieces of dirt and sand. If you keep putting clean water in the glass and let it run over, eventually all the dirt and sand are gone and you have a nice glass of clean water.

He was using the analogy for “detoxing the mind,” in other words, getting rid of the toxic thoughts in your mind (like, I’m not good enough, I’ll never lose weight, I’ll always be a loser, and all the horrible things that we say to ourselves). The point of his sermon was that you don’t necessarily have to work to get rid of the toxic thoughts. Rather, fill your mind with positive thoughts and they will crowd out the toxic ones.

I like the analogy for detoxing the mind, and I think it works for transforming your diet into a healthy one, too. Don’t focus on all the things that you need to take out of your diet. Instead, add healthy things. Eventually, all the healthy foods will crowd out the unhealthy foods, and you will have a healthy diet that makes you feel good. And, it won’t feel like work!

So, each week, add a new healthy food to your diet. Maybe this week it will be adding an orange to your breakfast. Maybe next week you can add a small salad to your lunch. Then a green vegetable to your dinner. Add fresh strawberries to your afternoon snack. And so on.

Give it a try!

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Yummy healthy dessert

BAKED BANANAS

4 firm bananas

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 inch grated ginger

1/2 cup raisins

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 tablespoon nutmeg 

  1. Peel and cut bananas in half lengthwise.
  2. Oil a baking pan and arrange bananas.
  3. Sprinkle with spices and raisins, cover, and bake at 375 degree for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and serve.
  5. Wonderful with a bit of chocolate sauce.

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A Fall-is-Coming-Soon Recipe

Roasted Autumn Vegetables

1 small butternut squash

1 pound carrots

1-2 parsnips

1 small rutabaga

1 turnip

1-2 teaspoons tamari or shoyu or 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon each rosemary, juniper berries, thyme and / or sage, fresh, if possible (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Wash and cut all the vegetables into large pieces.
  3. Mix them with oil, soy sauce or sea salt and herbs.
  4. Transfer into a baking dish that is large enough to hold the vegetables in one or two layers.
  5. Bake, covered for 30 minutes.
  6. Uncover and bake for 15-20 minutes longer or until the vegetables are tender.

 Note: Any combination of vegetables will work. Roasting only one kind of vegetable also makes a nice side dish.

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The Meat We Eat

Here’s an article discussing how unhealthy the meat we eat can be, and why we should eat organic, healthier, humanely raised meat, if we eat meat at all: http://tinyurl.com/nb7pgy.

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