Food and Fitness

August’s Food-of-the-Month: Avocados at Emmanuel’s!

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

Today I’m especially thankful for friendship and love… and migraines and Mary.  Migraines, you might ask?  Yes, I would answer… those oppressive, nauseating headaches that make me want to sleep so I can’t feel them–or at least be in a dark room with no sound.  I’m thankful because the last two times I’ve had a migraine, my physical suffering has resulted in blessing.

This morning I awoke with a headache.  I still enjoyed my quiet time with God and went to the gym, but several hours later my headache was only worse.  I thought, “I don’t have time for a migraine.”  Plugging away at my computer, trying to get caught up from time away in Africa, it was the nausea that finally forced me to stop.  I’m grateful I did; it was only then I remembered the wonderful, wise words of a friend the last time I’d had a migraine….

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July’s Food-of-the-Month: To the Land of Milk and Honey, Part Two

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

Last month, after the wildfires here in Colorado Springs, we escaped to “a land flowing with milk and honey,” focusing on the comfort and strength of milk and other dairy products (Exodus 3:8).  This month, after another tragedy in Colorado–the senseless shootings at a movie theater–we shall again find solace in the Promised Land, this time focusing on the goodness and sweetness of honey… and on one of the most meaningful revelations I’ve ever received from God.

When I visited the Holy Land in 2010, I was surprised to see palm trees with something different from coconuts hanging on them.  Pointing my finger at the masses of little brown “balls” high above me, I asked our guide, “What are THOSE?”  “Dates,” she said.  It was a DATE palm tree.  Soon after, I learned honey in Israel is made from dates… also called date syrup.  And let me tell you date honey is DELICIOUS–tasting a bit like molasses.  I bought a jar in Bethlehem and still enjoy it from time to time as a special treat.

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June’s Food-of-the-Month: To the Land of Milk and Honey!

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

After the week we’ve had here in Colorado Springs, I’m tired!  In the aftermath of the wildfires that burned down almost 350 homes and 17,000 acres, I think it’s time for some “comfort food” for our heart, mind, body and soul.  The following Scripture seems especially appropriate:  “The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people…. I have heard them crying out… and I am concerned about their suffering.  So I have come down to rescue them… and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey….’” (Exodus 3:7-8).  Mmm… sounds wonderful!

To the evacuees temporarily living in cramped quarters I imagine “good and spacious” sounds sublime.  But to all of us–even those who haven’t spent much time in the Bible–“a land flowing with milk and honey” conjures up something utterly delightful in every way.  Pleasing to all of our senses, the land is fertile, abundantly alive and overflowing with blessings… a reward of complete comfort and satisfaction after an arduous journey.  For those who have suffered this week, I pray peace and joy will be found in this land in a personal relationship with God.  And on a much smaller scale, I hope that as we look at some of the foods in “the land of milk and honey,” we will find not only comfort but strength.

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May’s Food-of-the-Month: NUTS!

Posted on May 30, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

At the beginning of May I mentally placed nuts on our monthly food pedestal.  But I’m so glad I didn’t get around to writing this post until after Mother’s Day–when my eyes were opened to the world of nuts in a brand new beautiful way.  I LOVE when God does stuff like this….

It was a cool, overcast day–perfect for a temporary escape into another world of MY choice!  How excited I was to look in the newspaper and learn of a movie called “Chimpanzee.”  Based on the short description about a baby chimp named Oscar, I knew this would be my kind of flick… I LOVE animal movies!  What I didn’t know is that I’d soon be entering the lush, “Biblical” world of fig trees and nut groves deep in the rainforest of Africa, a land to which I’ve desired going since childhood.  But this is where Oscar and his family so blessedly live, thriving largely on the protein and healthy fats of the NUTS God gave them!  Jillian Michaels would highly approve… of the chimpanzees’ skillful nut-cracking, I should say.

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A Secret to Fitness Success: Tell Someone!

Posted on May 17, 2012 in Faith, Food and Fitness | 0 comments

If you only knew how often I think of you when I’m at the gym!  Yes, “you,” the fellow soul who cares about your physical fitness.  More than anything, I want to ENCOURAGE you on your individual journey, knowing each of ours is different.  We all have unique abilities and goals, injuries or surgeries from which we’re recovering, or conditions we’re currently experiencing.  Our workout regimes are very personal… custom-tailored to our likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses.  This makes it difficult, I sometimes think, for me to write to such a diverse audience.  But lately a message has been on my mind which I believe applies to everyone–no matter our age or stage in fitness–because it can benefit us all.  It has to do with using our Orbicularis oris muscle:  the muscle around our mouth!

We can tell ourselves before going to bed at night we’ll wake up early and go to the gym, but once that alarm sounds, it’s easy to turn it off and go back to sleep.  We can tell ourselves we’ll go for a run after work or swim laps on Saturday, but once those times come and we’d rather do something else (like relax), it’s simple to forego our original intention.  But when we tell SOMEONE ELSE our plans and ask this person to hold us accountable, we’ve most likely taken a giant leap in accomplishing our personal goals.

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April’s Food-of-the-Month: EGGS

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

Several weeks ago my sophomore in high school was sick and home from school, watching me fix my lunch.  “Mom, do you seriously still eat that every day?” he asked as I was cracking open and separating my eggs.  “Pretty much…yeah, I do…I love it!” I replied.  We were referring to my “Daily Scramble,” an equally delicious and nutritious meal featured in the Oxygen Magazine article on my website AND in last month’s post about spinach.  Many times I modify the recipe, but the main ingredients stay the same.  (To me, eggs and spinach go together like peanut butter and jelly…or more precisely, two of my other loves:  almond butter and agave nectar.)

Although the humble egg is not always considered a “Super Food” or “Power Food” by others (possibly because of its cholesterol–which we’ll cover in a minute), this staple in my diet absolutely makes my Top 12 list because of the protein in the egg white.  “Eggs have long been considered the best source of complete protein…”–a term defined as a food which contains all of the essential amino acids (Chris Carmichael’s Food for Fitness).  The Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Health, David Zinczenko agrees:  “The protein found in eggs has the highest ‘biological value‘ of protein–a measure of how well it supports your body’s protein need–of any food.  In other words, the protein in eggs is more effective at building muscle than protein from other sources…” (The Abs Diet for Women).

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