Category: Health

The health needs and concerns of this country are many and varied. Obama care has become a headache and misery for many, and I’m afraid you will not be reading any positive reviews about it on these pages. You will, however, read about the health concerns and practices of my family and friends in rural America

How to Make Your Own Kefir- and Why You Should

How to Make Your Own Kefir- and Why You Should

Kefir (pronounced “Kee-fur” ) is a cultured milk similar to yogurt. The cultures that produce kefir are completely different than yogurt cultures, and have a unique, ultra-healthy probiotic content.

You may have received a kefir start from me- or perhaps you are curious and would like to begin making your own kefir and do not know where to start. Read through these directions, and if you would like a kefir start, please use the contact form and I will  arrange for you to get one (in the US only, sorry)

There are two ways that you may have received a kefir starter from me- in a glass jar that has several cups of  kefir already cultured, or in a plastic baggie with just a little milk.   If you have received a jar, it has already started the culturing process. Skip to *, below.  If you received a baggie with the culture and a small amount of milk,  use the following directions.

Getting started:

  • Clean, well rinsed glass jar
  • Kefir grains (do not rinse the grains!)
  • Milk (any grade: nonfat, low fat, full-fat)

Add the kefir grains to ½ cup of milk in a glass container, and leave it uncovered (or loosely covered) at room temperature (note: refrigerating the culture will stop the process). Stir a couple of times through the next 24 hours. At this point you will notice some of the milk around the grains has thickened.

Add additional milk (up to 2 cups at this point), stir to mix the starter into the new milk, and let it culture, stirring once or twice a day, for an additional 24 hours.

Depending on the temperatures of the room, during this initial ‘waking’ period, the milk will start to thicken after 12-24 hours, sometimes taking as much as 48 hours in a cooler environment. After this time, the milk should appear to be of yogurt consistency and is ready to be consumed as a beverage, used in recipes, turned into ‘cottage cheese’, or “ kept aside for several days to undergo a slower secondary fermentation  which further thickens and sours the milk” (Wikipedia), and adds to the nutrient base.  Use a plastic fork to scoop out the culture, and add the culture and ½ cup of the kefir to a quart size jar, and fill it with milk).

*After this initial period of bringing your culture ‘to life’, the culturing is pretty much a ‘no-brainer’: pour out the kefir that you want to use, then replace it with fresh milk. Stir, cover the jar with a cloth, and leave the jar on the counter.

If you need a break from culturing, put the grains and a tablespoon or two of kefir in a clean jar, add 2 cups milk, and put it into the refrigerator for up to several weeks. Stir it occasionally if you remember. It will stay alive for a long time this way. I have left a starter in the ‘fridge for over a month and had no trouble putting it back into use within 24 hours.  There are times when I will put a fully-cultured jar of kefir in the ‘fridge because I do not have time to use it or deal with it. After 5 or 6 days, I take it out and find that the culture has grown considerably- it is a good way to grow the culture if you wish to share it.

The bottom line is that the culture is very forgiving and easy to use.

Do NOTS:

  • *Do not store in a non-acid proof container (such as metal), and don’t use reactive-metal utensils.  Store and grow your kefir in glass containers. Plastic can be used during traveling.
  • Do not use metal utensils  in the kefir
  • * Do not use any dish that has a soap residue. Rinse any container thoroughly before using, as soap will kill the bacteria.
  • *Don’t suffocate the culture- it needs air. Keep any lid on loosely, or just cover with a cloth to keep bugs and dust out.
  • Do not rinse the grains. This stops the culturing process for several days, and is unnecessary. 
  •  Using your Kefir:

You can drink it plain,  add a little stevia or other sweetener to it, or make a smoothie with it. It can also be used to make ice cream, or as a probiotic ingredient in salad dressings and other recipes. See my Pinterest board for more ideas.

Making kefir cheese, aka ‘cottage’ cheese:

Put the culture in the milk, leave it anywhere from 12 hours to 2 or 3 days (depending on how hot the house is, and how sour you want the kefir cheese to be). Once it is thickened, remove the culture and a cup of kefir,  and put it in another jar. Add milk and set it aside to continue  culturing .    Put the jar of prepared kefir (without cultures- this step will kill the culture!) in a pot of water, bringing it to a boil. As soon as the water boils, (but without boiling the kefir!) and the curds separate from the whey, I turn off the stove and let the pot of water with the jar of curds-and-whey sit until they are cool- several hours or overnight. Then pour the curds-and-whey into a strainer and drain for an hour or two until it is as dry as you want it. If you would prefer it more of a ‘Greek yogurt’ consistency, do not let it drain for long.

I love this kefir cheese served with a little sugar, sour cream and some soaked raisins! Also served plain with a dollop of fruit jam over it. And of course in sirniki  !

I have had the same culture for 9 years, taking it with me whenever I travel. When I do not want to make cheese out of it, or I am traveling, I just drink the cultured milk plain, or add fruit to it and make a smoothie. It is very healthy, and I have never gotten sick when I traveled which I attribute to the good bacteria in the culture.

The culture grows quickly, so you are encouraged to share a piece of it with others.  It is traditional to give kefir away- never sell it (although I do charge postage when I am mailing it).

  Milk kefir is a different culture than water kefir grains.

It will only grow in mammal milk (cow, goat, sheep, etc.)

Kefir (pronounced /kəˈfɪər/ kə-feer is believed to have its origins in the Caucasus Mountains. Traditional kefir was made in skin bags that were hung near a doorway; the bag would be knocked by anyone passing through the doorway to help keep the milk and kefir grains well mixed. Marco Polo mentioned kefir when recounting his travels. (Wikipedia)

Why make kefir? Because it is healthy for you!

lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, Fermentation Products: carbon dioxide, ethanol (alcohol), Nutrients: protein from milk, polysaccharide, Vitamins or pro-vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, folic acid, nicotinic acid, Minerals: calcium, iron, iodine

Fermentation reduces the lactose in the milk, and many lactose-intolerant individuals can tolerate kefir. Test this carefully if you are lactose intolerant  “Researcher Steven Hertzler stated: “Both kefir and yogurt improve lactose digestion simply because some of the bacterial cells give up their lives in the intestinal tract, release their enzymes and digest the lactose. It’s a one-shot deal. However, kefir has additional microorganisms that may be able to colonize the intestines and benefit health further by protecting the intestine against disease-causing bacteria.

The kefiran in kefir has been shown in one study to suppress an increase in blood pressure and reduce serum cholesterol levels in rats. Kefir contains compounds that have antimutagenic and antioxidant properties in vitro, although it is not established that these compounds have any physiological properties when kefir is consumed. “ (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kefir)

Do you have a question, or would you like  to share your experience with kefir? Please leave a comment below!

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Master Tonic- The Powerful Natural Anti-viral Remedy

Master Tonic- The Powerful Natural Anti-viral Remedy

Master Tonic Is the one natural remedy that should be in every home.

Master Tonic, also known as ‘Fire Cider’ for it’s fiery taste,  is Anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic. These medicinal herbs are powerful alternatives to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals that have been used for generations.  With the right combination of  natural, fresh ingredients, you can fight off the sicknesses that you are exposed to throughout the year. Easy to make, it takes 3-6 weeks to steep so start your Master Tonic today.  Prepare now for those times when you are out in public and someone next to you coughs uncovered,  sneezes in your direction (did you know that germs can travel up to 200 feet in a sneeze?!) or you are in a room with someone obviously sick. This is effective as a preventative immune boosting tonic, as well as the first thing you should reach for when you feel something ‘coming on’.

The Master Tonic recipe is flexible and does not rely on exact amounts of each element. Keep the amounts of the roots approximately equal to each other. Adjust amounts according to the size of the container. It is important that you have at least 2 inches of head-space on top of the chopped ingredients to be sure you can completely cover them with the vinegar, and have room to shake the ingredients thoroughly each day.

Ingredients for a two quart jar:

  • 6 in. Fresh ginger root

  • 6 in. Fresh horseradish root

  • 1/2 cup Fresh turmeric root

  • 1 large onion

  • 1/2 cup Fresh garlic

  • 4 pieces Cinnamon bark

  • 1/4 cup black peppercorn

  • 1-2 Chili peppers

  • 1 quart Natural apple cider vinegar, raw, with the mother

Directions:

  1. Coarsely chop all roots, including onion and garlic

  2. Cut the chili pepper in half and discard seeds.

  3. Using a food processor, chop the above until about the size of a slit pea. You do not want mush, but the ingredients must be finely chopped.

  4. Add the chopped roots to a clean jar. Add the rest of the ingredients and cover completely with apple cider vinegar.

  5. cover securely with a lid, and shake the jar thoroughly.

  6. Place the jar in a dark, cool location and shake at least once per day for 3-6 weeks

  7. Strain the tonic from the solids and refrigerate until needed.

How to take the tonic:

This is a strong tasting tonic. The easiest way to take the tonic is to put a tablespoon in a cup, and have a 1/4 cup of orange juice at hand to ‘chase’ it down with. Alternatives are adding it to juice or water, or add molasses or honey as a sweetener. My particular favorite is to add it half-and-half with elderberry syrup. Not only is the taste better, but you get the added benefits from the elderberry- a powerful medicinal herb in itself.

Have you tried Master Tonic? What has been your experience? Please leave a comment below to encourage me to continue writing 🙂 

 

 

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Judging- a Necessary Habit to Keep Under Control

Judging- a Necessary Habit to Keep Under Control

I had been feeling exhausted and unhealthy for nearly a year and it was getting worse so I finally went in for a check up.  I was told by the PA (my doctor was too busy to get in to see) that, based on her blood test, I had pre-diabetes. She said that I was at a severe risk of developing diabetes, so I had better get on a special low carb diet immediately and that would cure all my ailments within weeks (it didn’t) .

I did not believe her conclusions. Neither did any of the other medical practitioners that I consulted after her diagnosis. I did, however, decide to follow her diet directions while I continued figuring out for myself what was actually wrong. 

I lost weight. But that’s not the story.

I’ve always been a pretty healthy eater: whole grains, fruits and veggies, no soda or alcohol,  and few processed foods.  What I found, however is that is is hard to get enough calories without carbs- and everything but protein has carbs. Ouch. All my healthy fruits and whole grains were taking me way out of the carb ballpark. It took me several months of recording every bite to My Fitness Pal to figure out how to choose the right foods,  and up my protein to account for lack of calories from carbs. In the meantime I dropped 10 lbs. It got kind of fun to watch the scale going down an ounce or two every day, so I decided to continue on the ‘diet’ until I got down to the weight I was 30 years ago when I was the healthiest. It became a lot more difficult as time went on.

And that’s when this story about human nature began.

Losing the weight was a big accomplishment. I  learned to portion and weigh every thing I ate, keep track of every single bite that went in my mouth, eat protein, and drink more water than I have ever wanted to drink. For 6 months I didn’t have ‘cheat days’. I didn’t go over my carb limits. I didn’t eat my favorite foods. It. Was. Not. Easy! 

We are social creatures. We like to share accomplishments, even the accidental ones. When we share struggles and accomplishments, those around us  cheer us on and give us the encouragement and motivation to continue when we are stressed or weak. At least that is what should happen.  What I experienced was quite different. If I mentioned that I was on a diet, or losing weight, the reaction was a form of “You don’t need to lose weight, here- have a brownie”.  I learned to only tell a couple of trusted friends- and even to them I had to justify myself with exaggerations about diabetes scares so they would give me a bit of the support I craved.

I was already at what most would call an acceptable weight.  I didn’t then, or now,  LOOK unhealthy, but there are underlying health issues at stake.   Please understand that MY efforts are NOT being undertaken as a reflection of you or your needs- it’s just about me and my own needs. Do I need to review my complete health history with you before you will quit dissing* my health choices and offering me double-chocolate mint brownies? 

Lessons learned

I now ask myself if I ‘offer brownies’ in some way or another myself.  What I learned from this experience is that we rarely know the whole story. Judging others based only on what I see and believe is harmful and can be painful for the judged. We do have to make judgements every day- it’s part of life and is what keeps us safe. Let’s just decide to make them using righteous principles, and remember that the person that we may be judging is more important than problems to be solved. 

When someone shares something that is important to them, they are putting trust in us. We must respond with love, rather than judgement. 

*Definition of dis  

disseddissing; transitive verb

1. slang to treat with disrespect or contempt insult  
2. slang to find fault with criticize 

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Loving your ACV

Loving your ACV

Braggs ACVYou are going to look forward to your daily ACV from this day on!

 Be sure the Apple Cider Vinegar you use is raw and has the ‘mother’. Did I lose you already? Have you already thought “Nasty! No way am I going to drink that stuff!”? Don’t give up, you know it’s good for you. I have the answer, and you are guaranteed to love it!

 There are many pages and sites that will give you a thousand-and-one uses for ACV.  I take it to stop the night time cramps that have bothered me for several years. It’s effective and only takes two days of not taking my ACV for the cramps to return.

The trick to loving ACV is to turn the taste to your advantage. This takes two ingredients: fruit juice and a sweetener. My favorite juices are orange, elderberry, and apple. Be creative and try every juice you enjoy! I prefer liquid stevia as a sweetener. It is natural, inexpensive, easy to use, no calories, and has a few health benefits of its own. Don’t use more than a few drops, though, or you will have an unpleasant aftertaste. You can also use sugar, honey, or other natural sweeteners.20160222_191753

Here are a couple of recipes to start you on your path to loving your ACV:

  1. Guiltless Soda  To 8 oz of sparkling water (I use seltzer water as it does not contain quinine or sodium), add 1/4 cup of orange juice, 1 Tablespoon of ACV and 4 drops of liquid stevia.  Stir and enjoy. This is also excellent with other juices. My grandchildren call this ‘Grandma’s special soda’.
  2.  ‘Better’ Juice: To one quart of water, add 2 tablespoons of any flavor juice concentrate, 2 tablespoons of ACV, and 12 drops liquid stevia.
  3. Apple juice with a fraction of the calories: In a quart jar, add 1/2 cup apple cider, 2 tablespoons ACV, and 12 drops liquid stevia. This tastes as good as a quart of apple juice, with 13% of the calories!
  4. Cold remedy: In 8 oz of water or seltzer water, add 1-2 tablespoons elderberry syrup, 1 tablespoon ACV, and 4 drops liquid stevia. Not only does this taste amazing, in my experience it reduces the length of colds to just a day or so. I drink it 3-4 times a day when I first feel a cold coming on, or when I have been exposed. Information on Elderberry uses from Perdue University can be found here.

Now, take it from there, and let me know the ways YOU take ACV in a tasty way. Please leave a comment!

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A Weighty Problem in the USA

A Weighty Problem in the USA

I have become a ‘dieter’. Ugh. Я занялась диетами. Эх. Weight-loss is a big business in the United States. Похудение это большое дело в США. An estimated 45 million Americans diet each year and spend $33 billion annually on weight loss products. Most of the women I know have been on a diet of some sort in the past year. Some use diet aids, others like me just change eating habits or start exercising and hope for the best. I am not at an unhealthy weight, but I am not physically fit, and must lose several more pounds to take pressure off my knees and legs. vericose veins Over the past 2 years, as life got busier and more complicated,  I put on 15 pounds- just enough extra pressure on my legs that my veins are working too hard, and causing excruciating leg cramps. I need to lose the extra weight- and keep it off.  Приблизительно 45 миллионов американцев на диете каждый год и тратят 33 миллиона доларов на препараты для похудения. Большинство женщин, которых я знаю, были на какой-то диете за последний год. Некоторые используют препараты для походения, другие, такие как я, просто меняют привычки в питании или начинают делать упражнения и надеются на чудо. У меня нет ожирения, но и не спортивное сложение, и мне нужно сбросить несколько фунтов, чтоб снять давление с моих ног и колен.  За последние 2 года, моя жизнь стала более занятой и более сложной, я набрала 15 фунтов – как раз сколько нужно, чтоб добавить давление на мои ноги и перегрузить мои вены, что привело к невыносимой боли из-за судорог в ногах. Мне нужно сбросить лишний вес и не набрать его снова.

This experience of losing weight has given me GREAT compassion for anyone fighting to lose weight- it can be an incredibly difficult process, and it really can feel like a battle with ones self. I have had a hard time losing 15 pounds- what would it be like to have to change an entire lifestyle in order to lose a hundred pounds or more? Этот опыт со сбросом веса помог мне приобрести сострадание к кому-либо, кто борется с лишним весом – это может быть невероятно трудный процес и может действительно чувствоваться, как битва с собой. Мне было трудно сбросить 15 фунтов, а как было бы трудно изменить весь стиль жизни, чтоб сбросить 100 фунтов или больше?

I joined a gym for awhile, hoping to increase the calories I burn each day but finding the time and motivation to get to the gym was difficult. Besides, I IMG_0066REALLY hate exercising! Bike Ride 2013IMG_1458Yes, that is actually me there under the weights…but no, I am not really strong enough to lift them… I had a little help!  🙂

Exercise? This body? 
Упражнения? С таким телом?

It’s apparent that if each of our bodies is a temple (see 1 Cor. 3:16–17), some of us have temples that look as if the maintenance crew retired three years ago; the noble spirits that inhabit them deserve a better place to dwell. And even if we feel that we’re in the same great shape as when we graduated from high school, we can make our lives better and teach our families valuable habits through regular exercise.

“Это очевидно, что если тело каждого это храм (смотри 1 Коринфянам 3:16-17), то у некоторых из нас храмы такие, как-будто те, кто поддерживает в них порядок, ушли на пенсию три года назад; доблестные духи, которые живут в них, заслуживают лучшего места обитания. Даже если нам кажется, что мы в такой же форме, как и когда мы закончили школу, мы все таки можем улучшить наши жизни и привить нашим семьям ценные привычки через регулярные физические упражнения.”

I know that exercise is important, that if I exercise I will not only lose weight, I will also feel better. Knowing it and following through… that is the problem!  Я знаю, что физические упражнения очень важны, и что если я делаю упражнения, я не только сброшу вес, я так же буду лучше чувствовать.  Знать и делать … это в чем проблема!  I like to go on walks and bike rides, and work in the garden, but it is always a struggle to find the time and inclination- especially during the winter months. Мне нравится ходить на прогулки, кататься на велосипеде и работать на огороде, но мне нужно бороться с собой, чтоб найти время и желание, особенно в зимнее время. During the spring, summer and fall, I walk with my grandchildren, go on occasional bike rides, and work in the garden several times a week. That helps, but it still isn’t enough exercise to lose weight without reducing calories.Весной, зимой и осенью я гуляю с моими внуками, иногда катаюсь на велосипеде и работаю на огороде несколько раз в неделю. Это помогает, но этого всетаки не достаточно, чтоб сросить вес без того, чтоб не уменьшать употребляемые калории. 

I also work one day a week at the local Walmart super center, walking over 5 miles through the store at a fast pace each time. I always feel like I have gotten some exercise on that day each week! Я также работаю один день в неделю в местном супермаркете, проходя там каждый раз 5 миль быстрым темпом. Я всегда чувствую там, что сделала мою зарядку! The few calories I burn exercising may add up eventually, but don’t translate down to the bathroom scale.Те несколько калорий после каждого рабочего дня насобираются в конце концов, но не достаточно, чтоб их можно было заметить по напольным весам.

On advice, I learned to count calories- every bite I take, IHamster calories input on an app on my phone. По совету я научилась считать калории (даже за каждый маленький кусочек) – я ввожу их в специальную программу на моем мобильном телефоне. It was a real eye-opener when I began to count calories. I had NO idea how many calories I consumed on a daily basis- I thought that I ate “healthy”.Это открыло мои глаза, когда я начала считать сколько калорий я ем I have  learned that too many ‘healthy’ calories (whole grains, fruits, some vegetables, nuts, etc.) can add on weight almost as quickly as the ‘junk food’ options. Я узнала, что слишком много “поленых” калорий, таких как цельные зерна, фрукты, овощи, орехи, и тому подобное, может превращаться в жир так же быстро, как не полезная еда.  To lose weight, a person has to eat fewer calories than one burns in a day. Easy to say, hard to do. Чтоб сбросить вес, нужно потреблять меньше калорий, чем тратим за один день. Легко сказать, трудно сделать.

“Albert Einstein discovered that a tiny amount of mass is equal to a huge amount of energy, which explains why, as Einstein himself so eloquently put it in a famous 1939 speech to the Physics Department at Princeton, “You have to exercise for a week to work off the thigh fat from a single Snickers.” ~Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns 50  “Альберт Эйнштейн обнаружил, что даже малейшее количество массы равно огромному количеству энергии, что объясняет почему, как Эйнштейн сам лаконично высказал в его речи в 1939 году перед Департаментом Врачей в Принсетоне “Вам нужно делать упражнения целую неделю, чтоб отработать жир с одного сникерса”. Дэйв Бэрри из книги “Дэйву Бэрри исполняется 50”.

The United States has a problem with weight. These are pretty scary health statistics:

  • Percent of adults age 20 years and over who are obese: 35.1% (more than 78 million Americans!)(2011-2012)
  • Percent of adults age 20 years and over who are overweight, including obesity: 69.0% (2011-2012)
    • Percent of adolescents age 12-19 years who are obese: 18.4% (2009-2010)
    • Percent of children age 6-11 years who are obese: 18.0% (2009-2010)
    • Percent of children age 2-5 years who are obese: 12.1% (2009-2010)
В Соединенных Штатах есть проблема с весом. Эти статистические данные очень пугающие:
    – процент взрослых старше 20 лет страдающих от ожирения: 35,1% (это более чем 78 млн Американцев!) (2011-2012)
    – процент взрослых старше 20 лет страдающих от  избыточного веса, включая ожирение: 69,0% (2011-2012)
    – процент подростков от 12 до 19 лет с ожирением: 18,4% (2009-2010)
    – процент детей от 2 до 5 лет с ожирением: 12,1% (2009-2010)

According to the CDC, “Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States.”  “Болезни связанные с ожирением включают в себя сердечные болезни, инсульт, диабет и некоторые виды рака, являются ведущими причинами смертности в США, которые можно было предотвратить”.

Note: The following videos have Russian subtitles available. Примечание: в следующих видео есть русские субтитры.

There are many factors that lead to obesity in the United States. Among the worst is the prevalence of cheap, unhealthy food that tastes great- foods that have been designed by scientists to be instantly addictive. This TED video is entertaining and insightful:

The weight loss industry in The United States is worth $20 Billion dollars a year- selling quick fixes, weight-loss drugs, books, plans, surgery, hopes and dreams. There is a whole industry that is preying on people who are desperate to lose weight without having to work at it or change habits. This ABC news report has a great short video that exposes the tricks of the weight loss industry: (Click Here)    The longer version: ( click Here )

I am trying to lose my extra weight, but I will not use diet products, protein drinks, or expensive weight loss plans…I just try to eat fewer calories than what my body uses each day. I eat very little meat and bread, no white flour, no sodas or other drinks (of course no alcohol), and very few sweets. My diet is mostly made of vegetables and fruit, with milk and eggs for protein, and whole wheat bread.

If I would exercise more, I could lose that weight faster, and eat more. I miss chocolate….  I must find the motivation to exercise as part of my lifestyle.

A friend and I are working together on a challenge to stick to our daily health goals.  We text each other every day, and to help our motivation we have agreed to pay each other $2 each time we miss a goal. Eat to live don't live to eat

She has lost over 50 pounds, with another 50 to go, and is on her way to meeting her goals in the next year. She is changing the way she thinks about food, and is making lifestyle changes that will help her not only lose the weight, but keep it off. Unlike me, she LOVES to exercise, and it shows- she is not only losing weight, but the exercise keeps her stress levels down and helps her feel good all over.

I have lost 8 pounds in the past 3 months- not quite as impressive. Not all of my ‘challenge’ goals are related to weight loss, but each one is something I need to do to be a happier, healthier person: 1. Eat less than 1500 calories per day (eat mainly plants) and don’t eat after 5pm  2.Drink at least 8 cups of water each day 3. Read and study scriptures  4. Turn off electronics after 9 at night so that I get a good night’s sleep 5. Exercise at least 15 minutes per day (I am aiming for 60 minutes daily, eventually) 6. Learn one new word in Russian each day (It helps to keep the brain healthy).

I don’t make all my goals every day- I owe my friend $8 this week. But, having goals keeps me focused on improving myself, step-by-step, little by little. Without goals, I would drift along letting life happen to me. I want to leave life knowing I have done my best each and every day to become the best person I can be.

Losing weight and keeping it off doesn’t happen with magic pills, expensive clinics or  14-day diet plans. There is no short cut for cutting out calories and increasing exercise, despite what the weight loss industry in this country wants to fool us into believing. It takes self-discipline and above all, the strong desire to change. I believe it also takes a community to support us- even if that community is only one other person that we can be accountable to.

“More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.” ~John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent SocietyPeople die from eating too much 

I feel deep compassion on those that are struggling to deal with weight issues. It is so, so difficult, especially for those that have grown up in homes where being overweight has been normal, sometimes for several generations.

The Lord has blessed us with a body, and commanded us to take good care of it. To take care of our bodies, we must eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.

With all this talk of losing weight, let’s not forget the most important thing: “I am NOT my body.” Watch the following video about a young woman, Stephanie Nielson, who knows this in a very personal way

Do you struggle with weight? If I were your friend, what could I do to help support you in your journey?

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