Food – Step Two

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I may seem like an expert on eating healthy and I feel like one –  I have read, studied, prayed, and ate right.  Why is this one of the hardest things to stick with?  I LOVE eating all these foods and when tempted with other things – I am strong!  My issue –  I don’t always have the right things at the right time to eat.  Sometimes my schedule doesn’t allow time to go to the grocery store or the farmer’s market.  Sometimes I am just too tired to cook, clean or prepare food.  Sometimes I just need to eat and pasta is easy, canned food – easy, frozen dinner – easy…this is my issue.  Sometimes having all these wonderful fresh foods costs lots of money, must be eaten quickly and the rest of my family don’t know how to prepare!  Eating healthier takes time to buy the right things, prepare them, and to plan better.  I love having a fabulous colorful plate that beams with color, vitamins and minerals and just taste like perfection!  I need to plan my month, stick to my plan and journal my every bite.  I like to track on MyFitnessPal App.  I have used Fitday.com as well.

I am going to take my inspiration as shown in the Bible.  In Daniel Chapter 1 verses 8-15, Daniel chose to eat his way and not the Kings’.  He stood firm on eating for God.  He could have eaten all those lavish royal feasts, but he chose to eat simple, fresh food.  Daniel Chapter 1  –But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”  11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.  15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

The Daniel Plan focuses on the core food groups of healthy carbs, healthy fats, healthy protein, healing spices, drinks, and super foods. And The Daniel Plan gives an easy guideline to use for any meal:

  • 50 percent non-starchy veggies  (Eat more! You don’t often hear that when you are trying to lose weight and get healthier, but non-starchy vegetables are one food group where you can satisfy your appetite.Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and look great on your plate—and with so few calories and carbohydrate, everyone can enjoy more!)
  • 25 percent healthy animal or vegetable proteins   Proteins should be approx. 30 – 35 % calories, no more, as you need to balance it with good amounts of vegetables, fruit and healthy fats. Eat only about a palm-sized portion. Protein increases your metabolism. Protein is necessary for muscle repair and growth, it is the building blocks of all the proteins in our bodies, including, skin, bones, enzymes and bloods cells. Without adequate protein, you lose muscle tissue. Increasing lean protein and decreasing refined carbohydrates improves blood sugar, cholesterol and decreases high blood pressure.
  • 25 percent healthy starch or whole grains – Make sure to carefully choose WHOLE GRAINS!  This can be confusing but look for the whole grain stamp.  Eat Gluten free – this is an easy way to ensure that any grains you are eating are whole grain.  Do NOT eat processed grains.  From the website…http://wholegrainscouncil.org/  Whole grains contain all three parts of the kernel. Refining normally removes the bran and the germ, leaving only the endosperm. Without the bran and germ, about 25% of a grain’s protein is lost, along with at least seventeen key nutrients. Processors add back some vitamins and minerals to enrich refined grains, so refined products still contribute valuable nutrients. However, whole grains are healthier, providing more protein, more fiber and many important vitamins and minerals.
  • Side of low-glycemic fruit –  OK so I am no expert and have to look all these things up – but it is easy – just google, read, ask and you will find the answers:  Berries, cherries, peaches, plums, rhubarb, pears, and apples are optimal fruits; melons, grapes, and kiwifruit are suitable but contain more sugar. Organic frozen berries (from Cascadian Farms) can be used if you make protein shakes. (This is a good way to get your protein in the morning.)
  • Drink—water or herbal ice teas (Hot or Cold)  Drink at least 8 – 8 oz. each day.  I like to drink bottled water so they are typically twice that size so I drink one before I get to work, one before lunch, one after lunch, one before bedtime.  I drink water during meals too so that ensures that I get my minimum needed daily.  I don’t drink anything else.
  • Snacks: Seeds, Nuts (Not peanuts), Beef or Turkey Jerky, Fat Free Yogurt occasionally,  
  • From “The Daniel Plan – 40 Days to a Healthier You.”  By Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hymen.

Get started, stick to it, stay focused, share recipes with friends, have accountability members – kids, spouse, mom, friends; be creative, Plan your work – work your plan!

Pray for me as I pray for you…

Many blessings and healthy eating!

Leigh

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FAITH – Step One

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Matthew 17:20

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. “
 
God doesn’t ask for much from us…faith as small as a mustard seed…Jesus loves people that had faith – think back to the woman whose daughter was demon possessed and she just wanted to talk to Jesus and the disciples tried to keep her away – Jesus saw her faith and the daughter was healed. What about the friends that lowered their paralyzed friend to see Jesus – Jesus loved their faith.  Jesus loves us when we have faith.  
 
Why do we always try to solve our problems on our own?  We have someone so much bigger and better, stronger and all knowing and we need to lay down our issues to our God!  I lay awake at night thinking about things I would do better next time, how I would save more money, eat healthier – I have all these regrets and wishes that I would have done.  If we just give our problems to God and pray to him and let him resolve everything – he will do what is best.  I admit that I don’t always understand why things happen the way that they do sometimes – you know seeing a friend die, a child suffer through cancer, your teen’s heart break or getting laid off or numerous of other bad things.  I get frustrated with God sometimes because I think I know what is best and I don’t have enough faith that he is doing what is best!  I need to have more faith!  So how can you get more faith?  How can I increase my faith?  I want too…
 
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 I just need to talk to God and believe his way is the right way. I need to read my instruction book over and over so that I really understand it – by the way – I am talking about the BIBLE!  I need to study, learn, pray and just worship God in all that I do.  I want to set an example to others and want to be a servant leader like Jesus.  I know you have heard so many people talk about paying it forward and I really believe in that philosophy and I also think it just comes back to you so much better.  God wants us to do for others and he will in turn do so much for us!  If you are searching for a stronger faith – go to church, reach out to a friend, start a small group, read the Bible, just pray, surround yourself without positive faithful people.  Just do something and trust in God!  He’s got your back – always and forever!
 
 
Blessing
Leigh

The Daniel Plan Connection

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The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren has been my inspiration recently!  I needed to start taking care of myself and doing a better job of eating right, exercising and focusing on God.  That is why I chose the Daniel Plan…the five elements include FAITH, FOOD, FITNESS, FOCUS, FRIENDS…and I add one – FUN!  My plans were to be perfect over the 40 days we know as LENT…I would eat, exercise, study Bible, pray, and be a completely different person. I started off really strong – I could tell I was losing weight but I got so hung up on how much I was losing that I decided to stop weighing.  I have done a little more exercise than I was but not nearly enough to make a difference.  I have studied Daniel and have read the Daniel Plan and feel really stronger in my faith and I feel that I have inspired others.  I am still not where I wanted to be at the end of the 40 days but I am a lot better than where I was.  I am discouraged but I am also proud.  I have started a Facebook page called the Daniel Plan Connection and I know that our group is supporting each other.  People talk to me about healthy eating and exercise which is kind of funny but they know that I am passionate about it!  I really think this is my ministry.  I know that one of my strengths is inspiring and encouraging others so I feel that my interest in being healthier can be a way to reach out to others!  I just wish I was doing a better job setting an example.  My life is so busy and I don’t make the time for exercise.  I think that I am eating so much healthier and love my food.  I rarely cheat and am really not interested in any bad foods.  I am happy that I am studying Daniel and am really enjoying different Biblical studies, movies, etc. 

So I need to get some inspiration about exercising – any thoughts? I have tons of friends that have invited me to come join them; I have the best trainer in the world and have a great time when I work with her – just don’t tell her…and I like lifting weights and being at the gym.  I just can’t seem to find the time.  I have a teenager and have to take her lots of places and I have a new job, but I still should find some time…I don’t.  Why is it?  I have started praying about having time and taking advantage of my spare time to take care of myself.  I am going to start doing more things at home – that is better than nothing.  I need some inspiration….so that I can have some perspiration! 

3 John 1:2 ESV  Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

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Blessings,

Leigh