Posted in Beauty, Change, Diet, Faith, freedom, friend, Generosity, Giving, God, Happiness, Health, Healthcare, Life, Progress, Relationships, Self, significance, society, Success, Taking Responsibility, Time, Truth

The importance of my well being

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I understand psychologically that I can not see myself, all I see is a reflection. All of these images I see of myself need help from the people that actually see me. Therefore it is the images I see in conjunction with what is said that allows me to come close to seeing my actual self.

With this in mind, the people who I surround myself with become extremely important. I need for the people I allow in my inner circle to be beneficial to me. I want them to feel that I am beneficial to them, but they have to be able to add value to my life.

If we spend the majority of a 24 hour day sleeping, working, eating and traveling, then that means there is not much time left to make a positive impact.

This means coming home has to be in question. Is my house for me or against me? Am I really replenished while being at home or is my household just adding to my stress?

Is the time I spend traveling during the day beneficial? The type of music I listen to, the people I talk to on the phone and even the ride to work now matter in regard to my well being.

Sleep is one of the most important things you can give to your body. Am I getting enough uninterrupted sleep?

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I also need to be concerned about the things I eat and drink. This has a huge effect on my wellness. I need to seek whole food without man-made additives. It’s hard to do in the US but not impossible.

This message is about how we handle this gift called life and the body God put it in. If you understand that the life you have is only because of Christ, then how are you treating this beautiful gift he gave you?

Posted in Accountability, Achievement, Change, Diet, Faith, Giving, God, Happiness, Health, Life, Love, Prayer, Progress, Relationships, Sharing, Taking Responsibility, Time

Another year

It seems that the older we get, the faster the years go by.

We were just ushering in 2011 and now it’s over. The end of the year becomes a time where we are able to reflect on the things that happened and make changes if needed.

It’s a time where we should be deciding to end bad relationships because the year has revealed to us that there is no benefit in them.

It’s time to take control over the things that this year has shown us are out of control.

It’s time to rededicate our lives to the people who matter the most to us.

It’s time to talk to God about purpose, plan and repentance.

It’s time for us to make sure that we don’t miss out on the real important things in life because we’re too busy chasing the superficial things.

Don’t let 2012 come and go without you experiencing the things that matter most. Make sure you seize every moment to love someone, admire things God created like sunsets and rainbows and mentor someone that needs you — what God has hidden in these types of relationships make life worth living.

And finally, do the best you can to eliminate stress, the Western culture diet and revenge out of your life. All three of these things can kill you.

Lord thank you for allowing us to see another year. Grant us the courage to make the most of it and honor and glorify your name in it.Amen!

Happy New Year my friends!

Posted in Children, Diet, Health

Yes, we really can!

This week I decided to try something a little different and let a friend of mine take the podium. And her topic dovetails nicely with a post I am writing for next week.

Ann Richardson is a friend (disclaimer) and a former colleague of mine from my newspaper days. She shares a lot of my views and we both think it is because we share the same birthday! Enjoy!

And stay tuned for next Sunday’s post when I share my two cents worth with you about the great health care reform debate!

If you’ve been watching the news lately, it’s no secret that obesity in the United States has exploded. Recent statistics say that over half of all adults in the U.S. are either overweight or obese.

And unfortunately, obesity is becoming all too common in our children, too – disproportionately affecting minority kids (African American, Native American, and Hispanic).

Being overweight as a kid increases the risk of developing high cholesterol, hypertension, respiratory ailments, orthopedic problems, depression, and Type 2 diabetes.

In 2000, the total cost of obesity for children and adults in the United States was estimated to be $117 billion ($61 billion in direct medical costs).

We need to do something – NOW – because all of this is preventable.

I was delighted to hear that Michelle Obama has made it her own personal crusade to fight childhood obesity during her tenure as First Lady.

Mrs. Obama has at least one ally in her fight – and he lives in Boulder, Colorado.

I learned about Rob Nagler when I ran across an article in Sunset magazine about the nonprofit organization he founded whose goal is to make walking and biking to school a part of every kid’s daily routine.

According to the article in Sunset, in 1969 about 88% of kids who lived within a mile of their grade schools either walked or biked to school. Today, only about 16% do.

That’s a statistic that Nagler decided to help change – starting with his own two kids and their classmates at their Boulder, Colorado school.

Nagler, a computer engineer, found a way to track kids who rode their bikes or walked to school by installing a solar-powered scanning device at school. The device reads an ID tag placed on a child’s backpack or bike helmet and uploads the data into an online database.

Each child (and the school) can track their progress – and keep tabs on the “incentives” that each kid earns as he/she racks up the miles. The incentives are small, but fun – like colored plastic bracelets that denote a different level of achievement; stickers; and the ultimate in cool prizes: an iPod.

Boltage is a very successful program. Fifteen schools in four states have installed the devices and have programs of their own.

But don’t take my word for it: check out the scoreboard on their site.

As of Dec. 1, 2009, the kids have:

  • Walked/biked more than 258,000 miles
  • Burned more than 9.2 million calories
  • Saved 24, 306 gallons of gasoline
  • Made 184,423 round trips between home/school
  • Saved 482,083 lbs. of carbon

Pretty impressive!

The kids love it.

And they’re learning to make exercise part of their daily routine – while reaping the health benefits of an active lifestyle and doing what they can to help the environment.

Boltage’s goal is to reach 40,000 public schools – will your school be the next one to start a program?

If you want to start a Boltage program at your local school, click this link to the Boltage website.  If you want to read more about the Boltage story, click this link to a PDF copy of the story I read in Sunset magazine.



Posted in Diet, Health

Food: Do you know what you’re eating?

I’ve been doing some research as of late to determine what type of diet would work best for me in the upcoming year. You see I diet for at least the first quarter of the year and then quit — another story and another blog.

Anyway, I discovered some things that made me really think about the places I eat and the entrée’s I order.

Without getting specific to any food chain, I’m wondering how many of you know that many sit-down restaurants have regular meals that far exceed 1,200 calories. I mean if you were to go to one of these chains and order  say a gourmet turkey burger with fries and a diet beverage, you would be consuming, in that one meal (even if you only eat half the fries), more than 1,000 calories!  On the other hand, if you ate a burger from one of the popular fast food restaurants, you would need some fries to equal the calorie count of the gourmet turkey burger.

I was shocked by this. I thought that eating in a sit-down restaurant was healthier than eating at a fast-food restaurant. It really depends on what you eat, but the fast-food chains have gotten much better with their menus than some of the sit-down places.

Another shocker was that some restaurants offer you a nice, thick, juicy steak, but they don’t tell you that their steak carries carbohydrates. Meat shouldn’t have carbs unless it’s breaded. I’ve never seen a breaded New York strip steak. This would be a nightmare for a diabetic. Say the diabetic is counting their carbs (as any good diabetic would do) and they didn’t want to go over 75 carbs. This diabetic would count the carbs in the baked potato or rice pilaf, but would not expect to have to count 22 carbs hidden in the meat!

The carbs in this meat would be the food additives allowed by that “food safety governing body” to preserve the meat for an extended period. They say it’s safe. Unfortunately, these restaurants are not required to submit nutritional information on the menu. The state of New York has made this mandatory for their restaurants. Every state should adopt this law.

I guess the gripe here is that you have lots of folks who sincerely want to lose weight and without accurate nutritional information, they are destined to over-eat.

Some might be thinking that if they knew the risks, some would still partake and that’s a fair assessment. However, if just 13 percent of the obese population would lose weight because they had nutritional information at their finger tips, would it be worth it?

Or even better, what if our insurance premiums were lowered as you lost weight. What a novel concept!

We need to know where our food comes from and how it’s processed. This should be common knowledge in our country.

As great a country as America is, we could solve the obesity problem. Unfortunately what’s happening is that too many industries are benefiting from the “fat” in America and once that happens, things never seem to get better.

Our food is not grown anymore, it’s engineered. And are we to believe that additives can’t be placed in our food to make us healthy, speed up our metabolism or burn fat? Sure it could. But look at all of the money that would be lost if we totally eliminated obesity: Some forms of hypertension, cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, strokes and heart disease, to name a few. We won’t totally wipe out these diseases, but wow what a dent we could make.

I guess all we can hope for now is to buy organic and hope that the new heads of that “food safety governing body” get a conscience from somewhere and use their power for the good of us all and not just to line their own pockets. Here is the link to Food, Inc.’s website:

http://www.foodincmovie.com/index.php

I would also recommend the documentary, “Supersize Me.” Watch it for FREE at Hulu.com. Here is the link: http://www.hulu.com/watch/63283/super-size-me.