Remember that bumper crop from a few years ago? Thank heaven and my son Paul for a bumper crop of delicious champion tomatoes. Totally organic — just Paul’s hard work planting and tending, watering, and Florence Park sunshine yields the perfectly formed delicious tomato that God intended. We’ve been eating, canning, freezing and sharing tomatoes with friends and neighbors. What a blessing!
How do you enjoy the taste of eating right? Registered Dietitian Nutritionists help people eat right by providing sound easy-to-follow nutrition advice. Checkout the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at www.eatright.org/nnm for helpful recipes, or test your nutrition IQ with fun quizzes, games and other free resources. Tell me about your experiences with eating for taste as well as for health. How is it working for you?
As the bread-winner and spiritual leader of your family, you are their superhero! You can get stronger to serve God and family longer. If you want to stay healthy longer so you can continue to take good care of your wife and family for many years to come, there are actions you can take now to ensure your long term physical and spiritual health. Half of the top ten leading causes of death for adults in the U.S. are chronic diseases with risk factors that are modifiable by nutrition. Modest changes in your diet and exercise to reduce weight and change your body composition can significantly lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension or high blood pressure. Reduce your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fats and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and whole grains to reduce your health risks. Be in the Word daily and lead your family in spiritual matters. My own father has passed, but Philippians 1:3 gives me great comfort: “I thank my God always upon every remembrance of you.” I love hearing from readers. What are your comments, insights, and Father’s Day stories?
Do you sleep like a baby? The sleep of an innocent baby is blissful and serene. While we may be physically exhausted, mentally fatigued, and emotionally drained because of our diet, level of health, lifestyle, and relationships, the bodies of little babies are not toxic, their minds are not stressed out, and they are not on an emotional roller coaster. We could all take a lesson from the innocent babe. To sleep, to sleep, perchance to dream. . . For information on restful sleep, see my book “Morning By Morning Pathway to Health” available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, my website MorningByMorning.com and other booksellers.
Water is one of the things your body needs most to get healthy and stay healthy. Watch for signs that you need water. Thirst is the first sign, but as you age you may not feel thirst, so getting enough water is very important for older people. Additional symptoms of dehydration may include dry mouth, headache, and fatigue. Your body gets warmer, your breathing gets faster and your pulse rate goes up. Without enough water, you don’t have enough blood volume, so you feel tired, you’re not hungry, and you may feel nauseous. Your thinking becomes confused or fuzzy. You may not be able to think straight. You may feel dizzy and weak as your need for water becomes more severe. Every cell in your body needs water to do its work.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psalms 42:1.
“To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” Revelation 21:6
When your pores are clogged by various creams, lotions, deodorants, and even some commercial soaps and makeup, the only way your body can cool itself is to force precious fluids out onto your skin to evaporate and cause a cooling effect. And when it is not compromised by what you put on it, your skin not only removes toxic waste from inside your body, but it also keeps bacteria and other bad stuff out. Help your skin keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out of your body by not clogging your pores. Proper skin care is essential in healing and health.
Our bodies are wonderfully made and are tremendously resilient. Yet we can eventually overwhelm them with long-term, low-level exposure to toxic chemicals, especially when combined with our inattention to proper nutrition, lack of exercise and lack of rest.
What’s all the fuss about toxins, food additives, pesticides, herbicides, etc.? Many factors such as environmental toxins, chronic stress and genetic predisposition, working together, weaken your body.
The average American consumes seven pounds of food additives per year, including chemical preservatives, artificial colorings, artificial flavorings, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and assorted other substances. We use chemicals to keep insects from ruining our crops, make our fabrics flame-retardant, our shampoos fragrant, our homes bug-free, and a host of other desirable objectives. But the result is that the typical U.S. home contains 1,500 hazardous substances and more than 10,000 food and chemical additives are allowed in the U.S. food supply.