Living Water

Drink Water“To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” (Revelation 21:6)

Water is essential to life and the “living water” is eternal life. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” (Psalms 42:1)

Life cannot continue without water. Your body needs water for every chemical or metabolic function it performs to sustain life. Yet, people often overlook this essential component of health. In the same way, we need a vital relationship with God, but may neglect or not recognize what our soul is seeking. Just as water is essential to our life on earth, Jesus gives the living water of eternal life. For what do you thirst?

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Book Signing at Steves Sundry 9-14-09Thank you, Tulsa, for a successful book signing event at Steve’s Books and Magazines today.  I appreciate your support for my new book, Morning By Morning Pathway to Health. It was fun to visit with friends, meet and greet new friends, and sign my first book. We enjoyed the ambiance of Steve’s bookstore, old-time soda fountain, & friendly atmosphere. What fun for a relaxed Saturday afternoon!

Sweeping it Under the Rug!

Sweep it under the rugTreating symptoms of ill health without solving the underlying problem is like sweeping an illness under the rug. The problem doesn’t go away. It just gets worse and makes you miserable in different and sometimes unpredictable ways. Producing symptoms is your body’s attempt to tell you that something is wrong. We need to identify and remove the real cause of a health problem instead of just suppressing it’s symptoms. For instance, a headache is not caused by an aspirin deficiency! Masking  symptoms may partially hide a a problem where it can fester and get worse. If we discover and address the root cause of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms that it manifests, then the problem will not recur, get worse, or manifest in other ways in the future.

Author-dietician promotes biblical healthy habits – Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper: Religion

Book cover onlyThe Bible not only promotes good behavior and tells captivating life-learning messages, but it also promotes good health.

Click on the link below for the interview by Adrian Kendrick published in the Indianapolis Recorder on April 11, 2013.

via Author-dietician promotes biblical healthy habits – Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper: Religion.

Our Daily Bread

March 2013, National Nutrition Month, provides a great opportunity and incentive to focus on healthful eating habits that meet your nutritional needs. Over the last three weeks, in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ national campaign, I discussed what “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” means to me and then focused specifically on “Eat Right” and “Your Way.”

Finally, let’s take a closer look at that third part: what “Every Day” implies.

RDs Help Meet Everyday NeedsOur Daily Bread

In showing us how to pray, Jesus taught us to ask in faith for our daily bread. Set your health plan in motion by making a daily commitment and taking one step at a time. Commit to your health plan. Come every day prepared to be tested. Often your resolve will be tested and you may be tempted by a vast array of choices, time pressures, and conflicting priorities . Focus this day on the needs and choices you will make this day. This pathway to health is an ongoing process, not a time-limited project. Apply what you’ve learned each day and take it to heart.

“Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do.”
Johann Wolfgang Goethe

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How to Live Well Later in Life

Because of the Lord’s great love we
are not consumed for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
– Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

A balanced healthy diet for seniors adds life to your years and years to your life. Aging progresses at a variable rate; some persons age faster than others. It is not just a chronological age, but physical status and a state of mind. Your food choices can not only reduce your risk of disease and increase your longevity, but they also contribute to wellness and thus independent living. Enjoying healthful food and having the energy and ability to do the activities of daily living will contribute to your quality of life for years to come.

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A healthy diet will keep you dancing your entire life.

How to Live Well Later in Life

Your diet needs to support your changing nutritional requirements for health, embrace your enjoyment of food, and provide the energy for an active life. Normal physical changes that may affect your diet and appetite as you age include a diminished nutrient reserve, a decrease in lean body mass, reduced metabolic rate and a declining level of physical fitness. A well-balanced diet for seniors addresses these challenges and minimizes the impact on your lifestyle.

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Have it Your Way

Personalize your eating plan because everyone is different.

Personalize your eating plan because everyone is different.

March 2013, National Nutrition Month, provides a great opportunity and incentive to focus on healthful eating habits that meet your nutritional needs. Over the last two weeks, in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ national campaign, I discussed what “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” means to me and then focused in on “Eat Right.”

Now, let’s take a closer look at that second part: what “Your Way” implies.

Your Way

A personalized eating plan can accommodate your food preferences, lifestyle, cultural traditions and spiritual needs in addition to addressing risk factors and disease issues. Develop a personalized eating and fitness plan that embraces flavor, texture, and preferences while addressing food aversions, allergies, or disease complications and meets your nutritional needs to support a joyous celebration of life lived to the full. When defining your way, keep in mind that we reap what we sow. Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. You can have just about anything you want in food and level of physical activity, but you must take what comes with it because our choices have consequences.

Consider an eating plan to maximize time and health benefits.

Have you considered an eating plan?

Choose to address your specific needs with a healthy eating plan that accommodates your food preferences, lifestyle, schedule, priorities, appetite, and long-term health goals. Your way to health needs to be broad enough to include nutrition, attitude, toxin removal, undoing wrong habits, rest and sleep, exercise, sunshine, pure air and water. When you align your health-related behaviors, your way, with your specific needs, you can achieve the optimal level of health that your body is capable of expressing.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV)

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:3 NIV)

A Registered Dietitian can provide invaluable help as you learn to eat right, your way, every day! It’s easy to locate an RD near you.  At www.eatright.org click on the button to “Locate a Dietitian” and enter your zip code or area of expertise needed. Click here to learn more about National Nutrition Month .

Our Daily Bread

Come back next week as I continue my Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday series. I will discuss how to stay the course and be consistent in making daily health choices.

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