“Do you not know that your bodies are
temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You
are not your own;20 you
were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthian
God tells us to honor his temple and our
bodies are the Lord’s temple.
That says a lot about our bodies and our
physical state.Who are we to hate the
temple that God says to honor because of where we physically are?To hate yourself is to hate the wonderfully
made temple that God created with his own hands. But there are things that can
be done to perfect even the perfection that he made; even when we do not see it
“God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing
plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in
it. They will be yours for food’” (Genesis 1:29 NIV).
Besides all the meat and rice and pastas in
the world, there are fruits and vegetables.If you eat according to the bible, you will include them into your diet
because obviously, they must be good for you if they were hand-made by God just
for you to eat. A plate should have more vegetables on it than the meat and
other food content of your meal. Fruits should be included into our diets.
actually tells us how to eat.It
recently dawned on me about eight months ago when I was about to hit 230 pounds
and after praying to God for a way to better my health, he lead me to eat
differently. Who knew l’d be the one eating barley, beans and lentils, millet
and emmer? 70 lbs later, my health has improved and I feel so much better. My
body is no longer in pain and ironically my heart stopped pumping really hard
just from walking up a few steps. Changing my eating habits made a difference
because food is a luxury and should be eaten in moderation. We can eat and eat
and eat unhealthily until we cannot eat no more or the doctors tell us we have
to change our diets because we are pre-about to start having to take pills for
the rest of our lives, or we can choose to honor God’s temple and feed it with gentle
love by blessing it with healthy foods. For more biblical verses about eating healthy,
please visit http://www.openbible.info/topics/healthy_eating
says “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in
every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to
words, exercising prolongs life. It strengthens our bodies for days to come and
to be able to be strong for the days ahead. If we hate our bodies but are not doing
anything about it, we are wasting our breaths and energies.
God gave us
full use of our legs and feet. Use them and walk a little bit.Walking just for twenty minutes a day can not
only help to improve heart health but can clear your mind because in that
walking, there is somewhat of a meditational moments when you are one-on-one
“ Do you not
know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So
run that you may obtain it” (Corinthins 1:9:24 ESV). Perhaps we cannot all be
winners in a race, but we can win against unnecessary diseases caused by
overeating and idleness like diabetes, heart disease and cholesterol. While
everyone does not have the knee or ankle strength to go running like Olympic
gold-medalist Alice Coachman, our bodies can still be honored in a number of
ways; here are a few ideas:
1.If we have a desk or apartment on the
third floor of a building, instead of taking the elevator, take the steps up
and down and burn off a few calories.
2.While watching television, lay down
in front of the screen and do some sit-ups, abdominal crunches, bicycle twists
or other strength training exercises.Perhaps
you will be a little sore but I know you will not hate seeing muscles form on
your abdominal area.
3.If you live about two to three blocks
away from your bus stop or train station, get off a few stops before and walk
the rest of the way. Your heart will definitely be thanking you for exercising
4.It is the summer time and you decide
that all you want to do to keep you away from boredness is to play your
favorite computer game solitaire. Why not go out with your favorite young
person in your life and play basketball, softball, tennis or catch?Maybe you could turn on the Wii Fit and do
some of the calorie-burning Wii fit games.I always enjoy the boxing game. Even better if you have two remotes, you
can play interactively and have a whole lot of fun while also working out.
of where you are in life whether you are a size 2 or a size 26, you are still
loved in the eyes of God.According to
Songs of Solomon 4:7, “you are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw
in you.” Did God say that?How can we
deny his word and message to us?
If you feel
there is something not so wonderful about yourself in your eyes, love yourself by making moves
to change it. It is one thing to complain and not do anything about our own
situation, but it is something else to get up and make a decision to press
forward toward the mark of the higher calling.
prayed and made my weaknesses known to God even though he knew them already, he
lead me to diet and exercise and after eight months of hard work and dedication
to my own cause, I lost 70 pounds and dropped about seven sizes. Anything you
want to accomplish, even if it is to love yourself more should include God. Instead
of looking in the mirror and dishonoring the perfectly made temple of God’s,love it like the unconditional love God
gives, and decide for yourself to build it up and make it as beautiful as you
want to see it, even though God sees you as beautiful already. There is nothing
wrong with trying to perfect yourself. Love should be the one thing that you do
not deny yourself of regardless of your stage. It takes a lot of work, persistence
and also will-power. If you remember that you can do all things through Christ,
you already know that if you hold onto his hands and never give up the faith,
you can thrust forward into anything you want to accomplish. But nonetheless,
respect your temple because it is God’s.
Just a few months ago, I used to frequent the deli in the
morning and get scrambled eggs all the time. Who knew that my stomach would
turn at the mere smell of them?
Nowadays, if I have eggs, it is mostly hard-boiled.But sometimes a girl wants to have one of
those scrambled egg or omelet dishes. And then I discovered that I could
scramble tofu and use them as a substitute. So that is exactly what I did when
I made my Greek Inspired Scrambled Tofu with Bacon.
The egg version of it was delicious. I used to have it
with a croissant when I was eating bread at the time. Now that I do not and don’t
miss it at all, I do without and simply enjoy the scrambled concoction that
consists of tofu, spinach, feta cheese and bacon.Yummy! Here is the recipe:
Inspired Scrambled Tofu with Bacon
per Serving 255
Cooking Time 15 Minutes
of Soft Organic Tofu
Slices of Bacon
Cup Organic Baby Spinach
Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
the feta and spinach and mix them together in a bowl
bacon and place them on a microwaveable safe plate or bowl and place them in
the microwave for 2 minutes and 10 seconds. (2 Minutes if you like them less
crispy or 2 minutes and 15 seconds for crispier).
butter to a medium sized pan and place over medium fire to melt.
butter has melted, add spinach and tofu and mix occasionally to prevent from
sticking to the bottom of the pan.
about five minutes, sprinkle feta and bacon slices broken into small pieces over tofu and leave on fire for a few minutes more.
breakfast is then ready to be eaten. Best eaten warm.
well with a nice cup of hot brewed tea.
I never thought I would enjoy tofu as much until
now.I have grown accustomed to cooking
it in different fashions; even to the point of using them to make
smoothies.But to be able to have my
scrambled breakfast meal again makes a difference. Funny thing is it looks like eggs if you simply peak at it but it is not eggs at all. It's tofutilicious.Food just got a whole lot better.
So you go into a pizza shop and you see on the menu
Chicken Parmesan and the alternative for non-meat eaters is usually eggplant
parmesan, but why no other vegetable?
Okay, I admit that eggplant might be tasty with pasta but
I think other vegetables would be just the same.This is why I decided to try it.I used carrots.My carrot parmesan was quick to make and came
out pretty tasty.Here is the recipe:
per serving 80
time 15 minutes
Cup Frozen Small Crinkle Sliced Carrots
Cup Organic Parmesan Shredded Cheese
Cup Crushed Tomatoes with Basil
small pan, add water and carrots. Leave it over a medium fire until the carrots
have defrosted and the carrots are soft
parmesan cheese over carrots and allow to melt
carrots and the cheese with the crushed tomatoes and just allow to get warm
dish is now ready to be served
I didn’t have it with pasta or in a sandwich like many
chicken or eggplant parmesan dishes are served, though I have tested carrots
with spaghetti before and it was not a bad combination. I kept my Carrot
parmesan as the main dish and instead had other vegetable dishes to keep it more on the healthier side. My sides
included garlic sautéed potatoes and steamed vegetables.
The whole entire concoction was great. A light meal for dinner
that also had a fair share of protein, fat and low sodium count; healthy and
delicious. Try it for yourself!
I’m all into this cooking with quinoa bit now and one of the
things on my to-do list all the time is to find a new and exciting way to cook
it; which is why I was tempted to make a dish with it using my slow cooker.
I have experimented different quinoa recipes.I heard so many people talking about snacks or
foods for the big game. Then I heard someone say that one of their menu items
was going to be chili. I have always wanted to make chili but a vegetarian
version of it. That’s when I decided to make Quinoa chili for the big game; not a vegetarian chili
though, a pescatarian one.
I am so used to adding black beans to my quinoa that it
seems like second nature. Who knew adding that plus a few more items to it,
including shrimp would make it so delicious? I know what you are thinking,
shrimp in a chili dish. Sounds a little odd but it came out excellent; so good
that I will be making this dish more often.Here is the recipe!
Cooker Quinoa Shrimp chili
per Serving 441
Time 4-5 hours in the slow cooker
1 Cup Quinoa
1 Medium Tomato
¼ Cup of Crushed Tomato Canned
1 Garlic Clove
1 Can Sweet or Creamed Corn
½ Can of Black Beans
½ cup chopped Green Pepper
1 Cup White Cooked Shrimp – Peeled
1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp Cumin
1 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
½ Tsp Black Pepper corn
¼ Tsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
2 ½ Cups Water
1 Cup of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Separate by ¼ Cups
the Slow Cooker Dish, Add Quinoa, Black Beans, Green Pepper, Tomatoes, Crushed
Tomatoes, Corn, Onion, Garlic, Red
Pepper Flakes, Salt, Pepper Corn, Cayenne Pepper, Cumin and Water.
the Slow Cooker on High and cover to allow to cook.
about two hours, take shrimp, place it in a mortar and mash them up until they
are in small broken little pieces and add them to the slow cooker.
to make sure that the quinoa or beans are not sticking to the bottom of the
about two to three hours later, your quinoa is ready to be served.
each serving, take ¼ cup of the cheddar cheese and sprinkle over each serving of chili
while it is hot to ensure that it will melt nicely over your meal.
Slow Cooker Quinoa Shrimp Chili is a complete meal in one
plate. I got a little greedy though and had mine with Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
and Zucchini chips; not because it needed a side but because I knew I was going to need something to be able to stomach the 109 yards goal taken by the Ravens' Jacoby Jones immediately after one of the best ever halftime shows featuring Beyonce, that helped the Ravens later take home the title.
Either way it was a healthy dish and one that I thought was
worth sharing. Best eaten when hot! Great dish for cold days because it is hot
and spicy. If you decide to try it, I hope you enjoy it.
I was listening to the news today and on it, they said
that the number one thing that Americans snack on today is yogurt and the
number two is bars and listening to that made me think; what are we going be
snacking on while watching the big game?
Okay, I have to admit that I am not the biggest football
fan.I haven’t sat back to watch even
one game this entire season, but I will sit down to watch the National Anthem,
the commercials and the half time show. I guess you can say that I will be
watching most of the game then.
Just because it is an opportunity to snack does not mean
it has to be an unhealthy one.There are
so many things that we can snack on to keep things a little bit healthier but
also tasty.How about some apples?
As a snack an apple is pretty good. Maybe you
are concerned about the sugar content.I
saw in the store the other day apples sold in small packs.I guess you would call that what a serving of
fruit should be as opposed to eating the whole fruit.Not so bad if you take those apples and dip
it in one of those single serving pouches of peanut butter.
Alright, maybe my taste is not the same as
yours but nonetheless, a snack is a snack.So here are some healthy snack ideas that you might find enjoyable and
perhaps may even try.
·Sliced Apples, Bananas or Celery with Peanut Butter
·Crackers with Canned Tuna Fish in Water
·Sliced Carrots with Cottage Cheese
·Healthy Pop Kettle Corn Popcorn from Jolly Time
oOne serving of this yummy popcorn equates to 1
cup and is 25 calories. Even if you got a little hungry and decided to dig into
the entire bag which serves about 3 ½ people, you’d still be dipping into a
snack that is less than 100 calories. Not bad.
·Oikos Blueberry Yogurt with ¼ cup of Kind
Maple Walnut Clusters or granola
·Strawberries with dark chocolate dipping
sauce and Sutter Home Moscato
·Homemade Zucchini Chips
oSlice the Zucchini into rings, dip into milk
and place into a batter of parmesan cheese and panko and place over an oven
dish coated with 1 tbsp of olive oil.Cook in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.
·Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach, Goat Cheese
oChips always seem an appropriate snack and
sometimes it is hard to stick to the suggested serving sizes noted on the box sometimes, which also
indicate how much calories we will be eating per serving. Unlike a serving of Pringles which is 15 chips or Wise Crunchy Cheese Doodles which is a 1/2 cup, a serving of Special K
chips is like 27 chips and they taste pretty good. You get more chips per serving and they are healthy (low sodium, sugar content, calories from fat). If you are a lover of chips, these might work
with your appetite.
oTake your almonds, whether shelled or sliced,
put them in a baking pan and place them in the oven at 425 degrees for about 15
minutes. You can entice them with your favorite flavorings like honey or agave
to make them honey roasted, cinnamon to make them cinnamon toasted or whatever
is appealing to your taste.
These are just a few suggestions.I guess you can tell that a girl loves to
eat.But snacking does not have to
always be the traditional buffalo wings for it to be good.Why not try something else? These ideas have
been tried and have proven to be really great. Hopefully you will like at least
Nonetheless, enjoy the game, the National Anthem, the Halftime Show and the funny commercials that come along with it, happy snacking and may the best team win!!!
I think I have become a little bit obsessed lately with trying to find new and exciting ways to cook so my lifestyle
does not get boring and to also maintain a low calorie diet.
Lately, I have been finding favor in cooking with mushrooms.Usually I get them either in a can or fresh
and sliced. But then the other day, I saw some fresh button mushrooms in the
store and decided I wanted to try stuffing them.
I looked up a few ideas on Pinterest and saw options like Stuffed
mushroom with spinach, stuffed mushroom with goat cheese or stuffed mushroom
with lobster.I had some spinach and
some goat cheese but no lobster.I like
to experiment with food and the idea of mixing goat cheese and spinach together seemed like
it would be really good.But then I thought,
what if I added some shrimp to it?That
I did, and came up with what I'd like to call, stuffed mushroom with shrimp
Stuffed Mushroom with Shrimp
Serving Size 2
Calories per serving 123
Cooking time: 30 minutes
4 Mid-sized Fresh Button Mushrooms
¼ cup frozen or fresh spinach
¼ cup crombled goat cheese
1 cup cooked shrimp
1.Turn your oven on to 425.
2.Remove stems from your mushrooms making sure to be careful with the
other portions of your mushroom so that it could remain somewhat like a bowl of
some sort. Place the mushrooms into a small baking sheet.
3.In a small bowl or in a mortar, add your shrimp, goat cheese and
4.Use a fork or a pestle to chop up the shrimp cheese and spinach
until fine and then mix.
5.Using a spoon, scoop a portion of the mixture into each mushroom
until they are loaded as snug as clothes in a diva’s suitcase
6.Your mushrooms are now ready to cook.
7.Leave mushrooms in oven for about 15 minutes.
8.A nice side to go with this dish would be Quinoa, or grilled vegetables.
I had mine with mashed buttersquash with okra and black beans.
to admit, my taste buds have been programmed to accept almost any type of food
and the ability to find something to like about it, but I am now able to make a
claim that I have found the place in New York City that makes the best grits.
place is called SOCO and is actually located in Brooklyn, the new home of the Nets.
The name of the eatery is easy
to remember because it is similar to the shortened name for the alcoholic
beverage known as southern comfort. That is exactly what you will find there;
style, comfort and southern cuisine that will satisfy your taste buds or maybe even a nice drink to wet your whistle.
first time I had their grits, I thought it was mashed potatoes because of the
smooth texture and buttery taste.The
more and more I have it, the better it seems to get.It could possibly be because they add a
lobster tail and nice medium sized shrimps into it, but it tastes so delicious.
that visitors usually come into New York looking for new and exciting places to
visit that they have not seen yet. The Barclay Center or Atlantic Mall might be one of those many destinations.
they also want to eat great food.SOCO
is a great place to find delicious cuisine and to come with a family, friends or even with a date. The lighting is good and the staff is friendly and quick to respond to customer needs. At least that was my impression from the many times I have visited this restaurant. And also, it is not too far from those aforementioned places to visit.
located at 509 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.Some of their other delicious dishes are mussels and sausage in habanera
sauce, fried chicken with red velvet waffles, rib pizza and more. They have
great sides also with a very tasty macaroni and cheese dish and also their corn
bread. You can check out their website to see for yourself the different things featured on their menu. Here is the link: http://www.socobk.com/
If you are ever in Brooklyn and
are looking for a place to eat, go to SOCO and I guarantee you that you might be
rambling like me after just one visit.
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product information based on my usage and experience.