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“Offering Your Body as a Living Sacrifice….with food!”

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The following is a blogpost from a pastor of mine where I attended church in VA. It was refreshing to read his blogpost and hear a biblical perspective on food, discipline, and glorifying God.

“The goal is not to look like everyone else but rather to truly use your body as an instrument for how you glorify God and that means that it will look different for everyone involved. The point is to discipline our bodies for God’s glory to the measure that God has given us that physical ability.” -Nathan Smith (pastor at Heritage Baptist Church)

 

Here is the link: http://www.hbclynchburg.com/blog/index.php/entry/offering-your-body-as-a-living-sacrifice-with-food-1

*If you are short on time, be sure to at least read the “action points” section*

 

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Blueberry Muffins (gluten free and low carb)

Blueberry Muffins (gluten free and low carb)
 
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
  • 8 tbsp. splenda (or 4 tbsp. stevia and 4 tbsp. splenda; mixing 2 types helps reduce bitter aftertaste)
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest (or 1 tbsp. of lemon juice)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk
  • (optional) ¼ slivered almond pieces
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Mix dry ingredients together (flour, sea salt, baking powder, stevia/splenda, lemon zest)
  3. Add wet ingredients (eggs, milk, vanilla extract, butter) and mix well together.
  4. Add blueberries and fold in gently.
  5. Divide the batter into muffin cups. The batter is quite firm so you will need to use a little spoon to level the batter nicely. The muffin cups should be filled to the top as the batter doesn't rise much.
  6. Bake about 20-25 mins. until lightly browned on the top.

*Can be frozen and re-heated later!

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Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

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Novemember naturally seems to be a time of the year where we discuss what we are thankful for. Challenge yourself to adopt an attitude of gratitude, not just in November, but for a lifetime. Here are some tips below to help cultivate gratitude in our daily lives.

Proverbs 17:22 says “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

1) Keep a gratitude journal

   It gives you perspective and allows time for reflection. It allows you to organize your thoughts and put the experience into context.

2) Remember and be grateful for challenges and “negative” experiences

   These are often the times we learn the most valuable lessons in patience, understanding, humility, and strength.

3) Focus on the gifts

   Be thankful for the gifts we receive from others….a smile, kind words, the gift of time, material possessions, and wisdom. Remeber, not all   gifts are things you can hold in your hands.

4) Pray for gratitude

   Even when we don’t feel like being thankful-there is still so much to be thankful for!

5) Be grateful for your health

   The body is amazing machine-be thankful for all that yours can do.

6) Keep a visual reminder to be grateful

   A picture frame with your favorite gratitute quote or a list of items you are thankful for can serve as a daily reminder to keep things in    perspective.

7) Commit to practicing gratitude

   Make an effort everyday to let others know you appreciate them.

8) Maintain a positive, grateful attitude

   Surround yourself around grateful people when possible and set a good example by maintaining a positive attitude even in difficult circumstances.

It’s always nice to find research that supports benefits of a happy life!

Harvard school of Public Health is doing some of their own. Check this out from 2011:

” Kubzansky is at the forefront of such research. In a 2007 study that followed more than 6,000 men and women aged 25 to 74 for 20 years, for example, she found that emotional vitality—a sense of enthusiasm, of hopefulness, of engagement in life, and the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance—appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The protective effect was distinct and measurable, even when taking into account such wholesome behaviors as not smoking and regular exercise.” See full article here: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/happiness-stress-heart-disease

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True happiness and JOY is a manifestation of something deeper in our hearts. Check out this great resource from John MacArthur on “What is the Secret to Contentment?”

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5 thoughts on nutrition and wellness….

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1) Just because its organic doesn’t mean its good for you.

2) Gluten free often ends up being high carb-but it doesn’t have to! (Gluten free diets often consist of tapioca and rice flour for baking; and rice, corn and potatos in several different varieties of food). Choose low carb & gluten free flours such as: almond, coconut, hazelnut, chestnut, etc. for baking  and avoid the hidden sugars such as agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, etc.). Because excess carbs eventually contribute to the most common diseases that we face-it is important to keep carbs in check. The good news is, it is possible to do gluten free and low carb

3) There are no shortcuts to a lifetime of wellness.

4) Food can be healthy and delcious! Try 1 new recipe each week to slowly “kick out the old-and bring in the new”.

5) “One should eat to live, not live to eat” -Benjamin Franklin

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