Four Simple Steps To A Healthy Weight

Lately all my social media has been blowing up with “magic pill” sales pitches and costly ways to lose menopausal weight (or baby weight or that last 5 pounds).

“Take this pill and magically lose your middle-age belly bulge” (insert photo of hourglass, blemish free 20 year old model)

Can I just say, this is insulting ……………  I am not a teenager anymore and have enough intelligence to realize that a pill will not give me a 36-24-36 figure. (yes, I am one of those middle-aged women the diet pill companies are trying to target). It frustrates me that they’re using women’s insecurities for financial gain.

Why would I go spend $29.95 on a 30 day supply of pills to lose weight when all I have to do is change a few simple things?

Let me give you a little of my background.

When I was younger I suffered with anorexia, was hospitalized and would starve myself trying to get down to a certain weight. If there was a new diet I tried it. Low carb, no carb, grapefruit diet, South Beach diet, Paleo, and on and on.

As I grew older and more mature, I educated myself about eating healthy, staying physically fit and getting proper rest. Thankfully, as I learned how to take care of myself, I gained weight and was able to maintain good health.

Read below to find out how I have been able to keep a regular and healthy weight, without diet pills, fad diets or other costly options.

Four Simple Steps To a Healthy Weight

Eat foods in their most natural form

This means stop eating commercially processed foods like crackers, cookies, breads, candy, fast foods, prepackaged foods and condiments. They are full of non-food ingredients, preservatives, food dyes and artificial sweeteners/colors/flavors. They contain high levels of sodium, saturated fat, and high fructose corn syrup. These additives increase the flavor but destroy much of the nutritional value. Empty calories.

Eat fresh fruit. Make breakfast smoothies. Have an apple dipped in a natural peanut butter for snack. Make fruit roll-ups in a dehydrator.

Eat fresh vegetables. Add a side of steamed broccoli or cauliflower with your dinner instead of a dinner roll. Nibble on celery sticks.  Sprinkle thin sliced cucumbers with a touch of sea salt for a healthy snack.

Eat only unprocessed meat. (yep this means no more hot dogs, bacon and fatty salami). Eat chicken, beef, lamb, pork and seafood. Grill it, bake it, broil it, steam it, or use a slow-cooker.

Consume more whole grains. Instead of bleached white rice, have wild or brown rice. Use whole grain oats, amaranth or quinoa to make a honey granola or a hot cereal for breakfast.

Snack on raw nuts. They’re delicious!! Soak them overnight and blend them into a smoothie. Add raw nuts to breakfast cereal.

Season food with sea salt, pepper and fresh or dried herbs.

Eat all your foods in their most natural form. They will be easier to digest, way more nutrition, and much more pleasing on the eye. Look at those delicious colors!!

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Drink plenty of liquids

Without enough liquid, our body cannot work to it’s fullest potential. Digestion doesn’t work properly, we get headaches and our body stays full of toxins. If we drink the recommended 8 ounces of liquid  day, our body can easily flush out all the junk and run more smoothly.

If you have difficulty drinking plain water here are a few tricks that helped me.

Make a couple cups of your favorite decaffeinated tea (I like peppermint or vanilla). Add it to a jug of fresh water and ice cubes. Put in the refrigerator and try to drink the whole pitcher in a day.

Slice fresh fruit and add to a pitcher of water. Oranges, lemon and limes will add a refreshing twist and quench your thirst.

If you’re like me and need that bubbly sensation (like from soda), drink a chilled Perrier or mineral water (the ones without sweetener).

Keep moving

Quite often we promise ourselves “Today is the day” we will start a regular exercise routine, but then life gets busy and our best intentions of exercising diminish. Or we are unable, due to physical limitation or illness, to commit to a workout schedule.

That’s alright! Don’t get discouraged – Just keep moving 🙂

Park your car at the end of the parking lot instead of the front. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk around the block first thing in the morning and end of the day. Use half of your lunch break to walk. Walk every chance you get. Five minutes here, ten minutes there…… It all adds up.

If you are unable to walk regularly, do some sitting exercises. Ab squeezes or butt squeezes (I like to do 4 sets of 20 through out the day). Bicep curls or shoulder raises.

Love yourself

The bible says God made us in his image – Perfect in his sight. …..Short or tall, dark or light, blonde or redhead. We are all perfect, unique and beautiful.

It took me a long time to learn this, but it’s true. Imagine your child telling you he/she felt “ugly”. Heartbreaking right? God feels the same way about us. We need to look in the mirror and see our beauty, our potential, our lovely one-of-a-kind amazing-ness.

How blaaaaahhhh  our world would be if we all looked the same, a perfect world full of a bunch of perfect people. BORING!!

Our world is a rainbow of people!

When we love ourselves for the way God intended us to look, our true beauty begins to shine from the inside out. When we love ourselves, we will be more inclined to nurture and care for our bodies the way we should.

Eat healthy foods, drink plenty of liquids and keep moving, and your body will find it’s natural weight. Whatever your natural weight is, LOVE it!!

Song of Solomon 4:7   You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.

Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good……

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time………

What are some of the ways you find beauty in yourself when life gets you down?

Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please seek a doctor before making any health changes with your diet or exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

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Faith During Trials

Welcome to Faith, Farm & Family Table!!

First let me say thank you to all my readers who stuck around during my blogging hiatus. I am slowly working my way back into a routine (and having faith during trials) after dealing with some crazy things in my life.

About two months ago my computer had some major problems, then one thing after another, things went array.  As the saying goes, “when it rains it pours” ….. and it poured!!!

Before the computer crash, I believed I was doing what God had called me to do with my blog. I was enjoying the time I spent writing and sharing. I felt I was making a positive difference in some people’s lives.

In fact, the week I had computer problems, I was nominated for a Bloggers Award and some of my posts had been featured on other websites. I felt accomplished and full of joy.

Unfortunately, all the stress with my computer caused me to question whether I should continue my blog. What if this happens again? Maybe I’m NOT making a difference? Maybe there is something else I should be doing with my time?

As I contemplated whether I should continue with my writing, this scripture came to my heart.

John 10:10 The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Then it dawned on me!!

Through my blog, I was working for the Kingdom of God, connecting with other Christians, sharing God’s word and sharing how He has worked in my life. I was making a difference. What does the enemy do when he feels threatened by our good works? He tries to steal our peace, causing us to question our purpose. He tries to do ANY thing that will take our minds off Jesus Christ.

Some stressful situations were presented into my life and the enemy just swooped right in whispering negativity into my life. One day I was blogging and believing God for amazing things. The next day I was worried about all the “what if’s” and filled with doubts. I had slipped away from trusting God and having faith during trials.

So today I took a serious look at my life – my crazy, blessed, chaotic life. I decided that I was NOT going to let the enemy steal my peace (or my blog!).

This is where I was two days ago. The temperature was 110 degrees. I sat on the patio and enjoyed this lovely view while I had my morning coffee. The baby quail feeding on berries, the hummingbirds sipping sugar-water, the baby bunnies bouncing in the rocks.

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This is where I am today. The temperature is 45 degrees. My jacket is in our condo 3 hours away and I don’t have any of my winter cloths here. BUT, I have a pot of coffee, a thick bathrobe and a new pair of warm slippers.

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And this is where I will be sometime next year (maybe).

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Our cute little farm-house and garden. This is where I will grow fresh food for my family (hence, the reason for Faith, FARM, Family Table), breath in fresh air,  and watch wildlife passing through our yard.

Do you ever those days when you are “here” one minute, “there” the next, and then not sure where you will be tomorrow?

This is my life today! But through it all, I’ve been reminded of a few things.

God is faithful. He has brought me out of hundreds of trials in my life time with His unfailing love. Some of them HUGE. If He could pick me up out of drug addiction (over 10 years now!) and mend my life, surely He can handle anything.

When life becomes overwhelming,  all I need to do is stay connected with God. Regularly (daily, hourly, sometimes minute-by-minute) fill my spirit with the word of God. When the enemy comes to steal my peace, I need to stand strong with God and keep my faith. Turn off the computer, television, and phone. Open my bible and read, pray, then trust God has it all worked out.

He is my rock, my peace and  my wisdom.

The bible says God is strength in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) and peace in my confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). He is the helper and upholder of my life (Psalm 54:4) and the provider of ALL my needs (Philippians 4:19).

God IS amazing!

How do you stay connected with God when life throws all its challenges your way?