Pre-holiday stress?

Is stress part of your life?  We think it’s normal to have some daily stress.

Add in the Christmas season and the lists of all the tasks to be done and it’s the perfect recipe for more stress.

For the next 6 weeks I am going to share how I am coping with stress!

A chat with my family doctor revealed that my body is demonstrating some of my recent stress.

I am going to reduce my stress!

I thought it would be a great blog series.  I’ll share what I learn with you!

How  we care for our bodies, minds and spirits really

impacts how we deal with stess.

Here are some of  the topics: foods that combat stress, vitamins, breathing exercises, self care, wise boundaries, healthy self talk, spiritual well-being, and ways to minimize stress during the Christmas season.

I am starting this week with a good list of things I am thankful for!

When I focus on thankfulness I see the good that is always there!

 

Today’s little step:  Take a few minutes and write out 10 things you are thankful for. That’s one quick way to reduce your stress!  See the good that is always there!

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Looking for a yummy healthy treat?

How about Apple Nachos?  I got some tech help and that means I have some good pictures!

It looks too good to be healthy!

But it is!

 

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Ingredients

1 medium apple

nut butter

maple syrup

Topping suggestions-sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, coconut

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Method

Cut the apple into slices and place in a circle on a medium sized plate.

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Mix 1 tbsp. of nut butter-(I used almond butter) with 2 tbsp. of maple syrup. Stir until well combined and until it has a runny consistency.

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Flick and drip the nut butter mixture over the apple slices.

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Then add your favorite toppings to cover the apple slices. I added sunflower seeds, chopped walnuts and unsweetened shredded coconut.

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I like to finish mine with coconut because it looks so nice on top.

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This is a fun snack or dessert to let people create on their own. You can slice the apples early just put them into a bowl.  Cover them with pineapple juice. The pineapple adds to the taste and is not near as acidic as lemon juice. That will prevent the browning that happens with sliced apples.

Just remember to check for allergies for the pineapple juice and the nuts.

Enjoy!

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Today’s little step: Make some apple nachos for dessert or snack today!

I’d love to hear what toppings you are going to try!

How to beat the Halloween munchie monster!

The scariest part of Halloween is the munchie monster that lives in my house. Me!

I can pop those treat sized chocolate bars into my mouth as easy as can be.

Before I even realize it I’ve eaten 700 calories. That’s the same as eating a double quarter pounder with cheese! WOW!

Not good!

But this Halloween is gonna be different. I’ve got a few tricks I’m going to try.

This post is so good I had to send it out again this year!

I also wanted to send it out a little before Halloween.

We all need to be reminded of a few tricks

to help us handle all the treats.

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  1. Buy the candy just before Halloween. If you buy it early it’s too tempting to sample it.

  2. Buy candy you don’t like. We usually buy our favorites.

  3. If you already bought the candy put it out of sight. Or better yet, have someone hide it. Out of sight out of mind!

  4. Eat your regular healthy supper before the trick or treaters arrive.

  5. If candy is too hard to resist, then give out other fun stuff. Like pencils, stickers, erasers, toy spiders and party favors.

  6. Chew some gum while you hand out the candy.

  7. Make a plan to eat only your favorite candy. Decide how many you will eat. Stick to the plan!

  8. If you attend a Halloween party eat the healthiest choice available. Limit the treats.

  9. Mix in some physical activity into the day. Walk with your trick or treaters. If you are home, put on your shoes and walk inside.

  10. Remember it’s just a day. It’s not a license to overindulge. You’ve worked too hard to blow it all on Halloween candy.  

If you are going to eat some treats you need to choose wisely. These favorite little treats are loaded with calories and fat.

  • Reece peanut butter cup – 1 fun size, 88 calories, & 6.5 grams of fat

  • Twizzlers – 1 fun size, 50 calories & 0 grams of fat

  • Peanut M&Ms – 1 fun size, 93 calories & 4.7grams of fat

  • Hersey’s milk chocolate – 1 fun size, 50 calories & 3 grams of fat

  • 3 Musketeers – 1 fun size, 63 calories & 2 grams of fat

  • Tootsie pop – 1 full size, 60 calories & 0 grams of fat

  • Nestle Crunch – 1 fun size, 60 calories & 3 grams of fat

  • Rockets or Smarties for U.S. friends – 1 roll, 25 calories & 0 grams of fat

  • Doritos – 1 fun size, 140 calories & 8 grams of fat

  • Oh Henry – 1 fun size, 70 calories & 4 grams of fat

  • Cheezies – 1 fun size, 90 calories & 6 grams of fat

  • Cookies and cream -1 fun size, 50 calories & 3 grams of fat

Here’s my Halloween plan. I will eat 2 mini chocolate bars & one mini bag of cheezies while I give out the treats. Then I will chew some gum. I will walk inside while I wait. My husband will hide the leftover candy!

TODAY’S little STEP: Make a plan for your Halloween. Plan what you will eat and when. Add some exercise to your day. Decide what to do with the leftovers. Stick to it and you’ll beat the Munchie Monster!

You can do this!  Every little step makes a difference!

If you have found this helpful please share it with your friends.

Technology love or hate?

I had a fun blog post ready.

It’s a recipe for Nacho apples.

With good pictures!

But my new phone and my computer are not communicating!

Sometimes I love technology and sometimes I hate it!

You guess which this time is, teehee.

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I tried all sorts of things that my limited skills allow.

Needless to say they didn’t work!

So I will get the help I need and post it next week.

It’s just not worth the stress!

Today’s little step:  Enjoy each new day.  It’s a wonderful gift!  Let go of the stress!

Time-perspective, priorities, people!

Is life overwhelming? Feeling like life is hard?

I’m still adjusting to the new normal with the recent loss of a well-loved friend.

My friend’s health deteriorated quickly and within 21 days she passed.

This kind of shocking loss puts life into perspective.

Priorities change.

Irritations lose their power.

Stuff loses its appeal.

Careers lose their supremacy.

Tasks and to-do lists can wait.

 

What really matters in life? PEOPLE and GOD!

My friend Gwen always had time to talk to people.

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She was never in too much of a hurry. I want to be more like Gwen.

I HAVE the time to stop and chat with an acquaintance.

For coffee shop visits with good friends.

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Telephone calls and long texts are WORTH the time.

There IS time for interruptions. Interruptions involve people.

When my kids were small I had a good quote on the fridge.

“The interruptions are the job”!

There IS time for long conversations, even late at night.

Time to share a joke or a good memory.

Time to write a note of encouragement.

Time, one of our most valued commodities, needs to be spent on – PEOPLE!

With this recent loss came fear.

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Fear that I too may lose those I love most.

With God’s help I am not letting fear be immobilizing.

Instead it is a fear that moves me to action!

Oh, the people I love are so precious!

This fear moves me to the action of loving my people well.

Hugs and kisses are given and received everyday.

The value of dinner preparation and the time spent around the table laughing and talking is priceless!

Acts of service done in love speak volumes.

Kind and loving words reach deep into hearts.

Memories are made and cherished everyday.

Texting keeps me in regular contact with family and friends.

Time spent with people is worth every second.

I don’t want time to dim the intensity of these feelings!

I want to live a life of no regrets! I want to love people well!

I want to live each day as a precious gift from God.

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I want to make today count!

I want to honor my Great God with good choices.

I want to spend time reading the Bible and praying.

Learning how to live life like Jesus did.

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When doubts come about the premature passing of my friend, I remember the verses that I feel were written just for me.

I have them as the wallpaper on my phone so I see them throughout my day.

“Hold fast to the hope you profess for He who promised is faithful. Fix your thoughts on Jesus.” Hebrews 10:23, 3:2.

I know Jesus has proven Himself trustworthy so many times in my life.

When I think about Jesus and His perfect plans,

based on His love,

that gets my thinking back on the right track.

TODAY’S little STEP: Make today count! Take the time to love your people well. Honor God! Life is a precious gift!

If you would like to know about my good God, please send me a message. I would be happy to tell you how you can be part of God’s family.

Or click on this link http://evangelismexplosion.org/resources/steps-to-life/and read about the steps to developing a personal relationship with Jesus and spending forever in Heaven!

 

I blew it! I veered off the path of health and well-being!

 

It’s time for this blogger to ‘fess up! Over this last week I didn’t eat well at all!

It was a hard week emotionally. I said my final goodbye to my best friend. I attended the visitation, funeral and graveside service.

Then I had the stress of packing and preparing for a big trip that had been planned and arranged a year ago.

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Food wasn’t interesting. Well healthy food wasn’t interesting.

I wanted chocolate and creamed sweetened coffee.

Now there isn’t anything wrong with an occasional treat.

But I had them for lunch and snacks for more than a couple of days.

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They soothed my emotions and tasted so good. I had a nice burst of energy for about an hour or two.

Then came the crash. Low energy and a drop in my mood too.

I circled through that cycle of ups and downs for a few days.

It wasn’t good.

My sleep was off.

My productivity was low.

My mood was just really low.

I didn’t handle stress well and tears came easily.

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What about you?

Has something in your life derailed your healthy lifestyle?

Life happens! Maybe this CanadianThanksgiving weekend you overate?

Maybe all your favorite treats were available?

Maybe you felt obligated to eat that pie that sweet Aunt Bertha baked just for you?

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We all have life events, big ones or little ones, that can take us off the path of health and well-being.

Don’t let it be an excuse to keep overeating or to abandon your healthy lifestyle!

Don’t beat yourself up either!

It’s so easy to just continue down that different path.

I came to my senses. I have to practice what I preach!

Accountability to you helps!

I didn’t beat myself up and I didn’t use my sadness as an excuse to keep overeating.

I took a little step to health.

I took just one little step, just one little change.

My next meal, lunch was nutrient rich.

I went back to my veggies and hummus with some cheese for my lunch.

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My energy stayed level and so did my mood.

It was so much better!

My body could function and cope with stress when I fed it the nutrient food it needed.

Some days it’s hard to do the right thing.

Taking care of our bodies by feeding them nutrient rich food is the right thing to do.

When we do we reap the blessing!

The blessing of a body, mind and spirit that can cope with the ups and downs of life.

Remember our core Bible verse. “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

Today’s little step: When life events take you off the path of health and well-being don’t use it as an excuse. Take one little step to health. Make the next snack or meal a nutrient rich one or go for that 15-minute walk.

If you would like to know about my good God, please send me a message. I would be happy to tell you how you can be part of God’s family.

Or click on this link http://evangelismexplosion.org/resources/steps-to-life/and read about the steps to developing a personal relationship with Jesus and spending forever in Heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

How do we cope when God says, “no”?

What do we do when God says no?

How do we cope?

Maybe you didn’t get the job, or the pregnancy test was negative again. Perhaps the house deal fell through or the doctor’s report was not good? We all have hard times when God’s answer is no.

God said no to my prayers.

My friend Gwen did not recover.

But God did take away her pain, her suffering and her fear when He took her to Heaven.

God said no because He had a better plan for Gwen.

But how do I cope? This is sad and hard to understand. I thought of the responses I have seen in myself and other people.

I could cope like an Angry Two Year Old.

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Have a tantrum, scream and yell at God. I could pout and say, “if God isn’t going to answer my prayers my way, I won’t pray to Him anymore”.

I could cope like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

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I could say, “Well nothing good ever happens to me anyway. Why am I not surprised? I don’t think God loves me like He does everybody else”.

I could cope like a Martyr.

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I could say, “This is God’s will. I will accept it. I probably will never feel any joy again. My lot in life is hard, and that’s the way it’s going to be”.

I could cope like a Student.

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I could say, “ This is hard. It doesn’t make any sense. I want to trust You God because You tell me to. Please help me trust!” I can learn from others. I can learn from God.

I could cope like a Wise woman.

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I could say, “ I know I can trust You God because I know You. You have proven Yourself to me many times. I will trust You”.

I’ve had most of those first three responses at some time in my life, especially when God said no.

Most of them are not helpful and are not based in truth. Can you relate?

Take a minute to see if you cope with one of those styles.

How do I cope?

Some days I’m the Angry two year old. I rant and cry because I didn’t get my way. But God can handle my anger.

Or I have a tendency to be the Martyr. It’s easy for me to let my circumstances steal all my joy. Not good! I want to learn how to respond better.

I think I respond most like a Student.

I want to trust God when He says no. Because He is my Heavenly Father and He knows what is best.

I want to learn from God and other people. I want joy and peace. As a student I need to go to the Bible and to good teachers.

I want to someday cope like the Wise Woman.

A wise woman who deals with hard things and praises God. A woman who has stories of times when she trusted God and she saw His hand at work.

A woman who can come along side hurting people and share God’s love.

Be encouraged my friend that God is at work in each of our lives.

When God says no to our prayers and life is hard He is still a good God that we can trust.

He is a good God who loves us.

Please pray for me as I say my final goodbye to Gwen tomorrow.

I want to share God’s love and hope with others.

I am memorizing and claiming my new verses.

“Hold fast to the hope you profess for He who promised is faithful” Hebrews 10:23. “Fix your thoughts on Jesus” Hebrews 3:2

Today’s little step: Cope like a Student. Learn from God and other people. Go to the Bible and good teachers for help.

If you would like to know about my good God, please send me a message. It would be happy to tell you how you can be part of God’s family.

Or click on this link http://evangelismexplosion.org/resources/steps-to-life/and read about the steps to developing a personal relationship with Jesus and spending forever in Heaven.