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Letting Christ Light Up Your Life!

Merry Christmas! While I know a lot of people are already packing up their holiday decorations, the Christmas Season technically just started! This year, in particular, may be difficult to feel any holiday joy, with so much darkness that has eclipsed 2020. But, I’m choosing to focus on the light. The Light of Love, Christ –and how he’s lighting up my life. When we focus on the positive, it’s so much easier to make healthier choices. We eat better, move our bodies more and don’t let stress cause dis-ease in us. (For more on this you can read my post

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Give Yourself the Gift of Time with God this Year

It seems like every year it’s the same.  We really want to slow down, take some time to reflect, prepare our hearts for Christmas, but we never really seem to find the time.  We sit down with a plate full of food at Thanksgiving with a sigh of relief, and then rush around like a chicken with our heads cut off until Christmas.  Meeting expectations.  Filling everyone’s stockings but our own.   This year, more than ever, we need to slow down.  We need to take time to connect with God in a meaningful way.  To open our hearts, let go

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Best Ways to Exercise Outside This Fall

The days are shorter, leaves are starting to turn and there’s a chill in the air. Fall is here! Cooler autumn days are an invitation to get outside, enjoy the abundant color and move our bodies. Spending time outside, surrounded by many forms of God’s creation also has health benefits and can help us move forward with our health goals. Here are my favorite ways to move my body outdoors during this season of change. Walking Walking is one of the easiest and best ways to move our bodies. You only need a decent pair of shoes and to make

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Zucchini Recipes Everyone Will Love!

One way to move forward with self-care is to eat well. The easiest way I’ve found to eat well is to enjoy protein and vegetables over a bed of lettuce. While I do that almost daily, sometimes I miss the texture of potatoes or pasta and zucchini fills that need perfectly. I don’t promote one way of eating over another, (i.e. keto vs vegan), but I do feel most people eat way too much sugar & starch. Namely pop, potatoes, processed foods & pasta. These foods taste good, fill us up and keep us alive, but tend to wreck havoc

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2020 – The Year for Self-Care

Self-care. We all need it. Yet, few of us really make time for it. Me included. The funny thing is, when we don’t take time for self care, things tend to happen that make us take the time to take care of ourselves. I’ve come to believe, that’s what 2020 is all about. With COVID, renewed awareness of racial disparities & rioting, polarized politics, and the natural disasters, like when our acreage caught the northern edge of the derecho that tore through the Midwest on August 10, 2020, we need self-care more than ever. Ask, and ye shall receive I’ve

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Finding Freedom in Praying Often, Eating Well & Moving More

July’s theme is Freedom. When I think of Freedom, many things come to mind. Obviously, I think of the 4th of July and the birth of our nation as we declared our independence over 200 years ago. (Not forgetting changes we still need to make to ensure freedom for all.) I also think of the Freedom we find when we fuel and move our body, mind and spirit according to God’s design by praying often eating well and moving more. Finding Freedom in Food Earlier this month, I ran a free Eat Well to Feel Well 5 Day Challenge in

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What Growing Closer to God Does for Your Health

June’s theme is Grow. This week, the focus is Growing Closer to God and how that affects your health. I did a similar article last year titled, Why Spirituality Needs to be Your #1 Health Habit. This article will dive into some of the chemistry (don’t let that scare you off!) behind why God designed us to be close to him. And what do I mean by chemistry? I’m talking about hormones, neurotransmitters and other chemicals our body makes that govern our health. I could just say God commands us to stay close to him. Hence the 1st biblical truth

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Open to Change by Eating Seasonally

May’s theme is all about being open. Flowers are opening up, on Mother’s Day we were reminded of how Mary’s openness to God let him change not only her world, but the entire world – forever! Participants of the 6-week Pray. Eat. Move. Transforming YOU! Program are in week 4 and it’s all about Eating Well. So I thought it would be a good time to share about how easy it is to be open to changing our food choices by eating seasonally. Some of you may still be wondering why I don’t offer a ‘1.2.3. just eat this’ or

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Finding Trust Through Love

Trust. It’s been a tough 4 weeks for all of us. Change, quarantine & uncertainty shaking our routines up. Those routines we’ve come to trust, like work, school, family & friend gatherings, how we get food, how we move our bodies and how we pray. With it being Good Friday, I can’t help but think Jesus, the apostles and other disciples must’ve felt their trust waiver too-probably more so. As one to look for solutions, I am drawn to what Jesus did and how we can model his behavior during this time. WWJD? You may think, “What?!?! Jesus was brutally

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