Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween treat ideas

For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat? There isn't just one right answer. Instead, use your best judgment given what you know about your child's personality and eating habits. LEAD WITH EDUCATION!!! But be sure to let your children know the impact of the ingredients in candy – die and artificial flavors cause damage to your healthy cells leading to an increased risk of cancer; artificial sugar is a chemical and chemicals damage your cells; too much sugar can cause hyperactivity, rises and dives in blood sugar, can be addictive, can lead to mood swings and negative behavior, and can increase their risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Can we enjoy a little candy as a treat? Sure, but too much leads to harmful changes in the body. This is the PERFECT time to teach your children to take care of their bodies and be aware that moderation is essential.

Before kids go trick-or-treating, serve a healthy meal so they're not hungry when the candy starts coming in.

SET LIMITS BEFORE you acquire the candy. A great idea is to pick a certain number of pieces of candy your child can keep. It will make them really think about what they want to consume the most and increase their decision making skills. Decide then what day any left over candy will be disposed of. That way, you won’t have lingering candy around for your child to get into the habit of eating. They can enjoy the candy and then be freed of the daily temptation and nagging that often times occurs!

Here are some more tips for handling the Halloween treats:

* Know how much candy your child has collected and store it somewhere other than the child's room. Having it so handy can be an irresistible temptation for many kids. Go ahead and have them pick what they want to keep and quickly dispose of the rest.
* Before you go Trick or Treating or your Fall Carnival, talk about how the candy will be handled. Candy and snacks shouldn't get in the way of kids eating healthy meals.
* If a child is overweight — or you'd just like to reduce the Halloween stash — consider buying back some or all of the remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money.
* Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.
* Encourage your child to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten — and to stop before feeling full or sick. If they have not eaten healthy that day, don’t allow the sweet treat to be a substitute. That will help show them the value of the healthy food for their body.

You also can offer some alternatives to candy to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door. Here are some treats to think about giving out:

* Non-food treats, like stickers, toys, temporary tattoos, false teeth, little bottles of bubbles and small games, like tiny decks of cards (party-supply stores can be great sources for these)
* Snacks such as small bags of pretzels, trail mix, small boxes of raisins, and popcorn
* Small boxes of cereal

Steer clear of any snacks or toys — like small plastic objects — that could pose choking hazards to very young children.

And remember that Halloween, like other holidays, is a single day on the calendar. If your family eats sensibly during the rest of the year, it will have a more lasting impact than a few days of overindulgence. IT IS NOT WHAT YOU DO ONE IN A WHILE THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE (positive or negative). IT IS WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO EVERY DAY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR HEALTH!!

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lead Me to the Cross by Hillsong

Savior I come
Quiet my soul
Remember Redemption's hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom

Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out

Bring me to my knees
Lord, I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You

Oh lead me, lead me to the cross
You were as I
Tempted and trialed Human
The word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now you're risen

Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out

Bring me to my knees
Lord, I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You

Oh lead me, lead me to the cross
To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out

Bring me to my knees
Lord, I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Oh lead me, lead me to the cross.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Parto respetado


The Love of God by Frederick Lehman

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Refrain

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Refrain

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Just finished reading: Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival

I just finished reading Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival by T.S. Wiley. I cannot recommend it highly enough. This book is one of the most life-changing books I have ever read, and I urge everyone to read it as soon as possible. I will be reading it again for a second time soon.

Lights Out will totally change your worldview concerning health.

The premise, unfortunately, is given from an evolutionary perspective, but if you can look past that, then please pick up a copy of this book and read it. You'll never see life the same way again.

The author asserts that our bodies are connected to the planet, especially to the sun and the seasons, more than we realize, and that our bodies are trained by instinct to eat and sleep according to the seasons, meaning according to the light and food available in each season.

In other words, our brains are designed to say in the summer, "There's more light, and this is the season when crops grow. Stay up late and eat lots of sugar (carbs) since you need the energy and the crops are growing now. Eat your full, because winter (famine and darkness) is coming."

But that's the real world, and the world we live in isn't real. We have fake sunshine through our lights, and we stay up all hours of the night.

The message that sends to our bodies is that it's still summer, and we need to keep eating carbs, because winter (famine) is coming soon. So we eat and eat, because that's what you're suppose to do in summer, before the famine comes.

The lights mess up our sleep cycles and our hormones in ways that literally cause diseases. The author traces several of the major medical issues we face today, including cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, directly to the lights, and gives some very convincing evidence.

If you read this book and agree with it, you will begin to see your lights as poison, just as much as you might already see fake sugar or your microwave or teflon as poison. But the lights are insidious, because we don't even think about it. Discussions on health never talk about turning out your lights (all of them, including the tv) when the sun goes down, but it's perhaps the single most important thing you could do to eliminate disease and keep yourself healthy.

If you do these things, it will affect your social life, but as the author points out, so will cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

The author also gives an extended discussion of eating according to the seasons, and why so many of the diets we see today are giving us the total opposite message than we need to hear. Those sections alone are worth the read.

Again, I highly recommend this book. Please pick up a copy and read it soon. Reading it may literally add years to your life.

Flavors of the season

Just finished reading: Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival

I just finished reading Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival by T.S. Wiley. I cannot recommend it highly enough. This book is one of the most life-changing books I have ever read, and I urge everyone to read it as soon as possible. I will be reading it again for a second time soon.

Lights Out will totally change your worldview concerning health.

The premise, unfortunately, is given from an evolutionary perspective, but if you can look past that, then please pick up a copy of this book and read it. You'll never see life the same way again.

The author asserts that our bodies are connected to the planet, especially to the sun and the seasons, more than we realize, and that our bodies are trained by instinct to eat and sleep according to the seasons, meaning according to the light and food available in each season.

In other words, our brains are designed to say in the summer, "There's more light, and this is the season when crops grow. Stay up late and eat lots of sugar (carbs) since you need the energy and the crops are growing now. Eat your full, because winter (famine and darkness) is coming."

But that's the real world, and the world we live in isn't real. We have fake sunshine through our lights, and we stay up all hours of the night.

The message that sends to our bodies is that it's still summer, and we need to keep eating carbs, because winter (famine) is coming soon. So we eat and eat, because that's what you're suppose to do in summer, before the famine comes.

The lights mess up our sleep cycles and our hormones in ways that literally cause diseases. The author traces several of the major medical issues we face today, including cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, directly to the lights, and gives some very convincing evidence.

If you read this book and agree with it, you will begin to see your lights as poison, just as much as you might already see fake sugar or your microwave or teflon as poison. But the lights are insidious, because we don't even think about it. Discussions on health never talk about turning out your lights (all of them, including the tv) when the sun goes down, but it's perhaps the single most important thing you could do to eliminate disease and keep yourself healthy.

If you do these things, it will affect your social life, but as the author points out, so will cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

The author also gives an extended discussion of eating according to the seasons, and why so many of the diets we see today are giving us the total opposite message than we need to hear. Those sections alone are worth the read.

Again, I highly recommend this book. Please pick up a copy and read it soon. Reading it may literally add years to your life.