Breakfast of Champions?

Yesterday I took my eldest daughter to school.  It’s homecoming week.  Each day during the week they’ve had different “themes.” Yesterday was “senior citizen day” (all you senior citizens try not to roll your eyes!).  Of all things, she borrowed a wheelchair to ride around in for the day.  That along with a bun in her hair–which we sprayed white–a blanket and a stuffed cat on her lap, she was ready for her latter years.

The wheelchair was not bus worthy, so we opted for the car.  Before we left, she proposed we go through Taco Johns for breakfast.  It’s not something we normally do, so I agreed.  It would be a special treat.

We went all out.  Got the whole meal.  Bacon and egg burrito (I ordered sausage but I think I got bacon?), oj, and of course, potato oles (I love saying that word…ole!  Makes me want to throw my hat up in the air or something).

I dropped her off and, in the usual American way, ate my food while driving home.

Oh. My. Word.

My stomach was not impressed.  Greasy hashbrown-like potatoes and a heavy duty burrito to start off my day.  The only thing my stomach liked was the orange juice, which was twice the size it needed to be.  I couldn’t even finish the burrito.

Apparently my stomach has been adapting to my healthier breakfast eating habits.  Yikes.

Not only was my stomach complaining, I was tired.  I no longer felt like working out.  And frankly, I was kinda depressed.  Bummed.  I felt yucky.

Not the breakfast of champions.  Oof.  Along with that, I had consumed 75% of my daily calories, and it was only 9 am.

Isn’t it interesting how food affects us?  It affects how we feel, how we perform, our energy level, and our health.

The opposite is true as well.  Where not-so-good-for-you foods can have an adverse effect, healthy foods can have a good effect.  I always feel great after having a green smoothie.  My energy level goes up and I feel more optimistic.

Long ago, God let us know that all foods are now acceptable. But that doesn’t mean they’re always the right choice.

In I Corinthians Paul says, “Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.” (6:12)

This verse has come to mind a lot lately. Let’s be wise about our choices.  Our bodies will thank us for it!

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Fish Oil

Are you taking fish oil or another omega-3 supplement?

Why not?  Oh, I see, you’re eating fish at least 2 times a week.  A good fatty fish with no mercury.  And you’re not frying it, right? You’re also supplementing with walnuts and almonds? Well then, you’re excluded.  If you think you’re getting enough.

Everyone else, may I suggest you jump on board?

Fish oil is a great “brain food.”  It can help with depression, Alzheimer’s and other disorders. Often it’s used to give you a happier heart.  It can lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

It can help with painful periods for women. Pain and swelling.  Eye problems. Diabetes and asthma.  The list goes on.

My friend’s son has seen improvement in his ADD.  His teachers can see a difference in just 2 weeks of taking it daily.

I take it for my dry eyes.  Guess what?  I’ve been told that everything gets drier as you age.  Thank you 40.  Twice in 6 months I went to the eye doctor because my contact flipped and was lost in eye cyber-space somewhere.  The eye doctor suggested fish oil.  I can definitely tell the difference.

What prompted this post?  I’ve been forgetting to take it and my eyes have gotten drier.  So a filled up a weekly pill box so I won’t forget!

Give it a try.  But remember, always consult your physician.  You don’t want it to interact with anything else your taking, or adversely effect any condition you may have.

Have trouble with fishy aftertaste?  Remember to always buy quality!  Make it worth your time and effort.  Your body will thank you.

Resources: WebMD;  American Heart Association

Let’s Get Started!

How do I find the words?

That’s what I’m thinking at the moment.

How do I find the words to tell you how important you are?  How special you are?  And quite frankly, how Jesus loves you just the way you are?

You don’t need to impress Him.  You can’t let Him down…cuz, uhm…you were never holding Him up!  He loves you forever and always.  Yes, just the way you are.  He died for you without you doing a darn thing to earn it.  The Bible lays it all out there, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8*

So why do we not act like children of the King?  Why do I not live Fully Alive?!  (Ken Davis)

He loves us the way we are.  But He desires for us to live and grow in Him each and every day.  Are you ready to live fully?  Are you ready to live a healthier life?  Are you ready to seek after all God has for you?

I am.  Join me.  The road is not the easy one.  It’s full of surprises and some potholes.  But it’s an exciting one.  It’s a fulfilling one.  Let’s journey together.

*If you have no idea what a relationship with Christ is,  or what it means to be a Christ-follower.  PLEASE feel free to contact me.