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Diet Articles: The Soul Searcher
Written by Sharen
Have you ever had a time in your life when you and your Christian relatives or Christian friends collide? You're doing everything that you can to get along and make peace, and you hear those 'chosen' words, "You aren't acting Christian-like!" OR "God is going to get you for that!" OR "I can't believe that you're a Christian." OR "You're certainly not as good a Christian as I am!" OR "You need to rethink your salvation." OR "You need to get saved."
At first, you stand there glary-eyed and in total shock. In the heat of the moment you may have even said a naughty word preceding those terrible outbursts from your friend or relative, or you may have lost your temper. You were at your rope's end. And at this point, you're just 'flat mad as a wet hen' that God is being brought into the situation! Furthermore, that your friend or relative thinks that they are better off in God's eye than you are! Who died and made them Judge??
God teaches us that there is a time and a place for everything. Even if you lost your temper, cursed or tossed something on the ground in anger, we all have our limits. Trouble is, once we 'lose it' we open ourselves up for judgment from 'our observers'. Even if they did the same, your good nature and good sense would never get you to the point of a God-war-of-words.
If this situation sounds familiar, stop - take charge BEFORE you explode because doing such will only expose your level of frustration and allow others to attack. Think what is best for you - even in that fervent moment of anger. It's not an easy thing to do BUT it's the best thing for you! Search your soul - God is there and will always help you.
Seeking Diet Solutions
Great Snacks for About 100 Calories Each include one banana, 1 medium apple, 1 large orange, 1 medium pear, a couple of plums, 2 cups of fresh strawberries, 5 prunes, 2 cups of most varieties of melon, 2 cups of grapes, 2 rice cakes, 8 crackers, 1 cup of dry cereal, 1 English Muffin, 1/2 bag of light popcorn, 1 cup of skim milk, a slice of angel food cake, 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1/2 a bagel, and a serving of animal crackers.
Because raw vegetables are naturally low in calories and fat grams you can enjoy a considerable amount for 100 calories unless they are cooked and sauces, cheese, and butter or margarine is added. To get away from the fat, try using 1/2 the amount of margarine on your cooked vegetables as you normally would - then work your way towards light margarine. You may find that you enjoy your corn on the cob better when its salted and peppered rather than when it's drowned in butter. And you waistline will certainly approve.
Dieting and getting fit doesn't mean that you need to eliminate all of the foods that you like to love from your life. Oh - that would be so sad!
I happen to favor those little cupcakes that look like snowballs and have a cream center. What would life be without my snowballs? Pretty bland. Pretty dull. Pretty boring.
The key to Diet Success is to enjoy your favorite snacks in moderation. You've probably know someone who eats snacks and sweets quite often and who is thin. Few people can get away with that. Unless the individual has a boss metabolism - more often than not, what you don't see is what those individuals eat the remainder of the day - which is probably either a small bowl of cereal or nothing.
As for those snacks, yes please - implement them as part of your daily diet plan. Fit them in wisely. If you'd like to healthy-up your snacks, here are a few suggestions:
fresh apple rather than chips
5 toasted (or untoasted) large marshmallows rather than a candy bar
1 cup of frozen sliced bananas rather than a cookie
1 cup of skim milk + 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries + 2 ice cubes whipped up into a healthy shake rather than a soda
What Dieting Has in Common With Salvation
While the average individual might believe that precious gems, gold, money, food, clothing, a house and earthly belongings are the most important things in life, we Christians know that the most important thing 'in death' is indeed salvation.
If you have been trying to lose weight and are having problems accomplishing that, let's try to find a seed to get your Diet Garden growing for dieting has a lot in common with salvation.
Think back to the time of your redemption, to the moment of your saving moment with God. The time had to be right. In fact, you may have been approached many times before that about salvation, but you just weren't ready. You may have even thought a great deal about God, about salvation, and about the need for making things right with God - but at those moments, the time just wasn't right.
Then one day, the right time arrived. No one needed to make you visit with God - in fact, anyone would have had a hard time in restraining you from going to meet with God. If we could just capture that feeling - that overpowering feeling of desire that will overcome anything in life, then no one would fail at dieting.
This type of feeling - though nothing like the experience of salvation, is the reason that some dieters go on to conquer weight issues and win. And so can you with God's help, for with Him, all things are possible.
The Power of Prayer While Dieting
God is only a short prayer away!
Have you ever taken a water hose on a hot summer's day and tried to fill up a crack in the earth with water? If so, you probably discovered that it's not an easy task, and sometimes, it's an impossible task.
Many times, when we are trying to lose weight, we feel that it's an almost impossible task. We try everything that we know to make our diet plan work, but we just can't make it work. We do without certain foods, we eat foods that taste bland, we exercise until our little tongues hang out, and still, our diet plan just isn't working. We just can't fill in that big crevice that is separating us from 'thin'.
At this point, it's time to take our frustration to God and ask for His help. He is there is guide us and help lead us through all the briars and brambles along Life's Pathway. He also reveals things to us and if we are very watchful, we just may see His solution! Until that time, some of the following revelations may be of help while dieting:
1. It's not unusual to experience a weight GAIN at the beginning of your diet. Be patient and if you don't see a change within a couple of days, take a good look at your diet plan. It may not be the best plan for you.
2. Exercise every other day rather than every day to allow muscles to relax and recover. You should see impressive results.
3. Don't give up on your diet plan!
Even though you've been tested and tried, stick with it because good things will certainly come your way. There may be a reason why your diet plan isn't 'melting' off the unwanted pounds. Perhaps that God has a purpose to your diet. Perhaps one day, through your experience, you can help others who are going through a similar experience.
Keep in mind that we generally value things in life that are harder to attain than those 'easy battles'. We walk away with scars and experience, and knowledge that we can use again and again. It's all part of God's Big Plan and we're certainly in that Big Plan!
Vacation Bible School - Healthy Snacks, Healthy Alternatives
I fondly recall waiting as a child for that almost magical Vacation Bible School break of cookies and punch. There is nothing quite like the combination - which is still the standard 'refreshment' for this memorable event in a child's life!
If sandwiches were provided, they generally came in the form of tuna fish, pimento cheese and peanut butter (with or without jelly). I remember my mom instructing me to only eat hers, because she wasn't sure how good a housekeeper some of the other members of the church were. When snack time came I was a little girl lost in a sea of sandwiches, searching for mom's special brand but alas, I was never able to find her treasures and had to take my chances on the treats of those potentially horrible housekeepers.
If your church is among those that participate in this time-honored event, step in and do your part in making refreshment time a healthy event. Although peanut butter is ultra healthy, many moms mix it with unhealthy syrups and sugars to make it tastier. Jam may be added to that. Tuna fish has now been tagged with some aggressive warnings from the USDA. As for pimento cheese, it generally comes in the form of cheese food rather than crafted with REAL cheese. Add Mayo to that, and we're in serious Health Trouble.
Some healthier alternatives for Vacation Bible School include: hot dogs prepared with the low-fat alternative wieners and basted with mustard rather than Mayo, lean ham sandwiches - again spread with a little sunshine, tortilla roll-ups prepared with light ingredients, assorted fresh fruit and juice. For peanut butter - Peter Pan's whipped version contains less calories and fat grams and is a wonderful peanut butter. Rather than adding syrup or other high calorie sweeteners, opt for mashed banana.
A healthy body begins with a solid foundation, one that is built during childhood.
How Spiritual Unrest is a lot Like Diet Unrest
Diet Struggles Can Reap Great Joy!
Spiritual Unrest is one of the most troubling situations in life. It's stressful, it lies in a Valley of Unsurety, and when a person is experiencing such, it's virtually impossible to concentrate on anything else going on in life. But when God gives the answer, there is suddenly great joy to be found.
Struggling with your diet mirrors Spiritual Unrest. While dieting, you may be filled with great joy and success as you are accomplishing great strides in reaching your weight loss goal. Then suddenly, something goes haywire. You find it extremely difficult to remain true to your diet.
You're miserable; on one hand you want to continue your diet and on the other hand, you just want it all to go away.
The stress and bother of the situation suddenly outweighs the benefits that you hope to receive. You find yourself completely obsessed with thoughts of your diet and there's just no almond joy - WAIT.....I mean, JOY - there is no JOY to be found.
When you reach this low point in your diet, stick with your diet and become stronger and more committed than ever to your plan.
It's generally at this point, if you remain steadfast, you'll see a tremendous jolt to your scales. Think of what might have been lost if the diet hadn't been tossed by the wayside!!
You may have - or known someone who has been on a diet and just quit cold turkey. They were in the situation described above, and just couldn't 'wait it out'. A couple of days after going off the diet, you may have noticed that your weight seemed to actually go down!
Keep in mind that when you are fixing to have a notable drop in weight, you'll generally get depressed, or feel intensely hungry. Simply reassure yourself that by sticking with your plan, you'll experience great JOY right around the Diet Corner!