{Encouragement}: Romans 15:13



Romans 15:13

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

{Good to Know}: Healing with Amino Acids.

today we are talking healing.

ever have a bug that just lingers like a fog or a boo boo that stays red around the edges for days?  well, maybe this will give us a natural body weapon.  amino acids are apparently the key to healing with gusto!  make sure your meals and snacks have lots of fish, chicken, eggs (especially the whites), brown rice, walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds. 

some studies show that vitamin C and zinc can also help.  drink a glass of OJ and eat the daily recommended amount of fruit and produce, for real.  we say we are but if we measure and weigh for one day most of us come up short in these departments.

a fortified breakfast cereal is an easy way to get zinc.  and for healing power, if we take multivitamins, we need to choose one that delivers B12 and iron, both of which aid bone marrow in forming new blood cells.

finally, consider how cool this one amino acid is –  a Harvard study found that folks who got the amino acid glutamine intravenously after surgery spent four fewer days in the hospital.  how cool is that?

the Lord has put us together in marvelous and mysterious ways!

{Hello, Spring}: Posture Tips.

greetings!  spring is here so let us all rejoice in the beauty springing forth all around us and in our hearts hopefully. 
we have discussed how it also helps the body take in more oxygen when we inhale deeply through our nose and visualize the air going up into the top of our skulls.  yes, i’m aware that sounds insane.  but i’m proof that it works plus much research has been done on it as well. 
there is measurable proof that it strengthens your core to pull in your naval then visualize also tucking it up under your ribs.  this activates smaller support muscles that gird us in even more! 
another good example of proof in the pudding is to visualize that an invisible cord is lifting you up stairs when you climb them and it somehow makes it easier – for real. 
so we determine to be open to new opportunities to broaden our arsenal for the daily grind.

{The Funnies}: A Food Story

in trying to make nutrient-rich meals for my mom who lives with us i began making a high-fiber oatmeal for her in the morning along with her beloved coffee (don’t tell her it’s decaf!).  anyway, as time has gone by, without realizing it i was adding more and more of what i love and add to my own oatmeal to this oatmeal and then eating half of it while i fed her.  she still loves it but i’m thinkin it’s maybe just as much for me now 🙂 .

oh, what creatures of habit we are….

{Healthy Fuel}: Melon Herb Sorbet

4 cups melon chunks
juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes
4 sprigs of fresh leafy herbs (mint, basil, thyme,etc.)
2 tsp. crushed lavender flowers, if available
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup splenda
2/3 cup water
1 tblsp. raw honey
a dash of sea salt
blend melon with half of juice until smooth. transfer to bowl.  in small saucepan combine herbs, sugar, splenda, water, rest of citrus juice, honey and salt.  bring to boil over med heat.  reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  strain herb mixture into melon puree.  place bowl over container of ice water.  stir for several minutes until chilled. cover. refrigerate 4 hours.  transfer to ice cream maker and go to town!
*image from Domessticated.

{Good to Know}: Make it Spicy!


adding spices to you meal might lower your risk for heart disease!

spices can reduce the levels of triglycerides – fat in your blood that’s linked to heart problems – by 30%. researchers believe that the high levels of antioxidants found in spices with bold flavors slow the digestion of food and absorption of fat.

best bets:  paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary oregano, black pepper and garlic powder.