• Intimacy In Friendship

    Friendships are a source of both joy and heartache.  Women have a greater need for friendships than men do.  Our friendships run deeper.  Men like to “do things” with friends.  Women want to “know things” about each other.  We like to do things together too, like shopping, but we want to talk while we do it! Girls are naturally drawn to each other.  A girl’s first experience with heartache may have been over a lost “best friend” rather than a “boy friend”.  When friendships are lost, women grieve. We do not just grieve for the friendship, but also for the secrets shared, the trust given and the acceptance enjoyed.  If…

  • Making Time for Jesus

    Becoming a Christian…accepting Christ as Savior…being born again—whatever words you use to describe or define your relationship with God, they denote a commitment. In aligning yourself with Jesus you are committing to be faithfully obedient to him. But are you? Are you truly committed? Or is your relationship with Jesus like your membership at the fitness club…in name only? Jesus wants… no… He expects…even demands more from us than a name-only commitment. Time and again we read in God’s Word that to be a Christ is who you are—not what you do. So how do I make time for Jesus at home? Life is busy. I know that. But you…

  • How What You Eat Helps or Hurts Your Mental Health

    When it comes to diet and mental health, the saying, “You are what you eat,” takes on a whole new meaning. The physiological link between nutrition and mental well-being has been demonstrated in multiple studies, and doctors and mental health professionals alike may not often prescribe dietary changes to treat a variety of mood disorders including depression.  Diet and Mental Health When you think of a well-balanced diet, what comes to mind? Fruits and vegetables are important, but so are healthy fats, protein, fiber and plenty of vitamins and minerals.  The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world. Packed with plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and…

  • Why Your Eating Environment Makes a Difference

    Obesity is a problem that bridges many different cultures, regions and age groups. People are simply eating more and moving less than ever before. There are more influences on obesity today, however, which makes it a difficult issue to tackle. Take a look at how your environment might influence how and what you eat each day. These factors are common across the globe. Eliminating the PlatesHow you eat a meal can dictate the volume in which you consume. Consider a party where chips and dip are present at a table. You casually munch on these items as you socialize. Inevitably, you’ll eat more than if you served yourself food on…

  • Add These Nutrients to Your Balanced Diet

    Food is fuel for your body. This is the most important idea to remember when it comes to nutrition. It is also the healthiest way to think about food. If you look at how food is treated in popular culture, you might think about food as a reward, an obsession or a temptation. Fundamentally, food is the fuel your body uses to think, work and play. In order for your body to function at its best, there are some basic nutrients that are part of a balanced diet. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates have been looked at with suspicion for the past few years with the advent of low-carb diets. Yet carbs are…

  • Why Your Body Needs Good Bacteria

    The body contains trillions of bacteria at any given moment. Not all these bacteria are harmful. In fact, good bacteria are important aids for the body. Here are some reasons why your body needs good bacteria, just as much as you need to reduce the bad bacteria. The Gut and Immune System Most people know the immune system is a vital part of overall health. Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract affects a large part of the immune system? There are hundreds of bacteria that are living in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, but it is important to have higher levels of good bacteria. Benefits of Good Bacteria There are…

  • Eating Better to Manage Chronic Illness

    Your overall health, mood, and energy levels are affected by your diet, and that is doubly true if you have a chronic illness. The food you eat has a real effect on how well you are able to function on a daily basis, and in some cases, a healthy diet can even help to slow down the progression of a disease. If you are chronically ill, think of a good diet as medicine, not just sustenance. Here are five things you can do to make sure your diet is boosting your overall health and wellness.  Eat a Plant-Based Diet You don’t have to be a vegetarian or vegan for your…

  • How IF Helps with Weight Loss

    If you are like most people, you first started researching intermittent fasting as a way tolose weight. Intermittent fasting (IF) provides a great way to burn more fat and helpimprove your weight loss efforts, without a lot of rules and guidelines. It is very simple –you eat during feeding periods, and fast during the fasted periods. Here are some thingsto know about intermittent fasting and weight loss. You Burn More Fat So why are you able to lose weight with intermittent fasting? The first benefit for weightloss is that it helps you to burn more fat. Your body is a machine, working constantly toburn food and fat for energy. Your…

  • Intermittent Fasting and Workouts

    Figuring out when to workout and the types of workouts to do while intermittent fastingis probably in the top 3 most commonly asked questions. In short, you can definitely stilldo your regular workouts while doing intermittent fasting, it just might take a littletweaking as far as when you workout, including if you should do your regular routinewhile fasting or during the eating periods. Do Your Workouts Before Eating Generally speaking, you want to try to schedule your workouts for shortly before you aregoing to start your eating phase. Of course, this may vary based on the type of workoutyou do and how long you fast for. The intensity of your…

  • What You Should Eat While Intermittent Fasting

    Intermittent fasting, as you probably know, is a type of eating pattern where you gothrough phases of eating and not eating. Not only do you need to know what you canhave during the fasted state, but also how and when to eat when the eating periodbegins. This blog post is going to provide you with info for eating both while fasting andnot fasting. Don’t Overindulge One of the biggest mistakes people make when following intermittent fasting is that theyare counting the hours until they can eat, then they will overeat. The point is not tostarve yourself for 20 hours just so you can binge eat for 4 hours. You want…