C What I’m Reading

It’s hump day! It’s also day 3 of my Be Completely You writing challenge, and I’m trying NOT to keep asking myself whose bright idea this was anyway. It’s actually already been good for me. I’m forced to not only think about writing but write SOMETHING, no matter how simple, each day. I sure hope you aren’t bored yet. 🙂

Over the summer I told you about a book I decided I should read. Remember, I was talking about the whole trying to eat right and exercise thing. I even told you about the snazzy pair of running shoes I bought to support my healthy efforts.

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Well, I’m proud to say I’ve put a few miles on those shoes (even trying to do a little, I do mean little, running every now and again), and I FINALLY (3 whole months later) purchased that book I told you about. Made to Crave, by Lysa Terkeurst

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst

Better late than never, right? Besides, I was waiting for some of you to join me for this read, but sadly there were no takers.:-(

But I digress…

Last week, I read this blog post by a young lady named Sarah. In this post Sarah shares her story about how the book has really helped her to begin putting food in its rightful place in her life and set her on the road to becoming a healthier woman. It’s a great testimony! As a matter of fact it was so inspiring that I ventured out to my local Barnes and Noble (R.I.P. Borders!), braving the lunch rush hour, to finally snag my copy of the book.

I’ve been reading the book (as evidenced by the paper clip you see in the picture 🙂 ) for the past week, and I’m really enjoying it. Monday through Friday, I spend an hour each day reading a chapter then recording my responses to the Personal Reflections questions in a journal. Usually my Made to Crave time is sandwiched (no food pun intended) between my time in the gym and dinner. I never thought about it before now, but how apropos, don’t you think?

I believe what’s most exciting to me about this book is that, just as I suspected, the content can easily reach far outside the box of food cravings. The truths written in this book can easily be used to teach about so many other cravings that lure us into unhealthy places and distance us from the presence of God. It’s really quite refreshing! I strongly recommend you check it out, maybe even consider it for a small group or book club discussion. I know I am.

If you had to confess one craving (food or otherwise) that teases and tempts your appetite, what would it be?

Completely ME,


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I’m Learning What to Eat, Now What?

Hi, there!  Are you finished reading my last post? 🙂  I know, I know.  Friday’s post was a bit lengthy, but it was real stuff.  I’m still not sure why I felt such a burden to share, but I’m glad I did.  Sometimes taking good care of ourselves can feel like being lost in a maze.  Anyway, I promise not to be that long this time, because I know it’s Monday and you have other things to do than spend your whole day reading my “books” (see, I’m trying to prepare you! LOL)

I didn’t stop thinking about you and that post over the weekend, either.  I thought about myself, as well.  I’m learning a bit more about what to eat, now what?  Well, Lysa Terkeurst – Author, Speaker, and President of Proverbs 31 Ministries  – published a book this January entitled Made to Crave, Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food.  You may have heard of it.  I will be honest.  When this book was released, I was excited for her.  When she hit the New York Times Best Seller List, I was excited for her again.  Yet the entire time I never thought this book/study was for me.  Instead I thought things like, “I already crave God” or “I don’t crave food like the people she’s probably talking to in her book”.  So, I never bothered to purchase it.

I even entered giveaways on Lysa’s blog to WIN a copy of the book, because I knew I’d like to have it in my “library”, but I didn’t think I needed it enough to actually buy a copy for myself.  Now, isn’t that something?!  Yes, I should be ashamed of myself, and YES I am.  Sorry, Lysa!  🙂

Lately, I’ve thought a little differently about this book and what it could mean for this stray hurdle that appears to have been set before me.  This could be the final tool I need to help me bring the wall tumbling down and free myself and the generation behind me to walk in better health.  It will be better health ushered in by a renewed mind.  Romans 12:2 NASB advises:

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

My eating habits are pretty good, but there’s still evidence of a struggle.  Those old habits insist on dying hard, but make no mistake, they WILL die.  The only way for me to stay the course and win this battle is by renewing my mind, and Made To Crave may help me do just that.  After all, taking better care of my temple is definitely “good and acceptable and perfect” (by the power of the Holy Spirit), don’t you agree?  At the end of the day, where there is a renewed mind, there’s staying power.

So here’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to buy (yes B-U-Y) the Made to Crave study and walk through it, but I want some company (in my whiny voice).  Would anyone care to join me?  It doesn’t matter where you live.  Technology has truly overcome the obstacle of distance for us.  You can even invite or refer a friend.  If you’re not sure what it’s all about, no problem.  I have (well Lysa has) just what you need.  Click here to be taken directly to the Made To Crave website where you can read the entire book introduction FOR FREE!  When you arrive at the page, just click on the words “Read Sample Chapter” and dive right in.  Did I mention you can read the introduction for FREE? 🙂

Summer’s officially here, and we girls are always trying to get in shape for the summer.  Maybe it’s time for us to try to get in shape for all seasons, for the rest of our lives, and for the generations coming behind us.  Promise me you’ll at least consider it.  I would certainly love to have you.  I’ll give you some time to read the intro, and I’ll check back with you in a few days.  Is that fair?  Well, I sure hope so.

Completely ME,

HELP! I Have No Idea What to Eat

Ladies, is anyone out there struggling with food, weight, or weight related health issues?  UGH….  I tell you, I have never been a lover of food.  I mean, I enjoy food, but I mostly eat because it’s necessary.  The foods I enjoy most are, of course, the ones that are clearly the worst for me.  Isn’t that usually the case?

Lately, it seems I’ve been hyper sensitive to things like the food I eat and how much I weigh. I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s a side effect or prelude to turning the big 4-0 next year. Truth be told, my eating habits are a FAR cry from the mess they used to be, and I’m thankful for that.  For a person who is really a pretty nice size and who doesn’t even own a scale, I obsess over my weight and swear I can tell when I’ve gained even a fraction of a pound.

Yesterday, I sent a frantic email to a nutritionist on a wellness website offered through my employer (what a WONDERFUL benefit).  It felt good to tell someone of my struggle and begin getting some simple tips I can incorporate to complement the changes I’ve already made in my life to live better and feel better.  Looking better isn’t a bad deal, either, right ladies?!

All day long I thought about sharing my email and the reply with you all.  I have no idea why, other than I know that as women we can really have some struggles in this area.  The reply I received has some quick easy tips that may help you, as well.   Ultimately, I hope this blesses some woman out there and tells you that you are not alone.  We all struggle in some way, shape or form.  I find peace in knowing that I’m responsible for my part, but our Father in heaven is responsible for the whole picture.  Today, I hope that gives you a little peace, as well.  By the way, if you have suggestions after reading my about my health initiatives, PLEASE show the comment box (and me) some love!  I welcome your insight and ideas.  So here goes:

Good morning.  Earlier this year I was told by my PCP [primary care physician] that I am “Pre-Pre-Diabetic”, whatever that means. It had something to do with a range of numbers and where I fell in that range, according to lab work done for my annual physical. Diabetes TERRIFIES me. I’ve watched 2 grandparents succumb to the disease, and I am watching my father’s body slowly break down because of it. For as long as I can remember I’ve been afraid “I’d be next”!

I have intense carb craving sometimes; other times I have the self-control to “just say no”.   I’ve cut out most refined sugars.  My doctor advised me to follow a low-carb/low-sugar diet, but I have no idea what the measurement for “low” is.  I eat lots of fruit, but I’m concerned that it may contribute negatively to the sugar and carb end of the spectrum.  Subsequently, I’m near tears most days, worried about what I should eat and feeling like I will never enjoy eating again.

  I have started working out regularly, and for the most part I eat well.  I probably don’t eat ENOUGH food.  I’m not a big meat-eater, although I do enjoy meat.  I’m struggling to find protein alternatives and figure out how to get more protein in my diet.  I’ve started shopping at grocery stores that carry more organic and whole foods, but of course, this is quite expensive.

I used to be a HORRIBLE candy eater. These days, my vices are french fries and frozen yogurt with plain M&M’s or dark chocolate chips (been that way since I was a kid).  I would like to lose a few more pounds, but beyond weight, I just want to eat well. 

I am 39 years old, unmarried with no children yet, so I want to form better habits to pass along when the time comes and stop the spread of this crazy disease throughout my family.  Hypertension, heart disease and diabetes all run in my family.

I will be honest. I am afraid, and I just need to have a place to start with my eating. Any tips you can offer are greatly appreciated.

Message from member dietitian

Date sent 6/23/11 7:56 AM

Re: HELP! I have no idea what to eat

Making lifestyle changes now can certainly help you to avoid diabetes. However, it can certainly be daunting when you don’t know where to start. What raises your blood sugar (and leads to diabetes) is intake of simple carbohydrates. These include sugar and refined grains (white flour, white rice, etc.). Here are some good places to start.

1. Make sure that all your grains are whole grain. You don’t need to buy expensive organic foods, whole grains can be found at any grocery store. Look for “100% whole grain” on the label when buying bread. Avoid things like processed, boxed foods (macaroni and cheese, rice mixes, etc).

2. Incorporate more veggies. Your veggies can be fresh or frozen, just make sure that you don’t weigh them down with heavy sauces. These will help to fill out your meals and help you to feel more full without adding carbohydrates.

3. Make sure you are eating regularly throughout the day. When you skip meals or go for too long without eating, you get peaks and valleys in your blood sugar which is not good. Also, when we go for too long without eating we tend to make choices that are not as good.

4. Make sure that every meal and snack includes some protein. This can be in the form of dairy, meat, eggs, soy or nuts. Adding protein to every meal and snack helps regulate blood sugar and also keeps you feeling fuller between meals.

Try our diabetic meal plan on this site for some good ideas of foods to eat at meals and snacks. Diabetes is scary, but you are doing the right thing by taking steps now to avoid this.

Completely ME,

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