5 Reasons You Should Rethink Your Love of Sugar

Have you ever heard the comment “You are as sweet as sugar!”?

It may just be a southern phrase but I have heard it since I was a kid!  I guess the phrase “You are as sweet as strawberries” just doesn’t roll off the tongue with ease like the other statement does.  But, nevertheless, we have a great opinion of sugar in our society or maybe just a great addiction to it.

I say the word ‘addiction’ with confidence because in most nutrition programs or diets, you will find a massive decrease in the amount of refined sugar intake and a massive amount of people that end up quitting.  Studies have proven that sugar is toxic and is as addictive as cocaine.  I have to say that I believe that statement to be true.

5 Reasons you should rethink your love for sugar

One of the things that I changed when I made my lifestyle change almost 3 years ago, was a massive decrease in the amount of refined sugar I was taking in on a daily basis.  I have to admit that at first it was a bummer.  Things didn’t taste the same but I toughed it out and now eating sweets is actually not even appealing to me.  One bite of something that I use to love is plenty now.

The Transition

So how was I able to make it through that transition of detoxing my life of so much sugar?  I have to say that I had to re-think about what it was costing me long term. How was it affecting me to consume sugar in large amounts on a daily basis?  Was sugar affecting or going to effect my health down the road.  Did sugar play any part in unbalanced hormone levels?

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Research says….

This is what I found through my research on this subject.  I hope that, like me, this information will be a wake up call for you and make the transition to a healthy lifestyle easier.

  1. Sugar and its nutritional value…..You may think that since sugar is yummy when added to foods that it must add some sort of nutritional value but alas, it holds absolutely ZERO nutritional value.  But what it does, and so very well I might add, is make foods that we probably would not enjoy without it, taste good to us.  I might also mention that it adds lots of unwanted calories too.
  2. Poor Cardiovascular health…..Studies showed that people with high sugar intakes had much lower levels of HDL (good cholesterol), as well as high triglycerides. Also, the chronic inflammation caused by increased cortisol has been linked to cancer, heart disease, and other conditions.
  3. Poor Cognitive health……The Mayo Clinic did a study and found that people over the age of 70 who ate lots of sugar dramatically increased their risk for cognitive impairment.  Also, a UCLA study showed that higher glucose levels are linked to dementia.
  4. Sugar suppresses the immune system….did you know that sugar can suppress the immune system for hours after consumption?
  5. Sugar can be a leading factor to inflammation throughout the body.

Some will choose to not change

For some people, the thought of dramatically decreasing their sugar intake seems like the impossible.  Maybe they should re-think sugar.  Is it their friend or foe?  Is it really worth the poor health down the road?  Sadly, even this little bit of health info is not enough for many people to change their eating habits.

I do know that there are people out there who, like me, are searching for answers.  They are searching for ways to improve their overall health.  They are looking at their life in the “big picture” and realize that they need to make some changes to have good health for the long haul.

Everyone is different

What helped me was going onto a nutritional program that was based on organic whey protein shakes. As I learned more about whole foods, juicing, and herbs, I changed my eating habits again.  I have to say that for me, the idea a going from the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) to whole foods would have been difficult to stick with.

The nutrition program was an excellent bridge between high sugar/processed foods and whole foods. That program helped me to significantly lower my sugar intake and at the same time insured that I was getting the nutrition that my body so desperately needed to function at its best.  Keep in mind that what will work for me, may indeed not work for you.  Just like our finger prints, we are each individual.

Nature had it right FIRST!

I am amazed at the amount of food out there that is naturally sweet.  We have so many fruits, and vegetables available to us that can fill our sweet tooth and not wreck our health. Now I use sugar to fuel me but I watch the amounts and sources in which I get my sugar from.

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3 Motivators to Bring You Back to Fitness

3 Motivators that brought me back to the gym……Oh the pain!

Most people that follow me on fb or know me personally, know that I am very active and some would even go as far as to call me a gym rat. ( AKA someone to who lives at the gym and probably smells like a men’s locker room, sorry guys! )

I confessed just this week on fb that I had not been to the gym since before Thanksgiving!  Now for some people that is not really saying much but for me….that is catastrophic!

It is not catastrophic because I am so in love with the gym, quite honestly I wish I could just not go there.  I would love to be that girl that would feel motivated to workout at home but I have found I do much better at the gym.

So what motivated me to get back into the swing of things??  My body was YELLING at me, saying I NEEDED to get back.

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So what are my 3 motivators to get you back to the gym??

Well these may not work for you, especially if you have never had an exercise routine, but maybe they will inspire you to start one now!

  1.  Think of that satisfying feeling – Oh the feeling of complete satisfaction of knowing that you followed through on something that you know will make you better inside and out!  NEVER underestimate the feeling of a job well done, especially when it comes to YOU and your own betterment.
  2. Oh the pain! – LOL I am sure many of you are thinking I am crazy and you could be slightly accurate in that thought.  But, really, I am not 😉  Each time I go and get my workout completed I feel sore, worn out and ENERGIZED!  That pain I am feeling turns into energy and I always feel amazing.  I just want to go get on my sexist outfit and hit the town!  It just does something for the self-esteem that I really have not found anything to match it.
  3. That disappointed feeling – when I was not working out, I felt like I had let myself down.  I knew that I needed to be there.  I knew I needed, from the inside of me to the out, to be active. I needed to release the stress, release my fears, sweat out my frustrations and become the BOLD powerhouse that is living inside of me!

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Getting back into the swing of things

So this week, my exercise partner and I hit the gym again.  We both are sooooo glad to be back at it and yep, we are both sore!  The satisfaction so outweighs the pain, that the pain feels pretty darn good!

I challenge you, if you have fallen out of your exercise routine, get back to it!!   You know down deep in your toes that you will feel amazing when you do. 🙂

If you do not have some kind of exercise routine, then find something….anything…just get started.  You may have to play around with different things to find what works for you, something you will enjoy and stick with.

There are so many options, walking, running, weight training (my fav), pilates, yoga, tennis, basketball, swimming, and the list goes on!  Oh, I must mention my favorite outdoor thing to do is hiking!! 😉

So get out there and get moving!  The rewards both physically, and emotionally are worth any sweat beads you may acquire!!

Would love to hear from some of you…..what is your favorite exercise??

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9 Tips To Getting a Better You…Through Better Sleep

If you have heard it once, you have heard it said a thousand times…..

Get a good 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night.  We all know this and yet somehow it still isn’t that important to us.  I mean, we can just catch up on our sleep later, right?   Wrong.

How does not sleeping enough effect the body?  Oh, let me count the ways!!  When I began my research for this post, I thought I had it all figured out.  Boy, I really had no idea that not getting proper sleep could effect so much!

Why sleep is so importantLet’s start with…..ahhh, hormones and weight gain

Did you know that sleep deprivation can mess up the daily fluctuation of appetite hormones?  Hungry all the time?  Maybe your lack of proper sleep is contributing to this issue.

Did you know that there was a study done suggesting that children that did not get proper rest were 89% more likely to become obese and adults were 55% more likely to be obese. Click HERE to read the results from that study.

People that lack enough rest, tend to eat more calories.  

The body produces MORE of the hormone that stimulates appetite, Ghrelin.  The body also will produce LESS of the hormone, Leptin, which is a hormone that suppresses appetite.

Getting proper sleep can maximize athletic performance.  Want your workouts to really count??  Get your rest!!  Things such as speed, endurance, grip strength, reaction time, overall physical well-being are all affected.

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Lack of sleep can lead you into a greater risk for heart attack and stroke.  

At least 15 different studies have been done on the connection between poor sleep and heart disease and stroke.  Each point to an individual having a greater risk for each of these. Click HERE to read one of these studies findings.

Greater risk for diabetes – It affects how your body produces glucose.  The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School reports that a study showed a healthy group of people who had reduced their sleep from eight to four hours per night processed glucose more slowly.

Sleep helps to control mood.

Don’t you find yourself to be more irritable and moody when you have not had enough rest??  Did you know that long term sleep deprivation can lead to other problems that are worse than just being moody?  Problems like, anxiety and depression.

Sleep Helps to repair the body.  

This is one that I find to be fascinating!  The body produces extra protein molecules while you are sleeping that will help strengthen your ability to fight off infection and keep you healthy.  These molecules also help your body at a cellular level when you are stressed.  They will help you to fight off infection and illnesses. #fearfullyandwonderfullymade #psalm139:14

Did you know that there is a link between long-term poor sleep and inflammation of the digestive tract?  Issues such as IBS, and colon cancer can be linked.  Click HERE to read this study and its findings.

Improved memory from ample sleep.  Boy, I need a lot of sleep then! hahaha! My memory has always been bad, even as a child.  Which leads me to some interesting facts on sleep and children….

Did you know that children who do not get proper amount of sleep, which is considerably more hours than an adult, can have developmental problems, trouble learning in school, behavioral issues (ADD, ADHD) and grumpy parents (of course, from their lack of sleep from being up late with their children) 🙂

People that are trying to get their extra weight off, often put a lot of value in workout out.  Now, don’t get me wrong, exercise is important BUT sleep is actually even more important.  I have heard this ratio 80% nutrition, 12% sleep and 8% exercise = one healthy body!

Here are some tips to help you get better sleep:

Have a routine… go the bed and get up the same time everyday.  This will help set your body’s internal clock.  Don’t go to bed so early that you toss and turn but yet early enough that your body will wake up naturally and well rested.

Try not to sleep in on the weekends or on days that you are not going to work.  Remember, that you want to help your body set and keep its internal clock, so stick with a routine.

Control your exposure to light.  

This can apply to daytime hours or evenings hours.  Did you know that the light generated from an LED screen, such as our cell phones, computers or TV’s can make our brain think that it is daytime and actually keep us more alert?  

Going to bed with the TV on or within the last 2 hours before bed, exposing your eyes to LED type lighting, can actually make it even more difficult for you to go to sleep.

Try reading a book before bedtime.  It works for me every time.  Most of the time I fall asleep holding the book! (when I say read a book, I mean a real book, not a Kindle or something like that.)

Get your exercise!  I know I sound like a broken record, but it is so important!  Lack of exercise effects more than just the scale!

Stay away from caffeine.  Did you know that the effects of caffeine can last 10 to 12 hours after you have ingested it??  Wow!

Avoid Alcohol – I think this is an easy one but for some it may not.  Alcohol can interfere with your sleep cycle, so it is not recommended…so cut out those nightcaps!

Avoid drinking too much liquid in the evening.  Now this one hits me square in the eyes.  I am really bad about drinking a lot of water in the evenings.  So, I guess I may need to cut back some. 🙁

Manage your mind and relax.  

Clear your head!  I have went to bed many times and my thoughts were running through like a freight train!  I have it rough on nights like that!  There is a relaxation technique that I have tried before that really does help and in a future post, I will talk more about that technique.  

Keep your room, cool, dark and comfy!  I don’t know about you, but I struggle to sleep when my room is stuffy or hot.  So, keep your room a little on the cool side and you will rest much better.

Never underestimate the power of a good nights sleep!  

It really does “do a body good”!!  I hope that this post helps you truly understand more about how your body works and how you can better take care of it.  Have a wonderful night’s sleep!!!

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7 Ways to Manage Stress in Your Life

I can still remember the day very vividly in my mind.

The day that I had my first, and only panic attack.  I had arrived to work with no major issues or problems going on.  I worked until my first break and then sat down at break and ate some yogurt and strawberries.

I went to the restroom and then began walking back to my work area.  On the way to my work area I suddenly felt this very strange feeling come over me and I started having difficulty breathing.  Dizzy and afraid…I thought I was going to vomit.

7 ways to manage stress

I was so afraid to say anything to anyone because I had never had this happen prior to this occasion and honestly, I didn’t know how to explain how I felt.  It was so very foreign to me and it scared me to feel so helpless.

A co-worker could tell something was not right as I asked to sit down in his chair.

My symptoms were getting worse and now speaking to anyone at all was out of the question.  He was aware of this and called over management.  By this time, several people were hovering around me and they called paramedics to come and check me out.

I was taken to the nearby health clinic and all the usual vitals were looked at.  At this point, things were so hazy that I really don’t remember a whole lot, just that my father-in-law did stop by to take me home.  I did have enough of mind to know to call him.

So what was my diagnosis??  A stress-induced panic attack.

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Some stats to consider:

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.

Now, there is no way to completely eliminate stress from your life, to be exact, stress is a part of life.  It actually can be helpful to the body in keeping us alert but excess amounts can be detrimental to our overall health, so it should be managed.

My suggestions

Stay positive.

I know you may not put much into this but it has been scientifically proven that the mind is powerful, the power of your thought life is more than most really understand.

Exercise

It is amazing how a good 20 – 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise can help clear the brain and release stress from the body.  I hear so many people say that they do not have time and I am telling you – MAKE TIME!

Don’t overload your life.

If you are a “Yes” kind of person, then I suggest you begin to be a “No” kind of person more often.  Over committing your life is just going to cause you undo stress that doesn’t need to be there in the first place.  Only commit to things that you KNOW you will have time for.   Over-committing when you really don’t have time is an automatic stress-inducer.

Make time for things you enjoy.

It is not a bad thing to schedule time for things in your life that you enjoy!  Do you like to garden? Then make time for it!  Like to sew? Make time for it!  What you naturally enjoy doing, will be a stress-reducer for your body.

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Get plenty of quality sleep

People really do underestimate the importance of quality rest.  It is amazing all the things that the body is doing while you are resting.  Things that need to be completed to prepare your body for the next day.  If you are not getting good rest, I would look into the reasons why.  Stress? Poor nutrition?  The list can be lengthy but you owe it to yourself to figure it out and fix the problem.

Learn to relax

Take time for meditation, reading of scripture, prayer time – each of these can help you in relaxing and comforting you.  Never underestimate the power of prayer in your life!

Stay away from alcohol and/or drugs

Alcohol is a depressant, so if you are having any issues with stress, you will just be compounding these with the intake of alcohol.  Check out this article from webmd on > alcohol and depression for more insights on the subject.

So you may be wondering what I did to help me after having my bout with a panic attack?

Well, I knew right off the bat that a huge portion of my problem was my job situation.  My birthday was coming up so I decided that my birthday gift to myself was to quit that job.  The day of my birthday I did just that!  It was an awesome birthday! 😉

Now I can understand if you cannot completely take out the things in your life that are causing you stress, like I did.  That is why learning to manage your life in a much more efficient and beneficial way will be a game changer for you.  Take out what you can, like in suggestion # 3 and the apply the rest of my suggestions in any way that you can.

Also, here is one last suggestion  – Learn to let go!  You cannot possibly control everything in life (which was a big problem for me), so learn to let it go.  Letting these things fester can only cause you more harm.  Learning to let things go is actually quite FREEING!!

Hope that you have found some nuggets that you can take away from this blog post and apply to your life.  I would love to hear from you, so please leave me feedback in the comment section below.   Have you experienced stress-induced panic attack?  How did you overcome it?  Leave your post below, I would love to hear from you!

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7 Tips for Grocery Shopping the Healthy Way

I am not a fan of grocery shopping….AT ALL!  To be exact, I like to leave this duty for the hubbs, which he can do but then I have to deal with him bringing things home that we should not be eating.  With that being said, I have learned over the years a few tips that help me with this arduous task.

7 tips to grocery shopping

  1. Go with a plan.       I know, I know…planning may not be right up your alley and really for someone like me, it is a struggle as well.  I have found that planning saves me time, money and from making poor choices.  Make a grocery list of must haves and stick to it.  menu planner
  2. NEVER go on an empty stomach!

    I think I have spoken the obvious but I have broken this cardinal rule soooooo many times. I would get home from the grocery shopping with so much stupid stuff that I did not need.  Worst of all my loot was not healthy.  So I would find myself shaking my head wondering what I was thinking!     

  3. Stay out of the middle of the grocery store.

    Have you ever noticed that the healthy stuff, like fruits and veggies are usually on the outside perimeter of the store layout?  A lot of the middle portion of a grocery store is the processed food land, as I like to call it.  I have a pretty steadfast rule at my house….if it comes in a box, then we probably should not be eating it.  Processed foods have a lot of added things that our bodies do not need. They also do not provide much nutritional value.  So try to stay out of the “processed food” section of the grocery store.

  4. Do not buy something just because you have a coupon.  

    I know I may get some flack from folks on this one because in this day and age it is all about saving money.  Let me explain why I say this…..the hubbs is a coupon kinda of guy and loves to save money (one of his great qualities) and he will clip coupons and show them to me and want to know if I will want to use them.  I look through them and if they are for things that I would not want to buy and/or unhealthy snacks (he is a snacking kind of guy as well, lol), I will say no.  It always kills him because he is all about saving a buck.  I think of it this way, why should have my pantry full of things that are not good for me?  Just so I can say “I got all this stuff for only $5.00!”???  Nope, I don’t think I can put a price tag on eating healthy.    shop local

  5. Shop local.

    Try to buy from local farmers markets.  They tend to have the freshest fruits and veggies.  Many times the big grocery stores food comes from across the country or even from other countries, where it does take time for it to reach us and so it would not be as fresh as local stuff.  buy organic

  6. Buy organic.  

    I know what you are thinking….It is so much more expensive..right??  I would have to disagree but because I am looking at eating food as an investment into my own health plan.  It is all about perspective.  My willingness to pay a little extra now for better health and possibly lower medical bills in the future is like my own insurance plan.  Compromising is not an option on this.  I have a very strong belief in eating non-GMO and organic foods if I have a choice….and most of the time, I do.    fruits-and-vegetables

  7. Make the inside of your grocery bag colorful.

    When shopping, look for foods that would make your dinner plate full of color.  Not sure what I am talking about?? Ok, here is an example…You cook mashed potatoes, mac & cheese (cause we know all kids like mac & cheese) and baked chicken.  Pretty healthy meal….right??  Nope,  not in my book!  Envision that in your mind…is there very much color on that plate?  If you think that the color from the artificial cheese from the boxed mac & cheese you made is color, then maybe I should clarify what am talking about.  Rich, intense color on your plate from veggies and fruits are what I am talking about.  That is where you will find your nutritional value from.

  8. Better health starts with better choices when shopping at the grocery store. What you bring home, is what you will eat.  If you are looking in the mirror and are not happy with what reflects back at you, then go to your pantry and see what it is stocked full of.  If it is full of boxed, processed food then, as Jeff Foxworthy says, “There’s your sign!”.   Lack of proper nutrition is the cornerstone of poor health. Want to learn more about the stats on health in America?  Read my blog post “5 Ways Poor Health Choices Are Costing You Big Time”.

Are you ready to take your health to the next level?  Want to know how I was able to reach my health goals (losing 30 plus pounds)?  I would love to share with you, so email me or leave a message below in the remarks section.  My goal is to educate people on how they can have a healthy and prosperous life!

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3 Reasons To Get Fit

3 Reasons To Get Fit

This weekend my town (Chattanooga, Tennessee)  hosted the Ironman TRIATHLON event.

There was a young guy, probably around age 25 or so, who I know, that participated in this event.  His family and friends would post on Facebook his progress and videos of him crossing the finish line.  It was all so very inspiring.

This event got me thinking about how I could maybe one day participate as well.  I do have some hangups though….a fear of water (especially what COULD be in the water LOL), and those bicycles, could they not make the seat just a little more comfy?? 😉

No seriously, to do one of these competitions, you really must have the right mindset!  This is so key!  So my #1 reason to get fit is MINDSET.  The power of the mind is a beautiful thing and should not be wasted.

3 reasons to get fit

People need to realize that the #1 reason that they do not accomplish what they want to do in life is because they do not have the right mindset.  To have the right mindset takes discipline, and a big “Why”.  I think it is also good to fill your mind with positive messages.  Positive in, positive out.

Last year I heard about a man in his 80’s

that participates in these competitions and I wondered if he wMadonna Buderas the oldest participant or if someone else held this record.  Well, in my search for this info I found out that a nun, born in 1930 who was the record holder.

Madonna Buder began her training for her first Ironman at the age of 48 and participated in her first one at age 52.  She has completed over 325 triathlons, including 45 Ironman Distances.

I would have to say that with all the training that it takes to even participate in a competition like this that she is probably a very healthy individual! That would be my #2 reason, your body – your health.

Eating properly, and quite a bit of training are required for a competition of this magnitude but in reality we should be doing these things already, right??  So why is it that we don’t?  Something to think about.

When reading about Madonna Buder,

I learned that she was encouraged to participate by Father John who told her it was a way of tweaking, “mind, body, and spirit” and for the relaxation and calmness it can bring an individual.

#3 on my list – Spirit – It is so important to keep a healthy spirit, just as we should try to keep our bodies healthy.   When your spirit is calm, focused and relaxed we have a much calmer, focused, relaxed life.

I know that for me keeping myself fit has been such a great way for me to release the tension I face each day.  It is my time to ponder my day.  Time to let go of the things that were my stumbling blocks for the day.  I ALWAYS feel so much better when I am done with my exercise.

So here is a summary of why staying fit is so important:

#1 Mindset

#2 Your Health (Body)

#3 Spirit

Maybe this article does not inspire you to go train for the next Ironman event but I do hope that it helps you realize the benefits of getting into a healthy routine – to eat right, to exercise everyday and to release negativity.

Want to learn more about how I was able to create a healthier life for myself by changing my eating habits?  Click here to learn more.

Have an amazing day and stay healthy!

Lisa Gibson

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We all have a healthy version inside of us screaming to get out!  Let that part of you out and see how you can change your life for the better.

5 Ways Exercise Lowers Risk for Cancer

5 Ways Exercise Lowers Risk for Cancer

Want to lower your risk for cancer?  Exercise is one of your allies in this battle.

 

The risk of cancer for women today seems to be greater than ever.  For many years October has been known as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month“.  Breast cancer.org has some stats that are probably not really surprising since it seems like everyday we hear of someone else that has been told they have this type of cancer.

Here are some stats:

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
  • 1 in 1,000  – a man’s risk of developing breast cancer
  • 2.8 million women in the U.S. with a history of breast cancer
  • 231,840 Number of new cases expected to be diagnosed in 2015
  • 40,290 Women expected to die from breast cancer in 2015
  • 85% of breast cancer occurring in women with no family history

 

5 Ways Exercise Lowers Risk for Cancer

These stats are not pretty but this post today is about how we can help Prevent this terrible diagnosis from coming to you.

I have always believed in preventative medicine, holistic medicine and taking care of my body, so it can take care of me.  

Exercise is something that we see as a way to get fit on the outside but how many of us think about what it can do for us on the inside?  So let’s dive in and learn how exercise can help your own body fight off cancer.

  1. Exercise is an anti-inflammatory.  Inflammation plays a big role in 20% of cancer growth but exercise helps to reduce chronic inflammation and boosts your immune system
  2. Exercise helps to reduces high insulin levels.  High insulin levels are thought to play a role in tumor growth.  They help stimulate cells to multiply and by preventing others cells from dying.  Women who are active have lower glucose and insulin levels, which help to reduce their risk for developing cancer.
  3. Exercise helps to lower your overall risk of developing cancer.  One study showed that women who exercised 10 – 19 hours per week lowered their chances for developing cancer by 30% over women that were inactive.
  4. Exercise helps to get rid of body fat.  Body fat produces hormones that SPEED up abnormal cell growth, which is what happens when cancer grows.  Exercise helps to reduce body fat, which in turn reduces the amount of hormones being released and lowers the risk of dangerous cells to grow and expand.
  5. Exercise helps to lower high levels of Estrogen.  Fat cells tend to produce levels of estrogen that are more than what our bodies actually need.  This high level of estrogen can help develop cancer in our bodies. Exercise can help change the activity of your body’s enzymes, which can alter the way estrogen is broken down.

I hope that in reading this article you see that exercise is so much more than what many perceive as just vanity.  Exercise is about loving yourself enough to help our body take care of you!

Let’s help turn these stats around by taking charge of our health.

Stay Healthy my friends!

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*The information for this article was collected from breastcancer.org and Oxygen magazine

 

Before we bring our needs…

Before we bring our needs…

I want to seek you

So is God someone you have a on-going relationship with or just the go-to guy when things get bad in life?

 

One of my favorite songs on the radio right now is called, “First” by a young lady named Lauren Daigle.   One of the first things that drew me into listening to the song in the first place was her voice.  Then I began to really pay attention to what she was saying in the words.

Now, I am very hard of hearing, so there were a couple of words that I wasn’t quite sure what they were, so of course I went to Google and looked it up.  As I read the words, I felt convicted as to how I treat God.  I am sure many of you have found yourself doing this as well, since we are all human.

We tend to run to God when things get bad….When our world is falling apart……When tragedy hits.

Do you have a person in your life, that the only time they talk to you seems to be when they need something?

How does that feel?  I am not sure about you, but I find it to be irritating, annoying, rude…..like I am being used, and the list of feelings can go on!!  They are the “takers” in our lives, without thinking twice that a true relationship, even among friends, is a 2-way street.

All taking and no giving is not really a relationship, is it?

Can you imagine how God must feel when we do this very thing to Him?  We are constantly bringing Him our “To-do list”.  Things we want Him to provide for us on our lives.  We want Him to heal so and so….we want Him to provide us a new job…..we want Him to protect us from ALL harm and if He doesn’t…..well, we may just quit going to church on Sundays!  We want to become amazingly successful……we want to have perfectly healthy family…nothing ever can go wrong and if it does…Wow, God better watch out!

Here are some of the lyrics that I think hit home for me:  (for full lyrics click HERE)

Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
Before I lift my cares
I will lift my arms
I wanna know You
I wanna find You
In every season
In every moment
Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
And seek You

God is seeking a relationship with YOU!  He wants to hear your concerns and problems but He also desires an ongoing relationship with you.  He deserves our daily praise and thankfulness for all that He does for us and has done for us all through our lives.

Now, I am sure that some may be reading this thinking that God has not done anything for them…..that He has forgotten about you….that He has allowed so many bad things to come along in your life that you just know that He doesn’t love you.

This is simply untrue!  He loves you more than any kind of earthly love you could or can experience.  I think that a lot of people have simply never experienced a true relationship with God.

As a believer, I feel that I need to savor these lyrics and incorporate them more diligently into my life:

(2nd Verse)

Before I speak a word
Let me hear Your voice
And in the midst of pain
Let me feel Your joy
Ooh, I wanna know You
I wanna find You
In every season
In every moment
Before I speak a word
I will bring my heart
And seek You

CHORUS
First
I wanna seek You
I wanna seek You
First
I wanna keep You
I wanna keep You
First
More than anything I want, I want You
First

You are my treasure and my reward
Let nothing ever come before
You are my treasure and my reward
Let nothing ever come before
I seek You

First

CHORUS
First
I wanna seek You
I wanna seek You
First
I wanna keep You
I wanna keep You
First
More than anything I want, I want You
First
First

Before we bring our needs...

Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

I hope that as me, you found value today in the words of this song and want to “seek” the Lord more diligently in your life…..not just when you need Him to do something for you.

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I hope you ALL have an AMAZING day!

Lisa Gibson

 

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