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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

I sure hope y'all had a wonderful and very blessed Easter!

It is the Holiday where we celebrate the rising of our Lord Jesus Christ, but all too often it is associated with colored eggs, Easter egg hunts, and the permission to indulge in a smorgasbord of chocolate.

Being a chocoholic, I am by no means opposed to the last. It is even considered healthy to eat 10 to 20 grams of dark chocolate per day, due to its health benefits.

The advantages of consuming dark chocolate are more than meet the eye. It is said to reduce blood pressure, decrease cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease and strokes.

Dark chocolate is even supposed to be a great aid where weight loss is concerned, because it increases energy, widens the blood vessels, and stimulates the muscles.

It also assists in burning fat and lowers the appetite. We won't be hungry and most certainly be in a good mood, because dark chocolate is also an excellent anti-depressant.

Unfortunately, I don't care for the dark chocolate. I love milk chocolate and the cocoa content of that is way too low to give me all those benefits. It is chockfull of sugars, oils, and other added ingredients and that defeats the purpose.

The best chocolate is the one which contains between 70 to 85% of cocoa. So, if you decide to eat some more of these goodies, be sure to check the cocoa contents before you purchase it.

All good and well, but let's remember and celebrate what Easter really is all about!

Romans 8:34
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Monday, April 14, 2014


I am not sure how it happened or what I did, but I must have pulled a tendon in my right arm. Each time I lift something it hurts pretty badly. When I make a sudden or wrong move, the pain is immobilizing. This has been going on for several weeks now and it wasn't getting any better.

I saw my rheumatologist last week and told her about it. Her advice was wearing a splint and she had some blood work done and x-rays taken, but there were neither any inflammations nor fractures found. That was a good sign. It didn't show or solve the problem though.

What it did show on the x-rays was that my RA had progressed severely since 2003 and she recommended seeing a hand and wrist specialist. I am having mixed feelings about that. My hands and wrists don't bother me at all and I suspect all he will do is suggesting surgery.

I can already tell you right now that would be a big NO on my part. Surgery would be the last resort and I would only agree to that when my hands or wrists would be hurting constantly and/or severely limit my mobility.

The splint is helping a little and I did make an appointment with the specialist, but only with the hope he can do something about my ailing tendon or tell me what to do or not to do. In the mean time I am taking it easy and decided to give it to God and not to worry about it.

He knows best!

Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Steak At Stake?

People are considered to be omnivores. What that means is that they are no picky eaters and like to consume meat, as well as fish, vegetables, nuts, and fruits.

I truly enjoy a tasty steak, pork chop, piece of chicken, burger, etc. Without it, my meal is not complete.

I sure wouldn't make a good vegetarian and that is probably why that life-style never appealed to me. There are a lot of advantages to being a vegetarian though; it is said cutting out meat entirely from your diet will drastically lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.

It all depends on what kind of meat you consume. There is no doubt that fatty cuts raise the dangers of ending up with the above mentioned illnesses. That doesn't mean you have to abstain from meat all together.

The recommendations are to choose grass-fed beef over any other kind, because it is lower in fat and the fat it contains is the good kind. It is also richer in omega 3s.

Should you decide to cut meat out of your daily diet, ensure to bring variety to the table. You need your proteins, vitamins and minerals and it would be easy to end up with a deficiency.

As I mentioned before, I appreciate a good cut of meat on my plate. God said we could eat it and as far as I am concerned; I trust Him. I know He only has our best in mind!

Deuteronomy 12:15
"However, you may slaughter and eat meat within all your gates, whatever your heart desires, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you; the unclean and the clean may eat of it, of the gazelle and the deer alike.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Words And Actions

We go by the following guidelines; always do what you know is best, don't do what you know is wrong, and if you have no clue as what to do then don't do anything.

The latter may seem the most difficult since it requires patience, but it has occurred more often than not that the first two are the hardest. We all may have a different concept as to what is best, but that is what communication is for.

When someone is about to do something several road bumps and pitfalls may be overlooked. Talking to others may bring those to light and could be a reason for changing the plans.

The tendency is there however to cater to feelings instead of logic. Although the person in question may see and even agree that his/her perception was flawed and not entirely thought through, they may choose to do it anyway.

I have no problems with that. Everyone is entitled to make their own choices. What I do have a problem with is them admitting their plan is not best, saying they will do something else instead, and as soon as they turn their back they carry out their initial plan anyway.

That is not only a waste of time, effort and energy of those who tried to help, but it also makes that particular person unreliable and untrustworthy. Let alone, all the grief it may cause them and others which could have been avoided had they stuck to their word.

There is nothing we can do about that. Only they can. It is a matter of choice, commitment and determination. A person is as good as their word, or rather their actions. Those speak louder than words.

I am grateful we can rely on, have faith in and trust on God and His word. Where would we be if we couldn't?!

Numbers 30:2
If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Go Nuts

You can never punish me by serving nuts, because I love almost any kind. The only ones I came across which I am not too crazy about are the pistachios, but that is all a matter of taste.

Not too long ago these tasty treats were on the taboo list. It was believed they contained too much fat.

They do, but it turned out to be the good kind of fat and that changed everything. Nuts are now labeled as extremely healthy.

It is recommended to consume a handful (about 1 ounce) daily since they are packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, proteins and fiber.

They lower the risk of heart disease, decrease diabetes and inflammation, increase the health of the lining of arteries, and have a positive effect on brain, weight, and immune system.

As long as you stick to the recommended daily amount, you are literally and figuratively speaking in good shape. Excessive consumption is not beneficial; it will result in you packing on the pounds, because nuts are also high in calories.

In case you are not very keen on nuts, you can resort to different kinds of seeds such as flax, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds for instance. They have the same healthy benefits as nuts. Just make sure that both nuts and seeds are unsalted and free of any oils.

No matter how healthy we are physically, it doesn't do much good when we are spiritually in a bad shape. It would be wise taking in our daily dose of God's word and you are not limited to a certain amount either.

You can never get enough!

Proverbs 4:22
For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Green Light

I am writing this post while sipping on a cup of coffee. It is the first cup of the day and it tastes delicious. It sure gets my brain in gear and my blood pumping. Another plus is that it takes care of any remnants of sleep-induced sluggishness.

It wasn't that long ago when drinking a cup of java was met by a doctor wagging his/her finger in your face.

Coffee had the reputation of promoting heart disease, increasing blood pressure levels and anxiety. We already were aware that anything with 'too' in front of it usually is not good.

Consuming too much of this dark brown liquid can have a negative effect on your blood pressure and drinking it late in the evening can keep you up at night, but a few cups of coffee daily could benefit your health greatly.

Recent studies have shown that coffee reduces heart, liver, and Parkinson's disease. It is recommended to use a paper filter when brewing a cup. According to what I read, this gets rid of what is called cafestol which supposedly increases bad cholesterol.

Coffee also has a positive effect on diabetes and athletic performance and lowers the risk for dementia. It is also said to make you smarter, burn fat, and make you live longer.

It can't hurt to add a few years to our lives, although they will fly by faster than we like. That's okay, because after having spent our time on this earth we can enjoy eternal life to the fullest!

John 17:3
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Let Go

I know God has a way of working things out and I am also aware He works in mysterious ways. God only has our best in mind and that has been proven once again when His will came to fruition this past week.

We were never happy with our grandchildren going with their father all the way to Kansas and later on to upper Alabama. We had great concerns for our oldest grandson and rightfully so; he missed his mom, us, his friends, and everything that was familiar in his little life.

Each time we talked to him and he had to get of the phone or when they came over and he had to leave again, he fell silent and we could sense his sadness and disappointment. Lately, he has not been doing well at school and talked about his mom and us every day.

We felt sorry for our little man, but there was nothing we could do about it. God could and He did. Out of the blue, we got a call last week from our grandson's dad telling us that he was letting Kc come back to his mom.

Since his mom is extremely busy with her job, he will be in our care quite often. It will be an adjustment for everyone involved, but we all agreed and think it is in everyone's best interest.

Yes, God has ways of working things out. We don't need to try and force things along. All we need to do is have faith and patience and everything will fall in place.

In other words: Let go and let God!

Deuteronomy 32:4
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.

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