Spiritual Tip – MAKE TIME FOR GOD.

Woman Among Lit Votive CandlesDedicate 30 minutes to God each day in prayer and thanksgiving. Everyday we are blessed with 1440 minutes to live our lives as we please. 30 minutes only amount to a mere 2% of our entire day. God, the giver of life, deserves some of our day.

Life can be challenging and so we often have many wants, needs and aspirations. Make sure that while you ask God for your wants and needs, you also make time for two (2) important things:

1. Praise God for who He is.
During this time of praise and worship, do not ask God for anything. Just praise Him for being your God. This is the equivalent of saying to God, “…hallowed be your name”. Think of it this way. We do not like friends who always want something when they see us. We want friends who would just like us for who we are and appreciate spending time in our company without asking or needing anything. Well God didn’t tell me this (smile) but I am sure He also would like us to just spend time with Him not seeking anything for ourselves.

2. Thank Him for your daily blessings.
“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” — G. K. Chesterton

I guess the point that G.K. Chesterton is making is that we need to be thankful for both the small and the big things in our lives. Why? Consider this. Suppose you didn’t have feet? Well you wouldn’t be able to dance, much less walk. So giving thanks before walking isn’t that weird. Is it? Suppose you didn’t have hands? Well you wouldn’t be able to swim or fence or sketch etcetera. So again, giving thanks for being able to do all those things is quite fitting, enables you to develop a grateful spirit and opens you up to receive even more from the universe.

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Physical Tip – Your METABOLISM is Important for Your Health!

Metabolism-ExerciseDid you know that you burn energy/use calories even while you are asleep?  Astonishing, but true.  This is known as your resting metabolic rate. The energy burned or calories used up while you sleep is only sufficient “….for the functioning of the vital organs, the heart, lungs, nervous system, kidneys, liver, intestine, sex organs, muscles, and skin (Wikipedia).”

Your overall metabolic rate includes your resting metabolic rate plus the amount of energy or calories that your body burns or uses up during the day.  Your resting metabolic rate or Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) can be calculated using a combination of personal statistics including your age, your weight, your height and your sex.   As you age (past age 40), your metabolic rate naturally slows up and you need to do more active work to speed up or maintain your metabolism.

Foods for boosting your METABOLISM:
Breadfruit, Cherry, Wheat Germ, Sweet Potato, Mushroom, Wheat Bran, Protein (Eggs, Fish, Beans, Nuts), Loquat, Chard, Peach Palm.

It is also important that you avoid eating large meals in any one sitting and reduce the amount of time between meals, as this slows down your metabolism. Instead eat small snacks or meal portions every four (4) hours.  That way your energy level will not experience drastic fluctuations and your body will burn energy faster.  Eating the right foods in the right proportions alone, however will not boost your metabolism.  This must be combined with exercise (ideally, 40 minutes daily or at least 20 minutes every other day).

Exercises for boosting your METABOLISM:  
High intensity exercises (such as Zumba & Aerobics), Core exercises and other muscle strengthening exercises which build muscle are ideal for helping your body to burn energy and thereby increase your average daily metabolic rate.

Knowledge is power!  So visit http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/ to calculate your Body Fat, Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and Body Mass Index and find out whether you’re in shape or need to get in shape and take control of YOUR health.

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Urinary Tract

Foods for the URINARY TRACT:
Eggplant, Canteloupe, Celery, Watermelon, Melon, Cranberry, Hazelnut, Blueberry, Asparagus.  And your daily 8 glasses of water.

The kidneys are primarily responsible for filtering and eliminating toxins and waste from the body.  When your kidneys fail, however, harmful toxins and wastes build up in your body. Dialysis is the treatment used to replace the work of your failed kidneys.  It is a tedious and fatiguing treatment, which requires you to visit a dialysis center three (3) times a week for 3 to 5 or more hours each visit. DON’T LET YOUR KIDNEYS FAIL YOU!!!

What is the Urinary Tract (System)
The Urinary System or urinary tract (also called the excretory system) is the organ system that produces, stores, and eliminates urine. In humans it includes two (2) kidneys, two ureters, the bladder and the urethra. (Wikipedia)”

Urinary Tract (System) diseases you can PREVENT:
1. Urinary Tract Infection
2. Kidney Stones
3. Prostatitis (swelling of the prostate gland; unique to MEN)
4. Kidney Failure
5. Bladder Cancer


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Mental-Emotional Tip – CONTENTMENT!



In the natural ebb and flow of life and living, there are high points and low points, seasons of plenty and seasons of scarcity. Happiness is not derived from the abundance, number or type of material things we have.

Contentment is the ability to be happy in both the sparse and abundant seasons of our lives and it is not dependent on our circumstances.  We need to develop this spirit of contentment in order to positively contribute to our overall health, happiness and well-being.

Let this truly inspirational video by Joyce Meyer on Contentment be a blessing to you!



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