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Mango-Sweet Fragrance

I recently read a cute story about the life of the late Jack Floweree, a self-proclaimed mango prophet who grew mangoes in south Florida. He loved mangoes and preached their health benefits to anyone who listened. He spoke of the mango like a mother would of her child. In fact, this fruit was so dear to Jack that he believed the mango, not the apple, was the forbidden fruit in the Bible that tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Jack believed that when God saw what Adam and Eve had done, He shouted down in anger “Man-go!” because He alone wanted to eat the mango….Read the full article in LiveLiving Christian Health and Wellness Magazine.

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October 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

Kiss Your Love Handles Goodbye

I know it is getting close to the holidays and you may be ramping up your workout routine / cardio in order to prepare for the extra calories you are thinking of consuming during Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is easy to eat or snack mindlessly when you are gathering with family and friends, but being aware of what you are consuming could help ward off those unnecessary pounds. Eat slowly and give your mind time to register when your stomach is full. It takes about 20 minutes for your mind to catch up with your stomach and feel satisfied. If you are worried about your mid-section then you should incorporate these crunches into your daily routine. The oblique abdominal muscle is that beautiful fan like muscle on each side traveling just below your arm pit down to your hip bone (iliac crest). This exercise is designed to isolate the muscle and pull in those love handles.

Here’s how:
Step 1: Lie on your side with your knees bent over top of each other, top hand (hand closest to the ceiling) behind your head or ear, the other hand / arm (one closest to the floor) gently lying on your opposite side (hip / thigh).

Step 2: Slowly crunch up bringing your elbow up and towards your hips. Do not tug or pull on your head, your obliques should be doing the work not your neck. Hold the crunch for 2-3 seconds then lower slowly. Repeat 15-20, then roll over and do the other side.

October 25, 2010 at 2:27 am Leave a comment

The Call to the Wild

Many of us seem to forget that prayer can be something that happens outside of the four walls of a church building or our private room. I believe that when we experience a gift from God, such spontaneous prayer is also a perfume and fragrance that rises to and is pleasing to our God. So it seems that this “Fragrance of God” can be both received by us and be given back to God in prayer….Read the full article in LiveLiving Christian Health and Wellness Magazine.

October 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

Sprinting

Last week we began to talk about toning your legs and one way to see more tone in your legs, or for any body part you want to see more toned, is by shedding the overlying fat from the muscle. An easy way to increase your metabolism, and turn up the incinerator on consuming the fat is through interval training. You may not be a runner, but anyone can incorporate sprints into their cardio routine.

The whole concept of sprinting is increasing the speed and intensity of the activity for a short duration. If you can keep up this speed for more than 1-2 minutes you probable are not into your sprinting zone. Another example for instance is if you like to walk outside; there are many landmarks that you may pass along your walking path. Once you have a specific landmark such as a light pole or the end of a street, increase your speed to running to see just how fast you can make it to your next landmark. By incorporating several of the interval runs into your routine you give your whole routine a boost in burning calories. This exact routine can be performed on a treadmill, elliptical, jumping rope, bicycling, or Stairmaster by watching your time, setting a specific distance, or increasing your intensity.

Sprinting not only increases the amount of calories you burn during your cardio session but the extra power produced by the muscles to perform the activity helps to build strength and power. The increase in muscle tissue also produces an increase in your resting metabolic rate (calories burned at rest). Any way you look at interval training or “sprinting” as long as you are incorporating it into your routine you win: fat loss and muscle gain!

October 18, 2010 at 1:11 am Leave a comment

Star Struck

“As Christians, our influence transcends the Universe to allow us to talk with God!” […] More amazing and humbling than influencing a spacecraft at Mars is that any of us can so personally and intimately talk with God. It is only in Him–not just in what He has created–that our souls find the perfect contentment of the psalmist….Read the full article in LiveLiving Christian Health and Wellness Magazine.

October 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

Jumping Squats

Want to get your legs more toned. Well there is no specific exercise that can accomplish the lean physique you desire, but there is an exercise that will set you on your way. In order to lean out a particular muscle group, such as your legs, or your abdominals, you must first remove the layer of fat lying over top of the muscle. Just going to the gym in hopes to only lift weights will not do the trick and vice versa doing hours of cardio may reduce your weight but you still need to build lean muscle mass. With this being said it takes two: cardio and weight training to achieve the results you imagine your body looking like. My goal with providing you with the jumping squat exercise is to combine your muscle building with your cardio routine. The first part of this exercise jumping is a great way to burn calories and work on your cardio training, the second part the squat builds muscle in all the right areas: butt, quads, hamstrings, and calves. This is also a great exercise to incorporate when you are short on time or need a boost to get you over your training plateau.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Standing with feet just wider than shoulder width apart, hands out in front of your chest, knees slightly bent, slowly lower your butt towards the ground. Your feet should not come over your toes. If it does then you are not sticking your butt out far enough and putting extra strain on your knees.

Step 2: Once you have lowered as far as you can trying to make your hamstrings parallel to the floor, spring up jumping off the ground. When landing bend your knees and lower your butt back towards the floor going back into the squatting position.

You can perform this exercise for repetitions and sets or you can do time intervals, either way push yourself to work up a sweat.

October 11, 2010 at 2:03 am Leave a comment

Saturate Your Mind with Truth

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God who richly provides us with everything …” 1 Timothy 6:17 (NIV)

The unemployment rate is still high. I have seen friends and family members lose jobs, investments, and have to make various cutbacks. It seems you can hardly turn anywhere today without seeing reminders of economic hardships.

One of my coworkers is now employed after being out of work for one year. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to be unemployed and have three children to care of as a single parent. I know God is the great provider, so why wasn’t He providing for my coworker?

Whenever I face situations I am having a hard time understanding, I have to center my mind with what I know to be true. Keeping my mind saturated with the word of God keeps the enemy from successfully infiltrating my thoughts with negative assumptions, false accusations, and faith-eroding perspectives.

What is true no matter the situation we are faced with is that God is a great provider. I fix my mind on that. This is the reality that saturates my thoughts. This is the truth that allows me to rise above negative circumstance and embrace a perspective that is life giving, not suffocating. I also recognize that nothing catches God by surprise and He is never short of resources. Sometimes part of God’s provision is to allow us to walk through challenges to make us wiser and stronger. That was part of His perfect provision for my coworker. While unemployed, he developed better ways of managing his finances to make his money stretch further.

The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8-9 that if we think on what is true, the peace of God will be with us. I believe that ultimately peace is what we really want anyway.

Center you mind on His truth today, because His peace is just simply a declaration of truth away.

October 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm Leave a comment

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