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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve asked some friends to write something for my blog.  I think it makes sense to hear someone else’s voice from time to time, and I hope you’ll appreciate it too.  Today, I’m really happy to have a young friend of mine share his thoughts on exercise.  Jeff studied sports medicine in college, and now works in the physical therapy field, helping people get themselves in better shape every day.  I’ve known Jeff since he was a teenager.  He’s getting married next month, and I’m glad he’s going to stay in our area.  I hope you take to heart what this great young man of faith wants to share with you.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. – Psalm 139:14

The human body. It can heal and strengthen with a specific and disciplined exercise program. It is so intricate and so awesomely beautiful that it is hard to not see the miracle that is within it; within my body, within your body. Just as your walk with Christ can be renewed and strengthened continuously, your body has the ability to heal and strengthen with the right direction and motivation.

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Italian Lentils

I was talking to a friend yesterday, and he was telling me how much his fiance likes lentils.  Me too.  In fact, lentils have become a staple in my diet, and I prepare them several times a week.

They are a great source of fiber and protein, and the add a meaty texture to most dishes. They are also very low on the glycemic index, which means that your blood sugar will not spike after eating them.  Instead, they provide more balanced source of energy.

I like to prepare lentils in many different ways, but my favorite is to make a soup/stew with them.  You can check out a couple of recipes by hitting the main course tab to the right.

No matter how you prepare them, I think you’ll enjoy the meatiness of these members of the legume family.  They are also very inexpensive.

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Another Chance

Over the last three days, I’ve been participating in a daily blogging program for American Diabetes Month.  Today is Wordless Wednesday, and we were asked to post an image that best represents my biggest help in managing diabetes.  This sunrise (and all the others) is it for me.

To me, the fact that I can have a fresh start every day is my biggest encouragement.  It doesn’t matter how things went yesterday, when the sun comes up, we’re all given a second chance.  Whatever your issues may be, every day is a new day to turn things around, to celebrate yesterday’s wins, to reconcile with someone, to encourage a friend.  What would it be for you?

Take advantage of this gift, not just today, but every day.  Watch what happens in your life and in the lives of those around you.

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Covering Your Bases

After more than half a century since moving to San Francisco, the Giants won the World Series last night, beating Texas 3-1 in Game 5.  Years ago, I used to head up to the Bay Area from time to time to do some auditing work.  Candlestick Park was a cool stadium to watch baseball.

It’s always great to see a team win big after years of trying.  It’s also great when someone achieves a personal win, like losing weight, getting healthier, finding a job, or maybe getting out of debt.  Winning always feels great.

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American Diabetes Month

That’s right, a whole month dedicated to Diabetes Awareness.  Did you know that by the end of today, 4,300 people in the United States will be diagnosed with diabetes?  As I wrote about last week, the USA Today reported on 10/22/10 that the number of diabetes cases in the US will double, and perhaps triple by 2050.  As many as one in three will have the disease!

On Friday, I picked up a great book at the library entitled Diabetes Rising, written by Dan Hurley. Although I’m still reading the book, so far Hurley has done a masterful job at tracing the history of this disease, once very rare, now, sadly, very common.

The first written reference of diabetes comes from an Egyptian medical text known as the Ebers Papyrus,written in the year 1536 B.C.  Diabetes cases remained rare until the 1920’s, when doctors began to notice an alarming rise of this chronic illness.  Without a doubt, those doctors back then could have never predicted the levels that presently exist.