Remember the Reason

As our Advent season slowly gives way to Christmas, these days tend to be filled with a lot of busy-ness. For some, the stress levels go through the roof. Others get depressed and might be filled with loneliness.

This is a great time to reach out to someone you know who may have had a tough year.  Send a card to someone with whom you might have had a falling out.

Remember, there is a reason for this season, and He has a name.

Enjoy this clip, a gentle reminder of the joy  and wonderment that comes with childhood.

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Getting Well

On the first Saturday of December, my church holds a big Christmas Bazaar.  We’ve been doing it for years, and it’s a lot of fun.  Anyway, one of the things I like best about the bazaar is going through all the books that are for sale.  There are literally tons of them, and they go for 25 cents each.

This year, I picked up a copy of Food for Thought, which is filled with little daily mediations for those who eat too much.  I was flipping through it yesterday, and I came across a really nice meditation that could be appropriate for anyone struggling with an illness or chronic disease.  

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Lentils with Wine Glazed Vegetables

This recipe is one of the first I posted on my blog, and it quickly became a favorite.  I’m making some changes to the look and feel of my site, so I’m re-posting some older recipes in a single format, rather than all the recipes together in a running list.  It will make it much easier to find recipes and other posts in the future.

So, why lentils?  First off, they’ve become a great staple in my vegetarian diet.  They are high in both fiber (8g) and protein (9g) per 1/2 cup serving, which satisfies hours after eating, which helps control appetite.   

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Peace On Earth

There’s a lot of Christmas Cards being mailed about now with the words Peace on Earth printed on them.  I got one today, and it got me thinking.  If there ever was a time when we really needed peace on earth, now would be it.

It’s such a lofty dream.  Can it ever happen?  We have to believe that it can.  You remember the expression, With God, all things are possible, don’t you?

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It’s funny, today I was going to remind everyone about the importance of having some self-discipline during the holidays, and my friend Todd Burrier beat me to it 🙂  His blog posting is below, and it’s great. I know you’ll get as much out of it as I did.

The other day, I wrote about the importance of being intentional, especially those who are watching their weight and/or are diabetic, and how the holidays present a lot of potential problems for them.  It seems like all the parties and events we attend involve foods we shouldn’t eat.  “Well, just one won’t hurt,” or “I know I shouldn’t, but it is the holidays,” are common excuses.  

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Be Cautious

As I was first beginning makingallthingsnew, I spent a lot of time checking out the blogs which focused on diabetes.  There’s one blog that had been around a long time, and I went through all his old posts looking to see how we addressed the various aspects of this disease.

I liked most of what I read, but I was surprised at all the pharmaceutical ads on the site.  Then, in one of his posts, I learned that there had been a big diabetes blogger convention (who would have thought the pool was large enough to have a convention?) down in Florida.  The blogger mentioned how wonderful it had been to participate in this all expense paid gathering.  If you’re wondering who paid the expenses, it was a major pharmaceutical company.  Big surprise.

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Nativity Scenes

Did you know that it was St. Francis of Assisi who created the first nativity scene?

In 1223, Saint Francis had the idea of creating a living portrait of the birth of Jesus, as a way to bring the Gospel stories to life.   Legend has it  that local shepherds, guarding their flocks outside the small Italian town of Greccio, provided the inspiration.

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Easy Chili

I raced home from the gym the other day and I was starving.  I was craving a bowl of chili, and remembered that I had all the ingredients waiting in my kitchen.

Since the summer, I’ve been stocking my pantry with lots of canned goods, and I pick them up whenever they’re on sale. Be sure to get no salt added items whenever possible. I also have an assortment of dried beans, but they take an overnight soak before I can use them, so for this quick meal, I used canned.  

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The Full Plate Diet

Looking for one more gift for someone special?  Someone you really care about?  Consider picking them up a copy of The Full Plate Diet.

This New York Times bestseller isn’t pushing some fad diet.  Instead, it’s about getting back to basics. The whole premise is that we can lose weight and feel better by eating more fiber.

The authors cite several major studies which show those who eat a diet rich in fiber can reduce the risk of developing cancer by 30-40%, help diabetics keep their blood sugars under control, and lower the risk of heart attack and strokes by up to 40%.

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Mary’s Yes

In the Catholic tradition, today is a special Feast Day of Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Whenever one of these feast days rolls around, I’m always reminded of the simple yes Mary said to the Angel Gabriel (Luke 1:26-38), and how her submission to God changed the world.

Have you ever considered the fact that Mary had to say her yes in order for Jesus to be born?  God never forces things upon us, instead He always gives us choices.  If not, we’d be more like robots than humans.