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Lentil Marinara Sauce

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You’re in for a treat.  This dish will be the main course for the first night of my upcoming retreat.

I’ve made it twice now, and I will say that I think it tastes much better the second day.  Delicious either way, and I’m sure, if you try it, you’ll be making it time and time again.  

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Mealtime Gratitude


At the beginning of my Ignatian Retreat last weekend, I received a folder which included an outline of the retreat and a tip sheet on how to get the most out of our silent time together.

I know from personal experience that silence during meals, when everyone is sitting together, can be a big challenge.  It’s hard not to ask the person sitting across from you how they are doing, or to pass the salt.

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Savory Cabbage Soup


Honesty is important in blogging, don’t you think?  So, I want to admit that when I first saw this recipe in a magazine, I wasn’t too excited to try it.

I was on a layover at the Phoenix airport, and browsing a magazine rack, I picked up the latest edition of Phoenix Home and Garden.  With plenty of time to burn, I flipped through the pages and found an article entitled Cabbage Is King.

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A Diabetic Plan That Works

At the Kickstart Intensive conference I attended over the weekend, one of the first things that was requested of all attendees is that they get some biometric measurements.

Biometrics provides a numerical snapshot of a person’s health, and I joined the line to get my blood pressure, glucose level, weight and cholesterol checked.   Before they even started, I knew that my numbers had been creeping up lately.

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Getting Things Together

Do you ever feel like you’ve lost your bearings and have the sense that you’re not where you want/need to be?

I’m busier than ever, with lots of great things going on in my life, but lately I’ve been neglecting my diet and exercise schedule, and my body is telling me that it’s time to pay attention.

Just the other day, a kid in my neighborhood who belongs to my church mentioned “I haven’t been seeing you out walking lately.”  Guilty as charged.

The thing that struck me is that I realized how long it’s been.  So long in fact, that people have noticed.  Ouch.

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Reversing Diabesity

This past Saturday, I had lunch in Washington DC with one of my professors.  He was getting ready to leave for vacation, and I needed to return a bunch of books to the library, so we got together to talk about my doctoral project.  It will be focused on helping people prayerfully transform their health, the target audience being folks who are overweight and have type II diabetes.

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Taking A Breather

With the click of my mouse, I’ll be emailing the last of my class papers this morning 🙂 Going back to school hasn’t been easy, but I am grateful for the experience, and grateful that my classes are over until next year.

Now, it’s time to take a breath and then get back to business.  I hope you’ve been to your local farmer’s market by now.  There is so much great stuff to buy, but I’m still waiting on a few things to appear.  Maybe next week…  

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Olive Oil

Ah, olive oil.  Years ago, I took a group of young people over to Italy.  For months afterwards, a group of them and I would sit around doing a Bible study, all the while dipping pieces of bread into a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Heavenly.

Over the years, I’ve grown to love olive oil, and have tried many different types.

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It’s All About Control, Pt. II

When I wrote my post about control the other day, I didn’t think that I’d be writing a part two.  Something happened yesterday got me thinking, and I wanted to share it with you.

I was meeting with my chiropractor yesterday, and he was asking me about the medications I take on a daily basis.

One of those that I have to take each and every day is called synthroid, and it makes up for my slow-functioning thyroid.  Before I realized I had thyroid issues, I was feeling really run down all the time, and it seemed like no matter what I did for exercise, I just couldn’t loose any weight.

Once my doctor put me on this medicine, my metabolism kicked in and I started to feel much better, and the weight came off pretty easily.

Now, here’s the reason for today’s post.  When I told my chiropractor about the medicines and supplements I was taking, he asked me how I was taking them.  First thing in the morning, all at the same time.  That was not the answer he was looking for.

He told me that I shouldn’t be taking my synthroid with my daily vitamins, because the two don’t react well to each other.  In fact, the synthroid more than likely isn’t being absorbed properly.  Instead, I should take the synthroid, then wait a couple of hours and take my daily vitamins.  That way, everything will be absorbed into my system properly.  Wow, I wish my regular doctor would have mentioned this to me, especially because he is aware of everything I take.  That being said, I’m going to make an appointment with him to review what the Chiropractor said, just to be sure he’s right.

So, the point of this is that the control I spoke about the other day can be spun many ways.  We need to look at our lives, especially those areas where our care has been intrusted to others, and review things from time to time.  This will ensure we are maximizing our potential to live healthy lives.  Sound like a good plan?

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What Are We Really Consuming?

I was out on yahoo’s homepage yesterday, and I saw a little news item that caught my attention.  It read, McDonald’s drops pink slime.

How could you not open that little window to see what they were talking about?  Heck, we all eat at McDonald’s from time to time, right?

Well, I think they’ll be a few less fast food customers after watching this video clip.