Monday, November 23, 2015

Eat Some Real Food For Thanksgiving

"Let food be your medicine, and medicine your food."  Hippocrates
         With Thanksgiving only 3 days away the holidays are officially upon us! Although 
         Thursday is a day for feasting and giving thanks it's important to remember that flu season and 
          New Year's resolutions are right around the corner too.  In order to keep your immune system
          in tip-top shape, go ahead and indulge in a bit of pumpkin pie but remember to eat some real 
          food too.  Not only will you feel better and strengthen your body against the flu you won't
          outgrow your clothes in the next six weeks either.                 
With a food system and dietary guidelines that promote obesity and actively prevents optimal health by restricting critical nutrients, is it any wonder Americans are struggling? If you're at all concerned about your health, nutrition is paramount, and you’re simply not going to get what you need from a boxed concoction of processed ingredients.
So, first and foremost, you have to realize that a healthy diet equates to fresh whole, preferably organic foods, and foods that have been minimally processed. I advise spending 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods, and only 10 percent (or less) on processed foods. If the food meets the following criteria, it would fall under the designation of "real food," which is the very foundation of good health:

  1. It's grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)
  2. It's not genetically engineered 
  3. It contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
  4. It does not contain any artificial ingredients, including chemical preservatives
  5. It is fresh.  I prefer lettuce, kale, and other produce not in plastic bags.  Although they take a bit more prep time, they are cheaper and usually fresher.
  6. It did not come from a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO)
  7. It is grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)
  8. It is grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)

If you want to stay fit and keep healthy in body, mind and soul you must respect and honor your body by feeding it real food.  Real food is food that is closest to the way that God made it.  It is nutrient dense and thus more satiating than "fake" fast, processed food.  Once you start eating real food you will stop craving so much junk food and your waistline will show it too!   Remember...
 "Your body is the temple of the holy spirit"   1 Corinthians 6:19 

Have some fun on Thanksgiving. Eat "stuff" that's not on your normal daily menu.  Get back into good habits by Monday by resisting all that junk that comes to your office or is delivered to your house over the next several weeks.  Use discipline and restraint.  Your body, your mind, and your soul will be healthier for it and you'll be happier too. 

Join me and my husband, Dr. Robert A. Schuller on the 15th of each and every month at 6pm Pacific time for "The Call".    During our hour together we explore different topics from a Christian perspective and help pass along great information about body, mind, and soul health.  To access the call just dial 530-881-1300 The access code is 642848# * Make sure you call at 6pm Pacific time and only on the 15th of each month. 

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

When Bad is Good

   The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.  Will Rogers

 One of the earliest of my husband's seventeen books is titled, "What Happens to Good People When Bad Things Happen?" and I know that this title holds a question that we can still ask today.  The answer of course, "they become better people."  
The Bible tells us that the "rain falls on the just and the unjust" so why are some doubtful people so quick to blame God when something bad happens to them and when things are going great they refuse to thank God and give Him the credit?  It may be that it's just human nature and so much easier to find someone to hold responsible for unpleasantries or worse yet, terrible disasters- because we just have to find a reason or an explanation for things going bad.  
 What do we do when bad things happen to us?  We should pray more and we should seek wise counsel while realizing that we are only passing "through"our valley, not being dumped there.  We should only share with trusted confidants knowing that not everyone has our best interests at heart.  Proceeding with caution and faith while going through rough situations can make-or-break a day, a week, a month, a year, or a lifetime.  

Good News And Bad News When good news is bad news:
The re-frame="God must have another plan for me.  I didn't like this job anyway!"
 Re-framing is a very common practice for psychologists. It's basically taking a situation and looking at it a different way or trying to see the good in something bad.   I try to re-frame in my daily life.   I am also known as a "connector" so it's probably easier for me to see the whys and try to figure out how a challenging situation connects me to the future and helps me grow as a person.   Visualizing a positive outcome to a negative situation is called "faith" and it's really what has helped me through life.  Of course it all starts with prayer and trust that God has got it all handled even when I don't!  I know I've said it before but if you have believed the statement, "God never gives you more than you can handle" I want to tell you again that it's not true!  He does give you more than you can handle but "God will not give you more than HE can handle."  Trust, Faith, Prayer, Assurance, and Hope are all words to ponder, practice, and hold on to.  This orientation in life can help turn your "bad" into "good." 

Last weekend I was at a fabulous women's event.  "Imagine" was held at Newport Church in Newport Beach, California and I was so impressed and blessed with one of the strong, reoccurring messages of the day, "Happily Ever After."   They even sold great-looking shirts with the slogan printed on them.  Happily Ever After is God's plan for our future. We all guess at what our future holds and sometimes it can be scary.  If we put our trust in the one who created us and  keep on "praying like it all depends on God, and working like it all depends of us" we will live happier and healthier lives.  And we can be assured that others around us will benefit from our attitude and we will finish well. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."     Proverbs 3:5,6

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 Our last call was with Dr. Paul Murray and he discusses his book, "Broken, Picking Up The Pieces After The Fall."

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

How To Be REALLY Happy

Since the name of my website and my ministry is Healthy Family Happy Life I do a lot of thinking and writing about the subject of happiness.  Here’s a couple of thoughts from one of my favorite writers:

  ... happiness is unaffected by the constant onslaught of happiness and

“The end (goal) of life is not human happiness; it is human growth. . Growth in character and achievement. Happiness is a by-product of that growth. The universe therefore had to be a semi-hard universe—it had to be sufficiently hard to sharpen our souls upon. Were their no disease, there would be no research to find remedies and thus no growth. No earthquakes then no improvements on buildings being built and no growth. No weeds in our gardens then no need to figure out how to get rid of them…no growth.

This was posted on a wall inside the Manila Times newspaper.

We have to be unfinished masters of an unfinished world. The world is imperfect so we can make the effort to perfect it. In finishing the unfinished we help finish ourselves.” (and pages later): “the goal of the individual as perfection of character and life is not to get to Heaven but to try to bring heaven to earth.” (later in the book) “The goal of human society, then, is the Kingdom of God on Earth. There are thus two goals which are really one-namely the perfected individual in a perfected society. ” 
E. Stanley Jones “Growing Spiritually"

If you want to find some mid-month encouragement and/or learn how to grow spiritually then one thing you can do is to join my husband and I for THE CALL on the 15th of every month at 6pm Pacific time.  Dial 530-881-1300 and key-in 642848#  We have a special surprise this month, September 15th, but join us any month.  Or you an go and listen to our previous CALLS on our podcast at

*Check back in soon for my series on manners, etiquette, and civility.  My friend and author, Julie Ann Ulcikas has been home taking care of her kids or traveling all summer but we are almost ready to post the exciting and helpful series of blogs!