Sunday, November 8, 2015

November 8

1 Thessalonians 3:9 - NLT
How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy in the presence of God.

Gail wished she could do more for Mrs. Cooper. One night Mrs. Cooper had passed by her apartment and heard Gail crying. She stopped to see if there was anything she could do to help. Gail told her about her diet and how hard it was. Mrs. Cooper had been very sympathetic, and had spent many hours with her since. She helped take Gail's mind off food. Gail really felt strongly that she wouldn't have made it through the diet without Mrs. Cooper. We have someone who will listen to us when things get to be too much for us. That someone is God, and we can be thankful that He is ever with us, ready to listen to the concerns of our hearts.

Today's Thought: Let your praises to God be louder than the grumblings of your stomach!


Today's Tip:  Restaurant "Value" Is No Bargain.
Big restaurant portions typically shatter any healthy limit for fat and calories at a single sitting. Don't feel you're wasting your money if you can't eat it all -- eat half, wrap up the rest, take it home, and make it a second meal later.


Vegetarian Pasta-Mexicano

1 lb. fettucine
2 T olive oil
1 large (or 2 small) onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 C mild green chiles, such as Anaheims or Poblanos
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 C chopped tomatoes
1 can (15oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 C corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1/4 C chopped cilantro

Serves 4
Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, peppers and chiles and sauté, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except cilantro and pasta and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add pasta and cook to heat through. Stir in fresh cilantro and serve.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

November 7

Philippians 4:19 - NLT
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

It really wasn't fair that so many thin people couldn't understand what it meant to be fat. Patty got mad when skinny friends chastised her for not sticking to her diet better. What did they know? Patty was always so thankful to God for what weight she'd been able to lose already that she could never understand why her friends put her down. Didn't they know what she had to sacrifice? Whenever Patty got mad at her friends, she asked God to help calm her down. His peace filled her heart, and she was able to relax. God had done so much for her while she dieted. Too bad her friends couldn't see it.

Today's Thought: God is with me when it feels like the world is against me!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Apples, applesauce, and apple juice contain pectin, phenolic compounds and flavonoids. Pectin may lower blood cholesterol levels because it’s a component of fiber, while phenolic compounds may act as antioxidants against LDL cholesterol (the bad kind). The flavonoids are recognized for extending the action of vitamin C. So maybe there is truth to that old saying!


Apple And Cheddar Corn Muffins

1 cherri langley
1 2/3 cup flour
1 tsp flour
1 1/2 oz uncooked yellow corn meal
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 lb apples, cored,pared,finely chopped.
1/2 cup corn, thawed frozen
2 1/4 oz cheddar, shredded
1/3 cup sugar
1 dash cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg
1/3 cup corn oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400 F. Line 12 muffin pan cups with paper baking
cups. In large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, and baking powder.
Add apples, corn, cheese, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, stirring to
combine. Beat eggs and oil; stir into flour mixture
(mixture will be stiff). Fill baking cups and bake in center of oven for 15 min.

Friday, November 6, 2015

November 6

Mark 10:49-50 - NLT
When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, "Tell him to come here." So they called the blind man. "Cheer up," they said. "Come on, he's calling you!"   Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

Kate was so thankful.  God had truly blessed her.  She had been on the verge of collapse, and the doctor told her that her weight had to go.  Reluctantly, she had started to diet, not expecting any great results.  She prayed for God to help her, because she felt so weak.  When the doctor gave her a clean bill of health, she closed her eyes and prayed. God is God of the impossible.  When we say "can't," He says "can".  Faith is believing that God can, and will, help us when we are in need.  God cares for His children, and for that we should be eternally grateful.

TODAY'S THOUGHT:  I'd rather be grateful than have another plateful!


Today's Tip:  Keep a Food Diary.
The best way to start eating healthier is to log everything you eat for 3 days. The first step in changing for the better -- see how often you eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day. Make reaching that mark your first goal.



1 lb. frozen tortellini w/cheese, cooked al dente
32 oz. chicken broth
10 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 lg. tomatoes, peeled, deseeded & diced
2 c. fresh spinach, washed & cut up
5 fresh basil leaves

Begin by putting 2 saucepans on stove top. 1 filled with water to boil tortellini. 1 filled with the chicken broth, which should be brought to a boil and then simmered until reduced by half.
Meanwhile, saute the garlic in butter and oil until golden brown. Add the tomatoes and saute until they release their juices. Then add spinach to cook until wilted. At this point add the reduced chicken broth and bring this mixture to a boil, turn down heat and simmer until reduced by 1/2 again. Drain cooked tortellini and add to broth mixture. Serve immediately.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November 5

Matthew 5:11 - NLT
God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers.

Ken could hardly wait to get back to school. Peter had ridden him about his weight the entire year before. When Ken had vowed to lose weight over the summer, Pete had laughed at him. 'Fat boy, you can't keep away from food. You'll be back, big as a beach ball. Don't kid yourself!' Ken could hardly wait to make Pete eat those words. He had spent the entire summer as a Christian youth counselor at camp. The people there were so supportive of what he was trying to do. They had made it possible. Not only had they helped him lose weight, but they helped him show Peter just how wrong he could be!

TODAY'S THOUGHT:  I'm going to prove that there's more to me than my weight!


Today's Tip:  Lose 20 Lbs.
Omit just 200 calories every day for a year, and you'll lose up to 20 pounds! One step in the right direction: Use mustard instead on mayo on sandwiches, and skip the cheese.



2 apples, diced
4 bananas, sliced
1 can mandarin oranges
1/2 cantaloupe, diced
1 wedge watermelon, diced
1 can grapefruit, diced
Grapes, destemmed
1 c. plain yogurt
2 tbsp. sugar

Make sure you drain all your canned fruits. Pour into a large bowl, combine all your other fruits and blend well. Chill and serve.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 4

Luke 15:10 - NLT
'In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God's angels when even one sinner repents.'

Paul fumbled with his keys outside his apartment. When he tried the lock, the door swung inward. Cautiously, he entered. As he switched on the light a dozen of his friends and neighbors jumped out, shouting, 'Surprise!' They had come out to offer a congratulations party for the sixty pounds Paul had been able to lose. It was such a wonderful moment. Paul had felt joyful about what he had done for some time, but it was something special to have friends celebrate with him. God had blessed Paul so much. Not only had He helped him when he dieted, but He gave him such good friends.

Today's Thought:  To gain means starvation; to lose, jubilation!


Today's Tip:  Fitness
Continually rotate new ab exercises into your routine to keep your workout interesting. Choose an abdominal exercise, like the hanging knee raise, that you have not yet perfected. Set a goal to reach a certain number of reps by a certain date.



1 (1 1/2 lb.) boneless chicken breast, cut into strips
2 tbsp. lite soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. grated ginger root or 2 tsp. ginger
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. green or red peppers, sliced thin
1/4 - 1/2 bottle lite Italian salad dressing

Stir fry in wok; add 1 bag Japanese vegetables and small box chopped broccoli or French beans and simmer. Delicious over rice.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November 3

Psalms 126:6 - NLT
They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.

The groaning was over. The long nights of hunger lay behind. For some strange reason, the diet was getting easier. Finally, Diane's body had gotten the message that snacks and heavy meals were no more. The cravings and cryings of her stomach subsided. It had been a tough war, but Diane felt she had scored a victory at long last. All the weeping was behind, and she felt a wonderful joy. She knew that plenty of tough times lay ahead, but she also knew she could handle them. With God's help, she would make it. The hardest part was behind her.

Today's Thought: When I take it one day at a time, the days fall away as fast as the pounds!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet
Side dishes don’t have to put a dent in your diet. Eliminate some of the fat from those side dishes. Use low fat mayo in potato salad or cole slaw. Mix some low fat yogurt with regular mayo to decrease the fat content. Add spices, tomatoes or vegetables to baked beans. Toss cole slaw with some shredded apples for a sweet taste and extra vitamin C.



2 c. chicken or turkey, white meat
2 c. cooked, cooled rice
1/4 c. diced green pepper
1/4 c. diced red pepper
1 c. grated carrot
1/2 c. sliced celery
1/4 c. diced onions
Lettuce or spinach

Toss all ingredients with low-cal or fat-free dressing. Serve on greens. Serves 6.


Monday, November 2, 2015

November 2

James 1:2 - NLT
Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy.

Renee really felt good whenever she had the strength to say no to food that was offered to her. Each time she could refuse eating, it made her feel she'd won a moral victory. Mentally, she kept score. It became a game to see how often she could hold out between defeats. In a strange way, it made her diet enjoyable. She felt she was really accomplishing something that was important. By the end of about four months, Renee was able to defeat just about every temptation that came along. She felt God's pleasure as she grew more able to decline treats. That joy made her diet fly by.

Today's Thought: Diets can be fun, especially when they're done!


Today's Tip:  Skip the Butter.
Cooking with canola or olive oil may reduce heart disease risk. Just remember that even these "good" fats are loaded with calories, so use them in moderation.


Easy Mashed Potatoes

4 large potatoes (Idaho or russet)
1 cup low-sodium canned chicken broth
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
3 tablespoons low-fat sour cream

1. Peel the potatoes and cut them in half. Place them in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Drain.

2. Bring the broth to the boil, and turn down to a simmer.

3. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or fork. Slowly add the broth until the desired consistency is reached.

4. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste. Lightly stir in the sour cream and chives.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (about 1/2 cup)

Calories 90, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 1 mg, Sodium 102 mg, Total Carbohydrate 21g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Protein 4g.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

November 1

November is:  Joy and Thanksgiving

Those who are in captivity learn to truly understand the value of freedom. When we have been captive to an abundance of flesh, we long for freedom from obesity. To be able to walk my distance without feeling exhausted, to be able to wear fashionable clothing, to look fit, to not be embarrassed; all these things attain a preciou value when we don't have them. When we travel the road toward a healthy, normal body, we come to appreciate the gift of the human form that God intended us to have. We learn to be thankful for what we have been given, and when we live as God intended us to live, we come to possess a deep and abiding joy beyond words. God gave us life to enjoy to the fullest. When we allow our bodies to become unfit, we make it impossible to live life as fully as is possible. Our Lord offers us a second chance; a chance of renew ourselves and enter into a life of peace and joy. Let us be thankful that He loves us enough to help us find a truly fulfilling life.


November 1

Hebrews 6:10 - NLT
For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians, as you still do.

What a great reward! Robin had never looked so good. All her months of dieting paid off royally. It was beautiful to see the expressions on people's faces when they saw her. She couldn't wait to go out to show herself off. God had certainly blessed her through the rough time of dieting. There were days when she decided it just wasn't worth it. Now, she could hardly believe she ever had doubts. Looking in the mirror, she even surprised herself. She never thought she'd look this good. When we dedicate ourselves to doing things that are right and good to do, God is sure to bless us and reward us for our labors.

Today's Thought: Improvement comes with practice. I can even get good at dieting!


Today's Tip:  "Plan for the holidays ahead NOW in order to forego unwanted weight gain - no matter what your current size is right NOW." Keep in mind that most people put on unwanted pounds during the holiday season - some more than others.  Rarely does an individual cross the Holiday Finish Line at an even keel in regards to their weight loss scales.   If you're already trying to lose unwanted weight, gaining holiday weight is a disaster in the making.


Spicy Chicken Breasts

2.5 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
4  skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Lightly oil grill and preheat to medium high.   In a medium bowl mix together the spices. Reserve 3 tablespoons; store the remainder in an airtight container for later use.  Rub the reserved 3 tablespoons of seasoning on the chicken breasts and grill over medium high heat for 6 to 8 minutes on each side.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

October 31

Philippians 2:14-15 - NLT
In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them.

Peggy kept looking at her daughter's trick-or-treat bag. Her daughter had made a grand haul of chocolates and sugary candies. It was all Peg could do to keep her hands off it. A little devil inside kept telling her that her daughter wouldn't miss a few pieces. Peggy wanted to dive in so badly it hurt. She walked over to the bag and looked in. On its own, her hand moved toward the sweets. She was about to grab a handful when a still small voice stopped her. What had she been trying to teach her daughter about honesty and respecting things that weren't hers? Now she was attempting to pilfer her daughter's trick-or-treat bag because she wanted candy. When would she ever learn some strength and self-restraint?

Today's Thought: I will avoid things that make me less of a person, but more of a body!


Today's Tip:  Never combine Wheat or Rice or Potato with one another; they don't go. This means that you don't eat Bread or Pasta if you are having Rice or Potato with your meal.


Fettuccini Alfredo II

1.5 c nonfat evaporated milk
10 cloves garlic
1 lb dry fettuccine pasta
0.5 c nonfat milk
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tbs lowfat cream cheese
0.5 c grated Parmesan cheese

Combine 1 1/2 cup milk and garlic cloves in a  pan, simmer until garlic is soft, 15-20 min. In a blender, puree milk and garlic mixture with cream cheese until smooth. Return mixture to pan and add 1/2 cup nonfat milk and cornstarch. Heat to simmer. Add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.  Toss sauce with pasta. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with remaining Parmesan cheese.

Friday, October 30, 2015

October 30

Psalm 37:39 - NLT
The LORD saves the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble.

Bob had a terrible dream. Food kept coming at him from every direction. Wherever it touched him, it stuck to him. Before long he couldn't move. He had trouble breathing. He had trouble seeing. He was hot and slimy. He kept trying to reach out for help, but no help came. He was buried under a mountain of food. As he lay awake thinking of the dream, he realized that it wasn't far from the truth. He was buried by a mountain of food become flesh. He did have trouble breathing and moving. It wasn't worth it. Silently, he reached out for help in a meek and humble prayer. God, the Source of salvation, reached back.

Today's Thought: God, save me from an appetite seldom satisfied!


Today's Tip:  If you just can't do without your fried chicken (or fried anything) then eat them half as much. If you eat fried chicken two times a week then eat it once a week. You can cut your calorie intake by as much as 40% if you eliminate fried foods to once a week. That saving in calories means you'll lose weight.


Low-Cal Chicken

The sweetness of saccharin offsets the saltiness of soy sauce in this reduced-calorie baked chicken.
Serves 5 to 6

Calories: 169.30
Total Fat: 1.82 g
Total Carbohydrate: 2.70 g
Dietary Fiber: N/A
Protein: 35.54 g

6  skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1.5 tablespoons minced onion
2 tablespoons crushed garlic
1.5 teaspoons poultry seasoning
0.25 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons artificial sweetener

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. Place chicken in a 9x13 inch baking dish; sprinkle with onion, garlic, seasoning, soy sauce and sweetener.
3. Place foil over pan and bake for one hour at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). It's ready to serve!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

October 29

Nehemiah 8:10 - NLT
And Nehemiah continued, "Go and celebrate with a feast of choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!"

Patrick always hated programs on starving people around the world. The minute they would come on, he would turn off the television. What business was it of his if people half-way around the world were starving? He had all he needed, and he worked hard for it. So what if he was overweight? He earned that right because he was born in America! The Bible teaches us that God gives us an abundance for just one reason: so that we will share it with those in need. If we take the bounty God offers and are selfish or gluttonous with it, then we are saying to God that we won't live as His children. We should take only what we need, and share the rest, for that is the way of God.

Today's Thought: I have more than I need, and I don't really need much of what I want.


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet
Try something different for Halloween this year! The American Dietetic Association suggests you set a healthy example by handing out low-fat treats like single serving cereal boxes, pretzels, dried fruit, sugar-free gum, low-fat granola bars, or fortune cookies. Make the treats tasty and healthy!


Hot Spiced Witches Brew

1 c dried sugar-free orange-flavored breakfast drink mix
1/2 c sugar-free iced tea mix
1/4 c sugar-free lemonade-flavored drink mix
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbs whole cloves
1 continuous spiral peel of 1 orange
1 continuous spiral peel of 1 lemon
2 gallons water
2-inch cinnamon sticks for swizzles

In a large pot, slowly bring all ingredients except cinnamon sticks to a boil. Stir and reduce heat to a low simmer. Serve hot in cups with cinnamon stick swizzles.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October 28

James 5:16 - NLT
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.

The best idea the group ever had was to pray for one another. Every Monday morning, they got together for exercise and a Bible study. They talked about their diets and how things were going, and they had to announce publicly what their weight was and how much they had lost or gained. Then, they promised to pray for one another, and they swapped telephone numbers so they could give a call of encouragement through the week. It was a wonderful system, and it helped so much to know you weren't dieting alone. The power of a well-meant prayer was amazing. It made dieting much easier.

Today's Thought: A prayer a day keeps the flabbies away!


Today's Tip:  The pumpkin contains yummy seeds that are generally roasted and slightly salted by processing plants.  These seeds can be an important part of your diet and contain no cholesterol, little sodium if unsalted, substantial fiber, high levels of magnesium, plentiful iron and although high in fat, it is unsaturated - which has been proven effective in lowering high serum cholesterol.  Good for the old blood pressure!  Also, the one-ounce serving size equals about 140 kernels, which is a very generous portion and takes a long while to eat.  Pretty good for 150 calories if one is dieting!


Orange Spiced Chicken

0.5 cup soy sauce
0.25 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
0.5 tsp. ground ginger
2 Tbsp. raisins
4 (8 oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Combine all but chicken in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Mix well, add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for 2 to 3 hours, turning once or twice.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Uncover chicken and turn one more time. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 min., basting often.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 27

Hebrews 12:12 - NLT
So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs.

Monica hated evenings that she had to spend alone. When she was with friends, she felt so much stronger. She put forth all her energy to have a good time when she went out. On the nights she stayed home, however, she just didn't have the strength to put on a happy front. Dieting was so much more difficult without help from friends. It is good to know that God is ever with us. On those occasions when there is no one around to help us, we can turn to God for strength and endurance. He helps us pick ourselves up and continue on our way. He strengthens feeble knees and lifts hands that hang down.

Today's Thought: My energy comes from a source other than food!


Today's Tip:  Water facilitates weight loss and helps you stay healthy and regular. Drink eight glasses of water a day. The more water you drink, the less you will retain.


Spicy Pasta

1 (12 ounce) package rotini pasta
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1  onion, diced
2  red chile peppers, seeded and chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
3 drops hot pepper sauce
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain. Meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute garlic with basil and Italian seasoning for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in onion and chiles; cook until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes and hot sauce; simmer for 5 minutes, or until heated through. Toss.

Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26

1 Peter 4:1-2 - NLT
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you are willing to suffer for Christ, you have decided to stop sinning.   And you won't spend the rest of your life chasing after evil desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.

Barney knew he could lose weight. He'd given up cigarettes, and that was the hardest thing he'd ever had to do. If he could do away with cigarettes, he was positive he could lose weight. A friend had once told him that if he was suffering, he knew he was on the right track. Nothing worth doing came easy. Barney asked God for strength as he set about losing weight. When he felt he was suffering the most, that's when he relied most heavily on God. A little suffering never hurt anyone, especially when it was done in order to attain good health.

Today's Thought: I suffer now so that I can enjoy the rest of my life!


Today's Tip:  Follow the 90% to 10% rule. "If you watch what you eat 90% of the time, the other 10% is not a problem."



4  skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 tbs canola oil
2  medium tomatoes, chopped
3  jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
1/4  medium onion, chopped
2 (12 ounce) packages corn tortillas, warmed
canola oil for frying

Place chicken into a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender. Remove from heat, drain, and set aside to cool. Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute tomatoes, jalapenos, and onions until soft. Debone and shred chicken and throw it in the skillet with the tomato mixture. Fry until browned.   Fill each corn tortilla with about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture, and roll into a cylinder. Fry filled tortillas in the hot oil until golden, turning once. Drain on paper, and serve hot.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

October 25

Matthew 11:29-30 - NLT
"Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."

The most impressive thing about Laura was that no one realized she was on her diet. She never complained. She never made a big deal about what she could and couldn't eat. She never whined around or moped, hoping someone would ask her what was the matter. She just quietly, patiently lost weight. The rest of the women in the office were astonished. Laura made it seem so easy. Laura just smiled at all their comments, content to know that God had rallied her spirits and helped her get by.

Today's Thought: During my diet, I'll smile even when I feel like crying!


Today's Tip:

*These condiments are ok:

Cocktail sauce (high sodium)
Soy Sauce (high sodium)
Herbs and Spices
Grated Parmesan Cheese (use sparingly)


Lemon and Potato Soup

8  potatoes, cubed
4 cloves garlic - peeled and sliced
6 stalks celery with leaves, chopped
0.5 teaspoon ground turmeric
2  lemons, juiced
1 cube chicken bouillon
salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes, garlic and celery into a large stockpot with water to cover. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.  Season with turmeric, lemon juice, chicken bouillon cube and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for another 10 minutes. Mash some of the potato chunks for a thicker consistency.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

October 24

Isaiah 41:10 - NLT

Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

The evening was the worst. About an hour before bedtime, Eleanor would begin to get cravings. The worst possible thing to do would be to eat right before bed. Sometimes her stomach would growl so much that she thought she would wake up the neighborhood. On those occasions, Eleanor asked God for a little quick relief and went straight to bed. Better that than to pig out and feel lousy the rest of the night and guilty all the following day! God can grant us blessed relief from the whinings of the stomach. He can take our mind off our stomachs and give us the strength to say no!

Today's Thought: The waistline won't grow if I learn to say no!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet
Hold the mayo and opt for high-quality mustard. A delicious, flavor-packed substitute, mustards are the perfect base for a tangy dipping sauce, zippy salad dressing or classic sandwich spread. There are so many varieties out there for enticing your taste buds -- try Dijon, country-style, honey mustard and even fruity versions.


Easy Vegetables with Lemon and Garlic

Prep: 10 min, Cook: 15 min.

1/4 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
1-1/3 cups broccoli florets
2 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1-1/4 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped

Steam cauliflower and broccoli florets for 10 minutes, or until tender. In a small saucepan, place olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Put vegetables in a serving dish. Pour lemon and garlic sauce on top. Garnish with parsley.

Friday, October 23, 2015

October 23

Psalm 118:13-14 - NLT
You did your best to kill me, O my enemy, but the LORD helped me.  The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my victory.

Going home to Mother's was murder on the diet. Stacy dreaded it. She knew the minute she walked in, her mother would ask her why she wasn't eating right, and then, for the next week, her mother would shove fattening, although delicious, dishes in front of her face. Going home required a double measure of strength. At those times, Stacy had to pray doubly hard. Sometimes it worked, sometimes she gave in. In the end, though, Stacy was glad to have God to turn to. Once back in her own apartment, He gave her all the resolve she needed to get right back on her diet. Truly, the Lord was her strength and her salvation.

Today's Thought: I need saving from that which I would devour!


Today's Tip:  Look for businesses that rent out equipment such as roller blades, kayaks, bicycles, tennis and racquetball equipment for a small fee. This way you’ll have no excuse for not doing something physical while you are traveling.


Strawberry Lemonade

1 cup fresh strawberries, quartered
4  medium lemons (approximately 1 cup juice)
3/4 cup Splenda
4 cups water

1. Place strawberries in a food processor or blender; process until smooth and pour into a large pitcher.

2. Add lemon juice to pitcher. Stir in Splenda and water.

3. Strain out strawberry pulp if desired. Add lemon zest.

4. Serve in tall 12-ounce glasses filled with ice.

Serves 4

Thursday, October 22, 2015

October 22

2 Corinthians 11:29-30 - NLT
Who is weak without my feeling that weakness?  Who is lead astray, and I do not burn with anger?  If I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am.

If there was one thing to respect Cynthia for, it was her humility. She was very talented, but she knew well what she could do and what she couldn't. She was never shy about asking for help when she needed it, and she never tried to make people think she could do things she could not. It was nice to see someone who could admit her weaknesses without being defensive or insecure. When Cynthia had dieted, she openly admitted that she relied heavily on God for strength and encouragement. It was a real inspiration to others to find someone who gained strength from being honest about weakness.

Today's Thought: It is more important to be strong of heart than strong of body!


Today's Tip:  Fitness
A good idea once you have a workout video is to watch it entirely before trying it. This way you’ll know what is involved in the workout and determine if you need additional instruction or equipment that is being used in the workout.



4 c apples, peeled, cored,sliced
1 tb lemon juice
2 tb butter or margarine
3/4 c rolled oats
2 tb brown sugar
2 tb nuts, chopped
4 ts cinnamon

Substitute peaches or pears when they are in season.

Place apples in a microwave baking pan and sprinkle with lemon juice. In a small bowl, melt butter at High for 30 to 45 sec. Stir in rolled oats, brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon. Combine well. Sprinkle evenly over apples.

Microwave at High for 8-10 min. Allow 5 to 7 min after cooking time.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

October 21

Matthew 13:31-32 - NLT
Here is another illustration Jesus used: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field.  It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants and grows into a tree where birds can come and find shelter in its branches."

All too often, people tackle diets that are too big for them. They try to give up everything at once, hoping to lose a huge amount of weight in a short period of time. Usually, that won't work. We should learn that the greatest successes come in small steps. We need to set modest goals that we can handle, so we don't get discouraged. God blesses our small efforts, for they are usually the most sincere and realistic. Ask God's guidance, and He will grant you exactly the right amount of strength you need to triumph.

Today's Thought: Giving up a little at a time will keep me from giving up altogether!


Today's Tip:  Tickle your taste buds without fat or calories by making the most of herbs and spices. Thyme has a light, minty aroma. Parsley gives kick and color to Italian-accented dishes. Cilantro has a lively, pungent fragrance that lends itself well to salsa, and rosemary pairs well with garlic in a savory sauce. Spice it up. sprinkle chopped tarragon with dill or parsley over grilled chicken, fish, or veggies.


Sesame Chicken

1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size strips
1/4 c soy sauce
1/4 c sugar
1/2 tsp dark sesame oil
2 tbs sesame seeds, toasted

Combine flour, salt, pepper. Dredge chicken in flour mix, shake off excess.  Spray skillet with non-stack spray. Add chicken to warm skillet and cook till done. Transfer to holding plate. Reduce heat combine the soy sauce and sugar in skillet and cook until sugar dissolves. Stir in sesame seeds and sesame oil. Add chicken to pan to re-heat and coat with sauce. Serve.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October 20

1 Peter 5:10 - NLT
In his kindness God called you to his eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ.  After you have suffered a little while, he will restore support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.

Cliff felt content. He felt good about the diet. He knew it was time to do something, so it didn't feel like such a great struggle. He prayed for God's help, and he felt God's presence with him. Sure, there would be unpleasantness, as there was whenever a sacrifice was involved, but it would all be well worth it. The prospect of being healthy and trim was very appealing to him. Cliff had confidence that God would bless him with strength, courage, and peace. With that kind of assurance, how could he go wrong?

Today's Thought: If God will give me everything I really need, how can I help but lose weight?


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet
Invest in a kitchen scale, measuring cups and spoons. These tools will help ensure that you’re not overeating. Portion control is critical when it comes to losing or maintaining weight. Learn how to estimate how much you should be eating by accurately measuring your food and before long, you’ll be able to “eyeball” the amount you need.



15 Ounces Lean beef, cubed
2 Cups Tomatoes, canned
1 Cup Nonfat Beef Broth
1/4 Cup Red Wine
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Each Bay Leaf
1 Tablespoon Thyme  1 Tablespoon Rosemary
1 Teaspoon Marjoram
1 Tablespoon Garlic, crushed
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Each Onion, diced
10 Ounces Potato, diced
1 Cup Carrot, Chopped

Place all ingredients in a crock-pot and cook on high for 4 hours Serve.

Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19

Matthew 6:16 - NLT
'And when you fast, don't make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, who try to look pale and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting.  I assure you, that is the only reward they will ever get.'

Everyone knew enough to stay out of Kevin's way when he was on a diet. The man became a raving lunatic. He couldn't get along with anybody. Connie felt he acted that way just to let everyone know he was on a diet. Then, when he gave up on it, nobody had the nerve to suggest he give it another try. It was his way of justifying not having to diet. Connie just wished he'd quit putting on such performances; it made everyone else miserable. Our diets need to be our business, unless we turn to others for help. We diet for the wrong reasons if all we want is sympathy or attention. God will give strength to those who are sincere, but He is unable to help those who really don't want help.

Today's Thought: My diet will not become a burden to anyone else!


Today's Tip:
Don't spend your whole life dieting!
Do it once, do it properly and get on with the rest of your life.


Marmalade Pork Chops

5  pork chops
0.5 cup orange marmalade
0.5 cup soy sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Place pork chops in a 9x13 baking dish. In a small bowl stir together the marmalade and soy sauce. Pour over the chops. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Serves 4

Sunday, October 18, 2015

October 18

Psalm 68:35 - NLT
God is awesome in his sanctuary.  The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.  Praise be to God!

Theo knew the power of God. He had seen it in the birth of his daughter. He had felt it when his father had died. He had witnessed it many times in the glorious creation of nature. Theo had no doubt about the power of God. He had worked in forestry for his entire life. He had flown through thunderstorms where lightning splintered huge trees and set forests blazing. The power of God was both a wonderful and a terrifying thing. Theo had no doubt that there was nothing beyond the power of God. The God of all creation could handle his diet. He had no question in his mind. Strength such as God's was a good thing to have on his side!

Today's Thought: With God on my side, my fat doesn't stand a chance!


Today's Tip:  Make realistic goals and make a diet plan. Confide in a close friend or companion about your goals and the coming changes of your lifestyles. Whenever you reach a goal treat yourself. Buy a CD, an outfit, go to the movies... just don't treat yourself with food, important in any diet plan.


Auto Parts Chicken

1 tbs butter
1 tbs olive oil
4  skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 cloves garlic, minced
1  leek, chopped
0.5  white onion, sliced
4 large potatoes, chopped
2 large carrots, sliced diagonally
1 (10.75 ounce) can herb seasoned chicken broth
2/3 c water
1  bay leaf, crushed
pepper to taste
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tbs flour
2 tbs water

In a skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium heat. Lightly brown chicken. Add garlic, leek and onion; saute until softened. Add potatoes, carrots, chicken broth, water and bay leaf.  Combine flour and water Turn up heat under skillet and add flour/water mixture to thicken the juices.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

October 17

Ephesians 4:15-16 - NLT
Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Peak efficiency: That is what God intended for the human body. The human body is an intricate, delicate, but powerful machine; finely crafted, and capable of amazing feats. The only way the body can work properly, the way God intended, is when we take good care of it. It should not be burdened with excessive weight, nor should it be abused by improper diet. If we will endeavor to take good care of our bodies, we will experience the joy of living the way God intended for us all.

Today's Thought: I am a marvelous creation of God, worth taking care of!


Today's Tip:  Soup's On!
Broth-based soups are a great way to fill up with few calories. Research shows that when you start a meal with a broth-based soup, especially one swimming with vegetables, you'll likely consume about 100 fewer calories at that meal.


Black Bean Soup - 2 WW Points

1 medium onion, chopped
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
1 slice bacon, chopped
3 c chicken broth
1 c water
1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 medium celery stalk, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup dried black beans (4 ounces)
2 tbs chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
4 lemon wedges

Cook onion, garlic and bacon over medium heat about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender. Stir in remaining ingredients except lemon wedges. Boil 2 minutes. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 2 hours or until beans are tender. Place 1 cup of the soup in blender container. Cover and blend on high speed about 30 seconds; stir into soup. Serve with lemon wedges

Friday, October 16, 2015

October 16

John 19:11 - NLT
Then Jesus said, "You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above.  So the one who brought me to you has the greater sin."

How much easier our lives would be if we could quit fighting the fact that all power comes from God. We want control of our own lives, and we like to think we can stand on our own two feet. The reality of the matter is that we have received everything we have from the Lord. He has given us our abilities and talents, He has given us our resources, and He gives us our opportunities. The truly strong person is she who understands that God is the source of all power. If we want the power to diet, it can come to us only through the Lord God Almighty, who loves His children and offers them everything they need.

Today's Thought: God is greater than my desire to eat!


Today's Tip:

Time your eating and activity patterns correctly. Don’t go all day without eating or you’ll be more like to binge on unhealthy foods when you do finally eat. If most of your physical activity takes place during the day, make breakfast and lunch your larger meals. Enjoy small, healthy snacks in between meals. Keep things light and lean in the evenings. Remember, food is fuel. Use the energy when you need it most.


Satisfy Everyone Chicken Wraps


Chicken Breast, sauteed
Flour tortillas
Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
Lowfat Refried Beans Diced Tomatoes
Shredded Lettuce
Diced onion
Jalapeno slices
Black olive slices

Cooking Instructions:

Cook Chicken through. (1 breast makes 2-3 good sized wraps). Shred chicken with 2 forks.

Warm Tortillas

Place remaining ingredients in small bowls.

Everyone can make their own healthy creation!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

October 15

Zechariah 4:6 - NLT
Then he said to me, 'This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel;  It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord almighty.'

Curtis liked to think he could do everything on his own. He often told friends that he didn't need anybody else; he was fine all by himself. On those rare occasions when Curt was feeling down and in need of a friend's support, he usually found himself alone. Everyone figured he really didn't need anyone else, and so he was lonely. No matter how strong or powerful or talented we might be, we all need the support of friends. Our greatest friend is, of course, Jesus Christ. We need never feel alone when we have the Spirit of the Lord with us. Accept the helping hand of the Lord, and find out what real strength is all about.

Today's Thought: Let me lose not only weight, but also false pride!


Today's Tip:  Fitness
There are workout videos for every fitness level and activity including Belly Dancing, African Dancing, Yoga, Pilates, Step, Circuit Training, Interval Training, Aqua Aerobics and Chair Aerobics. There really is no reason to skip your workout. There’s something for everyone.


Sugar-Free Carrot Cake

6 egg whites
1 c apple juice concentrate
1/3 c canola oil
1/3 c unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c water
3 c flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 c raisins
2 c shredded carrots

Preheat oven to 350° F. Stir together egg, apple juice concentrate, oil, applesauce and water. Set aside. Sift together dry ingredients. Put raisins in warm water to plump. Meanwhile, grate carrots, and spray 2 round 9" cake pans with non-stick pan spray. Gently stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened. Drain raisins, and fold in carrots and raisins. Pour into cake pans, and bake at 350° F. for 25 to 30 minutes. Then reduce heat to 325° F. for 8 to 12 more minutes.  Serve cold.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October 14

1 Corinthians 10:12 - NLT
If you think you are stranding strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin.

Peter dressed for the dinner. His friends tried to tell him he shouldn't go, but he ignored them. He'd been doing great on his diet. He was in total control. He knew there would be wonderful and exotic food where he was going, but he could handle it. Too bad he forgot that when he got there. The temptation was too great for him. Before he realized what was happening, he was stuffed. In one day, he blew a couple of weeks of hard work. We can't afford to get cocky when we diet. Each day is a new struggle all its own. Ask God for daily help. Avoid situations where temptation prevails. The Lord will be sure to help you, whenever you let Him.

Today's Thought: I will steer clear of calorie traps!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet

Vinegar, that tangy, low-calorie seasoning for salads and marinades, also cuts grease, removes stains and lifts mineral deposits! Contrary to some popular advertisements, it’s not a miracle weight-loss potion. It’s actually the opposite. The acidic effects of vinegar may help break down dietary fat, making it more readily absorbable.


Garlic Dressing

1 1/4 cups low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup plain low fat yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons tamari soy sauce

Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until completely smooth. Chill.

Serve over fresh garden salad or use as a vegetable dip.

Yield: 1 cup.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October 13

James 4:7 - NLT
So humble yourselves before God.  Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

Grace was surprised. The hostess had offered her dessert and she had declined without even the slightest pang of remorse. Dessert had always been Grace's favorite type of food. Giving up dessert had been the worst part of her diet. Now, though, she found that she had declined without really caring. What a breakthrough! She felt she had a fighting chance. She had resisted temptation so long that it wasn't tempting any longer. Grace felt stronger than at any other point in her diet. Thank God. She was going to make it, after all!

Today's Thought: The more I turn down, the more my weight goes down!


Today's Tip:  Fitness
The key to staying healthy is to do everything in moderation. This is best viewed as something relative to one's own fitness level and goals. Don't expect to exercise an hour every day simply because your very fit friend does. The body needs time to adjust, adapt and, yes, even recuperate. Exercising to the point of overtraining is simply taking one step forward, two steps back -- not exactly good training tactics.


Cheesy Tortilla Wedges

6 large corn tortillas
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded low-fat Monterey Jack chee
1/2 cup green chiles
1/2 cup sliced pitted black olives
Guacamole, (see recipe)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread both sides of tortilla with olive oil. Place on cookie sheets and bake 3 minutes or until lightly browned.  Turn tortillas over; top with the two cheeses, chiles, and olives, spreading to the edge. Bake an additional 3 minutes or until cheese melts.

Cut each tortilla into 6 wedges and arrange on a platter. Top with Guacamole and serve.

This recipe yields 12 servings. Serving size: 1/2 of a corn tortilla (3 wedges) with 1 tablespoon guacamole.

Monday, October 12, 2015

October 12

John 1:12 - NLT
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

Corey had to admit that his friends were making better progress than he was. He just wasn't disciplined enough. His friends didn't seem to have nearly as much trouble with discipline. When he asked them why, they all just grinned and told him to pray about it. Finally, it dawned on him what they were talking about. Corey wasn't much of a Christian, but he wasn't stupid, either. His friends obviously had something he needed and wanted. If God could do so much to help them, then Corey believed He would do it for him, also. By receiving the truth of Christ, Corey was given all the strength needed to succeed in his diet.

Today's Thought: God is ready to help me lose weight!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet
Which sounds more appealing: dried plums or prunes? Manufacturers have taken to calling the tasty prune (which had acquired an indisputable reputation as a digestive cure), the dried plum. It’s a terrific source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants. Whatever you call them, they make a terrific on-the-go snack, mix-in for yogurt, or salad extra!



1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup pitted prunes, cut into halves
1/2 red apple, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

In large bowl, combine salad ingredients.  Serve with desired low-cal dressing.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

October 11

1 Peter 3:13 - NLT
Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?

Kim's mother felt so sorry for her. She remembered what it was like to be overweight. All the other children were so cruel. She could still feel the sting of all the nicknames people had put on her. Now, Kim was suffering the same indignities. Her mother hoped she could get Kim on a diet, if for no other reason than to keep Kim's classmates from taunting her so mercilessly. Just taking steps to correct the problem made it easier to take. The insults didn't hurt so much after the problem was taken care of. Together, they would lose the weight. With God's help, time would heal the wounds of unkind words.

Today's Thought: I will put all my excess weight behind me!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet
Just say no! It's a skill that can come in handy when others offer tempting treats or try to sabotage your weight loss goals. For some, it's politically, culturally, ethically, or socially impolite to refuse food. Practice tactful, friendly ways to say no, like “No, thanks. I’m working on achieving a healthier lifestyle and improving my eating habits."


Slow Cooker Meatballs

These meatballs are good served over egg noodles.

1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh onion
1/3 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 (16 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
1 (12 ounce) bottle chili sauce
Parsley sprigs (optional)

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; shape mixture into 30 (1 1/2 -inch) meatballs. Combine ketchup, sugar, juice, and sauces in an electric slow cooker; gently stir in meatballs. Cover with lid; cook on low heat setting for 8 to 10 hours. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 10

James 5:13 - NLT
Are there any among you suffering?  They should keep on praying about it.  And those who have reason to be thankful should continually sing praises to the Lord.

Bill kept telling June to ask God for help. June couldn't quite bring herself to do it. Prayer was for weaklings. Only people who couldn't handle life prayed. June would rather struggle by on her own than rely on a crutch. False pride is a sad affliction. People who feel that they are strong enough to handle every situation of life only fool themselves. Everyone is weak at some point in her life. The truly strong person is the one who acknowledges her weakness and has the wisdom to turn to God for help.

Today's Thought: More time in prayer means less time to eat!


Today's Tip:
When you skip meals during the day, your metabolism also slows down. Weight loss through the burning of stored fat is all about eating enough of the right kinds of foods so you stay full and your metabolism stays as high as possible. Remember, if you feel hungry, your metabolism slows down. Stay full with healthy, non fattening foods and your metabolism will continue to burn your stored fat as fast as your body will allow.


Florentine Pasta Salad

1 lb spaghetti
1 tbs sesame oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1  red onion, chopped
10 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 c teriyaki sauce
2  carrots, shredded
8 oz spinach, rinsed

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Place in large bowl. Meanwhile, in large skillet or wok, heat oil over high heat. Add garlic, onion and mushroom. Cook until onions are translucent. Add teriyaki sauce and carrot, cook 3 minutes more. Add cooked vegetable mixture to pasta, toss. Add spinach and toss. Cover for 5 minutes to wilt spinach. Serve warm.

Friday, October 9, 2015

October 9

Isaiah 26:4 - NLT
Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

Lettuce! Celery! Low-fat cottage cheese! Yeesh! It never got any more interesting. The same old bland foods got tiresome after awhile. Debbie thought she would go crazy before long. She knew what she was doing was a good thing. She really wanted to lose weight. She wanted to look and feel great. Sometimes she didn't know whether it was going to pay off. She believed that God was happy with her desire to lose weight. She trusted that He would help her. Often, it was only the strength she received from trying to please God that kept her going. She was thankful that God gave her that kind of strength.

Today's Thought: The only thing I'll give us is being fat!


Today's Tip:
Time your eating and activity patterns correctly. Don’t go all day without eating or you’ll be more like to binge on unhealthy foods when you do finally eat. If most of your physical activity takes place during the day, make breakfast and lunch your larger meals. Enjoy small, healthy snacks in between meals. Keep things light and lean in the evenings. Remember, food is fuel. Use the energy when you need it most.


Diabetic Pumpkin Pie

2 eggs
2 tbsp. liquid sweetener
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp.nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 1/2 c. canned pumpkin
3/4 c. evaporated milk
3/4 c. orange juice
1 unbaked 9 inch pie shell

Combine eggs, liquid sweetener, spices and pumpkin; blend well. Add milk and orange juice gradually, stirring until blended. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 8

James 3:4 - NLT
And a tiny rudder that makes a huge ship tun wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong.

David Gregory spoke to groups all over the country. He believed that faith could help people achieve all their goals. He spoke to grossly overweight people, and it had been his faith that had brought him through. Often, people would skeptically confront him as to how he really lost all his weight. His answer never varied. When asked, he would produce a tiny pewter cross from his pocket. All his success, all his power, all his wealth were nothing, compared to the strength of that small symbol. The power of the cross of Christ is unequalled.

Today's Thought: With each little loss of weight, I make a greater gain!


Today's Tip:  Fitness
Feeling self-conscious about your sweat? Try a water workout: You can work up a sweat in the water that goes unnoticed since you are already wet. So you won’t have to worry about perspiration. Oh yeah, and you might burn some calories while you're at it.


Low-Fat Fish 'N' Chips

1 pound russet potatoes, unpeeled
1/2 c whole-wheat flour
6 Tbs whole-wheat bread crumbs
Pinch black pepper
1 egg white
1 pound halibut, cod, or sole fillets

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with with cooking spray.

Scrub and slice potatoes lengthwise into wedges. Arrange wedges on one side, leaving enough room for the fish, and spray them with cooking spray. Bake for approximately 15 to 20  minutes or until golden brown and tender.

Meanwhile, combine flour, bread crumbs and pepper in a shallow bowl.

In another bowl, lightly beat egg white. Dip the fish in egg white, then coat both sides with the flour mixture. Transfer fish to baking sheet, alongside the potatoes; continue to cook for 10 min. Remove from oven and serve.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October 7

Hebrews 10:39 - NLT
And a righteous person will live by faith.  But I will have no pleasure in anyone who turns away.

Darren felt bad withdrawing from the group, but he had to. The other three men kept cheating on their diets, and that was no help at all. Each time they gave in to temptation, Darren asked himself why he tried so hard when everyone else quit. Darren needed strength and support, not more temptation. At least on his own he stood a fighting chance. Darren prayed for guidance. Dieting was hard enough without other people making it harder. We need to attach ourselves to those who are serious and committed to losing weight. God will help us have all the strength we need to keep on our diets.

Today's Thought: The weight that I've lost, was of minimal cost!


Today's Tip:  Fitness
Stretching requires a certain technique. Follow these rules. Don't bounce a stretch. Holding a stretch is more effective and there is less risk of injury. Don't stretch a muscle that is not warmed up. Don't strain or push a muscle too far. If a stretch hurts, ease up. Don't hold your breath.



2 Tablespoons Flour
Ground Pepper to taste
1/3 Cup Dried Bread Crumbs
1/4 Cup Egg Beaters
2 Large Onions, peeled, sliced 1/4" thick separated into double rings.

Adjust oven racks to divide Oven in half. Preheat to 400. Spray a cookie sheet with Nonstick cooking spray. On a sheet of wax paper combine the first 2 ingredients. On another sheet of wax paper. Place the Bread crumbs. In a bowl add the egg beaters. Coat each double onion ring with the flour. Shake off any excess. Coat with the egg beaters, than lightly with the bread crumbs. Place on cookie sheet. Continue with all rings. Spray the rings with Non-stick cooking spray. Bake on top rack for 10 minutes. Turn over carefully and bake another 5 minutes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October 6

Isaiah 40:31 - NLT
But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength.  They will fly high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.

Kip was amazed at how easily he took the stairs. When his kids had begged him to climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty with them, he had squirmed. He remembered what a labor it had been when he was fat. He knew that he never would have made it before. Instead of a painful trauma, he found the climb a relative breeze. Thank God he had been able to lose the weight. It was the best move he ever made. It had been tough, but Kip had relied heavily on God to help him out. While he had been dieting, he had needed God's strength. Now that he was thin, God let him use his own strength once again.

Today's Thought: Food gives us temporary strength. God gives us strength forever!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet
Are you relying too heavily on that multivitamin supplement? The best way to get vitamins and minerals is through food, not pills. Try swapping your favorite junk food snack for a piece of fresh seasonal fruit, like a Fiji apple or an Anjou pear, or munch a serving of baby carrots and cucumber spears with hummus.


Apple Crisp

Sliced apples, enough to fill 9-inch
    square baking dish 3/4 full
2 tablespoons flour
Sugar substitute to equal 1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup quick oatmeal
1/4 cup margarine
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place apples, flour sugar substitute and a sprinkle of cinnamon in 9-inch square cake pan.

Mix topping ingredients together like a pie crust and add to apples.

Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking for 40 to 50 minutes.

NOTE: Directions for substituting sweetener for sugar are on the box.

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5

Psalm 121:1-2 - NLT
I look to the mountains--does my help come from there?  My help comes from the Lord who made the heavens and the earth!

Sonya was just about to dip into the ice cream when her doorbell rang. Guiltily, she threw the container into the freezer and slammed the door. Rushing to the hallway, she opened the door and found her sister standing there. Time after time, her sister showed up when she was most needed. Sonya couldn't believe the number of times her sister had been there to help her resist temptation. Sonya felt God was really watching out for her. Whenever her own strength gave out, God sent someone along who could strengthen her. Relieved, she let her sister in and told her the service she had just performed.

Today's Thought: Strength comes from unexpected places when our own gives out!


Today's Tip:  To cut restaurant portions down to size, ask for a take-out container before you start eating. Pack half of everything, and then enjoy your meal.


Sweet and Creamy Pumpkin Dip
 Sweet and Creamy Pumpkin Dip is the perfect appetizer or  dessert to serve with Gingersnaps for any fall or winter gathering and it is so easy to make!

 Prep 5 min Chill: 30 min

 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
 2 cups confectioners sugar
 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pumpkin Pie Spice
 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Orange Extract
 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Ginger
 Gingersnap cookies
 1. Blend cream cheese and confectioners sugar until smooth in a mixer or food processor. Add pumpkin and remaining ingredients.
 Mix or blend thoroughly.

 2. Chill 30 minutes or until ready to serve. Serve with Gingersnap
 cookies and/or Red Delicious apples or pears, cored and cut into
 1/2-inch slices, leaving skin on for color. Toss fruit with a  little lemon juice mixed with water to prevent browning.

 Makes 20 (2 tablespoon) servings

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October 4

Philippians 4:11 - NLT
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little.

Sam remembered the POW camp he had spent six years in. Whenever he began to feel sorry for himself as he dieted, he remembered the time in his life when he really had something to be upset about. Dieting was nothing compared to what he had suffered. It humbled him a little. He gained great strength from the memory. God had gotten him through the war, so he knew God could get him through the diet. As long as he had the memory of all he had come through before, he knew he could make it through anything else that came his way.

Today's Thought: God brings me through every situation, whether large or small.


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet
Weight loss won’t last if you fast! The body, especially the brain, requires a steady supply of glucose (energy from carbohydrates) in order to function properly. Glucose is stored in the muscles and liver as “glycogen,” and for every gram of glycogen stored, there are three grams of water. So when glycogen stores are diminished during a fast, water is lost, not pounds.


Roasted Sugar Snap Peas

1 pound sugar snap peas*
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt or Fleur de sel
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

* Also called Sugar Peas. These peas are not shelled, as the entire pod is eaten.

Preheat broiler. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Toss peas with olive oil on prepared baking sheet. Spread peas in a single layer. Broil approximately 2 minutes or just until crisp-tender and they are beginning to brown in spots, stirring once. Remove from oven and transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkl with coarse salt or fleur de sel, then chives, and serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Each Serving Totals - 2.7 Fat Grams, 73.3 calories, 1.8 WW Points

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October 3

Job 17:9 - NLT
The righteous will move onward and froward, and those with pure hearts will become stronger and stronger.

Mort juggled his folder of papers, his coffee, and his sweet roll. It seemed as though Mort couldn't go anywhere without his hands full of food. Even now, as he rushed toward an important meeting, he fed his face. As he rounded the corner, a great gust of wind took him by surprise, ripping the folder from his hands. The sheets of his report flew off in many directions as he watched helplessly, sweet roll in hand. Looking at the messy roll clutched in his fingers, he silently swore to cut out all the snacks. Not only were they ruining his body, but now they jeopardized his job. It just wasn't worth it.

Today's Thought: I don't want my greatest skill to be my ability to eat!


Today's Tip:  Don't drain that water! It can contain a good source of B vitamins! Steaming or microwaving vegetables is one of the best ways to retain the water-soluble B-complex and C vitamins. These preparation methods require very little liquid so fewer vitamins are leached out during the cooking process. If you boil vegetables, save the water for another part of the recipe… you'll save the leached out nutrients.


Fettuccine with Tomato, Basil and Bocconcini

500 g Fettuccine
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 Tbsp Equal Spoonful
1 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
2 cup Fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
¼ cup Fresh bocconcini, finely diced
1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp Capers, rinsed and drained
1 Tbsp Shaved fresh parmesan cheese
1 tsp Freshly ground black pepper to serve

Lay tomatoes on a dish and sprinkle with the Equal or sugar and balsamic vinegar. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes.

Cook pasta according to directions. Combine tomato,
basil, cheese, oil and capers in a bowl and mix well.

Spoon over the hot pasta and serve topped with a few parmesan shavings and pepper.

Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2

Ephesians 6:13 - NLT
Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm.

Even the mightiest warrior of old was not foolish enough to enter battle without protection. Strength must be tempered with common sense. When we wage war on fat, we need to be well-equipped for the fray. If we give something up, we need to have something to replace it with. Jesus proposed that we should not live by bread only, but upon the word of God. We can protect ourselves from temptation by faith. God will fight our battle alongside us. With Christ, we become an invincible army. We can carry on in the strength of the Spirit, which will allow us to conquer our weight and fears. With Christ comes true power.

Today's thought: With Jesus' might, my fat I'll fight!


Today's Tip:  Health and Diet

Hold the MSG.
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is a flavor enhancer that adds a “meaty or broth-like” flavor to certain foods. Some individuals are sensitive to this enhancer. Limit your intake by asking for meals prepared without MSG and checking the ingredient list on food labels. MSG has less sodium than salt, but it should still be avoided.


Cinnamon Crispas
(You'll think you have the real thing from Taco Bell!)

1 bag (full size -- 3-4 oz.) plain pork rinds
15 pkgs Splenda
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Drizzle melted butter over the rinds or put in a plastic bag and shake well to coat. Mix Splenda and cinnamon in a paper bag, then drop pork rinds into bag and shake, shake, shake!

If they become soft or soggy later, put them in a warm oven and let them crisp up again.

Serves 4. 3 net grams of carbohydrate per serving.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 1

October is on Strength:
When we diet, we learn quickly how truly weak we are.  It takes great strength to diet:  strength of will, strength of character, strength of mind.  It takes a great deal of wisdom to admit that we don't possess all the strength we need on our own.  Somehow we need to tap into a greater source of strength.  That source is Jesus Christ the Lord.  His strength never wavers, never fails.  He has strength great enough to conquer death itself.  The amazing thing about the strength of Christ is that it is freely offered to everyone who asks for it.  When we feel the weakest, that is when we are most open to the strength of Christ.  Call upon the Lord, and He will be quick to answer.  Reach out for His strength, and you will find yourself able to conquer your weight problem better than you could ever hope to on your own.  Our God is a God of strength and power.  Hallelujah!

2 Corinthians 12:10 - NLT
Since I know it is all for Christ's good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Having to diet was like having a bad rash. It was almost impossible to ignore, and it never went away. It was a real test of will not to give in when the stomach started growling. More than anything he ate regularly, just not as much as he was used to. He always prided himself on being a strong person. His diet was proving otherwise. He was short-tempered and cranky. As hard as it was, he had to admit he needed help. He prayed for God to strengthen him through his diet. With God's help, he felt he might just make it.

Today's Thought: I'm stronger than my stomach gives me credit for being!


Today's Tip:  Keep a pack of sugarless gum always close by. Make an effort to snack on healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Diet plan tactic - place baskets of fruits and prepared vegetables in easy reach for nibbles.


Glazed Snow Peas and Carrots

 Vegetables cooked alone or in combination with others will
 have more taste appeal when cooked in Swanson Broth.

 Prep/Cook Time:  25 min.

 4 tsp. cornstarch
 1 can (14 oz.) Swanson Vegetable Broth
 4 medium carrots, sliced
 1 medium onion, chopped
 3/4 lb. snow peas
 1 tsp. lemon juice

 MIX cornstarch and 1 cup broth.

 HEAT remaining broth in skillet to a boil. Add carrots and
 onion. Cover.

 COOK on low heat 5 min. or until carrots are tender-crisp.
 Add snow peas. Cook 2 min.

 ADD cornstarch mixture. Cook and stir until mixture boils
 and thickens. Stir in lemon juice.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30

Psalm 27:14 - NLT
Wait patiently for the Lord, be brave and courageous.  Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Kerri wished she could lose weight just a little bit faster. She really didn't have anything to complain about. Since she started her diet, she had consistently lost. There were days, though, when she simply got tired of dieting. She doubted whether she was ever going to lose the weight she wanted to lose. All those times, she turned to God for encouragement. Talking to the Lord always made Kerri feel better. She really believed that He knew what she was going through. If God could be patient with her when she complained about her diet, she figured she could be more patient as she attempted to lose weight.

Today's Thought: Without patience, I'll never lose weight!


Today's Tip:
Simplest Diet, Health Tip – Add Fruits and Vegetables
Read more at: or look at the Produce Color Chart here:


Summer Fruit Salad

 Cool off quick this summer with a delicious fruit salad!
 Fresh bananas, oranges, strawberries and grapes combine
 with creamy dressing for one cool, refreshing treat.

 Prep: 10 min

 3 medium bananas, sliced
 4 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned
 1 cup strawberries, cut in half
 1 cup seedless green grapes, cut in half
 Sour Cream-Honey Dressing (below)
 1. Toss bananas, oranges, strawberries and grapes.

 2. Make Sour Cream-Honey Dressing; pour over fruit. Toss
 until fruit is well coated.

 Makes 10 servings

 Sour Cream-Honey Dressing

 1/2 cup sour cream
 1 tablespoon honey
 1 tablespoon orange juice
 Mix all ingredients until smooth.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 29

John 16:33 - NLT
'I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.  Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world."

Leo wanted to remember how tough it was. He'd lost the weight, but he never wanted to get back into the poor shape he'd recently been in. It would be way too easy to fall back into bad habits, thinking that the battle was won once for all time. It was nice to have succeeded. But Leo planned to make sure his success lasted a good, long time. It is nice to overcome obesity, but it is an ongoing battle. We should ally ourselves with the one true conqueror: Jesus Christ. With Christ's help, we can continue to triumph over our weight problems. He grants not only peace, but power to overcome any obstacle.

Today's Thought: If we empty our plate, we won't lose our weight!


Today's Tip:  Chocolate Is Good for You!
At least it is if you stick to cocoa, or chocolate with little saturated fat. Cocoa has flavonoids -- the same health-boosting substances found in tea, red wine and soy foods. Studies suggest the flavonoids may help protect against heart disease and stroke.


First Place Favorites Chewy Chocolate Brownie Recipe

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup diet margarine, melted
3 tbsp cocoa
1 sugar subst. to taste
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 cup canned evap. skim milk
5 pecan halves, chopped

preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix flour, baking powder and
salt.  Beat eggs. Melt margarine. Add all ingredients to flour mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28

Isaiah 41:13 - NLT
I am holding you by your right hand--I, the Lord your God.  And I say to you, 'Do not be afraid.  I am here to help you.'

When Jenny was young, her mother used to hold her hand whenever Jenny was afraid or worried. Just the feel of her mother's hand in hers gave her strength and courage. There were days when Jenny wished her mom was close enough to hold her hands again, but she lived hundreds of miles away. She especially wanted her mother's support now that she was dieting. Whenever things got particularly tough, she would close her eyes to say a short prayer. As she prayed, she imagined her hand in Jesus' hand, and she felt a wonderful peace and comfort. That image gave Jenny all the strength she needed.

Today's Thought: I'm never too heavy for God to pick up!


Today's Tip:  Easy Ways To Eat More Veggies.
The more accessible vegetables are, the more likely you are to eat them every day. Try tossing a bag of baby carrots into your bag or briefcase to nibble on throughout the day; adding frozen veggies to canned soup; or topping broiled chicken or fish with salsa.


Pumpkin Pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup Pumpkin
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vegetable oil

COMBINE flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in large bowl. Combine milk, pumpkin, egg and vegetable oil in small bowl; mix well. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened; batter may be lumpy.

HEAT griddle or skillet over medium heat; brush lightly with vegetable oil. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle; cook until bubbles begin to burst. Turn and continue cooking 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.