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Posted 1/16/15 at 3:07 PM | Dale Fletcher

How Stress & Cortisol Adds Fat - How God Can Help

Overweight? Your stress be a key factor.

Stress is a fact of life.

  • Chronic high stress can cause surges in your cortisol levels.
  • Hi cortisol levels will contribute to weight gain and to your difficulty in losing weight.
  • Effective stress management can help reduce your cortisol levels.
  • Lower cortisol levels will help you lose weight… and improve your health.

To learn more about the dynamics of stress and fat, read this insightful blog post – How to Prevent Weight Gain Due to Stress and Anxiety. The author addresses 7 steps to beat stress. But she does not, however, address the spiritual dimension of stress management.

So, please see below for some helpful resources on the spiritual dimension to better manage your stress… and perhaps help you with your weight management challenges. FULL POST

Posted 1/7/15 at 11:38 PM | Sylvie Simms

What is Chronic Pain?

Have you ever woken up in the morning to find that you still have neck or back pain, even weeks after first getting hurt? Your doctor may advise you to seek help when pain is chronic, but just what makes your type of pain chronic to begin with? According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain refers to any pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. This type of pain can be brought on by a medical condition, or after you’ve been injured at work or in a car accident. Read more in this infographic.

Posted 1/6/15 at 11:39 PM | Sylvie Simms

About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe and disabling brain disease, but not many people outside of those affected and their loved ones know much about it. It can be scary to hear a diagnosis of schizophrenia for you or someone close to you, so learning about its symptoms, treatment options, and other statistics will give you the information you need to move forward in your life.

Posted 1/6/15 at 2:34 PM | Jonathan Feldstein

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a well-known expression meaning that it is better to try to avoid problems in the first place, rather than trying to fix them once they arise. Unfortunately, in Israel, we don’t often have the luxury of avoiding problems because, too often, our neighbors inflict them upon us, pushing it out of our control.

This not only sums up well the present situation in which we find ourselves, but also underscores a unique reality born out recently. In this past summer’s case, we sought to prevent the escalation of a military situation that demanded our response and defense. Even in warning and offering our neighbors that “quiet will be met with quiet,” in many cases they do not seek quiet. In fact, in many cases, what they seek is violence.

That leaves Israel needing to be in a state of constant preparedness, projecting where and when a problem can arise with the resources to be able to respond. I have been in awe of Israel’s ability to do this for such a wide range of possible situations, yet shocked that we need to plan for all these “what ifs” that most people in other countries simply could not imagine. FULL POST

Posted 1/6/15 at 10:15 AM | Dale Fletcher

Resolved to Change Your Eating Habits?

You might say "I can eat anything. The Christian faith, with my freedom from the laws through my relationship with Christ, permits me to eat any food." But all foods, and an overconsumption of foods, may not be good for you.

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:12-13

But, as the same scripture above tells us, our bodies were also meant for the Lord. Further in this sixth chapter of Corinthians, Paul tells us...

"Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ?" (Verse 15) and "Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 FULL POST

Posted 1/2/15 at 10:10 PM | Heidi Doose

Diary of an Influenza Prisoner of War: Day 2

Day Two

The dog follows me everywhere. I continue to cough so hard that I bark. She's started to bark back, which in turn, makes me laugh. The laughing becomes wheezing, the wheezing, a squeak. She's stopped following me around looking for food. Now, whenever I exhale, she follows me around wondering why I've stolen her rubber pig squeaky toy. .
Laying in bed all day, watching tv, doesn't have many cardio benefits. You've heard of mall walking? Well, I have developed my own exercise program I call "hall walking." After 3-5 cups of herbal tea, ginger ale and numerous glasses of water, I will inevitably be skipping down the hall to the restroom. I'm thinking about asking Stacy to install some speakers midway so I can add some Michael Jackson music and hand weights to work on my upper body. It will be a nice addition to my hot vaporizer yoga.
Cabin fever is starting to set in. I've started devising escape plans, MacGiver style, using only what's available - Q-tips, cough drops, an empty soup bowl and the foil from an empty Mucinex packet. I'd tell you what I'm building, but it's classified and I'd have to kill you.
Just kidding. It's a bowl full of trash that I haven't taken to the kitchen yet. But a girl's got to have dreams!

Posted 1/1/15 at 12:32 PM | Heidi Doose

Diary of an Influenza Prisoner of War: Day One

Day one
Where is the truck that hit me? The muscles in my neck and shoulders are gathering around my ears for a New Year's Eve party - except I'm not celebrating! I caught a glance of myself in the bathroom mirror and I almost jerked my head off my neck when I came back for a second look, trying to figure out who was the scary woman with the bright red cheeks?
I had to send the grand babies home. There was so much crying and carrying on! But eventually I stopped because my nose was producing more mucus than a box of tissues can handle.
The coughing has gone from a cat gakking up a hairball to a visit to the sea lion exhibit at Sea World. I fear I will wake up and find a lung on my pillow. Laughing is usually joyous - unless it sounds like two weasels wrestling in a pvc pipe. No jokes please! I have to make the choice between passing out or peeing my pants!
Upon hearing the official "influenza" diagnosis, you officially become a member of a club nobody wants to join. You go through a simple initiation where you answer the phone sounding like Darth Vador and hear the reply, "oh boy! You TOO, huh?" That password gets you the latest lowdown on all the CDC internet updates, Pinterest home remedies, and stock options for Mucinex. Almost everyone, with the best intensions, ends the conversation with," make sure to get plenty of rest!" This is a cruel joke. How much healing can be had with intermittent three minute naps between coughing fits?
The good news today is that my husband has developed a new talent: guessing the approximate official reading of the thermometer. After giving me the "Influenza Salute" (hand on my forehead, lips pursed, and pensive look), he quickly whisks his hand away and douses himself in Purell before calling his bookie with a 2:1 bet on "fever of 101.5." He's actually earned enough to pay for our next vacation!
I started my Flu imprisonment with a lot of complaining and a giant pity party (in leu of a New Year's Eve party) but decided to share the fun of the Holiday Epidemic sweeping the country. More tomorrow, but right now I'm having a hard time keeepin mine eys opin andzzzzzzz.......

Posted 12/31/14 at 1:59 PM | Jonathan Feldstein

Many Ways to Save Lives With One Gift

In the midst of what’s known as the “holiday season” I’d like to look at another important day that most people don’t even know exists. Every June, people observe International Blood Donation Day. It’s not exactly a Hallmark holiday during which people buy cards or exchange gifts, but it’s a terribly important day all the same.

In Israel especially, Israelis know that donating blood is a vital lifeline and they voluntarily give this precious lifesaving substance to fellow Israelis whose lives are in jeopardy. We have been blessed, additionally, at the steady number of tourists who make it a point to come to donate blood in Israel while on vacation or religious pilgrimage.

Heart to Heart is proud to support Israel’s national blood bank in partnership with diverse ministries all over to save Israeli lives. We celebrate all Israel’s blood donors and we are grateful to those who help us provide the resources to make this possible. But donating blood is not just for International Blood Donation Day. It’s an everyday occurrence and an everyday need. FULL POST

Posted 12/23/14 at 4:40 AM | Sylvie Simms

How To Calculate Your Calorie Consumption Based On Your Body Type & Fitness Goals

Whether you are trying to gain, lose, or maintain weight, the proper mix of diet and exercise will help you achieve your goals. In order to succeed in your effort, it is important to monitor your calorie consumption. The three primary macronutrients that provide calories and energy for your body are carbs, proteins, and fats.
To lose weight, it is necessary to keep your calorie intake lower than your total calories burned each day. Aim to lose no more than one to two pounds per week in order to stay healthy.
If you are looking to maintain weight, you will need to stick to a certain amount of calories each day. Take your current weight in pounds and multiply by 15 to find the magic number.
Finally, if you want to put on weight, it is important to consume an adequate amount of protein in addition to taking in more calories. Analyzing your current workout routine and diet will help you see what you can do to put on pounds.

Posted 12/22/14 at 12:31 PM | Dale Fletcher

15 Reasons Why God Sent His Son

During what is often a busy week, I'd like to encourage you to slow down and take a few minutes to reflect upon the significance of the birth of Christ and to be reminded why Jesus came into the world.

This list is from a whole-person health perspective - spiritual, emotional, relational, mental and physical .health

God sent His only Son, Jesus...

  • To give you His Spirit to guide, teach and empower you.
  • To empower you to change unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • To give you rest and peace when you are burdened and stressed.
  • To comfort you when you feel sad, are mourning, or hurting. FULL POST

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