Health and Healthcare
Posted 12/16/14 at 9:27 AM | Hallelujah Diet
At the Hallelujah Diet, our mission is to promote great health through the most natural ways—by using what we already have and what surrounds us. This is of course why we always encourage eating raw, plant-based foods; there’s simply nothing more healing for your body. But what’s just as important is what you feed your mind and your soul, and there’s no better time to remind you of this than Thanksgiving, a time when the entire world is practicing gratitude.
The amazing thing? Gratitude has been scientifically shown to be beneficial to your health. There’s an astonishingly large body of research—yes, backed by professionals—that demonstrates there is a remarkably strong link between showing gratitude and a higher level of happiness and even better physical health!
Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, who leads biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center, told ABC News, ”If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.” FULL POST
Posted 12/12/14 at 3:45 AM | Sylvie Simms
Workplace stress, growing pressure at home and having to deal with all of the other issues that life throws your way can easily lead someone to develop anxiety. The United States is the most anxious country in the world, with 18 percent of the population suffering from some type of anxiety disorder.
Posted 12/12/14 at 2:00 AM | Sylvie Simms
The road to recovery can be long and difficult, but the reward is more than worth the journey. Prescription drug abuse continues to be a problem in the United States, and more and more people are turning to professionals in order to recover from addiction and start on a new life path. Understanding drug abuse and its effects can help you see the problem and inform you about what can be done to help yourself and your loved ones.
Posted 12/10/14 at 11:45 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Randy Alcorn
What are your favorite foods? If someone were to ask me, I’d have to say Mexican. My wife Nanci makes a killer burrito with the works, and sour cream enchiladas. I'm also a fan of Nanci's steak salad, crispy chicken salad, beef stew and cornbread muffins, chili with cheddar cheese and onions and...the occasional pizza too.
The person who’s eaten the widest variety of meals on Earth still hasn’t tasted countless others. How many special dishes will you discover on the New Earth? As yet, you may not have tasted your favorite meal—and if you have, it didn’t taste as good as it will there. (After all, our resurrected bodies will have resurrected taste buds!) The best meals you’ll ever eat are all still ahead of you on the New Earth.
One wonderful thing about Heaven is that we’ll be able to enjoy such amazing food without having to battle sin. There will be no gluttony and eating disorders, no indigestion, no high or low blood sugars, which is good news to an insulin-dependent diabetic like me. However, not all Christians believe that we will eat and drink in Heaven. Some people cite Romans 14:17: “ThekingdomofGodis not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” But this passage isn’t about the afterlife. Paul is speaking about our walk with God and the importance of not making other people stumble over what we eat and drink. FULL POST
Posted 12/9/14 at 2:30 PM | Donna Schillinger
As a part of “doing community together” as a local body of believers, my family recently joined a Sunday evening house church. The whole thing sounds great, in theory. I imagine someone helping us out with our kitchen remodel, a new network of babysitters and some degree of sacrifice on my part as well. From the very first Sunday, I found this “doing community” thing to be a lot less romantic than I theorized.The night before our first official meeting, my son was sick—he vomited twice during the night. We suspected constipation as the source, and in fact, he never ran a fever, had any other symptoms or vomited again. And he made big poo-poos the next day. (TMI?) In my opinion, that was no reason for him to stay home from the Sunday evening meeting, after all, constipation is not contagious.
However, my parental nonchalance collided with another parent’s phobias. She humbly admitted she was phobic of vomiting and asked that I keep my son home that night. I did, no biggie, but to be honest, I had trouble responding in mercy. My inner reactions were a mixture of annoyance, judgment, pouting and having my feelings hurt that she wouldn’t trust my judgment as a parent, or that in some way this was a reflection of how she felt about my son.
I was not obsessed about or anything, but the next morning when I read about unhealthy fixations in my devotional reading, my first inclination was to craft a blog entitled something like “Fearful Christians: This Should not Be.” (I know, the title needed some work.) But the Spirit didn’t lead me to blog that day, and I as processed that information and my emotions leveled out, I realized the devotional about fear wasn’t fodder to anonymously preach and pass judgment on fearful Christians, it was a resource I needed to pass on, as an act of compassion.
I did, and the other parent received it with gratitude and enthusiasm. She shared how eager she was to overcome this irrational fear, how it was affecting her marriage and holding her back from some avenues of ministry. She asked me to pray with her. Now I am carrying her burden—quite “the 180” from my disposition last Sunday night—and this Sunday night, she confessed her fears to the group. We gathered around her, and with laying on of hands, prayed for her.
In the cold and flu season, and with heightened apprehensions about Ebola, Marburg and other deadly viruses, my sister is suffering intense temptation to cave to fear. I’m not at all oriented that way (never had a flu shot, even), but I can relate to how it feels to have irrational fear. I battled a phobia of snakes for more than a decade. I underwent self-guided desensitization treatment to overcome the phobia. In my case, the truth set me free: snakes are just another animal trying to survive, and they aren’t out to get me.
I could hardly recommend desensitization treatment for a vomit and germ phobia, but here were some excellent suggestions I found in that Monday morning devotional reading in a book by Frank C. Laubach.
"If you are caught in a harmful fixation you can break free from it by beginning four experiences with Christ. 1. By reading his life in the Gospels for hours at a time and by having a lovely picture of Christ near you, let him conquer your eye. 2. Let him conquer your ear by learning tender love songs about Christ and by listening to him while he whispers in your heart. 3. Serve: go out seeking some work of mercy which you can do with him, whispering to him about it while you work. 4. Witness! Tell all the loveliest things you know about Jesus to anybody who is willing to listen, realizing that the best way to feel anything deeply is to try to convince others. After you do these four things for a few weeks you will begin to realize by sweet experience that Jesus satisfies every longing the human heart ever knew." FULL POST
Posted 12/5/14 at 11:49 AM | Brian Wallace
Posted 11/26/14 at 9:23 PM | Austin Andrews
Thanksgiving is one of the few days in the year that almost every dieter thinks to themselves, “I’m taking the day off. I have been working hard and I deserve a day when I don’t worry about my diet…” I totally get that mindset and I think it has its merits. There is proof that cheat meals and high calorie days have the ability to motivate or kick start a metabolism. I believe that.
There are a couple of issues we have to think through though. First, high calorie days are not an excuse to binge for our waking hours. Binging, even on specific, preplanned days, is a habit that everyone should be wary of. Second, It is easy to fall into the six week trap that is the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Thanksgiving is one meal, on one afternoon, and whatever we do, we should return to our lives’ normalcy once we are finished. You can enjoy the food of the holiday and not sabotage your healthy lifestyle, but here a couple ways to pre-plan some protection into your holiday!
In a town near you, someone is almost guaranteed to be hosting a turkey trot. Thanksgiving Day is one of the most popular days of the year to host an organized run! Most trots are in the 3.1-6.2 mile range with many offering a 1 mile option. Start small if you doubt yourself, but realize, you aren’t trying to place or make the US Olympic team. You are there to participate in a run because you are a healthy person making healthy decisions in your life! FULL POST
Posted 11/26/14 at 1:18 PM | Hallelujah Diet
One of the most frustrating things I experienced as a pastor during my 20 years of pastoral ministry, was dealing with the constant physical problems being experienced by the people in the various churches God had given me oversight.
People would get sick, they would ask for prayer, and I as their pastor would pray earnestly and fervently for the Lord to remove their sickness. I would also frequently share their prayer request with others in the congregation, so that in addition to my prayers, hundreds of others in the church were praying for them as well.
Yet, in spite of all this prayer, time after time, I saw some of those for whom we prayed, no matter how spiritual they were, continuing to be sick and often times getting even sicker.
Prior to entering the ministry, I had been raised in a home by a mother who was a registered nurse. Mom had programmed me from earliest remembrance that when you get sick, you go to the medical doctor, and you do what the doctor tells you to do. FULL POST
Posted 11/26/14 at 1:03 PM | Hallelujah Diet
Have you ever started something but just couldn’t bring yourself to finishing it?
You start strong. You’re inspired, highly motivated, eager and with no interest in stopping.
Maybe you will start eating better, you will drink less coffee, you will begin an exercise program, you will start reading your Bible every day, you won’t lose your temper with your children, you will take deep breaths before speaking. You know the list.
But, then what happens? It gets hard, life gets in the way, you lose interest, something else more exciting comes along…the excuses are endless.
If we are honest, we are all guilty of having great intentions and not following through with nearly all of them. Then, the guilt comes and we no longer ever want to try to do something new again for fear we won’t complete it and then feel the guilt again.
This vicious cycle is not only useless, but it can severely damage our chances for self-improvement. We are not in this world as a perfect person and we will not leave this world perfect either. The only perfect person that walked this earth is waiting for us to turn to Him and ask for His help in getting us to a better place while we are still living. FULL POST
Posted 11/19/14 at 11:11 PM | Sylvie Simms
Compulsive overeating, also known as binge eating disorder (BED), can affect many people and their families. If you or a loved one needs help, call Mirasol today.