If You’re Going To Be Dependent

Be dependent on the Lord. 

GM Monday, just posting a short and sweet to encourage you (and me; well, mostly if not all me) to depend on your Heavenly Father.

Truth is, He loves you and is here for you.  Whatever you need, He’ll supply it. You need a friend that understands exactly how you feel, a shoulder to cry on, a safe place to be vulnerable and rest? Seek the Presence of the Lord, put your shield down, and go on in. He is all of those things.

“How do I tap in to that place?”, you may ask. The answer is simple: believe. Believe that He is able to help you when you pray. More importantly, don’t cultivate a cold, complicated relationship with Him. He’s your Best Friend, the One that loves you the most! If there’s anyone that you can be yourself and kick your shoes off around (whether your toes are freshly polished or not), it should be Him. He cares. He cares about you.

Just talk, ask Him questions, He understands exactly what’s going on in your heart and what’s on your mind. Prayers that are simple and sweet delight His heart more than elaborate dissertations. They both have their place, just stay real with the Lord; honesty is refreshing.

He’s not looking for you to showcase your answer to the issue nor is He interested in how independent you are. Just need Him. Call Him; He’d love to hear your voice.

2 Corinthians 12:6-10 NLT

If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.



Top Ten Reasons to Visit a Registered Dietitian

Happy New Year, everyone! I pray that your new year is off to a great start.  I’m still working on the blog for the supplements, so please keep sending your requests to me, you might be surprised what you find out about some of your favorites.

Okay, I’ve held it in long enough.  Every year brings a new opportunity to improve and do things more/less consistently whether it’s the ever-present goal to “be healthier” or the more specific “lose 25 pounds”, whatever it is and regardless of your readiness to change, I encourage you to seek professional nutritional advice from a registered dietitian (RD) especially regarding your health status.

Please understand, I’m not here to stamp out your fire, but I’d like to arm you with the best information out there especially concerning your health and well-being.  So, let’s get into this, shall we?


Top Ten Reasons to Visit a Dietitian

1. You have diabetes, heart problems or high blood pressure. This is a biggie.  If your doctor has diagnosed you with any of these diseases, it’s important to really evaluate your current eating and exercise habits.  A dietitian in addition to your doctor can help you to make necessary changes to your diet and daily physical activity regime.

2. You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery. The complexity of weight loss surgery and it’s after effects are often not recognized at first glance.  Weight loss surgery is not an instant fix.  It’s important to understand the associated risks involved with surgery, recovery and more importantly, the immediate post-operation lifestyle changes.

ask dietitian         3. You have digestive problems. Okay, this topic may be a bit embarrassing for some.  I mean, not everyone feels very comfortable about talking about gas, constipation, or diarrhea and that’s okay.  However, please don’t be afraid to bring these issues to the forefront, there is no such thing as a silly question or concern and often, changing how/what you eat can give you some relief.

4.  You’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. I’ve worked with countless pregnant women who always ask: “What should I eat?”. What a great question! A registered dietitian can support you with making good choices during your pregnancy to reduce your risk of anemia, gestational diabetes, and ways to lower your newborn’s risk for low birth weight, neural tube or spinal cord defects.

5. You need guidance and confidence for breast-feeding your baby. Personally, I believe that breastfeeding your baby is best.  Breastmilk is the perfect food for your new little one (I can write a whole separate blog about that), but I digress.  A registered dietitian can support you with meeting your breastfeeding goals and make sure that you are getting enough iron, vitamin D, fluoride and B vitamins for you and your little one.

6.  Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully. Becoming a teenager and a young adult was a bumpy ride, wasn’t it? Did you know that registered dietitians can specialize in certain areas? Seek out an RD that works specifically with clients who are challenged with disordered eating patterns such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder, etc.

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7. You need to gain or lose weight. I think this is the primary reason that people seek RD advice.  Weight loss/gain involves a lifestyle change and it’s not an overnight change either. Seek advice of a registered dietitian who can give you practical, small daily changes that eventually become your new lifestyle.

8. You’re caring for an aging parent. Caring for an elderly friend or relative can be challenging.  An RD can give guidance specific to food or drug interaction, proper hydration, special diets to manage chronic disease or swallowing difficulties.

9. You want to eat smarter. We are flooded with nutrition (mis)information daily.  Please note, there are no such things as “fat burning foods”, fat-free is not always the healthiest option (that’s right, I said it), and portion size is not always equal to serving size.  RDs can help you to decipher what that nutrition fact label really means so that you can make smart choices that fit into YOUR lifestyle.  We won’t tell you to eat salad three times a day unless that’s what you want to do.  Trust your RD, not all of us are control freaks in white coats.   what do I eat


10. You want to improve your performance in sports. Whether it’s sports, weight lifting, or training for the next Iron Man, set yourself up for success by eating appropriately for your physical activity level.

Bottom line: our bodies work the best when they have the right kind of food–good thing for you; RDs specialize in food.

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