True Hunger

True Hunger

Did you know?
* 75% of overeating is caused by emotional states.
* People often consume food to feel better about something.
* There is a difference between physical hunger and emotional hunger.
What is physical hunger?
1. It develops gradually
2. It is satisfied with any food eaten
3. You can wait patiently to get it
4. You stop eating when you are full
5. Leaves no guilt
What is emotional hunger?
1. Comes on suddenly
2. Craves a particular food
3. Needs to be “right now”
4. You can’t stop eating
5. Leaves a feeling of guilt
Take Action Today
• Memorize the different types of hunger and decide if you or your children are really hungry or emotionally hungry?
• Try to distract yourself or your children if it is emotional hunger.
• If unable to distract, try giving a very small amount of the food craved in a 3 oz. paper “bathroom” type cup and NO MORE. You can purchase mini plastic forks and spoons or find some small spoons at a Good Will type store. You know, the ones people often buy as a souvenir on vacation. It is found, that over time, eating very small amounts of food you enjoy and crave, the same amount of reward will be obtained from these hyper-palatable sweet, fatty and salty foods.
Once again: The 1st 3 bites taste the best!
This is called Controlled Eating!

Diligently Learn

I am not sure who actually paraphrased the following statements and I try my best to remember who I was reading at the time, and jot down the author, but sometimes I just forget. Please forgive me if I have given someone else credit, but I do believe, most of these are from God’s Word. The first one I know comes from the Bible and is found in many different chapters, all saying the same thing.

“God is long suffering and will restore if people will diligently learn.”
Diligence and patience is of upmost importance when people are trying to make changes in a life of bad habits. God is our rescue and our strength. He never sleeps, so draw upon His strength for help.

“Learning takes place when behavior changes.”
In other words, we can read all we want, but if we never put what we learn into action, we never change. I am exhorting all of us to start making behavior changes, even when we don’t feel like it. Be diligent, pray for God to come along side of you, or to bring a friend to you to lift you up. Learn the different between feelings and facts.

“Life changes when the mind changes” “The mind is the control tower of your life”. “What you think/believe is what you will do.”
Most of these are proverbs. I often hear people quote things, and say to myself, “Hey! That is a proverb from the Bible. They don’t even know it! My pastor says that people go wrong because they don’t know what the Word says. My business is called The Food Thinkery because it is important to think. My pastor brought this into light for me. We must think through everything; asking ourselves questions like: Is this true? Says who? What does the Bible have to say about it? Where did the information come from?

We are going to be learning some new things. Are you ready? It is going to take some time and practice. Remember that food is meant to be pleasurable and also meant for nourishment, to satisfy true hunger.

Tomorrow we will begin with hunger. What is hunger? Have you ever been truly hungry? What did Paul do when he was hungry? What did Esau do when he was really hungry? I close with 2 Timothy 3:4. “Do not be a lover of pleasure more than a lover of God.”

The Healthy Family

Today is Monday, July 7th, a new day, a new week, a new month!

What Has Gone Wrong?

My next topic will be mainly for families with young children who are struggling with busyness, meal preparation, maintaining a healthy relationship with food and lack of discipline. These go together and are out of whack in our current culture for many people. I have seen countless families in this situation over the years and one or two counseling sessions are not enough for change. Those of you reading this blog may not be struggling with this, but you may know someone who is and you may consider learning along and helping them.
I have long been burdened in my heart for young families; their poor diet due to busyness and lack of discipline. I have planned several events, classes, and wrote a small book called The Gritty Truth that families complete together to help grow closer with God and form a good relationship with food and believe now is the time to encourage a total change and new way of living. The title of my thesis was:
How Then Shall We Eat? My thesis statement: The Bible Contains the ‘Necessary’ Principles for Counseling People on Eating, Drinking and Enjoying Life.
The Bible is the meeting of man’s problem with God’s solutions and an acronym is Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. The Spirit of the Lord works on men’s consciences and is mighty. It can pull down strong holds (addictions) so the power is in God, not man. Even if you are not a believer, one has to admit, following Jesus’ example and teachings are good.
Many children and adults these days are addicted to pleasure. Sugar is pleasure. Fat is pleasurable. They hit the hedonic hotspot in your brain and say: “YUM!, I want more”. When does more become a problem? Is it ever too late? Is there a point of no return? Do we give up? NO! All things are possible with God. Commit today to the high and noble calling of holiness, self-denial and a new life! We know what we need to do, we just don’t want to because we think it is too hard. It is hard, but worth the effort. Ephesians 4:22-23 (paraphrased) says, Put off the old man, be renewed and put on the new man.”

Come join me. Pray for guidance and help as we journey through a new way of eating, drinking and enjoying life.
Yours in wholeness and health. Peace be within you!


Food and Friends Finale


Today is Monday, June 30th

What I have learned from Ron

Ron is the most patient person I have ever met.

Lesson: Patience can be learned.

Ron is my husband and best friend for 34 years. I have his name written in my Bible by a verse that says, “a man that walks upright”. He has put up with me and taught me that there is no need to shout, to tell the truth and to tough it out (He is a Retired Marine Colonel). His motto that has helped me in my life is to “cooperate and graduate”.

Ron is also a fabulous cook, much better than myself.  He is helpful in the kitchen, loves to grocery shop and plan holiday menus, but hates to clean up (who doesn’t).  In the end, the mess is worth it because his food is finger licking good!.  Our kids have followed in his footsteps and on holidays, our kitchen becomes like the set from a cooking challenge television show.

Tip or quote of the day

The Friend of Friends by Horace G Halse

Of all the many blessings that our gracious Father sends,

I thank Him most of all today for loyal-hearted friends:

Friends who know about my faults and keep on loving still,

Friends whose friendship changes not with happy days or ill,

Friends to whom my inmost secrets safely I confide,

Friends who make me happy just to have them by my side.

Yes! Of all the many blessings that our gracious Father sends,

I thank him most of all today for loyal-hearted friends.


I like my friends to meet each other –those for whom I care;

I feel their friendship’s worth so much I want the rest to share;

Friendship’s like the miracle of loaves in Galilee,

Though shared by many others, there’s nonetheless for me.

And since I’ve though of you, dear friend, in friendship’s closest tie,

I’ve longed to introduce you to a friend, for he and I

Spend many hours together in a happy, solemn tryst.

You many already know Him! My best friend, Jesus Christ!


 This ends the month of June of Food and Friends.

Stay tuned for what’s new in July.




Food and Friends

Today is June 27th

What I have learned from my friend Dave:

Dave: Has made a real effort to improve his health.  He carefully thinks about all areas of life.

Lesson: Be a detective and think about how food affects your body.

Dave has taught me to slow down, to be careful what I say and to be a thinker.   I have not mastered these things (obviously), but I am improving.  On the flip side, Dave has listened to nutrition advice and has made great strides. No one is perfect and all we can do is keep trying. Change takes time and energy. One way to help ourselves is to keep good records and remember how foods make us feel after we eat.  It also helps to decrease all portions.

Tip or quote of the day:

Everyone should be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger” – James 1:19b

“Be wise in choosing foods, slow to eat them, and smart to avoid ‘trouble’ foods” – Suzanne

“Think a lot, eat a little”

Take Action Today:

Think things over and listen what others are saying.

Keep trying to make hard changes.

Write down the foods that don’t make you feel well and avoid them.



Food and Friends

Today is June 26th

What I have learned from Trudi:

Trudi: Food can trip you up, but keep working at it.

Lesson: Be open and never give up trying new ideas.

Trudi and I are fairly new friends and met over a year ago. Trudi’s sense of humor and willingness to step out and be a friend is heart-warming. We laugh until we cry sometimes and haven’t even known each other that long. She has taught me to be a friend by caring, growing a friendship and a garden. Her horticultural advice has been a blessing.  She is always willing to listen to advice and try new foods.


Quote or Tip of the Day:

“Make new friends, but keep the old

One is silver and the other gold.” – The Brownies

Take Action Today:

Try a new food

Seek out and make a new friend

Food and Friends

Today is June 24th

What I have learned from Erin

Erin: Watching Erin and her friends eat at her birthday party was surprising.

Lesson: Youth is advantageous when it comes to intake of food. Not so much after 50!

Erin is my youngest friend. She and her friends came to celebrate her 18th birthday and spent 2 days at our place in Claremore. They were such a delight; beautiful inside and out, appreciative and trustworthy. With youngsters of this quality, hope for the future is looking good. Whoever hires Erin in the future will have a gem!

I had forgotten how much food youth can eat, but at the same time, they took hikes, painted wood and went fishing. They stayed active.

Tip or quote of the day:

When you are young and active, you can eat many calories. After 40 or 50, most human bodies do not require as many calories. People must decrease their food intake practicing portion control.

Take Action Today:

  • Watch your portions if you are gaining weight
  • Move more


Food and Friends

Today is June 20

What I have learned from Frieda

Frieda enjoys life and food of all kinds, eats slow and enjoys whatever she is served.

Lesson: Be appreciative, enjoy food by eating slow and savoring.

As a child, Frieda lived in Germany during WW II and was introduced to us through James. Frieda showed up at our house with 15 strangers to her on Thanksgiving Day two years ago and was given a headband to wear that said “Brave Momma Bear”. Frieda has taught me to be brave throughout life. Listening to her war stories and all the trials she faced in Germany helps me to be ready to face the hard things of life. She appreciates food, eats slowly and savors each bite.

Tip or quote of the day:

“Did you ever stop to taste a carrot?  Not just eat it, but taste it.  You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie”

– Astrid Alauda 

Take Action Today:

*  Eat slow and savor each bite

*  Be ready when the tough times come

*  Step outside your comfort zone every now and then



Food and Friends

Today is June 19th

What I learned from Judy

Judy: Judy cooks dinner almost every night.

Lesson: Keep cooking! You will benefit in more ways than one.

Judy has taught me joy, pure joy. She has boundless energy and always reminds me that God is in control. She has showed me the importance for being a good wife and grandmother and she teaches the Word every chance she gets. Cooking daily can burn many calories from chopping, lifting pans, stirring, and washing dishes. It also can control the sodium content and portions easily.  Cooking is a labor of love.

Tip or quotes of the day:

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Love People, cook for them” – Penzeys Spices

Take Action Today:

  • Start cooking at home (if you are not already)
  • Cook something fun with your children or grandchildren
  • Make some cookies or an apple pie for someone homebound

Food and Friends

Today is June 18th

What I have learned from my friend, Ann

Ann: “If you are going to be naughty, you must exercise!”

Lesson: If you are going to eat excess calories, you must be more active.

Ann, oh Ann. We’ve had a myriad of philosophical discussions, but oh what a FUN friend. Ann has taught me that you can have fun, but still run a tight ship. Her outbursts of singing, wit, humor and thoughtfulness has made a difference in my life. She has also taught me to be discrete in giving as well as a cheerful giver. I barely knew Ann when one day I found her cross necklace that I admired the previous day, adorned on my office door clip. Ann is a special person and many people may not know what I know, because I saw with my own eyes … her selflessness.

Tip or quote of the day:

“Just whistle while you work (whistle)

Put on that grin and start right in

to whistle loud and long

Just hum a merry tune (hum)

Just do your best and take a rest

and sing yourself a song”

                                   -Frank Churchill

Take Action Today:

  • Think of happy tunes at work or home today.
  • Move more if you eat more than usual today.
  • Be a cheerful giver