Nothing New

Today is Thursday, May 15th

The topic or question of the day:

Did you know there is” Nothing New Under the Sun?”

         I just finished reading the book Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson. I was not the greatest student of history in my youth and at the age of double nickels, I am definitely more excited about it. The book is historical fiction set during The Great War and was a good read. Throughout the book, I noticed many things the same a century past. Families, relationships, lovers, decadence, poverty, politics, philosophy and news flash… the fact that War stinks any way you slice it!  

     I am currently taking an ancient history class studying the areas of Mesopotamia, Macedonia, Egypt and Greece from 2686 BC onward. Recurrent themes arise over and over with the same truth penned by Solomon long ago that says, “There is nothing new under the Sun”. People and relationships continue to be similar, politics corrupt, decadence obvious in every historic era, while poverty, slavery, and wars continue to be a part of a fallen world.

     Nutrition/food isn’t any different. The same themes are repeated. There is nothing new. Delicious and extravagant food were enjoyed and abused in antiquity, during peacetime, and wars. Some people were starving and others stuffing themselves with the finest delicacies whether in Palaces, Castles, or The Ritz.   The book gave me an appreciation and a great reminder for the blessing of good food, warm shelter, and appropriate clothing in my life and the ability to share what really isn’t mine with someone in need.

Tip and quote of the day:

“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” – Ecclesiastes 1:9

 Take action today:

  • Consider reading a book about a subject you may not be familiar with.
  • When you eat your meals today, give thanks and remember that in 24 hours, anything can change.

 

 

 

 

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Working 9-5, What a way to help your Eating!

Today is Friday, May 9th

The topic or question of the day:

Working 9-5 and routine eating

     Routine is usually the best way for top performance when it comes to your health.   Most bodies that are fed on a schedule simply function better. Working 9-5 or specific hours, places your breakfast meal in a limited timeframe while lunch is usually taken around noontime. Most people need a little afternoon “lift” before their dinner meal. It is best to try not to eat anything after dinner unless your dinner is early evening and you go to bed late. The commercials are usually what entice people to eat at night whether they are hungry or not.

   The problem I often see with “routine” is that many people get bored with it. However, your body runs better when it is daily fed foods that agree with it and roughly the same amounts, at the same time. I know a man in his nineties who has been eating on a schedule for many, many years. His breakfast and lunch are always the same. He usually eats some nuts in the afternoon with a cup of black coffee and his dinner encompasses the same types and amounts of food, the food just varies. He has diabetes and his blood sugar is always controlled.

     To those of us who whine and complain about being bored, I think back to the grumblings of the Israelites out in the wilderness wanderings who were miraculously fed Manna day in and day out. As the groaned of missing the exotic foods of Egypt, they were given a rainstorm of quail until they vomited it out their nostrils. Lately, I have become more grateful and thankful every time I am graced to eat something delicious and am careful not to complain.

Tip or Quote of the Day:

“Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of GOD” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Take Action Today:

Remember to be thankful for the bountiful variety of food we are blessed with.  Situations can change overnight.

 

 

 

Are you grateful for water?

Today is Thursday, February 13th

The topic or question of the day:

 Water

When I ask people to recall everything they ate or drank in the past 24 hours, most will not mention water, yet water is one of the 6 nutrients our bodies need to survive.  In fact, the human body cannot go without water for more than a week, short of a miracle.  We tend to take water for granted and yet it is amazing.  We should be much more thankful for our clean water here in Oklahoma since over 1 billion people lack safe access to water (University of Nebraska).

We need about 2 ½ quarts of water per day from drinking and eating foods to maintain good health.   Adequate water intake supports digestion, elimination, hydration and dental health.  “Doctoring” up our water at home has several benefits.  Ginger is known to help with nausea and lemons cleanse the mouth and can dislodge phlegm.  Lemons also work as a  powerful bacteria fighter.  Cucumbers have a unique, clean taste and in my opinion, neutralize the saliva in our mouths as does parsley.

Bottled waters have become fashionable and there are many types of water sold on the market today, each a little different.  Mineral water, such as Pellegrino must contain at least 500 mg of minerals per liter by law.  Spring water is bottled from underground springs and can only be labeled natural if it is bottled directly from the ground without further processing.  Seltzer is artificially carbonated tap water and does not contain minerals or salts.  Sparkling water contains dissolved carbon dioxide gas to make it bubbly.

Oklahomans get approximately 63% of its water from surface water sources and 37% from ground water sources such as aquifers.  According to Morris County, New Jersey municipal utilities authority, if all the world’s water were fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about 1 Tablespoon.  I know this makes me much more grateful to God and for RWD #7 water station in Claremore, Oklahoma that delivers my home clean, tasty water.

Quote of the Day:

“Water is the only drink for a wise man” – Henry David Thoreau.

Take Action Today:

  • Drink fresh water in a glass, not plastic.
  • Try some of the following water recipes:

Ginger – Lemon Water 

½ gallon water (8 cups)

¼ cup fresh ginger

root peeled and sliced

1 lemon sliced in rings

Soak ginger overnight in

water; remove ginger and

float lemon rings in ginger

water.  Serve over ice.

Basil-Orange Water

½ gallon water (8 cups)

6 basil leaves

1 sliced orange

Soak overnight in refrigerator.

Carrot Water

Soak 2 large carrots, cut into chunks into 8 cups cold water.  Chill overnight.

Parsley Water

Soak 1 cup parsley in 8 cups cold water.  Chill overnight.