Last week I shared with you that we stopped taking care of our bodies and now we’re reaping the consequences. In the coming weeks, I want to share with you some of the changes we’ve been making so that I can remember, and so that I can hopefully inspire you to make your own list.
What scriptures have you read that encourage you to a more disciplined, faithful approach to health? These are questions I encourage you to take to God in prayer as you pursue a grace-filled approach to healthy living.
Then, continue to take your cares and concerns to Him as you walk the journey ahead because changing your eating habits, exercising more, or learning to recycle aren’t things that are necessarily easy to do.
We prefer to eat whole foods rather than processed, boxed foods, but we’re also not legalistic about. We like to shop local as much as we can, and if we find organic, we vote with our money for better practices. We want to be better stewards of our earth and body because we want our entire lives to speak to His glory and not our own. We want to be strong in body and spirit so that we can share Jesus with those around us, and we want to always be ready to share about the hope within us.
I have to wing these for the week since we are changing some of our grocery shopping plans.
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Faith is executive editor of The Kitchn and author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, coauthored with Sara Kate Gillingham, as well as Bakeless Sweets. Sitting in your favourite armchair doing a crossword or Sudoku does not sound like a particularly effective way to use up calories. But if you are about to postpone that trip to the gym and turn to the Coffee Break section of your Daily Mail instead, you may be pleasantly surprised. Tackling puzzles for an hour, it seems, can burn more calories than are contained in many biscuits. That was the eyebrow-raising claim being made by mental agility experts yesterday in a bid to encourage more people to log on to their brain-training website.
Doing puzzles and quizzes burns an average of 90 calories every hour, they say - while a chocolate chip cookie contains an average 56 calories, a custard cream 57 calories and a jammy dodger 85 calories. The brain is made up of millions of nerve cells called neurons which transmit messages to the body, he explained. Feast or famine: The diet that won't just help you lose weight, you'll live longer and be brainier!
These neurons extract three-quarters of sugar glucose, available calories and a fifth of oxygen from the blood to create neurotransmitters. This means that if you spent two hours doing puzzles, you would have used 180 calories - which is more than are contained in a creme egg (173) or a bag of Hula Hoops (175), and only slightly less than in a pint of beer (182).
A British Dietetic Association spokesman said: 'When thinking hard, the brain needs to get its energy from somewhere.
Last year it emerged that millions of people use Sudoku to improve their maths skills after being turned off the subject by dumbed-down teaching at school. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
I suspect – for long-term sustainability – one SHOULD incorporate some fun stuff into their diets; but I’m such an all-or-nothing person I worry it’s akin to opening the floodgates and ONE caramello koala (at 100 calories) will lead to an entire bag of caramello koalas (which, as a one-off would be not-good, but once I start – as you know – I cannot stop, so there would days of bags of caramello koalas!). As I’m already 20+kg (44+lbs) less than I was in May 2011, the amount I need to lose isn’t as overwhelming as it once was, although I could still afford to lose a similar amount. Early this week I had just finished watching something I’d recorded and was about to delete the program, when I got sidetracked.
I know the motto of AA is ‘just one day at a time’ but (possibly because of my state of mind) something about the words on the show hit home.

I DO try to focus on small goals and attainable targets; but it sometimes remains overwhelming – that ‘never again’ notion. So over the past few days I’ve been trying to take a leaf out of our poor TV victim’s book and focus on today. February 3, 2012 Amy, I just had a quick look and notice that she does online courses.
February 3, 2012 Im not normally a mantra misft —BUT I am really loving having made one for 2012. Going cold turkey can work for a while, but long-term you have to find a way to fit fun foods into your life. February 5, 2012 Right now I’m actually contemplating writing up a highly motivating quote as a ritual that i can rehearse every morning when I wake up to keep me staying positive and focused. We’ve been taking baby steps back into healthy living these last several weeks, and I have to say we’re already noticing a significant difference!
You need Jesus to change your heart and allow Him to guide your steps for His glory and not your own. We believe that God has created our bodies to heal themselves, and He has provided for us in His creation the foods and nourishment we need to aid our bodies in this healing. We make conscious decisions about what we put in our bodies, and we evaluate our lifestyle before we choose convenience foods.
We can’t do these things when we feel terrible, lack energy, or get overrun by clutter and stuff. It’s not really a mission statement or purpose statement, though I bet that would be a good idea to develop a mission statement.
My boys are growing so fast, and eggs don’t stick with them nearly as well as porridges. Most days will be leftovers or snack-y lunch, which means we’re scrounging right now! She takes joy in spending her days creating memorable moments with her husband, conducting kitchen experiments, researching every natural alternative known to man, and making her little boys laugh.
I'm Leigh Ann, and I am passionate about encouraging and equipping women to be intentional. It's certainly a common place for those of us who love food, and many people have offered solutions that work for them (remember Alton Brown's method for weight loss and healthy eating?). So doing difficult crosswords or challenging Sudokus means your brain will crave more glucose and more calories too, added Mr Forrester.
The amount of energy used by thinking is a very small percentage of the total energy used in the brain, which is constantly using energy to function, experts warn. This 'lost' generation discovered an interest and ability in the subject through logic puzzles.
I have to confess I’ve been repeating something to myself over the last couple of days. So, after weeks of the occasional naughty mini-binge and wine most nights, my life was suddenly to be devoid of ANYTHING vaguely fun or interesting (when it came to food, anyway).
But when eating cleanly or healthily, I tend to NOT partake in any food-related treats (aka fun stuff). I’m obviously still not great at picking myself up off the ground, dusting myself off and getting back on the straight and narrow. But as I’ve been writing this I’ve realised that my confidence in my appearance has improved because I’m not focussed on needing to lose A LOT of weight to look presentable in public (or even normal).
Just last week I referred to an article suggesting that overly stringent ‘dieting’ can lead to binge-eating. Before I knew it I was accidentally 5 minutes into the next show – one of those cookie-cutter police or lawyer type shows.
I tell myself that SURELY I can get through ‘today’ without eating or drinking anything I shouldn’t.

Before I became thin, I just ate whatever and wasn’t too overweight (way under my goal weight now!). I still have a long way to go but feel that I learned a lot and am in a much better place, psychologically than I was a few months ago.
I’m sure that if I just focus on one day at a time I will get my eating under control. Bizarrely it has really helped me this week (and I think I’m down a couple of kilos!). Here at Intentional By Grace I bring you behind the curtain of my life and encourage you to live for Him in all you do. Although you do not need to be good at maths to do Sudoku, the grids demand logical thinking which underpins maths, added researchers at Reform think tank.
I would not DREAM of eating cake or biscuits or chocolate or corn chips or hot chips – all of which remain in the ‘no-go’ territory. Once I’ve slipped off the wagon, I stay off… for days, or weeks – consuming everything I haven’t allowed myself over the preceding period of time.
Because I recognise the importance of being vaguely healthy I’m attempting to choose wisely, the food that will comprise the 1400 calories (ie. I’m closer to that than I used to be and am still receiving a lot of comments from people who (erroneously) think I’ve still been losing weight over recent months.
But… it’s one thing knowing this stuff and another thing actually bloody well doing it. As is often the case, the intro started by giving us a bit of insight into the person who was about to be killed or attacked and the poor victim in question was at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting talking to a potential recruitee. Your success also gives ME hope that it will work with food… and it has to a limited extent previously.
I reminded myself that being at the gym at 5:00am in the middle of a cold Melbourne winter was MY CHOICE.
Another day was just so dog-gone hard with the kids that we fed them scrambled eggs and put them to bed early. So, while I like to think one day I can incorporate them into my diet without going crazy; I’m not there yet, so I’d best avoid them.
At that point I seriously believed I’d one day be able to eat normally (with minimal thought) again. I know that once a week I can have a piece of cake or something and then also a meal where I don’t think about the calories and just enjoy. I could stay at home in my warm bed, but that wasn’t going to get me to where I wanted to be. But having a decadent treat meal to look forward to can keep you going through a tough week. IT wasn’t quite effortless, but had I managed to stick with it, it might have eventually become so.
I’d buy my favourite (single serve) chocolate dream cake from the bakery at lunchtime and carefully carry my precious home, where it would sit on the bench till after dinner.
There was no guilt, because it was in the plan, and I’d be good to go for another week.
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