Wednesday, July 11, 2012

PS to Book Review

Just a P.S. to yesterday's book review. My "Seven Rules to Live By" were not taken directly from the book. For instance, there's a chapter on the importance of proper rest. I do not rest well if I nap, so for me, that means if I want a good night's sleep, I should not nap. But you may be able to take power naps with good results. See what I mean?

The book does not address portion control, but I know I need to make more of an effort to do that because I tend to think that a bite more doesn't matter. But those bites add up for me.

So do not assume that the book gives those rules. I was just motivated to set them for myself after reading the book. I probably should not have posted them.

Enjoy the journey.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Book Review: Live 10 Healthy Years Longer

By Jan W. Kuzma and Cecil Murphey

I bought this book because I needed motivation to do better at healthful eating, exercising and maintaining my aging body. I was not disappointed. As a result of my reading, I have posted on my refrigerator “Seven Rules to Live By.” And I intend to.

One interesting thing I learned is that when you snack an hour or two after a meal, it is as though your body has to start over digesting and it gets no rest for many more hours. That explains why when I snack evenings, I wake up feeling tired. My stomach has been working all night. Now that I know the reason for that, I have stronger motivation to cut out evening snacks. The authors share not only facts, but the “whys” behind them.

I learned small changes make a big difference. For instance, if you drink water between meals, you feel full most of the time and are less likely to even think of snacking. Makes sense. Written from a Christian perspective, the book includes an appendix on fasting and another on biblical verses to support the book’s principles, which are based on a Loma Linda University study that enlisted 27,514 people.

With chapters such as: Down With Fat And Cholesterol, Avoiding The Five Worst Diseases, Mobilizing Defenses, Lose Weight Forever Without Dieting And Freebies For Your Health, the book addresses a wide range of topics. If you want practical suggestions on how to gain control of your health, this is the book for you. Nice lists and boxed information make it readable and memorable.

And in case you’re wondering about my personalized rules—here they are. Keep in mind these are written to address my particular situation. Yours may differ. But if you decide to adapt them, let me know. We can hold each other accountable.

My Seven Rules to Live By

  1. Fill plate with appropriate portions; no seconds.
  2. Drink lots of water (a glass upon rising, mid-mornings, mid-afternoons, and maybe evenings)
  3. No evening snacks.
  4. No caffeine (except an occasional piece of chocolate)
  5. Exercise at least 5 times weekly.
  6. No naps.
  7. Five minutes of sun daily.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Book Review: The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

Whether you’re 4 or 104, if you like to read the Bible as a storybook, this storybook by Sally Lloyd-Jones is for you. Gorgeous illustrations by Jago set off God’s story from beginning to end. Adam and Eve, Noah and Moses, David and Goliath, Old Testament people and prophets and of course Jesus—lots of stories about Jesus and his contemporaries--lead you from creation to Jesus’ death on the cross and on to his appearance to Saul and to John’s revelation on the island of Patmos.

This inch-thick hardcover book tells the story of salvation with Jesus as the Rescuer of mankind. With playful writing and whimsical illustrations, the key stories of scripture come to life. Old Testament stories whisper of Christ. New Testament stories showcase his life and God’s love for his people.

I enjoyed reading this book as much as I know my grandchildren will. It’s a great book to explain salvation to seekers, to review God’s story for new Christians and to offer a neat synopsis to mature Christians.