Health + Fitness

Caffeine—should we wean?

The two times in my day that I truly savor are when I get my hands around a steaming mug of lightened and agave-sweetened black (caffeinated) tea. Sipping that wonderful elixir seems to just ease my soul…It must be a drug! Well, in fact, it is. Not my tea specifically, but the caffeine which can be found “floating around”…


Weight and self-worth

“Dear Mr. Scale, can I be honest with you for a moment? Our together times really don’t do much for me. I actually dread our appointments. And when you bring your friend Miss tape measure, well she really does a number on me.” I.hate.this. Have you ever had a conversation with your bathroom scale? Maybe I am a tad…


How’s your balance?

Life is a continual balancing act. Whenever your equilibrium is disturbed, say between “have–to’s” and “want-to’s”, you feel the discomfort of being off-kilter right away. Not so with your physical balance. Nearly every patient whose balance I test and find lacking is thoroughly surprised. Young and old alike,…



A Theology of Eating

Do you ever feel guilty about eating…what you’re eating, how you’re eating, why you’re eating? Rachel Marie Stone shares a practical theology of eating and how food angst can actually push us away from the Lord. Her book is called Eat With Joy Rachel Marie Stone .  …


Exercise your way to better blood sugar control

Did this January find you joining a gym, buying a piece of exercise equipment, or ordering some new workout videos? Most of us “exercise” the best intentions as we begin the New Year, but even our truest intent can begin to fade with each page of the calendar that we turn. I want to give you a new motivation to move on purpose throughout…


Will “gluten-free” work for me?

Wow, for such a small protein, gluten has really made it to the big time—with a number of trademarked, “G-Free” dietary products to show for itself! And all a diet plan needs to capture the attention of the masses is to gain a few celebrity endorsements. Enter Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow Gluten, which is found in wheat, rye and…


Stretching – more harm than good?

As a high school athlete I was well-versed in the pre-workout stretching concept. As Captain of the Spring Track team, my job was to lead my teammates in a pretty grueling flexibility routine at the beginning of every practice. The more limber we made our bodies (we were told) the more protected we would be against injury. Well, fast…


Get off the Couch!

Pastor Steve Reynolds came to the realization that his excessive weight was a hindrance to his overall message in the pulpit. He weighed 340 pounds and was determined to lose weight and be a better steward of his body. Today he has not only lost over 120 pounds, his entire church lost over 7 tons! He’s written about his experiences…


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