April 3, 2014

Our Bodies - Our Responsibility

Let's Talk Physical -
If you love life, have fun, live with a sense of joyful expectation then  
you are far more apt to live a healthy life! 
And that is a fact. 
You see, this physical body of ours is directly, irrevocably tied into the mental and 
spiritual part of who we are. 
We are all just one entangled package.  
There are definite ways to improve and insure your good health …
  1. One of the best ways is to just LAUGH more often.
  2. Walking from here to there is an important activity too.. 
  3. Purposed exercise has taken on so many forms that there is surely something available we can enjoy and participate in.
  4. Eating right is another big part of taking care of this body of ours. 
  5. Rest well.  

Good health is for children too. Teach them young to instill a lifetime of good habits!

Our daughter and son-in-law are advocates of coconut oil and its daily use. She has done a lot of research and insisted we needed to add it to our lifestyle. We are now on board and I'll let you know how we'll be feeling with this new addition to our routines. You can cook with it, drink it in smoothies, add it to your hot teas and well, if it's a good quality, just eat a teaspoon of it at various times through your day.

I loved using this little cookbook with my kids - some very fun recipes!

I love Taste of Home cookbooks!
62829EB: Taste of Home Healthy Cooking Cookbook: Eat right with 350 family favorite dishes! - eBook Taste of Home Healthy Cooking Cookbook: Eat right with 350 family favorite dishes! - eBook

By Taste Of Home

Laughter!! One of life's best medicines!
603608: 365 Days of Humor for Women 365 Days of Humor for Women
268077: Jokes: 100 Creative Ways to Make Someone"s Day Jokes: 100 Creative Ways to Make Someone's Day

A laugh is always better when it's shared. And there's no better way to share some good old-fashioned humor than with these creative card decks. Each clever package features 100 jokes or 100 riddles every one appropriate for men, women, and kids of all ages complemented by delightful designs. The cards can be passed along individually, or given as one complete gift. . . . Either way, these fun-filled card decks are sure to keep the laughter going.

We have a friend who is a professional in Reflexology. In a conversation one day she brought up how important it was to eat according our our blood-type. What?? And then, based on a list of our most desired foods she nailed the blood types of those gathered. Amazing!
792903: Blood Types, Body Types, and You (Revised & Updated): Why Your Unique Genetic Code is The Key to Losing Weight For Life Blood Types, Body Types, and You (Revised & Updated): Why Your Unique Genetic Code is The Key to Losing Weight For Life

By Joseph Christiano, N.D., C.N.C.
Why do some diets produce life-changing results for some people but not for others? World-renowned health and fitness coach Dr. Joe Christiano updates his tested and proven weight-loss program based on the simple concept that your blood type-O, A, B, or AB-determines your body's ability to absorb nutrients, fight off disease, and lose weight. Revised to include protocols for detoxification and address healthy colon function, this updated edition explains how a well-balanced eating plan based on blood type is pivotal for losing weight and keeping it off for life.

To our family ... this is a part of 'resting well'. Right now we're into enjoying herbal Epson-salts baths - lavender -truly  helps a person sleep well, and relieves muscle strain and aches!

170056: The Herbal Home Spa: Naturally Refreshing Wraps, Rubs, Lotions, Masks, Oils, and Scrubs The Herbal Home Spa: Naturally Refreshing Wraps, Rubs, Lotions, Masks, Oils, and Scrubs

By Greta Breedlove

These easy recipes include facial steams, scrubs, masks, and lip balms; massage oils, baths, rubs, and wraps; hand, nail, and foot treatments; and shampoos, hair conditioners, and natural dyes. Also offers bathing rituals and massage techniques. A Selection of the One Spirit Book Club. Paperback, 201 pages.

I'm not an exercise fanatic by any means! But when I do exercise I love a good session of Taebo! I have numerous cassettes and DVDs of Billy Blanks. A good friend of mine is also a Taebo fan and she expressed one day that when she gets into a really good session she almost feels like she's sinning, she feels so good! Well, I assured her that's a desired feeling from God. Our endorphins are kicking in, our body is energized in a special way and all life is better for it. Sad to think there are those who never feel that 'energy high'.
525024: TAEBO T3 Total Transformation Training TAEBO T3 Total Transformation Training
The Believer's Workout series is one of my favorite of Billy Blanks - I ended up letting a family in Honduras borrow it and when I learned the husband really enjoyed working out with it, well, I told them to keep it!

Sleep is such an important part of good health. Here's some books that can offer good advice.
927031: Sleep Well Again Sleep Well Again

By Lisa Morrone

Easy to understand and easy to put into action, Sleep Well Again offers you hope and dependable information in regaining the "eight hours you don't want to miss."
201639: Solve Your Child"s Sleep Problems: Completely Revised and Updated Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems: Completely Revised and Updated

By Richard Ferber, M.D.

In the first major revision of his bestselling classic since it was published twenty years ago, Dr. Richard Ferber, the nation's foremost authority on children's sleep problems, delivers safe, sound ideas for helping your child fall and stay asleep at night and perform well during the day. Topics covered include bedtime difficulties and nighttime wakings, effective strategies for naps, problems in setting limits, and new insights into the nature of sleep terrors and sleepwalking.
887071: Goodnight Max Goodnight Max

By Rosemary Wells

It's bedtime but Max can't fall asleep! All sorts of noises and distractions are keeping Max from going to sleep. What will Ruby do to help send Max to dreamland? This adorable, interactive board book features touch-and-feel and pull-tab aspects that kids can play with as they listen along.
Praying is also a definite part of good health. One of the best times for praying with children is before their bedtimes - it helps them feel secure and confident during their time of rest. The same holds true for adults - pray before sleep, trust in Him and rest well.
662602X: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep: Action Prayers, Poems, and  Songs For Bedtime Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep: Action Prayers, Poems, and Songs For Bedtime

By Debbie Trafton O'Neal

How many of us as children ended our day with these comforting words? Now children everywhere can share some peaceful moments with this new collection of activity prayers and quiet converstions wih God. Charming full-color illustrations by well-known illustrator Nancy Munger combine with well-loved, traditional songs to enhance bedtime rituals. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
28908: Bedtime Prayers Bedtime Prayers

By Jean-Yves Garneau

This book offers two collections of prayer, one that is for parents or caregivers to pray with babies and toddlers as they fall asleep and the other is for children themselves to pray at bedtime. The prayers pertain to common moments in a family's daily life. The bedtime prayers thank God for blessings received or call upon God to remember them, their relatives, friends, and those in the greater community who are sick or who are in need. The prayers include those for the safety of the body, for the baby's care-givers, that the baby will sleep well and always be loved. Prayers for older children include those for the child's grandparents, for a parent or sibling who is ill, for teachers, and for friends.
Just remember... love yourself enough to love your body well.  Don't try to look like this year's model or that body builder - figure out who you are and how you function best. Some of us are prone to be small and others are a bit larger. That's okay. Just accept this wonderful, amazing body that is your own and love it ... since it's the only one you're given, take care of it as if it were a holy place – and treat it with respect, honor, and faithfulness. 

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