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Nourishment for Body and Soul

Pre-meal Snacks April 4, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Body,Nutrition Nibbles,Uncategorized — Jane Weber, RD @ 10:34 pm
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Today’s Nutrition Nibble


“Mom, but I’m hungry!”


Supper is in half an hour and I know they won’t eat any of it, if I give in. I’m not saying this is always smooth but what works for us, is a stick-to-it rule before meals:

 

If you are hungry within an hour of a meal, choose a fruit or vegetable.


Here’s what they reach for (keep in mind choking hazards if you have wee ones):

 

  • Frozen peas or corn
  • The vegetable we are having for supper except raw (and then they don’t have to eat it at meal time)
  • Frozen berries
  • A small box of r aisins
  • Handful of grapes or an apple

 

This gives the boys a bit of control, can get in an extra serving of vegetables or fruit and takes the edge off, so I can get back to getting supper on the table.

 

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

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Utopia and a rainbow March 19, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Soul — Jane Weber, RD @ 2:38 pm
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Precious Lego fills my china cabinet.

 

 

My bedside table is a box.

 

 

 

 

My living room is a sea of cardboard.

 

 

We are moving…1927 km east.

 

To home, from home.  Leaving family and friends, to be with family and friends.

Entangled roots are slowly being loosened to get their final tug in 6 weeks.

 

Us, we straddle two provinces.  Love that goes cross-country.

In either place we crave ‘home’ but when we name it for what it is, it isn’t a place here or there we crave.  We crave a place of perfect peace; a utopia really.  We crave Heaven.  When I heard, read, not sure…that we won’t be fully satisfied until we are in our eternal home in Heaven it eased the yearning and encouraged the contentment.  The ache, deferred; knowing it will be satisfied.

 

Blessed assurance.  Striving ceases (or lessons in my case; who am I kidding?).

 

Perennial roots will replant.  Weak and wilted at first but they will replenish and flourish with nourishment from the One that sustains us from our root to tip.  Maintains us in the wind and rain and promises sun.

 

Posts here have been scarce and will be for a couple of months until this storm blows over but the rainbow is what I look forward to.  God’s promise.  To bring sun after a storm, and sometimes even a rainbow.  If we wait, we are rewarded.  If we follow, we will see.

 

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrews 6: 11-12

 

May God bless you as you wait on the rainbow.

 


Hugs and blessings,

Jane

 

Wimpy Broccoli March 15, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Body,Nutrition Nibbles — Jane Weber, RD @ 10:37 pm

 

 

Today’s Nutrition Nibble


The dark green colour of broccoli hints at the power pack of vitamins in every crunch.  But, it is not so appealing if it has been in the crisper a few more days than prime.  Wimpy broccoli.


Here’s the solution:

 

Once home from the grocery store, cut the stalk from the head.  The trunk from the branches, so-to-speak.  Toss both back into the plastic bag with a sprinkling of water and tie it shut. This prevents the stalk from striping water from the florets and making them less than crisp.  It will keep a couple of weeks.

 

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

 

An Invitation for Acceptance March 8, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Soul — Jane Weber, RD @ 10:20 pm
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We discussed acceptance with the Sunday School children last time.  I read this morning His example, a little too late.  This conversation reads like a novel with a thread of unconditional love and acceptance.  The woman is taken aback.  I can see her, one hand holding her bucket and the other fingertips barely touching her throat as Jesus speaks to her.  She is a known outcast.  Her voice is shaky with disbelief at His invitation and unspoken complete acceptance.

John Chapter 4:3 – 26  The Message:

 

So Jesus left the Judean countryside and went back to Galilee.

To get there, he had to pass through Samaria.  He cane into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was still there.  Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well.  It was noon.

A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water.  Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?”  (His disciples had gone into the village to buy food for lunch.)

The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan Woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)

Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”

The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep.  So how are you going to get this ‘living water’?  Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again.  Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst – not ever.  The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

The woman said, “Sir give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”

He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.”

“I have no husband,” she said,

“That’s nicely put:  “I have no husband.”  You’ve had five husbands, and the man you’re living with now isn’t even your husband.  You spoke the truth there, sure enough.”

“Oh, so you’re a prophet!  Well, tell me this:  Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?”

“Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem.  You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day.  God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews.  But the time is coming – it has, if fact, come – when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.

“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God.  Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth.  That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship. God is sheer being itself – Spirit.  Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”

The woman said, “I don’t know about that.  I do know that the Messiah is coming.  When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story.”

“I am he,” said Jesus.  “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”


I remember when my relationship with God was detached; before Jesus was personal.  I tried to be good for God, the assumed unreachable being, beyond my ability to please.   I am still getting it at a deeper level.

 

The Father is looking for those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him…


As I read it, my shoulders relax, my eyes show less of their wrinkles and my being rests in His acceptance.

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

 

Off-balance Meals Part 2 March 3, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Body — Jane Weber, RD @ 10:44 pm
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You can read Part 1 here.


My soap box was getting creaky after I posted on the importance of breakfast. But, missing the most important meal, sets us up to nibble our day away, making up for missed calories but not missed nutrition.  Metabolism suffers.

 

After a little or zero breakfast, the willpower that takes us through a light lunch dwindles by mid-afternoon.  We end up justifying a quick trip through the drive-thru or have a belly aching supper.

 

These meals are off-balance.  The under eating leads to overeating.


Science backs this too.  In this scenario our blood sugar gradually falls throughout the day.  The low blood sugar pushes us to eat and unless we have the will power of an ox, we eat or nibble or munch our way to supper and to bed.  Our blood sugar peaks in response to our large intake.

And there is more, our metabolism slows in response to being underfed most of the day.  It rebounds when we eat the large supper but by then, we’ve sacrificed a good chunk of energy-burning potential.

 

A nourishing breakfast and a balanced lunch will encourage a third meal that is in line with our body’s needs.   Ideally, the quantity of food is similar in all three meals.  For me, when my body is fed through out the day, I have fewer cravings, am less apt to over eat and I feel better the day through.

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Regular, similar quantity meals, leads to moderate hunger that we can control and a better ability to satisfy it without over eating.

 

Our blood sugar will fall and rise throughout the day in moderate amounts.  This allows our metabolism to work at a better capacity for the day.  We overeat less and eat closer to what our body needs.

 

In other words, we control the food rather than the food controlling us.


We don’t need more will power; we just need to eat smarter.  Working with how God designed our body instead of fighting against it.

 

Responding rather than reacting.

Planning to eat vs. willing to not. 

Positive eating.

 

Meals are the basis to healthy eating but snacks are the accomplices.

Healthy snacking…that’s next.

 

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

 

New News February 26, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Soul — Jane Weber, RD @ 11:06 pm
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With internet issues and big news at our house, the blog has lacked action.  I will be back soon with explanation but let me leave you with this:

 

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

John 6:35


Jesus, who satisfies our soul’s hunger and thirst.  The fulfillment we crave.

 

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

 

Lopsided Meals February 19, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Body — Jane Weber, RD @ 9:00 am
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Lopsided Meals can mean a couple of things.

  1. The North American way of eating that makes the meat the heavy weight on our plate.
  2. Eating three meals a day but the balance is off:  little or no breakfast, light lunch, heavy supper (and sometimes grazing before and after)

 

Let’s tackle these healthy eating kyboshers one at a time.

 

1.  Meat as the Heavy Weight

What do you answer when someone asks “What’s for dinner?”

Green beans?

Not exactly what I would say.

Most times we answer with the meat:

“Chicken” or “Hot dogs”

It’s was the eldest’ turn to make supper last night and when asked earlier in the week what he wants to make, his answer: “steak”.  He answering “broccoli” would only happen in a Dietitian daydream.

Making the switch to vegetables being the main stay is going against the grain – not easy.  We may do it sometimes without thinking, though.  Stir fries, grilled chicken salads, homemade soup all feature vegetables.

 

 

Here is a tactic that has worked for some – try to reverse the weight on your plate:  envision your plate divided into 3 sections:

¼  for protein (meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, eggs)

¼  for grain products or potato (actually another vegetable – bonus!)

½  for vegetables.

Like I said, not the norm– we picture the eldest’s steak in this last section.

But this switch means maximizing nutrition and lowering your risk of developing disease.  And it is a cheaper way to eat.

 

 

Another strategy:

Choose 2 vegetables beside the rice and chicken or make salad a habit with meals.

 

One more tip:

Sometimes if we have been lean on the vegetables, I make a big fruit salad for dessert.  Not veggies, but we eat similar nutrients.  A nice change in the lunch box too.

 

Momma was right; we need to eat our vegetables.

 

Up next in Nourishment for Your Body – Lopsided Meals Part 2: Off-balance Meals

Hugs and blessings,

Jane