Week 3 – Surrender Fast 2014: New Beginnings

Welcome to Day 15 Surrender Fasters! Remember, you have been hand-picked for a New Beginning so don’t let anything stop you from reaching the finish line.

Each Monday I like to greet you with a thought for the week. Well for the second week in a row, fellow Surrender Faster Brandi Jefferson-Motley, has said it best! Please check out her reflections on suffering, which includes profound insights like: “At times, we also forget that each trial is temporal and comes with its own expiration date.”

Can you praise God that your test has an expiration date! It may not look like it right now but things are already getting better.

Be sure to hang out with us every weekday morning (M-Th) at 7am (EST) for the Morning Prayer Call. Each call is recorded to give you 24/7 access so listen or re-listen as much as you please. CLICK HERE FOR RECORDED CALLS

Be encouraged and keep on surrendering!

Here’s the link to Brandi’s blog post: Monday Morning Motivation and Inspiration – September 29, 2014.

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The Dos of Meal Planning

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“Take care of your body. Its the only place you have to live.” –*Jim Rohn
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about meal preparation; you know, preparing your meals ahead of time for the days or week to come.

So I did some research to see exactly what food prepping consisted of, what tools would be needed, and what benefits contributed to early meal preparation. Lets get started…

Preparation:

1. Plan your meals. It is recommended that you eat 5 to 6 small, healthy meals/day. If you’re into clean eating–eating foods that are close to there natural state–(or would like to get started on that path), you want to start by limiting your intake of artificial and processed foods.

   Note: By eating smaller healthier meals, you will boost your energy levels, increase muscle growth and speed up your  metabolism.  So the goal is to eat Breakfast, a Snack, Lunch, a Snack, Dinner, and a Snack. Simple! Right?

2. Make a grocery list of items you’ll need for the week. You may already have some of those items available in your home so double check before adding them to the list.
Clean eaters your list should include:
   a. Complex Carbohydrates (such as, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, whole grain breads and pasta, nuts seeds, and low-fat dairy products),
 
   b. Proteins (such as, poultry, seafood, lean cuts of beef and pork, beans, eggs, nuts and seeds) , and
 
   c. Fats (such as, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, nuts, and oils)

3. Pick a time to prepare your meals.  You can prepare your meals either 3 days in advance or for the entire week.  If you’re preparing meals for the week, you may want to consider freezing some of them to minimize bacteria build up.

Tools Needed:

Storage bowls or containers (single or the ones with dividers), measuring cups, and sandwich bags for storing snacks, and housing foods prepped for smoothies, etc.

The Benefits are that you will:
 
  • Save Time: If you plan your meals in advance, then you’ll have more time for family as well as a little more quiet time throughout the week.
  • Save Money: Prepping in advance eliminates the need to run to the store for a missing ingredient. This saves the cost you would spend in gas as well as the cost of picking up other “needed” items as you browse the store. (My moms motto when we were growing up was what’s in the house is what you eat.)
  • Maintain or Lose Weight: By pre-planning meals, you’ll only eat the nutritious meal you planned as opposed to turning to an unhealthy alternative because you had not planned in advance.
  • Become more Health Conscious: Because you’re thinking about your meals and preparing in advance, you’ll make an effort to prepare meals that are conducive to the well being of you and your household.
  • Gain Family Time: Get your family involved. Kids are more apt to eat something new if they’ve had a hand in preparing it. So make it fun! The great news is this is a time where you and your family can bond, make memories/family traditions, and  hang out over some good food.

So with all the benefits of advance meal preparation, who wouldn’t want to try it? I’m certainly going to!

For all of you food prep enthusiast out there, please let us newbies know how it has been.

FYI: If you’re unable to purchase organic, don’t let this deter you from starting a healthier lifestyle. Start where you are and with what you can do. Also you should prep along the lines of what’s best for you and your family’s lifestyle. This is just a general outline to get you started.

Here’s To Your Health!!!
Stephanie B. Davis

Certified Natural Health Professional
*Jim Rohn was an American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker.

**Disclaimer: Please pray and ask God for direction and always consult a doctor before starting any new regimen.**

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Monday Morning Motivation and Inspiration – September 22, 2014

Dr Celeste:

Hi Brandy, this is so on point and I plan to share on the topic of “going back” in one of the later weeks of Cycle 8. What some don’t realize is that the place of your wounding can also be the place were you are restored, renewed and empowered to be all that God created you to be. This is true of both Naomi and Joseph. Sometimes we have to go back to begin again aka New Beginnings!

Thanks for sharing and God bless you and your family and you transition. When I read your story I knew I had to share with the other Surrender Fasters. Be encouraged you all, you have been hand-picked for this New Beginning!

Originally posted on Encouragement for Your Journey:

Isaiah 58:12 (Amplified Bible/AMP)

12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of [buildings that have laid waste for] many generations; and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

Isaiah 58:12 (The Message/MSG)

12 You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.

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Happy Monday Morning Family,

Because of who God is, I give Him GLORY. Because of who God is I give Him PRAISE. Because of who God is, I will lift my voice and say “Lord, I worship you, because of who you are!” God has been and continues to be so many things to me and I know that I can depend on Him to be ALL…

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The Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Coconut! Google.com describes the Coconut Tree as the tall palm that yields the coconut. This tree grows mainly by coastal beaches and has become naturalized throughout the tropics. Many tropical economies are dependent upon its products, which includes copra (dried coconut kernels from which oil is obtained) and coir (fiber from the outer husk of the coconut, used for making ropes and matting).

Just a few years back, coconut oil was at the top of the list of unhealthy oils to use, but today–thanks to much research–many now view coconut oil as one of the most resourceful and versatile natural products on the earth.

When God created the coconut, He created a superfood.

Likewise, today we know that coconut oil is heart healthy, can lower cholesterol (thanks to the saturated fat called lauric acid which has been shown to increase the good HDL) and can keep us at a good balance weight (because of fats called medium chain triglycerides; the breakdown of these types of fats in the liver equal more energy burned).

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Day 1 of Cycle 8 Begins Today!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Surrender Fast! We are excited about what God will do for and in you in the next 40 days.

The theme for this cycle is New Beginnings. This is your opportunity for a fresh start, restoration, and/or reconciliation. I don’t know what situation/circumstances in your life could use a fresh start but God does and He is here to resurrect your seemingly dead dream!

We started today with prayer. If you missed the call you can access the recording HERE via the web or by phone:

Dial-back number: 530-881-1399
Access code: 275281#

If you haven’t already be sure to register at http://www.surrenderfast.com to receive daily updates. Also see our website to sign up for the Connector Group that is just right for you.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

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Walking: Free and Beneficial

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Nowadays doesn’t it seem like everything that’s good for you cost money? Well have I got a freebie for you!

Look out the window and just begin to daydream about the fresh breeze of air against your skin, your feet hitting the pavement and glowing beads of sweat lightly grazing your brow bone?

What are you doing,  you ask? You’re walking!

Now refocus and actually step outside. Your daydream has just become your reality with loads of potential and advantages.

Walking, or should I say going for a brisk walk, is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. You don’t need an exercise DVD, gym membership, or athletic build. Just put one foot in front of the other and WALK! Continue reading

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The Pre-Fast Preparation has Begun — Cycle 8: New Beginnings

I am excited to announce that we are officially in Pre-Fast mode in Surrender Land!

Cycle 8 of Surrender Fast 2014 starts Monday, September 15 however, this week is dedicated to seeking God and His will during the next 40 days; specifically what you are to surrender.

This time around I’m surrendering processed food. I’ve known that for weeks and I’ve needed that much time to get my mind around the challenges of being processed-free in a land full of this type of food. Continue reading

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8 Amazing Uses for Apple Cidar Vinegar that Might Surprise You

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Step into the kitchen and open up those cupboards until you come across…that’s it: Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar!

Pull it on out, dust it off if you must–because we’re about to put that tangy brownish liquid to some good use.

I’m sure you’ve heard how beneficial ACV is when it comes to, improved digestion, heartburn, intestinal problems and constipation, strengthening of the immune system, regulating blood sugar and aiding in diabetes, detoxification, weight loss, and improved stamina and energy.

And if that wasn’t enough there are still more ways which ACV can be used.

Alternate uses for ACV: 

  • Hair Rinse: Instead of the harsh chemicals in shampoos, wash away hair buildup with an apple cider vinegar rinse.
  • Toner: Psoriasis sufferers. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes.

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The Benefits of Dry Brushing

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Question: Can you guess which organ is last to receive nutrients, yet first to show signs of imbalance and deficiency?

Hint: It’s the largest organ of the body?

Ding! Ding! Ding! You’re correct. The SKIN!

Now I know what some of you may be thinking, “The skin is an organ?” I never thought of skin as an organ either, but it really is.

Last Thursday Dr. Celeste Owens, on her Webinar “Surrender Your Toxins” stated that toxins are eliminated through bowel, kidneys, lungs, lymph, and skin. And, because the skin is such an astronomical part of the human body structure, it plays a LARGE role in detoxification.

How can I eliminate toxins through the skin?

Well one way is through sweat. Another fast, effective way is through Dry Brushing! Continue reading

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Every Ending is Just a NEW BEGINNING — Join us for Cycle 8 of Surrender Fast 2014

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A New Beginning happens when you are emotionally ready to act and think in a whole new way. It’s when you make a conscious decision to part with the old and begin anew from a place of peace and fearlessness.

A New Beginning is different from a Start. A Start can occur quickly sometimes without much warning and/or mental preparation.

For example, the Start of 1st grade was rough for me; I cried every day after lunch for at least 3 months straight. One day our class had substitute teacher who was so great I forgot to cry. My classmates quickly pointed out my oversight. Surprised, I thought about crying just because, but then I purposed in my little 6-year-old heart that I would not cry again. And I didn’t for the rest of the year.

That day I began again; I ended my cycle of fear and embraced my New Beginning with hope in my heart.

So are you at the Start or a New Beginning?

You can START a diet but a NEW BEGINNING occurs when the diet becomes a lifestyle.

You can START classes but the NEW BEGINNING comes when you decide that nothing short of a degree is an option.

You can START a book/business/ministry, etc. but a NEW BEGINNING occurs when abstract becomes a reality.

Whether you are stalling at the start line or at the precipice of your New Beginning, Cycle 8 of Surrender Fast 2014 is for you!

God is going to show up in an unusual way and speak LIFE. I am expecting sign, miracles, and wonders. I am also expecting New Beginnings for our spirits, mentality, physical bodies,  marriages, relationships, businesses, and ministries.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

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