The Intoxicating Benefits of a Bath

Woman Resting in Bath ca. 2001

I just came across this 1970’s commercial. Do any of you remember this famous slogan?

The Traffic.
The Boss.
The Baby.
The Dog.
Calgon Take Me Away.

If you do remember this commercial, perhaps when you watched it you were instantly put in the mood for a nice escape behind the quiet door that leads to that porcelain oasis of serenity; where you could soak for an hour and travel to wherever your imagination would take you.

Speaking of that…when was the last time you were taken away by a nice hot bubble bath?

I know, I know who has time for baths right? In today’s fast-paced society, where we’re in a rush to accomplish as much possible in our 16 hour days (give or take an hour depending on how much sleep you need) showers have become the norm by default.

Yes I know showers are convenient and of course they have their benefits, but bathing may become well worth the extra effort once you hear of its many benefits. Continue reading

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#Prosperity Mindset

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Well Surrender Fasters it’s Week 6 of Surrender Fast 2014 and we are on the last leg of this race. What a mighty time we have had, but it’s not over; God has one last purging to do.

All Cycle long we’ve focused on changing our minds in order to walk into our New Beginning. So this week will be no different. God is instructing us to exchange a poverty mindset for one of prosperity.

Both the poverty and prosperity mindsets are ways of thinking. The poverty mindset is rooted in fear and lack, while a prosperity mindset is rooted in love and abundance.

It’s evident that one is living from a poverty perspective when you hear phrases like this coming from their mouth:

  • “I work so hard, but still can’t make ends meet.”
  • “If the economy would turn around, I might have a chance,”
  • “I never get anything the easy way.”
  • “If I ever have extra, I’ll be the first to give back and live generously.”

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The Many Benefits of Black Tea

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Quick fact: after water tea is the most consumed beverage in the world.

I hear you…no…this is another article on the benefits of green tea.

Well, it was going to be until my husband went to the store and picked up a box of black tea instead of green tea which, in turn, put me in a mad scramble to learn if there were any benefits to these ostracized leaves.

After some research I thanked my husband for going against the grain and getting something that would soon become a staple in my health, hair and skin regimen.

The Benefits of Black Tea… as it Relates to Health

Black tea can help control or even prevent diabetes: 

  • Black tea has a significant amount of polysaccharides (carbohydrates) that work to decrease blood sugar absorption.
  • Research shows that countries which drink greater amounts of black tea have the smallest occurrence of Type 2 Diabetes.

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Super Healthy Ways Celery Contributes to Your Overall Health

celery-juice

Whether it’s Game Day, a simple party or group meeting; what is almost always on the menu? Wings!

Yum! You open up the box going for a drumstick, a flat, or both. But what is usually always overlooked and discarded? The celery!

In fact, it’s been so ignored, that it has been replaced by carrots. Crickets!!! I know it just dawned on you that there used to be celery in the box.

Well break out that peanut butter we talked about on last week, because after you read of the health benefits of celery, you may conclude you’ve found the perfect companion for your peanut butter. Continue reading

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Freedom to Live Your Dreams

broken chains

Today is the start of Week 4 of Surrender Fast 2014.

Day 22 from The 40-Day Surrender Fast devotional reminds us to Dust off Our Dreams. What an amazing reminder from the God of New Beginnings!

In fact, that is our theme for this Cycle of fasting: New Beginnings. During this time God is giving fresh wind, and new life to that dream you thought would no longer come to pass. Well be encouraged, you have been hand-picked to see the resurrection of what you thought was dead.

If you have been joining us for the Morning Prayer Calls you know that we have been focusing on changing our mindsets in order to receive the manifestation of our new beginning. Continue reading

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Creamy Facts that Justify your Love Affair with Peanut Butter

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Peanuts! Peanuts! Get Your Peanuts!

Think back to the days when you were a child; the days when life seemed so carefree and simple. The days when a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was one of the best snacks you could have.

Oh the way that caramel creaminess infused with that delightful sweet candy like substance between two pieces of heavenly soft bread melted in your mouth on contact (yum).

As Archie and Edith would say…”Those were the days.”

However, then you grow up and become health conscious and decide maybe it’s time to put away childish things.

Well open up that toy box, pull out that golden brown concoction known as peanut butter, and get ready to play!!! Continue reading

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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

coconut oil
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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