Poem For Dieters

If you have ever gone on a diet before, this poem is for you!

The DIE in DIEt

I would not know, I could not know, till time came ‘round to try it

Just why the word within the word, why is there DIE in DIEt?

I’ve eaten rich and sumptuous food that the holiday season brings;

Candies, cookies, sweets galore and a host of fattening things.

But now I lay those things to rest. Their beckoning, I must quiet.

I face again the simple truth. There is a DIE in DIEt.

Oh, the aisles of the grocery store contain such tempting stuff,

Like cinnamon rolls and chocolate bars and jars of marshmallow fluff.

Their voices sometimes scream to me, “Hey, you’ve got to try it!”

So with authority, I must yell back, “There is a DIE in DIEt!”

I must confess a kind of stress. It’s really kind of hard

To bid adieu to grease soaked foods and those enriched with lard.

Some cooking methods now must cease. I won’t deep fry or pan fry it,

As I beseech the help of God to keep the DIE in DIEt.

1/1/09

New Food Page

I met a minister’s wife in December who shared with me a special “diet” that she has been on for a number of years. Actually, it’s more of a lifestyle change. After listening to her, asking her questions and doing some reading on my own, I decided that during the month of January I would try going on a mostly raw vegan diet. It has been a challenging but fun experiment. I am finding that I have more energy and am enjoying this change more than I thought I would. With that in my mind, I have renamed the former “Favorite Family Recipes” page to Raw and Cooked Vegan Dishes and will be sharing some of the recipes I have made. Feel free to visit the page, and if you decide to try any of the recipes, let me know what you think. Bon appetit!

Living On The Hallelujah Side

Sometimes things will happen in our lives to prompt us to make changes. I didn’t have anything major happen in my life to make me want to change my eating habits. I think it was the fact that I am getting older and that my husband’s brother had a heart attack recently that got me thinking more about the foods that I eat. I also met a minister’s wife recently who told me about a diet she had been on for a long time. It’s called the Hallelujah Diet, and you can read about it here. With those things in mind, I started thinking, “Do I really want to wait until I have a major health problem to start taking care of myself and eating better?” I decided for me that the answer was no, so when January began I stared my journey on the Hallelujah diet. To my surprise, I find that I’m really enjoying this change, even though I have been spending a lot more time in the kitchen preparing food. I definitely have a lot more energy than I have had in a long time, and I’m not depending on coffee for it either.

It’s funny how we tend to put off things like dieting or changing our eating habits, even though we know we need to do so. Many people do wait until they have heart problems or other issues before they think seriously and make the choice to make some dietary changes. It seems like when it comes to our spirituality that we are even more hesitant to make changes. People can be living in sin, knowing it, knowing that they need to make a change, but yet they won’t seek after God until something major happens in their life, such as health problems, death of a loved one or a financial crisis.

My question today is, “Why wait?” Do you want to wait until a catasprophe happens in your life before you turn to God in repentance? The real truth is that not a single one of us have the promise that we will even live to see tomorrow. If we keep putting off getting our hearts right with God and decide to wait, one of these times it might be too late.

Putting off eating healthier is one thing, but putting off living for God is a decision that can affect us eternally. Scripture urges us not to put off concerning our soul’s salvation.

2Co 6:2

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

 

I know not everyone is going to make the choice to be a vegetarian and go on the Hallelujah diet, but I urge you today to work out your soul’s salvation and obey Acts 2:38. Then, as the old hymn says, you can truly be “Living On The Hallelujah Side”.

 

 

Living On The Hallelujah Side

 

Verse 1

 

Once a sinner far from Jesus I was perishing in the cold

 

And the blessed Savior heard me when I cried

 

Then he threw his arms around me and he led me to his fold

 

Now I’m living on the hallelujah side

 

Chorus

 

Oh, glory be to Jesus let the hallelujahs roll

 

Let me sing my Saviors praises far and wide

 

For I’ve opened up toward Heaven all the windows of my soul

 

And I’m living on the hallelujah side

 

Verse 2

 

Here the sun is always shinning and the sky is always bright

 

Tis no place for gloom in Christians to abide

 

For my soul is filled with music and my heart with great delight

 

And I’m living on the hallelujah side

 

Verse 3

 

And when this life is over and we’ve reached the other shore

 

And have safely crossed old Jordan’s rolling tide

 

You will find me shouting glory just outside my mansion door

 

For I’m living on the hallelujah side

 

The DIE in DIEt

Here’s my philosophy on dieting.  If you feel the need to do it, make it as fun as possible.  Thus, the poem.

 

The DIE in DIEt

 

I would not know, I could not know, till time came ‘round to try it

Just why the word within the word, why is there DIE in DIEt?

 

I’ve eaten rich and sumptuous food that the holiday season brings;

Candies, cookies, sweets galore and a host of fattening things.

But now I lay those things to rest. Their beckoning, I must quiet.

I face again the simple truth.  There is a DIE in DIEt.

 

Oh, the aisles of the grocery store contain such tempting stuff,

Like cinnamon rolls and chocolate bars and jars of marshmallow fluff.

Their voices sometimes scream to me, “Hey, you’ve got to try it!”

So with authority, I must yell back, “There is a DIE in DIEt!”

 

I must confess a kind of stress. It’s really kind of hard

To bid adieu to grease soaked foods and those enriched with lard.

Some cooking methods now must cease. I won’t deep fry or pan fry it,

As I beseech the help of God to keep the DIE in DIEt.

 

1/1/09

Less Of Me

The Weight Loss Quest

When I went to Hawaii, I ended up gaining 3 lbs., which really isn’t bad for being gone 10 days.  I was able to lose that weight and another 3 lbs., so now I am 14 lbs. lighter.  It’s not coming off as fast as I would like it, but by God’s grace, I’m pressing on and adopting that turtle mentality.

“Slow and steady wins the race.”

 

Blog World

With school starting back, taking care of our house and church activities, I will probably not be posting as often as I have in the past.  I will shoot to do one post a week and will visit all of your wonderful blogs when I can.  I hope all of you are enjoying Labor Day and looking forward to the beautiful fall season as much as I am.

Ups and Downs

Guess what’s going up in our house? Our insurance rates will be taking a hike since we now have another licensed driver in our family. (but we’re okay with that 🙂 ) That’s right. Jen passed her driving test today! We are happy and excited for her and looking forward to her running lots of errands for us. LOL

As far as what is going down, well……………………………….for my husband and I, it’s our weight! (We’re okay with that too!) I’m down almost 8 lbs. (missed it by 2 ozs.), and it sure is nice to feel some clothing starting to fit looser. Tonight is my favorite dinner of the diet, because we get two hot dogs, and I love the way they taste when cooked on the grill. Somehow, just knowing I get to eat those makes the carrots and beets more bearable. Thanks to everyone who has prayed for our dieting endeavor. God is certainly giving us strength. A few nights ago, we met some friends at The Cheesecake Factory, and though it was really hard, I just had a bowl of soup and a small piece of bread. It felt good to wake up in the morning with no extra poundage. 🙂

Choose To Lose

This is the choice my husband and I have made.  The past two weeks we have been dieting and making some changes in our eating habits, and it is paying off.  I have lost 4 lbs., and I believe he’s lost 7.  It’s not coming off of me as fast as I would like it to, but at least I can see some progress.  A few days ago, I was thinking about the word “losing”.  If I asked you what your first thoughts would be when I mentioned the word “losing” or “loser” there would probably be a negative connotation associated with it, but there are times when losing is a positive thing.  Losing weight can be a good thing if it helps you to have a healthier body, even though the process of losing weight can sometimes be difficult.

There is a positive note to losing in a spiritual sense too.  Jesus talked about it in the book of Luke.

Luk 9:23

 

And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also].

Luk 9:24

 

For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it [from the penalty of eternal death].

Luk 9:25

 

For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and ruins or forfeits (loses) himself?

I’m thankful that at the age of 16, I lost my life one day as I cried out to God in repentance, was baptized in the name of Jesus and later filled with the precious gift of His Spirit.  It was the greatest loss of my life, and yet at the same time it was my greatest gain.  I’ve found that this “losing” experience that I had was not meant to be a one time thing.  God wants me and everyone who calls themself a Christian to continually be lost to our will and desires that we might have the gain of having Him live in us and work through us.  It’s not always easy, but He does give us overcoming power when we are filled with His Spirit and seek to do those things that are pleasing to Him.  Only through Jesus can losers become winners!