Back to the Basics
It’s a New Year. With that brings change, resolutions, etc.
For most individuals, a new diet, a new exercise routine and many other
goals related to health and fitness are right up there. Well, for the next 12 months Jen and I hope to provide you with Basic tools that will help you adopt a lifestyle change for you and your family. We believe there is no quick fix, no special diet or pill.
We believe with God’s grace and forgiveness to yourself, there CAN be a
continuous healthy journey – just as you build your relationship with God. Each month we want to help you build a healthy relationship with food and fitness.
There is no one package that works for everyone. God made us all different shapes and sizes
for his purpose and reason.
Jen and I would like to provide you with simple steps to make a permanent change. Nutrition and
Fitness can be extremely overwhelming; there are so many pressures from our
society, the media, magazines, etc. Our goal for you is to make your journey with us SIMPLE. This month let’s begin with 2 simple steps. Are you ready?
Make a mental picture of your plate. Got it? Now imagine that same plate with more FRUIT on it. To keep things simple, that’s the only aspect we’re asking you to change. Please visit the following website www.choosemyplate.com for valuable information on Fruits.
Remember we are not here to measure, weigh or calculate.
This needs to remain simple or we are going to lose you. However, the following chart can help regarding what a serving size looks like. This is a great chart to print out and put on your fridge. Continue to take a snap shot when you are preparing a plate and have fun with it! Get the kids in involved.
eau (French), acqua (Italian), agua (Spanish, Portuguese),
wasser (German), water (Dutch) mizu (Japanese), apa (Romanian)……………I
think you get the point.
Increase your water intake. Water is your body’s principal chemical
component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in
your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for the proper functioning of ear, nose and throat tissues.
Everyone has heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.
So there you have it. TWO simple steps to get you started in making
a lifestyle change.
If this month’s topic was simple for you, congratulate yourself and keep it up. If this month’s topic is new to you, no worries, change is hard. It’s not meant to be easy. In the end, it will bring healthy results and you will begin to feel good about your choices.
Stay tuned for next month as Jen will talk about Alkaline
Foods with an emphasis on greens and raw foods.
Mayo Clinic Staff (n.d)
Water: How much should you
drink every day? Retrieved from
Laine Tvrdik & Jen Brinsmade
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me