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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
One morning I woke from a dream that was particularly realistic. The vivid colors popped with intensity exclaiming, ‘what a glorious day to be alive!’ The blue sky was flawless, apart from a few billowy clouds. I sensed I was near a mountainous region with dense forestation reaching off into the distance abd branches stretching towards the sun and praising the Creator.
Alleluia, my Redeemer lives! My Savior loves me unconditionally and beyond measure (John 3:16). The Lord's mercy and grace surround and enfold us all, and He will be forever near! He loves us, oh how he loves us, God loves us forevermore...
Blessings, Kathy Goodhew
Thursday, January 17, 2013
So what’s the secret? The thing is, the information is out there, but some of us don’t make a habit of going out there to look for it or maybe we just aren't asking the right questions. My doctor never came right out and offered any expertize for my situation until I boldly asked for help. This is what I was told; reduce sugar intake and cut back on salt (I already knew), cut back on the bad carbs and stay away from everything white which includes white flour, white rice, white sugar, white potato's (spikes blood sugar), etc. anyway, you get the picture. My need to play dedective took off full-throttle as I began searching the internet like a mad woman for additional bits of advice.
The scare was actually good, because it got me out my complacent zone and led me down the research path seeking ways to improve my odds for better health which included finding out the right foods to eat and purposefully getting more exercise. Six months later I can say candidly, I walk longer, more frequently, and at a faster pace. I have increased energy, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, good cholesterol readings, and the frosting on the cake is that I have dropped three dress sizes and still losing! Without even trying, my spouse lost weight as well. My mindset and attitude changed as well.
I am so thankful for the scare which turned my health around so I am able to enjoy a fuller life. But most importantly I am thankful for the Heavenly Father's urging me along to re-evalute my no-plan so I could clearly see how to make those changes.So, this is what I came up with;
Hebrews 12:11: "All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness."
Foods that clean the liver and kill belly fat
5. Green Tea 6. Leafy green vegetables
7. Avocados 8. Apples
9. Olive Oil 10. Whole grains
11. Cruciferous vegies;
(Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Radishes, Bok Choy, & Spinach)
12. Lemons and Limes 13. Walnuts 14. Berries (see below)
1. Soda Pop 2. Desserts
5. Flavored yogurt (too much sugar - Try plain, add fruit & stevia sweetener)
6. White flour Bread and Pasta (Instead, eat small portions of whole wheat products
or choose brown rice, quinoa, or amaranth products)
7. Cereals (choose small portions of a whole wheat or brown rice puff cereal)
8. Avoid or use sugar 'sparingly' (opt for stevia sweetener)
I hope you found this article helpful. Before embarking on any health plan, I urge you to please consult your health professional, because they know your health issues.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Yes, each of us has varying degrees of stress, so what does it mean when many of us must withstand raised levels of stress on a daily basis? If one is under stress frequently, it can lead to damage of a person's physical health. Those stress hormones still rush the body's system, preparing one for action. Those physical changes related with stress may be a recipe for some of the leading causes of death such as heart disease and cancer.
There were times when the daily stress of coping with an explosive spouse felt solely unbearable. The same heart I gave so lovingly to my very first love was now breaking with extreme grief for that which had somehow withered and wasted away. Oh, my broken heart continued to beat, but it sputtered and coughed from being plunged in the toxins of a rancid and harmful relationship. These insides of mine quaked with fear as I tiptoed on eggshells so as not to upset my quick-tempered spouse and I spent countless hours with a desperate need for air, escape, or justice. At the time I think I craved all three!
I was not the only victim. The children came down with numerous physical ailments when the stress became more prevalent and my innocent daughter was under the impression that she was somehow to blame for her mommy and daddy's fights. I realized this had to stop! And yet, I didn’t know where to turn for help, so ended up feeling alone, rejected, fearful, angry, and undeniably discouraged and frustrated.
But the strangest thing happened. I began to get a clearer image of my own involvement and responsiblity regarding my health and well-being. Somehow I had mistakenly allowed another human to take control over me, nearly crushing my spirit and paving the way for my illnessess. Miraculously I also discovered that God was nearer than I imagined when He spoke through my grandmother to knock some sense into me. Somehow she knew I was being verbally, emotionally and physically abused as she revealed a revelation to me. "Kathy, how can you profess to love God and others if you don't love yourself? If you continue to allow someone to demean, belittle, abuse, and be unfaithful to you, you clearly don't love yourself and have not been following the first and greatest commandment!"
Wow, this was a hard lesson to digest, but knew it was required. But a changeover has a way of being difficult, but it can also be a pivotal moment of unearthing a breakthrough! During that time I discovered that in the midst of my darkest moments my savior was lifting me up and carrying me through and beyond the darkness. When He knew I was safe, He carefully placed me on firm ground where I could get my footing once again. As I became willing and ready to listen to the unseen holy spirit for guidance, I discovered I was able to do the impossible. I let go of the bitterness and the hate and handed it over to God. It was then that God's forgiveness of me freed me so I could forgive my antagonist and batterer, making way for the chains of my stress to gradually disappear before permanent damage occured.
Deuteronomy 31:8 "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."