Saturday, January 2, 2010


Day 2- continued
Definition: Any association between two species populations
that live together is symbiotic, whether the species
benefit, harm, or have no effect on one another.

Mental, Physical and Spiritual! SYMBIOTIC!
In my search for answers "why I choose unhealthy food choices, when I CLEARLY KNOW they are wrong" I have unfolded a two facts:

FIRST: Habit
I have a history of eating for pleasure, I seek food during stress, I desire certain foods when I want to reward or comfort myself.... I hum and ahhh over a menu at a restaurant choosing what "sounds" good. Ya, know thinking "gee what do I FEEL like having".

Yet, why can't I use COMMON SENSE when choosing foods
KNOWING that I'll only feel worse and the effects are SAD making poor food choices.

Yes, I want to step back into the 80's and BLAME MY MOTHER. After all, "we're Italian" by heritage. So, the moment you wake up, sit up and make eye contact with your mama - It's ALL ABOUT FOOD! Ok, food sustains life. But, in my life food was the driving force for everything! "Your father works hard to put food on the table...." "Come sit, have something to eat..." "what's a matter??.... ahhh... Sit I'll make you something to eat!". I could go on and on.... but the reality is
I AM NOW AWARE OF THIS! Food is not the enemy, just a Money is not the evil.... it is the soul of MAN that is the problem.

SECOND: Spiritual Warfare
I don't want to point out the obvious -
For those who know the Lord, Who know the Word of God.... KNOW that only a relationship with the Lord Can Satisfy.
Emotional Eating, Eating for Socializing, Eating because ..... Well, really I've never really needed a reason to Eat. JUST .... Mangiare!

This past few months, I have become more and more convinced that being overweight and struggling with "diets" stems from having developed/aquired Unhealthy Habit and it is a SPIRITUAL Battle.
It makes me disappointed and Sad to see Nurses, Doctors and Ministers of the Gospel! - Overweight.
Yet, I better take the "chocolate layer cake" out of my eye before I judge others who have a chocolate chip in theirs!
How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?

That is why I'm on a mission, journey to discover the truth. For me!
21 days of developing new lifestyle habits: Physically, Spiritually and Mentally

BALANCE - Mental, physical and Spiritual. When one thing is not functioning properly it WILL affect the other two areas of our lives. It can't help it - they are intertwined, related, symbiotic. Think about when you stub your toe! A simple example. The Physical Pain is expressed by a scream (maybe a few expletives) ..... "OH GOD! Help me, that hurt". Then Fear sets in (Mental and Spiritual is involved in fear) that the toe may have broke!
Yap, Physical, Mental and Spiritual. I think you know what I'm talking about....

ok, lets go to the next step:
You walk past Cinnabon Store at the Mall and smell the fragrance of the warm Cinnamon rolls floating past your nose. Your mouth waters, your eye's light up and then BAM! You say " I don't really NEED that"... but your body mysteriously follows the aroma and you even STAND IN LINE to wait your turn to buy the stupid roll that you know isn't good for YOU!
Mental, Physical and Spiritual - BATTLE IS HAPPENING! Think about it!


1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Spiritual: I will overcome - Therefore I shall not be ruled by my desire to EAT!
When I want to eat something that isn't a healthy choice I WILL CONFESS HIS WORD. "Greater is he in me than he that is in the FOOD!". OH, ya.... I don't want to be EVE and eat the forbidden fruit! well, apples are good, but APPLE Pie's are NOT a healthy choice!

Mental: I will learn today. I think I'll research herbs that decrease inflammation.

Physical: PUMP IT UP today.
Although "Bob Green" in this book "The Best Life Diet" states in Chapter One - Phase One- Title: Weigh IN. "...put away the scale away, and don't look at it for another four weeks." He states that fluctuation in your weight during the early stage of weight loss can send you on an emotional roller coaster. The scale isn't a good indicator of what's going on in your body due to water-weight gain or loss."

Well, for me, I disagree. It motivates me each time. I weight first thing (after the bathroom) in the morning. My scale has the weight, water weight and BMI. Never the less. It makes me accountable to look at what I did the day before! No, delusion there. Yes, I exercised yesterday, but I also ate BROWNIES! So, how do I cry when I see weight gain- Fat not water! OUCH!

TODAY- I'm going fill up my pitcher of water with lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper ! and drink my 8+ glasses (8 oz glasses). This is fabulous for energy and detox. (detox- I'll talk about that subject later). We do this in the hospitals for our patients. Fill up the pitcher so we can calculate the intake of the patient for the day. Well, I find that "people" always say that they drink a lot of water. But, truth is most of the time the suck on the same bottle all day! Or they start a bottle and forget where they put it and start a new one.... well, let's just say - reality is MOST people "Think" they drink a lot but don't. So, I say pour the days amount of water (add lemon juice which is great for "detox" and Cayenne pepper which speed up the metabolism) and be ACCOUNTABLE to drink all the water in the pitcher by the end of the Day!

The simplest calculation is the 60-40-20 rule.

  • Total Body Water = 60% of body weight
  • Intracellular fluid = 40% of body weight
  • Extracellular fluid = 20% of body weight
Yes, Water is LIFE! Although some Physicians tell you that you can count coffee, juice and teas as fluid intake
I SAY NO. WATER, WATER, Water.... (Unless your on a fluid restriction due to health reasons- ie. CHF)

Gotta run - literally - 15/15/15

Salute! to my friends and Family
......... and PRAISE GOD FOR A NEW DAY - I commit this day unto Him and will praise HIM for his goodness.
Lord fill my heart and mouth with praise for YOU. (this way my mouth will be too full to shovel in food, and my heart will be satisfied for you and not seek the wrong foods! especially brownies). AMEN