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I taught my first Made to Crave class September 7, 2014. The class started with five ladies. I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed it wasn’t a huge class but as I prayed the Lord reminded me that the women who were there were sent by Him. By the end of the 12 week class, I had one student. Yes, one. I had seriously considered throwing in the towel and not teaching the class again but as the word spread more and more ladies started asking about it. In hindsight, the one person who stayed really needed me there as a friend more than a teacher. Yes, she was in need of nutritional guidance but she was more in need of someone to listen and care about her. I am thankful it played out that way! God always knows what He is doing even when it makes no sense in our finite minds.
Fast forward three years, and we have seven ladies this semester! That is a great size for a class of this nature and I now know with all my heart that the women have been placed here by God. He changed me and gave me clarity about my role as a class leader.

Now, if I can just get my act together and do my homework….

Made to Crave God, Not Food

Tomorrow night I will embark on a journey with a group of ladies through Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. I want to change the climate of this blog for 12 weeks and chart my journey. I have taught this class four semesters and each time it has been a sweet time of fellowship for the ladies. This time around, I will be participating. Since I had my daughter in October, I have had a more difficult time controlling my food choices and fitting in exercise. I know that ultimately a lot of my eating is a result of stress, lack of preparedness and lack of self-control. Ultimately, it comes down to making choices that glorify the Lord and are healthy for me both physically and spiritually. I look forward to sharing what I learn over the next 12 weeks. If you are interested in learning more about this book, you can visit Lysa’s website here.

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Welcome Back!

Wow! Has it really been almost 2 years since I posted? Several things have changed since then. I decided to close my nutrition consulting business. With a full-time job, it was costing me more to keep the business going. It was a difficult decision but God always has a better plan! We started a new company at my current employer and with that new company came a new voice over gig that paid very well.

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Fast forward to February 2016 when my husband and I found out we were expecting! Fast forward again to October 29, 2016 – our beautiful Addie Grace was born!

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Life has been a bit crazy since then! She will be 4 months old next week. As you can imagine, nutrition was last on my mind during the last several months. Although, I am thankful I did not gain much during my pregnancy. I stuck to my workouts as much as possible (thank you Orange Theory!). Over the last month, I have started cooking and trying to get us back on track.

They opened a Sprouts near us and boy was I excited to check it out! We went the other night and spent a small fortune. Their produce is beautiful and they have an excellent organic selection. I purchased Daikon radish mainly because it was pretty. Turns out they are high in potassium and vitamin C. What does on do with Daikon you ask? I did not know either so I started researching. Most of the recipes were stir-fry and salads. I decided to shred it using my Salad Master tool along with some rainbow carrots. Topped with sesame oil, rice vinegar and soy sauce it was a perfect combo! My plan is to start posting recipes again! Happy Friday!

Organic Gardening with Essential Oils

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Gardening this summer? The warmer weather brings a multitude of pests; ants, aphids, web worms, caterpillars and let’s not forget the trusty snail. Snails did a number on my squash before I knew about oils in the garden. 😦 Never fear! You can garden without pesticides! Here are some essential oils that can help keep your garden healthy and thriving and your family safe!

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FIT Hits the PAN Friday – Bake-free Chocolate Oat Cookies

Wow! It has been over a month since I posted anything. I would like to say that it is because I have been so busy but that really isn’t the case. I suppose I just needed a break. In May, I decided not to renew my nutrition counselor certification. It was a little pricey and since I dissolved my LLC back in January there really wasn’t a huge need to continue for another two years. I am still interested in helping people learn how to love a healthy lifestyle, but my work schedule didn’t allow the time I needed to build a successful business. This was not an easy decision, but with the saturation of the health and wellness market it really requires a full-time schedule to make money. I am thankful for every client I had over the last two years and seeing their success was so rewarding. I pray that the Lord opens the door again at some point. Until that time, I am still teaching Made to Crave at my church twice a year which is my passion. I have met some terrific women who love the Lord and have a desire to honor Him with their lifestyle choices. I look forward to my next class in the Fall! I know He is in control and will direct my paths to bring Him glory!

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I came across this recipe on Facebook and it originated at Healthy Holistic Living. This was another case of “Hey, I have most of these ingredients on hand so let’s make it!” I have not actually made the recipe yet but I plan to do so this afternoon. It has been sitting on my counter for a week and every night I tell my husband that I am making them tomorrow. Today is tomorrow! 😉 Enjoy! Check out the main website for a great explanation of the ingredients.

Bake-free Chocolate Oat Cookies – yields three dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of quick-cooking oats
  • ¾ cup of raw organic honey
  • ⅔ cup of almond butter, optional
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of pink Himalayan pink salt

Directions

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the honey, almond butter and coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Stir in the oats, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and pink salt until everything is fully incorporated and coated.
  4. Use a spoon or small ice cream scoop to drop mounds of your mixture on the parchment-lined baking sheets.
  5. Place your cookies in the freezer for at least 15 minutes so that they can set.
  6. Store your healthy cookies in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer (depending on how hard you would like your cookies to be,) and that’s it! That’s a pretty quick and easy recipe right?

She laughs without fear of the future…

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I came across this verse this morning when putting together an email for my Made to Crave girls. We finished up our 12 week class last week. I am looking forward to the Fall when I can meet the next group of ladies the Lord brings to the class!

Every Christian woman longs and hopefully strives to be a “Proverbs 31” woman. The part of this verse that caught my attention was the second half, “and laughs without fear of the future.” Aside from our daily struggles with career, family and life, this world is growing more and more chaotic by the minute. As women of God we are called to “laugh without fear of the future?” That sounds like a tall order! The original translation in Hebrew is the word sachaq. It is a verb meaning “to make sport, to jest, to laugh mockingly.” It is hard to laugh or jest at the future when we are given a bad health diagnosis or we lose our job or our child is acting out in a manner we cannot control, but there it is. That elusive Proverbs 31 woman, she does just that!

Scripture is full of commands from the Lord not to have fear. The words “do not fear” appear 69 times throughout scripture; “do not be afraid” shows up over 60 as well! Are you seeing a pattern? So what does that mean to us? In her book The Power of a Praying Wife, Stormie Omartian says if our lives are in any way controlled by something other than the Holy Spirit, we must have deliverance from that. If we have a tormenting fear, we need the perfect love of God to set us free. I am paraphrasing since she was obviously referring to our husbands, but you get the gist.

We cannot have fear and have our eyes on the Lord at the same time. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and a sound mind.” Since fear is not from the Lord that means it is of the devil. The devil wants to separate us from God and will use any and every method he can to do just that! When we are buried in the fear of the future, we cannot keep our eyes on the goodness of the Lord.

Let’s be women clothed with strength and dignity and laugh without fear of the future! God is in control!

Lord, I pray you would deliver us from all fear. Whenever we are controlled by fear, liberate us to know You in such depth that Your love perfects us and casts out all fear. Keep us from making decisions motivated by fear rather than being led by Your Spirit. Take away any fear that oppresses, alters, or limits our life. Help us to understand that freedom is found in Your presence. I pray that when we are set free, we will recognize it is You who liberated us and we will give you the glory. I know that when you set us free, we are free forever. Overflow us with your liberating love that brings wholeness. Help us to overcome all our fear so that we can be a support and encouragement to others in overcoming theirs. We know fear indicates a lack of faith in Your ability to take care of us. Strengthen our faith to believe that we have not received a spirit of bondage (Romans 8:15). Instead, we have received a Savior who loves us to wholeness.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

(Prayer adapted from The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian)