Are you ready for change?

I encourage you to do this 90 Day Spiritual Journey Toward food freedom. Do it by yourself and keep a journal. Let go and let God. Lean into His strength. You won’t regret it.

“Why do you still hesitate? Because of the addiction! Even though you want to be free from the pain, the weight, and the insanity, you really don’t want to live without the comfort food brings from stress and anxiety. Food gives you something, and though it comes with grave consequences, you like the pleasure of a good binge. The excess food is there for a reason . . .

My friend, now that you understand how Jesus has personally invited you into divine healing, you may ask: “Am I really ready for this?”

“Freedom Reflection

Spend some time today prayerfully considering these questions: Are you ready to invite Jesus to participate in your journey from addiction to freedom? What does your food addiction give you that you cannot let go of? Why might you want to keep it around? Imagine life without your addiction, then imagine all of the obstacles in the way of that life. Spend some time in prayer over each item on that list.”

Excerpt From

Satisfied

Dr. Rhona Epstein

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/satisfied/id1318657269?mt=11

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Health and Weight Loss Video & Not Using Fats to Numb Pain/Stress

I reposted this video on health (especially with chronic diseases) and weight loss by Dr. Kerrie Saunders. Here are a few slides. You can see that a lot of times, we have muscles under the fat. But the excess fat is unhealthy in many ways and disease causing. I realized in watching this that the reason many of us eat/ate too many fats (even TOO many healthy plant fats) is due to stress and depression. In that sense, just as sugar is often used as a drug and can become a stronghold, fat can do the same.

If one is struggling with food addiction, Measure out omega-3 fats like walnuts, ground flaxseeds, and chia seeds as Dr. Joel Fuhrman recommends to get the brain and body benefits but to help limit them for those of us prone to addiction and excess. “But I STILL overeat on them!” you may say. That’s where I think the Bible studies and devotionals I posted about the other day will be helpful. You KNOW what to do but still can’t do it? Do it with God’s help and strength for true, lasting success.

5 Years Free from Sugar by God’s Grace

Today, December 27th, 2018 is my 5th anniversary of being free from sugar. When I started my nutrient-rich whole food plant based journey in July 2013, I had many successes but I had not fully removed sugar. It was a struggle for me being a sugar addict. Finally, on December 27, 2013, having lost some weight but still not feeling great due to the sugar-laden, floured vegan desserts, I committed to stopping sugar 100%. On my own, I am powerless to have been 100% abstinent from sugar since then. But by God’s strength and grace, I have been.

“I can do all through Him who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13

As I continue this life long journey into greater health I recommit daily not only to continue to be abstinent against sugar (plus oil, salt, peanuts/PB, and flour) but to work at honoring my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and to eat according to the plan that has improved my health. That means not overeating even on healthy foods. Being a food addict makes it difficult for us to always regulate the amount of food our bodies really need. But believe me, with God’s strength and grace we can recommit daily and do it!

This December I started the devotional “Satisfied: A 90-Day Journey Toward Food Freedom” by Dr. Rhona Epstein. I will finish it by my birthday on March 21, 2019.

If you have read all the books, listened to all the success stories, watched all the documentaries, have a clean food environment but STILL find yourself stuck or not reaching the health and weight loss goals you want and need, please give it to God. Use his strength to help you commit to health daily. Dr. Epstein’s book as well as Barb Ravelings books and free app “I Deserve a Donut and Other Lies That Make You Eat” will help tremendously if you make the promise to God and yourself to commit to a solid plan for your health.

We really have so much to lose in a positive sense and much to gain to help with the necessary losses.

Michael’s First Marathon Meeting

“Nothing significant in life is accomplished alone.26.2”

Coach Rick Muhr

Tonight was Michael Besson’s first team meeting with The Marathon Coalition and it’s fabulous, knowledgeable, passionate, and compassionate Coach Rick, his running coaches, and the runners from various charities that they will coach. The long runs will be on Saturday mornings starting this Saturday. Over the next several months, Michael and his teammates will run the entire course of the marathon up to Hereford and Boylston Streets. They’ll stop there on their final long run because they’ll save and savor the moment of turning onto Boylston Street to finish the last stretch on Patriots Day, April 15, 2018.

Michael is so excited and blessed to have this fabulous group to coach him to run and finish Boston to benefit the work and mission of inclusion for all of The Play Brigade! The Play Brigade team of runners are a great group that are already supportive and even working on helping to get Michael guides for outdoor runs during the week. Any local runners 🏃🏿‍♀️ 🏃🏽 in the Dorchester area who can help with that too, please inbox me. And you won’t believe this but the two guides that Michael has for the Marathon have a lot in common with us—they are a husband and wife team who are Plant Based runners! And the husband is a guitarist like Michael! Cool huh?!

Will you donate to support Michael’s run? Please donate any amount—$5, $10, $15, $50, $100, $500) here https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/playbrigadeboston2019/michaelbesson

Michael to Run 2019 Boston Marathon

I’m SO happy to announce that my incredible husband Michael Besson will be running the 2019 Boston Marathon with The Play Brigade Team! The Play Brigade, Inc. is an awesome organization that promotes and builds inclusive opportunities in play, recreation, and sports for people with disabilities to fully participate. Michael and our three children are all legally blind and our children have additional disabilities as well including autism and intellectual impairment. Our family and many many others have directly benefited from the work of The Play Brigade on including people of ALL abilities!

Please SHARE widely and often and please Contribute whatever you can to this great cause and to support Michael’s Boston Marathon run for them! Next Tuesday, November 27, 2018 is Giving Tuesday and John Hancock will match donations given then. November 27th also happens to be Michael’s birthday. Please consider giving a special donation on that day! Running Boston has been Michael’s dream for so long and we are so happy to see this dream come to fruition with such a great team! Thank you family and friends!

Go Michael!! 🏃🏽

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/playbrigadeboston2019/michaelbesson

Upcoming Weight Loss Bible Study with my PBGG page and FREE App and Podcast by Taste for Truth!

Upcoming Weight Loss Bible Study with my PBGG page and FREE App and Podcast by Taste for Truth!

App: I Deserve a Donut by Barb Raveling https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/i-deserve-a-donut/id529567174?mt=8

Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Encouragement Podcast by Barb Raveling

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/taste-for-truth-weight-loss-encouragement/id1203994286?mt=2

Also, see her website at http://www.barbraveling.com.

AND, if you want to participate with me in a Christian Health and Weight Loss Bible Study with Plant Based God’s Grace beginning the end of next week (Friday after Thanksgiving) then just comment “me” then be on the lookout for the Post announcement and information on the books/texts/apps we will use. In the meantime, feel free to download the free app “I Deserve A Donut” based on the book “I Deserve A Donut and Other Lies…” and begin to use the great techniques to start helping us honor our bodies as the Temple of the Holy Spirit and to no longer use food (even healthful whole plant foods) as idols and reasons for emotional eating.

The Power Of Habit

The Power Of Habit

I’ve been reading The Power Of Habit (on Audible) by Charles Duhigg as I’m traveling between schools for my job and sometimes while walking and running. Today I listened while doing a slow walk steep incline on the treadmill.

The lessons in this book go FAR beyond how to create habits to lose weight and sustain weight loss. It has implications for every area of life including schools, businesses, hospitals, etc. I’m struck by account after account of how EGO gets in the way of success and preventing errors and problems, how people thinking others have to “stay in their place” impedes collaboration and progress. Definitely worth the read.