Invest in Yourself

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“Invest in your future.” Have you ever heard this phrase before? I had heard it several times when I was in high school and in my early years of college. In general, people who use this phrase are referring to receiving an education or getting their finances together. These two areas are both great and important things to invest in, but we often forget other areas of our lives that require investing. If we don’t invest now, we can end up broke, and not necessarily financially. Continue reading

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Steak and Lentil Soup

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This soup is full of vegetables and healthy lentils. Although we recommend that red meat be enjoyed sparingly, this recipe is made healthier by using flank steak instead of more traditional cuts of meat that have more fat. This recipe makes many servings so you can enjoy with family, or freeze the leftovers to use another time.

Recipe highlights:

  • Excellent source of protein
  • Full of Iron
  • Full of vitamin B12
  • Antioxidant rich

This recipe can be used while on the diabetes or weight loss programs. One serving is 1 ½ cups. Make it a complete meal by enjoying with a large green salad. Be sure to only eat occasionally. Continue reading

Forgiving Yourself

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Why do we have a hard time forgiving ourselves? As I’ve thought about this question I’ve narrowed it down to three main reason. 1. Shame 2. An incorrect view of the experience or mistakes in general. 3. A misunderstanding of how we learn.

Shame is a different emotion than guilt. Guilt is actually a healthy emotion that helps us in our development. When we do something that goes against our own values or our divine nature, we feel guilty. This emotion is a message from the body to let us know we are not in line with our values. We can then correct the issue and move forward.

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The Secret Ingredient

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In the movie Kung Fu Panda, we follow the journey of Po, a young panda who is told that he is a prophesied warrior destined to achieve greatness and become the protector of the land. The problem is, Po is overweight, clumsy, and seemingly not at all the warrior type. He spends a portion of the movie training, doing his best to catch up with the Kung Fu masters, but he fails spectacularly at first. He starts to believe that he is nothing special, and will never be the great hero he’s supposed to be. Continue reading

Splinters

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Recently I was driving home with my kids, when my four year old said, “Mommy, do you remember when I had that splinter and you had to take it out?”

“Yes, I remember” I replied

“Well, that hurt.”

“I know, sweetie, but it would hurt more to leave it in.”

As I thought about that, the impression came to me that many of us are living with emotional splinters. We leave them there, because we think it will be easier than to pull it out.

Although emotional splinters can represent many things, today I want to focus on forgiveness. Continue reading

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

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This meal includes all of the flavor of tacos but with lettuce leaves instead of tortillas. This simple meal includes a variety of healthful benefits like vitamins A,C, and fiber from the lettuce. The pico de gallo salsa aids in body detoxification and strengthening the immune system, and the pinto beans contain fiber, protein, and more vitamins. These are just some of the health benefits for this quick and flavorful mean, enjoy!

This recipe includes our taco seasoning and pico de gallo recipes. We suggest making them ahead of time to cut back on prep time.

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Not Born to Quit

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There’s something you learn once your child begins to walk. They get into everything! This is so true with my daughter. We’ve had to move books, movies, and other things higher so she doesn’t get into them. What’s (sometimes) funny to watch is how my daughter still looks for ways to get the things we put out of her reach. She is persistent and resourceful. She really doesn’t know when to quit. If you watch any child, you’ll see a similar persistence. They’ll do what they can to get your food, a toy, attention, and are especially persistent when learning to crawl and walk. As I’ve watched my daughter, though, I realized that she really doesn’t give up. It occurred to me that every single one of us is born with an innate determination not to quit. We are born persistent.

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