Monthly Archives: April 2012


Faith and it’s impact on Stress

Peaceful Sunset

Sunset on Northwood lake

Life and stress… let’s face it…. We all have to deal with some type of stress in our lives daily.  For the most part, we deal with it almost effortlessly and seem to manage just fine.  But what about when we can’t deal with stress?  What if we are constantly bombarded and are unable to deflect the blows?

How we react to stress and stressful situations can determine our health. Some turn to unhealthy behaviors to try and deal with stress, they could include alcohol and substance abuse.  Others may turn to food.  Others still may light up a cigarette or stay up into the wee hours on the internet, trying to find relief, but actually causing more harm by sacrificing sleep.  These behaviors negatively affect our health and well being.

Faith can be the anchor that keeps a person steady in times of stress and turmoil.  Biblical principles can be the rudder that keeps us on course, no matter how the sea of life is tossing us.  These principles often enable us to live a life much less impacted by stress…stress that others would see as overwhelming .

In one of the verses of a song I wrote, called, “Fill me up with Jesus” I struggle with troubles & stress, but when I look to Jesus, I am reminded He is all I need.

“Lord, I feel I’m drifting, getting bumped along life’s way.

Sometimes I feel my sails are torn and any storm could make me sway.

I need some reassurance that the path I walk is true.

Sometimes I feel I’m empty and my resources are few.

Fill me up with Jesus, til there’s room for nothing else, no room for pride or prejudice,

Til there’s nothing left of self

Fill me up with Jesus; He’s all the fuel I need,

He holds me and consoles me, on His Word, I wish to feed”.

We still have all the potential stressors, but how we react to them determines our health or lack of.  If we can look through our “God lens”, so to speak and rely on Him for support, we will not be so overwhelmed.  A steadfast faith and a positive attitude can certainly impact our mental and physical health and impact what our lifestyle habits and choices are.

I believe it is our habits that largely impact our health and the very quality of our lives.

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AIM’s Veggie D is a Vitamin D Powerhouse

Vitamin D Powerhouse!

AIM Veggie D

An exciting new ingredient and an exciting new taste have come together to form the new Veggie D™ from The AIM Companies!

A vitamin D powerhouse, Veggie D derives its D from an all-natural source never before found in a beverage: shiitake and button mushrooms.

Combined with a blend of twelve vegetables and lycopene-rich tomatoes, the mushrooms give Veggie D™ a savory taste — smooth and rich in a beverage concentrate or hearty and full-flavored in a soup or sauce.

The new Veggie D™ is unlike any other vitamin D product you can find, and it gives this product lineup a savory, satisfying taste treat.

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The Science Behind The Product:  Few companies can boast an all-natural, food source of vitamin D. And none can say their D comes from both shiitake and button mushrooms.

The AIM Companies is the first.  Veggie D™ provides 500 International Units (IU) of vitamin D per serving, 126 percent of the Daily Recommended Intake (US). The AIM Companies™ chose mushrooms as a source of vitamin D2 over animal sources of vitamin D3, which are primarily derived from lanolin or sheep wax.

Wild mushrooms naturally create vitamin D2 when exposed to sunlight. Commercially grown mushrooms are grown in the dark and only contain a minimal amount of vitamin D. AIM’s mushrooms are exposed to UVB light, which simulates natural sunlight exposure. After this short exposure to UVB light, the mushrooms are dried and milled into powder.

The Nutrition Benefits of Veggie D™:  With 500 IU of vitamin D per serving, Veggie D™ is an ideal source of this essential vitamin and one of the healthiest alternatives available.  The importance of this sunshine vitamin is growing as research mounts as to vitamin D’s benefits for osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cancer and several autoimmune diseases.

The most commonly known benefit of vitamin D is that it aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones.

In addition, it works in the body to modulate cell growth, boost immune function and reduce inflammation. Many cells have vitamin D receptors. This explains the vitamin’s many benefits.

Deficiencies in D are common due to lack of sun exposure and the few naturally-occurring whole-food sources of the vitamin. Such deficiencies can lead to heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Without D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Upwards of forty million adults in the United States have or are at risk for osteoporosis, which is most often associated with poor calcium intake and absorption. Children must be careful, too, as a vitamin D deficiency may result in rickets, a disease of the bones.

Veggie D’s other nutritional calling card is lycopene, a pigment that gives tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables their red color. Lycopene acts as an antioxidant in the body, protecting against free radical damage.

The most common association with lycopene is with the prostate. Several studies have shown that lycopene helps lower the risk of prostate cancer and may increase energy.

Its antioxidant properties also help with reducing bad cholesterol and protecting against infertility, osteoporosis, and eye diseases.

The Savory Taste of Veggie D™

Veggie D™ has a savory, hearty taste. The vegetable and tomato mix lends a robust flavor that works well as a nutritious beverage, a complementary mix-in or a tasty ingredient in foods.

On its own, Veggie D™ has a rich taste with veggie ingredients that pop. Combined with other AIM vegetable concentrates like BarleyLife or the garden Trio, Veggie D™ complements the products.

Try Veggie D™ in a multitude of different ways in the kitchen — as a soup, a sauce, or an ingredient in a variety of dishes. Here are just a few foods that could do with a sprinkle of Veggie D™:

  • Hearty soups
  • Pasta sauces
  • Salads

Whether you try Veggie D for its savory taste, its vitamin D delivery, or its fourteen natural food ingredients, you won’t be disappointed.

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Reference:  AIM Living Well magazine May 2012

pH and AIM BarleyLife

Our cells cannot function efficiently if the pH (which measures acidity and alkalinity) is not in a narrow range. Many foods are acidifying, and when we consume too many of them, the acid-alkaline balance is upset. Green barley grass contains the alkalizing minerals potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals neutralize acidic materials and can help maintain a healthy acid-alkaline balance.

Helps Balance your Body's pH

Fast Food is Fast Absorption

In 1964, only 1 person in 214 contracted Cancer. Today it is 1 in 3 females and 1 in 2 males. The determining factor between health and disease is pH. It is not uncommon for the average American to test between 4 pH to 5 pH.                                 Oxygen levels in the body are directly related to pH.   Research has proven that disease cannot survive in an alkaline state, however, viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, Candida and Cancer cells thrive in a low oxygen, / low pH environment.  There are two factors that are ALWAYS present with cancer no matter what else may be present. Those two factors are Acid pH and Lack of Oxygen.

AIM BarleyLife: has a strong alkalizing effect, which helps keep the ratio between acidity and alkalinity in our body fluids balanced.   Green barley leaves contain a multitude of    enzymes. Enzymes are essential for the thousands of chemical reactions that occur throughout the body, including the absorption of digested nutrients.   order AIM BarleyLife

Chlorophyll has been studied for its potential in stimulating tissue growth and in stimulating red blood cells in connection with oxygen supply. A remarkable similarity has been found between chlorophyll and the red pigment in the blood. According to an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, chlorophyll fed to laboratory animals reduces absorption of three dietary carcinogens.

Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin, plays an important role in growth and development,    immune functions, red blood cell production, reproduction, and the development and maintenance of healthy skin, hair, and mucous membranes.  The vitamin A in BarleyLife is beta-carotene, which is the most efficient of the carotenoids for conversion to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is also an important antioxidant known to protect cells.

Folic acid helps produce and maintain new cells—it is needed to make DNA and RNA, the building blocks of cells.  Folic acid in BarleyLife helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.                                                                                                                                                 References:  AIM BarleyLife data sheet 2011

Jesus Had a Choice…He Chose You.

What is Easter?  I pondered that question recently.  Is it a time of renewal, a time for great joy and a time to celebrate?  Yes, but what else does it mean?

Let’s take a look at a few Bible verses and understand what Jesus did and why he did it. In Acts 2:22 and 23, it reads,

Jesus and the empty tomb

“Jesus from Nazareth was a very special man.  God clearly showed this to you by the miracles, wonders, and other signs He did through Jesus.  You know this because it happened right here among you.  Jesus was given to you, and with the help of those who don’t know the law, you put him to death by nailing him to a cross.  But this was God’s plan, which he made a long time ago; He knew all this would happen”.

Jesus knew what he had to do.  He came to earth to redeem us.  There was no other way to be reconciled with God.  Jesus would rather sacrifice himself and be separated from The Father briefly, than to let us go to hell with no way out.  He loved us and loves us that much!  He knew what was coming and he chose to follow God anyway.

Easter is the focal point of the Christian faith and it is rightly so.  The resurrection is what really matters.  It is God’s promise fulfilled, Jesus died to save us…you and me.  We were condemned, the cell door was locked and the key was thrown away.  There was no way we could ever live up to a perfect God.  We were lost and the saddest part is that some people don’t even know it.  Jesus knew that He was the only way to reconcile man to God.  We were separated from our Creator by sin.  Satan thought he had all the bases covered, having Jesus crucified was his goal and his joy.  He never realized how much Jesus loved us.  Jesus came to the prison door and said, “let him/her go-I will take their place”.  We certainly didn’t deserve it, but that’s what He did.  He opened the door and we were set free, all we have to do is accept what He did for us.

The story doesn’t end with death, oh, no, that’s just the beginning.  Jesus arose on the third day in a victory over death and sin.  Death couldn’t keep Him in the grave.  He arose and shook off the chains of death and hell.  We have the answer.  Jesus is it!

So you see, Jesus did have a choice.  He chose to give us a way to be reconciled with God—-without HIM, we would be lost.  He is Risen!  He is Risen, Indeed…Happy Easter!  Happy Resurrection!

Do Our Lips and Lives Give a Mixed Message?

Could it be true that our lips and our lives often preach a mixed message?                              In Matthew 23:3, it says, “Do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.”  My Bible New Century Version reads “So you should obey and follow whatever they tell you, but their lives are not good examples for you to follow.  They tell you to do things, but they themselves don’t do them.” 

Jesus is talking about the Pharisees, the teachers of his day, so… how can that pertain to me?  We are ambassadors of Christ.  Once we are saved, we are called to go tell the world the Good News of Jesus.  Jesus isn’t here on earth in the flesh anymore…we must be Jesus to the world.  How can we do that if we do not watch what we say to or about other people?  As Christians, we are under scrutiny by others, especially non-Christians…just waiting for us to act like a hypocrite.

In his book, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior, author Max Lucado writes:  “No doubt you’ve had your share of words that wound.  You’ve felt the sting of a well-aimed dig.  Maybe you’re still feeling it.  Someone you love or respect slams you to the floor with a slur or slip of the tongue.  And there you lie, wounded and bleeding.  Perhaps the words were intended to hurt you, perhaps not, but that doesn’t matter.  The wound is deep.  The injuries are internal.  Broken heart, wounded pride, bruised feelings.  Or maybe your wound is old…The old pain flares unpredictably and decisively, reminding you of harsh words yet unforgiven”.

Most of us try to live in a way that is pleasing to God, right?  We’re honest, kind and compassionate toward others.

Sometimes, it takes a little self-control and discipline to do what we should and to keep from doing what we shouldn’t, and usually we are successful.

But what about controlling our tongue?   I know we don’t intentionally set out to hurt someone, but have you ever said something negative about someone to a friend.  You may have called it venting.  How about that driver that just cut you off.  Shouldn’t they give their license back if they can’t drive?  That really slow store clerk that is talking instead of ringing up orders…you complained about her all the way home.  Your kids sitting in the back seat heard you.  Someone asks you for advice and you make a judgment call on her life and instead of answering in Christ’s love, you are too harsh and turn her away.  The list goes on.

If you are not building up another with your words…you are tearing them down.  In James 3:7-9, it says, “People can tame every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have tamed them, but no one can tame the tongue.  It is wild and evil and full of deadly poison.  We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people, whom God made like himself.”

Sometimes we have to literally bite our tongues to keep from saying something we might regret.  Our words are the most powerful weapons we have.  They can be used for either good or evil.  We can tear a person down and hurt them deeply or we can brighten someone’s spirit greatly and encourage them.  You can use your words to build someone up or tear them down.

You have that choice, given to you by God as free will.  We live in a fallen world, in which we daily come into contact with sin and other things that can discourage our “faith walk.”  Many people come to church looking for an encouraging word…perhaps the only one they have heard all week.  They have been torn down and now need to be rebuilt, through the love of Jesus shining through us.  They don’t need to hear people gossiping, complaining about what they don’t like at church, or only complain about life and do not share joy with their words.

We don’t know where a person has been or what has happened to them that day or during that week, one discouraging word may seem harmless to you, but it may be detrimental to that sister who has had a week full of discouragement.  Don’t under estimate the power of an encouraging word.  Because of your encouraging words, that person may be spurred on to do great things for the Lord.  In Hebrews 10:24,  ”Let us spur each other on toward love and good deeds”

 Here is a little bit more from Max Lucado from  “No Wonder They Call Him the Savior,

Max:  “So, if you have suffered or are suffering because of someone’s harsh words, you’ll be glad to know there is a balm for this laceration…”

There is a way for us to overcome our human nature to lash back with harsh words.  How can we do that… by imitating our perfect example, Jesus.  Jesus was ridiculed, laughed at and beaten, yet He never spoke back with harsh words.  He always chose His words carefully.

Max:  “Did you see what Jesus did not do?  He did not retaliate.  He did not bite back.  He did not say, “I’ll get you!”…He left the judging to God.  He did not take on the task of seeking revenge.  He demanded no apology.  He hired no bounty hunter and sent out no posse…If ever a person deserved a shot at revenge, Jesus did.  But he didn’t take it.  Instead he died for them. How could he do it?  I don’t know.  But I do know that all of a sudden my wounds seem very painless.  My grudges and hard feelings are suddenly childish.”

I encourage you to read in it’s entirety, Max Lucado’s book, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior.  I read it many years ago for the first time and I actually red it at least once ayear  and i always find something new…I  have found him to be a favorite Christian author of mine…very easy to read and understand.  He gives great insight into Jesus, both as our Savior and our perfect example to live by.   It will change your life.

Thank you, Lord for this lesson.  Help us to allow you to tame our tongues.  May our words be honoring to you.  Amen

References:  God’s Holy Word NIV & NCV                                                                                    No Wonder They Call Him the Savior, author Max Lucado

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Dirty Dozen

One of the "Dirty Dozen"

Apples...choose organic whenever you can

Prioritize purchases.Be selective about the organic foods you buy. According to an analysis by the USDA, the following foods (nicknamed the “dirty dozen”) were found to contain the highest pesticide levels:

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Grapes (imported varieties)
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

To see where your favorite fruits and vegetables rank in terms of pesticide loads, go to, the Web site of the Environmental Working Group.


Non stick pan

Dangers of teflon pans

Non-stick surfaces that are aluminum pans coated with a synthetic called polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE), (also known as Teflon, a DuPont brand trademark), can be dangerous.

The aluminum in the pan is a concern because of the link between Alzheimer’s and aluminum,  but the fumes these pans give off may be even more deadly.  Toxic fumes from the Teflon chemical are released from pots and pans at high temperatures,causing people to exhibit flu-like symptoms (called “Teflon Flu” or, as scientists describe it, “Polymer fume fever”). Ingesting particles that flake off scratched non-stick cookware isn’t toxic because solid PTFE flakes are inert.

Manufacturers’ labels often warn consumers to avoid high heat when cooking on Teflon,   However, Environmental Working Group (EWG)-commissioned tests conducted in 2003 showed that in just two to five minutes on a conventional stove top, cookware coated with Teflon and other non-stick surfaces could exceed temperatures at which the coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases.

My Mom always warned me about the use of these types of pans.  It looks like she was right.  You can find out more at

Aspartame is toxic

Glass of diet cola

Dangers of diet cola

Aspartame is toxic. Made from L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanyl-methyl-ester, aspartame is 200 times as sweet as sugar.  Once in the human body, aspartame breaks down into phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. Methanol is a wood alcohol poison that, when heated above 86 degrees Fahrenheit (the human body temperature is 98.6 degrees), converts to formaldehyde. Aspartame is also an excitotoxin that builds up in the brain, and can excite brain neurons to the point of cell death.

It has been linked to headaches, memory problems, anxiety, brain fog, depression, skin irritations, menstrual problems, fibromyalgia, joint pain and more.

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