Trying to lose weight? Eat lentils for lunch

Lentils get pretty a bad rap for their ‘gassy effects’, but it turns out the loading up on this beloved member of the pulse-family could actually help you get lose weight and get a flat stomach.  We should start by saying there isn’t one miracle food that is going to give you a flat stomach, but experts say that cutting out refined sugar and reducing simple-carbohydrates can help you reach your goal.

According to this nutritionist, eating lentils at lunchtime could help to flatten your stomach by keeping you fuller for longer and fueling you with a unique combination of fiber, carbohydrates and protein.  They are also a very cost-effective and veganuary-friendly ingredient to include in your lunch.  They’ll also help to keep you fuller for longer and help you beat those 3pm sugar cravings.

The great thing about the pulse family is that they have a low glycaemic index, which means they can help keep blood sugar levels steady and can potentially help your body metabolise fat.  Dietitian, Breanna Crawley told that while lentils can cause gas and bloating in some people it won’t effect everyone.  ‘They provide a good source of protein and are gluten free.   I’d recommend including them in your lunch as they can be rather heavy on the stomach of an evening.’    (*Source: METRO Sunday 15 Jan 2017)

Small changes will help keep you on the path for reaching your 2017 health goals.  Let’s get excited about lunch again!


Prayer for Self-Healing

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Renew My Mind, Body and Soul

Lord, I come before you today in need of your healing hand. In you all things are possible. Hold my heart within yours, and renew my mind, body, and soul.

I am lost, but I come to you with grace.

You gave us life, and you also give us the gift of infinite joy. Give me the strength to move forward on the path you’ve laid out for me. Guide me towards better health, and give me the wisdom to identify those you’ve placed around me to help me get better.

In your name I pray, Amen!

Exciting Adventure Ahead — Orlando Espinosa

I can’t wait for the exciting adventure ahead and waiting for it to fall on my lap will never make it happen!

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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – “WOW – What a Ride!” – Anon

Evening whisky key to long-running life, says oldest British Olympian at 100

A whisky every evening is the key to a long life, according to Britain’s oldest living Olympian who is celebrating his 100th birthday.  Despite his athletic feats, centenarian Bill Lucas said it was the daily tipple and a glass of wine or sherry before lunch which had kept him going strong.  Mr. Lucas, who is also the country’s oldest living Bomber Command pilot, competed in the 5,000m race at the 1948 Wembley Olympic Games.  He ran the distance in 14:30.6 during the heats but was 20 seconds off the required time needed to qualify.

Mr. Lucas spoke about his remarkable life at a birthday party in Wimbledon, south-west London, organised by his athletics club – Belgrave Harriers – of which he has been a member for 81 years.  The club presented him with a 172-year-old bottle of Madeira at the party to celebrate the occasion.  He trained for the Games while working full time in insurance and living off rations in the post-war era in what he said was a stark contrast to modern athletics.

When he competed for the country aged 32, he had already flown 81 missions over Germany in Mosquitos, and Stirling and Wellington bombers.  Despite hanging up his running shoes many years ago, he continues to watch athletics and saw Mo Farah compete at the London Games in 2012.  The party was the father-of-two’s first outing since Christmas after he was cut out of a car following an accident in November.   (*Source: BT dated 16 January 2017)

Yet he said the celebration was “absolutely marvellous” and he was glad to see people he had not seen in “years and years and years”.  His wife Sheena, 87, said: “I’m immensely proud – I love him dearly and we have a wonderful life together.”  Mr. Lucas will spend his birthday on Monday with his family and plans to continue partying throughout the week.