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Whose Body Is This, Anyway? Choices, Choices, Choices!

These days we hear lots about “choice”.  The most common one is, “It is a woman’s right to choose” talking about her right to abortion.

Then, there is the choice to have a career or stay home with our children, IF we chose to have them.  Again, it is a woman’s right to choose.

Daily, we make choices that don’t seem to be so big or life changing as abortion or career, and yet, our daily choices, even the smallest ones, affect us so much more than we know.

I have been listening to Jim Rohn’s CDs, “The Challenge to Succeed”.  It is pretty eye opening to have him connect what we eat and whether we exercise to our success in business and finances.  He contends that it is the small daily disciplines that make or break us.  He says if you can do something like eat an apple or walk around the block and do not do it, it is disaster.  Seemingly small activities neglected become major over time.  Mr. Rohn talked about what a person’s life would be like if he ate a Hershey bar a day instead of an apple a day.

I WAS that person.  There was time in my life when I ate candy every day!  In 1994, I was slim and healthy.  I had been sugar free for about a year and had energy that was unbelievable.  Then, I decided to just get along and eat like everyone else ate.  By 2000, I had gained significant weight and lost my energy.  The worst part of it was that eating the standard American diet also meant I had brain fog.  I barely functioned.  Basically, I made myself keep going for my children.  Sadly, the sicker I got, the less I cooked and my poor children spent several years of their lives eating sandwiches and TV dinners!

I got into a vicious cycle of bad eating.  I felt bad, so I ate sugar and grain based foods to comfort myself.  Those foods made me feel even worse and so I felt sorry for myself and ate even more of them!  Grains and sugar affected my gut and caused me to have to sleep sitting up at night, which caused my back to hurt.

In April and May of 2010, people close to me were diagnosed with life threatening illnesses.  Two of these were younger than me!  It was eye opening for me!  I was praying for them and asking the LORD to heal them.  I made the comment to my husband that IF I were that ill, I would change my eating and do something about it.  He and I had talked for years about how we would not ever take chemo or radiation, but would do juicing and alternative natural remedies.

The LORD strongly convicted me  through these verses that I had NO right to put anything less than the best possible food in my body.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”  1 Corinthians 3:16-17

A research scientist that formulated a health drink that I enjoy made the comment that sugar ages and deteriorates the body more rapidly than tobacco.  He went on to say that churches that would never put out ashtrays for the convenience of their members, serve enormous amounts of sugar, destroying their health.  I was so convicted that I had been guilty of destroying my own body and those of my family that I made a plan and STOPPED sugar cold turkey.  In fact, I kicked it to the curb in July 2010 and made the decision to never willingly eat sugar again.

I made a decision at that time to eat clean.  That means I no longer eat foods described as unclean in the Scripture and I also avoid synthetic chemicals, dyes and preservatives in food.  Many have been upset with the clean eating decision because they believe that grace allows eating anything.  I don’t believe that eating unclean will keep someone from heaven.  Going to heaven is completely the work of Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Actually some foods may send you to heaven sooner than you wanted to go!  And at the very least some foods are making us fat, tired and sick.  I decided I did not want to live out the rest of my days in pain and sick all the time.

At the time that the LORD convicted me, I had severe fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and esophageal reflux.  It was painful for me to drive a car.  It was painful for me to hold a book or Bible in my hands.  Honestly, every thing I did was painful.  I hurt from the top of my head to the bottoms of my feet and pretty much every where in between.

I was literally in bondage to the food I ate and the sick body the bad food was producing.  I wanted to be free!

 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”  1 Corinthians 6:12

Each of us makes a choice what we eat and drink and what kind of lifestyle we live.  The outcome is truly determined by our own choices.  While genetics may play a part in the equation, studies now show that environment has a much larger effect on our health.  Environment includes what we eat, drink and chemicals we put in and on our bodies.

Basically, we are choosing life or death with our food, drinks, and personal care products. To be our best for the glory of God, we must read labels, ask questions when eating foods others prepare and make careful choices.  I do that and more.  I have a passion for showing others that healthy food tastes good and can even be fun!  Thus, this blog was created to share those efforts with you, my reader.

There are places around the world where people have few if any choices, but if you live in North America and other countries with similar resources, you CAN choose healthy food.  We have it available in abundance, even at discount stores.  So what will you choose today?

I choose Life!

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[c] and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

ALL to the Glory of God!

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” 1 Corinthians 10:23

 “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  Colossians 3:17


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Why “Out of My Bondage”?

These are the words that kept coming to me when I realized that I had been in bondage, not just to sin and the world, but also to food that was keeping me sick. Thus, the name of my blog. In September, 1971, I was released from spiritual bondage by receiving the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. What a wonderful day that was!

As the years passed, I became progressively weaker in the physical realm. I was growing in the LORD, staying in His Word, but my physical pain grew until I was almost incapacitated. I was told several times over the years that I could reduce or eliminate my pain if I would just stop eating grains and sugar. As I studied it, I learned that MSG and glysophates (Round Up) were also culprits that caused inflammation and pain.

I looked for a “quick fix” for years. I didn’t want to eat different than my family and friends. I struggled and even prayed for God to heal me without me doing the work. “Just heal me, God” became my plea. As I got worse, I asked the LORD to take me to heaven. I told Him I was ready to die and be with Him. God had other plans for me. I knew I was ready to die, but could I live for Him and give Him glory from my life?

When I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired, I cried out to the LORD, to show me the truth. I began to see all kinds of articles, blogs, and videos telling about eating grain free and sugar free. Then, the verses in the Bible about eating and drinking and living for the glory of God began to leap out at me.  God does not ever remove the consequences of our lifestyle choices.  I was living with some harsh consequences. I realized I had a choice to make!

The way I used to eat was bondage. The way I eat now is so freeing. Freeing from sickness and guilt because I know better! I am thankful He gave me another chance at living life without the pain of bad food choices.  Treating myself and my body as the temple of God has certainly taken me “Out of My Bondage”!!!

“Out of My Bondage, Sorrow and Night”
TEXT: William True Sleeper
MUSIC: Greg Thompson
1. Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come; Jesus I come.
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my wanting and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

2. Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress into jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

3. Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into Thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward forever on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

4. Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the joy and light of Thy home,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

© 2000 Greg Thompson Music.

I am eternally grateful for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  I am also thankful that the LORD gave me conviction to treat my body, His temple, as a sanctified vessel that deserved to be fed better.

What a victory He has given over sin, hell and the grave!  What a victory He has given over food and drink!

I choose to live for Him, to eat for Him and for His glory to be the best me I can be until He calls me home or returns for the church!

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Fudge Frosting

fudge frosting…
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut milk 
1/2 cup Monk Sweet Plus, powdered in the blender first
1 cup Lily’s Chocolate Chips
1.5 Teaspoon vanilla crème stevia
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
Combine coconut oil, milk and Monk Sweet Plus in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat and let boil for 1 minute.
1.5 Teaspoon vanilla crème stevia & chocolate chips until smooth and shiny. Add Vanilla. Stir well.
Immediately pour over a 9×13 cake or brownies.
Let cool completely to set.

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Vanilla Yellow Cake

yellow cake

2/3 cup & 1/4 cup sifted Coconut Flour

2 Tablespoons Rumford Aluminum free Baking Powder

3/4 teaspoon salt (Real brand or himalayan)

2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder

6 eggs, separated, so you can beat the egg whites

1 cup MonkSweet Plus (or 1 cup Erythritol plus 1 teaspoon clear stevia)

2 cups coconut milk (Pacific brand original unsweetened is my favorite)

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

1 teaspoon Almond Extract

3/4 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350F.

Sift all dry ingedients into a bowl and set aside.

Beat egg whites until they look like meringue and set aside.

Beat the egg yolks, sweeteners, vanilla, and almond extract in a mixing bowl until well blended.  Gradually add milk and dry ingredients, alternating until all are mixed well.

Add oil and mix well.

Finally, mix in the beaten egg whites.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes in a 9×13 or 11×14 depending on how thick you want the cake.  We like cake a little thinner, so typically do the 11×14 pan.  Line the pan with parchment paper if you want to take it out and decorate it.  I almost never do that.  I grease the pan and pour the batter in and we eat the cake straight from the pan.

This cake can also be baked in two nine inch pans for 25-30 minutes.  See the wedding cake photo below.  Not my strong suit but with the help of a dear friend, we actually had homemade, sugar free, grain free, decorated wedding cake for Hannah!  So, it can be done…

If you want to remove it from the pan, cool it ten minutes in the pan and then, dump it out onto a cooling rack. (Be sure you lined the pan with parchment paper to make it easy to remove from the pan.)

This is the cake we used for Hannah’s wedding cake and it got rave reviews, so we have continued to use this recipe several times a year.

wedding cake





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