Independence from Addiction

Today’s verse:  1 Corinthians 10:13  “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Today we celebrate our independence as a nation.   We also should take this day to celebrate our independence from our vices and addictions.  If you are still in the grasp of an addiction, why not make a statement today that you will be free of this starting right now?

Our forefathers were extremely brave souls.  They faced incredible odds, yet they went out fearlessly to obtain what they truly believed in.  We can do the same!    It is hard and it is scary to think about living without our crutch.  But we can (and should) do it. Today can be your liberation. Do it just for today – it’s as good a starting point as any.  Throw away your sweets, your junk food, your cigarettes, your lighters, your rolling papers, whatever you have that is tempting you.  Start fresh each new day with a sense of freedom from your addiction – you can do it!

And never forget to lean on God.   God’s love is always free, and freeing. When you feel weak, ask for strength.  When you feel anxious, pray for calm.  When you feel down, pray for courage and pray for sunshine in your soul.   God always comes through and provides an escape – all we have to do is ask!  Blessings on your new found independence!flag

Healthy Living Idea

Let’s free ourselves from the the guilt of eating too many sweets and too much junk food.  Below are a list of not-so -bad for you foods.   This is from Eat This, Not That! by David Zinczenko (formerly editor of Men’s Health) and chef Matt Goulding.   For a quick review of this diet plan, check out Web MD’s review.   They are also on Facebook.   A few changes can make a BIG difference.

A quick sampling:

Eat this:  Eat
 healthy
 fats:
olive
 oil,
canola 
oil,
 monounsaturated 
fats from
 nuts,
avocado,
and
 salmon
Not that:  
unhealthy
 saturated
 or
 trans
fats:
stick
 margarine,
 lard,
 palm
 oil, 
or
 anything
that’s
 “partially 
hydrogenated”

Eat this:  Use 2%
 milk,
 cottage
 cheese, 
string 
cheese, 
plain
 yogurt
 (add fresh fruit)
Not that:  chocolate 
milk, 
ice
cream, 
processed
 cheeses,
 cheese 
dips, 
yogurt
 with
 fruit
on the 
bottom

Eat this:   Chicken 
breasts, 
sirloin 
steak,
 pork 
loin,
 scrambled/poached
eggs,
black
beans,
almonds,
 unsweetened 
peanut
 butter
Not that:  Chicken
 fingers, 
crispy 
chicken
 sandwich,
 cheeseburgers, 
strip 
or 
rib
eye
steaks, peanut
 butter 
with 
added
 sugar.

Eat this:  Spinach, 
broccoli, 
salad,
 mushrooms,
 peppers,
 onions, 
carrots, 
tomato 
sauce
Not that: Potato 
chips, 
fries, 
onion 
rings, 
more 
dressing
 than 
vegetables

Eat this:  Apples,
 pears, berries, 
grapes,
 peaches,
 plums,
 apricots,
 100%
fruit
 juices
(not from
 concentrate)
Not that:  No 
more 
than 
a 
few
 tbsp
 of 
dried 
fruit,
 smoothies,
 frozen
yogurt

Eat this: Brown
rice,
 whole
 grain
 breads,
 quinoa, whole
 grain
 pastas,
oatmeal
Not that: White 
rice, 
pasta,
 muffins,
tortillas,
 pancakes,
 waffles,
 sweetened
 cereals

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