Friday, April 23, 2010

Quinoa

Some whole quinoa grains. 
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Quinoa - a grain that comes from the Andes Mountains of South America.

Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain; an average of 16.2 percent, compared with 7.5 percent for rice, 9.9 percent for millet, and 14 percent for wheat.

Rich and Balanced Source of Nutrients
Besides its unique protein, quinoa also provides starch, sugars, oil(high in essential linoleic acid), fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

Easy on the Stomach, Quick and Simple to Prepare, Versatile...
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Thanks for your tip, Blanca!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Top 10 Daniel Fast Anti-Aging Foods

This article about the Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods at WomenFitness.net is not specifically about the Daniel Fast, but will explain some of the benefits of the Daniel Diet foods.
"Keep your calorie consumption and saturated fat intake down; eat plenty of wholegrain, oily fish and fresh fruit and vegetables; and cut down on salt and sugar. In addition to these general guidelines, there are specific foods that have a roll in anti-aging and that you should regularly include in your diet."

Read the Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods at WomenFitness.net

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Honour God with My Body

Trish shared,
"I went on the Daniel Fast only eating fruit and vegies for 21 days. During that Fast I realised I wanted to honour God with my body weight. I have made serious changes to my diet. Walk 4-5 days a week. Spend time with Him in the Word and Prayer daily. It means being really serious about a relationship with Him, and wow what benefits!!! Praise Him!!"

Thank you for sharing your encouraging words Trish. Allow me to add a couple Scriptures from The Message version of the Bible that reinforce your point.

It is not for our own glory or vanity that we are careful what we eat. It is for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 MSG "So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you--you're eating to God's glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God's glory."

Men and women alike need to take care of our bodies, for they are the temple of the Holy Spirit!
1 Corinthians 6:19 MSG "Or didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you."
Therefore, we must take good care of our bodies. Many common diseases are easily prevented with good nutrition and exercise.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Melissa's yummy crepe pancake type breakfast bread

Invite us over when you are making a batch of these! I would top them with some natural peanut butter.
  • Take a banana put it in baggie and mush it. Add 1 T canola oil, mush it all together.
  • 1 c wheat flour. (I used freshly ground whole wheat pastry berries.)
  • 1/8 t sea salt
  • soy milk -add to desired consistency
  • Mix flour and salt, then add mushed banana mixture and enough soy milk to make it a pretty thin consistency. (Thinner than pancake batter)
  • Use oil in pan so it doesn't stick.
  • Cook over medium heat.
Thank you Melissa. Hope Sue will make these for us!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Why 40 days instead of 21?

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Akhilah's question:
I am writing becuase a friend of mines is doing a 40 day Daniel fast at her church and I have decided to do it with her. The only thing is I don't understand why it is 40 days instead of 21, seing as how Daniel only fasted for 21 days. Also the church keeps making reference to when Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness before being handed over to his enemys. Shouldn't this be called the Jesus fast instead of the Daniel fast? Why is the church fasting for so long and referencing it as a Daniel fast? I have been praying and trying to stay faithful to the fast but this part is a little confusing. I appreciate and thank u for your time.
Good question Akhilah! People have been doing the equivalent of the Daniel Fast for the Lenten season for over 1,000 years. Lent is the time of fasting in the liturgical churches, like Episcopalian, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Anglican and others. The season is actually more than 40 days, but they do not normally fast on Sundays, in honor of the Resurrection of Jesus. So there are 40 days of fasting, plus Sundays when they don't fast.

There are two Daniel Fasts in the book of Daniel. Chapter 1 is about a ten day fast. Chapter 10 is about a 21 day fast. Some people may choose to do a three day fast or even a day time fast. It is good for beginners to try shorter durations for the first times they do a partial fast or total fast.

It is common for pastors to teach about the 40 day total fast of Jesus during this season, because it is the same number of days. However, we won't get handed over to Satan at the end! Rather, we will celebrate the victory we have over Satan, because of the humble and sinless death and powerful and victorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.



Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ernice's Daniel Fast Healing

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A coworker came to work and announced that her church was going on a 21 day fast and it would consist of Fruit and Veggies and she challenged us to participate. I thought she must be losing her mind to think that I could survive for 21 days eating only fruit and veggies. Nevertheless, I did it. At first, my food tasted really bland because I wasn't using any seasonings and I wasn't creative with my menu. After we compared our menu's, they laughed at me and said I could use seasonings for my food and they offered some suggestions. I didn't want to lose cool points with the Lord and be less anointed if I broke any rules. Well, this turned out to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I've lost 30lbs, my blood pressure and cholesterol is normal and I've maintained for 2yrs! Ernice
Thank you for sharing your encouraging testimony!
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rose's Daniel fast preparation

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I'm starting the Daniel Fast tomorrow, for the first time. I have been getting myself ready for over a month.. I no longer drink regular coffee (only 1 mug of decaf in the mornings) , so when I start just drinking just water tomorrow, I will not have any withdrawel headaches. Plus, I bought a bunch of fruits and veggies today. I've eaten eggs for so long, that it' going to be strange to not start my day with one, but I'm confident that oatmeal and fresh fruit will help get me through my breakfast changes :D Rose

Great ideas Rose. Thanks for sharing.

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