Monthly Archives: July 2015

Fiber Focus Friday: The Beaming Banana

Featured today on Fiber Focus Friday is the amazingly balanced and beaming banana. There is no other fruit quite like it. It’s cheap, versatile, and tastes amazing.

As always, please comment with any questions or suggestions for future foods to be featured on Fiber Focus Friday! I want this post series to continue and to be AWESOME for generations to come (okay maybe not that long, but I am showing no times of stopping any time soon!).

Without further ado, let us discuss the beautifully magnificent banana!

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25 Reasons to Sneaker-Up and Go for a Walk

The health benefits of walking are incredible!

I’d Like to start this post off with a quote from the one and only Ellen DeGeneres:

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

Despite the fact that Ellen’s grandmother has been lost to us (Don’t worry I am sure someone will find her eventually!), walking is extremely important for your physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being.

This post will give you 25 reasons that walking is a great idea. These ideas range from physical to mental health benefits as well as reasons why walking is super easy. By the end you will definitely want to sneaker up and go for a walk!

Reasons to Walk for Physical Health Benefits


Red 1Walking Can Help You to Lose Weight

Walking is a great way to shed off some pounds and can be a boon to any fitness program. It allows you to burn calories while not putting you at any significant risk for injury, especially when you compare running vs walking. Running puts a lot more impact on your joints, and running related injuries could potentially keep you from walking anywhere!

Weight loss with walking is indeed possible and it is a great way to start getting into fitness. It is easy on your bones and muscles, and can trim your waistline. If you have the patience to go for a stroll then walking is one of the best ways to begin your weight loss journey.

 

“Walk to be healthy, walk to be happy.” -Charles Dickens

 

Red 2Better Glycemic Control Can Be Achieved by Walking

For older people at risk for impaired glucose tolerance, walking is a wonderful way to improve glycemic control. In only 45 minutes a day (or 3, 15 minute bouts of post-meal walking) research showed a significant decrease in glucose. (more…)

Fiber Focus Friday: Fiber For Kids

fiber for kids

Hello again everyone! Thanks for stopping by! We are changing things up a little bit this week and focusing on the children, instead of looking at a specific food! Without further ado let’s jump right in!

Dietary Fiber for Kids

As I’m sure you’ve heard before, having fiber in your diet is a necessity. But the main concern with not getting enough fiber seems to be focused mainly on adults. But what about the kids? What a lot of people are unaware of is that kids need fiber too!

So What is Fiber?

For those of you who haven’t visited my page before, dietary fiber consists of substances such as cellulose, lignin, and pectin, which are fancy words for a material that aids in your digestive health. It regulates your bowels and keeps you feeling full. Fiber can be found in many foods you eat, primarily in your vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

How does fiber affect kids?

Fiber is important for every person of every age, but it may be more important for your children than you realize. Because children are constantly growing and changing, they need a healthy input and output. This means that because fiber aids in digestion, it also helps kids ingest the correct nutrients. If a child does not get enough fiber, it could lead to an inadequate input of nutrients and in turn, hinder their development.

Fiber can also prevent obesity, diabetes, and it works to balance cholesterol levels, which means it can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. With fiber being the main aid in the digestive system, it will also regulate your children’s bowels and prevent constipation and diarrhea. (more…)

Fiber Focus Friday: Broccoli, the BOLD choice

 

Featured today on Fiber Focus Friday is the vegetable that turns the noses of children, is considered by some to have the taste equivalence of several blades of grass, and somehow finds its way into most Chinese food trays, Let me introduce the fabulous broccoli stalk! Broccoli is an amazing food with more health benefits that a can of ACME super juice. Wondering what that is? Don’t think too hard, because I made it up! Sorry!

Anyways, in this post you will learn all about broccoli. From its fiber content, to how to grow it, as well as some excellent nutrition/fun facts to carry on with you as you leave this site.

As always, please comment with any questions or suggestions for future foods to be featured on Fiber Focus Friday! Also, please share this post with your friends and family because honestly, is there anyone that wouldn’t benefit from a little bit more broccoli in their lives?? (more…)

Fiber Focus Friday: Scintillating StarFruit

 

Featured today on Fiber Focus Friday is a fruit unique in its shape and taste. It is a fruit so awesome that it makes the sun jealous and the moon nervous. Little children might cry at the sight (from fear or happiness), and adults underestimate its true potential as they take their first savory bite.

This food that has so captured your attention is the mighty starfruit! The Starfruit is lucky enough to be featured on Fiber Focus Friday, and now stands beside Apples, Almonds, Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, and Oatmeal as some of the most awesome high fiber foods.

As you may have become accustomed to if you have read any of the past Fiber Focus Friday articles, this post will be helping you to learn all there is to know about the starfruit!

As always, please comment with any questions or suggestions for future foods to be featured on Fiber Focus Friday!

The Starfruit Quick Fact Card

For a quick starfruit overview check out the card below.

starfruit

Fiber Content of Starfruit

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Give Your All

give your all

 

I am very happy to introduce my very own father, Michael Ring, to the world of blogging with this guest post.

He is a retired minister, who writes often and preaches occasionally. The below is a part of a message that he had written, right around the same time that I had written my post on Why You Need to Start Taking Risks Now. Some may call it coincidence, we think it is much more than that. We are both ready to start taking risks, and start taking action.

Without any further ado-

Give Your All

 

“People thought Fred Smith was crazy when he came up with an idea for an overnight package company in 1973. As a college student at Yale, he described the concept for his economics professor, but I read that his paper came back with a “C” scrawled on top and with scribbling in the margins explaining why the idea would never literally ‘get off the ground.’

But Smith believed in his project, and at age 28, he risked the inheritance from his dad to put together a small fleet of corporate jets and launch his company under the name Federal Express. The first night only six packages were handled, one of them a birthday gift that Smith himself was sending to a friend! But the guy persevered, Federal Express of course became FedEx, and he wound up creating an entirely new multi-billion industry in overnight package delivery!

What motivates people such as Fred Smith to take a risk like that? What leads any of us to take a risk, whether it’s opening a new business, accepting a different job, starting college, getting married, moving to a new part of the new country, or establishing a new routine?

When people take risks, they stretch out beyond what they think they can do, in order to reach a goal. And we as Christians take a risk every time we pray and seek God’s will for our lives. Usually risk-taking involves overcoming some sort of fear–fear of the unknown, humiliation, and especially fear of failure.

But faith and risk are intertwined: as we reach out in faith and seek to be true disciples of the Master, we are taking risks–but we are also convinced that God is God and that He can be trusted!

One author has commented on this, “We risk most when we pray…for when we come to realize that there is actually Someone on the receiving end of our prayers–the God of the universe who wants us to grow and mature and develop and learn–then prayer becomes a great adventure; and then we’re on to something special.”

One of my favorite passages in the OT is Jer. 29:11-14; let me read it, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’”

And James 4:6-10 comments: “But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

In that light, when we take risks of faith, when we reach out in trust to the Lord God, and when we submit ourselves to God and come near to Him–we can state without reservation, God delights to hear us, and He wants only our best! Sure, there is a real risk–but that the risk is worth it all!

And that describes our 3rd practical step in developing a vibrant relationship with God!

God wants us to take the giant risk first of placing our trust in Him for salvation, but also trusting Him for the rest of our lives! And He desires that we give our heart, and our all, to Him–out of gratitude for all He has done!
But does that describe your heart? And mine?

I read a true story about a man who prayed a powerful prayer and was willing to take a calculated risk as God answered it!

His name is Yuri, and a few years ago, because of his faith in Christ, he was sent to a remote Siberian labor camp, and was isolated from all other Christians. One of his deepest prayers was to enjoy fellowship with sisters and brothers in Christ, and especially he longed to share communion at the Lord’s Table.

Shortly after praying one night, he was awakened by a stranger who said, ‘get up and come with me.’ He got up and followed the man through door after door, until he realized that he was outside the barracks and soon beyond the outskirts of the camp itself.

When they reached the road, the stranger disappeared. Yuri started walking toward a nearby village–and before long, he heard singing, entered a house and discovered a midnight prayer session! The people were singing, studying Scripture, and taking part in the Lord’s Supper. And Yuri was overwhelmed and overjoyed!

But later, all at once, he sensed an urgent prodding from within–so he said his good-byes, shared some hugs, and retraced his steps back to camp. The guard at the 1st checkpoint was asleep, but when awakened, he let Yuri in without a word. The same thing happened at the 2nd checkpoint; and he walked through all the doors and corridors of the place, climbed back into his bed, and wrapped up in his blanket.

Less than a minute later, the director of the camp appeared at Yuri’s bedside, looking very surprised. Someone had discovered his disappearance and reported it to the authorities. As they were looking for him, the director decided to check it out for himself. But he found Yuri right where he was supposed to be, in his own bed, under the covers! The guy didn’t ask him any questions, but only excused himself, found the guard who had reported him missing, and punished that man for creating a false alarm!

I don’t know about you, but stories like that put a smile on my face–yet also give me goose bumps! Still, I am given hope that the prayers of my heart may be answered as well–but that I also need to be ready to take risks and surrender my will to God!

OK, let’s get serious about this: how does this happen? What does trusting God with all our heart look like? Well–
We give Christ our all: when we worship on Sundays and throughout the week, and focus on our majestic God. Every time we turn to Him, we as God’s people are to come with a heart filled with adoration to Him! In our songs of praise, our prayers, as we listen and respond to the message, and in our heart attitude, we are to rejoice in who He is and all that He has done!

We give Him our all: when we carry out Jesus’ command as He summed up the entire OT–to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. And then, love our neighbor as our selves.
We give Him our all: as we do what we can to minister God’s love to every person we meet. Remember this: our neighbor, according to Jesus Himself, is not merely our friend or acquaintance, he or she is anyone God places in our lives!

We give Him our all: when we love our brothers and sisters in Christ, with no holding back. That may well lead us to be inconvenienced, to take risks, and may cause us to even sacrifice our lives for others!

We give Christ our all: as we seek with all our heart to be the best husband or wife, or son, daughter, parent or grandparent that we can be, by the grace of God!

And we give Christ our all: when we unreservedly and wholeheartedly commit our lives to Him. After all, if we believe that God is the Lord God, our Creator, Savior, and Redeemer–then He deserves all our worship, our trust, and our entire lives!

Let me suggest a risky prayer for people of faith in Christ. It is a prayer that invites God to walk with us in our daily lives:

“Lord God, here I am, I commit my heart to You. Help me to comprehend your holiness and your majesty, but also your love and your grace to sinners like me. And then use me as you have never used me before! Use me to be a messenger of hope, to influence a young person positively, to be the solution to someone’s problem, to feed someone who is hungry, to love a person who is unloved, or to be the answer to someone’s prayer. Use me Lord to encourage one who is desperate, to ease another’s loneliness, to deepen a friend’s faith, to help a broken person know that God loves them; and help me Lord to be your eyes and ears and hands and feet in a world that needs you more and more each day.”

My brothers and sisters. Without a doubt, that is a risky prayer! And it is quite a challenge!

But it gets me fired up! What about you?

I am convinced that God will answer a sincerely offered prayer like that, today and for the rest of our lives!

But it is not enough for you and I to give Him just an hour of our time on Sunday morning, or relatively few moments loving Him or serving Him from Monday to Saturday!

God wants our heart. And our life! This day. Tomorrow. And every day!

Personally —

I believe it is time for us to give Christ our all!

Amen!

DadMichael Ring is married and a father to five, and grandfather to five. His claim to fame is that he is the biological father of the “Fiber Guardian” himself.  He has a passionate interest in history, especially the Civil War. Admittedly he is an unwavering fan of the New England Patriots, and thoroughly enjoys reading and playing tennis.  He has a genuine desire to gain information regarding fiber and to respond in a way to ensure that I live a more healthy life.”

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Build Self Confidence Without Feeding Your Ego

This post is brought to you by my wife, the self proclaimed lady of fiber herself, Miranda Ring! Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

3 ways to build self confidenceThree Ways to Build Self Confidence without overdoing it

At first you may be thinking, what does self-confidence have to do with fiber? Which I would answer, everything! The whole purpose of this website is to help people live a healthier, happier life and although mental health is something that gets overlooked, it is imperative for a wholesome lifestyle.  I am by no means the authority on self-confidence, as I’ve battled feelings of unworthiness and self-doubt most of my life, but I know that I’m not the only one out there.

I know that for women especially, self-confidence is not something that comes naturally a lot of times. I sometimes shake my head with amazement at my husband when he says things with 100% assurance about his abilities. I believe one of the prevailing reasons women struggle with self-confidence is that we have so much pressure on us from the media (which now-a-days you can’t escape from) to be beautiful and have it all put together. It’s an unnatural thing to put so much value on your appearance when there’s so much more to you than just how you look! (more…)

Fiber Focus Friday: Outstanding Oatmeal (Featuring 10 Awesome Recipes!)

Featured today on Fiber Focus Friday is nothing less than OATMEAL, and it is indeed OUTSTANDING. Oatmeal is one of the best fiber foods for you and it packs a wallop when it comes to both weight loss and nutrition.

As many of the other foods featured on Fiber Focus Friday– oatmeal is a superfood. It tastes awesome (in the right form) and it comes in all kinds of different varieties. Oatmeal can be enjoyed by both young and old, for breakfast or for dinner. There is nothing to stop you from adding it to your diet right away!

Have Oatmeal for Breakfast to start your day out great!In this post you will be privileged to discover:

  1. The health benefits of eating oatmeal

  2. The Oatmeal quick fact card for easy reference. 

  3. 7 Different ways to eat oatmeal

  4. The origin of oatmeal

  5. The Fiber Content of oatmeal

  6. The calorie content of oatmeal

  7. How to make your own oatmeal

  8. Oatmeal nutrition facts and fun facts 

  9. How I eat my own oatmeal

  10. 10 Awesome oatmeal recipes with links!

  11. Final thoughts on Oatmeal

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Insoluble Fiber Supplements: Another Fiber Option

Insoluble fiber supplementsUnless you frequently eat foods like vegetables, whole fruits, seeds, or nuts you are probably missing out on some of the healthiest types of fiber. This article is going to discuss soluble and insoluble fiber supplements, how taking the will benefit you, and where to find the best types of these supplements.

will say that eating fruits and vegetables and other high fiber foods is definitely the #1 option and where you should start, but I also realize this is not an option for everyone. Taking supplements might be a necessity for you, and this article will help you to figure out which ones to look for. 

Insoluble fiber, which is found in foods like celery, green beans or carrots, helps food move through your digestive system faster. Whole foods, mostly vegetables and fruits, offer both insoluble and soluble fiber. To find out which foods are highest in insoluble fiber and soluble fiber and to compare the two types see Fiber Content of Foods.

However, it might be difficult for some people to get the right amount of fiber from their diet, due to dietary restrictions or the very real fact that there are a lot of people out there that do not like the taste of fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, insoluble fiber supplements, as well as soluble fiber supplements, solve this conundrum and provide people with an alternative. (more…)