I discovered this new food pyramid online.  I like this style of eating and have been trying to move to this diet for a while due to diabetes in my family.  I am glad that I found this online. It’s good to know someone else feels the way I do about limiting my grains and legumes so much.  I have diabetes in my family and have been trying to eat low carb for a while.  I am not diabetic; but have been told I could be pre-diabetic.  I feel that is no longer the case because of my low carb healthy eating style.  Research this for yourself beginning with this website above and see if it’s right for you.  I feel much better since I have been eating this way–more energy, less cravings, weight loss (about 2-3 pounds a week or 10-12 pounds a month).  Please feel free to comment below about what new healthy diet you have discovered.


For a high protein meal, try this chili recipe:   


Healthy Chili Con Carne
By Terri Byars

2 pounds – Extra Lean ground beef (96/4)
2 small onions, finely chopped
2 green bell peppers, finely chopped
2 cans chopped green chile peppers
4 cans – Bush’s mild Chili Beans (For lower sodium, use low sodium kidney beans)  
4 cans – petite diced tomatoes
1 pound frozen corn
Garlic Powder
Chile Powder
Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning blend
Worcestershire sauce (optional – high in sodium)

Cook ground beef, onions and peppers in a skillet until beef is browned and vegetables are tender.
While beef is browning open canned chiles, beans, and tomatoes and add to a soup pot.
Add cooked beef mixture and spices; bring to a boil and lower heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Sometimes I add corn for color.  If using corn, add during the last 5 minutes of cooking.  
Note:  I don’t measure the spices, I just pour until it looks good. I am pretty generous with the spices since I try to make mine low sodium.  If it still tastes bland, I add some Worcestershire sauce which adds sodium. 

Hearty Vegetable Chicken Soup

Eat well, live wellStart the year healthy with this hearty Vegetable Chicken Soup:

Good for cold days of winter.

 Hearty Vegetable Chicken Soup

Chicken breast, 1½   pounds boiled in just enough water to cover chicken

(This water is kept and used for stock/broth)

Celery – one bunch

Onions – 2

Bell peppers – 5 (various colors)

Carrots – 12 oz. shredded

Mushrooms – 8 ounces sliced or button size

Green Chilies – 7 oz. can

Green beans, one pound frozen

2 cans black beans

2 cans pinto beans

2 cans tomatoes

Corn, one pound frozen

Peas, one pound frozen

Garlic powder

Italian seasoning

Additional herbs and Seasoning as desired

Combine all ingredients except corn and peas in a 6 quart – sized soup pot.

Cook until all vegetables are tender, about 1½ to 2 hours.  (Celery usually takes longest).

There is not very much liquid to start.  Liquid will increase as the soup cooks. 

This is meant to be a thick, hearty soup.

Stir often to keep from burning on the bottom.

Add Corn and Peas the last five minutes.  Peas get mushy if cooked too long.

Spice to taste.



Like most other people, I start each year with new year’s resolutions. I usually say I’m gonna lose more weight.  Finally in 2010, I lost 50 pounds.  That was a little short of my goal, but I was still proud of my accomplishment.  But over the years 2010 to 2012, I gained all of that back plus more.  Mostly because of stress.

So this year, I have a new goals:

1.   Live life to the full

(John 10:10 Jesus says, “I have come that you might have life and that you would have it more abundantly.”)   

2.  Soul Prosperity

(3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

According to this verse, my health is directly related to the prosperity of my soul.  Instead of trying to lose weight and not reaching that goal because of the lack of prosperity in my soul, I am going to seek fulfillment in my mind, my will, and my emotions.  Here are the ways to do that:

     1.  Be thankful in all things (1 Thess. 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances”) 
                 –Notice it does not say “for all things” but “In all things”.
    2.  Memorize scripture  (Ps. 119:50 “Your word has given me life”.)
    3.  Practice the presence of God (Ps. 16:11 “In your presence is fullness of joy” NKJV)
    4. Keep my mind on God (Isa. 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You”)

God’s word is life.

In God’s presence is joy.

The mind focused on God will be at peace.

My scripture focus will be: 3 John 1:2  Presentation1

And Phil. 4:8 and 11b                               Presentation1
I am determined to think abundant thoughts full of joy, filled with God’s presence and focused on His Word. 
I believe once I accomplish this, the health and well-being of my body will follow.


A New Me By 53 – Renewed Determination

Bipolar Eating Disorder

junk-food-junkyFor the past week I’ve been eating holiday foods:  cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, li’l smokies in biscuits, bacon wrapped jalapeno, ham, corn, rice casserole, etc. (notice almost all simple carbs).   Besides all that, I had bought a few bags of candy over the past couple weeks: jelly beans, M & M’s, etc.  Believe it or not, at times, I actually like eating healthy.  It’s almost like I have bipolar eating disorder.  My mind, my intellect, my spirit, or Someone in there tells me to eat healthy.  But my body cries out “CANDY, DONUTS, TWINKIES, ICE CREAM”.  I have read all the different diet books and have all the answers on what is good to eat (which everyone disagrees on by the way:  high carb, low carb, high protein, vegan, eat meat, don’t eat meat, eat potatoes, don’t eat potatoes.)    I have the knowledge, but not the discipline to stick with a good, healthy diet.  Plus emotions always get in the way.

Salad withdrawals

bowl-of-saladToday I finally had a salad.  Part of the reason it had been so long is because of the snow.  I couldn’t get out and travel for a couple of days due to ice on the roads and I ran out of salad.  But when I ate it today it tasted so wonderful that I felt like I had gone through salad withdrawals and I finally gained the vitamins I had been craving for so long.  I also go through soup withdrawals at times.  I make homemade soup a lot with lots of veggies, healthy, low-fat meats and low-salt/no-salt broths.  And when it’s been a while since I have eaten soups, I crave it like an addict, I must have it.

Lessons Learned

This brings an idea to mind which I believe I have heard before.  You crave what you eat.  If I can come to the point where I only eat (as my chiropractor says) “real food” as opposed to processed or junk foods, maybe I will stop craving junk foods.  The problem with that is my mind tells me that when I do something well, I deserve a reward:  food.  When I am stressed, bored, angry, depressed, etc., I need comfort:  food.  In addition to changing the cravings of my body, I need to change the cravings of my soul.  I suppose that would mean the more I read God’s Word, the more I will crave God’s Word.  Hmmm,  what an idea.  I think I will try that for a while — stop watching TV and read the Word of God.  Stop surfing the net and start searching for the face and favor of God.

When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”  Psalm 27:8

Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!  Psalm 105:4

For am I now  seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a  bond-servant of Christ. Galatians 1:20

A new Me by 53?




I am totally having trouble sticking to this goal.  That is why I haven’t posted in this category for a long time.  I’ve gained weight again so the body part is really going down the drain.  The soul part is up and down.

  Emotions, can you trust them? 








Spiritually, God has never failed me yet.  I am hanging on to Him like glue.  I may not be praising or praying as much as I used to, or as much as I’d like to, but I am still in love with my King and asking for His help constantly.  Life is hard, but God is good, all the time.

There is something magical about the new year as far as resolutions and re-committments, so I think I will re-start this 1-1-13.  There are a few nutritionist on WordPress that I follow.  If any of you have any suggestions on how to beat this stuff, let me know.  I’ve tried almost every diet in existence.






Abundance is…A Thankful Heart

Even with the economy as it is today, in America, many tables look like this picture.  A day of Thanksgiving is very appropriate for a country that is so blessed. We have many times taken all we have been blessed with for granted.

Running water, electricity, cars that run, jobs, homes, heat, food, friends, TVs, just to name a few of the countless blessing we have every day.  We can also thank God for the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, the shoes on our feet.

We also need to be thankful today for a God who blesses us with every spiritual blessing:  forgiveness, new life, grace, love, joy, peace, etc.  We have a connection with a living God–the creator of the universe.  How great is that!!  The God of all creation, the God of eternity, wants to be with us and love us forever.

He longs for our worship and gratitude.  Praise the everliving God for his indescribable gifts on this day of Thanksgiving.