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Valentine's Day Chocolate:
To Eat or Not to Eat?
By Rita M.
Do you like Valentines Day
chocolate as much as I do? Then go ahead and have a small piece
of your favorite kind-but wait until you're hungry and then eat
it to the glory of God, just as Paul told us to do in 1 Corinthians
How will you know if you're
hungry enough to eat that luscious little chocolate-gift from God? Use
"The Apple Test." Imagine your bon bon on a plate next to an apple.
Are you hungry enough to eat the apple? If not, then wait before you
eat the chocolate. Get busy. Allow yourself to become distracted. Pray.
Sing songs that glorify God. Clean out your purse. Get out of the house
and go for a walk.
When you finally are hungry
enough to eat the apple, that's when you can have the bon bon. Eat
it slowly and savor it. Let it melt on your tongue. You're allowed
to enjoy it. God put chocolate on the earth exactly for times such as
Now, don't you feel like
you just rubbed Satan's face in the dirt? Who said you're not allowed
to eat chocolate? It wasn't God.
Remember: Jesus is Lord over
you and you are the Lord over the food. Unless you're ill and have
been advised by your physician to be on a special diet, you can eat
any kind of food you enjoy, even candy, but in small amounts and only
when you're hungry.
By the way, in case you're
tempted to condemn yourself for your "mistakes" (for those times
when you eat more bon bons than is good for you), just forgive yourself
as God forgives you, and move on. You don't have to be perfect at
this plan to succeed. You just have to be persistent. That's why I
call it a "merciful" plan.
| Pilates Training
From a Physical Therapist
As a Licensed Physical Therapist/Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a third generation Certified
Pilates Instructor, I teach my clients the method developed by Joseph
Pilates some 97 years ago. The goal of the Pilates Method is to strengthen
the person's core (trunk) muscles that attach to the spine and pelvis
in order to help him or her perform life's daily activities with zest
and ease. This exercise method helps people to feel more energy and
endurance, and it can help people recover from and even prevent physical
How about you? Do you tend
to get injured easily? Do you feel tired all the time? Perhaps you should
consider starting out slowly in a beginners' Pilates program to increase
your own physical health and zest for life.
In the Pilates method, I approach
core stability training by engaging postural muscles first (stabilizers)
then the actual target muscles (prime movers) to create the desired
movement. This ensures that each movement has a stable base of support.
This also improves "proprioception," which is where your joints
become more stable during movement.
Why is proprioception important
to you? Recent research performed by Physical Therapists shows that
chronic back pain is associated with loss of proprioception and until
that is relearned the back pain will continue because the spine cannot
appropriately respond to forces even though the original injury is healed.
Pilates also improves posture.
Proper posture allows the body to be aligned as vertical to gravity
as possible to decrease the force/load on muscles and joints. Along
these lines, Pilates helps recruit the correct muscles and avoid unnecessary
strain on the body. As one gains more insight into their body they achieve
increasingly fine muscle isolation and muscle integration for better
overall posture and functioning.
But will Pilates bulk you up
like a body builder? No. The exercises develop flexible rather than
bulging muscles. Joseph Pilates was influenced by watching animal's
movement patterns. He stated, "Watch a cat rise after a nap, he stretches
deliberately flexing each muscle as he arches up then with extreme balance
he attacks his prey." A specific Pilates exercise called the roll
up and roll down enhances cleansing/emptying of the lungs as well as
stretching muscles so that the body is supple as that of a cat and does
not develop musculature like that of a workhorse.
How do you find a skilled Pilates
instructor? Ask how many hours of training he or she went through
before beginning to teach. The National Pilates Alliance recommends
at minimum approximately 400 hours of training prior to taking on the
general public in private or small group classes. The teacher should
be versed in functional spinal anatomy and have spent at least 60 hours
in personal practice and 60 or so hours of being observed teaching by
a certified established Pilates Instructor. This will ensure success
in the true Pilates experience.
In summary, The Pilates Method
helps you gain automatic control over your muscles and balance around
every joint, protecting you from injury and disease and increasing your
energy and zest for life. Through repetition of the Pilates movements,
proper movements become your body's automatic and natural reaction
to life's physical stressors. In addition, you develop grace, balance,
and a sturdy body by learning to recruit all required muscles consistently.
Yours in Fitness,
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