Think Healthy Eat Healthy Be Healthy

 

Over the past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a conference where Dr. Caroline Leaf was speaking.  She has authored several books including Switch On Your Brain.

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Dr. Leaf is scientist, and combines both scripture and science.  I haven’t yet read this book (but I plan to), however she taught a bit from this book over the two sessions.

So many things she spoke about were so, so profound.  I knew my thoughts were important, but after hearing Dr. Leaf there are many changes I see that I need to make.  I always thought it took 21 days to create a new habit, when in fact it actually takes 63 days.  Changing your thought life must be incredibly intentional.  Get your hands on this book.

It was so powerful, the things she said on how important forgiveness is, to gain knowledge, feeding your body the right things (both to your brain and your body), getting rid of “toxicRead More »

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Fitness & Worship with Courtney Jarus

I am SO excited to have a guest writer here at Not Without My Morning Coffee today.  This woman is a powerhouse.  Remember Proverbs 31:17?  It says, “She makes her arms strong”.  I wouldn’t want to get in a fight with this girl, she’d take me down.  Thankfully that’s unlikely to happen, because she has a heart of gold, and more importantly a heart for worshipping her Lord and Saviour… a big way she does this is through fitness.  Curious?  Take a read!

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My name is Courtney Jarus – I am a Revelation Wellness Fitness Instructor and Weigh Less to Feed More Facilitator. I have such a passion for health and fitness, however, like many others I have struggled with body image and insecurities most of my life. In 2014, my husband and I completed P90X3 [90 day Beachbody program]. That’s when I realized the connection of physical fitness and spiritual worship. During my workouts I found that when I shifted my focus of exercise from myself to moving for God, it became a powerful act of praise and worship!

CHALLENGE – Next time you go to the gym or do your at-home workoutRead More »

Crystal from The Candid Life

Hey readers,

Meet my friend Crystal.

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Meet Crystal

She’s a longtime friend mine, and fellow blogger.  I asked her if I could highlight one of her recent posts, because it deals with a very real issue.  Kids, iPads, and inappropriate content popping up even in the midst of a school assignment.  This happened to one of her one kids recently.  Take a read, and be sure to check out her insightful blog, The Candid Life.  Without further ado, I’ll pass this post off to Crystal:

When the Real World Hits Home
Originally Posted At The Candid Life

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Please excuse me friends, but I’m having a moment here.  You see tonight I encountered the reality of the harsh world that we live in within the four walls of my home.  Tonight consisted of a very heartbreaking conversation that had to take place with one of my young children about an image that had popped up on the iPad at school during a very innocent search for a related assignment.

Up until this point my children hadn’t really needed any “talks” but tonight, at an age far too ripe for any child, issues had to be discussed that I hoped could have been avoided until they were …. well …forever…or at least 10!  Naive? Maybe – but you carry someone for 9 months, then endure unbearableRead More »

Why An Inspirational Blog?

With so many blogs out there (lifestyle, training, fitness, finance, food, DIYs, to name a few) it really took me a while to determine what kind of blog this was going to be.

So why an Inspirational Blog?

I’m so glad you asked!

My hope is that every time someone finishes reading one of my posts, they feel encouraged.  With so much negativity and turmoil in the world, I feel this is my little spot to speak life.  That doesn’t mean that I will necessarily shy away from talking about hard things, but my hope is that I can bring a different perspective.

I love reading – the Bible, I read a fair bit of fiction (when time allows), I enjoy devotionals, and teaching books (John & Lisa Bevere are some of my favourite teachers/authors, along with Joyce Meyer and others).  I find a lot of the Christian fiction I read is labeled “inspirational fiction”, but the most inspiring thing I have ever read isRead More »

A Granola Bar Recipe You Have to Try

This week I made more big, healthy, meals than usual.  I really enjoyed getting creative, although by Thursday I wanted to make lime coconut chicken (an original recipe, coming soon), which is a bit of a Thai inspired dish, but I was tired of rice… so instead, I made my potato wedges (which I realized I need to revise for you all, it’s 1/4 cup of mayo not 1/2 cup). So we had sautéed vegetables, lime coconut chicken… and potato wedges.  Random, but everything tasted great (if I do say so).

The kids ate way better than ever, which made me think I need to have them try new things more often, even if they do douse it with ketchup and plumb sauce.

I also did a bit of baking.  Last night, a banana loaf, and Thursday I made these amazing granola bars from the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you are missing out.  Her recipes are incredible, and her blogs are great to read.  You may have seen her on the food network.

Anyway, if you decide to make these granola bars (click for full recipe) I made them my own a little, here’s what I did:

  1. After adding the hot ingredients mix (which I added about 2 Tbs of butter to) to the dry ingredients, I added about 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips, which then melted.
  2. I also used parchment paper instead of tin foil on my cookie sheet and buttered it really well, and added chocolate chips on top rather than dipping them (chocolate…enough said).
  3. I only had them in the oven for 20 minutes (I have found in the past they get to crunchy if left longer).  Then you have to let them cool completely (she says this on her blog, but I never took her advice and cut too soon), then remove the entire parchment paper from cookie sheet so you can cut the bars on the counter.

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Try her recipe!  So yummy, and a healthy snack (minus the chocolate…).  I wish I could say my kiddos liked these, but their tastebuds are still in development and don’t know what’s good for them.

In other words, this is for you, not the kids.  My husband asks for these on a pretty regularish basis.

Happy weekend!

PS – Make sure you store the wheat germ in the fridge, it will last way longer.

Time Flies When You’re Having Birthday Fun

I’m pooped.  Birthday celebrations are officially over, and the same week as a certain little birthday boy went from being a regular napper to an occasional napper.  But it’s really been a great week.  Literally.  We celebrated a week ago with amazing family that went above and beyond, and of course today with his cute little friends.

So there you have it, my three year old became a four year old… it took a few days, but he finally accepts that he’s 4 (took a bit of work to realize that 3 was over and not nearly as cool as 4).  All his little friends left from his first real “kid party” and mommy and daddy are totally zonked… it’s a wonder really that I’m having energy at all to blog this.

As I was planning for his kid party, I looked on pinterest, had a few games ready to go, some ideas to make it extra fun, extra pinteresty…  In the end, all they really wanted to do was play with toys and eat food.  So the games didn’t really happen, and really, if they don’t care, I’m not going to loose sleep over it.  I think the day was a success.  Some mom’s do an amazing job of having a special theme, creative DIY projects, all that… I’m not that mom.  I’d say my way is more simplistic.  I appreciate those mom’s… but I won’t Read More »

How Being Unsatisfied Can Lead To a Lack of Wisdom | Looking at Ecclesiastes Chapter 1

Other Reading: Ecclesiastes 1

I had planned to read through my Bible this year, but then I realized the Lord was directing me to instead do more Bible study.  To take topics, or even whole books of the Bible and study them more than I have ever before.

I’m really excited about it.  The book of the Bible I’m studying first (in addition to the Proverbs 31 series still in progress here at Not Without My Morning Coffee) is Ecclesiastes.  There is also a word the Lord has pressed upon my heart, which I will not mention at this time, but it will be appearing more on this blog in the days and months to come.

Ecclesiastes isn’t a book I’ve spent a lot of time in, but it has caught my attention now.Read More »

7 Goal Inspirations To Kick Off 2017 | A New Years Devotional

Other Reading: Psalm 31

I feel so excited about this new year.  More than I have been in many past years, from what I can remember.  There’s is something about 2017 that has me expectant of what the Lord has in store… maybe that’s a word for me, but I dare you to grab a hold of it and believe it for yourself as well.

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This scripture has been coming to mind, and I’ll explain in a minute why.

Proverbs 29:18 HCSB
Without revelation people run wild,
but one who listens to instruction will be happy.

Some versions of this verse say “without vision the people perish”.  Both ways are well said.  We have to have goals, have a vision so that we can get anything done and not “run wild”. Read More »

It’s Christmas Eve | A Christmas Poem

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It’s Christmas Eve | A Christmas Poem©
from notwithoutmymorningcoffee.com

The snow softly falls outside
The sound of children laughing fills the air
The air that is so crisp, so cold
Yet filled with joy, excitement, anticipation

The stores are filled with anxious shoppers
Buying last minute items missed or forgotten
The cashiers count the minutes until the days end
When they too can join their families around a table or treeRead More »

Wrapping up 2016 | 7 Of My Favourite Posts of the Year

In 2008 I started a blog.  I posted here and there, and a few years later not at all.  Then earlier this year, I decided to start a brand new blog, by the Lord’s leading.

See my old blog was getting 3000 views per month before I switched blogging platforms.  That was earlier this year.  It was a bit of a faith walk to decide to start over, but this is what I felt I needed to do.  So here I am, starting fresh, but having a lot more tools at my disposal with wordpress.

My second post, back in June of this year, was called Seek Him First… seeking God first is a theme I so desire to be threaded through this blog.  Not Without My Morning Coffee is a place I hope people will walk away from feeling hopeful, inspired, and most of all pointed back to Matthew 6:33 (But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you).Read More »