Be ye transformed

To be transformed needs to start with the heart and not a plan. I genuine desire from the soul to be person that you were created to be. It was on my knees that my transformation began. The answer to my prayers to make peace with myself and rid myself of my self depreciating and delibitating self talk was to be transformed. Stop looking for the magical quick fix or the latest fad diet with huge promises for momentary loses. The answer too was to know myself, I accepted that I am a sugar binger and an all or nothing person. I then realized that I needed to detox my body of its extreme addiction to sugar. Also during the answer to my plea, I was reminded of The Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change ...The courage to change the things I can...and the wisdom to know the difference.

And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

Super Foods

8 Super Foods Your Body Will Thank You for Eating
Article By: Leslie Fink, MS, RD

Our expert lists eight "super foods" that help enhance your body, mind and soul.
Like it or not, Mom was justified when she forced you to eat your vegetables. Broccoli and Brussels sprouts give you nutrients and substances that might truly have an impact on your health. Same with crunchy nuts, sugar-sweet berries and thirst-quenching iced tea.
"If you're concentrating on eating foods that have a lot of nutrients and phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances that fight disease), you're hedging your bet for at least a healthier life, if not a longer one," says Barbara Gollman, MS, RD. Here's her input on eight "super foods" to stock up on:
Walnuts. Walnuts contain Alpha-Linolenic Acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that studies indicate lowers cholesterol and protects against heart disease and stroke. The California Walnut Commission usually recommends 1 1/2 to 2 ounces of walnuts per day (or the equivalent of about 8 walnut halves). Not sure how to get started? Walnuts add a healthy crunch to any salad, soup or stir fry.
Chile peppers. Capsaicin, the substance that gives chiles their heat, acts as a disease-preventing phytochemical, says Gollman.
Tomatoes and tomato products. The antioxidant lycopene in tomato-rich foods may help prevent prostate cancer, and might also help prevent breast cancer. "Cooked tomatoes are more effective than raw ones," says Gollman. So load up on tomato paste and tomato sauces.
Berries. All berries are good for you, but blueberries and raspberries seem to hold top spots on the berry nutrition chart. Their anthocyanins and ellagic acid (the substances that give them their rich colours) possess potential cancer- and heart disease-preventing antioxidant properties. Plus, they're high in fibre and vitamin C.
Leafy greens. Folate, a much-talked-about B vitamin, does triple duty. In addition to helping fend off heart disease and possibly even cancer, it's believed to prevent neural tube defects in unborn babies. So go for anything that's leafy and green. Some of Gollman's tasty suggestions: Mix steamed chard with minced garlic and fresh lemon juice, and make pesto sauce with basil and kale.
Quinoa. Pronounced KEEN-wah, this nutty-tasting food is unlike any other grain (although not a true grain, it is often called one). "It's the only grain considered to be a complete protein," comments Gollman. If that's not enough to give it clout, consider that the sterols it contains may lower cholesterol, decreasing your risk for heart disease.
Yogurt. Sure, it's good for your bones, but that's not all. Most yogurts contain good bacteria that help maintain proper digestive health and may help boost your immune system. Look for the words "live and active cultures" — such as L. acidophilus and Bifidus — on ingredient labels.
Tea. Whether served iced, hot or decaffeinated, black or green tea — as well as some other non-herbal teas — might help prevent cancer and heart disease due to the antioxidant effects of the flavonoids and polyphenols they contain. Up your tea intake with some of Gollman's ideas: Make a tea slush with iced tea and puréed fruit, or try jazzing up regular iced tea with frozen mango cubes or slices.

Super Star In Runners World

This is Doug and I back in 2001! I was chosen as the January Superstar for Runners World Magazine because of my year round running, even in -38 degrees. I was preparing for my first marathon in St. George when they took the picture in October of 2000. I remember during that race questioning myself "Why am I doing this?". I went on to run 6 more marathons and during each one after the 17 mile mark this same question would haunt me till the 25th mile. It is amazing what running has done for me and the experiences that I have had because of my love to run! I am grateful for this body that has responded to my desire to run.

Doubly blessed in March

I truly believe that grandchildren are the blessing we receive for being parents. They make it all worthwhile! It is my heartfelt desire to keep myself healthy to enjoy them and to encourage them likewise to be healthy and vital.