August 31, 2015

Fruits of the Spirit

IMG_0562Galations 5:22-23 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

“You can tell a tree by its fruit,” that’s what my Da used to say when we were looking at fruit trees and he was trying to teach me about gardening at a young age.  And he was so right, you can most definitely tell a tree by its fruit, and not just fruit trees. You know what it’s like to be around someone who makes everyone feel so good, so at peace, so loved, so accepted, and they do this just by being near you. That is fruits of the Spirit on display. This is how people know Whose you are, you don’t need to tell them, “I’m a Christian”, “I believe in Christ”, “I’m a good person”, they just know your different by the fruit you have on display…without speaking a single word…people know.  They know it by your fruit, not your gifts.

Fruit is a word that is used many times in the bible, 34 times that I have found, and each time it is mentioned it is referring to “bearing fruit” (if you’re interested in the scriptures I’ll place them at the bottom of this post). I am not going to write a great big devotional here, I could, I’ve been studying this for a while, but in the interest of keeping it brief and uplifting I’m going to keep it short and to the point.

So fruit…why fruit? Fruit is made up of more than just one substance, it has pulp, juice, skin, seeds, a core, segments, and it is attached to a tree by a stem where it draws its nutrients from. John 15:5 NIV I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in mean I in him, he will bear much fruit.  (And I’m going to leave that right there or I’ll end up preaching and going on for ever). Fruit gives life, it gives sustenance and is food for our flesh, and re-seeds in our soul and Spirit.

If you have given your life to Jesus, if you have accepted Him into your heart, then the fruit of the Spirit (capital S meaning Holy Spirit)  has been planted inside of you (note in Galations 5:22 (AMP) But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence accomplishes]….emphasis mine).  We may not be naturally patient, or loving, but through the Holy Spirit we can produce that ‘fruit’.  I would suggest nurturing each fruit blossom one at a time until you feel like that fruit is in full bloom, but remember, you need to keep nurturing the fruit once it is in bloom or it will die. If we are dealing with an unhealthy behaviour, like an addiction, the Holy Spirit can give us the ability to resist the flesh and make healthier choices and break those addictions…I know… I have broken addictions that were destroying me, inside and out.

Over the next 9 weeks I will post ways to grow and nurture each Spiritual fruit, in easy to understand format.  Even if you are not a Christian, my hope is that each fruit seed will be planted in you and you will be encouraged to allow it to grow. If you missed the introduction to this series you can find it here.

I am led by the Spirit if God, I am growing good fruit in my spirit and in my life. I walk in love, I am full of joy. Peace rule my heart, I am patient, I am kind. Goodness guides my thoughts, I am gentle. I have control over my actions. I live by faith in God. I have a Spirit controlled life. 

Be Blessed xx

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx 

John 15:15-16 “I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.”

Matthew 3:8 “Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance”

Luke 3:8-9 “Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. “Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Matthew 7:15-20 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “So then, you will know them by their fruits.:

Matthew 12:33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.”

John 15:16 “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”

Romans 7:4-5 “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.”

Titus 3:14 “Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.”

James 3:17 “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.”

Luke 8:15 “But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”

Matthew 13:23 “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

Mark 4:20 “And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”

John 12:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

Galatians 6:7-9 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”

Ephesians 5:8-9 “for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),”

Colossians 1:10 “so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;”

Colossians 3:12-15 “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

2 Peter 1:5-8 “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

John 15:4-5 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Hebrews 12:10-12 “For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”

 

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August 29, 2015

Spiritual Lessons From Physical Training

Spiritual Lessons from Physical Training

Spiritual Lessons from Physical Training – written by Jana

First of all, you need to understand what a victory it is for me that I’ve been consistently exercising for three months now! I loved activity as a kid — running fast and climbing trees were two of my favourite things — but junior high PE class changed all that! (I’ve tried three times to start writing why, but there are so many reasons, it would take this post off-topic. So let’s just move on….) For decades, doing any kind of exercise has been something I don’t like and struggle to stay at it. Mostly, I don’t. Or didn’t.

Three months ago I finally admitted that I lacked the self-discipline to keep up with exercise on my own, and I started working with a personal trainer. The progress I’ve made in that time amazes me! And while I’m loving that clothes shopping is kinda fun again, the bigger victories for me have been in my thinking, and in my spirit.

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Here are a few lessons I’m learning, that cross over from physical to spiritual:

  1. When moving forward becomes painful, I want to give up (especially if we’re talking running). But if I persevere through the pain, it goes away and then I feel better than I did before I started! And I’m more able to tackle that distance or that move or that weight again.
  2. Growth requires silencing — or at least ignoring — the old tapes in my head. Voices that have been there a long time saying, “You’ve always failed at this; this time will be no different.” And, “You look stupid when you do this.” Whether that’s feeling like a spaz (note: junior high word!) when I’m trying to do a new move, or being afraid people will think I’m weird when I talk about God, those old tapes need to be erased, and I need to put a new message in their place! “With God’s help, I can do new stuff — and get better at it!”

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  1. This was new news to me: To make a muscle get stronger, you need to push it to the point of failure. When you’ve lifted a weight that you’re able to move at first, but then with repetition gets to a point where the muscle just plain gives out, that sends a message to your body: Hey, we need more strength here; send reinforcements! Likewise, don’t be surprised or discouraged when your faith “fails”, this is the point where God’s strength comes to build us up — IF you’ll I’ll lay down your my pride long enough to let Him!

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  1. When you’re trying something new and hard, the trainer is there to suggest new tactics when you run up against a difficulty, to spot you if you do start to drop something (my trainer taught me this one), and to encourage you when the going gets tough. Pastor/teacher Chip Ingram talks about how, in the spiritual realm, we often feel like we just need to try harder, when what we really need to do is to train better. The training leads to improvement. And training works best with help! (See a bit of his teaching on this here, and here.) Likewise, God is your partner in your spiritual growth, He can send you new tactics or encouragement, and He’ll always be there to catch you when you fall. But He also sends others to help coach and encourage you along the way. Make use of them!
  2. There will be sweat! That’s okay! Maybe you’ve seen a jock type wearing a t-shirt that says, “Sweat is weakness leaving the body!” Likewise, there may be tears as your faith is stretched. But maybe tears are just spiritual sweat?!

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jana xx

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August 26, 2015

7 No Cook Lunch Ideas

No Cook Lunches (8)1. Tuna and Mayo on Cucumber Slices with Walnuts.

No Cook Lunches (11)Or have them on apple slices.

No Cook Lunches (5)2. Deli Tuna Salad (tuna, mayo, sliced dill pickle, squeeze lime juice, 1/4 red onion diced, chopped parsley, 1 diced stalk of celery) served on Shredded Lettuce.

No Cook Lunches (3)Or wrap the deli salad in a lettuce leaf.

No Cook Lunches (10)3. Nori Sheets make the best wraps and they are so nutritious! Tuna, mashed avocado as the ‘stickiness’ of the nori roll, then add any other veg you like – shredded kale, cauliflower or broccoli rice, cucumber, capsicum, snow peas…it’s endless.  I serve mine with coconut aminos (because I like the taste).

No Cook Lunches (6)4. Avocado, grated veg wrapped in a few slices of Deli Chicken or Turkey.

No Cook Lunches (9)5. If you have leftovers from the night before, they make great cold burgers the next day.  Wrap it in a lettuce leaf…yum!!

No Cook Lunches (1)6. Egg Salad. All you need is cold boiled eggs (leave the bacon out if you wish).  I boil a dozen eggs at the start of every week so they come in handy for quick no cook lunches and snacks during the week.

No Cook Lunches (4)7. And of course a good old fashioned salad! If you don’t have leftover cooked protein (like slow cooked meats), then leave it out.

You’ll notice tuna mentioned a lot, that’s because we keep our cupboard stocked with tins and it makes it easy to just pull them out and make a quick lunch, I also substitute tuna with sardines from time to time. If you’re not a fan of tuna, leave it out, not problem at all.

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

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August 24, 2015

Bloom

IMG_0581I love the word Bloom. The dictionary defines ‘bloom’ as 1-‘the flower of a plant’, 2-‘a flourishing, healthy condition’ and 3-‘to flourish’. A flourishing, healthy condition! I just love that definition! It means so much more than just the flower of a plant.

Spring is right around the corner (in Australia), it’s the time of year when things begin to bloom.  The seeds that have been spread during winter begin to take root and they start to shoot and flower and produce fruit.

IMG_0549When a plant is about to sprout and grow, it doesn’t look around to see how the others are doing it, it doesn’t compare its growth to the plant beside it, it just grows and then blooms and stands tall amongst the other flowers, plants, in the garden.  It doesn’t look around and see the stunning red rose and say, “Oh my, I wish I was as red and as stunning as you red rose, I’m just so plain here in my yellow with my skinny little petals”(assuming plants could talk that is).  No, it stands there just as tall and just as proud as the others because it knows what it has taken to get to the point of blooming, it knows the struggle for sunlight and water and the fighting off of the weeds.

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I’ve been doing a study on bloom and on the fruits of the spirit.  I’m going to share them with you in a series on Bloom That Produces Life-Changing Fruit.

Each one of us is unique.  There will never, ever be another YOU on the face of this earth, never. You have an opportunity to leave a legacy, a positive mark, on those that have been placed in your life and on your path, yes that even means the lady at the check-out and the person that is standing behind you in line.

Let us be women who stand tall and admire the beauty that is unique to each and every one of us. Bloom with an attitude of admiration not of comparison or envy. Let us be a community that plants the seeds of the future, waters the soil, pulls the weeds, lets the sun shine on the faces of those sprouts, those buds…let us all bloom together.

That is the vision of Faith, Food and Fitness.

Next week I will continue this series with part 2, what are the fruits of the spirit and why do we need to produce them? Then in the remainder of the series we will look at each ‘fruit’ individually. Part One of Fruit of the Spirit is here.

Be blessed x

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

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July 26, 2015

Perfect Slow Cooked Meat

Perfect Slow Cooked Meat
I absolutely love my slow cooker. In fact, it’s the most used kitchen appliance in our house. I use it for just about everything, and it’s my not-so-secret weapon in making flavour packed meats.

The secret is in the seasoning and in the amount of liquid you use. So let me give you a run down of how I do it.

I start with a piece of roasting meat, or whole boneless chicken pieces and I rub them in seasonings. Then I put them in the slow cooker (no I don’t seare the meat in a fry pan, tried it a few times and didn’t do anything to the end result) and then I place 1 or 2 cups of liquid, depending on the size of the meat (1kg=1 cup). I cook the meat (pork, beef, or lamb) on low heat for 7-8 hours and then I ‘pull’ the meat apart and leave it rest in the slow cooker for another 30 minutes. If I’m cooking chicken I put it on low heat for a max of 6 hours, after that amount of time it gets floury and mushy.

Liquid choices: red wine and beef broth, tomato purée and beef (or chicken) broth, beef or chicken broth. Never use just plain water…tasteless.

Seasoning choices: there are sooooo many, you can literally use anything that will compliment the meat that you’re using, just make sure you rub it all over your meat before putting it in the slow cooker.

Beef:

  • Mexican Chilli (pictured above)**1 Tablepoon cacao, 2 teaspoons chilli, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of each-oregano, cumin, allspice. Use tomato purée and beef broth as liquid.
  • Greek inspired- 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of each-Rosemary, thyme, sage, cinnamon. Use tomato purée and beef broth with 2 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
  • Moroccan inspired- 1 tablespoon paprika, 2 teaspoons of each-cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion flakes. Use tomato purée and beef broth as the liquid.

Pork:

  • 1 Tablespoon of each-cumin, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of each-salt, coriander, pepper, cayenne pepper. Use 1/2 cup each of lemon juice and lime juice and chicken broth (or pork if you have) as the liquid.
  • Classic pulled pork: 1 teaspoon of each-chilli (or to taste), onion flakes, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. Use chicken broth (or pork if you have) as the liquid.

Chicken:

  • 1 teaspoon of each-salt, ginger, garlic powder, cayenne pepper. Use 1 cup pineapple juice, 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (soy sauce alternative), and 1/4 cup coconut oil.
  • 1 Tablespoon of each-cumin, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of each-salt, coriander, pepper, cayenne pepper. Use 1/2 cup each of lemon juice and lime juice and chicken broth as the liquid.

What are some of your favourite flavour combinations?

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

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July 19, 2015

Should We Really Eat That?

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It’s true. You only have to ask your grandparents (I’m not suggesting they are 100 years old) what they ate growing up and what they had for school lunches. You’ll hear things like, “homemade bread, homegrown vegetables, meat, chicken, eggs, the occasional homemade cake or biscuits, oatmeal, fresh milk,’ well that’s what my Nan said. If your older, like I am, you’ll even remember that everything in your house was homemade from fresh or home grown produce (at one point we had a farm and cows to milk every morning, thanks Mum), and the weekly sweet popped in your lunch box was an Anzac biscuit or if we were really lucky some chocolate slice.

Fast forward 20 years and take a look at what fills most homes and children’s lunch boxes (I’m a teacher so I get the privilege of seeing inside lunch boxes).   (Image from the AdditiveFreePantry.com) For some children, convenience food has take the place of homemade food and children, as well as most adults, are eating ‘occasional’ food daily…and sometimes multiple times a day (a packet of tiny teddies and a sugar loaded muesli bar at morning tea and a packet of chips at lunch time). The problem with all of these ‘convenience’ foods is that they are loaded with sugar, salt, preservatives and additives. I can tell you that God did not make, or intended for you to eat, preservative 282 (calcium propionate), which you will find in some baked products and pasta. It’s derived from petroleum and can cause developmental delays, headaches and migrations, irritability, learning difficulties, neurological problems, sleep disturbance and is prohibited for use in infant foods. There many more preservatives and additives that are just as harmful, this one is common that’s why I selected it. This is not what we should be eating or feeding our children.

Remember in 1 Corinthians 6:12 Paul tells us that “everything is permissible for me – but not everything is beneficial.” Foods that are made in factories are not what are beneficial for us, these types of foods can make us sick, encourage disease, shorten our life-span and our quality of life…does this sound like it’s God’s plan?

Can I encourage you, if you don’t do so already, to love yourself enough to care about the foods you put on your plate, the foods you put on the plates (and lunch boxes) of your family. Let’s create healthy families, body, mind and spirit.

Your in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

 

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July 15, 2015

Having an Attitude of Gratitude 

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“stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at evening.”  1 Chronicles 23:30 NKJV

No matter what is going on in my life, I start each day giving thanks for all that I have and for the things to come. I speak from experience when I say that my days are so much happier now that I do this. Don’t get me wrong, life is still stressful and there are times when the demands on me and my time are completely overwhelming, but starting and finishing the day with a thankful heart (you need to voice it, speak it aloud) has really has changed my life. I don’t let the daily stresses get on top of me, I can only put it down to being content with all that I have, secure in who I am, and completely thankful for all of the life experiences/situations that God has brought me through.

When we focus on all of the things we have, it distracts our attention from all of the ‘things’ we don’t. I might not have the nicest house on the block, but thank God we have a house to live in with power and water. I might not drive the newest car, but thank God I have a car to drive. When our boys are stressing me out with their mess and noise, I have trained myself to be thankful for having healthy, happy, energetic sons…before long they will no longer be in our home and I’m going to enjoy them…noise, mess, smells and all.

What if you got every single thing you prayed for, asked for? Do you really think you would be happy? Would you be thankful? Would you appreciate those things?

I’m incredibly thankful that I don’t have all the things I’ve prayed for, that I’ve desired. See, last year I felt sure that I was leaving teaching behind and was going to enter into something else.  I prayed, I fasted, I prayed, I felt so sure that this was the right path. It turned that I was way off and this path got a big fat NO, I then looked for a way around my obstacle and tried to do it someone else’s way. Big mistake, but a lesson definitely learned. Now that I look back at this path that I so desired, all I can think is, ‘Thank You God…that would’ve been the worse possible path for me and the stress involved would’ve/could’ve turned me into a completely different person’. At the time, I was crushed. Now, I’m so thankful that it didn’t come to pass.

I often wonder what would happen if we woke up today with only the things we were thankful for yesterday…

Being thankful, having an attitude of gratitude, makes you a happier person. If it’s not a daily practice for you already, try it. Make a decision to get up a little earlier and spend 5 minutes being thankful for all that you have, remember you need to speak it aloud. Before you go to bed, or while you’re in the shower, spend 5 minutes being grateful for all of the things that happened in your day. Do it for a week and watch your attitude shift. Let me know how it goes :)

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

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July 7, 2015

Doing As We Are Told

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I shared this message with my church a few months ago, it can be related to any area of our lives.  We think that when we become ‘grown ups’ we can do whatever we want to do (well my kids seem to think that this is the ultimate goal of becoming an adult), I tried doing this for a while, it didn’t last long, life did not go well.

IF you love me, do as I have told you to do…

Message Version – John 14: 15 ‘If you love me, show me by doing what I’ve told you.’

Show me by doing what I asked you to do…If you love me you will do as your told….Parents, you’ve said this once or twice before? Many times before I’m guessing.

“Please clean your room, eat your vegetables, why won’t you just do as you’re told? I’m telling you this for your own good.” I imagine that this is how God speaks and feels when we’ve missed the mark. When we haven’t done as we’ve been told, when we think we know better. The truth is that whatever He is asking us/telling us to do, then He’s telling us for our own good. He wants us to live our best life.

This week I was being tortured working out  with Kay and he kept telling me not to get off the stair monster, I was trying really hard to do what he was telling me to do. It hurt, I really wanted to stop, every time I stopped he would shake his head and say, “Come on Jess get back on.” I would just shake my head, thinking ‘I’m a 38 year-old woman, if I don’t want to get back on that machine then I’m not getting back on it, you can’t tell me what to do’ (picturing myself having a full blown 2 year-old tantrum right there in the front of the gym).

You see I want change, and I knew that if I really want this change to happen then I would have to listen to Kay and get back on that stair monster and get it done. I was in pain, my legs felt like they couldn’t take another step. But I knew I had to push on, keep going. It’s for my OWN good.

There are many time in life when sometimes we have to stretch, but we have to push on and keep doing it. It is for our own good!

Friends, can I encourage you to push on, to listen that “funny feeling inside your chest”, or a thought that suddenly pops into your head, follow that, do that, see what happens.

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

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July 2, 2015

Comparison IS the Stealer of Our Joy

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I have compared myself to others for as long as I can remember, in good ways and in destructive ways.  This year I’ve been doing a lot of study on ‘who I am’ and I have finally seen comparison for all its joy stealing worth.

I would go for a run down at our local Gooseponds and I would see a vast mix of people down there working out or walking their dogs.  Serious runners (oh God, why can’t I run like them?), skinny toned power-walkers (oh God, why can’t I be skinny and toned like them?), elderly people walking their dogs (oh God, I can’t wait to be old and not have a houseful of dirty dishes, dirty clothes and noisy boys), and then people like me (you go girl! you should be so proud of yourself!).  I would do a lap or two and be so focused on the other people that I would finish my run and feel terrible, instead of finishing with the ‘runners high’ I was finishing with the ‘comparison downer’. My runs (or walks most days) are no longer like this, I have finally stopped and learnt to focus on me and who God made me to be.

When we compare ourselves and our circumstances to others we are robbing ourselves of the joy and the emotions of being us.  We are not meant to live a life of comparison,  “I wish I was…”, you’re wishing your life away…I know…I’ve done it too, I no longer do that (thankfully). “I want to be more like….”, You were born you, there is no other you and nor will there ever be…so enjoy all of the things that make you YOU. Enjoy the foods you eat, the way you walk, the way you speak, the way you love others, the way others love you, the way you move, the (positive) thoughts you have.  When you learn to enjoy yourself more you will all of a sudden enjoy life more, and the people in your life more.

Life is full of ups and downs, that’s just the way it goes (unfortunately), but the lessons we learn in the down times help us really enjoy the good times and give us a greater strength then we had before.

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx 

 

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May 25, 2015

Paleo Butter Chicken

Paleo Butter Chicken

I love the cooler weather, it means I get to cook a lot stews and casseroles and curries.  The kids love this Butter Chicken, it’s one of my go-to meals lately.  Mostly because it’s a crowd pleaser and it’s filling (and I can make it at lunch time and re-heat it for dinner on busy days).

Paleo Butter Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Paleo
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 800g diced chicken thighs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 125g ghee
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon powdered star anise
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 400g crushed tomatoes, pureed in the blender
  • 100g tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1¼ cup nut/seed meal (I used cashew as the taste is perfect with curries)
  • 300ml coconut cream
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the chicken, salt, chilli, 1 teaspoon garam masala, turmeric, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 clove of crushed garlic, and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Let the chicken sit in the spice mix for 1-2 hours (if possible, not necessary).
  2. Heat a large pot, or wok, over a medium heat and melt a little of ghee. Add the chicken and spices and cook until the chicken is brown.
  3. Add the sliced onion, remaining ghee, cinnamon, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 teaspoon ginger, cardamom, star anise, cumin, smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garam masala and stir until the ghee is fully melted and the pot becomes fragrant (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add the pureed tomatoes, tomato paste and apple cider vinegar to the pot and stir in gently.
  5. Stir the coconut cream and nut meal through the mixture and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  6. Serve with cauliflower rice. Enjoy!

 Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

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