Saturday, October 24, 2015

10 Options Instead of a Snack

Here's my ten options to get past the hunger besides having a snack.

1.     Take a short walk

2.     Call a friend.

3.     Chew gum

4.     Drink water

5.     Don’t eat to relax. Instead relax before you eat.

6.     Take a short time to do a chore you’ve been putting off.

7.     Brush your teeth.

8.     Work on a crossword puzzle.

9.     Women, put on some makeup or change clothes.

10.    Turn on radio and dance to a tune.


If you need to have a snack, lose the guilt. See my post a few days ago on snacking.

And my top tip for weight loss, see

What do you do to keep from overeating?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Snacks aren’t bad. In fact, in some ways, snacking can be your friend in weight loss. Studies show no link between losing weight and having snacks. Often, the snackers lose better.

Must you go a long time between lunch and dinner, or dinner and bedtime?

When I worked, my lunch hour was 11:20 to 12:20. Then, I would get off work somewhere between five and seven, depending on the patient load at the doctor’s office. When I reached my house in the evening, I was ravenous.

Solution: I saved something for a snack about four.

Snacks come in three forms:

Savory, salty, and sweet. Which do you prefer?


It could be different on different days.

It could be a combination. This often works for me.


Plan a snack once or twice a day for when you need it. Each lifestyle is different. Each person is different. Even a different time in life might change our times and our choices.


Now, that I’m retired, I eat dinner earlier, which I much prefer, but sometimes, eating dinner about five-thirty is so long before bedtime that I need a seven-thirty snack. (I still, most of the time, require a mid-afternoon snack, but sometimes, it’s only a glass of Crystal Light or a diet soda.)


Here’s some snacking suggestions:


1 cup broth soup              
1 T. peanut butter

Boiled egg                        
small salad

Light cheese sticks  
tortilla with 1 T 2% fat cheese

Light beef jerky                       
celery or carrot sticks                2 T. hummus

    With 1 wedge Laughing Cow



Chips, 1 oz. not over 100 calories          
  1 oz. Pretzels

2 rice cakes
6 reduced-fat wheat thins

2 peanut butter/cracker sandwiches      
6 light Triscuits

4 Rye wafers                         
3 cups microwave popcorn

Large dill pickle                       
palmful of sunflower seeds in shell

 2 T. mixed nuts                               



Fresh fruit                     non-fat yogurt

2 Blue Bunny fudge lites         7 dried apricots or figs

3 T. raisins                    ½ cup fruit cocktail

1 cup thawed frozen strawberries   
2 T. fat free cool whip

½ cup canned pineapple in own juice  
½ c. natural applesauce

10  caramel corn mini rice cakes       4 hard candies

1 60 calorie Jello pudding    1/16 of a round angel food cake

10 plain or peanut M & Ms (if you can handle them)    

5 large marshmellows                   2 low fat graham crackers

Smoothie with 1 cup skim milk & fruit



Unlimited Snacks:

   Carrot or celery snacks

   Red pepper slices

   Cherry tomatoes

 Sugar free jello
Tip: Nutritious snacks are more satisfying than junk food.

Could it be that having snacks could be the help you needed to lose that weight?

What snack helps you?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Jennifer Slattery Talks About Her New Release

Abandoned by her husband for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator often finds herself in tense and bitter moments. After an altercation with a doctor, she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters her old flame Nick. She walks right into his moment of facing an unthinkable tragedy.
Because they both have learned to find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, it doesn’t take long to discover that their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance….or is it? Could this be where life begins again?

Intertwined, part of New Hope Publisher’s contemporary fiction line, is a great reminder of how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace. Readers will fall in love with the realistic characters and enjoy the combination of depth, heart-felt emotion and humor that makes Jennifer’s novels so appealing. Readers will be inspired to find God in every moment and encounter in their own lives!


I asked Jennifer how she came up with the idea of Intertwined.

I’m often asked how I get ideas for my stories, and I rarely have an answer except to say I’ve always had an overactive imagination. This can be a good thing—when it comes to writing. This can also be a bad thing—when someone I love is late returning home and hundred’s of what-ifs dominate my thoughts.


For this story, the idea largely came from a friend. One day I posed a question on Facebook. I don’t recall what it was. I’m sure it was crazy-important, like where could I find the best salmon in Omaha or what recipes should I include in my week’s meal plan.


A friend from church responded, “Organ donation.”


Um… what?


A moment later, she left another comment, saying she’d completely misread my question. She’d thought I was asking for story ideas. Not sure how she got that out of “Tuesday’s dinner”. Later, we laughed about it and moved on.


Maybe a month later, I woke with a woman’s story unfolding in my mind. I knew her struggle, her inner lie, what her relationship with her parents was like, and how and when her husband had abandoned her.




I also knew she had a crazy-tough job, a job I wasn’t even aware existed prior to meeting my Facebook friend.


Tammy Kuhn, mother of two, is an organ procurement coordinator. Who was abandoned by her husband for another woman.


That kind of history is crazy hard for any woman to weather, but for Tammy, it’s the type of blow that could threaten to destroy everything—her job, her kids… her relationship with her mother…


I knew I had to write her story. I had to show not only her struggle, but also her hope. The deep healing that can come when people learn to lean on one another with authenticity and grace.


But I knew I couldn’t write this story alone. I know almost nothing about the medical field. The insider language alone is enough to make my head spin. So, I called my friend, Ami Koelliker, who was working as an organ procurement coordinator at the time, and said, “Remember when you suggested I write a story on organ donation.”




“Well, I think I’d like to. But… I’m going to need help.”


“Of course.”


“I mean a lot of help.”


Though she readily agreed to help me, I’m certain she had no idea just how much help I’d need. For the next six-plus months, she and I met over coffee, over lunch, at her house, and talked by phone as  taught me the ins-and-outs of organ donation. Then, I’d go home to plot out story threads and would bring my ideas back, to see if they made any kind of sense at all. Some did, some didn’t, but pretty soon, I had enough to write a cohesive novel.


But that didn’t mean Ami’s role was finished. Hardly! Once I’d written my story, I printed it out and brought it to her so she could read it and let me know if any inaccuracies had snuck in.


They had, so I moved to the rewrite phase and then asked her to read the revised novel. She did. Eventually, she and I were happy with our “final” (ha!) product, so, I sent it to my publisher—who wasn’t my publisher yet. And waited. And waited. And waited.


Two (?) years later, I received a contract offer, and then the real work of big-picture edits began.


Poor Ami. As I said, I’m pretty sure she was signing up for that morning years ago. But she stuck with, read, read, and reread the novel, and was incredibly patient with me, my plunders, and umpteen questions.


The woman deserves chocolate. Like a whole truckload full.


What about you? Have you ever felt God nudge you to do something that was completely foreign? Something you felt utterly ill-equipped to do? How’d you respond, and what happened? Share your experience with us in the comments below. 

Oh, yes, the book I'm writing now is an example of that. I've never been on drugs, and I've never been in prison, but my main character has. I also turned to a friend, who is wonderful.

I wish you well with Intertwined. The story line is fascinating. Definitely a must-read.

Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for, Internet CafĂ© Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends.


When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at and connect with her on Facebook at

You can buy Intertwined at:



Thank you so much for being my guest today, Jennifer. I am honored.

Any questions for Jennifer?

Any other authors who delved into a topic they knew nothing about? Share your experiences.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

You Are Special

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God--you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!.
                               Psalm 139:14 The Message

After God created man and woman, He called His creation good. When we are growing in our mother’s wombs, God knows us and makes plans for our lives. He makes us perfect, special, in His image.

  In my last post about "Change," we talked about changing the way we look at food, making new habits regarding our eating, and learning to daily rely on God, not ourselves.

This summer-Palo Dura Canyon, TX with our 3 grandchildren

 Our control equals failure        
   God's control equals fulfillment.

 Another change God would have us make is the way we view ourselves. Yes, the tighter we hold the reins of control, the less success we have. The irony of serving the Lord is the more we release control to Him, the more control we have.

 You are special.

Another change God would have us make is how we view ourselves. We draw closer to God and begin to see things through His eyes. He sees us as His masterpiece.
When man tried to build a tower to the heavens at Babel, God stopped them by confusing their language. God Himself said that if He didn't stop man, they would succeed. He sees us as able to do anything. Look at the knowledge man has come up with in the last hundred years. Yes, man is unstoppable without God's intervention.

God wants what's best for us, so He steers us toward Him. Even the heavens cry out of His grandeur. The mountains and oceans remind us of a Higher Power able to help where we falter.

In Christ, we are precious and beautiful, whether we're underweight or obese, black or red, highly intelligent or slow. He loves us unconditionally. He longs to call us His children.

Me -100 pounds ago. The babe in my arms is the granddaughter in the above picture.

Remember, change the way you look at food.
Change the way you look at yourself.

With Christ, all things are possible, even losing a hundred pounds.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


      Personally I hate change. It has been said that nothing is certain in life but taxes and change.

CHANGE Changes sweep through our lives, sometimes like a gentle breeze, other times like a tornado. Beginning to walk with God in the realm of weight loss (as well as other areas) will entail new habits, new ways of doing things, new mindsets -- Change.

FOOD ADDICTION The healing from food addiction comes by viewing food differently. No longer does God want us to see food as our comforter and friend. God wishes to change us so that we run to Him for those benefits.


When all else is lost, the future still remains. –    Christian Bevee, a late 1800s author



Salvation brings hope.

Trusting in God brings peace.

Days started with prayer brings serenity.


SERENITY PRAYER The prayer of Francis of Assisi has been repeated many times through the years, especially the part known as the serenity prayer.


Lord, give me the serenity to accept the things I can not change; the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

instead of fried apple pie
  Notice even in that prayer, we speak of change. We must change the things we can.

NEW HABITS In the realm of weight loss, the change varies from gentle breeze to tornado and back again. It takes twenty-one days to form a habit, so if, with the Lord’s guidance, you’ve made the decision to eat a healthy breakfast, and you mess up on the fifth day, give yourself permission to be human. Start afresh. Aim for twenty-one days the next time. Ask God for His power.


GOOD CHANGES Remember, change can blow us to a new place, a more desired place. Though we resist it, we may be thankful when we’ve turned that corner.

Once my husband lost his job. It was devastating. He could see nothing good about the change, but it brought him into opening a business of his own in real estate. He’s been a realtor for thirty years and still loves the work. Unlike his previous job, he’s been able to go into semi-retirement with real estate, and that’s been a blessing to us both.

instead of fatty sausages
GOOD OR BAD HABITS The habits we formed during our overeating years were destructive, selfish, and demoralizing. Our new habits will build us up, draw us closer to God, and indwell us with serenity.


What changes is life sending you right now?


Every change is an opportunity to choose life over death, Godliness, over selfishness, humility over pride. 

Instead of pasta

What new habits do you want to form?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

10 Daily Decisions for Weight Loss

We make decisions or choices in life. To accept the gift of God’s salvation is a decision.
So is deciding to follow Christ in weight loss. As we work on the mental, we also accept how that affects us spiritually and physically.

Here’s Writing with God's Hope blog's top ten daily decisions that we need to make to lose weight God's way.

1.                             Decide to begin your day with prayer, Bible reading, and meditation. If morning isn’t possible, do this as you end the day before.

2.                             Decide to disregard negative thinking and talking.

3.                             Decide to peruse books and online sites about submission to Christ especially in the realm of losing weight.

4.                             Decide to journal your highs and lows, maybe prayer requests and praise reports, or at least how you viewed eating that day.

5.                             Decide to make the attempt to choose healthier options and balanced food choices.

6.                             Decide to get in thirty minutes of activity five days a week.

7.                             Decide to not compare yourself with anyone else.

8.                             Decide to not dwell on “what-ifs,” but to live in gratitude for what God has provided.

9.                             Decide to believe God’s truth, not your circumstances.

10.                        Decide to forgive since resentment and anger will derail anyone's weight loss efforts.

Print out this list and make a commitment to do these things. I think you'll be surprised at the difference.

Any other decisions that you would add?


Saturday, October 3, 2015


God gave water to us. Have you ever thought what a blessing that is? Anyone trying to lose weight has learned the importance of water.

On a hike near Red River, NM
I love the pools of water found in the mountains. Nestled between two spruces or pines, we find a gurgling river. From a stark mountain side, we might spot a water fall. Sitting and watching moving water relaxes our minds. Drinking water helps minds and bodies.

During one trip to the mountains, I forgot a water bottle. My thirst was driving me crazy. I cupped my hand and tried to get a drink from a water fall, but all I could scoop up was a sip.

My husband ran to the car for his leftover coke. “Would you like to use this?”

I took it. “It still has coke in it.”

“Just dump it out,” he said.

I did. The cup was now empty. I climbed back over the rock and held the cup under the water fall, filling it quickly. The taste was cool and refreshing.


In Yellowstone Park
Watching the mountain streams this summer reminded me of that experience. What if I had dumped the coke (the bad stuff) and lifted my empty cup and asked God to fill it with life-giving water?
It's not impossible. Nothing is impossible for God, but God prefers using us to work the miracle. I climbed over the rock and put my cup under the source to receive my drink.


Neither is it enough to give up the fattening foods. We must fill our lives with Jesus. We must put in the extra time of Bible reading, prayer, and meditation to receive our refreshing victory.


In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.
                                       John 7:37 KJV


Are you hungry and thirsty for Jesus, or do you just want to lose weight?


Drinking water is important to:

1.     Give energy

2.     Lose weight

3.     Flush toxins

4.     Improve skin

5.     Help digestion

6.     Relieve leg cramps

7.     Improve your mood


Seek physical water and spiritual water.

Good health and weight loss requires them both.