Lisa’s Home School: Reasons to Eat Chocolate Everyday

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Americans LOVE Billy Graham…and…Rick Warren Challenges Us to “Eat Like Daniel”

Billy Graham has once again been named one of the top ten most admired men in America.

Americans picked Graham for the 57th time in an annual Gallup survey.

The pollsters at Gallup say: “Graham has appeared in the top 10 list far more often than any other man. He has never finished first, a spot typically taken by the sitting president, but has finished second on numerous occasions.”

Billy Graham recently celebrated his 95th birthday, but he’s been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks.  His daughter Ruth Bell Graham recently paid him a visit and said, “His vital signs are very good, he’s very strong, but his body is just wearing out.”

Ruth Graham is writing a book about forgiveness, lessons she says she learned from her father.

In other faith news, Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California has written a new book about getting healthy and losing weight. It’s called “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.”

Pastor Warren says the keys to success are faith, food, fitness, focus and friends.

Dr. Daniel Amen co-authored the book.  He says that says faith should prompt Christians to care for their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly with supportive friends.

By the way, three years ago Pastor Warren challenged the Saddleback congregation to join him in the fitness program named after the prophet Daniel.  Rick says that Daniel “refused to eat junk food and challenged a king to a health contest.”

15,000 Saddleback members signed up, and they lost a combined 250,000 pounds.  Amazing!

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Winning Mealtime Battles

Dear Dr. Bill,

Do you have any suggestions for encouraging a 5 year old boy to eat without it becoming a huge issue?


Dear Kim,

Judging from your question, it sounds like mealtime for your 5 year old has already become an issue.

Many parents give in to their child’s finicky eating patterns when they are toddlers.  They let their child dictate what they will eat, how much they will eat, and when they will eat it.  Now that your son is 5, he’s had his way for several years and he’s pretty much running the show.

It’s time for you to regain your role as parent, and show your little guy who’s boss.  Your job is to provide him with a variety of healthy foods at predictable meal times, and his job is to eat them.

If he decides he doesn’t like what the rest of the family is eating and insists on something different, don’t give in to him.  Simply inform him that this is what the family is eating for dinner tonight, and there are no other options.

If your son decides he wants to go on a hunger strike, let him.  Wrap up his dinner, put it in the fridge, and let him know that when he gets hungry you’ll heat it up for him.  Then you need to stick to your guns, no matter how much he whines and complains.

Whatever you do, DON’T allow him to snack on anything else.  Your son won’t starve, trust me.  The amazing thing about the stomach…eventually it contracts and sends strong signals to the brain that can’t be ignored. At that point, even cold mashed potatoes look good.

Thanks for writing, Kim.  I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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How Food Choices Of Our Friends Affect What We Eat

You’ve probably heard the old saying “you are what you eat.”  But according to a new study, what you eat may be partly determined by who you’re with. writer Danny Matteson reports that researchers from the University of Liverpool found the food choices of the people around you help to determine the choices you make for yourself.

So if you’re out to lunch with a friend and he orders a burger, you’re more likely to get or burger or something similar.  On the other hand, if your friend orders salad, you’re more likely to get something healthy as well

According to lead researcher Eric Robinson, the study’s findings go along with social identity theory — or the theory that a person’s sense of who they are is based on their group membership.

The researchers also found that besides helping determining what you eat, your social circles also influence how much you eat — if they eat more, you’re more likely to eat more.

The new results line up well with other recent studies on the psychological aspects of eating.

Last year researchers found that found larger bowls can lead to kids asking for larger portions of food.

And a 2007 study that found obesity can be contagious. When one person gains weight, their friends are more likely to gain weight as well.

The team behind the study says more research needs to be done on the topic, but that it could be used to help develop effective public health campaigns.

The book of proverbs has a lot to say about who we hang out with.  Proverbs 13:20 says: “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Kids & Dieting

You’ve heard a lot about childhood obesity, but what do you do if one of your kids is overweight? The actions you take can have a lifelong impact—for better or worse.

Research shows the way we communicate to our kids makes all the difference. Talking to children about dieting, telling them they’re too fat, or nagging them to lose weight actually increases the risk of eating disorders, unhealthy dieting, or binge eating. Plus it devastates their emotional health.

So what should you do? Talk to your kids often about the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise and sleep. Help them make good choices—without adding weight or size to the conversation.

But, more than your words, your kids need you to take the lead. Your actions always speak louder than your words, and will feed them a good example.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Addicted to Caffeine? The Impact of So-called “Energy Drinks”

Can you overdose on caffeine?  Yes, it is possible.

Reporter Cody Lyon at says according the experts, the trick is to know your body, pay attention to what else you’ve ingested, and do your homework on energy drinks.

There have been plenty of reports that say caffeine is beneficial. Some studies call it a potential protector from diseases such as Parkinson’s, and even some forms of cancer.

A safe dose of caffeine is ususally considered 200 to 300 milligrams, or two to four cups of coffee per day.

Energy drinks like Red Bull usually contain around 80 milligrams of caffeine in an eight-ounce can. Some of the bigger cans (such as a 16-ounce Monster) have up to 240 milligrams.  Meanwhile, a 16-ounce cup of coffee packs about 300 milligrams.

Barbara Crouch, executive director at the Utah Poison Control Center, says that unlike coffee drinkers, energy drink consumers (especially young people) like to chug down not just one, but two or three to get a good jolt on before a hardcore workout, a soccer practice or a night of dancing.

She says “When you pound down more than one energy drink verses sipping a cup of coffee, you’re not metabolizing it the same way.”  She points out that factors like size, age, sex, drug interactions, hydration levels and the amount of food in the stomach can mean different outcomes for different people when on a caffeine binge.

Crouch says: “Yes, there is absolutely such a thing as caffeine poisoning, and the dose essentially makes the poison.”

All the press about energy drinks led the FDA to take a fresh look at caffeinated food — and it plans to focus on how energy drinks impact young people.

So if you think YOU’VE got a problem—step away from that can of Red Bull!

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Diet Soda Safety

A listener wrote, “One friend says diet sodas are safe, another says that’s not true. Help!”


Your question comes at a great time, as an editorial in a major medical journal links diet sodas to a long list of health problems, from obesity to diabetes and heart disease—just like regular sodas. Another report says these problems could occur by drinking even just one diet drink a day.


One theory is the artificial sweetener in diet sodas may dull your body’s response to real sugar. Plus, the safety of artificial sweeteners has been questioned.


I hate to pop your bubble when it comes to diet soda, but the safest, most highly healthy beverage you can drink is water—without the chemicals and artificial sweeteners.


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Low Fat Fallacy

“Low fat” and “Fat free” are buzzwords in every supermarket—yet Americans as a whole are fatter than ever.


Here’s the scoop: the American Heart Association found that low fat foods alone are not enough to whittle away the weight. Low fat doesn’t mean low calorie—and too many calories leads to fat. Plus, eating larger servings of low fat products will put you on the path to more pounds.


Now, choosing low fat foods is still a plus, but to really see benefits you need to increase your activity. Plus, reduce your portion sizes, and add fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fish into your diet—that will increase your chances of being low in fat.


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Lisa’s Home School: Cravings List vs. Do Without List

What can help you with your diet?  Lists! Find out more by listening here!


Lisa’s Home School: Cravings List vs. Do Without List

Nature’s Heart Helpers

What if I told you there was a natural, inexpensive way to reduce blood pressure, increase antioxidant levels and reduce your risk for heart disease? What’s this new amazing breakthrough? Fruits and vegetables.


Just call them nature’s heart helpers. How important and effective are they? Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day has been recommended by organizations worldwide, but until now, studies haven’t clearly shown how meeting that guideline improves your health, and by how much.


But now a new study shows eating less than five servings of fruit and vegetables each day is linked to a higher chance of dying early.


So my “new secret” isn’t so new after all—just hit the produce section and make five servings a day a rule in your diet–it’s healthier than you think.


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