Fruit Pizza

Making fruit pizza is very easy when done with all fruit! :) I made this for my birthday last year. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free (does have coconut but it can be omitted), milk free, no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, and the best part– it is guilt free!! 😀 One small slice would even be okay for diabetics! 😀

1 watermelon

Bluberries

Kiwi

Strawberries

Shredded coconut

Cut watermelon in big circles like the above picture. Arrange the fruit as you prefer. Sprinkle with coconut and cut into slices.  YUM!

Note: You can add any other fruit you want to…mandarin oranges, apples, nectarines, peaches, pineapple etc. The picture below is the one I mimicked with my own fruit preferences.. :)

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Is Fasting a Good Thing?

Webster’s dictionary defines fast as : 1) to abstain from food 2) to eat sparingly or abstain from some foods 3) the practice of fasting 4) a time of fasting.

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Fasting can be a good thing~ sometimes our bodies get too bogged down with rich foods of the Standard American Diet (SAD).  It is good to eliminate or refrain from eating some foods for a while to let your body cleanse itself.  Some foods like meats, dairy, all the creamy foods, high sugar content foods, candy, soda pop etc. are culprits in “bogging” down our systems and making us feel bloated, irritable, depressed or yucky.  If you find yourself feeling much better, lighter, or having more energy after your fast, you may want to “listen to your body” and feed it only real foods. You may find you are no longer “SAD” but you will be GLAD you listened! :)

Real Food
Real Food

There are many different ways to fast ~

1.   Water Fast- With a water fast, you drink only water. It can be for a partial day or full day, but unless you are medically healthy, do not try this for longer. Be wise and safe about this!

2.   Juice Fast- This can include juicing any fruits or vegetables or making smoothies. You may get a lot of natural sugar from the fruits, so go easy on these. You do not need a sugar spike and then crash later! Include things like chia seeds for fiber, protein and something that swells to make you stay full longer.

chia seeds3.    The Daniel Fast – (click to go to the official website) – is refraining from meats and wine (or alcoholic beverages).  This is mainly eating fruits and vegetables such as the vegan diet.  Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s dainties, nor with the wine which he drank. Therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Dan 1:12 “Test your servants, I beg you, ten days; and let them give us vegetables to eat, and water to drink.  

4.    Social Media fast – This is something that just came to mind this morning as I was preparing to write this.  Too often we get bogged down by all the emails, pops, pings, hits, messages and tweets that are constantly “blowing up our phones” or computers. It is healthy to fast from social media once a week (or more) to allow yourself some time to breathe, relax and smell the flowers! :)

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There are many references in Scripture to fasting. Do a search sometime. Fasting is a Biblical thing to do as long as we are not doing it just to gain public attention. Matt 6:16  “Moreover when you fast, don’t be like the hypocrites, with sad faces. For they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen by men to be fasting. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward. Fasting from certain foods and spending time in prayer is found in many verses. It is viewed as a time of cleansing the body as well as the soul and it can renew your spirit as you become more in tune to what Father may be telling you.  Luke 5:33-35 They said to him, “Why do John’s disciples often fast and pray, likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink?” He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then they will fast in those days.”  Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, that you don’t enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 

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Protector

Look at the motives of why you want to fast. Be wise in choosing the length of time.

There are some down sides to fasting. Understand that if you are pregnant, have diabetes or low blood sugar issues or are on medication that needs to be taken with food, ask your doctor or nutritionist before you go on the fast. Others that should not fast are those who are malnourished, elderly, weak, those on dialysis or struggle with anorexia or bulimia. Young children should not do a fast as they may not understand the benefit of it. Get in touch with a nutritionist or health coach to help guide you in the right direction.

Lastly, spend some time in nature… away from social media and everything bogging you down.

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Be blessed, be strong and be positive,

~Coach Shannon

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Resources:

  1. The Holy Bible
  2. Healthy Fasting

Be Encouraged

Power of Thinking

Shalom everyone! I just want to take a moment to write some encouragement. Times are getting tougher than they used to be. You hear a lot in the media and there is very little, {{if anything}}, that is encouraging. I feel like there are some of you who are reading this, that need a pick-me-up (myself included), so here are some verses from God’s Holy Word for your day…

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Fear is something the enemy uses to belittle us and take away our authority and control of our life. There are so many things to be afraid of, but Scripture reminds us over and over- “Do not be afraid”. I did a study on the different kinds of fear mentioned in the Bible and I found 385 verses and 400 matches in the KJV that mention “fear”. If you would like to see the complete copy I made of the different kinds such as “do not fear”, “be not afraid”, “Fear of the LORD”, “Godly fear”, “fear of man” etc, send me an email to request it and I can email it to you. (I researched other versions, but KJV had the most). So if there are 385 verses that mention the word fear… then that is more than a verse a day for an entire year to remind us that God is in control and we do not need to be afraid of what will happen in our future.

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Joshua fought the battle at Jericho and because he was courageous, the walls of the city came down and he won the battle because the LORD was on his side! When I was in youth group, we used to sing a song called “The Battle Belongs To The LORD” and that is definitely what Joshua experienced. We may think only prophets or people “called out” by God can be used in mighty ways. While this may be partially true… The other Truth is that YOU are being used in mighty ways too! YOU may not feel courageous, but the only way to make progress is to take one step at a time and let God guide your decisions. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you in the changes you want to make in your life. Distance yourself from people who withdraw from your life and leave your “bank account” empty. Work on getting yourself free from the negative baggage, then you can help others find freedom too. :) Let your faith be bigger than your fear!
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“Matt 6:28-30  Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin, yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won’t he much more clothe you, you of little faith?” I have heard a quote that says “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but you do not get anywhere.

1454933_594577943964878_4731182489363482357_nCorrie Ten Boom certainly understands what worry means… she has an amazing testimony and what she wrote above is so true! 
Psalm 69.16

Php_4:6  In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Mat_10:19  But when they deliver you up, don’t be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say.

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The enemy is sneaky and tries to come in through any open door. “Think about what you are thinking about” is a quote from a mentor and friend Bryn Kelly, as well as “What we think about, we give power to.” It is so true! What you think, your brain prepares your body to feel… Read more on this subject here and here.

1 Peter 5.8

No weapon means none, nada, zilch, zero !! 😀 Learn the power of speaking truth and the enemy will have to flee before you seven ways. (Deuteronomy 28:7) Contact me for more info on this subject!

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Rest in Yahweh, and wait patiently for him: don’t fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who makes wicked plots happen. Psalm 37:7. There are a lot of verses on “rest” in Scripture. Learn to rest and relax so your body can recooperate!

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I find myself turning my Bible whenever I am feeling down, depressed or overwhelmed with life (like this past week!!). When I get immersed in the cool waters of God’s Word, I find it cool and refreshing! Find those nuggets of truth to whisper to yourself and repeat them over and over. Get them into your heart and your mind. Soak yourself with this YouTube video. I fall asleep with this playing in the living room… it is a good “soaking”! :)

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Matthew 22:37-39- “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In what ways do you love yourself?

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God is certainly still on the Throne, or this ole earth would have spun off its axis! He still brings us good news- because his mercies are new every morning! (Lamentations 3:22-23)

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God loves us so much! He knew YOU before you were born. You are set apart {{for something really special!!}} Bask in His love and this special VIP announcement! :)

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Finally, we all know the power of our words. They can be a curse or a blessing. Speak the truth {{in love}} about YOURSELF and those around you. Look for the GLORY in others. Tell them what you like about them. Give a hug to those who need or want one.

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Thank YOU for bearing with me this past week. I was having technical difficulties with the blog site, but hope this does reach you! :)

Blessings of SHALOM ~ peace that passes our comprehension!

~Coach Shannon

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Apricot Pancakes

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Apricot Pancakes

By: Shannon Beeghley, LPN, NS, CHHC

1/2 cup almond milk (or the kind you prefer)

1 egg

1 & 1/2 teaspoon olive oil (or the kind you prefer)

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup quick oats (oatmeal)

1 & 1/2 teaspoon sugar (may omit or use sweetner of your choice)

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix ingredients together with a wisk, then add –

1/4 cup of snipped up dried apricots.  (can add more if you want more fruit! :) )

Mix together well.  Fry in your skillet like any other pancakes. Serve warm with your favorite syrup.  😀

NOTE: You may use this basic pancake recipe and add any dried or fresh fruit you like. Fresh blueberries or snipped up strawberries in the batter or on top would also be good! 😀 Add in a little cinnamon if you want some spice.

Yield: 4-5 pancakes, depending on how big or small you want them! 😀