November 2013

We have all heard the saying, “You are what you eat”. How true. The plant-based diet is a key to the validity of this statement…if a person wants optimum health. 

The evidence is irrefutable that the closer you and I get to adherence to a plant-based diet, the better chance we have to enjoy life to its fullest. But, as we transition on the journey toward plant-based eating, are there other aspects of life that might keep us from reaching that level of health we desire? I believe that there are and that they come with both a word of encouragement and caution. Very briefly, we are many faceted creations of God. Diet addresses the physical side of us but other sides of our existence include the spiritual, mental/emotional, and relational/social. In the journey toward maximum health, we will each eventually have to deal with all sides of our lives. God would not have us just deal with diet alone, when we are suffering spiritually, or emotionally. Time will bring all of these into clarity and spotlight these at different stages of our lives, to be both recognized and addressed, as they must. For now, let’s focus on diet, with a cautionary step necessary for optimum success.  

The human body is a truly marvelous machine ...with complexity and integrated systems that are a testimony to our great Creator. Enjoy!

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body…”    

I Corinthians 6:20

When I was a boy my father always taught me to return everything that we borrowed in better condition than when it was loaned to us. We spent many days scrubbing, polishing and cleaning an old lawnmower or tool, attempting to make it look as new as possible for the owner. While we worked, our mind’s eye was focused on the owner and his or her anticipated response when we returned the item. It was so rewarding to hear the thanks and praise offered by friends and family when they saw the old thing sparkle.

Transformed to Live: Four Thoughts on One Biggest Loser Contestant’s Transformation
November 2, 2012

Ken Andrews - BeforeLIFE. DEATH. Have you ever noticed that when we face death, it puts life into perspective? In 2008 I almost died of sepsis, an experience that shook me and started me on a journey to find help. Through some very fortunate circumstances, my son Austin and I were chosen for season 11 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” show. I had arrived at the show at 377 lbs., on 11 medications and trying to survive day to day. I was not living, I was existing.

Thought #1— Transformation Begins with an Encounter with God
A few weeks into the show, on one of our daily hikes in the hills of Malibu, I experienced the beginning of my transformation, a transformation that began with an encounter with God. Thumbing through my iPod shuffle I flipped to an unfamiliar song and heard these words:

It's time for healing time to move on

It's time to fix what's been broken too long
Time to make right what has been wrong
It's time to find my way to where I belong
There's a wave that's crashing over me
And all I can do is surrender

Whatever You're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but somehow there's peace
It's hard to surrender to what I can't see
But I'm giving in to something Heavenly

By this time, the tears had begun to flow. I knew that I had encountered God, and that this moment was a divine appointment. The music continued: