March 19, 2013

I have pretty much stuck to the same bowl at Genghis Grill for the majority of the competition.     I put carrots, broccoli, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, and onions into my bowl.  I also add a little chicken and some soy sauce, but we are here today to talk about the VEGGIES.  By the way, check out  http://fcrps.me/2ib.2z3Q when you get a sec to see all of the amazing combinations of bowls you can come up with, as well as, how amazingly healthy everything at Genghis Grill is.  The carrots that I put in my bowl are helpful in cancer prevention, good for the eyes, help prevent heart disease, reduce stroke risk, nourish my skin, help in the anti aging process, and last but not least, they help with teeth.  Now who wouldn’t want all of that.  Plus, they crunch, which leads you enjoy them more, or at least they help me enjoy them more.  Then there are the tear jerking onions.  They help with your Vitamin C working in the body, which helps the immune system, they help regulate blood sugar, they have been linked to reducing inflammation and healing infection.  They encourage the production of good cholesterol.  They scavenge free radicals, which reduces your risk of gastric ulcers, they also contain the compound quercetin, which plays a significant role in the prevention of some cancers.  And, strangely enough, onion juice on a honey bee sting can give immediate relief from pain and burning sensation.  Whether George W. Bush likes it or not, broccoli is a helper.  Johns Hopkins published a study that said broccoli helps to prevent the development of tumors by 60% and helps reduce the size of tumors by 75%.  Broccoli is a powerfood.  It helps in cancer prevention, cholesterol reduction, reducing allergy reactions and inflammation, bone health, heart health, detoxification, and diet aid.  It alkalizes your body, it is a powerful antioxidant, and the coolest thing, by far, they are shaped like trees 🙂  Let’s look at squash.  Squash is low in calories, rich in vitamins, helps prevent cancer, is heart healthy, and also helps in  colon, prostate, eye, and bone health.  Zucchini is a champ in the lowering  cholesterol category.  It also prevents cancers, is good for prostate health, is anti inflammatory, helps in heart attack and stroke prevention, helps lower blood pressure and is high in manganese.

        I can honestly, and sadly,  say that I have eaten more vegetables in the last 37 days than I have in the last full year.  I have enjoyed them very much, and like my mom said, “you don’t have to worry with preparing them” cause Genghis Grill does it for you.  Thanks Genghis Grill for helping me make healthy meal choices 🙂


Day 33 Someone who inspires

March 15, 2013


This is my friend David Givens.  David and I have worked together for 3 1/2 years.  David has always, since I’ve known him, been on top of his game regarding his health.  He told me a few months ago that he used to be a “big boy”.  You would never know it by looking at him, but he showed me some pictures.  David lost 42 pounds several years ago, and, more importantly, has kept it off for 8 years.  David told me some important things about his journey, and he has always given me lots of encouragement in my own journey, dating back to way before the competition even started (We are now at day 33 and I feel great).  As I talked to David, he told me that he knew it was time to do something with his weight and health, in his life, when he was on the verge of buying new pants, plus, he knew what his BMI SHOULD be.  All total, he has lost 23% of his total weight.  He competes with himself and with others to keep his weight in check.  He does competitive runs all over and is always trying to improve his times.  He gave me advice for this competition, as well as, things to do when it is over.  He has given me exercise tips, like doing intervals, and food tips, such as making sure I am balancing out my carbs throughout the day.  It is nice to have good friends that you can count on who have been were you are.  David encourages me to eat healthy and has worked out with me and challenged me on many occasions.  He has told me how to keep focusing on the prize and pushing myself, and he told me how he continues to keep himself challenged and motivated.  He and I are both really competitive, so that works for us….Finish Strong



Day 30….Something New

March 12, 2013

Just went in today to Genghis Grill and was able to eat something new to me and a limited time only special.  I tried the pulled pork, which is one of my wife’s favorites, and was blown away.  Hopefully it wont stay on the limited time only menu, but will be here to stay.  My wife said that it was great, and I agree 100%.  There are several BBQ places in town, and Genghis Grill’s pulled pork is better to me than they are.  Also, even without seasoning, the pulled pork has amazing flavor to it.  I will definitely be having it again.


Day 24……Benefits of Tea

March 6, 2013

Red diamond tea gave us tea as we began this Health Kwest.  They know that tea has health benefits.  You can get to their website by going to www.reddiamond.com.  Some of the concrete evidence that tea is healthy is that Drinking tea is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease.  Green tea is full of antioxidants.  One study showed that a daily cup of green tea lowered cardiovascular disease risks by 10%.  Oolong tea is shown to have a positive effect with people trying to lose weight.  The president of the Tea Association of the USA says that White tea benefits those with diabetes.  A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily could help lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.  Those are the things that studies have shown.  Other studies have shown that tea could reduce the risks of heart attacks, lots of cancers, and some neurological diseases.  The article went on to say that tea is good at hydrating the body (even despite the caffeine).  We, in the south, love us some tea.  Thanks, Red Diamond.  #reddiamond #healthkwest #genghisgrill


Day 21……Brown Rice

March 3, 2013

Today in my bowl, I had all of my favorite veggies, and brown rice.  Genghis Grill offers noodles, pasta, tortillas, as well as fried, steamed, and brown rice.  Today, we look at the benefits of choosing the brown rice.  I have read several different places that brown rice has 4 times the fiber of white rice.  I also learned that brown rice has a lower glycemic index, which means that it doesn’t cause the blood glucose level to rise as rapidly.  A Harvard research study showed that eating 2 servings of brown rice a week reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  I also read several articles that stated that brown rice can help to prevent weight gain, and also lower cholesterol.  There are definitely benefits to eating the brown rice.  Go Genghis Grill.Image


Day 20: Staying Stress Free

March 2, 2013

It has been an amazing 20 days.  I feel better than I have in a very long time.  I ran/walked/jogged more than a half marathon yesterday (15 miles).  My eating habits have changed 180 degrees since the contest started.  I am excited to see what is in store for the future.  Stress is one of things that seems to sneak up on you.  The other day, we had our van check engine light come on.  I took it to the dealership thinking that it would be a minor issue.  Boy, was I wrong.  4 days later, the diagnosis was, “you need a new engine”, (that runs $6000 by the way).  Being a family that doesn’t have $6,000 lying around, I started to stress/worry a little.  Now you have to know me, I am one of the most laid back people you will ever meet, but this one threw me a little bit.  I talked to many customer service people from the local dealership to the corporate office and weighed my options.  When all was said and done, I visited the dealership one last time.  Keeping a calm head, I said “I don’t have $6,000, what are my options”.  The service department manager put me in touch with the head sales person, and they worked out a deal to buy my van from me as is, and put me in a brand new car with only 6 miles on it, and the best part….I am paying the same payment that I was paying on a 6 year old van.  It was nothing short of miraculous, in my mind.  I have learned that worry/stress get you nowhere.  I also know from scripture “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God.  Philippians 4:6

and also Psalm 55:22 which says “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”


These are some of the words that I live by.  My relationship with the Lord, and my family, and all of the words of encouragement from awesome friends have sustained me through this first 1/3 of the competition.  I haven’t even been tempted to stray from the game plan that I lined up for myself.  It is going to be an awesome final 40 days.  I am excited to see the new me when we are finished.  Go #genghisgrill, Go #healthkwest.




DAY 17 Health Kwest

February 27, 2013

ONEHOPE Wine gave each contestant a bottle of wine at the beginning of this competition.  My family and I don’t drink alcohol because I work with students and would never want to be a stumbling block to them or anyone else as I seek to share the gospel.  However, In 1 Timothy 5:23, Paul instructs Timothy to not only drink water but to have a little wine to help him with his health.  The things that I have read about this verse are that Timothy was in a habit of drinking only water and Paul’s advice to him was to help him through the use of wine almost like a medicine.  That goes right along with studies that show that wine can be used to keep your heart healthy.  A study by the Mayo Clinic found that and I quote “Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.”  The doctors do stop short, however, of encouraging anyone to start drinking alcohol.  One thing that I love about one hope is that half of their profits go to various charities.  From ONEHOPE’s website you find this explanation “HALF of profits from this wine are donated to Hope For The Warriors® to help provide job readiness services for returning troops and service members. The mission of Hope For The Warriors is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restring hope for our service members and our military families. As of November 9, 2012, more than 5,000 have been killed in action, about 7,000 total deaths, more than 50,000 have been wounded in action from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because of generous donations, Hope For The Warriors® has helped more than 3,000 service members and their families in 2012 alone.” I love that people and companies are looking out for someone or something other than just themselves.  Now that is awesome.  Also from the website we learn that ONEHOPE has given more than 1 million dollars to their partner charities.  To find out more about ONEHOPE and their work visit http://www.onehopewine.com.   Thanks, ONEHOPE.  #genghisgrill #onehopewine #healthkwest