“Naturally helping your body do what your body naturally does.”
– Sara Richter M.Sc, Nutrition Education
Official Study: Nutritional Cleansing vs Heart Healthy Diet
“Just a year ago, a University of Illinois College of Applied Sciences diet study comparing weight lost using our nutritional cleansing system versus a “heart-healthy” diet won a prestigious award from the American Society of Nutrition. The diet study was lead by Dr. Krista Varady, an Assistant Professor at UIC. She’s contributed to more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and been featured on television, in print and in person as an authority on intermittent fasting for weight loss.
The long-term goal of her research program is to “test the ability of novel dietary restriction strategies to facilitate weight loss and decrease cardiovascular risk in obese populations.” One of Dr. Varady’s studies compared subjects using our system to subjects following a standard “heart-healthy” diet.
The 10-week diet study demonstrated clear, clinical validation for using our nutritional cleansing system. By the numbers, the results look like this:
• Users on our system had an average of 56% greater reduction in body weight.
• Nutritional cleansers averaged a 47% greater reduction in body fat.
• Users on our system had more than twice the reduction of visceral fat than their “heart-healthy” counterparts.
• Those on our system had a 35% greater reduction in oxidative stress.
Intangible, but equally important, Dr. Varady observed that the participants using our system “seemed to adhere [to the system] better because of the convenience factor of the system.” They found there were less dishes to wash, there wasn’t that much prep involved and the system is portable. “Those are actually really important things,” observed Dr. Varady. “If a diet is hard to do, people aren’t going to do it for very long.” She also noticed that “People using the nutritional cleansing system just seemed happier” and they didn’t feel motivated to binge because “they really did find the shakes quite filling.”
So the official results are in and our nutritional system is hands down healthier than even the doctor recommended Heart Healthy diet.
Plus, our team of scientists and doctors have added a power packed shake booster designed especially with heart health in mind. Countless happy customers across the globe are noticing positive changes in their cholesterol numbers, in the reduction of visceral fat surrounding their organs, in blood pressure, and more!
2019 is here, isn’t it time you put yourself first for a change?
The Bible speaks of money more than any other topic. While it is true someone in a hut in a third world country may not be ready for this particular message, it doesn’t mean someone somewhere else isn’t.
You can no doubt be saved from a spiritual standpoint without financial faith just as you can be saved without a healing faith. However, let’s not forget that the the holistic pattern of redemption has always been spiritual, financial, and physical. We see it in the Exodus…:
And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me. Exodus 8:1
And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians. Exodus 12:35-36
I especially love “the Lord gave the people favor” part…unmerited favor…grace to spoil the Egyptians.
He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes. Psalm 105:37
Financial & Healing/Physical 👆🏼
And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. Luke 5:6-7
Wonder what Peter and his partners did with all those fish? 🤔
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 2
Financial • Physical • Spiritual
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18
Deuteronomy 8:18 is one of my personal faves as this one ties wealth to God’s establishment of the covenant. Wha?!?!?! 💥
Here’s my ultimate favorite…
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11
Gold • Frankincense • Myrrh
Finance: Gold (self explanatory)
Health: Frankincense sometimes referred to as olibanum, is a common aromatherapy that can offer a variety of health benefits, including helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, and boosting immunity. It is also often used to fight cancer. (Thanks Google!)
Moses was to use 500 shekels of liquid myrrh as a core ingredient of the sacred anointing oil.
As soon as Christ stepped into this world, holistic redemption was manifest!
While this may, for obvious reasons, not be the first message one should preach to third world citizens in a hut, it is most definitely the same Bible. If preachers stayed in the hut long enough…their disciple would most definitely mature to the point of need for this message.
Rather than slamming so-called prosperity proponents, people should recognize they are still in the Word of God and perhaps called to a different flock at a different degree of discipleship. I understand. Wealth and prosperity isn’t every preacher’s spiel. Some may never be called to disciple kingdom financiers. Likewise, the finance message would not be most effective in the hut initially. However, we must acknowledge prosperity is relative. Prosperity may look different in a first world nation vs a third world country…it’s prosperity all the same!
Again, people can make it with the spiritual alone. They can make it with both spiritual and health. Likewise, they can make it in spiritually, physically, and financially. After all, there were 10 lepers healed and yet only one was made whole.
Like Ezekiel, we must eat the whole roll to be most effective in the kingdom of God. Grace appears for all needs including finance. It’s the unmerited favor of God that shows up with help in our times of need whether that need be spiritual, physical, or financial…it’s the same saving Grace that applies!
One morning, I found myself pouring over the Creation account again during my devotions. I usually try to linger in prayer, worship, or Bible study until I receive a daily download from God. Right now word. Right now anointing. Right now stirring. I wait for the word fitly spoken before launching my day. At least, this is what I aim for most mornings. This particular morning, I lingered in devotions far longer than time permitted and I finally had to close up and move on. Don’t get me wrong, you never go wrong engaging in prayer, worship and Bible study. However, I walked away that day still dry. Still thirsty. Still heavy. Still overwhelmed. I had followed the leading of the Spirit that morning and read through the account of Creation again. And yet I wasn’t seeing the rhema, lifted revelation, I desired that day.
Later that day as I headed out the door to leave, I was considering what I’d read that morning and actually asked aloud, “Why didn’t God create the whole of creation all at once?” I mean why not skip the evening and the morning were the first, second, third day stuff? After all, God is all powerful. Why the breakdown?
As soon as the question rolled off my tongue, I heard the Spirit answer in a still small voice, “One day at a time.” That’s all I heard and yet I instantly knew what God was speaking into my situation.
Why did God take a day by day approach to Creation when all He had to do was speak the word and it would be done in totality? The answer…He did it for me. For you. His example was to approach the enormity of Creation…one day at a time. For those of you, like myself, facing an enormous situation in your life, take a pause and breathe. Slow down. Put one foot in front of the other. One day at a time you will reach your destination. You can make it through this…day by day.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16
Don’t focus on the days, weeks, months, even years ahead. We learn this lesson again in the account of the Exodus. (Exodus 16) Can we agree this was indeed an enormous situation facing the Israelites? Yes, they were on their way out of bondage. Yes, God had already done miraculous things for them. Was it still a trying time? Of course! There was so much uncertainty awaiting every morning especially for young faith. How were they to make it through the wilderness? How would they possess the promise? Why did God instruct them to collect only enough manna for the day at hand? Again, He was showing the way by orchestrating their circumstance in such a way to constrain their thought for the present day alone. Keep your mind focused on Christ and your life committed unto Him and He will lead you through!
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 2 Timothy 1:12
Trust God! Yesterday’s mistakes and shortcomings are just that…yesterday. His compassion kept you yesterday and His mercy awaits you again today!
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:22-24
In Bible times, it was common practice for fishermen to use a cast net to trap schools of fish. A cast net was circular and had heavy weights around its edges with a pull cord attached to the center. When a school of fish was spotted, the fishermen would toss the cast net into the sea above the school allowing the weights to drag the net downward trapping the fish beneath. Once the fish were trapped, the fishermen would tug on the pull cord to draw the net either into the boat or to shore if the catch was too large.
It was this manner of fishing being employed by Peter and the disciples in John chapter 21. They had toiled all night without success.
It was oftentimes difficult for fishermen to see exactly where a school of fish were located beneath the surface of the water. Why? The fishermen and the fish were on the same level…shoreline. The fishermen’s line of sight didn’t grant them the best visual vantage point. This was most likely the problem in John 21. Peter and his band couldn’t see the school of fish from where they were standing. The solution? Jesus. He wasn’t on their level. He was on the coastline above the shore. From His perspective, the school of fish was easily seen on the other side of their boat. My point?
Sometimes, we cannot see the solution to our problem. We’re too close to it. The good news? All we need is the vision of the Master. We need the divine line of sight that is above where we are presently toiling. He can see what we cannot. Keep your eyes and ears inclined unto Him and He will reveal where to cast your net!
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 58:8-9
Every Easter, I try to learn something new about the Passover, the Passion, or the Good Shepherd. This morning, I began to think about a shepherd’s toolbox. There were a few interesting items in his tool chest including the sling, staff/rod, scrip, and reed pipe.
Today, the tool that piqued my interest most was the reed pipe used to soothe the sheep. It was common practice for Biblical shepherds to fashion a musical reed pipe from two pieces of hollowed-out cane. The sound was made by blowing across a sharp edge. Notes were controlled by blocking holes with the fingers in each tube. This Biblical reed pipe is an ancestor of modern day “reed” instruments such as the saxophone, clarinet, oboe etc.
The materials for making Biblical reed pipes were very plentiful and readily accessible to shepherds. They were also extremely easy to make. Because of this, it was common practice for the shepherd to break and dispose of a torn reed choosing rather to craft a new one versus repairing the torn one. It is this custom that Isaiah referenced when he prophetically spoke these words:
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench; he shall bring forth judgement unto truth. Isaiah 42:3
You see, even though it was the custom of Biblical shepherds to discard a torn reed, it is not the practice of the Good Shepherd to do so. Jesus does not break and toss out the torn, bruised, and broken. He is and will always be a repairer of breaches. If this Easter finds you torn and broken, take heart…there is a Good Shepherd who will not cast you aside.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11
Your brokenness does not repel the Good Shepherd. Your bruises do not offend Him. In fact, He was bruised for you. He bore your grief and carried your pain. Your peace is upon Him.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5
The Good Shepherd will not break a bruised reed. Jesus is in the mending business!
Once, during a particularly tough trial our family was facing, my husband saw an image of Pinkie (above right) in prayer. At the time, we had no idea what God was trying to say. Being artists and art lovers, we decided to dig a little deeper. What we discovered profoundly changed our lives.
We stumbled upon a very unique relationship between The Blue Boy (above left) and Pinkie. Like many, we’d seen them together many times throughout our lives. My husband’s mother had replicas of both on display in his childhood home. It was this image that God called to his remembrance in prayer. These two works of art have been displayed together over the years on everything from drink coasters and magazine ads to esteemed exhibits at the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA. Even the set designers of the TV show Leave It To Beaver frequently paid homage to their special bond.
I’d studied The Blue Boy masterpiece by Thomas Gainsborough in school. Being widely known as the most famous work by a British artist, it’s masterpiece status is questioned by none. In 1921, The Blue Boy was sold to American railway pioneer Henry Huntington for a record setting $640,000. To keep things in perspective, this $640K was equivalent to over 8.5 million dollars today.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Because the two works of art are frequently displayed together, many erroneously believe both to be masterpiece works of Gainsborough. The truth is…Pinkie isn’t even considered to be a masterpiece at all. She was painted 25 years apart from The Blue Boy by another notable British artist named Thomas Lawrence. Lawrence’s works, unlike that of Gainsborough, would never achieve masterpiece status in the art world. In fact, Pinkie would become the most notable of Lawrence’s works due to her connection with Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy.
Pinkie and The Blue Boy weren’t associated until 1927 when she was purchased by The Blue Boy’s owner, Henry Huntington. She was immediately put on display facing The Blue Boy where she remains to this day. I’ve come to call her resting place the Gallery of Grace.
the free, unmerited favor of God
Because of her relationship to The Blue Boy masterpiece, she has been heralded alongside him on exhibit at the Pageant of the Masters time and again.
My point, and more importantly God’s point in the midst of our struggle, is that Pinkie didn’t need to be a masterpiece after all. She has experienced every honor and esteem possible in the art world solely because of her relationship to the Master.
We realized, like Pinkie, we are esteemed and lifted from obscurity because of our relationship to Him and Him alone. The Syrophoenician woman understood the significance of being in close proximity to the Master.
And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Matthew 15:27-28
Incredible things happen at the feet of the Master. He can take us to unimaginable heights if we’ll only do what Pinkie has done…remain in the presence of the Master. The splash-over blessing (crumbs) of His glory is more than enough to accomplish anything in this life. He will take you from the prison to the palace Joseph. He will move you from the lion’s den to the King’s advisory panel Daniel. He will lift you from captivity to the throne Queen Esther.
You need no one and no thing save a relationship with the Master!