I read this and thought it was a good thing to think about when eating - even when you are eating something good for you - it has to be done wiht limits.
Don't Have Too Much of a Good Thing
The Good: The Food and Drug Administration recently permitted a qualified health claim to be made for olive oil. Manufacturers are now allowed to state on the label: "Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil."
The Bad: The allowable claim goes on to say: "To achieve this possible benefit, olive oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day." Why? Because oil has about 120 calories per tablespoon. So if you don't use it as a replacement but add the 2 tablespoons to your daily calories, you could put on about 25 pounds in a year! And keep in mind that "light" olive oil does not have fewer calories — it just has a lighter color.
The Good: You've probably seen food labels or TV commercials touting oatmeal as a food that's able to help you lower your cholesterol. That's because oats contain soluble fiber. Research has shown that soluble fiber helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease when included in a diet that is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol. The 3 grams per day of soluble fiber needed to lower cholesterol can be obtained by eating 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal (3/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal), or roughly three packets of instant oatmeal. Eating this amount typically lowers total cholesterol by up to 23 percent.
Besides helping to lower your cholesterol, oats are just plain healthy, providing protein, iron, insoluble fiber, and other nutrients — and they have only 145 calories per cup (cooked). As for their effect on weight control, studies show that an increase in intake of either soluble or insoluble fiber helps you feel full longer, thereby decreasing your subsequent hunger.
Finally, oats are naturally free of cholesterol and low in saturated fat and sodium.
The Bad: The problems start when we add the extras — brown sugar, butter, salt, honey, whole milk and/or fruit (which is not bad in moderation). Too many add-ons bring up the total fat, cholesterol, and calories beyond what would be considered a healthy breakfast.
Fit Tip: Stick to a cup and a half of cooked oatmeal (218 calories) and throw in half a cup of frozen blueberries (35 calories), which are also high in antioxidants. Or toss in three-quarters of a cup of frozen mixed berries, for 70 additional calories. Also, add your own cinnamon or nutmeg to plain oatmeal rather than buying the flavored versions, which come with added sugar.
Does anyone out there wish they had a personal chef? I swear if I had one I'd eat better - lol!
Happy New Year. Look up and there are no limits to your life.
Happy birthday Jim Bakker - Wikipedia
Bakker has renounced his past teachings on prosperity theology, saying they were wrong. In his 1996 book, I Was Wrong, he admitted that the first time he actually read the Bible all the way through was in prison, and that it made him realize he had taken certain passages out of context - passages which he had used as "proof texts" to back up his prosperity teachings. He wrote:
“ The more I studied the Bible, however, I had to admit that the prosperity message did not line up with the tenor of Scripture. My heart was crushed to think that I led so many people astray. I was appalled that I could have been so wrong, and I was deeply grateful that God had not struck me dead as a false prophet!'