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A time to feast and a time to fast

  “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1   In the church’s calendar there are but a few weeks between Christmas and Lent, between feasting and fasting. Aesteticism has no real value in the Christian life – if we can on occasions fast as unto the…

Have yourself an active little Christmas

The festive season is upon us, and that can only mean culinary overload, abandoned fitness regimes and hours semi-comatosed in front of the TV However with a little forward planning and a bit of self-discipline, it is perfectly possible to enjoy the season’s festivities without entering the New Year full of misgivings and guilt.  …

Avoid stress eating at Christmas

Whether you love or hate Christmas most people will usually admit that it can be emotionally stressful.   Did you know that according to the Stress Management Society, one in 20 people considers Christmas more stressful than a burglary, and over half of Britons will have had an alcoholic drink before lunch on Christmas day…

Comfort eating and Stress

Earlier this week I was sat in a restaurant and found myself trying to read (backwards) some words etched onto the glass of the window I was sat opposite. Adjacent to this window was a table with a menu on which was written in huge writing ‘DESSERTS’. Perhaps because of the way my brain had…

The journey of 10,000 steps

I don’t know how many of you tuned in to watch Katie Hopkins earlier in the year telling us easy it was to lose weight and ‘proving’ this to us by deliberately putting on a stack of weight and then shedding it all again in a matter of weeks. I shouted at the TV screen…

Should obesity be seen as a disability?

On 18th December 3014 it was reported in our mediua that European judges have ruled obesity can be classed as a “disability” if it makes it harder for obese adults to do their job.It means UK firms will have to take “reasonable” steps to stop larger workers being disadvantaged. These could include bigger seats or…

Exercise and Immunity

Battling another cough or cold? Feeling tired all the time? Taking a daily walk or following a simple exercise routine a few times a week may help you feel better.   Exercise not only helps your immune system fight off simple bacterial and viral infections, it decreases your chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and…

God, Ebola and the Church

Reading Dr. Sue’s article on Ebola, my thoughts easily led on to a spiritual consideration of this modern-day plague which is devastating West Africa, especially Sierra Leone and Liberia….. I wondered about the large Christian congregations in these parts of the world and how they were responding to the challenge? Had they shut up shop…

Train up a Child in the Way He should go….

There is no shortage of religious “experts” offering childrearing advice. Whilst much of this is in the context of instilling a godly character, the practical application of ‘training up a child in the way he/she should go’ (Proverbs 22:6) surely needs to include an awareness that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and…

10 ways to talk to your child about weight

The following article is by Kathryn Westcott, writing in the BBC news magazine.  It contains a lot of good sound common sense about this topical subject.   Former Education secretary Michael Gove’s nine-year-old daughter has been withdrawn from her ballet classes over fears she was becoming worried about her weight. So how exactly do you…

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