Strive for a Better Future and To Become a Better Person
__ Ellen J. Barrier
Avoid living in the past. Accept God’s forgiveness for your wrongdoings, and strive for a better future, and to become a better person. Otherwise, you will become a prisoner locked behind the corridors of your past.
You Must Release the Past from Your Mind
“But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Apostle Paul
Living in the Past by Choice
For the individual who are able to make choices, but due to anger and grudges, refuses to let go of the past, he or she made the choice to become a prisoner of their past. Such individuals are mean spirited people. Living in their past, only makes them bitter, unkind and unhappy, because they refuge to forget what someone may have said or done to them, that they didn’t like, and they aren’t about to forget, and in their mind, they are never going to forgive.
The Helpless Prisoner
Some people are afraid to move on. Therefore, they are living in the past. There are different reasons for which people are imprisoned in their past. Fear and unhappiness can hold a person as a prisoner. They prevent that person from making changes in their lives. They aren’t able to set goals because of the fear and unhappiness they are shackled to. They can’t release themselves from their prison.
The cause of fear and unhappiness is oftentimes due to a bad relationship or abuse that such an individual experienced. Therefore, they would need someone to help them by working patiently with them. Otherwise, they will remain a prisoner in their past (psychologically). This is a helpless prisoner.
Source for quote: Philippians 3:13-14 King James Version Bible
The two eating disorders I will address are Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa.
Anorexia means loss of appetite.
These are very serious health problems. Those who suffer from them also have a psychological illness. In Latin, “Nervosa” means nervous. The body’s Nervous System is attacked by these eating disorders.
Anorexia Nervosa is a condition in which its victims starves themselves. This disorder has taken the lives of many females. Its victims are teenage girls and young adult females, although some young males are said to suffer from this disease as well.
This condition is a psychological illness which causes the victim to believe they are overweight, when in reality they are very thin. Those who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa induces starvation due to fear that they will become ‘fat’ if they lose control over their diet, and possibly their life.
Anorexia Nervosa has taken the lives of thousands of females. This disorder can easily affect those who are obsessed with having a thin body. Many who suffers from this condition reportedly, have been hospitalized several times. Some have died by suicide or by starvation, although they were treated in a hospital.
The Affects of Anorexia Nervosa:
Bulimia is a condition that causes its victims to repeatedly overeat. The person suffering from Bulimia eats within a short period of time following each meal. And uses methods to dispose of the food through the use of laxatives, diuretics or by forcing themselves to regurgitate undigested food. This individual psychologically see themselves being overweight, when in fact they are underweight.
__Ellen J. Barrier
Lupus is a disease of the immune system. It is believed to claim large numbers of lives yearly. This disease can damage the skin, joints brain and other organs. It can cause the immune system to attack and destroy healthy body tissue. People suffering from Lupus symptoms include pain and fatigue. Lupus is a chronic disease, which means, it can be treated until there is a cure.
The best treatment available would include nutrition along with medication, which patients would receive from their physician.
The captain’s chair leg raise is effective move for the rectus abdominis as well as the obliques. The captain’s chair looks like a large chair with no seat. It has a padded backrest, padded horizontal supports for the arms and supports for your feet. The key to keeping this move safe and effective is, first, to avoid swinging your legs or using momentum to bring the legs up. Second, keeping your knees bent will help you focus more on the abdominals and less on the hip flexors.
- Begin with your back pressed against the back rest, feet on the lower supports and forearms resting on the upper supports with your hands gripping the handles.
- Slowly remove each foot from the supports and let your legs hang straight down.
- Keeping your legs straight and together, lift them in the air in front of your body. Don’t swing the legs up or arch your back.
- Once your legs are parallel to the floor, slowly lower them down and repeat.
When we exercise our body parts, we are exercising our heart. Exercising increases the efficiency of contraction and output of the heart per beat. The heart of a physically fit person has an increase in blood output per heartbeat. Therefore, such an individual’s heart does not need to beat as fast during exercise. The demand on the heart output (blood pumped per minute) remains constant while resting. Therefore, the heart rate that is needed to maintain this output is less in a physically fit person.
During Rest: Blood Flow per Minute
Brain__ ½ pint (0.25 liter)
Skin__ 1 pint (0.5 liter)
Muscles__ 2 pints (1 liter)
Coronary arteries ½ pint (0.25 liter)
Digestive system /liver__ 3 pints (1.5 liters)
Kidneys 1 ½ pints (0.75 liter)
Your body makes enormous demands on your heart under different conditions. At rest, the total blood volume is pumped in about one minute.
During Exercise: Blood Flow per Minute
Brain__ ½ pint (0.25 liter)
Skin___ 4 pints (2 liters)
Muscles__ 24 pints (12 liters)
Coronary arteries __ 1 ½ pints (0.75 liter)
Digestive System /liver__ 1 pint (0.5 liter)
Kidneys__ 1 ½ pints (0.75 liter)
During strenuous exercise, there is a major change in the rate of blood flow through different parts of the body. This is brought about by changes in the degree of constriction of the small arteries.
Source of information:
American Medical Association
The Effects of Anorexia Nervosa, is done by the interference of starvation that disrupts the biochemistry makeup of the body’s systems.
The Effects of Anorexia Nervosa:
Hair loss, dull looking hair Constipation
Emaciation Corroded teeth
Excessive fatigue Slow pulse
Sleep disturbance Brittle fingernails
Hormone imbalance Low blood pressure upon standing
Amenorrhea (lack of monthly cycles) May have difficulty sleeping
Behavior of the Anorexia Nervosa Individual
The characteristic behavior of Anorexia Nervosa is secretive and defensive. The individual is preoccupied with food and weight gain, that dominates their thought process. They often feels hungry but denies they are. They will normally wear larger clothes to conceal their body shape and weight loss.
The person suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, may resort to drugs and alcohol, to alleviate the feeling of hunger and depression. Having a relationship with someone is very difficult for this individual to do, because of the psychological state of their mind. Therefore, they are often in an isolated position, due to one or more failed relationships.
In order for food to be used by your body, all of the carbohydrates must be broken down into monosaccharides, simple sugars (glucose, fructose and galactose) in the stomach and intestines. They are absorbed in the bloodstream and can be used in various ways by the body.
Carbohydrates are chemical substances grouped together: sugars, glycogen, starches, dextrins, and celluloses, that contain only carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Carbohydrates are one of the three classes of nutrients. They are formed by green plants which utilize the sun’s energy to combine carbon dioxide, and water in forming them.
1. Monosaccharides-a simple sugar which cannot be decomposed by hydrolysis (fructose, galactose, glucose)
How the Body uses Sugar from Food
a. Used directly by the body as a source of energy
II. How it is achieved:
b. The pancreas secrets Insulin (hormone)
III. Galactose and Fructose
c. Converted into glucose in the liver
Note: Glucose can be converted into glycogen (Polysaccharide) stored in the liver or muscle for the body’s future energy requirements.
Provides energy in concentrated forms both visible and invisible.
Visible Fat: butter, lard, margarine and oils.
Invisible Fat: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, chocolate, nuts and legumes.
II. Transportation of Fats in the Blood
a. Carried in the bloodstream bound to protein, forming particles called lipoproteins.
Note: Most of the fats in food are triglycerides. (a combination of three fatty acids with glycerol)
Some foods contain small amounts of cholesterol. The fats in food eaten are dissolved in the intestine by the action of bile salts. This process takes place from the triglycerides split into glycogen and fatty acids entering into the walls of the intestine, and reconstructed into triglycerides which are absorbed through the lymphatic system and carried to the bloodstream.
At the same time the process of fatty acids are being absorbed, the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K are absorbed. One interesting point I will make, cholesterol can be absorbed into the lymphatic system without the need to be broken down prior.
Source of Information:
__Ellen J. Barrier