“We Will Never Be Overweight Again”

Meet Herman and Sherman Smith, also known as the “Subway Twins.” A dramatic wake-up call, as well as a major setback, taught these twins the value of a healthy lifestyle—especially exercise. Their journey to better health began in 2002 when the mother of the then 21-year-old twins walked into the living room and made a […]

How to Get the Rest You Need

✓    Overcome the flatline schedule. If you work in an office setting, try working 50-minute hours. Schedule 10 minutes between appointments during which you can summarize the prior meeting, plan follow-up, let your body relax, and clear your mind before the next commitment. This helps reduce the nagging feeling that you may be forgetting something […]

White Bean and Pumpkin Lasagna

Yield: 6 servings Total prep time: 20 minutes Total cooking time: 3-4 hours on low, or 1½-2 hours on high This lasagna is perfect for a meat eater who’d like to try a vegetarian dish. It’s easy to make and hearty. Add a nice spinach salad, and you’re all ready to have friends over for […]

Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety

Are you tired of struggling with fear? Is worry wearing you out? Anxiety got you by the throat? Jennifer Jill Schwirzer offers hope and explains how building your faith will shrink your fears. A friend once told me she rejected the Bible. “All that stuff about Creation, the Flood, the Red Sea—it’s so outrageous.” Ironically, […]

In the Lyme Light

Lyme disease is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the United States, and 2012 is predicted to hold the highest risk ever for contracting it. Like most people, Vibrant Life editor Heather Quintana didn’t think she was at risk. But after several years of seizures, night sweats, and severe fatigue, a blood test traced all her […]

Picky, Picky

For many parents, mealtimes mark the age-old struggle to get your child to “eat your veggies!”  Of course we all want our children to be healthy and have a balanced diet, but when your child gravitates to nothing but junk food, what can you do?  Here are some tips that might just help ease the […]

Take a Weight Off Your Mind

Weight loss is usually perceived as a body issue: what you put into your body, how it processes it, and how your body looks as a result. But have you ever considered why it is that you eat the way you do or feel the way you do about your body? An understanding of how […]

A Hefty Price Tag

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overweight and obesity are defined by a mathematical calculation that uses a person’s height and weight to determine his or her body fat. This number is called body mass index, or BMI. A number, however, can’t capture the true meaning of excess weight. Heaviness exacts a […]

Lentil Artichoke Stew

Yield: 6 servings ¼     cup vegetable broth 1     onion, chopped 2     large garlic cloves, pressed or minced 2     teaspoons ground cumin 1     teaspoon ground coriander 1     cup dry (uncooked) red lentils (3 cups cooked) 1     bay leaf 2     cups water juice of 1 lemon 2     24-ounce […]