Please join us at our next seminar on February 9, 2014 after the 11 am worship service.

Topic: Exercise. And it’s not what you think!

“I want to be healthy!” That’s how Ashley Ivey began a continuing journey that would cause her to question long-held beliefs and habits and result in a 40-pound weight loss in six months – with no magic weight-loss supplements, surgery, or extreme dieting. Ashley has graciously volunteered to lead our congregation on the same journey through a five-part seminar: Renewing Your Mind in the New Year!

Session 1 of the FBCV series, held January 12, 2014, focused on the foods we consume. What’s the definition of food? Food is defined as any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth. And that’s our assignment for the next seminar – for everything you eat, ask yourself, “Is this food?” Is it nutritious; does it maintain your life or health and growth (and not just your belly)?

We also learned that we eat, not just to feed our bodies, but also to feed emotions and feelings such as boredom, low self esteem, or even our reward system (think: “Let’s go to dinner to celebrate my promotion!”, or “I’m feeling down, so please pass the ice cream!”).

The merits of eating organic foods were also discussed. You can find a list of the foods with the most and least pesticides here.

Ashley M. Ivey is Director of Health and Wellness Services at the I-Care Health and Wellness Center in Fairfax, VA.