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Being Healthy Sucks Most of the Time, but Here’s a Free Guide to Being Healthy


It’s the middle of January, “Resolution Month” at the gym. In the past, I’ve railed against “resoluters,” with their shiny new workout gear and lack of follow-through. But as I get older, I realize, hey, we’re all human. Maintaining a healthy weight means making the right choices most of the time. Making these choices takes time and often sucks. At the same time, the fitness and nutrition markets are flooded with svengali promises made by the cross fits and diet plans of the world.

The truth is, to get healthier, you don’t need to pay $200 a month for someone to yell at you or for some crazy diet that is impossible to maintain in the long-term. So I created this totally free flow chart to help guide you toward a healthier lifestyle or toward complete and utter ambivalence toward a healthier lifestyle. Happy New Year.



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No Veggie Burgers At McDonald’s?

Venessa Wong with the original story, shared here by Ashley Lutz.    White Castle announced their own veggie burger on January 2nd, joining Burger King and countless fast casual concepts in catering to meat-free palates.

McDonald’s says it doesn’t carry veggie patties because no one buys them.  As Lutz notes, MCD CEO David Thompson told investors that when the world’s largest burger joint did offer meatless burgers, they “sold four a day” per location.

To me, that means veggie burgers are scalable.  If Burger King can do them, so can McDonald’s.  They just have to want to.  And they should.



McDonald’s Had the Solution. It Was Called Chipotle.

Millennials want authenticity.  Because Chipotle has good food and invests in the kinds of things Millennials care about, they forgive the fact that Chipotle Mexican Grill is not authentically Mexican.  But when McDonald’s has to put out a video defending the authenticity of their chicken as chicken, you have to wonder what else is coming home to roost.


Beating Walls Into Food Pantries

The Local Care team at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown is hard at work this week renovating part of the basement at Zion EC Church on the south side into a neighborhood food bank.  One of the coolest things about this project from my perspective is that Zion EC is only a few feet away from Roosevelt Community School and the pantry is being established with overall goal of serving Roosevelt families in need.   Missiologists talk a good deal, and for good reason, about focusing on “local and particular” concerns in the communities where mission-minded congregations are rooted.  I think this is a great example of churches working in partnership for the common good and the common blessing of neighbors.  Endless credit goes to all the folks who are working and have worked to make this happen.  I’ve been blessed to watch this process unfold, and yesterday, I was blessed to join the team for a few hours on-site.  Our volunteer foreman, Charley, let me and my friend Joe knock some walls down to open up an area that will serve as a lobby and intake center, and it was physically and spiritually nourishing experience.

This entire project is being born from relationships the Local Care team volunteers have made with leaders at ZEEC and Roosevelt, and from discerning, from diverse places, a common vision.  It didn’t start as a great idea hatched by a few mission leaders, and I’ve only been involved to the extent that I’m eager to support it however possible based on the hard, faithful work everyone has done.  As a “professional” ministry leader, there’s nothing more rewarding than supporting solid visions you had nothing to do with and didn’t start.  I’m so grateful for what’s happening.

Even though Charley’s right that “it’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit,” the Local Care team, the Roosevelt folks, and the leaders at ZEEC deserve profound and sincere thanks.

Oh, Kashi, Only 8 People Believe You

Not sure when Kashi launched their new page/PR campaign to quell the backlash over their use of a bunch of crap they say they don’t use, but if you Google “kashi” the first thing that comes up in the sponsored results in a link to this page:

Really, guys, they mean it this time.

Wait, What? (Avocado Edition)

Avocados (Persea americana) Français : Avocats...

Avocados (Persea americana) Français : Avocats (Persea americana) (Photo credit: Wikipedia). They're freakin' berries!

I love avocados.  They’re a savory, wonderful fruit great in soup, dip, or as an edible base for delicious mango salsa.

But did you know that specifically, avocados are berries?

Wait, what?

Exactly.  And I think I just got a new angle for the next video blog series.