The science behind metabolism

The Limitless Voice May 2022 – Acecia Jones

You probably have heard the word “metabolism” thrown around. People often say, “Your metabolism slows as you get older,” or “He doesn’t gain weight because he has such a fast metabolism.” But are any of these statements true? What is metabolism anyway—and how does it affect your weight?

“When people refer to metabolism, they’re really talking about metabolic rate, which, in simplest terms, is the number of calories you burn every day. Think of those calories like money. “You can be in surplus, which means you store calories, mainly as fat, or you might be in deficit, meaning that you’ve used up your stores, just as you might your bank account,” says Marc Hellerstein, MD, PhD, professor of human nutrition at the University of California at Berkeley.”

A recent article in Real Simple discusses ways to increase your metabolism… follow these tips and incorporate your favorite Limitless tools (products) to help you along.

  • Build Lean Muscle Tissue- Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend not only doing aerobic activity, but also strength training, and there’s a good reason for that. “The more lean tissue you have, the more calories you burn, which is why strong people burn more calories just sitting around,” Dr. Hellerstein explains. One of the best ways to build lean muscle is resistance training. Every 2 pounds of increased muscle on your body will burn an additional 90 calories a day, increasing your resting metabolic rate, Dr. Fertig says. Aim to do three strength training workouts a week, recommends Dr. Hellerstein. Doing yoga can also increase muscle mass.
  • Eat More Fiber
  • Eat Less Sugar
  • Sip Water-You’ve heard it a million times, but there’s good reason to drink two liters (or eight eight-ounce glasses) of water a day to stave off dehydration. “That can slow metabolic rate by not allowing sugar and fat to reach muscle where it would otherwise be metabolized,” Dr. Fertig says. (We love getting our water in with SkinnyStix for flavor and energy!*)
  • Seek Morning Light- By getting direct sunlight first thing in the morning (and avoiding excess artificial light near bedtime), you’ll be aiding your metabolism. “It signals to the brain what time of day it is and sets your body up to time genetic and hormonal signals that appropriately regulate metabolism,” Dr. Means explains. Every morning, go outside for a few minutes (even if it’s cloudy—although you might have to stay out a little longer for optimal effects). 
  • Make Sleep a Priority- Your health—and your metabolism—depends on proper sleep. “Even one night of short sleep, or just going to bed at a different time than normal, can decrease insulin sensitivity and contribute to higher stress hormones and glucose spikes the next day,” Dr. Means says. Health experts generally recommend that adults sleep for seven to nine hours a night. If you’re really struggling to sleep, talk with your physician to sort out underlying issues disrupting your rest. (LunaGen is our favorite product to help with sleep and stress.*) Click this link to learn more!

I’m living my Limitless Life – and I can help you live yours as well!

~Terry K

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How hormones affect life in your 50’s!

And it’s not great news.

Hey guys – I want to talk to you today about one thing that is affecting you – if you are 40, 50, 60+ – you are noticing….

  • A little less PEP in your STEP
  • A few more OINTS in your JOINTS!
  • A little less DEEP in your SLEEP
  • A little more JELLY in your BELLY
  • A little less THRIVE in your DRIVE
  • A few more TWINKLES in your WRINKLES
  • A little less HUSTLE in your MUSCLE

You get my point.

HGH 101

Human growth hormone (HGH) is a peptide hormone (and therefore not a steroid, as it is sometimes confused) produced and secreted by the pituitary gland. It is the most abundant pituitary hormone, accounting for 10% of pituitary dry weight. This key hormone is principally recognized for its function in promoting longitudinal growth in children and adolescents, although HGH also has various important metabolic functions throughout adult life.

HGH is secreted in pulses and follows a circadian (cyclic) daily pattern of secretion. Mechanistically, HGH acts on the body both directly and also through an insulin-like growth-factor I (IGF-I), which creates many of HGH’s effects. It also influences our adrenals and thyroid function.

By affecting these processes, HGH promotes the breakdown of body fat and slows down production of additional fat, influences our bone growth and muscle building. It helps increase energy expenditure by helping our bodies digest protein and burn fat.

HGH affects all of bone and growth, our metabolism, body composition, protein turnover, muscle mass, strength, and even hair and skin health. Yet as with many of our human body systems, pituitary function is known to decline with age, typically starting in the third decade of life. Lower levels of HGH is associated with many of the changes seen with aging – including increasing fat, decreasing muscle mass, and decreasing bone mass, all of which progress as age increases.

So What?

Now that you know how important hgh is in your body (In fact we think it’s so important we call it ‘that ONE thing’!)

Our product developers discovered a radical new compound that caused a mean 8-fold increase in serum growth hormones levels after a single oral serving of this supplement (as show in a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial) – at a tiny fraction of the cost of painful and expensive HGH injections, and it’s available without a prescription. And the timing is just right.

The research was done at a prestigious university, and measured real, bioactive, serum HGH levels.

It allows consumers to experience the benefits of increased, natural growth hormone levels within a normal range for about $100 per month instead of the $1,000 per month they would pay for synthetic injections.

Aging is not optional, but taking care of your health is! If you want to live a good, long life – looking younger, feeling younger, increasing your muscle tone, losing body fat but preserving lean muscle and maybe even zipping up your love life – Simply message me at tell me you want more information.

I’m living my Limitless life – and I can help you live yours as well. ~ Terry K

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Is it time to Fuel your Health?

Hey there – I just got back from our Leadership Conference in Salt Lake where I shared an easy way to make some permanent changes to your health without spending a lot of money or putting in a ton of commitment and effort.

Everyone just loved this simple, 3-step program that will reduce inflammation and drastically improve how you feel and live. I know there are so many of you who suffer with less than ideal physical well-being and this program will improve your quality of life without making huge changes to your lifestyle.

If you are a man or woman over 40 looking to better yourself physically, comment “let’s go” in the comments and I will send you a Free Report that details these 3 steps! You just need to let me know by sending me a message before midnight on April 30th. After that, this will be part of my paid coaching program.

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Sleep for the “health” of it!

6 Tried and True Tips for Sleep, Beautiful Sleep!

Though our 24/7 society may not place a high priority on sleep, adequate rest has never been more important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sleep problems are a national epidemic, with 30 percent of adults reporting that they get less than six hours of sleep on an average night. Insufficient sleep is linked to a myriad of health problems, like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. If you’re one of the millions of Americans having trouble getting enough sleep, here are some tips you can try.

Build Exercise into Your Daily Routine
Exercising too close to bedtime can make it difficult to fall asleep. But getting some exercise earlier in the day has an opposite effect and will actually help you sleep better. The National Sleep Foundation reports that exercise is especially beneficial for people who have sleep disorders, with even a single session of aerobic activity reducing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep for people suffering from chronic insomnia and improving overall sleep quality. The good news is that it isn’t necessary to get intense, athlete-level exercise, either: the benefits were seen from moderate-intensity aerobic exercise.

Ditch the Late-Night Snack
After a long day, nothing seems quite as comforting as a dish of ice cream while watching the late show. But in addition to wreaking havoc on your waistline, it turns out that eating too close to bed can disturb your sleep, too. Your body has to work to digest whatever you eat. If you’re truly hungry, have a lighter and easier to digest snack instead, like a piece of fruit.

Nix the Nightcap        
When it comes to sleep, alcohol is the great paradox. Because a drink can often take the edge off and make you feel more relaxed and sleepy, it seems logical that it would help you give you a better night’s sleep. While a review of 27 studies concluded that alcohol does indeed help users fall asleep more quickly, it results in poorer quality sleep, so you are less likely to feel well rested and refreshed in the morning. The negative effects are even more pronounced if you consume more than one drink.

Beware the Blue Glow        
Most of us spend the majority of our day in front of electronic screens, whether it’s our computer at work or our smartphones. Our bosses often expect us to bring work home, and then there’s the ever-present lure of Facebook. Even seemingly harmless pastimes like watching TV can disrupt sleep. But sleep experts say that exposure to the blue glow of electronic screens before bed contribute to poor sleep, in part by blocking our body’s release of sleep-promoting melatonin. Turn off the electronics a couple hours before bed and read a book instead to promote healthy sleep. 

Manage Your Stress
Stress is the biggest bugaboo of modern life. Between busy schedules, money worries and unsettling stories on the news, it’s no wonder that we find it difficult to relax. Not surprisingly, that high stress level also leads to difficulty sleeping and evening binge eating. Managing your stress has multiple benefits, though, and not just for sleep. Lower stress levels lead to lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system and decreased risk of diseases. Try relaxing habits like meditation, prayer, yoga or journaling. 

Our favorite way of addressing stress and night time binge eating is LunaGen.

LunaGen helps you fight back against those nighttime cravings by reducing stress and suppressing appetite*… without harsh stimulants, dangerous chemicals or habit-forming sleep aids. And unlike ordinary diet pills, LunaGen won’t wear off right about the same time that the nighttime binge-eating cycle is kicking in. It’s perfect for anyone whose diet keeps failing because of out-of-control nighttime binging.

Improving your sleep habits does take a little bit of effort and self-discipline, but the rewards of a better night sleep will help you stay healthy and age-proof.

FIND YOUR LIMITLESS.
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Build a Better Brain at Any Age!

I’m Terry Kempfert, and my passion is helping people live healthy and long and be their best at every age!
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I really enjoyed this book from Sanjay Gupta – I have followed his Documentary on Chasing Life, and the idea of being able to grow new brain cells and Keep our brains Sharp is fascinating to me!

From the neuroscience research world and the global council on brain health, studies now show that you can build new brain cells. This wasn’t always the belief – they used to think there were only two times in your life when new brain cells developed. As a new baby, or after a traumatic brain injury. Scientists have now found that is not the case. There are places in the world that have little or no dementia. So much of dementia can be addressed by lifestyle – which is a very inspiring thing.

The three main things you can do to build your brain are as follows:

  1. Move – humans were designed to be moving continuously. The connection between physical fitness and brain fitness is clear, direct, and powerful. Moderate walking numerous times during the day releases neurotrophic factors when you move.
  2. Sleep – Scores of well-designed studies routinely show that poor sleep can lead to impaired memory and that chronic stress can impair your ability to learn and adapt to new situations. You need to get at least seven hours of sleep a night which is the bare minimum if you want to have normal, healthy functioning physiology from your brain on down.
  3. Nourish – By eating some foods and limiting others, you can preserve your memory and brain health. In the Blue Zones, people typically eat a big breakfast, a medium lunch, and a small dinner. For the healthiest diet – think SHARP. Slash sugar, Hydrate, Add natural Omega-3 fats, Reduce portions, and Plan what you are going to eat!

Discovering and connecting are key as well and we will go over those pillars in another conversation.

According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, author of “Keep Sharp – building a better brain at any age”, “Never forget that the brain is exceptionally plastic. It can rewire and reshape itself through your experiences and habits, and a lot of this remolding can be achieved in a mere twelve weeks. It’s like building any other muscle.”

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One Hundred Days

So I’m always yammering on about being my best at every age, living limitless, moving my body, eating well, enjoying life, yada, yada. You’ve all heard me. Don’t get me wrong – it’s been my goal for the past 10 years to make the rest of my life the best of my life!! But there’s one dirty, dark little secret that I’m going to reveal to you that has the power to take away all I’ve accomplished!

And it’s not even a real secret. I have not tried to hide it one bit – in fact, it’s been kind of a fun “fact” about me – but not really. I’ve embraced it, laughed about it, shared fun posts and memes, heck, I even have a shirt that shares a joke about it – but it’s time to be open and let you know what I need to take more seriously and to improve about myself.

10 years ago (really, 10?) I found a different kind of program that changed my life. I became more life-conscious. I started really thinking about how many more years I wanted to live, and how I needed to make some changes to be able to do that. I have an amazing family, wonderful friends, a great business, beautiful home, and everything I could imagine. I wanted to travel more, enjoy more, do more things with people I love, spend more time at the lake, enjoy my colleagues more, create more art, read more books, and help more people in this world.

I joined a company that had products that provided immediate results with my quality of sleep, my energy, my strength, my weight, my skin and my health. I enjoyed sharing my results, and reaching my goals. I was more comfortable in my skin. I started moving more – swimming, biking, walking. I embraced my stage in life – letting my hair turn silver, embracing the wonderful fun of this age – a time of more freedom, more options, and even more creativity. I was feeling better than I had in years.

And I still do. But one little, ugly habit has firmly implanted itself in my life. It’s delicious, it’s red, and it comes in a bottle.

I call it “Wine at 9”. There seems to have been a trend that started about 10 years ago – it was women getting together for “girlfriend nights” and learning about and drinking wine. Or maybe they played Bunko, or talked about books (for 10 minutes). Wine was certainly the featured presentation. And that morphed into the “wine mom” – google that if you want a good laugh. And then Covid. Oh, don’t get me started.

So for the past 2+ years, “wine at 9” has been my reward and my salvation. I could be on zooms and calls all day, just as long as after I made dinner, did some laundry or whatever the daily chore was, I could waddle to my couch with my “glass” of wine (a true serving of wine is 5 oz. Whatever.) and chill out with my latest Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime featured presentation. It was safe. I didn’t have to get dressed up, put on makeup or even talk to people. And a glass of wine wasn’t $12, so I was saving money, right?

Fast forward to 2022. Wow – we are finally able to go places, and talk to people. Maybe I should get started on that book I want to write. How about some volunteer work? I could be doing that. Painting my kitchen? Oh my gosh, my energy was coming back. But I still have this habit that started nagging me at 8:45 to put on my jammies, open up a bottle, and chill out with a good movie. I just wonder why the bottle was required. The taste is fine, but I’m not purchasing Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2018 from Bordeaux at $1000/bottle. (Did you know that you get an extra 10% off 4 bottles at target plus your 5% reward?)

Seriously, a beautiful bottle of wine at dinner is delightful. But the $7.99 deals I was buying weren’t all that great. And something salty goes so well at that time. I deserve it. It’s the pandemic – I’m not doing much for fun these days. Did you know there are 6.75 grams of sugar in an average bottle of wine? And I drink the dry, red stuff. Holy, moly – no wonder I packed on my Covid 19!

So, spring has sprung (kind of – I live in Minnesota) and I feel empowered and energized to do some new things. What is this? Yes. I’m paring down the mounds of clutter and papers that have accumulated over the winter on every flat surface. I scraped every last bit of ice and snow off my deck before the last snowfall – I’m being optimistic. And the other day I dusted my baseboards! If that doesn’t scream spring and renewal, I don’t know what does.

So it’s time to overhaul my habits too. We’re eating more fresh produce, fish and chicken, and a couple of Girl Scout cookies as a treat seems to satisfy me as much as that Tres Leches cake I made for the last birthday celebration.

So maybe it’s time to say bye-bye to that last, big, ugly, habit that has hung onto my hips for the past couple of years. Maybe it’s time for something lighter, fresher, and easier on my body. I don’t even want to tell you all the havoc that wine can impart over time. It’s NOT great for my heart – no matter what they say. It does not help you sleep better – in fact, it makes your quality of sleep worse which decreases mental clarity and when you do wake up you feel lethargic and slow. And I think my liver could use the break. Alcohol is especially hard on your liver and other organs.

So bye-bye for now. I’m committing to ONE HUNDRED DAYS with no alcohol. After that, who knows. I hope I feel so much better that I will never go back. Or maybe only for a glass of that Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2018 on my birthday. We’ll see. So this April Fool started yesterday, and my 100th day will be July 9th. I did think about the milestone days during that time and wondered if I would feel left out without drinking – I decided no. I’m stronger than that.

I’m committed. It feels good. And I will feel more authentic working toward “being my best at every age” from now on.

FIND YOUR LIMITLESS.
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5 Ways to Live a More Limitless Life

~ The Limitless Voice by Acecia Jones

Living Limitless
We all know people who always look on the bright side–and they might be onto something.

A study published in Health Behavior and Policy Review found that individuals who considered themselves optimistic were less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease and were more likely to participate in healthy behaviors such as abstaining from smoking and drinking, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly.

Of course, for some people, staying optimistic is more easily said than done. Staying optimistic in the face of the nightly news can be a challenge.

You can’t control what’s happening in the world, but you can control your own attitude. Here’s how to reap the benefits of staying positive.

1.     Eliminate Negative Self-Talk.

Your mom always told you if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. But do you extend that same courtesy to the way you talk about yourself?

Negative self-talk only serves to highlight your shortcomings and darken your mood, so try this exercise: The next time you feel self-doubt coloring your thoughts, think of three positive things about yourself. Making positive self-talk a habit can boost confidence and banish a bad mood.

2.     Be Grateful.

The great Winston Churchill once said:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” 

Perhaps that’s what separates optimists from pessimists–the ability to see the positive in every situation. Take the time to be grateful every day, whether it’s writing in a gratitude journal or counting your blessings before bed. Feeling grateful can highlight the silver linings even in challenging circumstances.

3.     Laugh!

Don’t forget to make time for humor, especially since laughter can elevate your mood. Go see a funny movie, have lunch with a few funny friends, watch silly cat videos online. Make sure that laughter is part of your daily life and it’ll be hard to be pessimistic.

4.     Practice Mindful Meditation.

Taking a few moments each day to step back, ponder, and meditate can have a positive effect on your mood. If the idea of meditation seems strange, try this: Set a timer for five minutes and find a quiet place in or around your home. Grab a cup of tea, watch the sunset, or simply just enjoy being unplugged for a few minutes. Doing so allows you to slow down and banish negative thoughts while allowing you to focus on an optimistic attitude.

5.     Get Moving.

We all know that exercise can have a powerful effect on mood, thanks to endorphins that release when you participate in anything from yoga to running. Set aside time to exercise each day, even if it’s just a brisk walk around the block.

Don’t let get work stress, family obligations, or even the nightly news get you down. There are many reasons to be happy. Make optimism a daily goal; you can add positive activities and reflection to even the busiest schedule.

Next task? Spreading that optimism to your family and friends.

FIND YOUR LIMITLESS.
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Balance Your Mental State

From The Limitless Voice – February 10, 2022

~ Acecia Jones, Limitless

Some days are just… tough. Whether it’s physically or emotionally draining, how can we take better care of ourselves?

Health isn’t just about what we eat. It’s about what we are thinking and feeling, too.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health issues are one of the leading causes of ill-health today. One in four people are affected by mental or neurological disorders in their lifetime. While you may not have a so-called mental disorder, we all struggle with our “off days”. 

Balancing our mental state is important to our overall health and well-being. More and more people have started taking care of their mental state and are listening to what their bodies need. Many employers are becoming more understanding about allowing “mental health” days to recuperate. This is important because, in the last 20 years, research has shown that we have more control over our mental wellbeing than we realize.

While eating nutritious foods and exercise can prevent physical injury and illness, we can build our mental health too. When you start to develop a strong mental health, you become:

  • Less susceptible to chronic stress, anxiety, and depression
  • A more effective communicator, stronger leader, and team member
  • More likely to reach a personal, career, and/or physical health goal

Here are some tips to help improve Mental Wellbeing:

Write down your gratitudes

Do you ever feel like you’re rushing through life? Or you’re just waiting for the next “big thing” to happen? Well, this actually reduces our capacity to see the positives in life and begin to see the negative. Start a healthy habit by taking 5 minutes before you go to bed each night and write down 3 things you are grateful for from your day – and it doesn’t have to be anything big! It can be as small as being grateful for someone holding the door open for you, a phone call from a friend, or even just living!

Connect with others

Recent studies have shown that when you isolate yourself from others, it can hurt our wellbeing. A lack of social connection can disrupt sleep and increase stress. But, this doesn’t mean going on Facebook or Instagram and “liking” a whole bunch of posts… we’re talking about real interaction. Reach out to that “friend” on the phone or via video chat, have a real conversation rather than just liking a post. Whatever the case may be.. saying having a real conversation just warms the heart.

Stretch

Did you know that incorporating stretching into your regular routine can help reduce stress? Well, now you know! Stretching 3-4 times a day can prevent energy slumps, support healthier digestion, and improve sleep patterns. 

Fuel Your Health

Fueling your health is fueling your mind. We’re not just talking about our Fuel FYL Pak (though it is a wonderful start). When you can incorporate a diet that includes complex carbohydrates (whole grains and vegetables), essential fats (nuts and seeds), and amino acids (eggs, turkey, bananas) you are optimizing your mental wellbeing. 

Mental health is just as important as physical health…

so remember to take care of both!


FIND YOUR LIMITLESS.
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Momentum Mindset –

Tips for a stronger approach

~Acecia Jones
Building your business relies on both your personal efforts and the efforts of others. In order to be successful, it takes a good team to make it happen! A great leader will never stop meeting new people. Each person they come in contact with will automatically be a potential prospect. But how do you teach your down-line the same concept? Network marketing is exactly that… WORK. It doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and requires the fine tuning of your skills. As you and your team continue to bring in new people, let’s make sure everyone has the tools they need. Here are some helpful tips for newbies or those who just need a refresher in the initial approach: 

1. Invite with Enthusiasm
Inviting people to take a look at the products and business opportunity grows your business! The goal isn’t “selling” someone on Limitless, but rather finding those that are looking. Create a sense of urgency, be enthusiastic, and give a sincere compliment! Here’s a great example: “Julie, I just found this amazing new product, Thrive-hGH. It’s helped me look and feel years younger! Since you always look great, I just knew I had to share this with you!” Also, make a list of people you’d like to work with. Your friends, family, co-workers, and phone contacts, are all a great place to start.  
2. Make It Easy
When it comes to options, it can be overwhelming if there are too many to choose from. When discussing products, don’t just rattle off a list of them. Instead, take your time getting to know your prospect. Often times while building the relationship, little hints get dropped. Remember: knowledge talks and wisdom listens! The Shape Your Body pak could be the perfect “starter pak”, SkinnyStix could be the perfect sample, or perhaps they are unhappy with their skin care regimen. Whatever the case may be, talking about 2 or 3 products is easier to mentally digest than 20+ products! 
3. The Value of Results 
We’re not just talking about the science-based results of our amazing products, but the results on the business side as well. Don’t forget to mention all of what Limitless has to offer. Not only can you make extra income just working part-time, but making this a full-time career? The world is your oyster. 
4. Qualifying Your Prospects
Have you ever tried to convince someone to do something they don’t want to do? You try time and time again to persuade them, but they get defensive? Let’s not do that. Remember, this should be considered a sorting process, not a selling process- you’re simply looking for the people ready to make a change.  If within the course of a conversation someone is giving you every excuse as to why they wouldn’t be a good fit. LISTEN TO THEM! You should really qualify your prospects, rather than just trying to force an enrollment with everyone you meet. Someone could be a terrible Distributor but the most loyal customer and product advocate you have.  
5. Any Attention Is Good Attention
People will always have something to say, whether it’s good or bad. Embrace it! Even when people leave negative comments on your social media or send “hate mail”, this could be your time to turn it around. Educate them, correct them in a friendly tone, or find ways to alter their comments into positive information! 
6. Be The Resource
Your down-line should be able to come to you first when they have questions. Being a good leader means knowing the answers so you’re available to help your team members. There may be times you won’t know the answer to everything, but even directing them to find the answer can help tremendously! Get familiar with virtual office and utilize the fact sheets! Know where you can find informational videos and always check your e-mails!  There’s always room for growth and these steps will definitely support that. As you continue to learn what works and what doesn’t, don’t lose your spirit! Keep on being the best you can be – physically, mentally, and financially! 

FIND YOUR LIMITLESS.
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At the Table

For a couple of years now I start my morning with a short reading from the book by Shauna Niequist – Savor – Living abundantly where you are, as you are. It’s a delightful one-page read that I find satisfying and comforting – even when I skip a day or 20, I just go to today’s message and am inspired.

November is a month of gratitude, gathering, good food, and guests, so today’s read was more than appropriate. It’s called “At The Table”. The reading starts with a short bible verse followed by Shauna’s musings that she was inspired to write.

I always love these short little positive starts to my day – not too churchy, it seems like I’m sitting with a good friend who is telling me a story.

“Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.’ So they begin to celebrate.”

~ Luke 15:23 – 24

This familiar verse shows the true love of a family. We welcome errant children back home and celebrate their return. We gather around a feast. A lot of us will do that later this month. We invite our loved ones back no matter their faults – the cranky uncle, the brother-in-law who always tries to dazzle us with his brilliance, but we know it’s bulls**t, the niece who has a lot of growing up to do. It doesn’t matter – they are family and we take care of everyone.

Enjoy this warm, gathering month. Make sure to prepare a dish, however simple, and invite in those you love. Those that are family.

The most sacred moments, the ones in which I feel God’s presence most profoundly, when I feel the goodness of the world most arrestingly, take place at the table. The particular alchemy of celebration and food, of connecting people and serving what I’ve made with my own hands comes together as more than the sum of their parts. I love the sounds and smells and textures of life at the table, hands passing bowls and forks clinking against plates and bread being torn and the rhythm and energy of feeding and being fed.

It’s not strictly about the food for me. It’s about what happens when we come together, slow down, open our homes, look into one another’s faces, listen to one another’s stories. It happens when we celebrate a birthday, and also when we break out of the normal clockwork of daily life and pop the champagne on a cold, gray Wednesday just because the faces we love are gathered around our table. It happens when we enter the joy and the sorrow of the people we love and we join together at the table to feed one another and be fed, and while it’s not strictly about the food, it doesn’t happen without it. Food is the starting point, the common ground, the thing to hold and handle, the currency we offer to one another.

When was the last time you felt nourished and seen and known around the table?

– Shauna Niequist, Savor, Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are