Friday, November 30, 2007

How Many Kings

(Updated December 3rd - added link to lyrics) Tomorrow is December and radio stations are already playing Christmas music. And one of the songs they happen to be playing right now is one of our songs called How Many Kings. We are getting some great responses about it already and I'm glad so many people are enjoying hearing it on their radio station. We recorded that song last year as part of the Bethlehem Skyline compilation that our record label Centricity Records released this year! So if you would like to own that song yourself (which we would love for you to do, buying albums keeps bands alive) then below are a couple of links to where you can find it. And if you just want to hear the song . . . I thought I'd be kind and post it right here in my blog. Yeah, Merry Christmas!! If you would like to hear more though head on over to our web site or myspace page.

Lyrics Here.

Buy Bethlehem Skyline:
Through Our Web Site
on iTunes
at ChristianBook.com (Physical copy)


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Thursday, November 29, 2007

World Vision One Life Tour & World AIDS Day

Most of you reading this blog know of my passion for and involvement with World Vision. If you live anywhere near where I do in Southern Ontario there is an experience you need to be a part of. World Vision has put together an interactive African village that gives us the chance to step into the shoes of a real person living in Africa and see the struggles that they have to deal with. I had a chance to participate in it when they had it set up in Nashville and it was powerful. I know how it made me feel (sad, angry, frustrated) but it is real life and it’s something we all need to be aware of. So as Christmas approaches and if you have the chance, check out the World Vision One Life Tour while it’s in Kitchener Ontario December 1st - 9th and learn more about what your sponsor child may be growing up with or how you could help a child. For more info here’s their web site. Check out this link to see what people are saying about it after they have completed it.

While I’m on the topic of World Vision you should know that World AIDS Day is coming up on December 1st and World Vision has some great ways for us to be involved. Check out their site to learn more about what’s going on and how to be a part of it.

The video below will give you a glimpse into what the event looks like. Enjoy!

Glenn

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Rockstar Runners is born!

www.rockstarrunners.com

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a couple of days you surely know that I enjoy running. And when you enjoy something, you want to share that joy with others which is why I always end up writing about it.

Since I started running four and a half years ago there have been so many people who have been curious about the whole thing. They would ask questions like; why did you start running? Or, how is it even possible to run for an hour? Or, how can I start?

Then there have been people I’ve talked with about running and have encouraged to get started. Often times I hear back from them and they are telling me about a 10K or half marathon or full marathon they have just completed and I am blown away. Not blown away that they did it but that they credit me with any part of the months of work it took them to do something like that.

So all that said, Jeremy and I thought it would be a great idea to create a community of people who can encourage each other, share training ideas and work together to better each other and those around them. Plus we can meet each other at different races all over the globe.

The result is Rockstar Runners and we are excited to see what impact this club can have on so many lives. I’ll be posting there regularly now too, mostly about running obviously so if you are interested in running or light jogging or just getting into shape, c’mon over and send your friends too. I’d love to see you there!

Glenn

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Why I Avoid Hydrogenated Oil and Trans Fats



How about a quick blog on trans fats and hydrogenated oils? You'll love it, trust me.



First, what is hydrogenated oil?

When fat or oil is subjected to hydrogenation, the molecular structure of the fat is actually changed. The changed molecules cause the oil to harden, which makes it easier to handle and increases its shelf life. It also has a high melting temperature and an appealing creamy texture. For these reasons, food manufacturers like working with the hydrogenated oils. (link)



And how about Trans Fat?
Trans fat is monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat which is altered by partial hydrogenation. This process of partial hydrogenation forces the oils which are naturally liquid at room temperature to become solid, therefore modifying the fat so it is more similar to saturated fat. (link)


Now how about a little blurb on what our bodies do with these hydrogenated oils?
Since hydrogenated oils don’t occur in nature, our bodies don’t know how to deal with them effectively. They act as poisons to crucial cellular reactions and they wind up in cell membranes and other places they shouldn’t be. (link)
There is also evidence to suggest that trans fatty acids may bioaccumulate in the body, because the digestive system has difficulty figuring out what to do with them. As a result, a diet high in trans fats will result in weight gain.
Consumption of hydrogenated oil has been linked with diabetes, coronary disease, and obesity in a wide number of scientific studies. (link)
In short, trans fats are poisons, just like arsenic or cyanide. They interfere with the metabolic processes of life by taking the place of a natural substance that performs a critical function. And that is the definition of a poison. Your body has no defense against them, because they never even existed in our two billion years of evolution -- so we've never had the need or the opportunity to evolve a defense against them. (link)

So, obviously these oils are not natural for us. Some places have even gone as far as banning them! In Denmark it's illegal for foods to contain more than 2% trans fat. Compare that to the 30% some margarines contain in the U.S.. It's almost been one year since New York City has banned all trans fats in restaurants. Washington State is considering a state wide ban. Calgary and Toronto are pushing for bans and there is a push for Canada to consider a ban similar to Denmark.

How about this quote?
"Consuming partially hydrogenated oils is like inhaling cigarette smoke. They will kill you -- slowly, over time, but as surely as you breathe. And in the meantime, they will make you fat!" (link)
So what foods have trans fats or hydrogenated oils? Any of the pictures in this post are there because they are of foods you should avoid. Do some research. Edumacate yourself, decide what you should do then do it!

Glenn

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