Why is it so hard to go on a healthy diet?

By Nathan Chua

Los Angeles, May 24, 2009 – I was sitting with a couple of people talking about diets one day, and one of them said that he doesn’t care much about diets.  He said that dieting is no fun and that you won’t enjoy life if you watch what you eat.  I personally have often wondered to God why the best foods seem to be the most delectable.  On the other hand, I also remember something that psychologists often refer to as comfort food.  Why is it that a lot of people seem to find pleasure in food?  Life’s better things sometimes seem to revolve around eating good food for many of us.  I would like to hear from you and find out what is it that people find in food that it has come to be regarded as a luxury nowadays.  Please feel free to comment.

Receiving Love

by Nathan Chua

REDONDO BEACH, May 19, 2009 –  I remember when I was at a lecture conducted by Dr. Bruce Narramore.  He said that most of us know how to give love (In fact, we have made a popular saying out of, “it is better to give than to receive.”), but the problem lies more in our capacity to receive love.  Amazingly, I chanced upon a book that talks exactly about this difficulty of receiving love at the Redondo Beach public library.  Guess what?  I checked it out for free!  Here’s a nice little poem from the book titled, “Receiving Love:  Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved” by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D.:

Receiving and Giving

I’m a novice when it comes to receiving.
Giving has become my expertise.
But giving alone without getting
Becomes soon a fatal disease

If the intake valve is opened
There’s no way to maintain a supply.
There comes a point in the cycle of life
When the out-going stream runs dry.

Straining out love from a vacuum
Is like drinking from the heart of a stone.
Try as we may, at the end of the day,
We’re exhausted, frustrated, alone.

“Better to give than receive,” we are taught.
Yet another truth I’ve learned just by living:
Only the soul with the grace to receive,
Excels in the fine art of giving.

Peom by the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.