A Healthy You in 2014

By : | 3 Comments | On : January 3, 2014 | Category : Blog

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We don’t use machines. We are the machine. This is the quote written on the wall where I do crossfit. Try my turnip green pesto recipe below and be a lean green fighting machine.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

In this New Year, I want to encourage you to not concentrate on weight loss but instead work on creating a healthy you.  Healthy is more than physical but also mental and spiritual as well.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. -Hebrews 12:1

The Lord is our source of strength. He is our comforter in times of need.

I feel as though I am a better me when my mind, body, and spirit are healthy.


This year I am going to try to concentrate on being more positive. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. -Proverbs 17:22

The devil wants to take away our joy and crush our spirits. Negativity can really consume a person. I will be a healthier me if I focus on positivity.  One way I can do this as well is be aware of others around me. Taking time to speak to a cashier at a store, barista at a coffee shop, waiter/waitress at a restaurant, etc. or simply offering a smile to help cheer up their day or offer encouragement will in turn brighten my day. I encourage you to try doing the same.


Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. -Philippians 4:8

My mom has always encouraged me to concentrate on whatever is pure and lovely.

Create in me a clean heart
And purify me, purify me
Create in me a clean heart
So I may worship Thee

Above are the lyrics to a Christian song that I love. It is so true too.


The Lord has given me a passion for cooking. He has also given me a desire to be healthy.

One of my go-to healthy recipes is my turnip green pesto. It is the very last recipe in my cookbook. I like to think I saved the best for last.


View the recipe in my recipe section of my website.

I love it simply on crackers or toasted slices of cornbread.

You can transform it into a meal by tossing it with shrimp and sauteed roasted red bell peppers and cherry tomatoes. serve over creamy grits

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  1. posted by LaZeric Freeman on January 3, 2014

    What a great post Whitney. Just what I needed. I hope that this being the last recipe in your book, doesn’t mean that this is your last post. Just so you know, I have your MasterChef episodes recorded on DVD — shhhh, don’t tell :) — and watch them whenever I need a pick-me-up in my spirit. Especially that very last episode when you cook the chicken in 7 minutes. I’ve never been so proud of someone I don’t know personally. May God continue to bless everything you put your hand to.

    LaZeric “TruSoulDJ” Freeman

  2. posted by Frank Guarnero on January 20, 2014

    Amen sister, I love the scriptures you put in these page, especially 1 cor 6:19. My pastor was speaking on this exact topic last Sunday so this is confirmation for me. God bless you

  3. posted by CarmenMT on February 26, 2014

    Whitney!!! I am a crazy follower of MasterChef jajaja and I absolutely looooove your way of thinking and cooking, and how much of you you put into everything!!! Thanks for being so sincere and honest and thank you SO MUCH for being so brave to hold true to your faith! Keep going! People like you change the world!!!


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