The GLORY Diet: Controlling Control

What a journey this has been. I knew that things needed to change, but I had no idea why…well, aside from the obvious need for a healthy body. In order to do what God has called me to do and do it well, I NEED to be healthy.

As I shared with you before, for a long time it was all about vanity, looking good and losing weight. Now, it’s also about being healthy and most importantly, honoring God.

We, as Believers, have all heard it before, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirt. We should care for our temples and be sure to make a comfortable home for the Holy Spirit to dwell in.

Filling it with junk, whether it’s food, entertainment, or toxic emotions, can do short term and long term damage to us.

Since I ended the 21 Raw Food Cleanse, I have not been keeping up with a mostly raw diet. Although I have keep most of my meals raw, they have not been balanced nor have I been getting in those much needed vegetables every day.

The crazy part is, my body, soul and spirit has been crying out for what I need. I just haven’t figured out how to get it. Why? Because I want to be in control.

I received so much conviction when reading the article, Cupcake Control,  by Going Beyond Ministries. The author shares how she too knows what changes she should make concerning what she eats and keeping in in balance. But she goes a little deeper and reminds us all of the “thing” that we still struggle to turn over to the Lord of our lives.

Please go here to read the full article and tell me how it has impacted you or what you think I should do to get back on track with honoring my God and myself by following The GLORY Diet.

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved


Go for the GOLD!

If you have been following any of the Olympic games, you may have seen many of the highlighted athletes, surpass the expectations and win the coveted gold medal. Some, who had been favorited (I think that’s a word, lol) in there events had both triumphs and failures. And others just could not live up to the pressure and didn’t even place.

But does someone who wins the gold and is dubbed the best in the world at their sport have regrets? Do they sing their nations song and have the medal placed around their neck, while hanging their head in shame?

I would imagine that for most, that moment is like a big payoff for all the hard work and sacrifices they have made to get to that point. And for the ones who place for sliver or bronze, or don’t place at all, often share that the journey, including both the wins and losses along the way, are what make them the best.

Story after story of comebacks and setbacks make those of us who are spectating, fascinated by the effort to make history. Tears of joy and tears of sorrow often stream down the same cheeks as goals are realized and relinquished.

But what stands out for me the most, is that the critiques often have the most to say and never seemed to be pleased by any outcome. They will ALWAYS find something negative to say, even when you are the most decorated olympic champion of all time.

Raising children for God’s glory and for His Kingdom, can seem much like training for the olympics. Although I have never even come close to an olympic workout, I do know that it takes of tremendous sacrifice, long hours of training, consistent and strenuous effort, and battling mental anguish from comments made by critiques and naysayers.

Kingdom Motherhood also requires tremendous sacrifice, often putting dreams on hold, giving up sleep (and beauty), and let’s not even discuss the transformation our bodies go through to carry those precious little ones inside of us.

It requires long hours of training and teaching, grooming and molding little hearts to love and serve God. Not to mention the consistent and strenuous effort it takes to hear from God clearly, concerning the “way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6), and prescribing discipline for them and ourselves.

Then there’s the spiritual and mental anguish we often encounter from the voices of our enemy, critiques and naysayers, telling us that we can’t win, we aren’t good enough and we will fail, and that our hair doesn’t look right.

All in all, we are training for a much better prize than a gold medal. It’s the prize of the high calling of Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:14) to raise up Godly seed in the earth. Our Gold medal is hearing “well done,” and receiving our victor’s crown of life (James 1:12).

Job 23:10 makes it clear for us to see what our gold medal really is:

“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” 

We are the gold, when give the glory to our God. When we, along with our children, have become transformed by His Spirit and we surrender our lives to Him, we become the prize.

So when our bodies hurt and get bruised, let’s remember we are going for gold. When we are going through criticism from those who were supposed to be our biggest cheerleaders, let’s remember we are going for gold.

When we get tired, weary, worn out and feel like quitting, let’s remember that we are being refined by the Father’s fire and we will come out as gold.

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved

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The GLORY Diet Week 6 and 7 Update

So, it’s been a while. I was very busy last week with Vacation Bible School for the children and a home education and discipleship event for me (posts coming soon).

My attempt to go from doing the 28 Day Raw Transition right into the 21 Day Raw Cleanse, did not go as planned. But I can say that I have kept up healthy eating and did much better than I ever have in the past with maintaining my eating and my weight (YEAH ME!!!).

I had to pray and reevaluate what was the most important and what I discovered is that I was trying to go from 0 to 1000 in sixty seconds. I was trying to do too much too fast, instead of trusting the Lord to guide my progress.

I have been almost desperate to “get the weight off,” that many times it can become my only focus. But God is more interested in getting the glory, and that really should be my focus.

I’m not sure where I will go from here. I may begin a different program that is more Christian-based, which could be helpful for me spiritually. I will, however, continue with what I am doing and making sure that I get in my workouts, walks and healthy raw foods, everyday.

Tell me what you think about what I have posted in The GLORY Diet series so far and if you want to keep hearing about my progress. I look forward to hearing from you.

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved

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The GLORY Diet Week 5 Update

The last two weeks have been sooooo challenging. I started the 21 Day Raw Cleanse on July 16. After four straight weeks of eating raw, I started to get “tired” of the raw deal. Much of it had to do with my own issues with food, and despite my “determination,” I started to crumble under the pressure.

For me, eating this way is like continual fasting. And after a while, my flesh began to cry out…or should I say..SCREAM. I felt like the Israrelites, in the wildreness, complaiing to God and begging for meat.

Numbers 11: 4, 33-34 (AMP) Read all of Numbers 11

“And the mixed multitude among them [the rabble who followed Israel from Egypt] began to lust greatly [for familiar and dainty food], and the Israelites wept again and said, Who will give us meat to eat?

While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote them with a very great plague. That place was called Kibroth-hattaavah [the graves of sensuous desire], because there they buried the people who lusted, whose physical appetite caused them to sin. [1 Corinthains 10:1-13]” 

My flesh was like the “mixed multitude,” crying out for familiar food and I like the children of Israel, gave in to the “peer pressure.” I allowed my physical appetite to cause me to sin.

It started with little nibbles of the cooked food I was making for my family. You know, so I could “taste it,” to be sure it was acceptable to serve.

Then it gradually moved on to full blown eating as of this Sunday (well only at dinner).

I don’t know what it is about dinnertime. I do good ALL DAY, and then at dinner, I cave. There’s something about everyone eating together, the same meal, and me eating something different. I’m not sure if it’s just that I don’t want to feel isolated at such an important meal or I have some childhood yearning that went unfulfilled. The jury’s still out on that one.

The program directors tell those who participate that “we don’t beat up on ourselves.” But I began beating all right, and to spiral down into full blown Tyson versus Mayweather.

The emotions were just out of control. I was feeling everything from sadness, to joy, to shame, to guilt, to happiness, to…whatever.

I kept thinking to myself, “I have been doing sooo good. How could I slip????

Let’s be clear, conviction comes from God, but condemnation comes from the enemy. I had become so overwhelmed by guilt and shame that I knew it was time for me to surrender…again.

This is called The GLORY Diet for a reason. For so long it had been all about vanity and whether I was losing weight. The challenges and discipline required to eat any type of restricted food regimen, can only be successful if guided and controlled by the Holy Spirit.

What I have not told you is that in the recent past, someone was controlling the way I ate, and it was not the Lord. Someone had used their “power” that was supposed to help me reach my fitness goals, to manipulate me, all in the name of the Lord.

That pain and the residue of such spiritual manipulation left a sting, and entering the world of restrictions and controls left me right there, facing it head on, all over again.

I need His healing to regain the strength once bestowed on me to do this His way. I need the prayers of others who know what it’s like to have to obey, even when you don’t fully understand.

For much of my life, it’s been all about doing things “right” or perfectly, not making any mistakes. I often miss the whole lesson because I’m so focused on “rightness” that I miss His desire to restore to me His righteousness.

You see, God Looks for Obedience and Reverence from You (and me). It should be for His GLORY. Whatever I eat, whatever I drink, whatever I do, should all be for His GLORY (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Pray for me yall. Better yet, share with me your area of “whatever;” the thing that you need to return to His glory.

Help a sista out.


Here’s what I have eaten up until today.

Menu Plan Day 24

Breakfast: OJ (fresh squeezed)

Snack: Blueberry and Banana Salad

Lunch: Raw Tabouli

Dinner: Homemade Corn and Potato Chowder (1/2 cup)


  • 17 Minute Upper Body Workout Video

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water


Menu Plan Day 2

Breakfast: Grapefruit Juice

Snack: Bananas and Blueberries

Lunch: Super Mineralizing Salad

Dinner: Raw Mango Pie (mango, pecans, dates)


  • Water Aerobics (15 Minutes)

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water


Menu Plan Day 3

Breakfast: OJ Banana Smoothie

Snack: Celery Chowder

Lunch: Raw Apple Pie (1/2 recipe)

Dinner: Raw Collard Green Sun-fry


  • C25K Week 1 Day 1 (25 Minutes)

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water and 30 oz of Hibiscus Tea


Menu Plan Day 4

Breakfast: Blueberries and Bananas

Snack: OJ Banana Smoothie

Lunch: Sunflower Seed Pate’ (1/2 cup)

Dinner: Turkey Meatballs (1/2 cup) and Whole Wheat Noodles (1/4 cup)


  • Rest Day

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water


Menu Plan Day 5

Breakfast: Grapefruit Juice

Snack: Watermelon Juice

Lunch: Carob Silk (this did not agree with me this time, I ate nothing for the rest of the day)


  • C25K Week 1 Day 2 (25 minutes)

Water: 2 20oz. bottles of water


Menu Plan Day 6

Breakfast: OJ Banana Smoothie

Snack: Tossed Salad

Lunch: Raw Kale Subs

Dinner: Blueberries and Bananas

I skipped all the cooked food and cake at the event at church today. But totally caved the next day.


  • Rest Day

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water


Menu Plan Day 7

Breakfast: Green Juice

Snack: Watermelon

Dinner: Graduation Party Dinner (chicken wings, 1/4 cup baked beans, 1/2 ear corn and 1/2 cup cabbage and fennel slaw)


  • Rest Day

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water


Menu Plan Day 8

Breakfast: Bananas

Lunch: Fruit Salad

Dinner: Graduation Party Leftovers and cake


  • Water Aerobics (30 minutes)
  • Bike Ride (30 Minutes)

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water


Menu Plan Day 9

Breakfast: Watermelon Juice

Snack: Fruit Salad

Lunch: OJ Banana Smoothie

Dinner: No-Chick-In Nuggets (totally veggie), mixed vegetables, and  cup scalloped potatoes


  • Rest Day

Water: 2 20oz. bottles of water

I will be fasting for the rest of the week. Some things come not out but by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21).

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved

Find Your Voice Part 4

In the past articles in this series, Find Your Voice, I have shared with you the importance of educating your children about staying safe, not only from “stranger danger,” but also from sexual predators.

Another side of the abuse spectrum is physical abuse or sometimes called domestic violence. Many people often associate domestic violence between two adults, typically the male in the relationship being physically and verbally abusive toward the female.

But, domestic violence can occur between various members of a family or household and can be especially devastating when children are caught in the middle.

I recently read an article on Empowering Everyday Women (EEW) Magazine, “Parental Disdain: Revealing the Hidden Ugliness In Our Hearts, written by Rhonda J. Smith, who blogs at Musings of a (Recovering) Strong Black Woman. In the article, she shares recent stories of child abuse made newsworthy because of the people involved, their status, positions or because of the severity of the abuse that had taken place.  But she also challenges our own disdain, as parents who may not have committed these crimes to this magnitude, but are guilty just the same.

She states: “The only way depths of sin can be extracted and discarded is if we identify and search for it, looking externally and internally. The ugliness of this wicked world and, sometimes and in some ways, in our homes, challenges us to look at the ugliness in our own hearts.”

WOW!!! Talk about conviction. But let’s be careful not to allow that to transform into condemnation. No matter what the level of our guilt, repentance is the cure.

We do need to be aware of the disdain in our own hearts. No matter what circumstances may have led to it, we need to be aware of what may fuel it and be in a position to quench it with the quickness.

Please go here to read the full article and let me know what you think about the two things she tells us we should do in order to combat our own parental disdain.

If you have experienced abuse in your past, and you are in need of healing, find your voice and reach out for help.

If you know someone, especially if it is a child, who is being abused, find your voice, and get them some help.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer information, advice, and support. Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) and you can go to for more information.

Please pray first, and follow the recommendations given by Childhelp and don’t attempt to take matters into your own hands unless the situation is life threatening.

If you are currently in an abusive relationship, find your voice and get help now. Reach out to trusted people around you, a church or community program and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or go to

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved



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