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My Diet Goals for the New Year

This is a list of easy and (real) healthy snack/ small meals that I have come up with for myself (and my mom who asked me to make this up for her). I have a basic formula that includes one of each- Grain, Protein, Fruit/ Veggie. So basically put together one from each category and you have your snack/ meal. Try to remember to keep food as close to it original state as possible and organic is always the best for you. Obviously though do what is best and works for you, I personally am trying to eat as organic and unprocessed as possible, but I still have my hot dog and mac n’ cheese meals, too. I have chosen not to guilt trip myself about it though. Try to buy things locally if possible as close to free range that you can find and organic as well.

My favorite grains:

  • Ezekial Bread,
  • Sprouted or fermented grain breads
  • Whole grain bagels
  • Steel cut oats or rolled oats
  • Melba toast
  • Popcorn (not microwave)
  • Barilla Plus Pasta (or homemade if you are so inclined, I would love to try doing it myself someday)

Remember that high fiber foods slow down glucose metabolism.

Proteins:

  • Meat (obviously, however you choose to get it, grassfed organic is best)
  • Eggs (hard boiled in advance saves a lot of time)
  • Yogurt (homemade and self sweetened)
  • Nut butters
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheese sticks, wedges or slices
  • Hummus
  • Nuts
  • Cottage cheese
  • Tuna

My fave fruits and veggies:

  • Apples (gala)
  • Clementine oranges
  • Banana (especially in smoothies)
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Avocado (also a good option for smoothies I just found out)
  • Spinach or kale
  • Celery
  • Raisins and other dried fruit
  • Green pepper
  • And so on

Another goal this year that I want to try are more smoothies, I have seen some fantastic looking recipes in my online wanderings and at Pinterest(my latest addiction).

I want to try and perfect a good Orange Cranberry smoothie similar to one I had at Panera this summer, but I would like to juice my own cranberry’s if at all possible… But I am not above just using regular old juice either. Another good one I have had is a Strawberry Lemonade smoothie, I thought it was a touch tart but oh so refreshing so I would like to play with that a bit and see what I can come up with. My primary smoothie that I make most is either Blueberry, Strawberry or Mixed Berries, a banana, some yogurt, milk, oatmeal, flax seed and occasionally some peanut butter (make it taste like a PB & J). I also found on my beloved Pinterest a couple great ideas for prepacked baggies for smoothies… which makes for more time saving when your super busy; you can read up on these ideas here and here. I think they are great for individual smoothies, I usually make enough for me and my kids because they won’t give me a minutes rest if I make just one for myself, so I might have to tweak this idea for making 4 smoothies at a time instead of one.

There are some wonderful herbal add-ins for smoothies at the Bulk Herb Store (my absolute favorite place for herbs on the web!)  and a good source for getting chia seed, spirulina, flax seed, psyllium seed, and other great bulk items that may come in handy when you want a super nutritious smoothie.

What are some of your standby quick, easy, delish healthy snacks that you love? Would love it if you shared them…

Unexpected Motivation and Inspiration

I have found that with so many things on the web like Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Stumble Upon and so on that you can really waste A. LOT. of time at the computer. So you can imagine what happened when I found Pinterest and I will tell you that I have spent quite a bit of time on there that very well could have been better spent. Now here I am, a few months after joining and I look back over the past few months and find a very surprising thing has happened that I would have never expected  in a million years- I have gotten a ton more done than I ever thought possible, I started working out again, I am inspired by new ways to organize my home (AND it is actually happening), I have found fantastic recipes not only for in general but also for better and healthier lifestyle changes, and now that I have a considerable amount of pins and boards and likes, I find that I don’t waste nearly as much time on it than when I first found it. Maybe I live vicariously through the pins on Pinterest, if I do oh well. I just see that my tasks are little lighter and I have a lot more to hope for when I find ideas and inspiration on this fantastic site. I just LOVE Pinterest.

Check out these awesome pins I found…

Tons of great teaching tools and ideas

Lots of pretty things

Tons of Sweet DIY, Crafts and Tutorials

Ball work out ideas which are my personal favorites

To die for gift wrapping ideas, ornaments, paper crafts

Organization ideas, home cleaners, decorating tips

Retro Dress pattern and other cute clothing ideas and patterns

World View Revolution- Part 3 or Seeing Red Over Being “Green”

Go green… Right? Yeah, I am all for being green (the right way)… but it is annoying, because it has become a fad and a new money maker for the industry giants to peddle their wares and in my not so humble opinion dupe us even more, probably by sneaking in the “junk” in the pretty repackaged bottles or by hiding what is really going on. But I think that the “green” movement (at least the faddish media hyped part) hides an even greater deception. Watching PBS nature programs especially infuriates me, when they talk of the horror of the human encroachment upon animal’s natural habitats, as if humanity is an infestation of parasites upon the planet and the bleeding hearts who decide the wording for the narrator, thinking that they (and their own “elite” groups) are the only redeeming chance our planet has for survival. It is ridiculous to the point of rage for me, these bleeding heart elitest few (or not so few?) are likely the same as those in our government who decide how much poison is ok in our food and medicine and how much poison is too much… I mean why be so gruesome as to dig a ditch and shoot people into it when they can slowly torture and kill us by brainwashing us into believing that they can tell us what to eat and how to treat the diseases(their processed foods cause) that plague us. Oh and these are probably the same “few” who are all for the funding of the murders of millions of tiny babies, horror of horrors we wouldn’t want to over populate this poor burdened planet would we? The deception lies in the attitude and belief system that devalues humanity by promoting the “planet” and the “environment”. Look at the world around you, watch a commercial, they degrade humanity in one way or another constantly- as though we are mindless and incapable of taking care of ourselves anymore… have a conversation and listen to the pervading worldview of those speaking. It can be minor but it is still there… as in “…wow, you have your hands full…” in regards to children or “…men. can’t live with ’em, can’t live without em…” or “…your not going to college?” to a young lady who wants to nurture her family or “…you have to work; don’t you want to support your family?” to the mother who stays at home to bring up the next generation. The pervading attitude of our culture is that of what we have been fed by a media and a system that works against the people and for the growth of a larger and more controlling gov’t. Take mothers out of their homes, promote rampant immorality, create poor single mother led homes, day-cares and schools to effectively brainwash our children into more mindless drones, denigrate men by a continual onslaught of disrespect and dishonor in society causing a huge number of men to need “mommy’s” to take care of them, or become criminals, or deadbeats. While I am all for being a good steward of the things that God has created for our use, I would like us to never consider for a single second that the media, the system, or the gov’t has any desire to protect this earth or the people on it for them it is all about power and money, they are destroying the eco-system out the back door (as in GMO crops, pesticides) while putting on a good face by fighting global warming. GMO’s are messing us up I can almost bet money that new super illnesses that mystify the medical community are a direct result of GMO’s!!! And pesticides are killing our pollinators and are likely the cause behind a lot of our many current disease epidemics, read up on it!!! These industry giants are in the back pocket of our gov’t who allow this massive poisoning to create a nation too sick, mindless, ignorant and messed up to defend itself, the food supply or the environment. To them our ignorance is their power.

Revelation 18:4

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues(heart disease, cancer, diabetes, AIDS, mental illness, infertility, autism, etc.) .

Revelation 18:23

And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants(big business and gov’t, industrialized food, pharmaceuticals, educators) were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Revelation 9:21

Neither repented they of their murders(abortion), nor of their sorceries(pharmaceuticals, see below), nor of their fornication(culture of immorality), nor of their thefts(the national debt, our freedom).

Greek- Pharmakeia

Strong’s Number:   5331

Definition

  1. the use or the administering of drugs
  2. poisoning
  3. sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it
  4. metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry

I know sometime when I put this stuff out there it doesn’t seem to be related, but it is… It is a systematic dehumanization of this planet, it is a culture of death, a death of humanity by the belief systems that pervade out minds.

Back to being green the right way. Support green efforts first by being local, that will cut back on the costs of importing and shipping of products over great distances, eat local and seasonally, and if possible preserve your own food by canning and freezing and lacto-fermentation (refer to the Nourishing Traditions cookbook for more on this). When it comes to local products obviously you want a product that has quality and if you find it locally then go for it but if not look online for resources of cleaning products, home keeping products and childcare products and so on. Next be green in your food choices, Organic may be more expensive but the more is bought the less expensive it will become and if you want to get technical just because the cost is low now doesn’t mean it will be low later when you are paying for medical bills for multitudes of problems brought on by the cheap, easy foods. Growing a garden is a relatively easy way around this as the cost outset is minimal and the rewards huge, as long as you have a small idea of how its done and understand that it is a learning process. Realize that pollution is in our food supply as well as  the environment, the global warming, sustainable energy and landfill debates in the media are masking the real truth of what is  happening to the world around us. Supporting local sustainable farming practices is one of the best ways to be green, in supporting an organic farmer you are telling the “industry” that you no longer want poisons in our livestock or plants or wildlife or pollinators or our soil and water supplies from their chemical pesticides use. We all have a choice to make; we can choose to not think and do nothing and buy the garbage they are selling us literally and figuratively or we can stand up and vote with our pocketbooks, we can slowly make one decision in the right direction every time we do it; it is another nail in the coffin of these tyrants trying to steal all that we have… our freedoms. Without the freedom to eat true nourishing food, all of our other freedoms may as well be handed over to them on a silver platter. True food gives us the ability to have discernment and to choose right because true food nourishes our minds and bodies to give us the strength and ability to retain the knowledge of these truths.

“Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good” (Isaiah 7:15).

Grain Mill Giveaway L’Equip Nutrimill @ Hallee the Homemaker

Checkout this awesome give away here it is for a L’Equip Nutrimill grain mill, but in addition to the mill the giveaway includes all of the ingredients and pans to make Hallee’s Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread except the butter of course… But this is an awesome giveaway, I can just smell the fresh baked bread now. Check it out and enter to win, of course I am hoping to win, too! Good luck!

Master Cleanse- Day 1…

It being the hottest week of the summer thus far and the fact that when it is hot I really don’t have much of an appetite anyway, I thought, with about 6 days before my next day of work I would see how far I could get on the Master Cleanse, and I also figured if I could make it 6 days I could very likely do 4 more… so we will see. I did the cleanse for 5 days last March and lost 15 pounds in those 5 days. It helped me get rid of some pretty bad cravings I had particularly for a certain candy bar I was eating daily (king size) and for a particular fast food burger I was eating almost every day, I haven’t had that bad of craving since and in addition lost 15 more pounds since I did that cleanse. My current craving right now is just my 2 cups of coffee a day, and as much as I like my coffee I have come to depend on it too much so I am hoping to break my dependence on that, I am also hoping to lose another 15lbs which would put me at about 20lbs from my ideal weight goal.  If I lose more weight, I will be geeked but if I just lose the 15lbs that is fine too. One of the pitfalls I had the last time I did this is that on about day 4 or so I can get pretty crank, so I am hoping that with the help of some spirulina tablets I can curb some of the moodiness.

For those of you who do not know what the Master Cleanse is, here’s the rundown; 8-10 12oz glasses of Organic Lemonade a day in place of food made with grade B Maple Syrup, fresh squeezed organic lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper. I added the spirulina and if I recall correctly I believe it is ok according to the book to do that. I plan on taking about 6-8 tablets of the spirulina a day. Yes, it is odd, and it doesn’t really taste like lemonade, but the taste isn’t that bad either, and I don’t add enough cayenne to burn my mouth or anything even though the health benefits would be better if I did, cayenne is said to help loosen up and get rid of phlegm or excess mucus in the system.

Now for the stats: I currently weigh 195lbs, at 6 feet tall my ideal and most healthy weight is 160-165… so 30lbs to lose in all. My current clothing size is about 14-16, and it is in my opinion a crock to go by size because there are so many variables in sizes by brand, but, I just thought I would mention it.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles, Begins with One Step

I am so sick of food, the food that has been the staple of my diet for years. I have been sick of it for years, too, it never seems to appeal to me. I have recently found out why. The food I have been eating is useless, devitalized, processed chemicals, and refined sugar laden cardboard. I have always tried to eat healthy, but mostly it never satisfied me. I have been on diets and basically felt starved and never able to keep them up. So, when I read Nourishing Traditions By: Sally Fallon, I was SO excited to find out that not only could you eat good, real food, but that in doing so it would make you healthy, not just physically but mentally, too!!!

The setback for me however was the radically different preparation techniques and difficult(more so than stopping at the grocery) to obtain ingredients. However, I am determined that I am no longer going to be enslaved to the junk that they call food anymore. I have been overwhelmed trying to figure out how to begin, and I finally just decided it can’t be done all at once, but then when I looked I couldn’t find any resources on where to start step by step so I am going to record it here for others like me who want to do something about it but don’t know where to begin or are too overwhelmed, as step by step and simplified as possible. This is where I am at right now:

I have been reading a lot

  • Have an open mind and be informed, buy the book- Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. By: Sally Fallon. I bought mine off Amazon.com for around $18 in April and finished reading the whole thing about two weeks ago. It blew me away.

I found a local support group

  • Check out the Weston A. Price Foundation website. On this site you will be able to find a foundation chapter in your area, these chapters are a wealth of information for finding real food locally. This site also has numerous articles of information about food and health, siting hundreds of scientific studies. I found my local chapter was around the corner from my house. It got me so motivated to have a resource so close by!!!

I am starting to weed out the junk food and replace it with real food

  • Buy Organic fruits and vegetables, I just started doing this. We have a huge garden that we will be getting a lot of our produce from, too.
  • The fastest way to provide nutrient rich food for your family: Find farm fresh, raw milk and eggs from a local farmer in your area who can provide it for you if at all possible. I found a place near me that I can get some and am just waiting until the budget allows me to go ahead and make it happen. The way it works here is you usually will purchase either a cow share or herd share, I am getting mine as a herd share for $50 dollars (lifetime, some places may do yearly) then after that I pay $22 per month for a gallon per week. If I need more milk per week it [the prices] are double or tripled for subsequent gallons. So the cost for 3 gallons per week would turn out to be $150 one time fee and then $66 per month. Expensive yes but worth it in the end, when you don’t have to pay the cost of medical bills for umpteen illnesses down the road.

I am and have (for the sake of necessity a lot of times) been working on decreasing my dependence on and trust in the institutionalized establishments of the systems of this world, as in:  industrialized food, the medical monopoly, the propaganda media machine, education, government, the green myth, and misled/ misfed church flocks.

  • I have for a long time had an interest in Herbal remedies, and have found many things that have worked for me and others I know, (for various ailments over and above what the medical community had done for them and myself). I being among the uninsured have found it necessary to rely on this more so than on medicine, not just due to financial constraints but also due to the fact that I had an ER visit for an urinary tract infection a few years ago that ended up costing me $1300, which reoccurred a month later and I ended up clearing it by taking probiotics and drinking profuse amounts of water, cranberry juice, cranberry tea and nettle tea, among other situations similar to this, I have chosen personally to avoid being treated for minor ailments, and may even go as far as to say that if a major ailment afflicted me I would rather fall upon the mercy of God than trust the medical community with my treatment. Some great sources for Herbal information can be found at the Bulk Herb Store they also sell very informative books including Nourishing Traditions.
  • Test the cultural, societal, and world climate- have a plan in mind for your future, where you will go, what you will need, how you will handle it. Being prepared is wise whether due to natural disaster, or terrorist attack. In the past ten years there have been huge and horrible disasters in a very short period of time, just this year in the U.S. there were 600 tornadoes in the month of April when typically there are only 150, there is a horrible drought in many states and record forest fires are ravaging Arizona. Check out this site here for other interesting information on disasters.
  • Buy local, and when I say local, I mean local- meaning if you have a neighbor three houses down that makes rugs and you need a rug, well put 2 and 2 together. Not only are you supporting your local economy, you are taking money away from the big whigs who are lining there pockets on the backs of children in foreign countries, you may be helping a family make ends meet, what is in the rug is probably better for you than what is in the rugs at the store, you will likely appreciate it more because it will cost more, and being handmade the quality is likely going to be better and therefore it will last longer.

I have a 15 minute philosophy, and though I don’t live up to it the way I want sometime it is a life saver for me

  • In housekeeping it can keep you so on top of things, check out the Flylady website and set you timer.
  • If you are anxious or worried about something take 15 minutes and pray about it and then set it aside and let God handle it. If you cannot handle it in 15 minutes then do the next thing.
  • Time-wasters like that book that you cannot put down or the TV, or internet, or whatever. Set you timer and do what you have been putting off.
  • When you start something on the timer, you will be surprised when it goes off by how much you have gotten done and how much more you WANT to keep doing, it is an awesome motivator.

I am trying to stay centered

  • Read God’s Word
  • Pray
  • Memorize and/ or meditate on something God has shown you from His Word.

This is something I have been meditating on:

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:12

 

I am planning to post once or twice a week (as time allows) specifically on these subjects and to take the next steps on this journey, I am hoping you will join me as I do so, I hope that it helps you and me to take the steps needed for a more fulfilling, productive, and peaceful life. And if you are already there, I am hoping you will join me and encourage and pray for those of us who aren’t, as we undertake this journey together.

World View Revolution – Part 2

So, I am absolutely convinced that in light of what I am learning about food nutrition and health that the “ills” of so many of our pop culture tragedies; such as obesity, homosexuality, infertility, mental illnesses, chronic diseases, crime rates and addictions- that many of these things are avoidable and preventable. I don’t know to what degree these things could have been avoided but I know that due to our nutrition and so-called treatments of these ailments, and the length of time that these have been the norm for people it is unsure to me how quickly these things could be reversed.

The increase of infertility and homosexuality I think are largely due to birth control methods and lack of nutrition that effects hormones. I read a discussion on birth control and attraction on Rush Limbaugh’s website that stated a study about how men were more attracted to women not on birth control, they had men smell the shirts of women on it and women who were not on it and they found that the women who were on it were less attractive to those men. Now in light of this does it not make sense that men would find other men more attractive? But compounding this whole situation you have nutritional deficits that cause lowered hormone levels, such as the lack of appropriate fats, enzymes, synergy of whole foods, vitamins etc. do you not think that this may be a factor to consider? On top of that you get men whose hormones (or lack of) cause personality problems, aggression, hostility, addictions, among others- making them nearly unbearable to be around, causing a shift in women to look for partners they can better understand- other women. These same problems turned around creates unnatural behavior in women as well, even further compounding the problem. As a result you get a desexing of humanity that creates an almost unexplainable horror in the lives of so many. Pastors and priests who prey on the people they were called to help, little girls and boys becoming the victims of heinous crimes, mothers without natural nurturing instincts, fathers who are absent and irresponsible. Obviously sin is a huge factor in all of this and each person has the ability to choose the paths they wish to follow, but doesn’t this give rise to a new way of looking at these issues, with less judgment and more understanding? I can take a page from my own life and see how these things can certainly be true, when I take certain vitamins(B’s) my ability to handle stress well is directly improved- maybe just by the skin of my teeth but I do see a difference. Now if I were getting these vitamins synergisticly in the foods I eat with other factors such as enzymes and minerals and so on that assist the bio-availability of those nutrients to my cells would it not make an even greater difference in my health and well being? I certainly think so!

The famine of this nation is a starvation for reality and Truth, and in this culture those two things are desperately hidden from us. The reality is, this earth was given to us from God to nourish and care for us, not in man made materials and chemical compositions used to exploit us for the greed of industrial tycoons trying to make a quick buck. The Reality is we are being lied to every day from nearly every source into believing that man knows better than God and that science is wiser than His perfect creation. The reality is that we can be saved from our sin regardless of our nutrition deficits, mindsets, mistakes and habits. The reality is that these Truths when sought out can set us all free. Humanity’s first sin originated with food… maybe our repentance needs to start there, too? Could it be that the more nutritionally real our food is that maybe the more our minds and spirits would be able to understand and accept the spiritual and the unseen? Research has shown countless time that food can make you feel lethargic, unmotivated, depressed, hyper and so on. What we put in our bodies really does count so why not make it a little change here and there and slowly remove the processed and chemical and replace it with the real and the created?

Please, please read Nourishing Traditions by: Sally Fallon, This post is to provoke thought and curiosity, it is in no way meant to offend anyone. This has been in my drafts for awhile I wanted to tweak it to perfection but if I waited for that than I would likely never post it and that would defeat the whole purpose of a blog now wouldn’t it?