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Bzz Agent 007

While doing some research on shoe insoles I found a company called BzzAgent.  You basically sign up and they send you surveys, depending on your life and likes they will send you product to try and then comment about them.  After being an “Agent” (lol it’s a funny name) for a few days they sent me my first campaign:

Hill Science Diet Ideal Balance Dog food.  I could have picked cat food too but our dogs have some pretty big sensitivities to food.  We have two labs, our male, Jack, pictured as my blog picture, is full lab.  Our female, Lyla, is lab and border collie.  When we got Jack (both were craigslist ‘rescues’) he would constantly lick his paws until they were raw.  So we switched him to grain free dog food and he stopped.  Lyla came with grain free dog food actually.  Her previous owner found out her allergies and when she doesn’t eat right she will get horrible hot spots and lose her fur.  So when they offer this grain free dog food I thought I would give it a try.

Here’s the truth, I haven’t ever been a Science diet fan.  I’ve “heard things” and they never seemed to offer the best and most healthy, so this was a chance to really try it out.  I accepted the campaign and went to the website and ordered the food, they sent to our door for free a 3.5lb bag of food.  We got it yesterday and I was pretty excited.  Lyla wouldn’t be the test, she would eat the kitchen sink if we let her.  Jack… he’s a tough one.  He would go all day without eating and throw up stomach acid.  I’ve never felt like I had to force feed a dog before, but Jack is a picky eater dog.  They also eat very well.  I normally give them The Honest Kitchen dehydrated dog food.  So we’ll see…

I opened the box and Lyla knew instantly it was for her! LOL  I gave them both a serving and boom…gone.  Then again this morning… I had to force them off me so I could get it in their bowls.  Ok, so far so good.  Then we get home tonight, Hubby drove me in to work and went and had some work done on the car in Portland.  The dogs were home alone.  We pull up and get inside and find that they didn’t destroy anything! It is always a joy to find they haven’t dragged your socks into the living room, or got into the compost bucket or my personal favorite…kitty-roca.  Yuck.  Anyway, the house is clean!  Then, out of the corner of my eye, I see something white on their bed.  I walk over to inspect and it was the bag of Science diet grain free dog food, empty.  They definitely got in trouble but I am chuckling now, I mean they really must have liked the stuff to go to all that trouble.  So big thumbs up from our dogs.  I’m pretty impressed with the food too, I read the ingredients and they are really good, whole foods that you can actually pronounce.   Sometimes I need some dry dog food and I would certainly buy some of this for our crazy mutts. 🙂

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Several years ago Hubby and I went to the coast with my best friend, her cousin and boyfriend for a concert at a casino.  We all shared a house for the weekend and got into a lot of fun conversations.  My best friend’s cousin knows a lot about herbs and natural life and told us WAAAAY back then about Spirulina.  I had never heard about it before that conversation.  We asked her if you could take one thing every day for health what would it be and her answer was Spirulina.  At the time my source of buying herbs and health items was only one place, Mountain Rose Herbs, which is located in Eugene, OR.  They have a great website if you haven’t ever ordered from them, and they pretty much have every herb you will need.  We ordered a bag of Spirulina, when we got it, it was this DARK green color, not appetizing at all.

To be perfectly honest, we didn’t eat it much.  In the beginning Hubby (bless his heart!) made some nasty smoothies.  They were packed full of kelp and dulce and Spirulina and protein powders.  His thought was they were for health and not for taste, but we didn’t keep up with them because well… they tasted like a nasty fish died in our morning smoothie.   Really who wants to eat that?  Now, we are in a better place.  We make smoothies that taste very healthy but they also taste very good.  There is a fine line to adding TOO much dried sea vegetables, trust me it’s not pretty either.

So Spirulina what’s the big deal?  Well when watching Food Matters I learned a lot more than I ever have.  First off and what seems most important is Spirulina is the highest food protein source in the world.  When you cook your food you lose up to 50% of the protein in it just by cooking it.  It is packed full of vitamins and minerals here are a few: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Vitamin C, D, and E, foltate, vitamin K, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Beta Carotene, calcium, manganese, iron, chromium, phosphorus, iodine, chloride, magnesium, sodium, zinc, selenium, germanium, copper, boron… that isn’t even the full list.  It’s easily digestible… listen to how David Wolfe explains that in Food Matters.

It’s pretty much got it all.  I haven’t tried it alone, only with other algae but interestingly enough Spirulina is a fresh water algae.  I just learned that today.  There are tons of sources for buying yours, buy organic only though.  Start having a smoothie every morning add what makes you feel good.  Our morning smoothie we do very simply in our Magic Bullet:    1 Banana, 3 drops of stevia, a teaspoon of kelp, dulce, Spirulina, pea protein (any protein works), and milk.  I’m a huge raw milk advocate, so we use raw milk for “animal consumption” because that is the only “legal” way to sell it in Oregon.  Goat milk however is legal raw.  But if you have blueberries make a blueberry smoothie, or have strawberries, or raspberry or blackberry, whatever you like and you have.  I can’t wait for the growing season this year, fresh fruit will be SO great in our smoothies this summer!
Spirulina is just another proof that God gave us everything we need.

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The “occupy movement” is really popular up here, so I had to chuckle when I thought of the title of this blog.  Several years ago I probably would have been on board with this whole thing, but God really has humbled my heart and this once liberal is fairly conservative now.  This blog is not about the occupy movement but 51% is important…

In the last few days I have been really getting into the film Food Matters, which in my last blog I said you could sign up and watch the first 40 minutes (of an 80 minute movie) for free.  The same company that put out Food Matters is coming out with a new film on March 21 through March 31 you can watch it for free.  I love free!  Nutrition has really been my passion for the past few years.  I have been doing a lot to learn about things that I wish I had known my whole life.  My body would probably not be in the shape it’s in (hormone imbalance, insulin resistant, over weight) had I learned these things a long time ago.  But, I didn’t and I’m not going to let that hang over my head anymore, I’m learning it now and I’m grateful.

I used to go to a naturopathic doctor, she was giving me homeopathy to help with my PCOS and my symptoms.  I saw her for two years and paid every cent out of my own pocket, my health insurance didn’t cover her because she is not a MD.  I since learned that homeopathy is really not of God, in fact it’s opposite of.  I won’t get into that here if you want to read more about it you can go here  or simply search “homeopathy and Christianity/God.”  When I quit seeing her I went to another ND who did an ultra sound on me to discover my ovaries are COVERED in cysts!  It was very traumatic to see, this guy wanted to put me on Metformin, which I was totally opposed to, I never went back.  Then I got to feeling that God wanted the credit to getting me healthy.  Sure the doctors could have probably done something for me, and I probably would have been better by now, but I truly feel that God wants to heal me and when I am healed by His way, then I can shout it from the roof tops!

A side note on PCOS, when I was diagnosed (by a saliva hormone panel) I did a lot of research on how to reverse this.  There wasn’t a lot out there, pretty much Metformin was the answer, just not my answer.  I did find a lady on youtube with a channel, she posted a video about how she reversed PCOS.  I was not at the time ready for the diet she suggested, which was a raw food diet, and how she reversed her PCOS.  Times change though… 

Now, I think I have figured out what it is that He wants me to do in order to heal my body.  After watching the first half of Food Matters, it was like the light went on.  Eureka! I got it!  What I learned in the first half of Food Matters is that basically our bodies see cooked food as an invader, not only does it cause our bodies to go on the defensive and white blood cell counts climb, but cooking also makes food lose nutrients.  50% of protein is lost when meat is cooked, did you know that!? I didn’t.  Am I advocating eating raw meat? No.  Although a rare steak is quite tasty, we also have chickens and I am not afraid to eat a raw egg from them.  In fact I’ve made raw eggnog with raw milk and some of our home grown chicken eggs and it is FANTASTIC!   There was a study done that people who ate 51% of every meal, raw, were healthier and the body didn’t go into defense mode after they ate.  So the first major thing to change in our diet is to eat 51% of each of your meals in raw food.  I showed Hubby the first 40 minutes of Food Matters and he also was changed by it.  Every morning since we have woke up and had a green raw smoothie for breakfast.  The smoothie is filled with stuff we already had, banana, raw milk, stevia, kelp powder, dulce powder, protein powder (we have pea protein), carob powder, wheat grass powder,  and a super food spirulina powder.  I am a coffee-aholic.  This week I have had coffee one time, which happened to be today because of two really rough nights of sleep.  I actually woke up this morning, turned of my alarm thinking it was Saturday… reality was not my friend this morning.

 

Have I been perfect this week? Absolutely not!  Every meal (other than breakfast) has been cooked for the most part.  Although I have been eating a lot of salads for lunch.  I make a conscious effort to eat more raw food though, a banana as a snack, some pineapple,  some nuts.  Last night I made raw “ice cream” with frozen bananas some raw milk, a bit of stevia (and I added a bit of maple syrup, the real stuff) cinnamon and vanilla.  It was a tasty treat!  The next goal is to add fresh juice daily.  We have a juicer…somewhere that I need to pull out and put in a prominent place in our kitchen.  I am not to a place where I am giving up meat, we are having a slow cooked roast for dinner, oh yum!  I do feel though that adding a large portion of raw foods to each meal is a good place to start.  Especially in the morning starting out with our smoothie, anyone can start the day with a fresh smoothie it’s actually faster than cooking eggs.  I haven’t added a raw egg to the smoothie yet, but I am going to now.  I eat my own eggs raw, I don’t advocate eating store bought eggs raw, because you never know where they are coming from and what went into raising them.  Read more about the health benefits of raw eggs here.

As I sit here at work sipping my morning smoothie, with a banana and pineapple on my desk, I’m ready for the raw day.  I don’t know what’s up ahead, but I do know I feel like I’m on the right track.  I highly recommend you take the 40 minutes out of your day and go to http://www.foodmatters.tv/ simply add your name and email address to have instant access to the first 40 minutes, I intend on paying $4.95 today to finish the video.  And on March 21-31st you can watch the whole new movie they have out called Hungry for Change by going here  you can sign up to be invited to watch the movie for free during those days.  They have some teaser videos on the website too so you can get your interests sparked like I did mine.  I promise it will change your life if you allow it to.

 

 

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I subscribe to a lot of different people who have different philosophies, some of them are raw food people.  My opinion?  I don’t think I have one.  I have tried to be raw, but it isn’t as easy for me, maybe I wasn’t ready, or maybe I just love a steak every now and then.  One of the raw food people I get blog updates on is Kevin and AnnMarie at http://renegadehealth.com.  I started out watching their youtube channel, and I highly recommend them.  I do learn a lot from them.  They just suggested a movie called Hungry for Change you can watch the trailer here   WOW WOW and more WOW!  Hungry for Change is really what our world needs.  There are many different speakers in this film even Jamie Oliver who’s Food Revolution has really sparked an interest in my heart to make good changes in cooking food at home.  I do have a love/hate relationship with food though.  I learned at a very young age to make it comfort rather than nutrition and necessity.  I remember being a kid and eating my heart out when no one was around, it made me feel better… it still does sometimes.  In fact I was pretty sure my cat was dying Sunday and Hubby took me out for fried food.  My tummy paid that price later, but the food was comforting going in. (And my cat didn’t die, Praise God! But she doesn’t have years and years left that is for sure)  I “know” a lot but there is still part of me that is broken, a recent blogger “friend” posted a book review on The Obesity Epidemic and I think that is something that I really need to get on reading.  Another yahoo group I belong to just posted about weight loss and many were chiming in that most people who have weight issues also have emotional issues that they “comfort” with food, often time sexual, physical and mental abuse occurred to them and it’s safer to be in a “fat suit” than to be real and healthy and attractive.  I can relate.  Although I don’t want to be here anymore.  I want out of this fat suit!  I want food to be nutrition for me, not comfort.  I think MANY people struggle with this, or it wouldn’t be an epidemic.  I also think that many people don’t know how to start, and don’t know the truth about real food or the truth about fake food.

Hungry for Change is offering a free viewing of this film if you go to their website and sign up, sign up is easy: just your name and email address.  The free showing is March 21-31 2012.  Go here to sign up http://www.hungryforchange.tv/.

I urge you to take a look at your own life, are there things in what you are eating that you can’t pronounce?  Do you live on sugar or diet sodas?  Is there something that you can do to change your health?  Are you always tired?  Do you have trouble sleeping? Are you on so many medications your head spins?  God didn’t intend for us to live this way.  I believe there is a better way, let’s find it and change this destructive path, if not for us then for the next generation.

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My foot hasn’t been getting better, so last week I had my boss look at it again.  He took a few more x-rays to compare the old to the new.  By the way, x-rays are pretty harmful, the radiation is not good for our bodies.  I take daily iodine to help protect my thyroid from radiation and have since the Japan earthquake. I buy my iodine (which is high potency) from Swanson’s Vitamins but you can also get iodine from sea vegetables (kelp, dulce, wakame).  Ok, ok back to my foot… so the xrays looked normal but that didn’t explain my pain so he took me into a room and did an actual evaluation.  He determined that my “stress fracture” in fact was not a stress fracture at all but a neuroma.  A neuroma is actually a benign growth of nerves (in my case) or a tumor.  Mine is called a Morton’s Neuroma, they are fairly common and basically are in between the toe bones on my left foot.  Last Thursday my boss suggested a cortisone injection, I’m such a natural medicine girl it was a bit hard to say yes, but my foot was killing me so I consented.  I’d make the worst junkie in the world, I HATE needles.  A needle in the foot is not fun, he even used the “baby” needle, but that didn’t help.  After the anesthetic wore off, it was so painful to walk, in fact I laid pretty low this weekend too.  At a point I got to wondering why I let him do that.  He also suggested getting some metatarsal pads (these helped a lot!), Dr Scholls type, they help to evenly disburse your weight so the pressure isn’t on the ball of your feet.  I’m a research type of girl so I generally research things before I buy them, I found that Dr Scholl’s has a machine you can go stand on and it will measure your feet and pressure points and arches and then you can buy “custom” insoles without paying “custom” prices.  Normal custom orthotics are $200-$300 these cost $50.  I don’t know about you but $50 is an investment for me.  So I had to research to find out if these things were legit or not.  The only one close to us was at Walmart.  I detest Walmart.  That is for another post, but I don’t go there willingly.  I did have to go this weekend though because I wanted to check out these orthotics.

So you take off your shoes and stand on the foot pads.  The machine asks you to do certain things like grab the bars in front of you, stand on one foot, do the hokey pokey…no wait… that last one I made up. LOL  Then it tells you which custom fit orthotic you should get.  Mine was CF420, Hubby was CF440.  Luckily, they were out of mine.  I do hate supporting Walmart.  However they did have the metatarsal pads and I opted to get some of them to get me through until payday.  Luckily still, they sell these at Fred Meyer too (Krogers to everyone else) and there is one by my work.  Yesterday I ran down there at lunch and they had both my size and Hubby’s sizes.  Also I would like to add, as of right now they have $10 off rebate on the website so they only end up being $40.  Feet are important and I think spending $40 on your feet to make them not hurt is fine in my book.  Plus if they were horrible I’d just take them back.  I got back to work and took them out of the pack and slipped them into my work Mary Jane’s.  Honestly these things are amazing!  My only “beef” with them is that they are bit bulky, so my feet slipped out of my shoes when I walk (like a flip flop).  Once I put them in my sneakers they were the most amazing things!  They replaced my metatarsal pads, they are solid (not like the gel inserts), and they give amazing arch support and heel cushion.  Hubby also loves his, these are NOT going back to the store.  I’m actually going to send my rebates back in the next couple days.

I’ve been fairly inactive since this whole foot thing started.  I have been doing squats and push ups but not anything great.  Last night though, I asked Hubby to go for a walk with me.  It was a cold evening but we weren’t having any rain and I wanted to see what these inserts would do for me.  Since we moved in to our house in November, it’s been cold and we haven’t wanted to get out much, it was our first time exploring our new neighborhood.  We live in a city but it’s a country city, and we are on the outskirts of that city, I think a mile or two up the road and it’s considered “out of the city limits.”  Our neighbor told me about a large field where we could take the dogs to run, she gave me “directions” and I suggested we go up that way to see if we could find it.  She said you went over “the bridge” and then into the field, which belongs to someone but they don’t mind people using it.  I often see our neighbor walk their dog down that direction.  So off we went, Hubby actually spotted the bridge I probably would have missed it.  I was thinking we’d walk on the road, cross over a bridge and then the field would be next to it.  The bridge was off into a wooded area.  There is a creek that twists and turns all around the area, and there was a wood “covered” foot bridge, the roof however was missing on the bridge.  Down a dirt path, well a mud path, and it opens to a HUGE field.  Acres and acres of land!  The sun was starting to set, it was chilly and beautiful.  We walked around the field a bit before it got dark and then headed home.  It was like finding a treasure in our back yard, of course it wasn’t directly in our back yard but a short walk and we were complete out of the “city” and into God’s beautiful country.  This former “city girl” would never give up her new country life.  All the beauty that I missed all these years!  It was a wonderful blessing last night, and when we got home my feet didn’t hurt one bit!

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Got 33 Minutes?

I might very well lose some following for posting this, but honestly I don’t care.  I think this is important and everyone should take 33 minutes to view this video.  It’s a short “movie” called 180, it is graphic at times but heart wrenching and convicting.  http://180movie.com/  I hope you take the time to watch this, and pray about it.

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Hug Award

Ok, wow, just wow.  I have to say I’m very humbled and super grateful.  Blogging for me has become an outlet, I don’t belong to social media sites (well I used to but I don’t anymore) so blogging has become my way of sharing something with the world.  I do hope that people get something out of my blog, I hope that God can work through me with my blog.  Today I got a big surprise though.  Debra, who co-writes a blog with her friend, found me because of our shared love for mushrooms.  She has graciously nominated me for this really sweet award, the hug award.  It is slightly ironic because I actually end most of my emails with, “hugs!”  No matter what, I’m honored.  To be honest I’ve written blogs before but it wasn’t until I got on wordpress that people actually started “following” my blog.  I guess it’s nice that people want to hear what you have to say sometimes, I say that in a humble way.

There are guidelines to the hug award and you can read them here.  But here are a few things they mention on the blog:

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they:  Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness

The HUG Award© recognizes and honors those who help keep hope alive in our current world, which is plagued by war, natural disasters, and economic recession.  They nurture hope, in any of the above areas (in italics),  by the work they do, or in their personal lives with things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc.

After being nominated I am supposed to nominate someone else.  Honestly it was the easiest choice for me.  I have been following the blog of a wonderful woman who shares the same love of nutrition and natural lifestyle as I do.  She home schools her children (LOVE that!) and teaches them about real nutrition and life.  She is on the path to raising the most amazing next generation!  So my nomination goes to Live. Grow. Nourish. Create.

I hope you stop by and check out her blog and enjoy it as much as I do.  It is nice to recognize others.  I think this is a really beautiful thing to pass on, especially to other bloggers, we do seem to get to know one another this way.  I’m grateful to Debra for the acknowledgment and I’m grateful to pass that same acknowledgement on.  A hug is such a beautiful thing.



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