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When you are on the right path, Satan can’t stand it.  The Bible clearly says For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places Ephesians 6:12.  Although it seems to our living-in-this-world self that everything is purely physical, there truly is a battle going on around us, and this weekend I felt the struggle of the battle.

First off if you don’t know I am doing a 40 day juice fast.  Today is day 6…ugh not even a week yet!  Saturday I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for the day.  I was up for a couple of hours, did some dishes, made juice and was sitting down with Hubby to drink some, when all of a sudden I get this horrible headache out of nowhere.  Then I get this over whelming sensation of nausea and I start to feel a bit dizzy.  My first thought was “did the juice just do this to me?”  I told Hubby how I was feeling and he suggested I lay down.  Now just so you know I’m still very much a kid when it comes to “laying down” it’s like punishment!  LOL I don’t know why, but I don’t take naps well either.   But after a few minutes of trying to fight it, I went quietly to lay down.  Hubby came to check on me several times and all I could do was respond how horribly I felt.  My big dog Jack came and laid next to me and I was all warm and snugly, finally I fell asleep.  I woke up a bit later to Hubby laying down next to me and fell asleep again.  Virtually I slept most of Saturday away.  I later figured out it was probably detox symptoms.  Either way, when you don’t feel good generally you want to eat.  My comfort food is macaroni and cheese, I grew up on Kraft what can I say!? I wanted so badly to just quit the stupid fast and feel better by eating something “solid.”  Truth is I wouldn’t have felt better in the long run, I knew that deep inside.

After the day of napping, we were out of sweet produce (apples, pineapple, tomatoes) and needed to head to the store.  I was feeling better so we loaded up the dogs in the van for a “ride” and headed to the store.  I was weak and tired, I just wanted to get in and get out.  Sometimes God‘s plans don’t match up to ours.  We got out of the produce section, here is where I tell you Hubby is not doing the fast with me, and head over to grab something in the dairy section for Hubby.  He has a bad back which is hurting and naturally doesn’t want to force himself while feeling bad to do the fast.  I can’t say I blame him.  We stop at one of those sample ladies, she starts telling us about the growth hormones in milk and we start chatting.  The next thing I know Hubby (who is an extremely chatty person) was talking to this lady all about God and she was eating it up like sponge.  She had recently starting going to church and basically said “you were meant to be here today, God sent you.”  Here I was with a negative heart, tired and grumpy and I wanted to go home and God was using my sweet husband to reach this woman’s heart.  She looked at me and said “you are so beautiful, your skin is radiating.”  I felt nothing like that, but her spirit was so kind and sweet, and even before we left she reiterated to me how she thought I was beautiful.  Thank you Lord, I needed that.

Sunday.  No headache, no stomach ache, we are on a roll.  I got out into the yard and did some weeding, moved some branches Hubby cut down and some friends showed up.  They helped us with some yard work, brought us beautiful tomato and pepper plants for us to put in the ground.  Then… my biggest temptation, it was time to barbecue.  Listen up, my husband is the WORLDS BEST BARBECUE man!  I am not joking, he really should try out for some kind of competition, he just has it down.  He slow cooks everything over indirect heat, he has a pan of water for steam, he uses real mesquite wood to barbecue with, and everything comes out juicy and tender.  AH, I’m starving. 😉  Our friends brought fish and freshly caught oysters to throw on the grill, seafood is one of my favorites!  There I was alone in the kitchen preparing this lovely fish for them, getting truffle butter melted down with garlic to coat the fish with, the smells were intoxicating!  Once the oysters were on, they wanted butter to dip the beauties in, so it was up to me again to prepare that for them.  My gracious attitude was starting to fade.  I was upset, I was hungry and I wanted just a bite of what they were eating.  I prepared a couple portobello mushrooms for myself, we’ve fried them up before and they taste just like meat, so I was thinking this would work perfect.  I added lemon, lime and garlic and it came off the grill, I sat down alone and took the first bite, it was burnt and nasty tasting, nothing like meat.   My selfishness was starting to show, I could feel it welling up inside of me “but THEY get to eat!”  It wasn’t about them, it’s about me and my desire to follow through with something.  To finish something.

Later I started to really crave nuts.  I thought, I did this fast for a week with nuts and by this time I was feeling wonderful, why not add nuts in?  I truly gave it to God “Can I add nuts Lord?”  A little while later I felt in my heart that I needed to finish this thing just as I started it.  It’s not about comfort, it’s not about pleasure, it’s about faith.   Faith that God will be faithful to me and heal my body with this fast, faith that Jesus fasted 40 days and was tempted by Satan himself and still didn’t give up, faith that I can finish this fast with grace and maybe some joy.  It is easy to give up, the hard part is actually sticking with what you start.

This morning was another hard one.  Hubby is doing very poorly with his back, he has no health insurance and no job and with one income we just can’t afford to send him to a doctor that wants $200-$800 upfront for a visit.  I held that on my shoulders almost all day, guilty that I have health insurance sitting unused.  Worry about an issue with the car and then I cut my finger chopping my morning juice veggies.  The home phone we just got isn’t working and of course they will want money if the issue is on the inside of the house, Lord let it not be an expense to us!  As Terri Clark once said “I’m an emotional girl” I finally broke down a few hours ago in the bathroom and cried.  I couldn’t help it, that’s just the way God made me, a bit overly emotional.

Two sources today reminded me of this verse Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. I was then led to read about Jesus fasting for 40 days in Matthew 4:2-4 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  Then in verse 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.  Jesus quoted scripture to the devil and he could not argue with that and then he LEFT Jesus.  I love that.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me!

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Baby Friday!

I got to hold a one hour old little boy today.  My best friend had her son and I went to the hospital this morning just after he was born to see him and her.  He was fussy and red faced but it was such a beautiful experience.  It made me want kids more than ever.  I have infertility issues and I’m praying God heals those things in my body with this juice fast, ‘cuz I want to hold a one minute old little baby! 😀

It was a joy and something so wonderful.  The miracle of life is so amazing.  Cherish every moment you have.

 

Happy Baby Friday all!  Welcome to the world Nicoli, your Auntie Corri loves you already!

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So thanks to the suggestion of my blogger friend who writes under the blog A Real Food Lover (Please check her out by the way) I am not doing a 30 day fast but a 40 day fast.  Why 40 days? Well it was brought to my attention that God uses 40 a lot in the Bible, it’s one of his numbers.  Just a quick google search (what did we do without google!?) I found a great site talking about 40 in the bible, read it here but here are some of my favorites.

Significance of 40 in the Bible (all info here is from http://www.40day.com/40_in_the_bible.html):

  • It rained for 40 days and 40 nights when God wanted to cleanse the world and start over.
    (Gen 7:12 KJV) And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
  • Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days (TWICE)
    (Exo 24:18 KJV) And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
  • The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness, one year for each day they explored the Promised Land.
    (Exo 16:35 KJV) And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.
  • Jonah warned the City of Nineveh they had 40 days until God would overthrow the city. The people repented in those 40 days and God spared the city.
    (Jonah 3:4 and 10 KJV) And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
    And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
  • Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness
    Mat 4:1-2 KJV) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. {2} And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.
  • Jesus was seen in the earth 40 days after His crucifixion
    (Acts 1:3 KJV) To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: .

So obviously 40 is significant to God.  I have some things in my body that need healed, and I believe that God will heal me using his created fruits and vegetables.  I believe that God is faithful and true and he wants to heal his people.

Last time I fasted for a week I ate nuts and seeds.  This time I’m not, just juice and fruit and vegetables.  I do have to confess that I wanted peanut butter SO bad last night, funny thing to crave but I didn’t give in.  I was really tired today, groggy and kind of foggy.  I’m currently working on my second quart of juice for the day and just got back from wonderful walk.  I had so much energy on the walk I was surprised, but near the end I was ready to be done.  Other than that I’m doing well, a bit of hunger pangs but they will go away when I finish the juice.  I still want nuts very badly, but I think it is good to deny our flesh things too.  I pray God works in my life, my body and my spirit in these next 40 days.

 

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If you’ve been following me for any length of time you will know how much I have been into juicing.  In fact looking back we’ve been juicing for a month now.  It is amazing how we feel, how my skin glow and how people are noticing it… here’s the deal we went on a 7 day juice fast.  We ate fruits and veggies along with nuts during that week and we felt really amazing.  Since then I’ve lost a total of 5lb.  It just isn’t enough, when we broke our fast we started back with dairy (which I’m suspicious that I shouldn’t be eating it) and grains and meat, although we only ate meat a few times a week.  Since my boss bought the juicer for our office we decided that we are going to do a 30 day fast, after 30 days I’m going to evaluate things and either continue for another 30 days or be done then.  Hubby is committed to doing this with me as well.

Juice

Juice (Photo credit: hynkle)

Every morning we start out with our smoothie.  Here’s the recipe:

1 banana

1 tsp spirulina powder

1 tsp kelp powder

1 tsp carob powder (until it runs out… we’re getting close)

1 tsp wheatgrass powder

1 tsp dulce powder (again we’re about out of this and don’t plan on getting more)

5 drops stevia

5 drops Iosol Iodine (I purchase the 8oz bottle from swanson vitamins)

We have a magic bullet so I make individual servings in the cups, blend and drink.  I actually gave up coffee with this smoothie.

The rest of the day it’s juice and fresh veggies and fruit.  Today we start, so far so good although the lady behind me at the store with the roasted chicken? SHAME ON YOU! Don’t you know I’m fasting!? 😉  I don’t have cravings today, I’ve been juicing pretty regularly, I probably only missed a few days in the month, so I hope to not go through the same detox that I did for the week fast.  If you want to read about the start of my juice journey you can read it here, and also learn more about the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, which in the US you can watch FREE on hulu.com.

So we’re on an adventure… more to come!

 

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I have subscribed to a great magazine for years now, called Herb Companion.  I remember the first issue I got, I was looking through it and was shocked to see that they printed actual recipes for lotions,bath salts, teas, food, drinks…etc.  In fact I wrote a letter to the editor I was so impressed and it was printed in the next issue. 🙂  I was looking through the May issue this morning and noticed something great, it talks about greens, leafy, beautiful, healthy greens.  Since I’ve been juicing greens have become a big deal to me.

I can honestly say I’ve never been much of a vegetable person, the only greens in my house growing up was iceberg lettuce.   Occasionally I will go at lunch to produce shop, saves me time after work.  I had loaded up the fridge at work with all sorts of beautiful food and my coworker asked me what the chard was.  I had never had experience with chard before I met my husband.  His food growing skills would impress some of the worlds best growers.  I learned all about kale, chard, spinach and all the other leafy greens I never had any contact with before him.  So now it’s your turn to get acquainted with some very nutritious food.

A bundle of kale from an organic food co-op.

A bundle of kale from an organic food co-op. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kale.  I love Kale.  In the dead of winter some of the most beautiful kale stands erect, unaffected by the harsh cold weather.  While other things can’t survive, kale does and brings you nutrients through the winter.  It is lovely in salads, you can stir fry it, or of course juice it.  Kale is high in vitamins A, B6, C, and K.  High in antioxidants lutein, beta-carotene, glucosinolates (which are anticancer and give bitter tastes…think dandelion), kaempferol and more.

Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) with variously col...

Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) with variously colored stems on sale at an outdoor farmers' market in Rochester, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God’s little rainbows… Chard.  I never knew greens could be so beautiful! Hubby got some rainbow chard and grew it last year.  I honestly didn’t know enough about it to make much with it.  It went in our salads and to the bunny… It’s sunny disposition is welcome in any of my gardens.  The stocks can vary in colors, from white, to red, yellow and orange.  The stocks remind me of celery, in the way that they are stringy like celery.  For this reason I seem to have to chop it up a bit finer than other produce to juice, because those strings happen to get caught easily.  Chard has vitamins C and E as well as manganese, zinc, and antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein, kaempferol, quercetin and zeaxanthin.

Beet Greens, or simply the tops of the beet.  I didn’t know beet greens were edible until several years ago when our friends offered us some.  Recently we have been buying organic beets at the store for our juicing.  Let me say that some beets are GMO, so please buy organic only.  Not only does the beet itself give your juice a wonderful red color but the greens can be used as well.  When I juice, I cut my beet in half and take half the greens and juice them.  The stocks of the greens are similar to chard but a little less stiff.  These guys are rich in flavonoid antioxidants, they contain vitamin A, potassium, calcium and iron.   They also have beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.

I’ll save some more green fun for later 🙂  Enjoy your greens!

 

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Well isn’t God funny sometimes!?  I was sure 100% last week that my time at my job was ending.  That it was time to make a change and I made a move, but nothing has happened.  In fact I prayed, Lord if this is not where you want me to be (the new job I applied for) close that door and make me know that I am supposed to stay.  Boy, Oh Boy, did He answer that prayer for me!

I had the most amazing weekend.  My mental health Friday was exactly what I needed.  Three whole days off of work and a beautiful sunny Oregon weekend ahead of me, it was wonderful!  We got out into the yard, got wet in our creek, played with the dogs and the next door neighbor kids.  I even got a sunburn!  Which I’m quite grateful for actually, it’s been nothing but rain here for months so I’m excited to have red shoulders.

Next thing I know it’s Monday again.  I didn’t give myself enough time to make juice this morning so I figured I’d do that for dinner.  Another beautiful day, it was easy to get on the road and open the sunroof.  I got to work and had some Teeccino in tow.  Teeccino is a coffee alternative, I gave up coffee about a month ago.  My boss walked in and gave me a face, “that looks like you scraped it up off the parking lot.”  I half laughed, was that suppose to be a joke or was he serious?  Later he told the medical assistant the same thing, she replied to him “it’s probably juice, Corri’s been juicing.”  I missed a very interesting Friday, apparently one of our patients (that the doctor knows personally) had begun juicing and had lost 20lb.

Sitting in my office the medical assistant beeps my phone and says “can you come back here please.”  Awesome, called to the “principal’s” office on Monday.  I get back and she and the doc are staring… “uh… what’s up?”  I ask.  “What kind of juicer do you have?”  My boss asked, “A Hurom slow juicer, why?” I respond.  Turns out he’s looking into buying a juicer for the office.  The Medical Assistant told him how much she wanted to start, then the patient on Friday and now he learns Hubby and I have been at it for a month, it was the perfect “storm.”  My boss is great in the fact that he wants us all to be healthy, he gives us extra time during the day (paid I might add) to go for a jog or a walk or to a gym to workout.  He’s an Orthopedic doc so he’s into fitness.  Anyway, he saw it as a way to help us, add some health to our lives and I’m sure it’s a tax write off too.  He asked me to go with him to Sur La Table at lunch to look with him.

Come lunch time, we head over.  I tell him about Hubby and my journey, he tells me about the patient who lost 20lb.  We get to the store and the only juicer there is the Hurom.  I tell him all about it, how it works even the sales person came up and asked me if I had a job! LOL  I guess I was doing a good job selling the product. 😉  When you love something, you love it, I guess it showed.  He bought it for the office!!  I am giddy!  I ran to the store picked up some produce and came back and made everyone juice.  Now I don’t have to stress myself out if I didn’t make juice for the day before heading home!

I never did hear from that job I applied for.  Then my boss bought a juicer for us… I heard the answer to my prayer loud and clear.

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Subway in Belo Horizonte. Português: Subway em...

Subway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was thinking about picking up a Subway sandwich, I watched The Biggest Loser and they were eating Subway.  We’ve all heard of Jared who lost weight eating Subway and walking.  We are bombarded with how “healthy” of a choice it is.  I do suppose that compared to McDonald’s or Taco Bell it is probably a healthier option but is it really “healthy?”

Instead of blindly running down there at lunch to fulfill a void I decided to research what I was going to be eating.  Most places these days have ingredient lists on their websites as well as nutrition facts.  I wanted to know what exactly is in their bread, is that a healthy option for me?  I found a PDF on their site giving the ingredients, check them out http://www.subway.com/Nutrition/Files/usProdIngredients.pdf

The first thing I noticed was the famous word “enriched.”  All their bread is made from enriched flour, sounds good enough right?  What exactly is enriched flour?  Basically they remove all the natural God-given nutrients from the flour to make a finer flour that also has a longer shelf life.  Then in an attempt to make it healthy they add back the nutrients they just removed.  Here is something interesting I found “When the bran and the germ (the parts of the wheat that contain vitamins and minerals) are removed, your body absorbs wheat differently. Instead of being a slow, steady process through which you get steady bursts of energy, your body breaks down enriched flour too quickly, flooding the blood stream with too much sugar at once. Your body then has to work hard to absorb the excess and stores it as fat. This causes quick highs and lows in your blood-sugar level which can lead to type-two diabetes and obesity. All this and you’re not even getting close to the amount of nutrients that whole grains contain.” Source: http://www.bhawkindustries.com/blank?pageid=174&catstart=0&prodstart=0  Sure sounds “healthy” to me, what about you?

Ok so we know the enriching process is a bad deal, what else can we find on their list?  Soybean Oil.  We know from GMO class that soybeans are pretty much all GMO unless they are Organic.  Sorry Subway… you lose again.  Then we see “yeast nutrients” which from my research is just a hidden way to put some yummy MSG in our food.  See hidden sources for MSG here.  Plus we have “natural flavor” again a good hiding place for MSG and “caramel color” which is what exactly?  Certainly that must be natural right?

I wasn’t giving up though.  I thought ok, so there must be one option on their menu that would be healthy.  I scrolled down and read “honey oat bread” I saw organic cane juice solids there, now we are on to something!  But after further reading they use the same “wheat bread” as a base for almost every bread they make.  There are no healthy bread options at Subway.  At which point I became discouraged and quit reading.  I figure if I can’t get a healthy sandwich at a place that is supposed to sell healthy sandwiches, then I didn’t need anything from them.  *sigh*  I have to admit I was pretty disappointed, I thought for sure with as healthy as we are being told these guys are that there would be a healthy sandwich option.

Just goes to show you that reading ingredients is very important.  I used to love to be blind to the things I was stuffing my face with, but no more.  It seems like now I’m obsessed in a completely different way, and I have to tell you I like this new Corri!

 

 

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