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English: A Burger King bacon cheeseburger.

English: A Burger King bacon cheeseburger. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First thing I want to say is I am TRULY sorry for being very absent lately.  My life has taken quite the crazy turn, mostly at work where I find the most time to blog.  I no longer have that time, which is a good thing and a bad thing.  I have absorbed another person’s job and am swamped, but the trade-off is that they days fly by, even if I am stressed the whole day.

Monday (yesterday) was the first day off my fast.  I am truly proud of myself for sticking with this for 40 days, there were a few days I didn’t think I could or wanted to.  My cravings sometimes were too much and there were days I wanted to throw in the towel.  I haven’t been much of a finisher, so this was a good thing to prove to myself that I could (with God’s help of course) follow through with something I started.  I am happy to say I have lost 23lbs!  All my clothes fit amazingly, in fact I have found things that I still had tags on in my closet.   I bought some “birthday” clothes for myself last year, my birthday is in June so almost exactly a year ago, I thought I was a certain size bought that and went home without trying them on.  I remember going home trying on the pants that didn’t fit, then the top, throwing them all back in the bag and on to the top shelf of my closet.  I was so mad.  Now I get the joy of trying them on to have them be baggy.  What a joy!

I have seen others start their juicing journey because of my energy and excitement for it.  I have been told by people I know, as well as complete strangers at the grocery store that my skin glows, and I see that in myself too.  I’ve had good and bad days.  Over all, this journey has been really amazing and I am happy that I started on it, and even more happy I finished and can feel the results.

Yesterday Hubby got the good news that he got a job, that and it being the official day I could eat anything I wanted, we went out to celebrate.  However, the joys that we had yesterday were almost robbed from us with some car problems I had on the way home.  Satan didn’t win, he wasn’t allowed to rob us that joy.  We went out to a local restaurant, they serve the best burgers, and I have wanted a cheese burger for 40 days!  It’s funny, looking at the menu it was almost overwhelming.  I hadn’t had so many choices in food in a long time it seemed, there were almost too many choices.  We settled on a bacon cheeseburger and split it, when it came out it looked great, smelled great.   The first bite?  You know, it was just ok.  I know the hamburger was more than just ok, but my taste buds have actually changed.   We finished our meal and went home, soon to discover that burger sat like a brick in our stomachs.  Hubby even said we should have just went and spent that money on produce to juice, in a strange way I felt the same way.  It wasn’t the awesome meal I thought I was about to have.  I feel good about it, honestly, it helps me to know that I don’t need certain things in my life food wise, that I thought I did.  I can be content and full and satisfied with a much more simple diet.

So what’s next?  I see myself having meat every once in a while, maybe once a week, maybe not even that.  I see a mostly vegan diet with yummy vegan cheeses and stir fry and homemade black bean burgers.  I see soaked nuts on my counter every day, with homemade sourdough bread cooling on the rack.  Basically a whole foods diet, I don’t need processed garbage, tons of cheese (if you know me this is a really shocking statement, I used to adore cheese), or meat.  I have to admit, I’m changed.  I never want to go back to feeling the way I used to, to looking the way I used to… I pray that Corri is gone forever.  I promised photos… I have them, but they will have to be posted another day.  I’ve been too busy to load them onto a disc to bring to work and I never have enough time in the evenings, that is my Hubby time.

So the bottom line is, if you are considering a juice fast of any kind, I highly recommend it!  God’s nutritious foods are amazing life givers.  Praise God for his blessings!

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I am hungry, there is no doubt about it.  I think about food most of the day, what I want, what I can’t have, what I wish I could…   It doesn’t help that I work by a very popular outdoor mall, the smell of cooking food can be smelt all around my work.  Even going for a walk you can smell the lovely hamburgers being cooked up, I’m salivating!  If I’m totally honest with you, there have been several times in the past week that I was ready to throw in the towel for one bite.  I haven’t, I’ve stayed strong but ONLY but God‘s grace.  I don’t have much self-determination/control.  I’ve been the one to quit thing when they get too hard rather than push through and finish what I started.  I feel like this fast is pushing me to be different and better than I’ve given myself credit for. Don’t get me wrong, I have always wanted to be like those people who never quit and never give up but that has never come easy to me.

All I could think about yesterday was a cheese burger, and still today the thought is still there.  I settled for the rest of my taco “meat” (aka walnuts see yesterday’s post for recipe) in a big salad with avocado, tomato, cilantro… a big raw taco salad.  As Hubby and I stood in the kitchen praying over our dinner it struck me, God created the food we were about to eat, it wasn’t made in a lab, or in factory, it was grown and picked just as God provided it.  So to truly give thanks for our food mean so much more because I was thanking God for providing the tomato and avocado and cilantro and walnuts.  I wasn’t thanking God for providing Kraft or Nabisco.  Somehow eating this way makes me really appreciate what God gave me and I can be so much more thankful for it.

The other thing that God mellowed my heart with is just the fact that when Jesus fasted he HUNGERED.  I was listening to a sermon on my way to work and they were talking about the pain and suffering that Jesus went through for us.  How when we go through something difficult we can be assured that Jesus too went through pain and difficulty.  There is no way I could be nailed to a cross for the sins of everyone that hated me.  No way.  But the sermon reminded me that Jesus went through all of these “human” things because of his love for us.  He was hated, persecuted, he hungered, and thirst,  he even asked to have the cup he was about to endure to be taken from him… but not his will be done but God’s will.  I would never want to serve any other god that doesn’t make themselves human and go through what we go through on a daily basis.  That is love, it’s hard down here!  But if Jesus could eat no food for 40 days and he hungered at the end, I can certainly drink juice and eat produce for another 26 days.  Sometimes all we need is a change of prospective.  I still hunger but 40 days isn’t the rest of my life, I will eat a burger again, I will have pasta again… but I can follow the foot prints of precious Jesus and finish this fast with some grace.

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Let’s call today Free Friday!  I just love free 🙂  I have downloaded this Ebook a while ago and was reminded of it today.  It’s called Is Your Flour Wet?  It talks all about the importance of soaking our grains,  why and it gives recipes too! No need to be in the US for this free item! Check it out and reference it often 🙂

http://theprairiehomestead.com/isyourflourwet.pdf

 

Happy Free Friday!

 

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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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Moody Institute of Science put out some really informative videos about creation in the 50’s and 60’s.  They have a video called Hidden Treasures that is probably my favorite.  In this video they talk about diatomaceous earth, you can watch it here on google http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=794219833242953957 at minute 24 they start to talk about DE (Diatomaceous Earth) the video is only 28 minutes so should be easy to watch.  Anyway, there are huge mountains of DE that were not formed millions of years ago, but they were formed because of the flood of Noah.  Well really it was God‘s flood but you get my point.  Diatoms are small creatures that live in the ocean and when they die their glass houses fall to the bottom of the ocean.  In the case of the mountains of DE this happened as the waters receded and layers started to form.  Take yourself a glass and fill it with different things, sand, clay, dirt etc now add water and shake.  Let that glass of water and contents sit until everything settles (go ahead, I’ll wait), what do you see?  Layers form because the floating contents have different weights and size.  I learned this in the 6th grade at outdoor school.  You’ll have layers of sand, dirt, clay etc, this same principle happened after the flood.  So we have these mounds of DE and I’m pretty sure God knows what he’s doing so lets look a bit more into this powder.

First off the controversy.  For the record I am ONLY talking about FOOD GRADE DE.  There are different types of DE and some are toxic and are used in pool filtration.  If your bag does not look like this next photo, do not buy, do not ingest.  If you do, I am not responsible for your ignorance, well I’m not responsible for it anyway, but don’t get all American sue happy on me if you take the wrong stuff.  That’s my “disclaimer” sad these days that we even have to put that in…

Back to the DE.  I had heard of it before but only because my Hubby does gardening and self sustainable agriculture.  If you ask most people they will probably tell you it’s toxic and you can’t eat it, well I disagree.  I belong to a yahoo group about herbal medicine.  Someone posted a question about FOOD GRADE DE, the consensus was that it is toxic and you shouldn’t eat it.  It sparked an interest in me and I googled “food grade diatomaceous earth.”  My first website was Wolf Creek Ranch located in California.  http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html I started reading what they had to say about DE and it differed from the yahoo group opinions.  They said that DE contains high amounts of silica and that without silica life is not possible.  (See God does know what he’s doing!)  Diatoms little houses that fall really is DE are shaped in a way that they will slice and kill any parasite, worm, or pest.  You can sprinkle it on your chickens to help them with bugs, or place some in their coop to roll in.  You can use it as a flea treatment on your pets.  If you place a worm in DE first the sharp edges of the DE will slice open the worm, then the powder will dry the worm out and it will die.  Same concept in your gut, although it doesn’t slice you.  What it does do is clean out your intestines, years of gunk, garbage and even mold (yes, I know it’s SO gross) start to line your intestines and your ability to absorb vitamins and mineral is drastically reduced.  I have also heard that many people are living with some type of parasite or intestinal worm without knowing it, this too will cause you not to absorb minerals that you need because the worm is getting it all.  So you mix a heaping TBSP of DE (from now on we’ll just assume every time I say DE, I’m only talking about food grade) in water and drink daily.  Some of the health benefits are healthier skin, nails and hair (or coat for your pets), lowers blood pressure, absorbs toxins (the shape of the DE is porous, and attract toxic metals and viruses, pesticides, E-Coli, heavy metals etc), lowers cholesterol, regular bowel movements, healthier teeth and gums.  I encourage you to research yourself and see.

So I ordered a bag, a 50lb bag.  Shipping cost me as much as the bag of DE did!  Honestly a 50lb bag was only $26.99.  You can learn from me on this, I just found out that our Feed and Seed store carries food grade DE!  And it’s the same price but we save on shipping, so call your local feed store and find out if they carry it, which they probably do.  If they don’t they might be able to get it, but again Food Grade only, the bag should look exactly like the one I posted above.  Hubby and I have been taking it daily since November.  I am still very much alive and well, so is hubby.  I have also been giving it daily to our dogs (two black labs) and our cats, we are all just fine and healthy.  I suspected the cats had worms and I KNEW our female lab did (yeah saw those nasty suckers).  Since giving DE there has been no more worms.

I can honestly say I don’t notice that much difference in myself, not some kind of “miracle” at least.  What I do notice is that I have regular bowel movements which never use to be the case.  I don’t get diarrhea, or constipation which I was prone to both before.  Some days I wouldn’t have any bowel movement and now I have generally two a day.  We did notice what we called “oily butt” for the first day or two as the DE was cleaning out our intestines.  I have read that people notice some pretty disturbing things coming out of them.  Some people don’t want to know and don’t look.  I was somewhere in the middle.  I’m not a stool examiner by any means, but I did watch some what.  The same time we added the DE to our diet we also added Iodine.  I believe I did a blog on Iodine, so check that out if you want more info.

What I can say for sure is that I’ve always been the type of person who gets sick when someone looks at them funny.  Since taking the DE I haven’t caught any cold or bug, and I work in a doctor’s office.  It’s almost February and we are in the cold and flu days.  I am keeping track of that, honestly if the only thing this is doing for me (which I’m sure it’s not the only thing) is keeping me from getting sick, I’m all for it.  I notice our dogs and cats have no issue eating it.  I make them a special breakfast (dog food, DE, water and some iodine) and they can’t wait for it.  They also have easy stool.  Their coats are great although I’m not sure I can say this is a DE result or not.  But I do feel great, and just the fact that toxic stool isn’t built up in my body every day I know is a health benefit.

The taste is earthy and little “dry,” but it’s pleasant.  We drink a bit in water every morning with our iodine.  We also brush our teeth with it (see wolf creek ranch website for more info on teeth health, also read their testimonial page).  I have put it on the backs of our dogs to keep some fleas down, although I should take them outside and really go to town with them (just don’t get it in their eyes, it’s drying).  I will probably do that in the summer when the fleas are worse.  It can be used in gardening, in your compost pile and even your worm bin (don’t mix it in to the worm bin just put it on top. It shouldn’t kill your worms because you aren’t putting it directly on them).  Silica is an important mineral for ALL life and we don’t get enough.  I’m a huge fan of DE and will continue to use it on myself, my family and pets and this summer it will go on our garden.

I am constantly learning about a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating and nutrition.  As I find new things I do try them, some stick and some don’t.  I can honestly say I’ll be taking DE for the rest of my life.  I think it’s an amazing testament of God’s love for us, he really did give us everything we need.

 

Update 1/27/12: I was just perusing naturalnews.com this morning and I discovered a recent article written on the benefits of silica 🙂 Check it out http://www.naturalnews.com/034756_silica_anti-aging_heavy_metals.html

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I fell into natural food and medicine in 2006 while reading a book on the subject.  I had several introductions to the life but for the most part stayed complacent until 2006 when reading Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About.  Yes, I jumped on that “fad” but honestly it changed my life.  Well it’s actually been a slow process but it’s coming along.  The book talked about things that I had heard previously from a Naturopathic Doctor who was treating me in 2001 for something that stumped the Medical Doctors.  The light went on and the journey began.  Since then I’ve been gobbling up information like a sponge, so I thought I would share some of the places I find good ideas on natural living.

#1 GNOWFGLINS-  My most recent find.  It stands for God‘s natural, organic, whole foods, grown locally in season, whew is that a mouth full!  I’ve been a serial lurker on this website, they have eclasses but I have not ever signed up.  I’ve made cheese with my milk lady, I bought their sourdough ebook, and the classes in the “fundamentals” class well, I didn’t think I needed.   I pretty much know how to cook a chicken, and sprout beans, soaking grains however… I could figure it out.  But, I am on their email list and they have a new eclass Fundamentals II, the one thing that reached out and grabbed my attention was how to cook organ meats.  I have been trying to find a good source on this subject for a while.  We help butcher chickens so I ask for organ meat, I know it’s healthy for us, but I have no idea how to cook them.  So I signed up, they have very easy terms for payment, I chose $10 a month and you can cancel at any time.  The older classes which I didn’t think I would need, are amazing!  I highly recommend this website gnowfglins.com

#2 Natural News– My favorite website!  Mike Adams is a great guy with lots of amazing information.  This is my go to website for questions on herbs or natural treatments or remedies.  They also expose a lot of garbage going on in the world, like GMO, Pesticides, Cancer etc.  You can search virtually any topic and find something about it.  They have videos (for free!) and also a store where you can purchase items.  There is a search where you can find drug interactions with herbs… ok I could go on and on… but just check out naturalnews.com

#3 Sally Fallon‘s Nourishing Traditions.  This book is PACKED with info.  I ignore the “millions of years” garbage because I know I was created perfectly by God in heaven, but her info is great in the nutrition department.   She talks about whole foods, grains, raw milk products, organ meats, fermentation etc.   Basically it’s GNOWFGLINS but in book form.  I haven’t gone through and done everything in this book yet but even though it’s a bit pricy, I do recommend having this on your shelf.

#4 For fermenting specifically Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz.  This is where I got my recent sauerkraut recipe. 🙂 I believe he also talks about lacto-fremented sodas which we also do.

I think I’m going to stop here.  I have a lot of resources for other things, vitamins, coconut oil, herbs etc, but that’s a bit much for one post.

I did just watch a gnowfglins ecourse video about making your own soaked pasta and I believe that is going to be on my list of things to accomplish this week, maybe some soaked muffins or bread.  I’ve soaked grains before when doing sourdough but not just in regular cooking and what an important thing it is for proper digestion and mineral absorption.  I really do love learning new things. Cheers to a healthy life!

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Fermented foods are alive foods.  In the past couple of years I have experimented with different types.  Sourdough, it is a fermented flour that creates the rise you need for bread.  No needing to go buy yeast packets from the store, God gave it to us naturally!  Lacto_fermented Sodas, this is a natural soda that uses lactobacilli to create a fermented and bubbly drink.  Lactobacilli are naturally occurring in roots, it protect the root during the winter months from freezing, but it also loves sugar and will grow and make a wonderful soda culture.  Kefir, uses grains to ferment milk or water into a pro-biotic drink.  Milk to me is a bit sour and I can’t take too much, unless I add a lot of sugar or fruit and then I feel like I’m not getting the most nutritious drink, but the water kefir tastes more like a slightly fermented wine and it much better to my taste buds.  Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that uses a scoby type “mushroom” that ferments tea and sugar.  I was horrible with keeping up with my Kombucha.  The scoby grows on top and gets bigger and bigger, it grows in layers and you can tear off them to separate them and give them away to friends.  Ours got out of hand and then started tasting like vinegar.  So I don’t keep kombucha now, but a lot of people swear by it.

I’ve wanted to ferment vegetables for a while now.  I bought fermentation weights from a seller on Ebay, they fit inside of large mouth (they also sell small mouth ones) jars and hold down your food.  Hubby is a go-getter, I think I established that in my last post.  His life motto (after the power of Christ of course) is “A closed mouth, don’t get fed” and he lives by that, he is not afraid to ask for anything.  The worst answer he can get is “no” so he just asks away, I find it quite amazing how he is not afraid to ask!  Anyway, last week we took a different way home in order to drop off a friend to their house.  We passed a large field of cabbage and just like hubby is, he pulled over and went to ask if he could pick a few heads.  He had gleaned some strawberries from the same field a year ago summer time, so I think he felt confident in asking.  He grabbed a few purple heads and green, the purple were MUCH more dense.  Now those fermentation weights would finally get to be used!

This weekend we got our our trusty thrift store score food processor.  It’s one of those all in one things, I guess it’s suppose to be a mixer too but we only use it to shred food, like apples we want to press for juice or cabbage for sauerkraut. 🙂  Hubby shredded about 5lb of cabbage and we added about 3Tbsp of salt as he was shredding.  The salt will force the water out of the cabbage and then it will be the protection for the fermentation process.  The book we used said to add 1 cup water and another Tbsp of salt after 24 hours to a gallon jar.  Since our fermentation weights don’t fit well in a gallon jar, and even in a half gallon wide mouth they seemed too small, we used quart jars.  4= 1 Gallon 🙂  We ended up with a gallon and probably a pint. I also added a small jelly jar with water (some I just used the jar that is filled with jelly for the weight) in them to weight down the fermentation weight.  I am not sure if this is necessary but the book did talk about adding a plate to the top of your vessel and then putting a rock or a jar with water on top to force out the juice.   Yesterday I looked at every jar and the liquid had filled above the food line on all the jars but the pint.  When I left for work this morning, I just left them as they were and will check again this evening.  From what I read the purple cabbage will turn a pink color mixed with the green.  It should also only take a few days for a nice ferment, unless we put them in our cellar/basement for a slower ferment.  We are opting for the first, a quicker ferment in our warm house.  I took photos, but I’ve been a slacker on getting my pictures onto my computer.  I have to admit when you look at a computer all day, the last thing I want to do is look at another one at home.  This is one of the reasons I rarely make phone calls too, if you are forced do do something all day long the last thing you want to do in your off time is the same thing… Anyway, I’ll post photos hopefully shortly of the before and after.  Lets pray the fermentation goes just as planned and we have some good alive sauerkraut.

Update: Finally got my pictures up! Yay.

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