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I have a Morton’s Neuroma on my foot which is basically fibrous tissue that grows around nerve cells in your feet.  “They say” it’s caused by poor shoes, but I’m the QUEEN of comfortable shoes, so I don’t get how I got it.  At any rate, I have one, it’s on my left foot and it causes so much pain and often makes me limp, especially after resting for a period of time.  Mornings first thing out of bed and getting out of the car at work after my hour commute are the two most painful times.  Basically the Orthopedic Surgeon I work for diagnosed me, gave me a cortisone injection and that helped.  The cortisone is supposed to reduce the inflammation, it helped! When I came back a few weeks later and was in pain again, he gave me an odd answer, well odd for a doctor… but maybe because I work with him?  He said that they only do cortisone injections every 6 weeks because basically “we” aren’t sure what problems can arise by having it more frequently.  My first thought was, oh great! What did I have him inject into me!?  And if “they” aren’t sure what kinds of problems there could be from multiple shots “within 6 months” then how can “they” assure me that those same unknown things wouldn’t happen from correct treatment?  This is why I don’t subscribe to western medicine!  Still my problem persists, so I went to an herb group I belong to and posed the question for help with what I originally thought was a stress fracture.  I was given some suggestions for herbs to use and make a liniment (basically herbs soaked in alcohol, the alcohol is rubbed on the skin and quickly absorbed).  I instead soaked the herbs in oil and made a salve.

Comfrey is my favorite healing herb!  I plan on going to get some roots from a friends plant and planting it at our house.  This stuff is like gold in our house.  The second herb is St Johns Wart which not only can help with depression but is also an anti-inflammatory and helps muscle spasms, cramps and tension.  The third plant I used was yarrow.  Yarrow is crazy and has tons of things it helps with, it helps stop bleeding, it can be chewed for a tooth ache until you can get to the dentist, bruises and pain, inflammation…

Yarrow

Yarrow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I put these herbs (which we harvested ourselves, thank you very much 🙂 ) and I put them my glass pan and added oil to cover.  I put the stove on low and let it sit for a while.  Then I forgot about it, LOL.  I’m good at forgetting little projects I start.  So they sat in the pan with the herbs for a few days then I strained off the herbs and again the jar of oil sat another week probably.  Then my foot really started bothering me, so last weekend I made salve.  I melted my beeswax and added the oil then put it all in baby food jars.  I started applying the salve to my foot, top and bottom where it hurt.  I leave my jar of salve on my night stand and try to remember to put it on at night and in the morning.  I was consistent for two days and I noticed a CONSIDERABLE difference in my foot pain.  I applied this morning and I have no foot pain!  This stuff really works.  I have yet to use it on anything else inflamed but my foot is super happy!

Our new toy we got last night.  Juicing has been such a powerful thing for us.  We both notice such a difference in how we feel and I mentioned before I had just blurted it out to our neighbor one night.  Yesterday I went out to cut some sage for dinner and our neighbor was outside having a smoke.  She said that she wants to start juicing and proposed to us that if we buy the produce and juice it for her, not only will she pay for her produce but give us extra for our time, and even said she wanted to buy chicken eggs from us! This is a true God-send because Hubby is having a really hard time finding work.  She is just tired of being sick and tired, as were we!  We decided to upgrade our juicer!  It was a bit of money to spend, and we are not rich by any stretch of the imagination.  But we decided it was an investment in ourselves, and now that we have our neighbor on board… it’s really an investment in the community.


We bought a Hurom Slow Juicer, now I’m still a cheap girl and I LOVE a deal.  Hubby, his motto in life is “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed.”  He is never afraid to ask for a discount or a break on anything.  Back to the juicer, we were looking around at good options, watched many youtube videos and researched options.  I checked on craigslist and found a Hurom slow juicer that was only used a few times and the girl didn’t want it anymore.  She actually lived in a studio apartment and it was kind of big for her little place.  She had only had it for a bit and was selling it, new it’s $360 she had it advertised for $280.  Yesterday evening we drove into Portland and checked it out, the thing was amazing!  You hardly have to use the plunger at all, in fact the thing sucks down produce, and its whisper quiet!  Hubby handed the girl $260 and she accepted, so we basically bought a brand new juicer for $100 less than it costs in the store.  We were tickled!  We hurried home to try that baby out.  It not only produced more juice with less produce, but the juice was darker and it was more pungent, you could tell it had more in it.  The only “beef” with it is that it does produce a bit of pulp in the juice, which we remedied by straining with a fine mesh strainer, and that you have to cut down stringy veggies (think celery, and asparagus) or hard roots (carrots and beets).  It also does wheatgrass, it does leafy green veggies very well and you can also make nut milks and coconut milk with it, as well as banana ice cream.  Our JuiceMan II is great, but it sounded like a jet plane was taking off in our kitchen every morning, and if the pulp got stuck on the mesh strainer then the thing would rattle around and it felt like it was taking off! LOL  I guess we are “real” juicers now? We certainly feel blessed that is for sure!  The following video was one that really made me sure we wanted this machine… enjoy! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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Afrikaans: Geroosterde pitte van die koffiepla...

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How’d you like today’s title? Sound appealing? Yeah…it’s not to me either, but there is a health benefit to them.  Several years ago Hubby and I watched a movie called A Beautiful Truth.  It is one of the movies that blasts the cancer epidemic wide open and it’s done by a teenager!  I had heard of vitamin B-17 before for cancer treatment, even Rife treatment, but the Gerson therapy that was discussed in this movie, I had never heard of.

Dr Max Gerson was a brilliant man, and of course as in most amazing discoveries for diseases (especially those that don’t cost much) his ideas were swept under the rug and he was dubbed a “quack” by most doctors and organizations.  He suggested that a diet that is mostly plant-based along with coffee enema could cure diseases.  This suggestion to the normal medical community is outlandish and crazy, but the problem with Dr Gerson’s therapy is the fact that you can’t make money on fruit and vegetable juices and coffee enema.  What would happen if cancer was cured?  We wouldn’t be asked for money at the grocery store check out, there would be no more “race for the cure’s,” or no more cancer society.  The doctor who’s only job is “treating” cancer would no longer be needed, and what about the multi millions of dollars spent on the new cancer centers around the country?  The problem is, they don’t really WANT to cure cancer, why would they?  Pharmaceutical companies would be out millions of dollars that people pay out for the cancer drugs, with the radiation, the actual treatments are more likely to kill a person than the cancer themselves.

I’m not callous.  I have great sadness for people dealing with cancer.  I, myself, have been changed by cancer.  My grandma died when I was 13 due to complications from her ovarian cancer.  I currently have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and you don’t think it scares me to death that my Grandma had ovarian cancer!?  My “second mom” died last year from complications from her cancer.  She was though to have asthma most of my growing up period, then turned out it was actually cancer.  She and my mom were best friends and both single mom’s.  Caren lived up the street from us and took care of foster kids, so she was home while my mom was at work.  She became a mom to my brother and I, and would watch us after school until my mom would get home from work.  So I’m not one of those people who speaks out against something and has never experienced the pain associated with it.

Here’s the thing, God thought of EVERYTHING.  He knew exactly what would happen to us, he knew we would be faced with things like this, he knew we would be depressed and gave us herbs like St John’s Wart to help us.  He knew we would be faced with cancer and gave us things to ward off the cancer.  He gave us fresh fruits and vegetables, he created them to have the nutrients we needed.  Ultimately, God created us as vegetarians! Genesis 1:29-30 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.”  It wasn’t until sin came into the picture that we were told we can eat meat now.  Sin brought death, things then died where before they didn’t, so now we can eat meat.

This "fountain syringe" should only ...

This "fountain syringe" should only be used for douching, by replacing the attached enema nozzle with the vaginal nozzle (shown bottom left). The vaginal nozzle is longer and thicker and has lateral holes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve tried the vegetarian thing, I was very bad at it.  The only reason that statement is true is because I didn’t eat well, I filled up on carbs and sweets rather than healthy foods.  In the movie A Beautiful Truth, they talk about the mercury in our mouth from silver dental fillings.  I am proud to say I just had my last silver filling removed!  They also talk about coffee enema.  I wrote down the protocol, and Hubby was determined to try it.  Here’s how it goes: 1 Quart of water to 3 Tbsp ORGANIC coffee.  Simmer on the stove for 15 minutes, strain off the coffee through a coffee filter and allow to cool.  Once cool add enough water back to make it a quart.   Fill an enema bag with half the coffee (or a pint).  Enema bags can be purchased at Walgreens, Rite Aid etc.  The fun part is next!  Then you put that said half coffee (a pint) in your bum.  Yep real fun stuff here.  Once it’s inside you lay on your right side with your knees drawn up, sort of like a chair but laying on your right side.  We fill up a tub of warm water, it gets cold laying in the bathroom, so we lay in a tub of water.  You lay like that for 12-15 minutes, then expel, which is another “fun” part.

Hubby was the first one to try it.  He did it and raved about it.  But we made some mistakes, let me share them with you as uncomfortable as they were, they might help you not make the same mistakes.  The biggest mistake was we put the entire quart of coffee in, rather than splitting it half and half.  Hubby did just fine.  Me on the other hand… it was BAD NEWS JOE BROWN!  I’m smaller than Hubby, so what ended up happening was I think it pushed up too far and into my stomach.  Gross.  When it was time to “expel” not much came out… then the stomach ache started and then I was up all night because of all the coffee.  It was HORRIBLE!! I have no idea how he talked me into doing it again, but he did.  The next time we split the quart.  It was easier but the process is NEVER fun.  It is uncomfortable, you cramp, you feel like you can’t hold it in, these are all very normal.  Even the expelling process is not fun, although it feels great to let it all go, what comes out of you might be surprising, and how much will also be a surprise.

For complete disclosure and honesty, I must say I’ve probably done this about 5 times.  Hubby is much more proactive about it than I am.  In fact he just did one last night and reminded me that I need to do another one.  So I promised I would do it Saturday morning, what a way to wake up!  But it is for health reasons, not for fun.  So what’s the point? Well coffee stimulates the bile flow, bile holds a lot of toxins, so when you cause it to flow it will expel the toxins with the coffee.  It also increases circulation, as well as increased bowel movements, and coffee contains antioxidants. Hubby says he feels less bloated and his pants fit better after he does it.

Charlotte Gerson, Dr. Max Gerson’s daughter, is still alive and they have a center in Mexico where people can go and seek treatment.  She also does a lot of talks and interviews.  I just listened to an amazing one, listen to it here.  Any thoughts on trying this yourself?  🙂

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Hubby and I have been juicing since last week but really changed everything on Sunday.  Don’t get me wrong, we have been doing smoothies every morning and we eat fairly healthy as a whole, but Sunday was a turning point.  We started juicing as our main source of nutrition, have eaten very little else, and have been starting to feel the goods and bads along with it.  This will not be a glamorous list, but it’s true and if you decide to get into major juicing then these are some things you can expect.

First off let me give it to you straight as far as what is going into our mouths.  Every morning we start out with a smoothie, that used to be made with raw milk, now I’ve been using water.  I add a banana, kelp, spirulina, dulce, carob and wheat grass powders to it, with a little stevia and blend.  I drink this on my way to work and it fills me up.  We wake up and juice as well.  We juice what we have and right now we have abundance because we wanted to not feel “deprived.”  We juice most of these things together: kale, chard, celery, cilantro, parsley, broccoli, carrot, apple, ginger, beet, kiwi, strawberry, pineapple, jicama.   We don’t always add everything, the kiwi, pineapple and strawberries are eaten when we want something sweet.  Last night I cut up pineapple, kiwi and a banana and it was so good, plus it got rid of that sweet tooth.  We have had bone broth soup, I ate the last of some organic crackers I had at work, we’ve snacked on nuts, drank tea, even have peanut butter (all these are mainly organic too)… so we’re not going “crazy” but we are also not eating a whole lot other than juice.  We also just got an order of Teeccino in, oh my goodness this stuff is my favorite!  We are not drinking raw milk, we aren’t eating much meat in fact I haven’t had any since Saturday, we do plan on eating our eggs, and big huge salads!  I think the main thing here is staying off processed foods, processed meats and sugar and increasing juicing and fresh raw veggies and fruits.  Ok so that’s the lifestyle, I almost called it a “diet.”  It’s not…it’s a lifestyle.

Lets jump right into the positives, well positives so far that is.  First off I notice my body is actually wanting the juice.  You actually feel it energizing your cells and I think my body likes that. 🙂  When we juice I get a weird giddy energy, I want to drink the juice really badly.  Second, I notice higher energy levels.  That said, today I don’t feel that as much.  There is a certain detox period, that will be covered in the cons section.  The energy levels are super high after drinking the juice.  Hubby and I spent tons of time outside Saturday, came in and juiced and all of a sudden we were back up cleaning our house.  I also feel happier, I don’t know how to describe it, but I do feel a bit “lighter” in the head and heart.  My craving for sugar is reduced drastically.  I’m a sugar-aholic, Hi I’m Corri and I’m a sugar-aholic.  I actually remember a doctor telling me to try to stop eating sugar in high school, I laughed… oh if I would have listened!  Anyway, I notice that I am not tempted like I use to be or would be if I went on a “diet.”  A patient brought in some thank you caramels yesterday, they stare at me every time I walk in the break room, but I don’t have the urge to grab one like I used to.  I mean I can stop the whole positive section with this alone!  This is huge, especially for me.  I think this can prove that my body is getting all it’s nutrition and it doesn’t have to crave something, because it’s getting all it needs.  I am also having very regular bowel movements.  I consider this a plus.  I am satisfied, I’m not generally hungry, there are some occasions this is not the case but for the most part I’m full.

Now the cons.  I’m going to start with the most unpleasant, gas.  I don’t know what it is about eating raw food, but when I started looking around at people eating a new raw diet, the big complaint was gas.  Yesterday was worse than today, and I suspect it goes away, but maybe grab some lavender oil in some type of spray bottle if you work around others. 🙂  Diarrhea, really do I have to say much more?  It’s not horrible, and it didn’t start right away but there is generally a day or two where this might be a time you want to have a bathroom close by.  Headaches, I’m starting to get them more.  I think it’s from the sugar honestly, but it could be a number of things.  See when you go through something like this, there is most certainly a detox period.  In the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Joe says that he wanted to stay in bed the first two days of his juice fast.  You feel a disconnect from the world, but also you are going through some major body changes.  Especially if you ate pretty rotten up until the point of the fast.  Hubby and I ate pretty well, sure we still enjoyed a treat here and there… but we didn’t live on McDonald’s and Taco Bell before doing this, in fact I can’t remember the last time I’ve even had them (in my 20’s I lived on that junk).   If you do, you might want to take a couple of days off and allow your healing to begin, alone.    Today I’m hungry.  I don’t know what it is, but I am.  I am also pretty tired today, again this could be a detox thing as well.  So combined with a headache, hunger and the tired I’m a little grumpy.  I want to stress A LITTLE, I’m in no way shape or form the type of grumpy I used to be (which is a huge pro).  OOPS! I forgot to mention I have a bit of a foggy head by the end of the day, that happened to me yesterday too.  And I’m dealing with some body acne, again I’m sure this is detox, this stuff has to get out of my body some way.  I guess my skin is taking the brunt of it for now.

I think that getting the right nutrition packed into juice, my body is finally on a path of healing.  God‘s way of healing, not some voodoo or some pill.  God’s creation is allowing me to become healthy again and I am forever grateful for that.  Over all I feel absolutely amazing!  I’ve been telling my coworkers all about it, I want everyone to hear about this.  I feel renewed, I feel healthy and oddly enough I keep thinking the weight has already dropped off because I just feel lighter.  Can’t be a bad thing!

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I really feel like I am on God’s path for me.  After watching Hungry for Change I noticed some of the speakers themselves had “starred” in movies, basically they had some kind of health issue and they documented their journey to health.  One guy, Joe, he did a movie called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  I happened to find that movie is offered free (again LOVE free!) on hulu.com!  So this weekend Hubby and I sat down to take a peek.  Let me just say that I am overjoyed that Hubby is on board with all these things I bring up. I am truly blessed to have such a supportive spouse.

The movie starts with Joe, an Australian who is over weight and has an auto immune disorder.  He decides to go on a 30 day juice fast and travels to the USA to do so.  On his journey he meets a truck driver named Phil, who also has the same auto immune disorder that Joe has.  Joe tells Phil that if he ever wants to turn his life around, Phil was morbidly obese (many truck drivers seem to be) and very sick, to call him.  After Joe completes his journey, Phil calls him.  The last half of the movie is about Phil’s journey.  I couldn’t stop watching!  I had to see what was going to happen to these two.

Well Joe lost a ton of weight, his big gut was gone.  Phil eventually got off ALL medications and lost, I believe it was half of his weight.  All they “ate” was juice and water.  It was really life changing stuff.

I was ready to join the juicing “revolution” when Sunday morning I woke up to Hubby making up some Chorizo.   After reading that it contained “spices” which can be a way to hide chemicals like MSG, I decided to opt out of that breakfast option.  Hubby would later wish he chose that as well, but live and learn sometimes I guess.  I had a green smoothie with no milk but water instead, I added my normal spirulina, kelp, dulce, carob and wheat grass powders and it was satisfying and energizing.  We did eat food yesterday, and actually there is a youtube video where Joe says that you get a bit constipated after the third or fourth day of only juicing so he recommends eating actually fruit and veggies as well.  But I think we’re on to something here.  Yesterday we ran down to the grocery store and picked up $60 worth of fruits and mainly green veggies to juice.  The lady at the cash register actually said “we don’t much of this come through,” as she was trying to identify chard and kale, how sad is that!?!  We had juice for dinner and woke up and juiced.  To be honest with you, my energy level is much higher than it was when I drank coffee (which I’m only about two weeks without it).  I can actually FEEL my body craving the juice.  When we make it I get all giddy and excited, it’s almost like my body knows what is about to come.

I don’t think we will be 100% on the whole juicing thing.  I mean, we eat food too, but juicing will be a main part of our diet.  I can just tell a difference already in how I feel.  I wish I could tell everyone who was over weight about it, but just like in the movie, many people are just happy to be where they are.  There were a ton of people who said “Oh I could NEVER do that.”  Which I don’t get, why won’t we do things for ourselves that we would do for others?  Why would we allow ourselves to slowly die rather than get healthy and live life happy? And can’t anyone do anything for 10 days??  I guess it’s too easy to stay in a complacent place…

Start out slowly, add FRESH juice to your diet every day.  Pull our your juicer, or go buy one off craigslist (you can get a cheap one, well…cheap!).  We don’t have anything fancy (Juiceman II that we got at a garage sale), in fact we re-juice our pulp because it doesn’t get super dry the first pull.  Get tons of leafy green veggies, apples, carrots, celery, cucumber… with the sweet items (like carrots and apples) the juice is surprisingly sweet, even though it’s very green.  There is no way to be able to eat that much produce in a day, so get the nutrients into your body by drinking them.  Just start there, at least juice one time a day, if not make enough for your entire day.  I’m not saying you can’t eat food, just try doing one thing for your health.  It will be a chain reaction and sooner than you think you’ll be on your way to a different healthy life.  Want to join me?

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I’ve been taking quite a bit of time to read other people’s blogs, what a fun world this is that we can read about what others are doing on the other side of the world!  I also enjoy that there are so many like-minded people.  Many people are “getting back to the land” and going more traditional in their cooking and eating.  I’ve read a couple this morning that really inspired me.  http://livegrownourishcreate.wordpress.com/ one of my blogging friends has a book that we both share, Nourishing Traditions.  My life gets off onto tangents a lot and I get lost in doing this or researching that.  Honestly in the natural traditional world it’s easy to find the next best thing and get off track.  I’ve been doing that recently with raw food.  Now, don’t get me wrong I think eating 51% of our meals raw is important, but I’m also losing touch that in fact the raw butter we use, and the raw milk we drink, are in fact…raw.  I was really inspired by this post: http://livegrownourishcreate.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/creamy-coconut-soaked-porridge/  I’m getting really lax soaking my grains.  This practice has got to stop and I started that with making some sourdough bread last night.

If you don’t have this book, I highly recommend it.  It’s huge and packed full of amazing recipes and ideas to eating more traditionally, less chemically, less artificially, more God given.  It seems so simple, eating fruit instead of fruit flavored candy.  Eating home-baked soaked grain, bread instead of the stuff that has to add BACK the nutrients to the flour, and add preservatives to keep it good on the shelf for two weeks.  True story:  Hubby had a friend who worked in a local flour mill.  This friend, Jack, would get us bags of freshly ground flour.  He could get two kinds, the whole wheat which was brown and lovely, and white which looked like every white processed flour there is out there.  But get this… after they milled the grain they had to then add back nutrients to the flour!  (read more about the milling process here)  That is why when you look at most breads and crackers you will see “enriched flour.”  What it’s basically saying is “fake processed flour” because they take out the God given nutrients to replace it with fake nutrients.  This is from the link I posted above “When grain is made into refined white flour, more than 30 essential nutrients are largely removed. Only four of those nutrients are added back in a process called “enrichment.” Using this same logic, if a person were robbed of 30 dollars and the thief then returned 4 dollars to his victim for cab fare home, then that person should be considered “enriched” by 4 dollars, not robbed of 26 dollars. How would you feel in that situation? You should feel the same about “enriched” white flour and bread? Only vitamins B1, B2, B3, and iron are added back. Nutrients which are removed and not returned include 44% of the vitamin E, 52% of the pantothenic acid, 65% of the folic acid, 76% of the biotin, 84% of the vitamin B6, and half or more of 20 minerals and trace elements, including magnesium, calcium, zinc, chromium, manganese, selenium, vanadium, and copper” (from http://www.drcranton.com/nutrition/bread.htm)  We are being robbed!  I just watched a webinar from GNOWFGLINS.com (they give free webinars so if you are interested sign up to receive notification in your email) about grain mills.  They are currently giving away a free grain mill (USA only…sorry my out of the country friends!) if you go to http://gnowfglins.com/2012/03/09/nutrimill-berries-giveaway/ you can sign up until this Sunday 3/18/12.  There are thousands who have entered, but everyone has a fair shot at it. 🙂

I’m planning on pulling out my Nourishing Traditions book this weekend and start going to town on recipes.  I’ll be posting some recipes and some photos as I go along.  Hope you enjoy the ride as much as I do 🙂

Hugs,

Corri

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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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