Changing the Legs of Our Relationships

How often do we think about food on a normal day? I used to think about eating, what I was going to make for dinner, for my husband’s lunch, and dessert all the time. I used to think about making sure our cupboards were overstocked with food items that I picked up really cheap because it was on sale and I had a coupon for it. Since I started the 50 Day Cleanse my thinking about food has changed. I now look at all that food I stocked up over the years as an anchor that was holding me down. This Cleanse is changing the legs of my relationships. 

I know “What on earth is she talking about?” Change the legs of a relationship?

Let’s take food, for instance, We all need to eat it to survive. We all have a relationship with food. We are making choices, thinking, eating, regretting, indulging, satisfying, giving in to our cravings for food. These are the legs in our relationship with food.

As someone who for most of her life has tried to lose weight or maintain weight loss to no avail, I have never tried to change these legs with this relationship. How many legs does my relationship have? It takes at least three legs to make a stool stand up. But my relationship to food has had at least seven legs at one time.

Food Relationship Legs

  • Craving
  • Rewarding
  • Thinking
  • Indulging
  • Satisfying
  • Dreaming
  • Stocking up
  • Buying
  • Eating

While at least four of these legs are still with me today. I need to eat. I need to buy food. I need, at times, to stock up. And in my case, I need to dream about recipes. But do I need the other ones? No. All my cravings for food are gone. I used to crave chocolate all the time. Now it hits me once in a while and I can talk myself out of it. I know that when a person craves chocolate, they are usually deficient in magnesium. So I take a couple magnesium tablets and the craving is gone.

Same with indulging. I just don’t do it anymore. The 50 Day Cleanse has given me the tools to listen to my body and give it what it needs instead of rewarding myself with a toxic, sugar laden treat. The first 5 days of this cleanse takes your mind off thinking about food all the time and helps you see where you need to change.

I used to spend hours weekly coming up with menus and grocery lists. While I still use a menu and grocery list, it no longer takes hours just about 10 minutes and I am ready to go. Eating raw alkaline meals and only once a day has dramatically cut our food bill down to almost nothing and we’re not eating only salads every day but they are yummy.

I’m also changing the legs on my other relationships as well during this time. Saving things to use someday is a leg I’ve used in rationalizing my skill of holding onto things I don’t need. Or how about this leg, “My kids might need/want it some day!” Ask the kids if they need or want whatever IT is. If they want IT and they’re old enough give it to them now or put it in a hope chest for them for when they move out. If they don’t want it, get rid of it. Family heirlooms are another leg. I’ve been going through my home with the eyes of my kids thinking about what they would keep and what they would toss after I’m gone. It’s eye opening. They probably don’t want the bottle collection with all the president’s faces you got from your mom. They’re not going to need or want 100 paper towel tubes or all the used gift wrap you’ve saved for the last ten years (which you never use anymore). Save the important things. Today is someday.  I am hoping that my children and grandchildren will want all the recipes I’ve conjured up over the years, like this one below.

Recipe of the Week

Taco Meat

Raw Sweet “Taco Meat” 

Always use organic

  • 1 sweet potato, shredded
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 mall red onion, shredded
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked four hours, drained well
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked four hours, drained well
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 – 1/4 ground habanero pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Place the first five ingredients in a food processor and process until it looks like the texture of loose cooked ground meat.

Empty into a large bowl and add spices.

Serve in a wrap with mashed avocado or on a salad with an avocado dressing.

Enjoy

Makes about 6 cups.

 

 

 

Art of Contentment

When I started thinking about the subject of contentment a couple of weeks ago, I began to notice the questions that began surfacing in my dreams. My subconscious mind told me there’s an art to contentment and I needed to concentrate on it to have it in my life.

  • What is contentment?
  • Is it the same as happiness?
  • Am I content with what I have and where I am in life?
  • How do I contribute to the contentment of my family?
  • Is my family content?

In my dream, the questions ran on like a ticker tape one after another waiting for my answers. But as I’d answer one question another appeared more in depth than the one before until I got down to the truth of the matter. For me, this is remarkable because my word study for this year has been “Truth.” The truth is I am not content with everything and I believe none of us is content with everything in our lives which is why we are always striving to do better in the areas of discontent.

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With my areas of discontentment all around me, I’ve decided to go on a fast and change two big areas in my life and that of my husband’s. It’s interesting to note that whatever change I want to make my husband is always on board with and tells me so, “I guess I will have to follow your lead on this!” The two big areas in my life, I think, go together. Health and Wealth. For 50 days we will follow variations on fasting for health and wealth. How do you fast for wealth? You join the Buy Nothing movement. Fasting for health is easy if done correctly and with a bit of medical and common sense.

My 50 Day Health & Finance Cleansing Plan

Health is first because being healthy is a wealth all its own

First 5 Days: A water fast (Preferably electrolyte water or distilled water that has Himalayan Sole solution added to it). Drink as much as you want and as often as you want. These first five days will prove interesting as you’ll be cleansing your body of harmful toxins and turn your body into a fat burning machine instead of a carb burning one. (I plan on doing a 5-day water only fast while my husband who is on medication plans on doing a 5-day fast with one fresh veggie juice once a day so he can take his medication.) This beginning phase is to help switch our bodies into burning ketones and gently move the toxins out of our bodies.

6th – 12th day: Add two alkaline veggie juices to your day along with all the electrolyte water or Sole Water you want a day. Notice you are having veggie only juices. The only fruit that’s helpful at this point is lemons and limes. You can also heat up some water with the juice of one lemon in it first thing in the morning. This will also help when not fasting as it will alkalize your system.

13th – 20th day: This is a two-parter:

  1. Add one piece of alkaline fruit.
    • Lemons
    • Limes
    • Avocado
    • Tomatoes
    • Coconut (oil, butter, water, milk) *No sweetener or chemicals added to the water or milk
    • Pomegranate
    • Watermelon (pH neutral)
  2. Try to have your first meal, veggie juice five hours after you get up in the morning your second meal, alkaline fruit, four hours later, and your last veggie juice four hours later. Try to have all your meals within a 6-hour window and use water for fasting the remaining 18 hours as necessary.

21st – 27th day

Along with what you are already doing add 1 fresh made, plant-based alkaline veggie salad to your meals and omit one veggie juice. Also, add 2 ounces of alkaline, organic, raw nuts. These include almonds, pistachios, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts, Macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts. (I also recommend soaking nuts in fresh non-tap water overnight to aid in digestion.)

28th – 50th day

Continue with the eating plan as is and turn your veggie juice into a veggie smoothie with a scoop of plant-based protein powder. (SunWarrior makes the Warrior Blend that I like the best, but it does have some sugar in it. They also make Illumin8 blend which has brown rice in it. It’s a personal choice we have to make. I like both of them for different reasons.)

The Finance Cleanse

It’s simple. It’s easy. It’s enlightening.

Simple as this Buy Nothing. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Here’s what’s allowed: Food, medications, paying existing bills, and meeting your needs. Gone are multiple trips to the grocery store, cafes, fast food and everything we don’t need. When you go to the store, make a list ahead of time and only buy what’s on your list. If you’re in need of something and don’t want to purchase it outright, head to your local Buy Nothing Facebook group and ask if anyone has one that is willing to let go of it. I’ve done this with several items. I recently noticed that my four lonely wine glasses don’t cut it when I have a crowd of people over so instead of buying them, I found a set of 12 of them on my BN group on Facebook and asked if I could be considered for them. I’ve also found a 2 drawer filing cabinet for my tutoring business. I’ve even asked for a couple of items on there and people are willing to give up what they can in order to help. I had a friend who didn’t have a TV and I was able to get her a working one with a DVD player, so now she can watch her movies from the comfort of her recliner instead of an office chair. I’ve also given away the items I no longer use.

Besides buying nothing I need. I’ve also asked myself if I continually need the things I have. Do all these things make me content? Saving only those items that give me joy has helped us let go of the things and clothes we no longer wear.

Changing our health status has also allowed us to be more content with what we have. Change is a process it doesn’t end in 50 days or 50 years. Once we reach our goal we set another one and another one. The art of contentment comes from knowing we are progressing to what is of most importance to us. Find out what’s most important to you and work towards it.

 

 

 

The Smoothie Deconstructed

I don’t know how many times I have picked up a smoothie book at the library, bookstore or even Amazon and in flipping through it just know that I won’t make any of these recipes because:

  • The ingredients are too exotic
  • I am allergic to most of the ingredients
  • I don’t like most of the ingredients
  • Who has that much money to spend on smoothie ingredients?

So I but the book back on the shelve, and search the internet for a better way to make a nutrient packed smoothie. Oh, I have found many of them, all with the same issues as above. Have you seen the cost of organic cacao nibs? I purchased some in the discount bin at my local grocery store for $7 for 9 ounces of nibs. This was reduced by half. I once thought I desperately needed to have maca powder because all the health guru’s swear by it. Well, maca is not that expensive, but if you already have a sensitive digestive tract, maca will upset your stomach almost instantaneously after you drink the smoothie. Then I bought Camu Camu from Amazon (3 ounces for $15). It’s supposed to be all the rage because it has more vitamin C than oranges do. But, just like oranges, it’s highly acidic and if you are trying to eat more alkaline foods, stay away from the Camu Camu.

 

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Ready for the liquid spa!

 

So let’s deconstruct an easy nutrient packed smoothie.

Fresh Greens: Choose 1 cup of any fresh greens. I love kale but spinach is just as good. And if you have an issue with fresh greens (aka no gall bladder), no problem. Just steam the fresh greens for 3 minutes before adding to your smoothie. It will help you digest the nutrients.

Fresh veggie: Choose 1 cup of any fresh veggie. I always add celery because it’s good for my liver.

Choose 1/2 cup any fresh fruit of choice. I always add half of an apple.

Choose 1/2 cup any frozen fruit. I use frozen berries. This is a substitute for the ice cubes.

Choose one or more of the following:

Add-Ins: 1 Tablespoon nut or seed butter, 1 Tablespoon unsalted raw nuts or seeds, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 – 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (kind of expensive but better for you than regular cocoa), 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder, a couple drops of vitamin D3 drops (make sure to use some kind of fat in the smoothie or the vitamin D3 won’t be absorbed), 1 dropper full of liquid vitamin B complex

Choose 1 cup any liquid: Milk (if you can handle dairy), Nut milks, coconut water, water, fresh brewed coffee, green tea, kefir, yogurt (if you can handle dairy)

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Blue Cacao Kale Smoothie

 

Making smoothies doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Eating healthy shouldn’t make you go broke. If you’re worried about calories, this one only has 300 enough to be your breakfast or lunch.

So many choices to make nutrient-packed smoothies, you could have a different smoothie each day of the year.

Wishing you wellness for a new day!!

 

SINUS PRESSURE

MY ONGOING ASEA EXPERIENCE

As many of you know who are following my blog, I have been using ASEA for many of my health issues. I have been on this amazing product now for 3 months. I love the benefits I am seeing with this unique product. I’ve been taking it internally for the entire 12 weeks, and I’ve sprayed it directly into my eyes; I’ve also sprayed it on my face and other skin areas. This week I had the opportunity to use it in a way that has not been used but I felt confident that it would work in that area too. I have been vacationing in the High Dessert of Redmond, Oregon. We just love this area, but it is not so nice to my sinuses because it is so dry here, and I am definitely not used to this dryness. Plus, if you’ve been following this blog you know that I don’t take anything over the counter for pain relief or sinus pressure relief, and other health issues because they contribute to acidifying the body. An acidic environment is an unhealthy environment where disease grows. (http://bodyecology.com/articles/drugs_make_blood_acidic.php#.UGuiMZhgaf4)

I was desperate for relief from this sinus pressure that began after three days of being in the new dry environment. So I used my combination attack on the sinus pressure. I first took an extra dose of the ASEA and then began to spray around my eyes, my eyes, my nose and even in the back of my head near my ears. I also began spraying it up my nose and the results were quite interesting. I sprayed all these areas only five times and not only did the pressure diminish but the headache subsided. I spent the rest of my vacation (9 days) just spraying once in the morning and once at night.

I am so thankful for this product it is truly a blessing in a my life. I feel the need to share my story with as many people as I can, so I can help others not hurt themselves with dangerous drugs but help their health with something that is native to the body. ASEA is that something. It is native to the body, so the body knows what to do with it.

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