This Recipe Thing

Yesterday, I was awoken from a dream at 2 a.m. with the compelling need to get up and not just write down the recipe but to go down to my cold kitchen and begin preparing the recipe I was dreaming about. Sometimes this recipe thing is both a blessing and a curse. I would much rather have been in bed all snuggly and warm but no my mind kept saying, “Get Up! You know you want to make it!” I looked at the clock and quietly left the warmth of my cocoon not wanting to wake my snoring husband (who came down an hour later, telling me I shouldn’t listen to the voices in my head.) Little does he know I ignore most of the voices but that’s another matter.

Recipe Dreams and 50 Day Cleanse

I’ve been told several times this week, “You only have 12 days left of the cleanse. So then you can go back to eating the same way you did before.” Many people don’t understand that eating the way I did before led me to a disease I did not want nor would wish on my worst enemy. It led my husband to a disease he did not want. No, we’re not going back to our old way of eating. We are however going to start another cycle of the cleanse on June 7th. I also plan on doing a 3rd cycle of the cleanse on July 27th. It’s interesting at how much we make sure our outside bodies are cleaned every day but ignore our insides. We bathe every day, we shower, we keep our living environments clean, but we forget that our insides need cleaning too.

I took my car in for an oil change and asked if I could watch them drain the used oil from the car. Of course, they thought I was nuts – I assured them most people do, so it’s okay. I asked them questions too. Like, “What would happen if you didn’t drain the old used oil from a car?” The technician looked at me in astonishment – and then began to go into his dialogue. “If you don’t drain the old, used, black oil from the car and just add the good the stuff, the good stuff would not be able to do its job. The used oil would clog up the engine and the engine wouldn’t run correctly. By draining all the old oil, we make sure the engine can run at its optimum level.”

This got me to thinking about the 50 Day Cleanse. The first 5 days – water fasting – of this cleanse does the same thing for us. It clears out our brain fog, it clears out all the sugar and helps our bodies burn fat for fuel instead of being clogged with all the sugar and processed foods we’ve eaten to this point. I know some of you decided not to do the first 5 days and proceeded right to doing the intermittent fasting, but like my car that needed the oil change, you won’t get the same kind of results as those who have gritted their teeth and made it through the five days.

This also got me to thinking about how much impact what we put in our mouths has on our health. Did you know that the lining of our intestines becomes clogged with food we eat? Just ask anyone with Crohn’s disease. Just going straight to the intermittent fasting without giving your body a chance to reset itself and your organs a chance to heal, you’re kind of pouring clean oil on the used, old oil. Cleansing our digestive track with the 5-day water fast is just like draining a car’s old oil.

Nourishing Raw Alkaline Vegan Alternatives

I have always loved sour cream and giving up dairy is one of the most difficult aspects of this cleanse. But it’s been well worth it. I’ve been asking myself questions before going to bed at night to help me make a nourishing raw alkaline vegan alternative to the dairy that I miss so much. Here are three recipes I’ve dreamed about in the last couple of weeks.

3 Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream

Cantaloupe Ice Cream

  • 1 cantaloupe, seeded, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen
  • 1 coconut (water and 1 cup of coconut meat used) Freeze remainder of the meat for later use.
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
  • ½ cup water

Place all ingredients in food processor or Nutri bullet. Process until smooth.

Freeze in a metal bowl until firm. About 3 hours.

Serve.

Makes about 6 servings.

Variations: In place of the cantaloupe you can also use 3 pints of berries, 3 bananas, 8 apricots, or any other alkaline fruit. I’m thinking about making it with some frozen pears I found in my freezer from last fall.

Avocado Bliss

Avocado & Mango Bliss with my Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Seed “Taco Meat”

Avocado Bliss

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Juice of one lime (measured out)
  • Water (same amount as the measured lime juice)
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 – ¼ teaspoon ground Habanero Pepper
  • ¼ cup Avocado Oil

Whirl together in food processor until creamy.

This is one of my favorite things because it has the same consistency of sour cream.

Variation: Use two mangoes for the avocados.

I’m so glad that my talent of dreaming in recipes can benefit so many. I am beginning to understand that my dreams are not only changing my own health but having an effect on so many others. This recipe thing is changing lives just like the 50 Day Cleanse.

 

 

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Benefits of Water Fasting

Many of my friends have asked me the age old question, “WHY? Why are you doing this water fasting thing?” My answer is always, “To give my digestive system a break and reset my body into a fat burning machine instead of a sugar burning machine.” They don’t get it as most people don’t understand why someone would put themselves through something this drastic. What they don’t understand is this I am a sugar addict, while I haven’t had any sugar for the last few days doesn’t mean I am cured of being a sugar addict. I will always be a sugar addict just like an alcoholic will always have problems with alcohol.

I needed to make this change and help my husband also make this change. He too is a carb addict. While he’s trying to do this with me as closely as possible he is having one alkaline veggie juice every night so he can take his medication. Someone asked me if I worried about becoming water logged and if I drink too much water. I’m not because I only drink 160 ounces of water a day. I’m also drinking 3 20-ounce mugs of organic chamomile tea with no sweetener which is part of my 160 ounces of water.  My taste buds have really come back and I’m helping the cells of my tongue regenerate without the bombardment of always needing something sweet.

One of the first things I’ve noticed after the second day of doing this water fast is my skin doesn’t itch anymore. Last night (third night), I noticed that I had a whole lot more energy and my mind is clearer. It also helps that I lost 8 pounds so far. I know most of it is water weight, but I’m also gaining muscle because I am continuing to do my workouts along with the water fasting.

I’ve found a slew of information on the benefits of water fasting; I’ve decided not to regurgitate all their material here but give you a set of links to research when you have the time. This way you can make your own informed decision about whether doing a 1-, 2-, 3-, 5-, or 7-day water fast is right for you and your situation.

Let’s get this party started…Wait a minute, while I drink some water.

 

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My Constant Companion

 

  1. All About Fasting: This place is great for all the different kinds of fasting not just for water fasting. You could choose whichever fast works for you.
  2. How Fasting Can Help You Live Longer: While Dr. Joe Mercola advocates intermittent fasting which is extremely beneficial. He goes into how it can help you live longer and live better.
  3. Reset Your Immune System: We can reset our immune system in only three days of water fasting and our brain grows. As we age our brain shrinks so brain growth is a good thing. Wonder if this has something to do with the clarity that I have now.
  4. Eat, Fast, and Live Longer: This is a documentary done by the BBC that is phenomenal about why we should make fasting part of our lifestyle.
  5. Rejuvenated Power of Fasting: Our bodies need a break and water fasting gives our bodies that break and a chance to heal and rebuild.
  6. Water Fasting for Health: This will go through everything you may experience while on a water fast and how to prepare and come off a water fast.
  7. Fasting is Worth Trying: Here another husband-wife team up to do a 5-day water fast and document their journey.

Water fasting is a change in mindset. While I’ve had much more time on my hands because I don’t have to pay attention to meal prep or clean up, I’m also not thinking about food like I used to either. I’m looking forward to week two of my 50-day cleanse and adding an alkaline veggie juice to my water regime. Because I’ve changed my mindset, my attachment to food is different. It’s not about filling an emotional need but filling my nutritional needs.

Take a chance, change your mindset and reset your life with water fasting.

Creating Change

Creating change begins in our mind. Reading many articles and books on how the mind can be used to heal our boo boos has led me to finally understand the how and the why we humans can make or break our own lives. It’s been fascinating to watch as my husband transforms his cells from the inside out.

Different websites tout different foods cause inflammation and cutting back on the culprits will cut down the inflammation. The Arthritis Foundation says these foods are the eight worst.

  • Sugar
  • Saturated Fat
  • Trans Fat
  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids
  • Refined Carbohydrates
  • MSG
  • Gluten and Casein
  • Aspartame
  • Alcohol

As always I also read about inflammation on the alternative health websites. Dr. Axe says the following foods should be added to this list.

  • Corn and Soybean oils
  • Pasteurized Dairy
  • Conventional Meats

In reading the many journals on alternative health and inflammation I have found out that it’s associated with almost every health condition we know. By attacking the inflammation we can reverse these diseases and lead a vibrant life. So my husband and I have embarked on a journey to reduce the inflammation, not just with food, but actions, thoughts, and words.

Attacking the inflammation in our bodies begins with creating the change in our mind. We need to think about every we do, say, eat and think. We can think our way out of inflammation by visualizing ourselves becoming less inflamed. Our cells do what we tell them to. We think our cells do their jobs on their own, they do but to a certain point we can change their trajectory and create the change within us. If we think we hate a certain food and never taste it, then we create this ill feeling when we see or smell it. If we’re inflamed we can talk our bodies out of it by saying how much we love to exercise (lowers inflammation), for instance. We’re then finding ways to exercise. Same is true for giving up all the foods that cause inflammation. If we say how much we love their healthy alternatives, we’ll eat them more often.

We all have the power to create the change we seek right in our minds. If we think it, we can do it.

 

My Behavior Triggers

It’s no joke that I read many books and try to combine techniques to help me in gaining health and wisdom in my life. One such book I am currently reading is The Art of Persistence. I just started reading The Charge by Brendon Burchard, which I won for free. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a little over a year. The two books, while somewhat related got me to thinking about how my behavior triggers my success in all the facets of my life. Health, family, social, career, dreams, home, relationships, education, the list is endless.

Through the principles of these books, I have decided to write out my 30 daily habits. Yes, you read that right, 30. Each of us have at least 30 daily habits that either contribute to our success in any given life facet or its failure. While doing this practice for the last week, I am also concentrating on, meditating on, praying about, pondering, and applying different words that have meaning in my life. Some of these words include Consistency, Constant, Courageous, Complacent, Concentration, Determination, Empathic, etc.

Behavior changing

So what, right? Well, since I am always using myself as a guinea pig with different health techniques, why should this be any different?

Since the first day I started writing out my 30 daily habits, I’ve learned that writing them out makes me think about them and when I am doing them I am reminded of their impact on my success. Is this a behavior trigger? I think so because by doing this simple act of writing out the 30 habits, I am putting myself into a different frame of mind.

What do 30 habits look like? Here are some of mine. They change from day to day.

  1. Pray
  2. Study
  3. Exercise
  4. Bathe
  5. Dress for success (whether working from home or in an office)
  6. Tell my spouse how much I love him
  7. Set D.U.M.B. goals
  8. Drink one fruit/veggie blast a day
  9. Eat one salad a day
  10. Go for 2 walks a day
  11. Write one blog post a day
  12. Clean one room of the house a day
  13. Read one chapter in any of the books I am currently reading
  14. Hold my husband’s hand while taking a walk.
  15. Smile
  16. Make someone else smile.
  17. Write three pages for my upcoming book
  18. Make dinner
  19. Encourage someone else
  20. Plan next adventure
  21. Drink Sole Therapy water every morning
  22. Talk to my plants
  23. Do some form of art therapy
  24. Meditate on one word
  25. Get up when alarm goes off
  26. Make my bed
  27. Finish the laundry process
  28. Focus on work at hand
  29. Choose health
  30. Count my blessings

Your habits will be different. If you have animals, you will need to include those habits. If you have small children you will need to list the habits surrounding your family. This simple little behavior tool has helped me in many ways. I’ve lost weight. I’m exercising every day. I am managing my stress level. I am able to have more joy in my life.

While there are many behavior changing triggers, and this one isn’t the only that works. I would love to hear what works for you. If you have a resource or technique you use to change your behavior, please share it as long as it meets my criteria (no harm to humans or animals, no foul or explicit language,  no violence, and no judging.)

RENEWAL

Waking up at the crack of dawn, my husband gently nudged me awake. We had a plan to spend July 4th not in celebration of our freedom, but in enjoying our freedom to visit a lady who help him put things into perspective. This lady is old, she’s majestic, magnificent, and in the splendor of her beauty we found awe, perspective, clarity and renewal.

On July 4th while most people were waving flags, marching in parades, and partying at barbeques, we hiked Mount St Helens. We listened to the peacefulness of this mountain that once spoke with boisterous thunder. We marveled at God’s creation at every turn, from the herd of elk we saw bathing in the morning sun to the chipmunks scampering through the brush snacking along the way.

While walking the trail I stopped to write in my journal, which I carry with me on every hike now, to capture the words that God’s beautiful creation inspires me to think about. First entry of the hike, “The mountain has her own words, her own voice. Yet no one understands the magnitude of her thoughts.” Being away from the hurriedness of the city, where I thought I thrived, I’ve been awakened to new thoughts, new ponderings, new attitudes, new philosophies of what I want for the second half of my life.

God's Renewal

Seeing the remnants of the devastation caused when the earth sighed through the nostril of Mount St Helens, I am reminded of all the chances we are given in life to change. God’s way of life is a constant renewal, if we let it be. When we stop growing, it’s us that stops not God. Life is constantly changing and we must change and grow or we become like the mud petrified tree stumps that stand among the new growth.

As I walked the trail, I pondered the immensity of change and renewal. Changing our character and our being is so much more profound than slapping on a coat paint (lipstick), or a new pair of shoes. Change takes courage, perseverance, trust, love, motivation, and most of all it takes reliance. Reliance in knowing who you are changing for and why. We shouldn’t be changing for other people, but for God. We rely on God’s direction in life to bring us to a place where we are ready to break forth from the sheltering cocoon and be a light to the world.

2 Corinthians 4: 16 – 18 “There we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

 

UNEXPECTED BREAKS

My last blog post was on the 13th of January and here it is February 2nd. I felt I needed to take some time and work on  one of my challenges for the month of January. This unexpected break has helped to work on the emotional struggles I’ve been going through these last 10 months. I’m not saying that these struggles won’t rear their ugly heads yet again in my life, but now I know how to deal with them when they do.

Attitude

I’ve learned so much through this whole ordeal that I thought I would share a bit of  it here with you. If I sound like a broken record, please forgive me, I learn by repetition.

  • I can’t change the way people in my life behave but I can remove myself from situations where their anger and put-downs don’t harm my well-being.
  • Perception changes when we change.
  • We all change, no one stays the same. If we aren’t changing and growing, then we’re dying. There is no in between. Living a life in limbo is not living.
  • Therapy helps us grow, sometimes we get the feeling like we don’t fit in anymore, that’s because we’re growing beyond the group.
  • The more I tried to make peace with people who want nothing to do with peace, the more frustrated I became. You can’t make peace with people who don’t want peace. You also can’t make peace with people who only want peace on their own terms.
  • Letting go is an ongoing process; it’s not a one time deal. It’s a daily action that takes diligence,  courage, and faith (so much faith!)
  • Separating yourself from the people causing discord in your life, is sometimes the only way to heal.
  • It takes courage to stand up for yourself, the reward is a healed life.
  • Going through this struggle has made me see some traits in myself that I needed to correct, so I don’t repeat the cycle.
  • Going to God has been my best refuge and shelter. To hide away in God’s word has helped me to see that I’m not the only one who has ever gone through this kind of struggle.
  • There is no problem that is ever too big for God to handle, as long as I don’t keep taking the problem back after I’ve given it to him.
  • PATIENCE! Waiting on God and letting Him work everything out on His timetable takes a whole lot of PATIENCE!

Yes, this was an unexpected break but one that I desperately needed to recharge my batteries, and give me a change in perspective. No longer am I trapped in wrong thinking, but my mind is renewed  through the words of God that have helped cleanse me from the ill feelings that precipitated the emotional struggle that was holding me back for so many months.

Thank you dear my readers and followers for your loyalty, your patience, your love, and your encouragement during my time away.

NEVER FEEL LIKE A FAILURE!

Every New Year it’s the same old thing. Set a goal. Make a resolution. Work like maniac to achieve resolution. Get tired. Lose interest. Purposely find excuses to stop working on resolution. Kick resolution to curb. Feel like a failure when you realize you were only baby steps away from realizing your goal. For some of us, this is the process of focusing on our resolutions, but having nothing to show for it.  Wouldn’t you love to never feel like a failure again?

For 50 percent of Americans this is the normal ritual that ensues each and every year. Making a resolution to either get financially stable, lose weight, quit smoking, quit drinking, spend more time with family has become a game people play each year in hopes that it would spark something within them to change their lives. Each one of these categories requires change and let’s face it, most people fear change. 

I recently read an article on Entrepreneur that touched on feelings about goal (resolution) setting. The article focused more on the process and the plan in reaching a goal instead of focusing on the goal. All too often I would find myself focusing on the goal and when I didn’t reach it in the allotted time I gave myself, I would feel like a failure because the goal wasn’t reached.  This article gave some credibility to my way of thinking.

Focus on the Process

Yes, I still need to set goals but I also need to forget about the goals and focus on the system, the plan, the process, or the routine of my life. Our daily routine or process has a lot to say about ourselves. For instance, if you are trying to become financially free but keep running out to buy your daily coffee, those new shoes you fell in love with,  or take out dinner you’ll never be financially free. If you’re trying to lose weight but don’t follow a daily eating plan or exercise plan, you’ll never lose weight. This is true of everything in life that needs changing.

Instead of rushing to meet the deadlines you’ve placed on yourself, take a breath. Relax. Games aren’t won on the field, their won in practice. A pianist doesn’t perform the piece of a lifetime, just be sitting down to a piano and playing. It takes practice, rehearsals, planning. A professional musician practices their instrument many hours a day. A dancer practices different routines many hours a day.

The routine of life tells us who we are.

If you want changes in your life in 2014, you have to be willing to change your routine. These changes don’t have to major ones they could be as simple as replacing one complaint with one happy thought everyday.

Here are 10 simple changes you can make in 2014

  • Smile at least 2 minutes out of every hour.
  • Write 300 words a day, if you’re a writer. If you’re an artist practice the process of making art.
  • For every hour you sit, exercise 10 minutes. If you sit eight hours a day at work, and your commute adds on another 2 hours then you’ll need to exercise for an hour and 40 minutes. But if you get breaks at work, you could cut down on your exercise time but walking on your breaks.
  • Talk to 3 new people everyday.
  • Replace one unhealthy meal (aka fast food, junk food) for one healthy meal every day.
  • Post one inspirational photo to your Facebook page every day.
  • Replace one complaint, or one bit of gossip, or one negative thought with one positive thought, one sincere compliment, or words of praise every day.
  • Tell a different person in your life how much you love them and appreciate them every day.
  • Compare yourself to yourself. Stop the cycle of frustration, by comparing yourself today to who you were yesterday instead of the current celebrity or television icon.
  • Choose to use less profanity. Profanity hurts the ears of the people you shout it to, it hurts the ears of the little ones around you, and it hurts you.

By focusing on our process or routine we kick the feelings of failure to the curb. Success abounds when we focus on the process.

By making small changes and focusing on the process, you’ll never feel like a failure again.

http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/holidays/tp/resolutions.htm

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230333