Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tomato Soup and Mango Salad Recipes

It's a beautiful summer day here in Arkansas. This morning I made some tomato soup in my Vitamix which I plan to have for dinner tonight. I will probably eat it cold, but if you prefer it warm you can warm it in the high speed blender.
Tomato Soup Recipe:
4 vine-ripened tomatoes
1/4 cup water
Juice of 1 lemon
4 stalks of celery
1 small sweet onion
4 little mini cucumbers
1 tsp chili powder
Blend in high speed blender until smooth.
Serve with chopped avocado mixed in.

Tomato Soup in the Vitamix ready to blend.

Tomato Soup after blending.

Tomato Soup ready to store in the refrigerator until dinner.

Food for the day. I started eating at 10:30. During the morning and at lunch I had watermelon and mango. Dinner was fresh orange juice and a salad made with iceberg lettuce, mango, cucumber, grape tomatoes, avocado, and paprika. Thanks to Louie Auslander for the salad inspiration. Also had dehydrated onion crackers. After dinner I had a fruit smoothie made with coconut water, bananas, dates, frozen mangoes and frozen mixed fruit.

Good post from Larry Simonis about emotional eating on his most excellent Facebook page:
EMOTIONAL EATING: Emotions trigger the old eating habits. The cravings kick in. When I overcame the cravings (via a 100% raw vegan diet and fasting) and got a handle on the emotions (via EFT/Tapping, "The Work" of Byron Katie, etc.), saw what was going on, and ALWAYS stayed 100% raw vegan no matter what, things started opening, the cravings (for the old crap; digestive flora calling for what it wants before they die out) eventually went away. Yes, I still eat emotionally at times, but if its fresh ripe juicy fruit, it really isn't a problem any more! And as time goes on, I do it less and less. I just sit with the feelings. The discomfort becomes not a problem. It shows the way. Om. 

To health and happiness.

Monday, June 26, 2017

How Much Fat is Low Fat

There is a debate about eating fats on a healthy diet. I have been on both sides of this discussion, but here's the thing.  I have done my best healing and weight control when I was eating controlled amounts of healthy fats with no refined fats.

2008-2009 was a time of tremendous healing for me. My diet included nuts and avocado; however, most of the diet was juice, smoothies, fruit, salad, homemade salsa, and a vegetable juice.

Not all avocados have the same fat content.  Avocados that are barely ripe have much less fat than avocados that are extremely ripe and soft.  Try to eat your avocados when they are just ripe enough to eat.

In 2011, I reached my lowest weight in decades while interning at the Clohesy River Health Farm. Our diet there included fats in the form of avocado, coconut, pecans, and sometimes a little nut butter.

At the farm our lunch was 4 or 5 servings of fresh fruit, 1/2 avocado, and 1/4 of a fresh coconut.  Our dinner was a salad made with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and celery, sauerkraut, 1/2 avocado, 3 dates, and about 16 pecan halves. Sometimes there would be a little lemon juice and olive oil for the salad.

I lost weight on that diet, but other contributing factors were that I  also worked on the farm about 3-1/2 hours a day and took a sunbath lying on a tarp on the ground on days when there was sun.

For me, I tend to wear any fats I eat in excess of the type and amount above. I just pack it on.  But when I eat the right carbs and the right fats, my body can use them and I have energy.  I feel good.

You really don't need more fat than that. When people ask you, "Where do you get your protein?", and they will, tell them you get all the protein and fats you need from plants.

A typical lunch at the Clohesy River Health Farm
Our goal is to learn to pack as much nutrition into every bite of food we consume as possible.  The ideal diet consists of everything you need and nothing you don't.  Even though you are not perfect yet, you can do better and better everyday.   If you only did what you already know to do, what a difference that would make.  Don't wait for the next research paper or the next best selling diet book. You can start today to live the simple, natural lifestyle according to hygienic principles. Adopting a more disciplined lifestyle is the best thing you can do to make the world a better place.

You don't need anyone to tell you how to live simply, nor do you need anyone's permission.  You can just go ahead and live that way without apology. Nothing is stopping you from practicing a healthier lifestyle right where you are.  This is the way of wisdom and ethics. Following natural law established by the Creator and nature gives you the best possible chance of living healthier and happier here on earth.

The current diet plan:
Lunch: Fresh coconut; 1/2 avocado; fresh fruit; green smoothie

Dinner: Veggie cocktail; sauerkraut; homemade dressing; rice crackers; 1/2 avocado (can use in the dressing); a few dates or pieces of dried fruit; a small bowl of nuts

If you want to include some cooked food...rolled oats with frozen wild blueberries and a little maple syrup; cooked beans; baked sweet potato or white potato; cooked greens; vegetable soup.  Occasionally a homemade veggie burger made from beans.

I still eat my popcorn.  I air pop it, spray it with Pam spray organic olive oil, and sprinkle it with nutritional yeast.

To health and happiness.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

No More Excuses / Raw Corn Salsa

Travis bought these pretty Vinca's yesterday for our deck.  

 Hygienic principles are not such lofty principles that we must wait until some future time when the majority come to accept them and agree with them.  These principles are for us to use here and now.  You can't wait to change your own lifestyle until "everyone else" agrees.  It is not important what the masses of people believe and want to hear.  When you step up and began to embody the simple, natural lifestyle, it may well encourage someone else.

Even though your circumstances are not perfect, and misinformation abounds, you don't need to feel like you are a prisoner to culture.  I have used that as an excuse before, but no more excuses!! Take responsibility for your own health and lifestyle no matter what most people are doing. Raise the bar for everyone by showing a better way.  We already have access to enough knowledge, if we seek it out, to help us live happier and healthier than before.

Yum, My favorite!!!

It's easy to make ridiculously delicious raw food recipes when you use bases of nuts and seeds, avocados, and salt, but that is not where the real healing is found. The body will heal much better and faster on low fat.

Today was our raw food potluck.  I love this group of people, and the food is delicious, BUT most everyone is bringing something that will appeal to everyone.  It is mostly highly seasoned and loaded in fats.  After the raw food potluck, I always want to go lie down and rest.  So while the raw food potluck is fun, it is not the way I want to eat everyday.  My goal for next month is to find some low fat raw food dishes to share.

Raw foods group.

Here is my favorite dish I served today, and it does qualify as low fat. I made this the night before, except for the tomatoes, and let it sit in the refrigerator.  I added the tomatoes this morning.

Raw Corn Salsa

1 package of frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
Juice of 2 limes
1/2 tsp pepper
Diced red onion
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered
A little dried cilantro (or you can use some fresh)
            - Mix all together and serve.

This is a good no fat salad dressing from Tannyraw that you can make in a high speed blender.

1 carrot
2 stalks celery
2 stalks green onion
1 mango, cut off the seed
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp. of lemon pepper or other spice (opt)
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes.
       Add a little water if needed for the consistency you want.
       Blend and serve with your salad.

I have a Vitamix blender which I have had for several years. If you can't buy a $500 blender right now, use the blender or food processor you already have.  Start where you are.


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To health and happiness.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Autoimmune Healing

Let's talk about healing autoimmune disorders.  Low fat vegan is the best way to heal any disease.

If your experience is like mine, you grew up eating hot dogs, boxed cereal, grilled cheese sandwiches, and such. In my family, we got Shipley's donuts every Sunday and had Fizzies to drink with our meals.  I loved them, but I don't think they loved me back.   Fizzies Drink

I have detested milk since I was 8 months old, so I dodged that bullet. My mother loved to cook, so we had the pleasure of her wonderful cooking...always with white Wonder Bread as an accompaniment.

Even as a child, my body was reacting to this diet. When I was nine years old, I was in the hospital with something that some called pneumonia and some called consumption.  I was sick for a whole summer and was given massive doses of antibiotics.  My body would erupt with boils which we called risons, and once with a carbuncle on my lip.

During my teen years, I had other dietary issues as my mom struggled to feed us on a waitress salary in our small southern town. During this time, we survived on partly southern cooking, partly Cokes and peanuts, and partly doing without.

But it was as I got older that the accumulation of uneliminated toxins began to manifest as disease. The doctors never gave a name to my symptoms, but they were legion. I had lower back pain and a stiff neck for months.  I could not sleep. I had plantar fasciitis. At various times I would have symptoms of a heart attack, but when I would go to the emergency room my heart was okay. I had a sensation of not being able to swallow. A twitch developed in my eye. My kidney hurt. I had no energy.  I was taking drugs for the symptoms, and I was getting worse every day.

My story turned around in the emergency room one day as I lay there, unable to breathe or swallow.  The doctor was not any help at all.  My daughter had arrived and was sitting with me. I told her, "They don't know". I told the doctor I was better and perhaps the sensation of not being able to swallow was from a medication I was taking. I left the hospital that day and have not been back to the doctor since then for anything other than blood tests.  And that is when I began in earnest to look for alternatives.

One particular night when I felt like my kidney would rupture and I would die, I prayed for wisdom to know what to do.  The answer came in the form of a strong thought the next morning, "Get out your Fit for Life books.  I found both of my books, Fit For Life and Fit For Life II, and began to read. I bought a juicer and changed my diet. I also began looking for a Natural Hygiene practitioner via the internet which led me to Dr. John Fielder, who runs the Clohesy River Health Farm near Cairns, Australia.  I have now studied with Dr. Fielder for several years and have interned at his farm for five months.

I sincerely want to help people. If you have a disease, and you are eating a normal American diet, then going low fat vegan will help you improve.  If you don't get the results you want then you will need to increase the percentage of low fat raw vegan food.  80% raw is a good percentage to aim for, but if you still have problems you will have to raise that percentage even higher.

Some people make the mistake of going raw but fall into the trap of using too many fats. I have done that myself. You can make delicious, exotic raw food using bases made of nuts and seeds and coconuts and avocados.  But for optimal healing, the holy grail is low fat high carb raw vegan. If you want to heal from chronic diseases, including autoimmune disorders, this will give you the best chance of success.

It takes some time.  It took the disease many years to manifest with chronic symptoms, and it will take time to eliminate it. But the good news is that you will begin to improve immediately.

I will be sharing some menu plans and recipes with you, although, I do not like to make exotic, complicated raw dishes. For everyday, I usually eat about the same thing everyday, but for our raw food potlucks I like to make something special.  I will share those recipes, too.

Don't give up. There is a way to be better. Fruits and vegetables are everywhere. You can order a big salad at the restaurant and tell them specifically what you want on it.

Start where you are and don't worry about comparing yourself to where someone else is on their journey.  This is your journey to walk out for yourself.  You can change your diet and lifestyle and change your life. No question about it.  You have to change your thought patterns and your lifestyle or you won't change at all. All the talk about gradual change and transitional dieting is just a smoke screen for procrastination. You either change now or you don't change at all. The possibilities are here and now, not in the future.  So let's do it!

Dinner.  The green salad is baby lettuces from the farmer's market, cucumber, Bubbies dill pickle, green onions, tomatoes, and black pepper.  The dressing is wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce
The soup on the side is the blended salad recipe I linked to in yesterday's blog.
Also, I had Edwards rice crackers and dried prunes for dessert.

Walking the dog.  Walking is good exercise which is crucial for healing.

To health and happiness.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Low Fat Raw Vegan Diet

Based on my experience, our best shot for optimum health in the climate and culture in which we are living is the high carb low fat raw vegan diet in conjunction with a simple, natural, biogenic lifestyle that harmonizes with natural law.

It is my desire to help people by sharing the diet and lifestyle that helped me lose 40 lbs. and to heal from an undiagnosed debilitating condition that left me making multiple trips to the emergency room and doctor's office. I was at the point of not being able to function and had almost given up hope of every being able to recover.  I was almost bed-ridden.

I have been eleven years on this quest for health via natural living, diet, and raw foods. My plan is to share even more lifestyle tips, exercise tips, and recipes.  I was 58 years old when I began this journey, and I am 69 years old now. It has not been a straight path, because I have stumbled many times, but, nevertheless, I am still here, still standing, and determined to carry on.  I want to encourage you that if you are ill and/or older in years, this manner of living will work for you and give you the best chance of a healthier life.

Common sense tells us that the concepts taught in Natural Hygiene regarding living the simple, natural lifestyle are true, but, even so, most people are not ready to receive them.

Change is difficult because we have been programmed to think a certain way. These habitual patterns are not easy to break, because they give us a sense of belonging, comfort, and security; however, they also shield us from new ideas and new ways of doing things. Most people resist change, because it interferes with their perception of "reality".

For several days I have been meditating for an hour first thing in the morning and then walking four miles.  Today I began to train for a 5K race using the 5K Runner app. After my training session, I continued with my walking in order to get in my 4 miles.  It will be fun if some of my friends or family would also like to train to run some 5K races.  My inspiration is coming partly from reading A Race for Life by Ruth E. Heidrich, PhD.

My food for this morning :  mangoes, watermelon; celery spears; lemonade; green smoothies.

In a quart jar squeeze the juice of one lemon.  Add 1 Tbsp. stevia or other sweetener and water.

1 can coconut water
2 scoops chia seeds
3 handfuls of kale
3 bananas
almost a pint of blueberries
frozen mixed fruit to fill up the blender
     -Blend until smooth and serve.


This afternoon I plan to make some dehydrated crackers for our raw foods potluck on Wednesday.
Here is the recipe I plan to use, although I will probably double it.

1/4 cup ground flax seeds
2 cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
1 large onion
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
     Blend all together in the Vitamix.  Add a little water if necessary in order to get it to blend.
     Pour onto Teflex sheets on your dehydrator trays and score to make the crackers easier to break apart.
     Dehydrate at 110-115 degrees until the crackers are firm enough to flip over.
     Flip over on a dehydrator without a Teflex sheet and continue dehydrating until they are crispy.

My plan for dinner is a big green salad, the blended salad recipe I have posted before, and some crackers.  Cooked foods will be leftover garbanzo beans and roasted potatoes in case anyone feels like they need something cooked.

Here is a link to a blog post with the blended salad recipe.

To health and happiness.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Eliminating Stress and Raspberry Mango Ice Cream

Stress is a big factor in health and healing.  While communicating with a friend the other day and giving her a list of the principles to practice in order to regain her health, she said, "You said eliminate all stress".  Out of all the things on the list, this one stood out as being the most difficult to achieve.

It is possible to eliminate a great deal of the negative stress you experience.  When I was given this principle, I was addicted to the news and was worrying every day on how my "party" could take over and make the world better.  How was I to eliminate stress?  I looked around at my then five-year-old granddaughter and asked myself, "What is she worrying about?"   I decided to be like her, so I turned off the news, exited my attachment to either major political party, and put my focus on things within my control.  I honestly believe, that the other things will take care of themselves if we do the work on ourselves.  Change yourself...change the world.

Another way to eliminate stress is to let go of placing expectation on other people.  It is a great source of stress when you are trying to make other people do or be a certain way.  It is manipulative, and it is stress producing for you and them.  Place your expectations on yourself to make the world better by making yourself better...and healthier.

According to Dr. Keki Sidhwa, in his wonderful book, The Quintessence of Natural Living for Health and Happiness, we can take control of our lives by seeking variety and not letting ourselves get into a rut and by being interested in life.  It helps to be poised and cheerful.  We can learn to take what life brings, whether it be joy or sorrow, good or bad, with calmness.

It is important not to bottle up our emotions.  Exercise is a good release of the frustrations and anxiety that may show up. Regular exercise makes us stronger and, at the same time, releases emotional tension.

It is okay to be assertive and speak up against injustice and unfairness in a quiet and dignified the right time, in the right way, to the right person.  We can let out steam without scorching the other. We are hoping to reach a stage of mental composure so that we can deal with our irritations in a dignified way.

Time management is important in eliminating stress. You can't be in two places at the same time, and you can't do two things at the same matter what they say about multi-tasking. If you try it, you will wear yourself out.  We need to make the best use of the time we have and set our priorities to do the most important things....the things that have the most potential...first.

In Natural Hygiene, we talk about enervation playing a factor in illness. Excess stimulation produces stress and is enervating.  Entertainment that has loud or discordant noises, violence, crime and tragedy induces stress.

Regularly schedule 30 minutes or an hour of quiet time where you can pray, meditate, or walk. This is one of the practices for a healthy lifestyle.

Practice seeing only the good in all around you and turn a blind eye to the bad. Stop judging. A positive attitude is essential for eliminating stress.It is a complete change in lifestyle that focuses on concern for the needs of others. Hate causes stress and love eliminates it. What if you really did love your neighbor as yourself?

One of the main qualities needed for coping with stress is gratitude. Always think of how you can be thankful. Give up trying to get revenge.

Exercise and meditation are two sides of the same coin. Kevin Black, from Unlabel Yourself, reminded us this morning that the body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness. To be whole, we must take care of our body and our mind.

We are here to grow in love. That is our challenge, and to live the simple natural lifestyle is part of answering that challenge. It is a simple way of living powerfully.

So let's just do it!

Here is a simple recipe for you...two ingredients...a real treat:

1 package frozen raspberries
2 packages frozen mango

Let the raspberries thaw, then blend until liquidy.  Put in a bowl and set aside.

Place the frozen mangos in your high speed blender or food processor.  Add just enough water to make it blend.  Blend until creamy.

Put some of the raspberry on the bottom of your serving bowl.  In a mixing bowl, mix  the rest of the raspberry in with the mango until it is marbelized.  Put the mango/raspberry mix in the bowl that has the  raspberry bottom.

Keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

To health and happiness.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Planning a Trip

Herbs for the Green Smoothies!

I met my sister, Sheila, and my friend, Rebecca, at Barnes and Noble in Little Rock to have a little trip planning meeting.  Whenever I anticipate the trip, it makes me feel happy.  Our plan is to do three days in Paris seeing the sights, and then take the train to our beloved Chateauroux where we will join in with our friends and other local people to celebrate a week-long festival called American Week.  It will be a special time for all of us.  When we leave Chateauroux, our plan is to go to Eindhoven, Netherlands, for a week, and use that location for a base point to visit some battlefields and meet with the historians that are familiar with the history of the Lucky Seventh and the Battle of Overloon, where our uncle, George A. Meece, was killed.  We also plan to make some day trips to some surrounding cities.

The meeting went well.  We had originally decided to use Nijmegen as our base, but then switched to Eindhoven.  We also decided to fly home from Eindhoven instead of going back to Paris to fly home.

So....the food I had yesterday:
Morning: Freshly squeezed orange juice

Lunch at Barnes & Nobel: Coffee and a pretzel

Dinner:  Veggie Cocktail; Sauerkraut; Green Salad: Salad Dressing leftover from previously; Rice Crackers; Purple Hull Peas; Onion; Baked Sweet Potato Wedges.

Dessert: Kombucha, Lara Bar

To health and happiness.