Monday, January 23, 2012

Back in the Swing of Things

I have been under the weather since before Christmas.  Christmas Day I went to bed with a healing crisis.  It was perhaps pneumonia or bronchitis.  Dr. Fielder thinks I am still healing my lungs from smoking many years ago.  This healing started when I was in Australia.  Nevertheless, I went to bed and began to fast with Dr. Fielder's supervision.   After eight days of fasting, I began to have juices then graduated back to normal, healthy food.  Since then, I have rested and hibernated as much as possible to finish healing.   I am feeling much better now and ready to get back into the swing of things.

Living the simple, natural life is a little different on a city lot in a gated community than it is on a 350 acre off-the-grid farm in the bush of Australia.  My experiment is to see well how I can practice the lifestyle with the foods I have access to and what foods I will be able to grow on my lot.  The social pressures are different here, also.

Food I ate yesterday:

10:30  Goodie Ball
12:00  Raw fajita vegetables, steamed cabbage seasoned with butter, green salad (mostly iceberg lettuce), goodie ball, watermelon, raw jalepeno cheese
4:00  Steamed cabbage, sauerkraut, watermelon, nuts in shell
7:00 Popcorn popped in coconut oil and butter and seasoned with nutritional yeast (no salt)

I started a few mung beans sprouting.  I am trying a smaller amount because we have wasted some of the previous sprouts.  They weren't a total waste as we put them in the compost.


Raw Veggie Fajitas
Mushrooms, sliced
3 bell peppers, sliced in strips
1 zucchini, sliced in short strips
1 sweet onion, cut in half and sliced thin
1/4 cup Nama Shoyu or Tamari, or Bragg's Amino Acids
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
**Toss all together in a big bowl.  Marinate 2-12 hours.  Serve in romaine lettuce leaves with nut cheeses and salsa.

This recipe was good.  Even non-raw foodies liked it.  I'll post the "cheese" recipes later.

Yesterday was a cold, wintry, rainy day.  Travis and I picked up Mom and took her to church.  The only exercise I got yesterday was pushing her around in her wheel chair.  Mom had such a good time being at church.  It was her first time to attend in months.

Groceries we bought yesterday:  Watermelon from Mexico, Canteloupe and Honeydew from Guatemala, Smuckers Organic Creamy Peanut Butter

Travis has decided that coffee is a healthy drink.  He read an article in the health magazine they gave him at the health food store that cited a long list of research proving that coffee lowers your risk for many degenerative diseases.  He is looking for organic coffee now and is planning to order the polyphenol retaining coffee the article was promoting.  I'm not at all convinced that coffee is healthy.

The places where I feel like I missed the mark the most yesterday are:
* I ate a goodie ball too early in the day.
* There are possibly too many spices in the veggie fajitas for it to pass the Ninja test.
* The butter I seasoned with was not raw or organic.
* I ate too much food at the evening meal.
* Popcorn is not a food according to Dr. Fielder.
* I did not exercise enough.

My pastor taught us yesterday about nurturing our relationships.  Love needs to be tended if it is to grow.  It has to be important enough to us to work at it.

God loves us.  We can rest and be secure in God's love.  His love is everlasting.  He is faithful.  We don't have to be afraid of Him.  He has plenty of mercy.  He forgives.  He provides our needs.

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