Monday, February 18, 2013

The Journey is a Joy

I have started using an app on my i-phone called My Fitness Pal to keep up with my food, water and exercise.  The most helpful part of the app to me is keeping up with the amount of fat grams I am getting.  It is so easy to over-do on fat grams even on all raw foods.

Oranges are good this time of year.  This is my favorite way to eat them....freshly squeezed orange juice.  There is nothing better.  I have a little citrus juicer that makes the job easy.

Freshly juiced orange juice.

 A young friend of mine turned me on to the idea of making my own laundry detergent and fabric softener.  I finally got around to making a batch.  It's easy, and it works better than any commercial detergent.  I don't think I will need to use bleach to keep the whites looking good enough.  The dutch oven I used to boil the soap was not quite deep enough.  I had to work at keeping the temperature low enough to not boil over, yet still keep it boiling.  I will be looking for a deeper pan at the estate sales and yard sales.

The ingredients for making the laundry detergent.

Here are the recipes:

Laundry Detergent-
Bring 1/2 gallon of water to a boil then add 1/3 of the Fels-Naptha bar shredded.  Bring it back to a boil. Once the soap is melted, add 1/2 cup of Borax and 1/2 cup of Washing Soda.  Boil for 5 minutes and stir.  Put this into a large bucket of some sort and add 1-1/2 gallons of cold water.  Stir.  Let it sit for 30 minutes and stir.  Pour into two gallon containers.  (I used empty bleach bottles).  Use 1/2 cup per load.  This makes enough detergent to do 64 loads.  It averages about five cents per load.

Fabric Softener - Mix in a gallon container...l6 oz of Suave conditioner, 3 cups of white vinegar, and 10 cups of water.  Mix well and pour into a Downey ball.  Shake before each use.

The Hot Springs Flute Ensemble played at St. Lukes for the Sigma Alpha Iota Musicale.  Here I am getting ready.  It was fun.

Let him who would move the world first move himself. - Socrates.  I think Socrates got that right.  We can help the world most by accepting responsibility for ourselves.

When it comes to living the simple, natural life we have to want it more than anything.  The main motivation is to wake up and live at the highest level we are capable.  Health is the by-product.  The good thing about our sickness and discomfort is that it forces us to look at what we are doing wrong.  At that point, we have to choose to cover up and suppress the symptoms we are experiencing or to accept responsibility and  choose the path of peace which involves doing whatever it takes to address the cause of our problems.

If this doesn't make you get excited, I don't know what will.  You can have a great life and get healthy.  Don't let anyone tell you that you can't, not even your doctor.  Don't accept that there is no cure.  You can without a doubt clean out your organs, glands and tissues and get healthy if you are willing to take the road less traveled.  It may take some time, but what's wrong with that?  We didn't get in this condition overnight, and we won't correct the problems overnight.  But we will begin to improve almost immediately.  Actually, the journey itself is a joy.  I have never had so much fun as I have since I started practicing this way of living.

To health and happiness.

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