I've been fighting a bit of depression which always seems to come my way this time of year. Missing family and although some of my family is close by it's always better to be able to see those who I haven't seen for a long time.
Anyway - my bible reading for yesterday was super awesome, so much so that I read it about 5 times to myself, aloud and will be reading it again today. It lifted me out of my depression! My soul needed a good reminder - boost - or kick in the butt to get out of the slump. I thought I would share with you all as well. No need to be depressed when we have so much to be thankful for. What are you thankful for?
Have a wonderful holiday filled with love, thankfulness and unselfish giving. :)
Here's the rest of Psalm 103 which I could not put in the image. Don't forget to read out loud to yourself as that is what the writer did when he wrote it!A Psalm of David.103
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.[a]
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
My "WHY" for kicking the FAST FOOD FAD, SUGAR ADDICTION, and Processed Foods, plus Why Your Health Care Practitioner Does NOT know best.
Basically, I was sick all the time and tired of it. I didn't realize until the end of last year that my diet was killing me. It's crazy when you go through your life eating food purchased from the usual places and being so completely out of touch with your own body that you have no clue how it affects you, yet you're sick all the time. Well, that was me~ I had a chronic cough that started about 2006 and for years I just ignored it. We had lots of money back then so eating out was a normal thing and we ate a lot of fast food too; of course, who doesn't right? We were too busy to cook a good meal every night so this was really a necessity (a necessary evil).
Eating healthy? yes, I considered myself to eat "healthier-than-most". However, I had a sweet tooth and loved my morning muffin with my coffee. I even prided myself that I could eat it daily without gaining weight (those were the days, haha!). I really didn't consider it bad, in fact they were those "healthier" muffins with fruit, bran, nuts, etc. We didn't eat a lot of red meat or pork and ate vegetables along with the other sides that usually contained some sort of sugar laden processed wheat ingredients. And of course we didn't eat white bread, we ate whole wheat bread., you know - the "healthy" kind.
I had no idea that all this time my body was building resistance to chemicals in these foods, basically poisoning my digestion. This was evidenced by increased allergy symptoms both in my sinus and in my digestive tract. It really didn't impact me enough to notice until a few years ago when I began to think there was something seriously wrong with me. I had this chronic cough and my allergies were becoming more and more acute, (ironically, I never put the 2 together in the same picture.) Although I had several tests done, the doctors could never tell me what was wrong with me except for the the general "Sinusitis" and "Gerd" answers. What ----? No.., don't you dare tell me this is related to my digestion and then just throw a pill at me! I do not have Acid Reflux because it doesn't fit. Little did I know that this was closer to the truth than I was willing to admit!
I would never have even learned the truth about my "condition" or changed my life had it not been for a strange turn of events which had little to do with health and more to do with money. I've always been an entrepreneur at heart so when a friend of mine introduced me Xooma, I thought about taking a look. I had already been involved in another health type business NatraGood (formerly One24) so this was a good fit for me. The products for both of these companies are excellent and highly recommended but this is only the beginning of my story, because since that time I've done so much research on health and the digestion I can now clearly see how so much sickness and disease that people suffer from is the result of lifestyle choices, much of which can be avoided and sometimes reversed.
Fun Facts About the Digestive Tract
- there are estimated between 300 to 1000 different types of flora (microbiology) in the digestive tract
- the relationship between gut flora and humans is not merely a non-harmful coexistence, but rather a symbiotic relationship.
- good flora are beneficial for training & maintaining a healthy immune system
- good flora are beneficial to the proper aborbtion of foods into energy
- good flora are beneficial for removing pathogens from the body
- antibiotics, processed foods, sugars, all contribute to the breakdown and destruction of the good flora of the digestive tract
- another name for the "good flora" in your stomach - Probiotics
- Probiotics are helpful in the treating of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- "...What we eat and how old we are does play a major role in the overall state of our live-in microbial population...,"
- What we eat determines the balance of flora either good or bad in our digestive tract
50 years ago, we received our produce locally, today our food is mass grown and produced and shipped around the world. Not only is it grown in soil that is treated, while the crop is in the ground, it is treated with chemicals to kill bugs and then again - it is treated with gases to help it ripen "unnaturally". There is sugar in some form in nearly every product that is on the shelves in the supermarket. If you're reading this I hope you think twice the next time you head on over to your favorite drive thru window and order your #6 on the value menu with super sized fries and a soda. You have no idea what that soda and fries are doing to your gut! How long can you ignore this? Like me, you may be completely out of touch and have not put the symptoms you're experiencing together with the foods you just ate.
Since the beginning of 2013 my husband and I have made a drastic lifestyle change. We do not go to fast food restaurants, we have greatly reduced our intact of sugar and starchy processed foods. We don't eat a lot of wheat products, breads, cereals or grains unless they are fermented. We've been eating smoothies almost every day with fresh and mostly organic produce as much as possible with as many superfoods as we can get our hands on! We've increased our consumption of water and removed almost entirely the addition of other beverages, especially sodas. No diet is perfect but I must say that today my health has improved tremendously. With the addition of Silver Max
and a few other Xooma products and also our NatraBurst
we have turned a corner in our health. My husband and I have both dropped a lot of weight and frankly I will never look back.
My goal for today in my life is to learn more about health and diet. My dream is to go back to school to become a health coach. There are plenty of people, like myself out there who are likely ready to make some drastic changes and I am very happy to help them take those first steps.
What is the Vitacost Set and Save Program About? Do you really save money with Vitacost? The answer is - YES.
I ran out of some of my favorite food and personal care products a few days ago and before I realized it, I heard the doorbell ring and the familiar sound of the UPS driver as he was dropping off my package from Vitacost. I was so happy and excited to open it! I had forgotten what products I included in my monthly autoship and was anxious to see what was in the box.
But this is only part of the fun. What is also exciting for me is how much money I save.
| |For instance you see that clay there to the right? When I went to my local health food store the price was over $10! This exact same product in the same size jar is only $4.99 from Vitacost. I'm super happy about this! The hemp seeds which I use daily in my smoothies I can't find anywhere around, likewise the coconut flour. I live in a kind of small town, so without my Vitacost I would likely be paying much more money or having to do without. | |
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- Vitacost is less expensive and still great quality
- Vitacost has a lot of great products and offers free shipping
- Vitacost shipping is very reasonably priced
- Vitacost offers products I can't get elsewhere
- Vitacost offers products for less than my local health food store
- Vitacost gives me free products for referring others
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Some people are advocates of buying local and I am too - most of the time. But, I'm also on a very tight budget so I must admit, I'm happy when I can grab onto any kind of savings. I can find these saving easily and consistently with Vitacost
I recently started using Vitacost Set and Save Ordering
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For anyone who is middle aged (like me) and wearing reading glasses.
Can you reverse the effects of aging eyes? Is there any possible way to reverse aging eye syndrome, naturally? I've been juicing a lot of beets and carrots recently so thought I would do a bit or research on this subject. I know carrots have a lot of vitamin A so maybe it's possible - no?
Well, I learned a new word today -
If you're in your 40's or 50's you will know that Presbyopia is affecting your life because you'll begin holding your reading material - books, magazines, your bible, your checkbook, etc further away from you than normal because the words are appearing out of focus held at their regular distance. You'll starting getting the large print version of your bible or other books.
"Presbyopia is the gradual loss of your eyes' ability to focus actively on nearby objects. It's a natural, often annoying part of aging that usually becomes noticeable in your early to mid-40s and continues to worsen until around age 65."(see source below)
"Presbyopia is caused by a hardening of the lens of your eye, which occurs with aging. As your lens becomes less flexible, it can no longer change shape to focus on close-up images. As a result, these images appear out of focus." (see source below)
I was sad to learn that there is no way to reverse this condition - so I may be stuck with the current state of my eyes as they are now. The good news is that it is possible to prevent this condition by protecting your eyes. One way to do this is to incorporate good sources of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, including vitamin A. Carrots and Beets are a perfect source for these vitamins.
The color of blood, are beets really that good for you?
There are actually 2 parts of the beet that are edible- the very pretty, very - red beet root itself and also the all powerful, yet completely discarded beet green.
Now, I don't know too many fancy restaurants that feature beets and/or beet greens as a highly favored dish, it's just not something you see in everyday fair. In fact the most common beet I've seen in a restaurant is the pickled kind out of a can or jar. This is unfortunate because beets are very delicious, and intensely good for you. So let's examine why beets and beet greens are good for you shall we?
I'm the type of person who believes in eating food the way nature intended, or as close to that as possible. I'm not always true to my eating beliefs, because sometimes, it's just not possible in this day and age, but I have my ideals in this area and I do try to stick to these principles. That's why when eating beets, I include the greens as well, why? One of the most important reasons is because there is 2404 IU (not sure what that means) of vitamin A in one cup of raw beet greens - - that equates to 48% of the recommended daily allowance. This is not the same for the root itself. In fact in comparison the beet root has a minuscule 44.1 IU or only 1% of the daily RDA of vitamin A.
The name vitamin K comes from the German word “Koagulationsvitamin.” Vitamin K is needful for the healthy coagulation of the blood. As you know from some of my other posts,vitamin K
is very needful to help prevent many forms of cancer. Beet greens contain 152 mcg of vitamin K which is 190% of the RDA for this vitamin, the root has little or none of this vitamin.
So you see what I mean? beets should be eaten with their greens - it's quite simple.
So getting back to my statement eating as close to nature as possible, in this case well, I know that's a bit deceiving because I prefer my "raw" beets and beet greens in a juice form. I'm sorry about that - but I'm sure you can see the benefit here of juicing these awesome very red red (and green) darlings. By the way the natural sugars in both carrots and beets create an instant boost of energy that you will really appreciate. If you haven't juiced any veggies yet, try this combination and you'll definitely be adding this to your regular weekly routine. I combine about 3 lbs of carrots to 1 bunch (about 3 to 4 beets and beet greens. You can add other veggies too but this is a simple and very nourishing tonic. It makes about 1 quart of juice and my husband and I drink a small 6 ounce glass a day until it's gone. See recipe here.
Even though I've had a few successful gardens in my day, I still consider myself the beginner or novice gardener. I just don't do it enough.
But this year we are growing our first ever all organic garden. It's really going to be a challenge because we're not use to this climate we're living in and also our gardening space is quite limited. It's taking us a long time but by the beginning of next month we will be ready to start planting one of the boxes.
I'm getting quite excited as fall approaches because the weather will be much nicer and we can really get out there in our small yard space. Here's what we have to work with.
Those bushes to the right there don't look like much but a few times per year we're blessed with beautiful display of purple flowers. The bees and humming birds love them! (See below for pics of flowers.)
You may not be able to see it, but to the left and around the corner to the right (hardly visible) we have started our first 2 planter boxes. This was actually done back in July.
Since then we've been filling them up every day with fresh fruit and vegetable waste from our kitchen, egg shells and coffee grounds. My hubby has asked our gardening service to provide us with grass trimmings so we add that to our boxes as well. It's amazing but we consider any composting material like gold these days and we're now trying to find other places and ways to add more natural forms of compost. Being in a small town in the hot Arizona desert this can be a bit of a challenge, but we're figuring it out.
As you can see our backyard has a lot of rock which is why this is going to take us a long time because we have to remove all the rocks first, This is the hard part, but we're both committed to making it work. Teamwork!. I love my hubby for getting as excited about this project with me. It helps to have us both working together on this.
Those bushes don't look like much but a few times per year we're blessed with beautiful display of purple flowers. The bees and humming birds love them!
My husband took this shot of a visiting bee friend. Really great picture, I think.
More to come soon.
It seems like more and more people are searching on information on a product that I've been advertising for a long time - that product is NatraBurst Super Food Blend. So I decided to (hopefully) clarify what NatraBurst is and what NatraBurst is not in this article. Also in the next few segments I'm going to provide you with some really great information into how good NatraBurst really is for you and where you can buy it.., and finally..., ta daaah how you (yes you!) can even make money sharing this excellent and quite unique product with other people. So here you go, this is my take on what NatraBurst is and is not...
What NatraBurst Is:
Is a superfood powder
Is a 100% vegan formula
Is 100% all natural
Is formulated with more than 30 super foods containing potent phyto (plant) nutrients
Is a powerful food source
Has more antioxidants than 6 servings of fruits and vegetables
Is sweetened with Stevia
Is incredible in smoothies
Is a high quality vegetarian source of protein
Has clearly recognizable ingredients on an easy to read label
Will save you money
Will help you control your blood sugar
Will give you more energy
Will help you lose weight Will provide a natural form of vitamins and minerals to balance your diet Can make you extra money when shared with other people (for advanced users ;) )
Can be fed to children under 4 years old
Basically Food - - - in a power packed - concentrated - form Can be purchased right now - from here: Buy NatraBurst HERE TODAY - RIGHT NOW
What NatraBurst Is Not:
Is not full of artificial ingredients
Is not full of chemically formulated vitamins & minerals
Is not full of artificial flavors
Is not full of artificial colors
Is not lactose intolerant
Is not diabetic intolerant
Is not overpriced diet food
Is not a chemically formulated vitamin drink
Will not compare to other vegan formulas in taste and quality
Will not make you bloated
Will not leave a vitamin taste in your mouth
Is not a get rich quick scheme
Is not scary to eat
Will not leave you scratching your head asking "what is that????" See below:
This is NOT NATRABURST - this is scary food.
I've been taking Silver Max Silver Hydrosol for 9 months now and have not felt this good in years! Silver Hydrosol has healed my immune system
What's really interesting and I'm still learning more about this every day, is that our immune system actually starts in our digestive track. This is one reason why I started this website and although I've had this website for several years, it's almost my one year anniversary when I took an active role as a regular blogging project. I've had a lot of fun and I'm ready and looking forward to see what the coming year has in store. I'm feeling better, healthier and just wanted to let you know, if you are having some trouble getting over some chronic immune problems, Silver Max is a pure, safe all natural solution. People have been using silver for millennia to fight bacteria and infection. Silver Max is the product I use currently, it's a high grade product and reasonably priced. I love this product so much that I've actually joined the Xooma Business!
I'm shocked and saddened to learn that the country I call home puts the love of money before the welfare of it's people. What's worse is this started over 100 years ago!
Is Healing Autism Thru Diet Possible?
To be honest this post is a little out of my league as I have no personal experience with autism or know anyone who is autistic or has an autistic child. I've watched heart wrenching movies and documentaries about children affected but really that's about it.
I came across this information by surfing the net today, my normal routine for Mondays. I was reading a blog post talking about the GAPS diet. Of course it was a complete mystery to me what that even meant so I clicked a few links and came across this article explaining what the GAPS diet can cure:http://www.lovingourguts.com/what-is-gaps-2/ GAPS which stands for "Gut & Psychology Syndrome" is a specific very narrow, very strict diet which does one thing, heals and nurture the digestion. This diet was created by Dr. Campbell-McBride. You can learn more about this diet here: http://gapsdiet.com/Home_Page.html
One thing I like to do is read the comments section of a blog, to see how others react to the post. The first comment was a negative one; apparently the person was as shocked as I was about the fact that autism could be cured or controlled by diet. After reading a few more comments I found the moving story of one such child and testimony of how a change in diet has so tremendously helped this boy. It's tremendous to know that this is not the only person who this diet has helped but for anyone who is looking for answers, it is wonderful to know that there is hope, is it not? Since this information is really important and I'm sure I'm not the last person in the world to know about this I decided I better share it here for anyone else who may need to be enlightened as well.
Here's the article for anyone who would be interested in learning more about this subject.
and here is a blog post about the family:
Please share this with people who may need to know. Thanks. :)
More Autism Facts
Do you love chocolate? There are some chocolates that are super healthy and some that are not, do you know the difference?
I was so glad to learn that chocolate, one of my favorite foods was good for you. So good for you in fact that you can actually incorporate it into your diet and reap huge heart health benefits while feeling no guilt whatsoever!
Check out this short informative video about the good and bad kinds of chocolate as well as the history of this wonder food. Then head on over to the Smoothie Of The Day page for a simple yet "healthy" desert smoothie with chocolate. And of course check out the great cacao foods from Vitacost below.
Heart Benefits of Cacao (chocolate)
Chocolate (or cacao)
Latin name:Theobroma Cacao
Cacao lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke by
~ Thinning the blood
~ Decreasing blood pressure
~ Creating more flexible arteries
~ Reducing LDL oxidation
~ Supporting better circulation
~ Improves survival rate after a heart attack
Other Health Benefits of Cacao (Chocolate)
~ Reduces systemic inflammation
~ Increases insulin receptivity
~ Improves mental clarity
~ Improves physical endurance
For Purchasing Natural Cacao Products - Go with Vitacost - click the links below (thanks for your support)