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March 18, 2010

Eat the Weeds

Filed under: Wild Edibles — Connie Lacelle @ 11:21

I’m bad. But in a good way. When I find an awesome resource I tend to spend hours exploring it instead of going to bed and getting my rest. Last night was a case in point. I (re)discovered a YouTube channel called “eattheweeds” in which host, Green Deane, teaches about things that are growing in his back yard and elsewhere in his vicinity and teaches us how to “itemize” it. He is very knowledgeable, entertaining, obviously a gifted teacher.  If the channel had been a book I would have to say it was a page-turner and I couldn’t put the book down. Hence the numerous videos I watched last night.

I had been looking for information and good visuals about the usual suspects that are said to be growing in all our backyards (unless you kill them off with pesticides, yuk). Things like lambsquarters, chickweed, and purslane. I “know” they’re there, I just have not been confident about identifying and then using them. Now I know where to find the information so I can pluck up a suspect, bring it to my computer, look at a video, listen to Deane’s instructions, and decide whether to let the suspect’s remaining relatives live or put up a “not a weed” sign. Of course, if I had a laptop it would be better to take it out to the suspect’s location and identify it there so as not to kill a potentially useful food source…

One of my chief preparedness efforts is to learn everything I can about wild edibles, and I think you should, too. So let me post Deane’s Eat The Weeds YouTube and website links and let you get to it. Happy weed-eating!

Connie

March 8, 2010

Sunglasses

Filed under: Health & Fitness — Connie Lacelle @ 19:44

How do you prepare for extended time in the outdoors on sunny days? Most people in our culture wear sunglasses, but today I learned from Paul Nison’s book “The Raw Life” why he does not, except when absolutely necessary such as when driving toward the sun. He quotes from Roe Gallo’s book “Perfect Body”:

“Sunglasses are particularly bad for you. The body is partially protected from the rays of the sun because of your body’s natural perception of the sun’s brightness when it is let in through a smaller opening. In the back of the pupil are melanin cells. When the sun’s rays contact, they release dark pigment throughout the entire body to protect the skin from sun damage. When you wear sunglasses, the darkness of the glass fools your eyes, interfering with your natural skin protection. Burning and skin cancer are the result.”

Wow. That’s good to know…

March 5, 2010

Physical Preparedness

Filed under: Hebrew Roots,Prepping — Connie Lacelle @ 15:11

Don’t have much time today for writing, so let me quote Mike Clayton and give you a link to his physical preparedness website:  

“Physical preparation is the subject we think of first when we look at the days ahead. We may think of food, water and shelter first, and though it may be important, it is last on our list. We can remain alive 3 minutes without air, three hours without shelter, three days without water and three weeks without food, but without God’s presence in our lives moment by moment, we are but dead men walking! Though much of this web site is devoted to physical preparation, please keep in mind it is not to become our focus or our fear.”

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind.” 2Tim. 1:7

Visit Mike’s Torah is Life website for lots of great physical preparedness information.

March 4, 2010

Passover

Filed under: Hebrew Roots — Connie Lacelle @ 18:29

Passover is coming; are you prepared? I am not talking at the moment about whether or not the cookie crumbs are gone from the couch or if you’ve managed to get time off work. I’m asking whether your heart is ready. Do you know what it’s all about?

I have just discovered an awesome blog written by my friend Arline, known on Paltalk as Ruhamah, in which she addresses some things we ought to know about Passover this year. Please check out the opening article of her blog (Passover 2010) and then the others. You have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain!

Connie

March 2, 2010

Fasting

Filed under: Health & Fitness,Hebrew Roots,Juice Plus — Connie Lacelle @ 13:29

When our food supply is reduced in the days ahead, we will have to learn to fast to make what we do have go further. I have been trying to learn how to do this for a few years, occasionally (very occasionally) coaxing my body to accept 24 hours without food. Yom Kippur is an excellent time to practice this–but for awhile I tried doing it every Sabbath as well, then forgot about it. Recently I discovered another excellent reason to fast–to detox my body–so I have been fasting this week. Not for spiritual reasons, but just to help my body. I was motivated to do this by Dr. Jeff Hazim’s 1 hour video called “Detox or Die.” It was so good that I watched it again with my husband, and even he was impressed.

I learned many things from the video, including the fact that what we think of as hunger is not really hunger. There is apparently a real hunger signal that you feel (like thirst) at the back of your throat; I have yet to recognize that. The “symptoms” most of us get are not really hunger signs–they are signals that something is not right in your body (in which case, a fast is just what you need)! For some reason, knowing this has made my fast much easier! At the end of the video Jeff challenged his audience to do a 3-day water only fast or a 7-day juice fast, and told them that the 3-day water fast was much easier than the other–and much more helpful to the body. So I chose to try the 3-day water only fast.

Another thing I learned is that the hunger mechanism (he called it a switch) turns off around 24-36 hours or so (it is different for different people) into the fast so that you do not even feel hungry. I figured if I could just make it that long I’d be doing good and could call it practice, and if the switch turns off my hunger mechanism I should be able to go longer. So I committed myself to trying for 36 hours and then seeing if I can make it to 72 hours. I am currently at 42 hours and feeling good. I don’t even have a headache. My stomach is gurgling as it has been doing all along, but I’m just ignoring that. I am feeling a bit weak and shaky, but I am coping with that by not exerting myself. I am making sure to get lots of sleep, because it is during sleep that your body repairs itself. When you are fasting, the body is better able to do that because it is not busy digesting.

Here’s the great news. Fasting for a period of time causes your body to go after and consume things in your body that don’t belong there, like toxins and dead and cancerous cells and fat. It realizes food is not forthcoming but it still wants to burn something for energy, so it goes after these kinds of things. This is why you want to go on a fast for health reasons–to get your body to burn off stuff that shouldn’t be in it in the first place. Everyone needs to do this regularly because we cannot avoid absorbing toxins all day long; they’re all around us.

After the fast is over, the first things you want to eat are healthy whole foods. The body will want to replace the stuff it burned off during the fast and there is zero point in putting bad stuff back in! So I am planning for juice, salads, fruit, vegetables, and resuming my Juice Plus, of course…but not the stuff I usually crave like chips and cheezies! Not even the chocolate cake that my son made the other day!

The 3 days of the fast make me think of something that I believe Monte Judah teaches–that at the start of the tribulation YHWH will test our attitudes by allowing us to go 3 days without food. I used to worry about this, but it occurred to me that those 3 days without food might just be the ticket! If we need to detox (and who doesn’t), such a forced fast will help to make us ready for the Kingdom, besides teaching us how very much we need to depend on YHWH for everything.

In addition to seeing what I can do for my body now, I am thinking of my current 3-day fast as a trial run–practice for the tribulation, if you will. Experiencing it for myself will enable me to encourage my family and others when the real time for it comes. This is practical preparedness; I encourage you to try it!

March 1, 2010

Bushcraft

Filed under: Bushcraft,Hebrew Roots,Home School,Wild Edibles — Connie Lacelle @ 14:52

Whoohoooo! Today I stumbled upon an awesome new source of survival information! Well, who’s kidding who here? It might have been a “stumble” to me, but obviously YHWH led me to it! First a friend sent me an email by Tony Robinson announcing his new channel on YouTube, so of course I had to add it to my subscriptions.

For what it’s worth, I have a channel called Connie’s Solutions and my username there is ConnieSolutions; however, there are no videos to see yet. I thought that perhaps I might maybe eventually get around to making some videos to promote my homeschool products if I can ever find the time and can get my kids to help make videos with their camera equipment. If you care to visit the channel, though, you can quickly find videos by some of my favourite channel owners–such as Dehydrate2Store and Growing Your Greens. 

When I signed onto YouTube I “happened” to see some videos on bushcraft, so I decided to watch one or two just to see how good they were and figure out of these would be safe to recommend to you. One of the videos was called “Naked into the Bush…” so I thought, “Uh, oh. Better be really careful!” Turned out, ‘naked’ had to do with going out into the bush without equipment like knives and matches and food. Phew! I hope I never have to go out into the woods without any equipment, but whether I do or not these will be excellent skills to have in my survival arsenal.

In the second video I watched, David (with his wife Tam as cameraman) collected a straight stick, some dry wood and bark, and sharp stones with which to start a fire from scratch. He did not even use a knife–if the sharp stone did not do the trick, he found a better one! So I got to actually watch someone go through the process of making a fire without matches–all from the comfort of my own home. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a moving picture is worth many times more. Unfortunately, on this occasion the fire never started–but that’s life. Be prepared for failure on occasion! I will be looking for the video showing success!

Anyway, somewhere along the line the word “YHWH” caught my eye and I thought, “Aha! I struck gold! I knew ‘Tam’ sounded familiar!” So I watched a third video, this one on cattails because Linda Runyon’s book “The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide” refers to cattails quite a bit. In the video, David pulled up some cattails and showed their various parts and what can be done with them. More importantly, he actually ate some! It’s one thing to be told you can eat this or that, but to actually see someone do so helps to set your mind at ease.

Well, at this point I knew this was to be today’s entry in my preparedness-blog, so I went hunting for the website URL to give you. On the home page (YHWH’s Word of Faith) I found a link to the YouTube videos, among other things I have not checked out yet.  Perhaps that is today’s task…

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