Restore Your Health!

Posted on 4th February 2016 in Food Storage, Garden, Health & Fitness, Herbs, Youngevity

Quick. What one thing above all else (with one notable exception) do you need in order to be truly prepared for whatever is about to hit the fan? Yes, of course, you need your health!

(Notable exception: More than anything else, you need a good relationship with the Creator so that you can call upon Him and get help in your time of need. But this post is about health, so I won’t go into that here.)

Recognizing that my family and I needed a health upgrade, I took my friend Lorie’s advice and watched a 1994 video called “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” by Dr. Joel Wallach. After I was duly impressed by that, I looked at her website. Then I googled and sent myself lots of e-mails with links to articles and YouTube videos that were gradually helping me come to a conclusion.

I had discovered an incredible resource! A place where I could purchase (from myself, even) all the minerals and vitamins our bodies need that are not coming in our food, because we’ve depleted our soils and polluted our environment. Most of the products are supplements, of course, but I can also purchase minerals for the garden! And lots of other cool stuff…like…

  • healthy chocolate,
  • coffee,
  • weight management packages,
  • skin care products,
  • products for pets,
  • essential oils,
  • food storage items,
  • herbs,
  • mineral make-up,
  • Jordan Rubin’s Beyond Organic products,
  • and much more–including jewellry and scrapbooking materials!

Who knew?

In the end, I concluded that I should join the company and share this information far and wide. Now I am sharing with you through my own affiliate website at Youngevity (aka my90forlife).

I hope you will recognize your need to restore your own health before whatever-it-is hits the fan, and visit Restore Your Health.

Give your body what it needs and it will heal itself!

Questions?

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I just wanted to let you all know that I have just updated my Home and School Solutions website. Among other things I added numerous links to all the section favourite link pages, brought the various testimonial (introduction) pages up-to-date, and fixed all the broken links.

The major thing I did, though, is add a Blogs-Plus tab/page. If there is anything I want to add to the website that cannot be naturally included in any of the existing sections (Hebrew Roots, Health=Wealth, Home Schooling, Faith Matters, Desktop Publishing, Store and Services, or About Home and School Solutions) then I will put it here.

Since most of my activity and research in recent years has been in the areas of prepping and gardening, I have put material about these two areas on the Blogs-Plus page. You are invited to go there now and check out all the links I have provided for you.

Have fun!

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100 Days of Prepping

Whooohooo. Kellene Bishop of Preparedness Pro has just announced she is doing a “100 Days of Prepping” series chockful of information in many different forms–videos, articles, books, forum, lists, etc.

Sometime during that period she will be unveiling her new cookbook, which I’ve been looking forward to for awhile because she believes in tasty food from her food stores, which is something I’ve been agonizing about, and since she is a very practical person I know these will be recipes I can really use.

Read all about it!

Have fun!

P.S. I don’t know what’s going to be included but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume the following categories will be mentioned somewhere in there. If not, please forgive me.

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Borax is a multpurpose cleaner that we should buy for bugging out?‏

According to this article, you can use borax along with washing soda (both are powders) to wash dishes, which is what I was thinking of doing in camp:

http://www.ehow.com/how_6182569_use-borax-soap.html

That, combined with the fact that borax is good in diaper (and therefore family cloth and menstrual cloth) buckets as a disinfectant and in diluted form as a hand-washing solution means I’m pretty much sold on the idea we should buy lots of borax (and washing soda) for bugging out. I’m astonished that it only recently occurred to me to wonder how we were going to keep our hands clean in camp; what’s up with that?

Which reminds me, we’ll need a covered bucket for soaking soiled family (or latrine) cloths and menstrual cloths in before laundry day. I’m thinking it needs to be just a tad larger than the breathing hand washer (which is 8″ in diameter) I’ve ordered so that the cloths can be washed right in that bucket (which will also help with the ick factor). Here’s a picture of what I’ve decided to do myself because I already have the materials, but you can purchase the complete set-up from Anitra Kerr at Simply Living Smart–another one of my favourite preppers! 

I’ve purchased four small Rubbermaid totes to use as kitchen sinks (dedicated basins for washing and then rinsing dishes, and whatever other stuff ones does in a normal kitchen) and bathroom sinks (dedicated basins for washing and then rinsing hair and other stuff one does in the bathroom). I’m really going to miss my taps!!

I also found a small blue bucket to go into our Luggable-Loo for easy waste removal (both of which will need to be scrubbed regularly). We will have to place something small underneath the small bucket to raise it up to the top edge of the Lug-A-Loo to reduce spillover, but that’s not a biggie. And that reminds me to stock up on rubber gloves, each pair of which will have a dedicated purpose. I don’t want to be washing clothes with rubber gloves that were used to scrub the toilet!

I’m loving the powdered laundry soap I made from borax, super washing soda and Linda bar soap (see a previous post on that) so I have no problem using the same ingredients for washing dishes. My major concern while searching out a suitable recipe was whether or not any other ingredient was necessary. I don’t really see using a laundry bar soap to wash dishes, but Octagon was highly recommended on Annienygma’s website and she’s one smart frugal cookie. Hey, if a bar soap helps with washing dishes I might just as well use the same homemade laundry detergent for my dishes! But why bother with a recipe at all if equal parts borax and washing soda can do the job with no additional ingredients? I may still search out a recipe and/or a local source of Octagon bar soap but in the meantime, I think I’ll buy another box of borax and washing soda and experiment!

By the way, in the course of all this research I’ve discovered there is a raging controversy over whether or not borax is some foreign toxic poisonous substance. I’m satisfied now that it’s not–it’s perfectly safe to use for all the cleaning we’ll need to do and might even be a useful dietary supplement! Wow, did I really type that? Check out this (lengthy) article “The Borax Conspiracy” and decide for yourself!

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Washboard Laundry Day

Well, y’all knew I’d have to eventually google washboards right? I just saw this cute little video where 10-year old or so Alicia demonstrates washing a shirt or something on a washboard and it reminded me that we’ll need a little bit more than a washboard to keep our clothes clean out in camp or at home if we don’t have electricity. Have a look: http://www.pioneerliving.net/washboard.htm

In addition to the washboard, which I have yet to find…gonna try Canadian tire or a second-hand store or, of course, I could buy it online…we have to have other tools:

The soap to wash with! An article I read says to rub bar soap on the washboard and then onto an article of clothing placed onto the washboard, and then scrub. Repeat with each piece of clothing. I would get several bars of Linda laundry bar soap, but have no idea how many because I don’t know how long a bar would last in those conditions. I would get Linda simply because it’s available at Food Basics, which in turn means it’s probably the cheapest I would be able to find. In this video, though, that’s not stated and sudsy wash water was prepared beforehand. I would simply add the homemade laundry soap I wrote about last week and agitate that until it’s all dissolved before dumping in the first load of laundry. Perhaps even dissolve it in boiling water and then mix it into the wash water. I’m guessing I would need less than the 1 tablespoon scoop I currently use for my automatic washing machine, so I’ll probably say 1 teaspoon? That brings me to…

Long gloves to wear while scrubbing.  Since my homemade laundry soap is made with superwashing soda and borax as well as Linda bar soap I’m thinking I’ll need to protect my hands and sleeves! Don’t want to damage my fingernails any more than necessary and certainly don’t want kids laughing at grandma skin (aka wrinkles) on my fingers!

It would be wise to have hand lotion on hand to help my hands and face recover from the constant work, sun and wind!

An apron with pockets to protect my clothes from splashes and to hold my clothes pins. I mean, one’s mouth can only hold so many pins… There are many different kinds of aprons, ranging from the simple panel that covers your front from waist to knees to those that give full coverage like a dress. I would opt for the one-size-fits-all BBQ style that covers your sides and front from neck to knees, and I would refrain from making it cute so that the men won’t be afraid to use it. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest each campsite should have at least two–one heavy-duty apron (in denim or oilcloth) for protecting clothing while chopping/carrying wood, etc. and one lighter easy-to-wash apron for protection around the camp stove and laundry tub. Come to think of it, an oilcloth one would be perfect for laundry day!

A clothesline! I understand there are many, many uses for paracord and this is one of them. I would say you should have a dedicated length of paracord that is used only for laundry. Once you’ve done all the hard work of scrubbing your clothes, you don’t want to be placing them onto a line that’s dirty from holding down all the stuff on your bug out trailer or dragging dead carcasses out of the forest. And when you are measuring out your laundry paracord, don’t forget to allow a few feet for tying it to trees!

But, I have digressed again. I have a habit of doing that….

Before you can get around to hanging up your laundry, you need to get your dirty clothes clean! You need more than one tub/bucket/tote and at least one of them needs to be big enough to accommodate your washboard. That means you need to acquire your washboard before you go shopping for laundry tubs/buckets/totes. In this video, you’ll see they’ve used a galvanized tub to wash the clothes in. That’s because that tub can be placed over a fire to get the water hot. If you want to boil your water in pots you already have instead (you’d better have big ones and get started early) you can get away without the galvanized tub. However, galvanized tubs are great for bathing in (oh, now I’m feeling old).

That leads me to another digression: if you are going to do laundry in the same tub you bathe in, you’ll need to have a good way of scrubbing soap scum off it between uses. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wash my clothes in water contaminated from someone’s last bath. I don’t even want to bathe in a tub contaminated from my own last bath! (Ditto for a basin used for washing your hair and your dishes.) Also you’ll want your tubs/buckets/totes to do double duty as storage containers for when you are moving between camps. You get the picture. So make sure you have enough rags and cleanser for scrubbing your containers!

Note: We’ve been told that our containers should have locking lids, especially for when we’re moving about, to help keep everything dry and in place. My friend suggests Rubbermaid containers as they are the only ones that can stand up to drilling holes in them for securing lids to the container with quick ties, or whatever they’re called. He recommends drilling holes in one lid and container first and then using the lid as a template for the rest of the lids and containers. That way, all of the lids are interchangeable!

Okay, back to the laundry. Didn’t know this would be such a complex issue did you?

You’ll need tubs/buckets/totes also for a first rinse and a second rinse. Those can be plastic and they can be smaller. The second rinse is in cold water, used particularly for cooling boiled clothes so you can handle them. I’ll explain what that’s about in a minute, but first I want to suggest that if you’d rather have dedicated laundry tubs/buckets/totes you should find three that fit inside of each other perfectly (with or without lids, but lids make them more multi-purpose) and then use the innermost one to store your other laundry supplies. When acquiring your three tubs/buckets/totes you might want to start with whatever container(s) holds your 3.5 year supply of laundry soap to make sure it will fit inside, then allow room for the gloves, clothesline, clothespins, long wooden spoon and/or tongs, etc. Maybe even your washboard.

In the article we were told to boil the clothes for an hour before washing them (makes it easier, apparently, but ewwww) and in this video we were told to boil the washed clothes for about 5 minutes to sterilize them, and cooking pots were used for that. Of course, they could be the pots you boiled water in previously for your wash tub. And naturally, that means you’ll have to have a fire going beforehand with enough wood nearby to keep you going through the whole process. If I have to do all this, I don’t think I’ll be doing laundry any more often than necessary! (Or maybe doing smaller loads more frequently would make it easier…) Anyhow, I understand that the sun does an excellent job of bleaching and sterilizing clothes, so I’d try to wait for sunny days before doing laundry. But there will be those days when we cannot do all/any of this outside…think the middle of a Canadian winter…when you’ll have to boil water on your camp stove and hang the laundry inside your tent so the heat from the stove can dry them out. (Amusing story alert: When I was a kid we hung clothes outside even in winter and at least once I snapped legs off frozen pants! I’ve been wanting to try that again so if you’re in my camp and have a pair of pants you want to turn into shorts, please let me have a crack at it!) Anyway, you might be concerned about perfectly clean and pretty clothes when you start out, but I’m sure that will be the least of your worries toward the end! I guess boiling clothes would be a great idea, though, if we stumble into areas where we are contaminated by egg-laying-bugs…

The girl in the video used tongs to remove clothes from the boiling pot. I think a long wooden spoon would serve as well. If you use a wooden spoon you’ll probably want that dedicated, too, so you are not serving up laundry detergent-flavoured deer stew at the end of a long day! Tongs are great for dealing with pasta and are easier to get perfectly clean, but if your family suffers from ick-that’s-gross syndrome you might want dedicated tongs, also.

In an article but not the video the point was made to start with the cleanest laundry first (obviously so you don’t have to get new water for each load). For me that means wash the tea towels first and underwear and pads last. Or maybe the jeans… Your decision.

Got a backache just imagining doing all this? That’s nothing compared to what will happen if you don’t set up your laundry site properly. You need to get your laundry tubs/buckets/totes set up at a level that’s comfortable so you don’t have to bend over any further than necessary. I don’t know about you, but I can’t visualize myself either kneeling on or bending down to the ground to deal with laundry! I get a backache just standing at the kitchen counter chopping vegetables! So utilize blocks, logs, rocks or whatever is at hand to raise your tubs/buckets/totes off the ground. If necessary, you could overturn a couple of your other storage containers to serve as temporary worktables. I would set everything up before I got started, beginning with the fire so water can be heating up while you work, after deciding where the clothesline will be.

Speaking of which, the article suggests having a laundry basket. If you work close by your clothesline it shouldn’t be a huge issue if you don’t have one when hanging up wet clothes one by one as they come out of the rinse water. But it is really nice to have one when removing dry clothes from the line. Of course, you can always use one of your scrubbed out laundry tubs/buckets/totes–assuming that all of your clothes have already been washed and hung up and they’re no longer needed for that purpose.  So don’t take your much-needed rest after laundering your clothes until you’ve also scrubbed out your containers! Procrastination has a way of coming back to bite you, like when it starts to rain while you are resting with a cup of tea and you have no choice but to grab clothes off the line and drop them into a dirty tub!

Well, I’ve written enough to make you decide to hire a camp laundry maid so I’ll sign off for now. I’d be interested to hear how you have decided to manage your laundry.

Connie, laundry maid-to-be

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Posted on 18th November 2012 in Environment, Health & Fitness, Money & Finances, Prepping, Survival

I’ve been researching the subject of making my own laundry detergent for several months and am pleased to report I have discovered an awesome and simple recipe. I’m not a fan of cooking up so-called simple goopy liquid products, so this is a dry powdered mixture that is easy-peasy to assemble. It will travel easily, so I’m thinking it will be perfect for the trib.

Because I like things to do double-duty, I experimented with using this for handwashing dishes but it doesn’t suds up so I was disappointed with that. Dear son says it doesn’t have the chemical ability to lift food off hard surfaces (he thinks suds are needed for that). So I suppose I’m looking for an ingredient with that property that is powdered (or can be powdered at home) to add to this recipe. Or maybe I need a totally different set of dry ingredients, who knows. If you have been making and using a great powdered soap recipe for hand washing dishes, please share! 

Anyway, back on topic. We love how soft our clothes are when we wash them in this homemade laundry detergent! Dear daughter especially likes the fact that she doesn’t have to deal with scents and tells me there is no more itchiness, either! I like the fact that we use just the tiniest bit (about a tablespoon) of the homemade detergent per load (and can use more or less as needed), so it goes a long way. If you use a level tablespoon per load, you can wash 96 loads with one batch. When I costed this out earlier this year, that meant that I could wash one load for $.034! I haven’t done any stats on the number of loads per bucket I got out of any of the commercial detergents I’ve purchased in the past, but here’s a quick calculation on the most recent one using the numbers printed on the product which I purchased at Costco. I paid something like $18 plus taxes for a bucket that would do 200 loads, so the cost per load was $.102. Wow–I can wash three times as many clothes with my homemade laundry detergent! 

I’ve seen variations of this on the internet (of course; where else would I find this stuff?) and some of them are very helpful videos, so by all means look for them if you don’t believe me. 🙂 However, if you are ready to try this recipe here goes:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups superwashing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 1 x 9.5 oz bar Linda laundry soap
  • (optional) 1 cup of baking soda if you have hard water

Instructions:

Put the bar of Linda laundry soap into the freezer overnight or until you are ready to assemble the ingredients. (I’ve had mine in there for weeks; just pop it in the freezer when you bring it home from the store and leave it there until you are ready to make the recipe.) Remove it from the freezer and use a big knife to break it up into chunks. (I cannot speak to whether or not the soap needs to be thawed because I have never chopped it up right away. You might want to leave it for awhile.)  There is something about freezing the bar that makes it much easier to break up into chunks, so be kind to yourself and do it. If you simply must have the detergent right away, though, go ahead and chop the bar when you take it out of the grocery bag. Place the chopped soap into a food processor and run it about a minute or until the soap has been broken up until tiny grains. Pour the grated bar soap into an 8 cup or larger container and let it dry out for a couple of days. Mix in the superwashing soda and borax, plus baking soda if using. Store in laundry room with a small scoop that holds about 1 level tablespoon and use 1 scoop per load. Experiment–if you can get away with 1 teaspoon per load, go for it!

Note: if you would rather not use your food processor to transform the bar soap into tiny pellets, you can (I’m told) simply grate the bar using one of those graters you use for cheese. They say it’s not so easy to get the soap and/or the taste off the grater so you’ll want to have one on hand just for grating the bar soap. I can’t speak to that, either, but I’ve had no problem cleaning or using the food processor after making detergent.

Speaking of cheese, please be sure to keep the Linda bar soap away from cheese-loving children because it looks exactly like cheddar cheese!

By the way, several different kinds of laundry bar soap (such as Fels Naptha) are listed as ingredients in the recipes I’ve seen online, but I live in Canada and prefer to buy off the shelf rather than order ingredients online. I also prefer to shop at the cheaper groceries stores, like Food Basics. That’s where I found the Linda laundry bar soap and the borax, and of course the baking soda (which I don’t need to use). I did have to go to Home Hardware or Canadian Tire to get the superwashing soda. I bought the borax in a 2 kg box and the superwashing soda in a 3 kg box. Which brings me to a…

BIG BATCH IDEA: If you buy 6 bars of Linda laundry bar soap, you can use up all of the washing soda and borax in one fell swoop. In other words, get a big bucket or tote that can hold more than 36 cups (with stirring room) and dump in a 3 kg box of superwashing soda, a 2 kg box of borax, the baking soda if using, and the 6 bars of Linda soap after it’s been powdered, then stir it all together. That’s enough laundry detergent for 576 loads–about 3 years’ worth if you only do 3 or 4 loads per week. Hmm. That’ll get me through the trib, don’t you think?

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Simple home remedy for strep throat

Quick note. If you’ve ever thought about taking a course in herbalism this might be the time. Check out today’s post by Eric at Tactical Intelligence, where he demos a simple home remedy for strep throat which he learned in the course he’s taking. He’s worked out a deal with the instructor to give a great deal to anyone who registers for the course (for a limited time).

 Go! Check it out! I’m going to…

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Green Flour?

Posted on 13th September 2010 in Food Preservation, Garden, Health & Fitness, Juice Plus, Wild Edibles

Well, as promised some time ago, I did plant my last few clover seeds in a patch of soil in my back yard that was not otherwise needed–because clover is both a great green manure (they say) and because it is edible. How can you lose with that combo? And I thought that the clover might be a good emergency food supply because most people would simply ignore it and leave my supply be.

The clover came up big and beautiful, pleasing me no end. Did you know that clover doesn’t just arrive in a 3-leaf format? I have several 4- and even 5-leaf clover plants! I harvested some a couple of times to hide in salads; however, my great plan for this summer was to harvest and dehydrate everything in sight so I didn’t take too much clover early on. I’ve pretty much kept my awesome Excalibur dehydrator going day and night (except for sabbath) preserving at any given time whatever most demanded to be harvested. The clover had to wait, but no matter–it kept growing big and beautiful, and from time to time I pulled whatever weeds were obvious in the clover patch. Obvious, I say, because I had also planted a number of  ground cherries throughout the clover patch without plotting them on a map (what was I thinking?) and couldn’t identify them for a long time. (Ground cherries are like tomatillos; ours are little yellow balls protected in a paperish husk. Quite tasty, actually.)

One week a big container of strawberries we had purchased from Costco pretty much all rotted and when I complained about the wasted money, my son reminded me that strawberries are just big masses of seeds so they should sprout if we plant them. Now we had an opportunity to try out that theory, so we stuck red craft sticks in the soil around one side of the clover and ground cherry patch and plopped a big red moldy strawberry below each one.

I diligently watered my clover and ground cherries and strawberries all spring and looked forward to the day when I could harvest and dehydrate the clover. Dehydrate the clover? Yep. Linda Runyon’s book “The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide” mentions “green flour” several times and I’ve seen “green flour” in many places on the internet as well. When I think “flour,” I think of wheat or rye–but one dictionary definition is “a fine soft powder.” The same definition also says that flour can be made from other materials, even fish! Fish flour? Hmmm… So this old brain is learning to think outside of the flour-bin, er, box and consider other options when the word “flour” is heard or read. I’ve been making almond flour this summer from the pulp left over from making almond milk. (I would really love some good recipes for using that, if you have any!)

So all spring and summer I’ve been dehydrating kale and beet greens and kohlrabi leaves and early jade chinese cabbage greens and radish greens and turnip greens and mustard greens and chard and even lettuce–and a lot more stuff! Did you know that you can eat broccoli and brussel sprout leaves, and even bean leaves? I haven’t tried the bean leaves yet, but I did decide to dehydrate broccoli and brussel sprout leaves to use in stir fry dishes and soups during the winter. Besides the leaves, I’ve also dehydrated the chopped stems of all these plants. (And, of course, “regular” produce like beans and tomatoes, as well.)

I left some of these leafy green things in their leaf or stem form but, for the sake of variety and space and most of all for winter green smoothies, I powdered quite a bit of it. That is to say, I made green flour. Lots of different kinds of green flour. I figure I could have green smoothies every day all winter and still not run out of green flour! In fact, the thought is niggling in the back of my mind that I really need to figure out or find some recipes for creamed name-the-green soup (made with nutmilk since we don’t use dairy or soy milk anymore).

I also need to experiment with substituting green flour for wheat flour in some baked recipes–so I can figure out just how far I can push the envelope ratio-wise. Of course, such recipes must be simple and cheap because I am thinking in preparedness mode here. All the stuff I’m dehydrating won’t do me a speck of good if I cannot turn them into healthy rations for my clan! If you have good recipes, bring them on! Or share websites that provide this specific type of recipe. If I come up with some unique recipes of my own I will be sure to post them in the Health=Wealth section of my website.

Okay, so baked goods aren’t always the best foods (it’s better to eat veggies and fruits raw) but when push comes to shove in the difficult days before us my family is going to eat whatever we can put together. Green biscuits, green pancakes, green soup, green drinks…

Here is something I never thought of that before! The stuff in the Juice Plus capsules is green flour! No wonder Juice Plus has been taking such good care of me all these years–the capsules are full of highly nutrient dense foods juiced, dehydrated, and powdered down so that a scant teaspoonful or two is all I need per day. But I digress…

Unfortunately, my clover never made it to the dehydrator! Just when I was getting ready to harvest it an ugly plant disease spread through my garden–white powdery mildew. The poor lilacs got coated with it! This scourge infects cucurbits–so I had to regularly cut white spotted leaves off my cucumbers, squashes and pumpkins for many weeks. In the later stages of its spread through my garden the powdery mildew infected my peas, too, so I had to discard even the sugar snap pods–though the peas themselves were still edible. Phew! Fortunately, one does not eat the leaves of these plants and the mildew does not affect the fruit.

But when I saw powdery mildew on my big beautiful clover, that was the last straw. I’m NOT eating leaves that have even the slightest chance of having powdery mildew spores on them, so the clover had to go. I started to hack off the clover and discard it through the city’s garbage system (instead of my compost) but harvesting clover turned out to be a more uncomfortable job than I thought, just because of the way I designed this bed and because clover is a small plant. Live and learn. A couple of insufferably hot days amongst the clover was all I could handle, so I just let the remaining clover grow up around the ground cherries (haven’t seen any strawberries yet) and actually it is a very pretty sight. Next year I’ll harvest my clover (if there is any) earlier–before the mildew arrives–so I can make clover-flour-whatevers the following winter.

And now I must go–kale is on the agenda today. Kale soup, anyone?

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Sunglasses

Posted on 8th March 2010 in Health & Fitness

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…

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Fasting

Posted on 2nd March 2010 in Health & Fitness, Hebrew Roots, Juice Plus

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.” You can see that at www.detoxordie.com. 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!

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