Smoothies, Shakes and Juices

I am slowly (very slowly) starting a career in freelance writing.  So far it is very low pay but a lot of fun! Today I started a project writing about Shakes.  It is really interesting to go to the source with research and find out the truth behind the hype.  Today I discovered that quinoa, chia and flax seeds really are super foods with some amazing health qualities.  Do they help us to lose weight?  Well yes… And no.

Flax seed and Chia have got health benefits of their own which we will discuss in another blog.  The great thing about them from a weight loss point of view, is that they are both mucilagenous.  This means that they are gelatinous, they thicken the drink they are mixed with and they make us feel full.  Of course if we add something unhealthy like ice cream or shop bought fruit juice we are upping the calories and lowering the GI (Glycemic Index).  Quinoa adds protein for extra fullness and extra well being.

Juicing seems to be the best way to lose weight but I  have concerns about the fiber being wasted (or in our case being fed to the chooks).  I believe that we need some of that fibre ourselves.  Smoothies can be very fattening with a low glycemic index unless we are really careful about the ingredients.  Bananas, although quite healthy, have also got quite a low GI – about the same as biscuits.  This can be remedied by adding a low GI ingredient such as oatmeal, LSA or even psyllium husks. mucilaginous.

Shakes seem to have qualities of both juicing and smoothies with added ingredients for health and fullness. The use of whey powder or it her protein powders typifies a “shake”.  They also have a grain base – such as oatmeal, quinoa, chia (not actually a grain) and LSA.

If  we want to lose weight we need to balance the ingredients in any of these so that we are getting a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and proteins.  It needs to have an ingredient that will give a sense of fullness and it needs to be tasty!

To make a delicious healthy drink there are a variety of natural sweeteners that are low calorie and even low GI.  Stevia is my favourite – I have two stevia plants growing and am cultivating more.  Stevia can have a bitter after taste but I find it really blends well with the stronger tastes.  Xylotil is another natural sweetener that can be used.  I often like to use a little honey.  Sometimes it is just good to add a small amount of sweet fruit.

There is so much more to learn and share – I look forward to bringing this knowledge to you!

Shake for health

This is what I put in my every day shake.

 

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Healthy Shakes

Quinoa, chia seeds, psyllium husks, dried berries and beetroot powder, dried fibre plus, green grass and spirulina, stevia, a banana and rice milk.  I  used a dessert spoon each of everything but the stevia (and banana) .  1 teaspoon of stevia was enough for this recipe.

Nutritious Weight Loss Shake

Ingredients that went into my healthy shake.

TENS Machine

Today I still had chronic back pain which just wouldn’t go away!  After a hard day of writing and cooking I gave in and sat down for a rest.  Mmm I thought – my Revitive!

So I pulled it out, dusted it off and set it up.  Oh My!  It felt so good.  The Revitive has foot areas that send electrical currents into the feet.  These are separate to the two plug in holes for TENS pads or gloves.  I put one set of pads on my sore back muscles and one set for my neck muscles.  For half an hour I sat in bliss!  The current from the TENS can be adjusted.  At its lowest it feels like a slight twinge.  When set too high it does feel almost painful.  When set just right though – Ooh La La – my neck felt like it was being massaged.  My back had instant pain relief and is still feeling better two hours later!

Some times we forget that there are simple and healthy alternatives to drugs and chemicals.  Don’t get me wrong – a few weeks ago I gave in and got a prescription for codeine forte from my doctor.  It has been so good to have pain free days, from joint damage,  arthritis and fibromyalgia, so good that I over did it and strained my back!

 

the TENS machine has certainly helped tonight.  The a revitalive is quite expensive but a simple portable TENS machine will only set you back about $50.00.  So go for it and get yourself some natural pain relief!

Go placidly ami…

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

“”
Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”.

This has always been my favourite piece of prose.  I have recited it daily as others do passages in the bible!  

” Go placidly amidst the noise and haste” – much easier said than done.  And so important to our equalibrium to be able to find that quiet place in our head when the world around us is in turmoil.

i recently found out that a world renowned pschycologist will only work with people who do yoga twice a week.  My next challempnge therefore is to get back into yoga.  I practiced it years ago when I was bringing up three children with very challenging behaviours.  I think it is time to find a teacher!  They say “when the student is ready the teacher will come” – I will let you know how that goes.

Tomatoes, tomatos!

A few ads ago I spent $12.00 on a box of tomatoes. I spent a few more dollars on several greens from the discount section of the green grocers and this is what I turned up with!

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So, as you can see I did a rather bumping cookup. I ended up with six meal bases to eat and another 8 meal bases to freeze. I have enough tomatoes tomorrow to make a sauce!

Raised Garden made with Pallets

I saw some really cool blogs about making raised gardens with pallets. These Youtube tutorials were from America.   I wondered if the same idea would work in  Australia – could we get free pallets, would the council be ok with me having them in the front yard,  would they be viable?

I did a quick Google search and immediately found an advert in Gumtree for 50 free pallets near where I live.

Pallets are a lot larger than they appear on the computer screen.  They are also a lot heavier!  I am  very lucky to have a wonderful brother who has a removal truck.  He even picked them up and brought them to me for free.  Here I must mention my equally wonderful sister-in-Law who helped Tim move the pallets whilst I was busy.

 

A Little Brain Mole!

After spending a few days with my son staying over, he actually told me that he thought I had early onset dementia and that I needed to go and see a doctor!  This did not go down very well but I came to realize that he was right.  My memory was worse than it had ever been and I was having difficulty locking anything into my short term memory.  I was getting confused with the least amount of stress and I had almost caused an accident whilst driving my son to the bus station.  Hence his concern.

So I bit the bullet and went to my doctor for the third time to tell her there was something else wrong with me besides depression.  Now here in Adelaide, Australia it is not that easy to get into to see one’s regular doctor.  It is even harder to get an appointment longer than 10 minutes and the Doctor will general rush the patient through quickly.  I had already been to her before to tell her that my memory loss and stress symptoms were not normal for depression.  I guess she thought her several years of study and experience  gave her more knowledge and insight into my problem than my gut instincts and ill expressed symptoms.  This time I burst into tears as I regaled some of the more serious effects of my memory loss and lapses in time – such as buying a pallet full of un-needed goods from the auction and not remembering that I bid on them.  She finally listened and sent me for a cat scan as well as upping my dose of anti-depressants.  Now I know that a Naturally Healthy Aussie shouldn’t even be on anti-depressants but after several months sitting and staring at walls and crying over every tiny thing that happened I actually admitted that I was not up to the task of curing myself any more.

The results came back and it was discovered that I had a 9mm very slow growing calcified Tumor in my brain.  I was so relieved that I believe I started crying all over again.  This may be a surprise to my readers but my theory is that dementia is very difficult if not impossible to reverse whereas I have read a myriad of examples of tumors being healed.  Add to this the fact that I actually had time to work on it myself and you can believe I was happy.  I also had a legitimate excuse for my memory loss and my close circle of friends and family all started to help me remember things instead of getting frustrated with me when I couldn’t.  My youngest daughter (25yr) coined the tumor a brain mole and that is what we have called it ever since.

The next thing I did was research, research and more research.  Weeding out the fads and fables from historical evidence regarding what causes tumors and cancer and what heals tumors and cancer.

I created a long list of things to avoid and things to add to my diet and life style and you will find a link to my list, on my website very soon.

The one thing that I found in my research that resonated most and had the most profound history of success was from http://www.thecancertutor.com  The  cancer tutor had information  about using MMS (miracle mineral supplement) and DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide) for a variety of cures as well as cancer.  One of these that I was particularly interested in was detoxification of heavy metals.  The protocol that I followed was to use both of these every hour for ten hours a day for three weeks.  At the same time I had to stick to a purely vegan diet ( not too hard since I am a vegetarian), no alcohol and nothing containing sugar. I also had to avoid all refined foods.  During this  time I also ate three apples a day and made sure there was ginger and turmeric in all of my main meals.  I had cinnamon and honey in herb tea several times a day, I had one teaspoon each of spirulina and wheat grass twice a day and also had fresh carrot juice daily.

After a few days I already started thinking more clearly.  After  three weeks I had lost  a few kilos of weight, I had more energy than I had in weeks, I could remember recent conversations and events and I was thinking clearly for most of the time.

Another very noticeable consequence was that sores that had been on my legs and arms disappeared!  Sadly, other scars from a recent dog bite and my psoriasis were not effected at all.

I also created a lifestyle that supported my good days and my not so good days.  On a really good day, if I was bubbly and full of energy I would buy a heap of fresh vegetables and make up a stew to go with a fresh food side dish for a “fast food” meal.  On a bad day when I was feeling lethargic or down I could plod along with a simple routine and feed myself energy enhancing meals with almost no effort.

At the same time as this was happening there was a new fitness center open up which I joined with some of my family.  There are regular daily classes which I go to and I have really benefited from the exercise.

What I am describing is a very well rounded and holistic model of therapy that incorporates the medical field as little as possible and includes most aspects of life.  I still need to address the spiritual aspects of healing but am sort of floundering with that at the moment.

 

 

 

On the mend.

Well over the past few months there have been a few trials and tribulations in my life.  The good news is that things are looking up and soon I will go into great detail about a vegan diet, msm and dmso.  Things that heal.  We will also be looking at “the cancer diet” and what foods are assisting people with cancer and other life threatening diseases.

Not so Healthy

Well I truly believe that the best way to stay healthy is to eat healthy and live a healthy life style.  Every now and then we all slip up.  So here am I with my second sinus infection and cold within a month.  Unless, of course, I didn’t fully recover from the first one.  How long is it since I juiced and drank juice each day?  About six weeks!  How long is it since I have been drinking alcohol almost everyday – about six weeks.  

Now people – I do have the ultimate excuse – I have been on holiday, both over seas to a wedding in the Phillipines and also to a place called Batchelor, which is an hour out of Darwin.  But it is time to pull my head in, buckle under and take control of my health.  

I also got bitten repetitively by a small dog that I was saving yesterday.  The poor thing had been run over and was traumatised and in great pain.  It was not her fault!  Still I have many bites on my fore arm to protect and heal from and I need to be at my optimum to heal properly and quickly.  Hopefully the next few posts will be about me healing naturally but I must stress that almost everybody – my partner is the exception, gets infections and needs antibiotics occasionally.  It is not a crime, so go with it when you need to and be as healthy as you can as well. At least that is what I am doing and I invite you to come with me on this journey and join me if you can.