Sunday, October 21, 2012

Another reason to use natural cleaners

Convenience could be called the god of our age.  And we sacrifice a lot on the alter of convenience. One of those things is health.

I am a big believer in getting the chemicals out of your house.  Sadly, I read a news story today about how kids things that Tide Pods are candy.  Click here to see the story at ABC.

Tide is working on better child-proof packaging, but really, if it is poison,do you really want it on your clothes everyday, even in small amounts?  In addition to danger for children who might swallow it, chemicals can get into your air. They remain behind after use.  And all-day everyday exposure for our whole life just doesn't seem safe.  With a large dose, the body works to get it out.  But what about a tiny, but steady does?

At our house I use Soap Nuts for washing.  I also use white vinegar occasionally for rinse.  And I have found that I need a spotter (I used diluted amounts of Meyer's laundry detergent--which was what I used before Soap Nuts) and OxyClean (OK, probably not the best) for my whites.  I recently found a recipe homemade version for OxyClean, so when I get around to trying it, if find that it works, I'll be sure and share.  I didn't throw out all my chemicals in a day.  I adopted the philosophy of chemicals aren't good and slowly work at it. 

Little by little is way to win the race.  And good health is definitely a marathon!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Avoid candy? Cows may not--and here I thought they ate grass!

You are what you eat, they say.   Do you think the same is true for cows?  Or at least a cow with a healthy diet is healthy?  And a human eating the beef from a healthy cow is healthy?  Well, today I read a couple reports about farmers mixing candy unfit for humans into their cows' feed (links below). Since the shelf-life of most candy and other mostly-sugar products is years, it makes you wonder what's wrong with them.  Even worse, some of the candy still has wrappers (I think I see some at 31 secs on the video I linked). 

This is just unbelievable!  Apparently,several farmers are doing this and have in the past.  A university professor of animal nutrition says the feed has all the right nutrients in it and one of the farmer says they are "healthy" and gaining weight (implying, therefore it's good!) Just think what kinds of things they might feed them that they don't admit on TV!  Glad I know the farmer that raises most our beef lets them eat grass.  Think I'll look for ways to cut out the occasional store beef despite climbing food costs.  May the Lord have mercy on us!

Article with video at the bottom:

Article with pictures of candy:

And here's an article about a second farmer:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Are you aware that some cleaners in you home contain dangerous chemicals?  Do you want to know which ones are the worst? Environmental Working Group has come out with a hall of shame for the worst cleaners:

Did you see the Green Cleaner in the list?!? Guess you can't trust marketing!  Did you know there is really no need for Comet (which is found in the hall of shame) if you have baking soda?  If you are wondering how to clean without chemicals, you can learn more under natural cleaners.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

This is a fascinating study comparing vaccinated children versus unvaccinated ones.  The results, well let's just say it lines up with my health "worldview":  Did God design for us to have things go directly in our veins to improve immunity?  Read the survey for yourself and see what you think.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Extreme Recipe Makeover

At a family gathering, I tried a delicious dish that the cook called "Sammies".  Of course, it had ham (which I almost never touch, as I avoid the "dirty" foods mentioned in the Bible), white flour bread, and sugar.  But it's so easy to make it healthy.  Only problem is I need to exercise self-control not to overeat!

Make your sandwiches as normal.  I use natural sandwich meat DeBecca and Organic Valley raw cheddar cheese.  I make it on my homemade bread.

The standard way to make it is to place sandwiches in a casserole dish, pour sauce over the top, and then cook in the oven (about 350 F) for 20 min or so.  I have also poured it over a grill cheese and meat sandwich I made.  Anyway the sauce is made by mixing:

Melted Butter (make sure it's high quality)
Organic Tamari (organic is important with any soy so it's not GMO)
Mustard powder (or you could use real mustard--we never have any)
Poppy seeds
A dash of Stevia (other sweeteners are ok, but Stevia is the healthiest.  This is one recipe where I think it tastes just as good, which is not always the case.)

When I make things up, I don't measure.  Sorry!  But butter is the main ingredient and largest proportion.  Tamari is less, but a decent amount--the rest is in small amounts.  And I listed them in order from largest to least.  And I taste it before I pour it on. 

A simple conversion and in my opinion a much yummier sandwich.  I especially like that my hearty bread soaks up the sauce so well.

Don't say I didn't warn you that they are addictive.  ENJOY!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Is Saturated Fat Good for You?

"In Framingham, Massachusetts, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower people's serum cholesterol...we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories weighed the least and were the most physically active."  --William Castelli, Director the Framingham Study (quoted from the Archives of Internal Medicine, Jul 1992, 152 (7):1371-1372.)

I discovered this quote in the video:

Note--the video is 2 hours!  I got this far which was about 37 minutes in and will have to finish it later!

Definitely worthy thinking about. Food in fat or coconut oil tastes so much better.  Maybe we should trust our tastebuds a little more after all.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cheesy Tuna Patties

This recipe was contributed to our contest by Carrie from :


  • 4 cans tuna (may substitute canned salmon)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 t chopped garlic (or to taste)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T  Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
Mix ingredients together and shape into patties. You may either fry on stovetop in oil or bake in the oven. To bake, preheat oven to 425F. Place on well greased baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until well browned.

Thanks Carrie!  Sounds yummy! And easy. 

I'll use my healthy soaked whole wheat bread for the bread crumbs.  When I cut my bread, I save the crumbs in a bag in the freezer.  I haven't found a healthy worchestershire sauce, though I need to look for one. (If you know one, please share in the comments.)  I usually just use organic tamari and that works well.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Another way to win!

Since the recipes are not yet flowing in, I'm adding a prize!  For every place you promote this contest, you will receive an entry for a $5 amazon gift card.  So, list it on your blog--that's one entry.  Tweet it--that's 2.  Be creative, but I have to be able to verify what was done and it needs to reach at least 20 people.  For each entry, you'll need to comment below this post and tell me what you did.  Leave me enough info that I can find your blog or tweet.  Or, if you'd rather, you can e-mail me that information if you win. Definitely leave me an e-mail address to contact you!

Promotions should include basic information about the contest and this link:

Must get 15 recipes or no prize will be given.  I am extending the deadline until June 5th for recipes to get in, but you must promote the contest before June 1st! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Quick and Healthy: Fried Rice

Since I'm asking you to share a favorite easy recipe, I thought I'd share one of mine. Actually it's not mine though, so I'm going to refer you back to where I got this yummy recipe:

I'm not at all a vegetarian, but I'm thankful to the "Accidental Vegetarian" for sharing her recipe! My only tweaks to the recipe are that I sprout my rice with vinegar. And I leave out the saffron (a bit to pricey) and sorry, but I've yet to find the ginger paste, so I do just use the ginger powder--don't recommend it, but that's what I actually do and it's still super yummy!

Looking forward to posting our first contest entry recipe, so send in your best!

Quick Whole Foods Recipe Contest!

It's a juggling act to balance whole foods cooking with time and modern life! So, give me your best recipe. It has to meet my standards of cooking (or only be cheat a little) and be easy. 15 minutes would be great, but longer will do especially when the cook is just waiting on something in the oven. :)

Right now my family does things like hot dogs (organic beef ones) when we don't have a meal ready, but those are neither cheap nor that healthy. :) So, give me your best recipe. It does not have to be a main dish, but does need to be something simple to help when there is "nothing to eat". I'm probably a little prejudice toward main dishes though. And whatever my family likes best will win.

I will summarize my health standards so you don't have to read ALL my old posts before entering:

-Grains, beans, rice, and nuts should (mostly) be sprouted or soaked for full nutrition.
-Fermented products are good (around our house we often have kefir and fermented salsa--recipe is on here)
-No artificial products, canned products, soy (except fermented soy and small quantities of non-GMO products), pork, or shellfish. 
-Must be something you've made before and have clear instructions (so when I make it--it works and taste good!) 
-I only use quality whole food, so milk is raw milk, oil is olive oil or coconut oil (not canola or vegetable oil), salt is Real Salt etc. You do not have to spell all that out if you don't want to. 
-While I think organ meat is fantastic for your body, we can only handle it when it's really well hidden in food. 
-We use homemade bone broth and do usually have some of this on hand. 

(A hint: the judge's family doesn't eat much fish. :) )

 Prize will be awarded only if there are at least 15 entries! Prize will be a $5 gift credit to Amazon.Not huge, but I don't really make money off this blog (probably should work on that, but I'm too busy homeschooling and trying to cook from scratch and just don't have time to care!) If I have a lot of entries I MAY award 2 prizes instead of one, especially if I can't make up my mind.

 Deadline for entry is June 5th.  Recipes should be submitted to the e-mail address in the about me section on the left side of the page. Submission indicates permission to post the recipe on this blog. Please include a name to post with your recipe (can be a screen name, first name, or whatever). Also feel free to include your blog or website if you want that listed. Up to 3 recipes per person allowed.

 Feel free to send a photo (that is a reasonably sized file) to go with your recipe to entice me to try it. I don't promise to try every recipe--only those that sound good (otherwise it would be months before I could decide!) AND you are also welcome to have your friends comment on the recipe if they try and want to say how great it is! :) Again, prize will be award to my favorite recipe, so no promises to be "fair". That's about it.

Can't wait to see your recipes! Please do me a favor and share this with all your healthy friends. The more people that enter, the more recipes we all get to try!

If you don't have a recipe, look here for how you can still enter to win:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A contest is in the works

Just wanted to give you a heads up on what I'm planning....I'm on the lookout for "convenience whole food". Who can keep a standard of practically perfect food in our fast-paced world? So, sometimes we eat healthy and sometime we just eat! Not "fast food", but not as healthy what we wish we could eat. But I'm trying to work on more foods that meet my standards that are easy. So, I'll be giving a prize to my favorite quick and healthy recipe. And of course I'll be sharing all the delicious recipes with you!

So, start looking for your healthy recipes and I'll post more info next week.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Update on my health--A Miracle!

It's been ages since I invested much time here. I've got a great reason too! 2 1/2 years ago I was miraculously healed from Lyme disease at a church prayer meeting. I've yet to be able to get my story down on paper (or should I say a computer screen!), b/c it's very personal and there is so much I want to tell. But the short version is I was healed and so I don't sit around at my computer near as much! In all honest, I'm still building back to full strength from the years I got "old" too early, but I'm just a little out of shape, not sick! God mercifully freed me from bondage and has set me on the path of restoration. He deserves the glory.

One day, I plan to tell you the whole story--something I've meant to do for years! And share with you some of our updated health practices. But for today, this is a start. :)