Monthly Archives: April 2012

I Love Artichokes

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They are a mystery, a wonder of beauty. When I first tasted artichoke dip, I was hooked. I love boiling artichokes  in lemon juice, and eating them with butter and parmesan cheese. Marinated artichokes are incredible on salads. I was  not exposed to artichokes as a child (where were they hiding?) It makes me wonder how many other fruits or vegetables I have not discovered yet. I am on a mission, to find other natural, vitamin packed, healthy foods that God made and try them.

 

This photo is a repost, grilled artichokes with garlic and cheese. I’ll have to try it!

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SEARCHING FOR GOD- Knowledge of the Holy- Tozer

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Quest for God

We began the hike at 12 am, up the trail of Sinai. My quest, was to encounter the living God.

Over the years, I have heard of the book, Knowledge of the Holy, by A.W. Tozer. I finally bought it and am up to Chapter 3. God desires us to press in and search for Him. He loves it. He stays hidden behind a thin veil through which we cannot see, but His eternal, loving being is unbelievably close to us. Here is a little quote from the book to wet your appetite:

“In approaching God, he says, the seeker discovers that the divine Being dwells in obscurity, hidden behind a cloud of unknowing; nevertheless he should not be discouraged but set his will with a naked intent unto God. …by the mercy of God faith can break through into His Presence if the seeker but believe the Word and press on.” Quote from The Cloud of Unknowing by John M. Watkins.

When I press in toward God, I can feel His smile and His hand draw me closer. God created man for relationship. Jesus demonstrated this, and was so close to the Father that Jesus only did what He heard the Father telling Him.

FREE VERSE POETRY: God quickens the poet in me, and bids me come like David. To find Him is my quest, which He has initiated in my heart. I feel a stir in my spirit, a beauty of sonnets or a well-executed painting, or the flutter of inspiration which alights like joy. My quest is not glistening gold or precious gems. It is not a tangible thing. It is HIM I seek, the intangible, mysterious, invisible God who woos me.

He leaves me traces of bread crumbs, taking me from the house of  bread to the ends of the earth to find the greatest treasure. I am on a treasure hunt with a map of verses, books and whispered hints in my spirit that feel like the unsettling rustling of leaves in the oak trees. I turn to see, but He stands in a shroud of invisible. I am sure He’s smiling on the other side. 

Share your thoughts on Searching for God in your life.

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Cilantro Pesto Removes Heavy Metals

1) Cilantro

There’s nothing I like more than learning about inexpensive, common herbs or spices that exhibit unusual healing properties. Historically, the use of herbs and spices in cooking evolved as a method to preserve foods and make them safer to store and eat. We’ve grown accustomed to using these items to enhance or accentuate the flavors of food, but researchers continue to discover herbs have much more to offer than just good taste. Cilantro is such an herb and one of its medicinal benefits was uncovered through the work of Dr. Yoshiaki Omura.

Dr. Omura treated several patients for an eye infection called trachoma (granular conjunctivitis), which is caused by the micro-organism Chlamydia trachomatis. Following the standard treatment, Dr. Omura found that the patients’ symptoms would initially clear up, only to recur within a few months. He experienced similar difficulties in treating viral-related problems…

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God’s Picture of Abundance!

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God’s idea of blessing is far above what we normally imagine. TheBible says the  Israelites sent spies into the promised land. They returned with a report that it was a land flowing with milk and honey. It says, “..and from there cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes; and they carried it on a pole between two men, with some of the pomegranates and the figs.” Numbers 13:23.

God wants to bless us in every way, over the top, to the max, exceedingly above all we ask or imagine. We tend to limit God, to doubt Him and His goodness. Even when He gives us a glimpse, we lack faith. The Israelite spies said, the land is good, but there are giants in the land. How often do we see the glass half full? Are you living with a negative mindset? Fear is the opposite of faith. You need to go forward with what God has promised and stand in faith. Just look at all that abundance and blessing He has set before you. “Fear not, I am with you.”

“Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication;  And let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.” Psalm 35:27. God desires to bless us and make us prosper. Meditate on that while you eat a big bowl of grapes tonight.

Refreshing and Nutritious GRAPES!

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There is noting like a hand full of cold grapes on a hot summer day. Their juicy sweetness makes them satisfy our sugar-cravings. They are packed full of phyto-nutrients, anti-oxidants nutrients. and minerals.

Grapes contain resveratrol which is a powerful antioxidant that protects against colon and prostrate cancer, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, and Alzheimer’s disease and viral/fungal infections. It also reduces the risk of stroke.

Sick people are easily surrendered to their doctor for medicine, but what if they just started eating the right foods? What if God already provided for natural methods of good health? Grapes are a perfect example. They also contain Anthocyanins, a class of antioxidants that have anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-cancer activities.

Grapes are low in calories, and have no cholesterol. They are rich in micronutrient minerals like copper iron and  Manganese. They are a good source of Vitamins C, A, K, B-complex, and carotines.

So, remember, when you choose to satisfy your sweet tooth, if you grab a bunch of grapes you are increasing your health, and decreasing disease in your body. If you grab a cookie, candy bar or other sugar filled snack, you are doing the opposite. Choose wisely and live longer!

My Little Glass

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Portion ControlI love my little, glass antique juice glasses. They are perfect for portion control! People tend to overeat nuts and snacks. Having the correct portion in my hand, and enjoying that amount helps keep from over indulging. Nuts are incredible, and high in omega-3, but they also contain enough fat to make you fat, if in regularly over do it. Look for little, 1/2 cup size juice glasses next time you are out at the re-sale shop, or antique store. Enjoying a beautiful glass is part of the savored life. Little things matter. All of life can be a line of poetry.

Better Baking – Substitutions

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There are ways to change recipes that can help you health. Here are a few suggestions, but let me know of others you find!

-Substitute applesauce for butter in recipes. We have been doing this for years. It works great.

-Use alternative natural sweetners like Honey, Agave, concentrated apple juice (I keep a frozen can in the freezer for making smoothies). Adding real fruit will add flavor and a little sweeting. When using honey, it is sweeter than sugar, so 1/2 the amount works well. Natural maple syrup is another natural alternative. Also dried fruits like raisins or dates add sweetness. Allrecipes.com has some great no-sugar recipes, or chocolatecoveredkatie.com.

-Use less egg yolks. I dump some or all of the yolk when I bake, or when I make omelets or french toast. Yolks clog up your arteries, and make those pesty gall stones. I personally believe they also clog your brain. Use egg yolks in moderation, or not at all! Sometimes we substitute yogurt or 1/2 a banana. Other suggestions I found for egg substitutions (use one, not all):

  • 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 Tbl. liquid, 1 Tbl. vinegar•
  • 1 tsp. yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water•
  • 1 Tbl. apricot puree•
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. water, 1 1/2 Tbl. oil, 1 tsp. baking powder

-Switch to olive oil for most of your cooking needs. Don’t heat it to a high heat. If you are not used to olive oil, the taste may be strong. Over time, you will acquire a liking of it. Olive oil is good for your heart, whereas most the other oils are not. The Mediterranean diet contains a lot of olive oil per day. They have lower incidents of heart disease (mayoclinic.com/health/mediterranean-diet/CL00011) because of their diet.

  • “”Your best cooking or baking fats are generally butter or tropical oils such as palm or coconut oil.  Olive oil (extra virgin preferably) is ok for lower cooking temps as it’s mostly monounsaturated, so moderately stable.  The mostly polyunsaturated oils such as soybean, grapeseed, cottonseed, safflower, etc, are the least healthy for cooking or baking.  My choices for top healthy cooking oils that I use: Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (only for low temp cooking), Real Butter (grass fed if possible)”
  • More info on cooking oils on site:    www.truthaboutabs.com/unhealthy-vs-healthy-cooking-oils.html
Liquid Smoke:  When cooking meals, I never use pork. (More on that subject at another time!) I do add Liquid Smoke to give a bacon-like smoke flavor. I add it to things like pea soup, which normally calls for a ham bone for flavor.
Ingredient Healthy Substitution
Whole milk (one cup) One cup fat-free or nonfat milk plus one tablespoon of unsaturated oil like safflower or canola
Heavy cream (one cup) One cup evaporated skim milk, or one cup cup half and half
Sour cream Low-fat Greek yogurt
Cream cheese Four tablespoons margarine blended with one cup dry low-fat cottage cheese; add a small amount of fat-free milk if needed
Butter (one tablespoon) One tablespoon polyunsaturated margarine or 3/4 tablespoon polyunsaturated oil like safflower oil
Shortening (one cup) Two sticks polyunsaturated margarine like original Earth Balance or Smart Balance
One Egg One egg white plus two teaspoons of unsaturated oil (canola or safflower) or commercially made, cholesterol-free egg substitute
Unsweetened baking chocolate (one ounce) Three tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or carob powder plus one tablespoon polyunsaturated oil (like safflower or corn oil) or margarine. Carob is sweeter than cocoa, so reduce sugar in recipe by 1/4
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“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.  Now God has not onlyraised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.”  But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.

 

“Not all things are profitable,” Sure, that extra piece of chocolate cake may be permissible, but is it profitable or beneficial to your body? We are the temple of God and need to practice self control. We should choose healthy foods to are profitable to our bodies. If you are struggling with self control, one of the best ways to beat that demon is to fast. More on that later!

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit