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THE TRIPLE CHALLENGE

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THE TRIPLE CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE LEVEL 1:  Eat fruit or vegetables with every meal.

CHALLENGE LEVEL 2: Eat RAW fruit or vegetables with every meal.

CHALLENGE LEVEL 3: Eat raw fruits or vegetables BEFORE you eat your regular meal.

Many of us are not getting the proper nutrition they need for optimum health. We fill ourselves with snacks, and crave more right after we finish. This is because our body is starving for nutrition. We may be full, even fat, but our body is screaming for more vitamins and minerals. If we fill ourselves first with the proper nutrition through fruits and vegetables, we crave less. We are filled by good, natural fiber which cleans our gut. Every day science is proving that vegetables and fruits have healing properties, heal cancer, they build our immune system, and give us more energy. God designed them perfectly, to be the optimum fuel for our bodies. One study even shows you have healthier, glowing skin, (are more attractive) when you eat fruits and vegetables with Carotenoids like tomatoes, red peppers, carrots, green leafy vegetables. They even slow down the aging process! One British study showed that fruits and vegetable reduce type 2 diabetes.

Daniel, was a young man in the Bible, who chose to eat fruits, vegetables and grains over the luxurious foods of the day. His overseer was concerned, and didn’t think it would keep him in good health. Daniel replied, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.” Daniel 1:12-16.

Take the challenge for 10 days, and see the difference in your health. Daniel was blessed and favored by eating God’s natural foods.

A FEW EXAMPLES OF NATURAL BENEFITS:

BERRIES- reduce Parkinsons, lower blood pressure, reduce heart disease, and reduce the incident of a cancer, and cause cancer cells to self destruct. Natural pigments that give berries their rich red, purple, of blue color act as powerful anti-cancer agents. 

TOMATOES: Cancers such as prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and cancers of the stomach, mouth, pharynx, and esophagus have all been proven to be staved off by high levels of Lycopene found in tomatoes. 

ONIONS: “Another study shows that people that consumed onions more frequently had an 84 percent lower chance of developing oral cancer or cancer of the pharynx, an 88 percent lower possibility for esophageal cancer. Besides reducing the potential for colorectal cancer by 56 percent, regular consumption of onions also lowered the risk for prostate cancer, breast cancer, laryngeal cancer ovarian cancer and renal cancer. In fact, it was even better than garlic for its potential to decrease the risk of these cancers. Besides reducing the potential for cancer, onions also lower blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels. It is an anti-inflammatory and things the blood in addition to reducing blood clots. It helps the body to eliminate excess retained water with its natural diuretic quality. In addition to that, onions also can help those with diabetes. The chromium in the onion helps lower and maintain blood sugar. Not only do onions contain chromium that helps the cells use blood sugar more efficiently, it also contains allyl propyl disulfide that clinical tests identify as the agent that lowers glucose levels in the body.”

 
GRAPES: “contain resveratrol, you know it’s an antioxidant, which might reduce the risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. However, what most people don’t realize is that it also has a big influence on the genes that decide whether your body ages like your calendar years suggest. It can actually slow the aging process and make your DNA more stable, which could mean that you’d extend your life by as much as 70 percent and reduce the number of age related diseases.”
 
Are you up for the Challenge? Choose your level, and watch your health improve, your energy level increase, and your face shine.
 
Laurie Stasi,
Info from various sources including Healthfoodguide.com 
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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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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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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

Do you take care of your car?

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Most people take better care of their car than they do of their body. A car needs tune-ups, check-ups and a thorough cleaning. It needs the right kind of gas. If you believe God gave you that car, you think of yourself as a steward, someone who is a caretaker of it. You keep up with the maintenance record, and use the car to glorify God. We should do the same for our bodies! We are stewards, overseers, who are accountable with the care we give (or don’t give) our bodies. We need the right gas (food and drink) put into our bodies for them to run effectively. When we don’t, they run like old junk cars. They sputter and clunk, and have a hard time getting going in the morning. We can do a thorough cleaning (a cleansing fast) to get rid of the junk piled up in our intestines. (We can have over 5 pounds of matter stuck in there! see happycolon.com).

As a Christian, we profess that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We need to care for this body and should not invite the Holy Spirit into a trash heap of junk food and disease. So many churches wink their eye to the sin of “GLUTTONY,” and ignore the fact that it is destroying them. The toxins are killing good church members. Gluttony is making a god of food. It places eating higher on our list of things to do than praying or reading our Bible.

Jesus went to the woman at the well and did ministry. The disciples showed up with lunch and asked him if he wanted to eat. “No, I have food you don’t know about.” Jesus was teaching us that ministry is more important than our hungry bellies. This is a lost concept for much of the Christian Church, who have never fasted and live for eating out at their favorite restaurant.

My challenge to you. Ask God to help you start eating right. If it grows in nature (fruits, vegetables, whole grains), put it into your diet! If it is process, with chemicals and hydrogenated oils, run from it! Sugar is evil, it adds empty calories and feeds cancer cells. It slows down your immune system, and makes you weaker. It increases the aging process and promotes disease and inflammation.

“God help us to crave and eat healthy food. Give us desire for Your Word, the Bible, and focus our attention on your kingdom. Set us free from our earthly addictions. Let our youth be renewed like the eagles. In Jesus’ Name”