Monday, December 28, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

We had a fabulous Christmas!  We were blessed to spend 3 days in Lancaster, PA.  We did not eat 'nourishing', but we had a lot of fun and stayed in decent spirits and health.  It was probably the hours spent swimming. :)  I'm definitely off this week, so this will probably change some.  But, here is my menu for the week. Drew has to work until midnight on Thursday.  Yuck!  We'll probably be in bed normal time on Thursday.  And no plans for New Years Day at the moment.

Breakfast and supper options

Lunch, served with kombucha for all:

Monday: Leftover Beef Soup and rice
Tuesday: Fish Cakes
Wednesday: Liver and Rice Casserole
Thursday: Roast Chicken
Friday: Pasta and Meatballs
Saturday: Chicken Soup
Sunday: Fried Potatoes and Meat

Monday, December 21, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

Hee hee. Silly me.  I posted the regular Meal Plan, but didn't think about the fact that it's Christmas.  I can get pretty focused sometimes.  :)  

My very generous MIL is taking the whole family to Lancaster, PA for 2 nights-count them 2-in a hotel!  We'll obviously be eating out some.  But I am also going to bring along cut up pieces of cheese, granola, milk, yogurt, smoothies and some peanut butter for in the hotel for the meals we actually stay in the hotel for (they have a refrigerator-woo hoo!).  I would like us to eat relatively nourishing, esp considering we will all have a much more fun time if we are comfortable and sane.  I'm noting more and more how the wrong foods turn us into grouchy, unstable, selfish, easily annoyed people.  Not a great way to be on a vacation! 

So, Merry Christmas to you all.  Enjoy the wonderful birthday of our Lord and Savior.  

Breakfast and supper options

Lunch, served with kombucha for all:
Monday: Chicken Soup
Tuesday:Liver and Rice Casserole
Wednesday: Beef Stew
Thursday: Chicken and Onion Tacos on Corn Tortillas with white sauce
Friday: Christmas Brunch at my in-laws and then off to Lancaster.  Woo hoo!!  
Saturday: Vacation
Sunday: Vacation

Monday, December 14, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

We are a bit financially strapped this month, so I am trying to use up what I have and buy as little as possible, while still nourishing our bodies and enjoying our Christmas.  I am looking forward to the challenge. :)
So we will be eating a lot of homemade sourdough bread and soups this week, as I still have at least 25 lbs of wheat berries in my freezer and a few whole chickens to use up, along with the broth from their bones.  I also have a lot of frozen veggies to add to the soups and fried rice. 

Breakfast and supper options

Lunch, served with kombucha for all:
Monday: Tuna Melts
Tuesday:Fried Rice with Bacon
Wednesday:Roast Chicken
Thursday:Egg Drop Soup
Friday: Fish Cake 
Saturday: Chicken Soup and Toast
Sunday: Tacos

Friday, December 11, 2009

Favorite Links Friday

1.  This is a great post on 'Nourishing Baby Steps-Eat your Saturated Fats'.  

2. These are some good thoughts on how to train children to eat properly. Something we have been working pretty hard on for over a year now.  We are definitely seeing progress, but it's been slow and rather painful.  :)

3.  This fudge looks yummy and nourishing!  Perfect for the holidays. 

4.  This is a great carnival for the holidays.  It's Keeper of the Home's Healthy Holiday Eats and Sweets Carnival. 

5.  I wish I could print this list of vitamins and what foods they are found in.  It's great!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Anchor Holds

I had mentioned here about a conversation I had with a friend.  It's funny how much I learn and come to understand myself through conversations with people.  And the understanding almost always come after the fact, when I've had time to chew on the conversation.

This particular conversation was much like that, except that in the middle of it, I came to see and appreciate something I had taken for granted for years, without ever really appreciating.  And that 'thing' is a belief - a real, true gut-level, proved by science, history and my own personal experience - in a real, true, big, all-powerful, infinite, all-knowing, all-perfect 'being'.

Life, as we know it, has lots of ups and downs.  There is a lot that is taken for granted and even more that is hoped, guessed and wished for.  But I think, if we are all honest with ourselves, one thing everyone in the world longs for, is security.  A hope and an assurance that everything is going to be ok in the end.  Religions have been developed around this want/need.  Mighty nations have battled over this need.  It has driven the world since the beginning of history. 

And I personally find myself desperately longing for that sometimes elusive sense of security and purpose.  To know, that when the final book is closed, when my own life is ended, there really is something more to it all then just me getting by from one day to the next.  That when my great grandchildren are struggling with their dependence on drugs for every day living, that there really is a higher 'power' that is orchestrating everything to some sort of finale. 

And I have that.  I have a 'hope', not just a wishful thinking hope.  But a hope that is an anticipation of things to come.  I KNOW what is coming.  I know what I am on this earth for.  I know my purpose in life.  I know my children's purpose in life.  I know that in the end, it will all work out how it's supposed to.  And the best part is-I'm not in charge! 

I am a control freak, it's true.  But when I step back and look at life and all the responsibilities and nuances and probabilities and impossibilities, I don't want to be in control. It's simply too much.  I can't possible turn it all out for good.  But thankfully, I don't have to!

You see, I know something. I know something big!  I know-are you ready for this- I know the Creator of this whole world!  I know the very being big enough, strong enough, intelligent enough, to speak into existence the earth and all it's intricacies.  The solar system and all of it's amazing properties.  The galaxies that extended billions of lights years in all directions.  (Genesis 1:9)

Zoooooom in and see the wonders of the earth's climates, it's proximity to the sun and moon.  The very qualities of the earth that allow a living, breathing human being to live on it and thrive and carry on life from one generation to the next.  To think and learn and study.  To have needs and figure out how to have those needs meet.

And not only do I know him, but I am loved by him (Psalm 119).  The very creator of everything you see around you, loves YOU!  Think of going to a really popular Broadway play, and then meeting the producer.  Imagine him seeking you out, asking what you thought of the show.  You'd feel pretty important, right?  Now magnify that times a billion, and imagine the being capable of creating the intricate body, and the beautiful majestic waterfall, and the black holes in space, coming to you and saying 'I created all of this for you to enjoy'.  It's breathtaking!  Simply amazing!  But He did.  He created all of this for us, so we can see and testify that He really is God.  We have no excuse the bible says.  We either choose to believe Him, or we don't.  But He has displayed his awesome wonders for everyone to see. 

And, take a deep breath, He knows all of the craziness that is going on around us. He knows the sadness from death and disease. He knows that what we are putting into and on our bodies is slowly killing us.  He did not create it that way.  When Eve sinned, the rest of the world followed suit and has been in a slow decline ever since.  The world is waxing away and will do so until Jesus returns to create a new heaven and a new earth (Revelations 21).  But this is not the end. We have a hope, an assurance, that someday life will be as it was meant to be.  That the deep longing in our heart will be fulfilled.  If we have chosen to believe that the God of the Bible is real and in charge, and that we are sinners that were created for much more.  And the only way to experience what we were created for is to acknowledge our sin and it's necessary separation from a Holy God who can not tolerate sin.  And in God's ultimate plan for those he loves, the acceptance of Jesus' blood as a covering for our sin, making us ultimately sinless before almighty God.  And on earth, being able to enjoy a partial fulfillment of our true destiny, and looking forward to the full fulfillment of that destiny in Heaven. 

I base everything I know, believe and think to be true on that.  My history starts with Genesis 1:1-In the Beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.  And when He created that, he knew what he was doing, and he knew what life would be like 6 thousand years later. 

God designed our human bodies.  He knows what it needs to operate properly.  There is truth, and there is a Creator who cares about his creation.  I may never fully know or understand that truth. But I can continue to search and try to understand it as best as I can, while praying to the Creator and trusting him to guide me in that search.  What a comforting thought! 

My Anchor Holds Through the Storms of Life

Yes, But, We Live Longer Today Then In the Past

I had a conversation with a dear lady the other day.  We do not see eye to eye on nutrition-surprise surprise! :)  I see eye to eye with, well, nobody, that I know in 'real life' on the subject of nutrition. Seriously, couldn't I have one, real life friend to share sourdough frustrations with?

Anyway, it was a very 'typical' flow of conversation.  I was sharing what I had learned in regards to nutrition and health over the last 2 years and got the usual 'you're nuts!' look.  The typical 'Yes, but we live longer today then they used to' was spoken in rebuttal to all my crazy 'old fashioned' ideas of what truly is good for a body.  My argument to that is 'But most people over 60 today are on some kind of medication and I personally do not consider that really living.  If you need medicine to be alive, or have any decent quality of life, then it's not living in my book.'.  She happened to just have turned 60 a few days earlier and used herself as an example as to how that is not true. Except... she's on estrogen.  And earlier in the conversation, she had brought up the value of taking an antihistamine when you are congested with allergies, as she does often.  But those ARE drugs.  And what would life be without them?

And that got me to thinking, if those are considered drugs in my humble opinion, then how young really, does the use of drugs for quality of life start in America today?  Goodness, I know little, itty bitty people, not months old, who are on all kinds of that type of drug.  How many kids are given tylenol to help with teething or growth spurts or to bring down fevers?  How many children are on drugs for their allergies?   How many people in America-any age-could live without CVS? 

It was breath taking to me to think of it that way.  Yes, the baby boomers are taking on tons of medication to extend their 'life', if you can call it that.  But they're older, and that seems to be what happens in America when you grow old.  But at least we can make it until we're 60.  Or can we?  I'm guessing the vast majority of those grandparents were not on drugs of any kind when they were young.  But that is not true of their grandchildren.  My goodness, the quality of life today can not even be kept for a young child without drugs!

I've heard many people say that the reason the life span has gone up in the world today is due to the fact that fewer babies die at birth. There are so many life-saving machines and drugs, that the death rate of infants is the lowest it's ever been.  Of course, the percentage of kids with disorders has skyrocketed also.  I think it's safe to say that many of them would not have made it without serious technological help.  I have 2 nieces and a nephew for whom that is true and I love them dearly.  I am not trying to be insensitive to anyone.  It's simply a fact that must be considered.

Are people really living longer, better quality lives today, or is that wishful thinking?

And what will the quality of life be like in 2 generations from now?  What will my great grandchildren's lives be like?  Will they consider drugs from conception on to be a normal part of life?  Will everyday activities like eating, sleeping, talking and walking be only carried on with synthetic helps?  How long can that continue?  

And THAT leads me to another point I have been pondering lately...  A real, true, big, all-powerful, infinite, all-knowing, all-perfect 'being'....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Dangers of Mercury Fillings

I had mentioned in my root canal post about a man named Hal Huggins, whose books I wanted to get a hold of and read.  Lucky for me, I found both at my local library. 

I read his two books-It's All in Your Head, and 'Uninformed Consent, the Hidden Dangers of Dental Care.  While I was picking them up, I saw the book The Complete Guide to Mercury Toxicity from Dental Fillings by Joyal Taylor next to it.  I had to pick it up also.  So, the following is what I have learned from those 3 books, as well as anything I've picked up along the way. 

The natural consequence of not taking care of your teeth is that the enamel wears away and exposes the insides of the tooth-the dentin, pulp, nerves, gums and bones eventually get infected.  None of the above books went into much detail as to how to take care of your teeth before that happened. Although all 3 were adamant that it had to do with proper diet more then dental care (sugar and white flour, and processed foods were considered to be the worst offender in all 3 books).  I want to read 'Cure Tooth Decay' to learn more in regards to actual tooth care.

But.... if you have not taken care of your teeth properly, and you have cavities, the natural thing to do is to go to a dentist and have the decayed part of the tooth scraped out and a filling placed in to protect the rest of the tooth from further decay.

The main problem comes in the form of toxic materials used in those fillings.  The most popular filling is called 'silver filling' and is approx. 50% mercury, 30% copper, 14% tin, 14% silver and 1% zinc.  It is the cheapest and easiest to mold into the shape of each specific tooth.  While many people can not tolerate the other metals, the main culprit discussed in the 3 books is mercury. 

Now, everyone knows that mercury is a very dangerous metal when ingested.  OSHA has some pretty specific rules in regards to how much exposure is 'safe'.  The American Dental Association (ADA) declares it safe, because when it mixes with the other metals, it's is supposed to become stable and not leach into the mouth.  However, many studies have been done that prove that that is simply not true.

Believe it or not, this debate has been going on for almost 200 years in what has been dubbed the 'Three Amalgam Wars'.  For more info, check out this great article on the subject.  The subject of mercury filling safety has been in question since the first recorded use in 1820!  Yet we continue to use the stuff today.

The list of symptoms that are related to mercury toxicity is quite large, here is just a few: anxiety, depression, brain fog, emotional instability (that is our biggest problem here), sleep disturbances, , nightmares, unexplained suicidal thoughts, 'nerves', anemia, heart attack, high/low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, headaches, convulsions, vision problems, epilepsy, insomnia, paralysis, Multiple Sclerosis, numbness in arms and legs, speech disorders, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, digestive problems, diverticulitis, heart burn, cramps, ulcers, arthritis, chronic low body temperature, diabetes, frequent urination, kidney stones, osteoporosis, Thyroid Dysfunction, chronic fatigue (another problem here),  hypoglycemia, allergies, asthma, cancer, candida albicans, Epstein-Barr Virus, Immune diseases, Leukemia, persistent cough, bleeding gums, loosening of tooth, mouth ulcers, gum disease, acne, skin rashes.

Sobering, isn't it?
Huggins (HH) shared the ADA's recommendations for dealing with scrap mercury leftover from fillings in one of his books.  It is posted here as well-it's definitely worth reading!  It's amusing, even if extremely pathetic.  I'll share just a part of it here:

Yes, it really does make me wonder.  Dentistry is a high-risk profession. I had no idea! 

Uninformed Consent is co-written by a surgeon 'Thomas Levy'.  In the introduction, he shares his own story of coming to realize how dangerous the mercury and other toxic metals are to a person's health.  He had heard the 'rumors' but dismissed it until he was hit with dangerously high blood pressure and his 'perfect health' was shattered.  He decided to have a Total Dental Makeover (TDM) by HH and he was amazed at how much healthier he became afterward. He considered himself  normal and healthy before having the dental issues taken care of, but realized afterward that he had been only  half-living.  He was so full of energy and life, his thoughts were cleared. He read books and articles he never could have gotten through before, and he even obtained a law degree with ease afterward. It was a very telling story to read, esp from a 'medical professional'.  

There were numerous stories of people going through TDM and healing from many, many health issues.  Too numerous to mention here.  But amazing to read!  

One thing I really liked is that they agreed that taking care of your dental issues without changing your diet is useless.  Both are necessary for healing and long-term health.  They are not offering a quick fix or a simple solution.  

Both delved into the chemistry that happens at the cellular level when mercury is ingested.  It's scary to see the many ways that mercury can mess up the various workings of the body, at the deepest level.  And it definitely lends credence to the issues that they claim the mercury can cause.  

Proper care before, during and after removal of amalgam fillings is necessary.  Both for the patient and the dentist.  Some people have actually declined in health due to taking them out improperly. Proper care includes taking care to minimize the ingestion of mercury vapors that are released during their removal, intravenous vitamin C during the removal, acupressure, blood tests for compatibility of new fillings,  proper diet immediately before and after and proper ventilation and tools.  It is not something to be taken lightly by any means.  They strongly suggest you interview a number of dentists to be sure they are qualified to take them out.  

HH says the TDR refers to the complete removal of all identifiable dental toxictiy, including the following:

1.  Replacement of mercury amalgams with biocompatible composite fillings.
2.  Replacement of crowns with more biocompatible materials. 
3.  Extraction of root canal treated teeth with removal of all surrounding infected ligament and bone.
4.  Similarly complete removal of dental implants.
5. Complete cleaning of all cavitations.

This is rather long, and only outlines some basics of what I have read and learned about the removal of toxins in the mouth. 

If you have amalgam filings, root canals or crowns, I would highly suggested reading any of the 3 books I listed to educate yourself on the best way to deal with them.  

Finding a qualified dentist is the first step to taking care of any dental toxicity.  I went on to the Price Pottenger Foundation's website and looked up their Professional Members here.  I found a dentist in NYC that just might qualify. Of course, money is the next major issue, so that will have to be dealt with when the time comes.  But they do offer a free consultation, so I am hoping to get us to the point where we are ready for that in January or February.  One step at a time.  

I hope someone finds this helpful in their search for true health

Monday, December 7, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

Breakfast and supper options

Lunch, served with kombucha for all:
Monday: Nacho Spuds
Tuesday: Broiled Fish and Fries
Wednesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Thursday: Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Friday: Canned Salmon over rice with white sauce
Saturday:  Chicken Soup
Sunday: Fried Ham and Potatoes

Friday, December 4, 2009

Favorite Links Friday

I didn't get a chance to post last Friday, so this one has quite a few links that I have enjoyed.

1.  (Bummer! This did not post for some reason and I have no idea where to find it again.)  This is an article written by a doctor on the affects, or rather, lack of affects of high cholesterol/high fat diets on heart disease.  It's a must read for people who believe that things like red meat, saturated fats and eggs cause heart disease, obesity, etc.  More and more, refined carbs are being incriminated in place of the previously mentioned 'high cholesterol' food products.  It's too bad we're so unhealthy and addicted to those simple carb when this is finally coming to light. 

2.  Cheeseslave shared her all-purpose cleaner recipes.  It's pretty much what I use also-vinegar and water.  I have not yet used essential oils, but I like the idea.

3.  This was a good article on what to do when you want to make changes in your family's diet, but your husband is not on boar with those changes.  I pretty much did the same thing and Drew has slowly came on board with me. It was more work, but worth it! 

4.  This is a great review on Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon.  Great book! 

5.  A simple tutorial for how to make your own vanilla extract. I've meant to do this for a year now and have not invested in the vanilla beans.  I even bought a perfect sized little glass jar and have vodka in it.  I just need to buy the beans! :) 

6.  I LOVE this eco-friendly shopping bag set.

7. This is a great list of  places to get Christmas gifts that support great causes.   

8.  Alternatives for coffee, and some great reasons why it's better to not consume it regularly. 

9.  This is a great new blog I found and some great coconut body product recipes (toothpaste, eye make-up remover, body scrub and deodorant). 

10.  This is a  tutorial (part 2) on sauerkraut and a neat way to keep the stuff submerged in the liquid brine.  I want one!   She sells them on etsy

11.  Make ahead meatballs. We love meatballs, so the idea of having them in the freezer for easy meals is wonderful!