The Cure is on your plate!

The Cure is on your plate! Back in the Nixon Era, war was declared on cancer. Strangely, even though a prevention and a cure has been found, the powers that be still fund and fight this war. Obviously, the conflict of interest and motive is profit over health. The China Study and practically a zillion others have found the answer. Cancer, like ALL other degenerative disease, is a food born illness curable by consuming greens, fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. The healthiest people in the world eat little or no meat. Likewise, God's Word teaches that plants are the best foods for man. It's an issue of perspective. You can't exercise away a dirty diet. Is your body a garbage disposal or a temple?

Paradigm Shift

"When people make comprehensive lifestyle changes, including a plant-based diet, they often feel so much better, so quickly, that it reframes the reason for making these changes from fear of dying, which usually is not sustainable, to joy of living, which often is," Dean Ornish.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

sigh to excitement

Here are Dr. McDougal's teachings in a nut shell, which even a child can understand.

I had a heart breaking experience a week or so ago. My sweet great aunt invited me over for lunch. We've been out to dinner and lunch a few times over the last year or so. She is always so upset when I order a baked potato and broccoli or a salad. She tries to push all sorts of unhealthy foods on me, some of which I'm allergic. So...she invited me and my mother over for a luncheon of vegetable soup made especially so I could eat it and to meet her visiting cousin. My mother explained my dietary issues (no wheat, soy, dairy, oil, eggs, or animal products of any kind), so I didn't think to worry about it. Luckily, I felt impressed to eat before I went. The cousin, who is quite nice but also quite obese, prepared the food without heeding my mother at all. The onions in the soup were sautéed in butter before being cooked in beef broth with meat balls. She also prepared deviled eggs, celery with peanut butter, cornbread with butter, a huge dish of nuts, cheese and crackers, pumpkin dump cake made with four eggs and half a pound of butter, and raw carrots with ranch dip. I ate carrots sans dip.

Even though the visiting cousin prepared all the food, poor Aunty was beside herself. I told her how happy I was to be there to visit, and I always eat something ahead of time just in case. I asked her not to worry, but she couldn't rest. Finally, I told her in great detail what happens to me if I eat offending foods--including swelling of everything under my rib cage, abdomen, face, and throat leading to pain, vomiting, and SOB followed by digestive issues, acne, and joint pain as allergens travel through my body. I told her I remember eating and enjoying many things on her table, but now must I view them as non-foods. I simply cannot eat things to spare a person's feelings; they are poison to me. She settled down a bit, but I fear she has been offended beyond forgiveness. One would think a diabetic would understand dietary restrictions, but it hasn't been the reality in this case. Come to think of it, meals like the one she served are probably the reason for her diabetes and other health issues.

I'll stick with potatoes, rice, beans, fruits, greens, and vegetables, which make me feel great and keep my weight in check.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

going to love it

Praying For...Claire and children all over the world to be blessed with peace, plenty, happiness, health, and be honest, slow to anger, quick to listen, and love the enjoy school and work find and love Jesus and always strive to follow Him and be like enjoy life and try to find joy (or at least the point of learning) in all the enjoy doing hard things, because learning from hard things make one wise and smart...

Ponderizations..."Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman walketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep," Psalm 127:1-2. This prophecy sure is telling for our time. If we don't turn back to God, we won't be able to keep anything safe; we won't have peace.

 GC Sermon of the Week...Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ by Dallin H. Oaks reminds us that we are not alone, because Jesus suffered all our pains, heart ache, and more. He understands and wishes to lift us; He stands waiting for our invitation.

Garden Gate to Movement...Yesterday, I talked to a wonderful gardener, who gave me a great, though not original, idea. He told me about his mother, who used gardening to regain lost strength. I go up and down with my ability to exercise with my Adrenal issues. Anyway, his mother is 78, and over the last two years has planted 200 trees on her property. Nearly every day, she digs a bit for an hour. It might take three days or a week, but eventually her 3X3 hole is dug. Then she builds a one foot deep compost pile in the bottom, covers it up, and waits for spring or fall planting season. After planting a tree in excellent compost and covering it with mulch, she plants herbs, flowers, and vegetables around it. Two years ago, she had one of those horrible, sterile dirt 'pastures' so famous around here. Now she has a veritable oasis, which provides all her fruit and vegetable needs plus an abundance to share. I don't have acreage, but I still have some room to put in more trees, herbs, flowers, and so forth. Being outdoors and playing in the dirt in good weather, I can heal my body and lighten my spirit, God willing.

Teaching Little Children...this week I made Rainbow Letter work, so the youngest children can practice penmanship in a new way. I made handwriting work for those who have mastered penmanship. My oldest daughter loved botany and zoology booklets between ages 4-5. To make these, we print pages of the same black outlined bird, flower, leaf, tree, fish, child, and so forth. Then we make and laminate a booklet with the specific part colored in red and its nomenclature written underneath: eye, head, wing, breast, feet, beak, tail. The parts of flowers and leaves get a bit more technical than this. The child will take a couple sheets that has four of the same subject to be studied. Next they cut it into quarters, color and label the specific part, then staple it together between two pieces of construction paper. Because children usually learn to write before they learn to read, this gives them practice with the former and eases them into the latter. I can't wait to share these with the children; they're going to love the work.

Cucina Fresca...I'm trying to perfect my stuffing recipe today. Everything has to be home cooked. I can't stand veggie broth in a can, so I'm making my own with onions, celery, mushrooms, herbs, pepper, and other vegetables. That's how I've always been about broth.

If it turns out the way I hope, the big day of thanks will find me preparing gluten-free cornbread (not the sweet kind). I'll cube, dry, and toss it with poultry spice. I like to use this as everything is ground to a powder for optimum flavor without little dried bits, and no it has no poultry in it. They I dry saute a mushrooms and onions until they are very soft adding in celery for the last few minutes. Next I mix this all together with diced water chestnuts, put it in a round souffle dish (or medium pumpkin), and bake it for 60 to 90 minutes at 350F. It should make a lovely centerpiece on a platter, surrounded by roasted portabellas and frilly kale for our all-plant Thanksgiving dinner. The rest of the broth will be thickened to make gravy for our mashed Yukon Gold potatoes. Roasted savory garnet yams, steamed baby green beans, 3-sisters stew, green salad, cranberries, and various pies will complete our table. I will make a few things before hand like the stew and gravy. I'll buy the pies from a little vegan bakery down town. Without the turkey mess, it really isn't a huge job to cook or clean up.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

great week

Praying For...Quinn and children all over the world to be blessed with peace, plenty, happiness, health, and love...that he will learn to be honest, slow to anger, quick to listen, and love the truth...that he will enjoy school and work diligently to do his very best work...that he will love Jesus and always strive to be like Him...that he will enjoy life and try to find joy in all the experiences that come his way...that he will come to enjoy doing hard things, because learning from hard things make one wise and smart...that all God's children will recognize Him and strive to follow Him.

Ponderizations..."And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus," Philippians 4:7. Peace is a joyful thing.

GC Sermon of the Week...A Plea to My Sisters By Russell Nelson spoke deeply to my soul.  It is ok with God just as it is with my husband that I am a strong woman with an opinion who loves to serve others. I never did fit the doormat role. It is good that I am happy, that I am anxiously engaged in a good cause, that I spend a good portion of time researching my ancestors, that I love my family, my husband, and God.

Genealogy Gifts...over the last few years but especially this year, there has been a huge effort by millions of volunteers to digitize and make accessible vital and other valuable records of the past. Because of this, I have found hundreds of people that fit into my ancestral lines, mostly spouse (maiden names) and children. A relative of mine, notorious for contention, questioned my actions and called them foolish; he stated that there are some verses in the Bible that say we shouldn't worry about genealogy. Timothy 1:4 and Titus 3:9 both speak of this, but not in the way said relative imagines. Paul warns Titus of foolish genealogies, which signifies those that puff one up or take one away from worshipping God. Paul warns Timothy not to give heed to genealogies which don't edify God. My whole reason for keeping these records is to edify God and tie these loved ones to our family. All through out the Old and New Testaments, genealogies are recited to teach principles and confirm prophecy. With these ideas in mind, I know God wants me to spend part of my time engaged in this work. All of His children are important to Him; all of my family is important to me--not because being a decedent of royalty or rapscallion brings me any notoriety or puffs me up. Keeping genealogies out of love is not foolishness.

Teaching Little Children...I've been praying about a little problem with the hodgepodge reading instruction materials at my school. They does a fantastic job of teaching phonics for short vowels and some consonant blends, but it leaves too much undone; they are so disorderly. The other day, while searching for metal inset extension ideas, I came across a self-correcting, Montessori-inspired, complete phonics program and rainbow letters I'm so jazzed to get it up and running. My readers at the second grade level just can't continue to progress until they know all the vowel spellings and consonant blends. All of them need more cursive and manuscript practice. My goal for them by the time they get to first grade is excellence in spelling, penmanship, and reading. I could write volumes about teaching language in a Montessori environment. I think my favorite part of this volunteer experience is helping children become independent readers, as I have with dozens of others. It always amazes me to witness this miracle.

Garden Gate...We got a Lemon Meringue mango which is supposed to taste slightly lemony. We also got two elderberry bushes, so I can make my own elderberry syrup eventually. Finally, we got a tree called loquat, which is supposed to be sort of like an orange flavored peach. Next, we hope to acquire star fruit, more berries, more comfrey, more tree collards, more garlic, marigolds, and lupine, runner beans--permaculture by design.

Dr. Ginger, Medicine Woman..."Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food...Walking is man's best medicine...Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease...Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity...A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses...Everything in excess is opposed to nature...," Hippocrates. His ideas have taken on great meaning in my life.

I read a testimonial of plant based healing this week. I could relate to one of her statements. “Just to live without nausea from day to day is such an incredible blessing.” I only get sick now if I eat one of my triggers. People say my WOE is such a sacrifice. While I do miss bread, pizza, tamales, flour tortillas, and pastries from time to time, I don’t miss super nausea, vomiting, or wishing I could vomit after eating. I feel so free and happy and vibrant, which isn’t a sacrifice at all. Plus, I love inventing new recipes using legumes, whole grains, veggies, greens, and fruits. My food is still delicious without the health debilitating side effects.

Cucina Fresca...lentils are extremely high in iron, a nutrient I have struggled to get enough of since age 12 whether eating meat or not. I have oodles of recipes to make them delicious. This week I decided to try cooking them in the rice cooker and came up with this recipe; it reminds me of rice a roni which I used to eat at least weekly. Next I'm going to change up the spices to make this into tacos or enchiladas. My husband finally told me he hates quinoa, so I've been looking for an alternative for enchiladas and tacos.

Lentil and Brown Rice Pilaf

1/2 c brown rice
1/2 c red rice (or more brown rice)
1/2 c brown lentils
1 portabello mushroom, small dice
1 tomato, diced
1 carrot, small dice
1 green onion, minced
1 stalk celery with tops, minced
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1/4 t cumin
1/4 t italian herb
1/2 t salt
bay leaf
1-2 c minced spinach or moringa leaves (reserved)

In the morning, put rices and lentils in the rice cooker pot with the proper amount of water for 1 1/2 c brown rice. Stir in all other ingredients except reserved. Set the timer to be ready for dinner on brown rice setting. Now dinner or lunch will be an after thought. When it is done, put the reserved spinach in the rice cooker to steam and close the lid while you prepare a salad and/or non-starchy vegetable. Open rice cooker, remove bay leaf, dump into a serving dish, fluff, and garnish with coarse salt and black pepper. This makes large portions for two or side dish for four. It is easily doubled multiplied.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

absolutely glorious autumn

Hi T!

We hope you are happy, healthy, and have a terrific time in school this year. We also wonder what you have been doing lately. Has it snowed yet this year? Are you still in Karate lessons? Have you begun piano lessons yet? We just don’t know. However, we do know we love you.

The desert is wonderful this time of year. Although we had a couple chilly days because of rain, it is mostly sunny and warm. No, it’s not hot at all anymore. When we lived in near you, we spent most of the cold winter indoors. That’s what we do in the summer here. Your place has a very long, snowy winter that lasts about 7 months. Our new place has about 3 months when it is just two hot to do outdoor things and 2ish more months of summer. Then we have 3 months of spring and 3 months of fall that are absolutely glorious. Scattered around we have about 2 weeks of winter, which is really more like your spring.

People ask if we miss the seasons. I can’t say I miss winter at all, especially slipping on ice and shoveling snow. Once Papa, Spencer, and I were out on a sunny, winter day in cold country. I slipped on a patch of ice and came down right on my head. I looked just like a cartoon person, whose legs flipped up to the sky. Maybe it was funny, but it hurt like crazy. After that I was always afraid to go outside. Even so I slipped quite a few more times. Some people really like snow for skiing and sledding. Maybe you do.

At the school where I work, one large 5-year-old is a big bully. His specialty is pushing the littlest children around with his big, fat belly. Although I like him quite a bit, I don’t let him get away with bullying other children. I caught him in the act the other day and talked to him about pushing. Afterward he was sent to apologize. The little, skinny boy he bullied wanted nothing to do with the big bully coming near him. Instead of cowering and running away like he has done in the past, he did the most beautiful sidekick I’ve ever seen a child do. He didn’t make contact, but the bully realized he was dealing with someone unafraid to stand up for himself. No, I don’t condone violence. However, I was pleased to see the former doormat gain confidence. In the end, we required both boys to apologize and verbalize their errors in behavior. Secretly, I cheered for my sweet, skinny friend.

Defending one’s self and gaining confidence is the beauty and true purpose of martial arts. That’s why I like it so much. If you are taught martial arts properly, you learn to avoid conflict and use non-violent conflict resolution until there is no other alternative. I think that’s what God requires of us as well. I’m pretty sure He doesn’t condone war unless we are protecting our homes, families, neighbors, liberty, or country. Other people disagree with this. Some day you’ll have to search the scriptures, read, ponder, and listen to inspiration on this and other topics, so you can know for yourself.

There are two girls in my class that read around the third grade level as well as multiply, square, and cube. I thought they were both kindergarteners. Last week I discovered they are both mature acting four-year-olds. I also work with a boy I believed was a mature acting kindergartener, who reads about the first grade level and adds four digits with carrying over. He is only 3.5. This doesn’t necessarily mean they are smarter or better than other children. They simply learn language and math easily. Some very intelligent people struggle with learning these things.

For instance, Albert Einstein’s school expelled him permanently. They told his mother he was unteachable, unable to learn anything. His mother took him home, taught him to play the violin, taught him school stuff, and let him loose with whatever projects caught his fancy. Later the world discovered his genius. Because he saw the world in a way that ordinary smart people didn’t, he discovered amazing scientific things about the universe. Usually, the people that discover and create genius things don’t fit in at school or don’t learn as other children.

I don’t know if you are like the quick learners at my school, like Albert Einstein, or somewhere in between. It really doesn’t matter as long as you live up to all the potential and talents Heavenly Father gave you and will bless you with in the future. Have you discovered any of your talents yet?

Like every other time it's your turn to be grandchild-of-the-week, we sent you a new book. Because both Uncle Spencer and Uncle Jason loved castles and nights and swords at your age, we decided to send a book of Arthurian legend. Probably, you will be able to read it with a stronger reader. Maybe you can read it alone. However, it is perfectly acceptable to use it as a read-aloud. However the story is digested, we hope you enjoy your journey into Arthur's world.

Did you hear about the Hawk and his mate who were stalking my little Dash dog? Well, she isn’t allowed to go outside without me anymore. After all she would make a pretty expensive lunch. Plus, I would be very sad if some predator ate her. We are going to build a covered dog run on the side of the house, where I planted apple trees.

The apple trees aren’t the kind that gets fifteen feet high. Instead they are espalier; this means they are dwarf sized and trained to grow against the wall. I also am planting lots of moringa trees and asparagus plants in that area. In this place, we have to provide shade for fruit trees. I didn’t understand that when I planted the apples, so one died this summer. Thankfully, moringa grow very fast, so they will do the job quite nicely next summer. I also can’t wait to harvest our own asparagus; it’s my favorite vegetable. Do you like asparagus? If you don’t, I think you are crazy!

Well, T boy, we will pray especially for you this week. Yes, we pray for you all the time, but this week it's different. We pray that you will be safe, secure, loyal, teachable, kind, cheerful, obedient, friendly, and full of joy, faith, hope, and charity. Please, don't forget that we love you; people need all the love they can get.

Maybe it's kind of crazy of me to keep sending these letters, since I don't know if you even read them. For now, I feel inspired by the Holy Ghost to continue sending books and letters. It's fun for me to imagine you and I having a little chat right here at my kitchen table. I try to recall my problems, hopes, and joys as an 8-year-old child. Maybe some of mine were like yours today. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoy sending them. Plus, I will always follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I know too well the consequences of ignoring promptings and will never do so again.

old but still remarkable

Praying For...Tyson and children all over the world to find peace, plenty, safety, security, knowledge, wisdom, faith, joy, hope, and love...

Ponderization..."...we did take courage with our small force...and were fixed with a determination maintain our lands, and our possessions, and our wives, and our children, and the cause of our liberty," Alma 58:12. I don't endorse war, but do think it is ok to defend one's loved ones, neighbors, freedom, and home. How do we know what is right, when our government officials keep lying to us? Pray for inspiration.

Talk of the Week...“If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments” By Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency. This is a most enjoyable talk with an old but still remarkable lesson. It's also a lovely illustration in dealing with others especially children.

Teaching Little I teach reading and writing to little children, I receive great rewards. Once in awhile, the other teachers express gratitude for my volunteer work. Although I appreciate accolades, I spilled the beans. Acknowledging their appreciation, I admitted serving these children for purely selfish reasons. Satisfaction and meaningful activity reward me greatly. Just ten weeks ago, most of the 46 children knew some to no sounds with two readers in the bunch. Now fifteen children have emerged into the reader category. While most progress slowly through the decoding stage, several of the newbies are moving into the fluent group. Every time I witness progression on the written language path, it invigorates and inspires me. Its a true miracle. Most have also progressed from chicken scratch to quite legible letters. The youngest ones have begun to retain sounds and write with chalk. Tooo fun! but I wish there were three of me.

Garden to go in the ground will be asparagus, elderberry, more garlic, and more bocking 14 comfrey--maybe some strawberries, tree collards, turmeric, and ginger in Feb, too. So far the cottontail rabbits steer clear of all garlic; it's a great rabbit repellant. I want to move the curry tree from the backyard to it's permanent location in the front. I got some great tree wraps to keep rabbits from eating tree trunks; chicken wire blows off during storms. With garlic and tree wraps, we should be safe. We never got that bucket garden built last spring, so we plan to get it finished before December. I really want to plant in February for delicious tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, beans, peas, spinach, and cucumbers. We'll put the buckets on the sunny south garden until things heat up in May. Then we'll move it to the cooler east court yard, which is protected from afternoon sun. Even though the east court yard sounds posh, it's just front entrance patio.

Doggy Days...I simply love having a little Yorkie dog. She dances and talks to us. Like all Yorkies she is quite bossy, a sweeter way than other Yorkies I've known. She's quite endearing. Now if we can just get that covered dog run built so she can run off some of her energy and relieve herself without being attached to a leash.