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.

Monday, April 20, 2015

sweets and roses

"I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do," 1 Nephi 4:6.

"In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths," Proverbs 3:6.

If we so choose, we can be led by the Spirit to do the things God wants us to do. I remember just before we were called to serve our mission, we decided to adopt Nephi's resolve. "...I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them," 1 Nephi 3:7. We were tired of suffering consequences from choosing according to our worldly wisdom. We pondered, prayed, and did according to the direction of the Spirit, which put us in the right place at the right time to be called.

Was our mission easy? I'd say compared to Nephi's journey to the Promised Land, it was very easy. However, it had enough trials to keep us growing; it wasn't all sweets and roses.

At this point, people always try to pin down our plans. Yet, we truly don't know. We make tentative plans, but always leave a door open for any contingency. This uncertainty is a bit unsettling, but our unfailing routines of devotion, service, worship, movement, and study can be taken anywhere and help keep us on even keel.

"Through all our trials in life we must truly strive to be righteous. We may not ever be free from pain, We certainly won't be free from problems. We won't always have bright sunny days. Sometimes money, talent, opportunities, and tempers will be short...But through all this, we can be righteous!...We know we can't escape trouble, but we should do everything humanly possible to escape sin," Holland, For Times of Trouble.

"The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down," Psalm 145:14.

"The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous," Psalm 146:8.

Since we decided to let the Spirit direct our paths, we are happier. Don't we all want to be happy?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

really, finally gone

Praying For...Claire, who is growing to be a refined little lady at her ripe age of six. I pray that she and all of my grands and offspring will gain and keep strong testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ. All other hopes and desires for them pale in comparison to this one.

Jesus' Word..."...whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction," 1 Nephi 15:24. Because I need all the help I can get, this promise calms my heart. The word of God is like a beacon through this foggy, strange world in which we live and will help us find the power or grace we need to resist temptations of the evil one.

Bibliophilia...Besides the scriptures, I've been reading Amazed by Grace. It explains this principle so well and is exactly the way I've always thought of grace. I'm so excited to read a recently acquired book about some of my Native American ancestors from my mother's line, Guardians of the Valley: Chickasaws in Colonial South Carolina and Georgia. So far my genealogy traces my mother's side through the Chickasaws and my father's side through the Powhatan found around Jamestown. Apparently, I can find out more about the Powhatan in the Shawnee Heritage book series by Don Greene. Read a cute book, which I also sent to Claire, Twig. We also sent Dover Owls coloring book.

Dr. Ginger, Medicine Woman...while taking my grands to plenty of crowded places over spring break, I contracted conjunctivitis. Yuck! Sure it will go away by itself after seven to ten days. However, I didn't want to have burning, red, goopy eyes for seven to ten days. Of course I was out of my favorite Dr. Christopher Eyebright Formula, containing eyebright herb, goldenseal root, red raspberry leaf, mullein flower, bayberry bark, fennel seed, rue flower and cayenne pepper. As any good herbalist would do, I researched some other possibilities. I made a thick infusion of fennel and flax seeds for an eye wash. Immediately, the burning was gone. After only a couple more applications the infection was gone. This is a good one to know about.

Lastest Amazing Feat...I drove 1400-ish miles in 2.5 days without incident or injury. After a bath and two hour nap, I felt perfectly fine. Is my illness really, finally gone!!!

Movement...with near zero internet access for over a week, I was getting a bit frantic about my lack of exercise. This morning before church, I spent a glorious 45 minutes stretching and sweating. It was lovely. I still can't believe this seeker of shade and rest LOVES to exercise now.

Cucina Fresca...Ingredient specific recipes can be intimidating and expensive. On the other hand, master recipes allow one to use what is on hand or in season. Plus, the cook can experiment with confidence. If you've read my posts at all, you know I've been cooking oil-free, nutrient-dense, high-fiber vegan for years now. Master Stir Fry (Steam) Recipe is no exception. Since I developed an allergy to soy and try to limit salt, I also had to experiment quite a bit to find a flavorful stir fry. This one seems to fit the bill. Because it makes such a nice flavor, I start out with a similar veg base mix to my marinara and master soup recipes.

In a large frying pan or wok, layer 1/4 red onion, sliced carrot and celery stock, 1/2 diced roma tomato, 1-2 sliced portabello (or a handful or two other) mushrooms, half a garlic clove, a bit of minced ginger, per person. Cook over high heat. As soon as it starts to sizzle, add a tablespoon or so of water, cover, and turn the heat down. Soon the mushrooms and onions will release their fluids. Remove the lid and continue to cook. This mixture is ready when everything starts to break down and brown. This makes a healthier substitute for the umami or savory salty/soy flavor everyone loves in Asian foods. Now, add a tablespoon or two more water to deglaze the pan. It is time to add two or three handfuls of body veggies, of which the possibilities are endless. Steam, covered until just tender crisp. Now, you might add the juice of lemon, lime, and/or orange or rice vinegar, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes for a more Chinese flavor. Red or Green curry paste, honey, or chopped peanuts lend a Thai influence. Steamed, pureed cauliflower with S&B oriental curry powder turn it into Japanese curry. Garam Masala and Madras curry powder OR curry leaves and sambar powder take you to India.

Body Veg/Fruit Suggestions:
snow peas
broccoli slaw mix
broccoli flowerets
red, green, yellow, or orange bell peppers
thai basil
green onions
head or napa cabbage
bok choy or other Asian cabbages
japanese eggplant
hot peppers
baby corn
Morninga leaves or pods
summer squash
Steamed, diced pumpkin or sweet potato
julienne carrots, jicama, or turnip
bean sprouts

This is filling enough to eat as a weight stabilizing meal on its own and is my go to if I find any pounds creeping on. It is delicious over brown, black, or red rice or Annie Chun's Brown Rice Pad Thai noodles. The latter is excellent to keep the heat out of the kitchen in the summer, because they only require a ten minute soak in hot water instead of boiling. If you want even more flavor, top with tabasco, sambal oelek, sriracha, or other spicy condiments OR a sprinkle of salt and black pepper.

Enjoy this creative master recipe and incorporating more nutrient-rich foods into your healthy, cruelty-free way of life.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

let everything go as it should

Gayle and Claire at the Aquarium, April 2015. Claire looks like a triplet to the twins.

Hello Claire!

It was so nice to see you, when I was there for Spring Break and Oakley's baptism. You are growing into a wonderful young lady. I love your reserved, gentle, kind, smiling, but open and intelligent personality. You very much live up to your name, which is derived from the Latin clārus, meaning bright and clear. As I observed you, I was thrilled to see you walking in Jesus' footsteps and adopting His character.

Wasn't the aquarium fun! When I was a little girl, my dad raised angel fish and ciclids, so we had dozens of fish tanks. He even built a large room behind the garage to accommodate more tanks. The gentle hum of the pumps and the humidity released into the air felt quite comforting to me. However, I did not like coming home from school one day to find a huge tank of baby sharks in my bedroom; that was going a little bit too far. Nevertheless, one tank by our front door had beautiful fan tailed gold fish, to which I'm still partial.

Although the aquarium was a great adventure, going to places like that doesn't allow time for visiting. So, I still don't know what you like to do or read. I hope you enjoy the books and activities we send. We hope some of the books are the right level for you to read yourself or at least team read with your parents.

Twice now I've fostered Uncle Jason's little Yorkshire Terrier, Gucci, for several months. After she went back home last September, I thought I would be glad to move on from that responsibility. Nonetheless, I discovered I was very attached to Gucci and missed having a little companion. I'm alone quite a bit with Papa always working, so I decided to look for a little Yorkie of my own. I think I've found her and will be checking it out this week. Please, pray for me that everything goes as it should.

I've found that prayer is a quite effective tool if we don't go into it demanding our own will. Sure, I want thus and such right now, but I don't demand anything in prayer.  I've learned over the years to tell Heavenly Father what I want, but only if it is according to His plan for me. Watching things unfold according to His plan, I'm always a lot happier than if I push my ideas forward at any cost. Some of my schemes have been mighty pricey. Now, I'm content to let the Holy Spirit and Heavenly Father guide me in the way I should go.

Witnessing Oakley's baptism, I made a memory that will be a highlight of my life. She was so happy to make covenants with Heavenly Father. Interestingly, the next day I taught a Primary lesson on the baptismal covenant. On the chalkboard, I drew a picture of two children and another of Heavenly Father. Between the two, I drew an two-way arrow. Above the arrow I wrote Baptismal Covenant=two-way promise. Under the children, I wrote keep the commandments. Under Heavenly Father, I wrote forgive us when we repent, gift of the Holy Ghost, and live with him forever. One little girl in the class was just barely five the others were 6-9. After the chalkboard discussion, I asked each child to explain the baptismal covenant using the words and illustrations on the board. Even the youngest one could explain the covenant. Can you? Then, I asked the children to tell me what some of the commandments are; they came up with many including obeying parents, not stealing, treating others with love, praying and studying the scriptures, not lying, keeping the sabbath day holy, attending church meetings, paying tithing, and a few others. What other commandments can you think of?

Well, Claire, keep yourself on the track you are following right now. Keep the commandments. Be kind to others. Obey your parents. Work hard in school. Listen during Primary. Choose to be cheerful and smiley. Follow Jesus' way. I hope to see you all again this summer or fall.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Defending the Family Proclamation

This week I studied the sermon, Defenders of the Family Proclamation, by Bonnie L. Oscarson. Although I enjoy all of General Conference and study all the talks, I pay special attention to those given during the General Women's Session. This one was filled with wisdom.

"defend...beliefs with courage and conviction...war going on in this world in which our most cherished and basic doctrines are under attack...The sanctity of the home and the essential purposes of the family are being questioned, criticized, and assaulted on every front. When President Gordon B. Hinckley first read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” 20 years ago this year, we were grateful for and valued the clarity, simplicity, and truth of this revelatory document. Little did we realize then how very desperately we would need these basic declarations in today’s world as the criteria by which we could judge each new wind of worldly dogma coming at us from the media, the Internet, scholars, TV and films, and even legislators. The proclamation on the family has become our benchmark for judging the philosophies of the world...not all women are experiencing what the proclamation describes. It is still important to understand and teach the Lord’s pattern and strive for the realization of that pattern the best we can...boldly defend the Lord’s revealed doctrines describing marriage, families, the divine roles of men and women, and the importance of homes as sacred places—even when the world is shouting in our ears that these principles are outdated, limiting, or no longer relevant...If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan!...marriage is between a man and a woman...there is no greater honor, no more elevated title, and no more important role in this life than that of mother or father...defend the sanctity of the home...take a term which is sometimes spoken of with derision and elevate it...homemaker...We should “make our homes” places of order, refuge, holiness, and safety. Our homes should be places where the Spirit of the Lord is felt in rich abundance and where the scriptures and the gospel are studied, taught, and lived. What a difference it would make in the world if all people would see themselves as makers of righteous homes," Bonnie L. Oscarson.

I remember when Gordon B. Hinckley presented the proclamation. To me it held nothing but common sense that everyone surely knew was truth. Today, nearly every part of these truths is being destroyed. It was a truly prophetic utterance. Only God could know just how far and how fast civilization would sink in such a short time. Those of us who hold to these truths are ridiculed and mocked on every hand.

1. Marriage requires a man and a woman. No other combination of beings makes a marriage.

2. Children should be taught to strive for the highest education and prepare for any eventual future. However, parenthood is the most nobel of all pursuits.

3. Home and family is important. All sacrifice to build and maintain it should be undertaken. All should strive to be homemakers.

I appreciated her nod to homemaking as the highest calling and most desirable profession for women. but think she didn't go far enough. So many children are living with emotional homelessness. Just this week it was reported that for the first time in recorded history more money was spent in the US in restaurants than grocery stores. Yes, I do believe women should have a choice of vocation but also believe that ALL children are better off if their mothers choose full-time homemaking. Certainly, there are exceptions, but why are the majority of families exceptions now? I remember President Hinckley saying this, too. Maybe the Lord quits saying something if His children refuse to listen.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

my life line

Lehi received another revelation concerning his family and future posterity. They needed to take the word of God or scriptures with them to the new land, so that their family would not forget God. The scriptures of which Lehi spoke, was the stick of Judah or the old testament. As they kept records of their history and prophecies, they would create the Stick of Joseph.

To remember God, we are still commanded to study scripture today. I find that if I don't spend some time in the scriptures every single day, I have a difficult time keeping the commandments, keeping my thoughts on an even keel, and keeping my actions gentle and charitable. In other words, I am not the true me without a daily diet of the Word. Whenever I am confused, my questions are answered and my mind made clear with scripture. Scripture is my life line.

"And behold, it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these records, that we may preserve unto our children the language of our fathers; And also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets, which have been delivered unto them by the Spirit and power of God, since the world began, even down unto this present time.," 1 Nephi 3:19-20.

"Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these? Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand," Ezekiel 37:16-19.