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?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

for fun

Praying For...Gracie that she will be happy, healthy, safe, secure, love learning, and love Jesus...that the innocence of her childhood will be preserved...that her parents and teachers will discover the perfect way to help her be all she was meant to be...that her Biblical neighbors will treat each other with charity...that leaders of nations will protect the sanctity of childhood and family and liberty as well as stop all the bloodshed...yes, I know the revelations and that some of these hopes are futile...however, when God knows the desires of my heart, He will grant all those that are right...

Jesus' Word..."And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so," Genesis 1:30. Feeling grateful today for the wisdom of my creator, who inspires me how to feel the best I can in this mortal body.

Cucina Fresca...Yesterday, Spencer told me he had turned into his mother and watches cooking shows for fun. Like me, he likes to explore the world of taste and presentation. This week on Youtube I discovered vegan mince, which looks very much like cooked hamburger or sausage, tastes rich, smooth, and ever so much better than the former. As usual, I tweaked it a bit by removing oil and adding more veg. With infinite possibilities for usage, I made:

Pasta Anti-Bolognese for 2

5-6 med sized mushrooms
4-5 cauliflower florets
1 small yellow onion, diced (or 1 t onion powder)
1 clove garlic, pressed (or 1 t garlic powder)
1/8 t smoked paprika
1 stalk celery, 1/4 green pepper, and 1 carrot pureed (or 2 T dehydrated veg powder)
1 T tomato paste
1 T nutritional yeast (optional)
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 1/2 c tomato sauce
1 bay leaf
1/4 t dried oregano
1/4 t dried basil
pinch red pepper flakes
a few twists of fresh black pepper
4 oz. brown rice rotini or linguini

Prepare all veg including sides of greens and fruit. Put a pot of water on to boil. Pulse your mushrooms and cauliflower in a blender or food processor until you get small ground meat sized bits. Over low heat cook mushroom mince, onion, salt, garlic, celery, carrot, pepper, and paprika in a stain-less steel skillet until it releases its water. Turn up heat to medium and cook mince stirring occasionally and scrapping bottom of pan until dried and browned, about 15 minutes. Remove mince from pan. Turn up heat to medium high and shmear tomato paste in bottom of pan and toss in garlic. Stir and scrape pan bottom until it begins to brown. Add sauce, yeast, and herbs plus half a cup of pasta water. Boil pasta and steam greens. Simmer until sauce comes together, adding more pasta water if necessary. Stir in mince and correct seasonings. Plate pasta and top with sauce. Serve with Lemony Kale or steamed asparagus. As always end the meal on a sweet note with seasonal fruit.

J couldn't get enough of this rich dish and asked for it again the next night. I didn't capitulate but know it's on the win list. Compared to its animal counter part, the differences are astounding. A cup of meat sauce contains about 260 calories with 13 grams of fat--that's nearly 50% fat. My anti-bolognese has about 70 calories with no fat of any type. Adding in 2 oz pasta, a pile of greens, and a cup of fruit each the whole meal is less than 400 calories with no measurable fat but oodles more nutrition with no lack of the all important protein and calcium. Why is it nobody asks meat eaters where they get their phyto-chemicals, minerals, and vitamins so lacking in animal based cuisine? Why? Dairy and Meat conglomerates write the nutritional policies of the US which are taught in public schools, universities, and medical schools. Protein isn't the most important concern in nutrition. In fact too much protein leaches calcium from the bones and leads to many cancers.

Movement...after a couple weeks' reprieve, I'm getting back into ginjoga, walking, and hooping. My last adrenal crash was painful and debilitating. Unpacking a house is stressful for mind and body. I have to remember to not over-do, which always leads to a crash. Still, I'm so much better than I was 4 years ago, when God whispered the way for me to regain a bit of health. Anyway, I love my gentle exercises.

Family Time...Aunt Yvonne's memorial was Monday. These events are always bitter-sweet. We love celebrating the life of loved ones, but we know we will miss their presence at gatherings. Also, these events bring together family from near and far--some we've never met before. Enjoyed seeing Mom and Grandma yesterday afternoon. Enjoyed attending the temple with J yesterday morning.

Bibliophilia...Got Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. I've read many of her other books and enjoyed most of them. Hopefully, this one will be interesting. Also, I got another Life of Fred book. So far the math is still pretty easy, but the books are hilarious. Taking a couple on-line classes in literature and history.

Viewing Pleasure...Don't know why we went to see the newest Hunger Games movie. It was worse than the other one I saw. They are so dark, violent, and depressing. Hope I remember how much I dislike them next time one comes out.

Garden Gate...rabbits ate my gogi plants nearly to the ground. The Window Farm is a bust, since it spews water all over the window and is noisy. Too bad; it is a great idea. Putting out some hummingbird feeders, since we have a few that hang around here all the time. They are here so much that they often perch on the trees, a sight I've not often seen before.

Pen and Brush...spending more time drawing and working on a book I put to bed last fall. Love being occupied with pleasurable things and anxiously engaged in a good cause. My good cause is working on family history for an hour or two each day. It's so easy now with everything computerized.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

makes me grin

Because I put a lot of thought and time into writing letters to my grandchildren, it nice to know they like them. This week one daughter told of her child's question. "Doesn't Grammy send us letters anymore. It's been a long time since she sent me a letter. I like her letters." It is his turn this week, which you can read below. I never considered a five-year-old would think the eight weeks between letters seems like a long time. Anticipation and patience is a good thing for children I think. I still have trouble with these at times.

Hi ___!

I hope you are happy, healthy, safe, learning in school, and loving Jesus. I pray for you and your ability to make good choices. What things are you doing lately for fun? What is your favorite thing to study at school? Hs it snowed yet?

Although we still have cottontails and quail, the population is much smaller than it once was. We also haven't seen the coyotes that used to hang around here. We thought the coyotes were gone until we heard them howling the other night. Recently, we turned of the AC and opened the windows, which allows us to hear outside sounds better. Now we hear the pack howling whenever a siren goes by and other unexplained times. It is both chilling and cheering. Because we like to plant a garden, we are glad the coyotes keep the rabbit and quail population smaller. But...and this is a big but...the thought of a pack of predatory animals living on the golf course is a bit unsettling. Nevertheless, the howling makes me grin.

We are so excited for the new Temple, which is very close to our house. We wish it were close enough to walk. Even so, a 10-minute drive is way better than our old hour drive. The new temple is so beautiful inside and out. The Spirit is felt so strongly there. When we went through the temple during the open house, they put booties over our shoes to protect the floors. I couldn't help thinking it felt like Jesus washing the feet of His Apostles. In the land of Israel where Jesus' lived during His life, foot washing was a normal thing, because people wore sandals in the hot, dry, dusty climate. Usually, a servant performed the task of foot washing for the occupants of the house and their guests. When Jesus began the washing Peter's feet, Peter tried to stop Him. Peter didn't want Jesus to act as a servant. Jesus explained to the Apostles that even though he was the Savior, he still served them. A true follower of Christ is always willing to serve others. Jesus wants us to follow his example and serve others, too. You can read about this in John 13.

A couple weeks after Christmas, you will celebrate your sixth birthday. That's not too far away. Your six and seven-year-old years are important times to prepare for your coming baptism. Pay special attention in Primary and during Family Home Evening. Learning the words and meanings of the Primary songs will go a long way in teaching you the gospel of Jesus Christ. Plus, you have a nice singing voice, so make sure to sing loud (not yelling) and clear during Primary singing time. Primary is so much fun, when we know the words to the songs, too. Learn what it means to take Jesus name upon you, always remember Him, keep His commandments, and serve Him until the end. It's not hard to understand, especially if you remember that the commandments only lead you to do good; they will never lead you to hurt, anger, lie, steal, or any other bad thing. Baptism day is much more special if you understand what you are doing and why you are doing it. Many people don't learn all this until later. That's ok, too, because you will learn more about the gospel line upon line and precept on precept all the days of your life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is an exciting adventure and the only one to bring you true happiness upon Earth and joy during eternity.

Well, my dear ___, remember the way to be happy. President Hinckley told children all about it when Uncle ___ was a Primary Boy during a special Primary General Meeting. Be Smart means to work in school, learn all you can about the gospel, and do what you know is good and right. Be True means to cherish the faith your parents teach you as well as be loyal to your family and God's commandments. Be Prayerful means to pray often even in your thoughts during the day. Be Grateful means to be thankful for and think about what God and other people do for you instead of all the things you want. Be Clean means to stay away from bad language, sloppy dress, rude behavior, and naughty entertainment. Be Humble means to let God, parents, and leaders teach you instead of being sullen or a know-it-all. It's not that hard to choose to be good. Like President Kimball said, you just need to decide that's the kind of person you want to be and do it.

We love you more than you will ever know, that is until you have grandchildren in 40 years or so. You are a ray of sunshine, when you smile your beautiful smile. You should smile all the time, because it has the ability to make others feel better. If someone doesn't feel happy after seeing you smile and hearing you laugh, there is something seriously wrong with them.

God be with you until we meet again.

Love Ya Lots! P&G

Friday, November 14, 2014

not my symphony

This week's General Conference focus sermon is Loving Others and Living With Differences by Dallin H. Oaks. All quotes are taken from this talk unless otherwise noted. I wanted to simply copy the whole thing and be done. This man is so wise and a devoted apostle of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Many times I've learned at his feet. Even so I don't internalize the principles well enough. In his talk, he talks about the greatest challenge of this crazy time in history.

"Why is it so difficult to have Christlike love for one another? It is difficult because we must live among those who do not share our beliefs and values and covenant obligations...The gospel has many teachings about keeping the commandments while living among people with different beliefs and practices. The teachings about contention are central...The Savior...forbade contention by anyone...The Savior taught that contention is a tool of the devil...Even those who keep the commandments must not stir up the hearts of men to contend with anger...Even as we seek to be meek and to avoid contention, we must not compromise or dilute our commitment to the truths we understand. We must not surrender our positions or our values. The gospel of Jesus Christ and the covenants we have made inevitably cast us as combatants in the eternal contest between truth and error. There is no middle ground in that contest...Like the Savior, His followers are sometimes confronted by sinful behavior, and today when they hold out for right and wrong as they understand it, they are sometimes called “bigots” or “fanatics.” Many worldly values and practices pose such challenges...In so many relationships and circumstances in life, we must live with differences. Where vital, our side of these differences should not be denied or abandoned, but as followers of Christ we should live peacefully with others who do not share our values or accept the teachings upon which they are based. The Father’s plan of salvation...places us in a mortal circumstance where we are to keep His commandments. That includes loving our neighbors of different cultures and beliefs as He has loved us...As difficult as it is to live in the turmoil surrounding us, our Savior’s command to love one another as He loves us is probably our greatest challenge."

I can love people with whom I don't agree. I have a certain relative with a lifestyle in opposition to my beliefs. However, I continue to love him and others involved with him. How can I do otherwise, since I'm commanded not to judge. Nevertheless, I accept them as loved ones but don't condone their behavior. Because I have my own sins in need of repentance and my own problems in need of fixing, I leave their issues between them and God. No, I'm not holier than thou but simply want to give them respect and room to work out their own salvation without my symphony playing in the background.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

feel the power of His word

Jesus the Christ Chapter 18

Matthew 7:29
Luke 4:32
John 7:46

In the 1980s, a popular movie showed how Yeshiva students were taught to sight the author of their argument, which apparently was a long tradition. Jesus rarely sighted authority. When He did, He suggested or stated His words were of the Father who sent Him. Usually, though, He said, nothing or something like, 'I say unto you.' Moreover, those fortunate enough to hear His words for themselves felt their power.

One need not be in His physical presence to feel the power of His word. Blessed are we that His apostles wrote them down. The more I study them, the more I know they are true. I'll ever be grateful to be born at a time and place where I'm free to read scripture any time I want without fear of retribution. True, many these days are openly hostile to Christians, but for now I still have religious freedom. I would never usurp the religious rights of another, and I invite all with any inkling of interest to experiment upon the word and find out.

"Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge—even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge. But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words," Alma 32:26-27.

"Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things," Moroni 10:3-5.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

good cause

Jesus the Christ Chapter 17 conclusion...

Matthew 7:7-29
Luke 6:43-49; 11:9-13; 13:24-30

"Men are prone to judge their fellows and to praise or censure without due consideration of fact or circumstance...Have the centuries between the days of Christ and our own time made us less eager to cure the defective vision of those who cannot or will not assume our point of view, and see things as we see them?...The spirit of the address [Sermon on the Mount] is throughout that of sincerity and action, as opposed to empty profession and neglect. In the closing sentences the Lord showed the uselessness of hearing alone, as contrasted with the efficacy of doing," James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ.

Recently, I've come a bit closer to understanding the idea of judging not. It's not as if we are to condone behavior contrary to the law of God. No, however, we must love all men as brothers and neighbors even when their actions don't seem proper. Nobody on earth can change the laws of God to suit the whims of society. BUT...we also don't destroy or persecute people for their different points of view as some persuasions demand. We let God do the judging, while doing all we can to protect against anarchy/violence/theft/vice/murder/etc. The thing is, we don't know what heart or head baggage a person carries that influenced their actions. They may be at a different place on the path, counting on us to help them along OR there to help us along. I think of my grandmother, who's had her share of misfortune but is by far the most charitable person I've ever met. She doesn't judge or try to force her ideals but is anxiously engaged in loving others as her good cause and invitation to her ideals.