Monthly Archives: July 2009

Heatwave

We’re melting like butter up here in Seattle.

Sunny Seattle

Sunny Seattle

The thermometer in my husband’s car read 120 degrees on my way in to work yesterday. Something tells me that isn’t quite accurate, but it did top 100.

Since we’re not used to such sweltering heat in these parts (we tend to be more rain-drenched than sweat-drenched), I’ve written an article about heatstroke.

Keep cool!

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pH Balance for Health

Tomorrow I launch into a 4-week stint at my real job, if you can call working in the theatre “real”. I’m doing wardrobe for the (hopefully) pre-Broadway run of “Catch Me if You Can” at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.

I love my job, but it does tend to become all-consuming, so I very likely won’t be posting much in the next few weeks. In the meantime, here’s an article about pH balance that I just published for the National Examiner, which sounds like a salacious tabloid, but is actually an online news journal.  If you’ve never heard of it, go over there and have a look. Just about every topic under the sun is covered, probably even salacious celebrity gossip if that’s what you really want.

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God’s Provisions for Health

My sister-in-law sent this to us, and I was so happy. I had seen it before at a health fair, but couldn’t get a copy of it, and now here it is. If we start to view our world and our food this way, so much just falls into place. God is brilliant; we just need to learn to pay attention.

 

It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and  fish… All before making a human. He made and  provided what we’d need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw.  We’re such slow  learners…
  
God left us a great clue as to what foods  help what part of our body!
 
God’s Pharmacy ~ Amazing!
 carrots
A  sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The  pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… And YES, science now shows carrots  greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the  eyes.
 tomatoes
A  Tomato has four chambers and is red. The  heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes  are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart  and blood food.
 grapesGrapes
hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound  heart and blood vitalizing food.
 walnutsA  Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums.  Even the wrinkles or folds on  the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen  neuron-transmitters for brain function.
 kidney beans
Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
 celeryCelery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak.  These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
 avacados
Avocadoes,  Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this?  It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).
 figs
Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow.  Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.
sweet potatoes Sweet Potatoes
look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.
olives Olives
assist the health and function of the ovaries
 oranges Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
 image012Onions
look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body. 


  

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I See Unhealthy People

Lunch at Costco

Lunch at Costco

I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself lately. As I’m reading more about eating to balance my pH and make myself healthier, I’ve been overwhelmed by the difference between this eating plan and “normal” eating. It seems so unfair. Why can’t I eat like everybody else?

 I sat at the Costco food court the other day, eyeing not only the pizza and hotdogs being devoured around me, but the profusion of processed provisions overflowing from the carts  rolling past. I felt confused. This is the way everybody eats in America. How could it be so far off the mark?
 
I took another look around, this time not at the food, but at my fellow shoppers, normal people like me. There’s pretty much no denying it- here in America, “normal” isn’t very pretty.
 
Face it, everywhere you look, you see lots of unhealthy people. I’m not just talking about people who are carrying around extra weight. That might be the most visible consequence of our sadly delusive American diet, but other symptoms spill to the surface. You can see it in people’s eyes and in their skin. You can tell by the way they carry themselves and their general disposition. We see all around us the “normal” signs of aging, but if we were nourishing our bodies as God intended, would our expectations and standards be so lax?
 
My conviction is renewed. If I eat like everybody else, I’m going to be like everybody else. Is that what I really want?
 
Now, I’m as fond of Costco pizza as the next girl, but that doesn’t mean I can’t re-educate my palette. Yes, I still have to live in this world and I’m probably not ever going to have it together enough to tote healthy raw snacks with me everywhere I go. But with tools like the Master Cleanse and the growing pool of information about pH and toxins, I can make better, if not always perfect, choices.
 
At this point, ‘abnormal’ is sounding downright pretty.
 
 
  

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Money Money Money

Money Roll

Money Roll

Yesterday was all about money. Ok, not ALL about money, but at least a good percentage. Since money is a major source of stress, and stress is a major player in our health, I think it’s an appropriate topic for this blog.

Our church hosted Eric Wilson, who penned (among many other things) the novelization of the movie “Fireproof”. Since the audience was primarily writers, he gave us an honest assessment of what it’s really like working in the profession. The main answer to that is, even for a writer fortunate enough to land on the best seller list, the money isn’t exactly rolling in.

I’m not surprised. It’s a little disconcerting to have someone who’s living it show you their actual numbers, but I felt an unexpected sense of relief. Ok, so I’m NOT slaving away over a hot computer for the promise of financial gain. There must be a deeper reason. I know I do it because God called me to, and whenever I ask Him what I should be doing to help out financially, He very clearly answers Just keep writing.

Ok.

Later in the day, my husband and I met with a woman who’s helping us get started with a program that’s going to help us pay down our mortgage and other debt faster. We got introduced to this by a good friend of mine, who has known this gal for years and has a powerful testimony of how she helped them. I’m so happy to finally have someone to help us straighten out this area of our lives and to set us back on the right path. As soon as I start to see the program work for us, I’ll be shouting from the rooftops and, metaphorically,  from my blog. I’ll want everybody to know about it, because debt is killing so many people. Believe me, it’ll be a ‘tell all your friends’ kind of thing, so stay tuned.

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When not to Invite a Neighbor for Dinner

I was all set to write about the benefits of a raw diet when a whole new inspiration for going vegetarian arrived in our front yard. My daughters and I enjoyed a nice visit with the neighbor’s chicken. We nicknamed her Tofu (so much more diplomatic than the nom de plume  bestowed by a friend upon his prize fowl- “Soup”) and swore that if we ever had to butcher our own meat, we’d be vegetarians for sure.

There's a chicken in our yard
There’s a chicken in our yard

Yummy Salad

  Yummy Salad

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Green- My New Favorite Color

Glorious Green

Glorious Green

Actually, green has always been my favorite color, but that wouldn’t make for much of an analogy.

As I delve further into the idea of eating for pH balance, I get more confused. I know this is just a phase that I’m passing through enroute to culinary enlightenment, but it’s difficult to shift your thinking so far from the norm. It really isn’t a new concept to me that our Standard American Diet doesn’t do us any favors, but there’s so much emotion, tradition, and habit wrapped up in the way we eat. How do I gently transition my family and myself into a healthier way of being that’s so far from what most everyone else is doing? How do I feed them normal-seeming, guilt-free meals that they’ll eat and enjoy?

I believe my next step for myself has to be several weeks of pretty much nothing but green juices, raw veggies and soups. I’m wondering though how people do that. With everything I have to do, I need more energy than I get from nibbling on raw broccoli.  

I’m enjoying reading “The pH Miracle”, but it does throw me into a bit of a panic. I’m at a point in the book where it just seems like the authors’ aim is to zap the fun out of everything. No meat? No fruit? Are these people insane?

On the other hand, the thought of pain-free joints and renewed vitality is pretty motivating. I could drink a lot of spinach juice on the promise of that.

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