Waking Up With The Blues

Maybe it’s because I can’t seem to get enough sleep at night. Some nights it’s restless leg syndrome; sometimes it’s getting up three or four times to relieve myself.  Some nights I just don’t feel tired enough to go to sleep.  Or I feel tired, lay down, and am then wide awake.  Whatever the reason, I woke up not wanting to get out of bed this morning.  Normally I am a cheerful person.

I made myself get up (I’m not feeling the blues now.) and made my new “start the day right drink”.  My husband found this recipe online yesterday.  It’s a detox drink, best consumed while still warm.  It was a little tart and a little spicy, but it’s supposed to be good for you, so I’ll try it for a couple of weeks, per instructions on the website: draxe.com.

Secret Detox Drink Recipe

1 glass warm or hot water–12-16 oz.

2 T apple cider vinegar

2 T lemon juice

1/2 to 1 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 dash cayenne pepper

1 tsp. raw local honey

NOTE: Add lemon juice and honey last.

Directions:

Warm the water. Mix all ingredients together.  Best served warm but drink at desired temperature.  Drink 20 minutes before eating.  The website says to drink this two or three times a day.  I’m going to try for two.  With our schedules here, it’s hard to plan consistent meal times.

The website lists all of the benefits of the above the above ingredients, and a breakdown of the amount of daily value you get from each of them.

 

 

“Healthy” Foods

I was watching a morning talk show (something I rarely do) a few days ago.  One of the guests they brought out came out with some new foods from the frozen foods section of the grocery store.  He read the list of ingredients on the back and the foods certainly were packed with lots of good foods.  The problem was in the sugars which were not listed as sugars.

As consumers we tend to believe that, when a product is listed or touted as healthy, we buy it.  If the ingredients are read to us we hear the good stuff and may not really hear the bad stuff.  If we want to try to prevent cancer and other diseases it is imperative that we read the labels ourselves before purchasing.  If an ingredient ends in “ose” or “xtrose” it is a form of sweetener or sugar.  All of these are hard on the pancreas.  As consumers who want to be healthy it is incumbent upon us to research some of these items before purchasing.  In this day of cell phones we now have the ability to call the manufacturer (phone number is usually listed on the package in tiny print somewhere around the manufacturerer’s name) and ask questions.  If you don’t have time to call while you’re at the store, write down the name of the product, the ingredient(s) in question, and the phone number.  Put off purchasing the product until you have the desired information.

Since I have been diagnosed with this lymphoma cancer I have almost completely cut out any processed sugar.  I use honey, molasses, or raw Stevia.  My favorite beverage is Arizona green tea.  I have had to stop purchasing it because it contains corn syrup, which is one of the worst sugars in our food.  I am hoping they will come begin to make some with just the honey, or with honey and Stevia.  I did call and leave a message with that request.

I miss ice cream, but when I went to our local health food store last week I discovered an ice cream that is only sweetened with coconut sugar.  It’s a little pricey at $8.00 a pint so it will be either a monthly or every six weeks treat, but it’s the best ice cream I’ve ever had.  Needless to say, I’m going to make it last.  A couple of spoonsful a day will suffice.

Thanks for visiting.

Preserving Enzymes

First, I want to apologize for the long gap between posts. Sometimes life just gets in the way, and then my internet speed slows down because my 15 gigs of data is used up before the month is over. So, thank you for your patience in waiting for this next segment. I’m trying to figure out how to manage my time (not my forte´).

The first pineapple we cut up, we froze about half of it so it wouldn’t go bad before we could use it. When we got around to using the frozen pineapple, we noticed a big difference in how we felt. After reading about how to preserve the fruit, we discovered that it can NOT be frozen or dried. This will kill the enzymes. So how can it be preserved?

The only answer we could find was firmentation. I found a YouTube video on preserving fruit in raw honey. So we have been trying that. To be honest, we have not kept a pineapple over a week. Not that it went bad, but we have used it all. The real test will come when we buy several pineapples at one time.

On my next post I will talk about the benefits of Pineapple and Papaya. Please pray for us as we continue on this journey with cancer. I know that all things are in God’s hand and He has all the answers. Please pray that we stay open to His leading.

My husband wrote the above section about the pineapple. I want to add a note here that my battle with bloating, constipation, and gas is back. I watched a lengthy ad today on the internet about probiotics. Of course it was a sales pitch, but here is what I learned:

1) Our bodies need probiotics to combat all of the harmful stuff we ingest.

2) A good probiotic should have a large quantity of good bacteria and quality substrains of good bacteria, which should be listed next to the ingredients.

3) It should have adequate potentcy (CFU’s): minimum of 40-50 billion live cultures per serving.

4) The capsules should provide a protective delivery system, meaning a vegetable coating and resistent to stomach acid and bile so they will remain viable in the digestive tract.

5) 2 main strains of good bacteria are absolutely necessary: Bacillus Coagulans (B. Coagulans) and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

For more information on this and other digestive issues go to webmd.com.