The Test Kitchen…Carambola

Image result for free pics of kitchensI said a while back when I made Kimchi that I thought it needed improvement. It has now been in my refrigerator for a couple of months. It has improved with age without me doing anything more to it. I put it on a Turkey Sandwich and it was delicious. So, apparently, the longer you keep it in the refrigerator the better it gets.

Image result for free pic of star fruit breadCARAMBOLA – the scientific term for STAR FRUIT. A neighbor who has a Star Fruit tree brought me some of the fruit. I have experimented with making Star Fruit Bread, and was finally able to come up with a recipe that works.

Star Fruit can be used in many ways. To prepare it for use in fruit salads or even veggie salads – slice off the spines (thinly), cut off both ends and then slice the fruit into 1/4″ thick slices. You eat the skin – do not peel it. The fruit does have seeds that can be removed easily. When I put Star Fruit in smoothies I clean and prepare them the same way. Sometimes I take the seeds out  and sometimes I don’t (only if I put it in a Smoothie). Star Fruit are also good in oriental dishes like Chow Mein and Wok dishes. As well, they can be used in cookies – but because you have to purée them for cookies, they take the place of any liquid in the recipe – similar to applesauce. Now to the BREAD.

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I originally thought I could use my Mom’s banana bread recipe and substitute the bananas with the star fruit: this didn’t turn out to be as easy as I thought it would be as the mixture was too runny, requiring more flour – or so I thought. To get the mixture to the consistency I needed meant adjusting all the other ingredients as well. It was okay but still wasn’t right. The secret was in the FLOUR. So my mom’s Banana Bread recipe ended up being completely changed.

I took a completely different route…I did not use any processed white flour and a lot of sugar which most recipes call for. After many hit and misses I came up with the following recipe. I call it my – even though it can be eaten as a desert topped with ice cream or whipped cream –

CImage result for free pic of star fruit breadARAMBOLA BREAKFAST BREAD

Ingredients:
1 C Almond Meal
1/2 C Coconut flour
1/2 C Whole wheat flour ( I grind my own)
3/4 C Organic raw sugar
1/3 C Coconut oil
1/4 tsp. Sea salt
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 eggs – slightly beaten
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp Pure vanilla Extract
2 C Star Fruit Puree (6-8 star fruit (Carambola)

Preparation:
1. Puree the star fruit to make 2 cups
2. Mix dry ingredients together  – almond meal, coconut flour, wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon (can use All Spice as a cinnamon substitute).
3. In a small bowl mix oil with sugar. Beat eggs and add to the oil mixture, beat lightly. Add vanilla
4. Mix dry and wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Blend well.
5. Add the 2 cups of star fruit purée. Mix well.
6. Pour into a greased and floured bread pan (9″x 11″x 2″). Bake at 350 degrees for 1 Hour or until done. Because this is a fairly wet mixture I found it had to be baked the full 60 minutes (1 hr.). Let cool. It will  be dark in color because of the almond flour and the wheat flour which are a dark color flour. It doesn’t rise above the pan like banana bread but is more flat. Remove from pan – continue to let it cool – slice and ENJOY!

It can be stored in the refrigerator, but it probably won’t last long as you will eat it up quickly. Mm GOOD!

A follow-up Blog will have my HOLIDAY NOG recipe.

Bon Appetite! and God Bless!

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Metabolism – continued

As mentioned in an earlier blog – your body is your temple. You need to know what is going on inside of it in order to improve your health. The major players include your adrenal glands, thyroid, pituitary, kidneys, endocrine glands and liver.  These help to keep your metabolism in check.

What should you eat or should you not eat? The following is a list of do’s and dont’s.

NO WHEAT:Image result for free pictures of wheat Wheat is indestructible in nature thereby making it nearly indestructible in your body – making it very hard for your body to digest and extract its nutrients. Wheat creates inflammation, gas, bloating, water retention, and fatigue. What is the alternative to wheat? Most breads are made of wheat – instead, eat bread made from sprouted grains or spelt. Other alternative foods include wild rice, barley and quinoa.

NO CORN: Image result for free pics of cornCorn is a food your body never digests. It is your metabolisms worst enemy. Corn equals quick fat. The farmers use it to increase the grade of meat and fatten the cattle. If you want to look pregnant, have a pouchy belly, round cheeks, plump arms and legs, plump anything – be my guest and eat all the corn you want. I know it’s yummy, but – it is a no, no.

NO DAIRY:Image result for free pictures of dairy products All dairy products, which include – milk, butter, butter blends, cheese (natural and processed), cultured dairy (yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, dips, and other cultured dairy foods, frozen deserts (ice cream, cakes and other frozen dessert made with dairy ingredients, milk, whey, milk powder etc. have a sugar/fat protein ratio that wreaks havoc to your digestive system; and especially to your metabolism, if you are trying to lose weight. The sugar and fat in milk is high. Fat free doesn’t change that ratio as the metabolism still slows down. The alternative to milk and milk products are Image result for free pics of nut milk products unsweetened almond milk, coconut, any of the nut milks, and any products, desserts etc. made with these milks. You can do a lot with them and add any flavor you want to them.

NO SOY: most soy is genetically modified – slows down the metabolism, and builds up the estrogen level in the body.  Your body already makes its own estrogen so it doesn’t need more. Soy also causes bloating and swelling etc.

NO CAFFEINE: Image result for free pics of caffeine drinksCaffeine stresses the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are very important in regulating blood sugar, keeping your cortisol (stress hormone) levels steady and regulating epinephrine and norepinephrine hormones. The adrenal gland also regulates aldosterone (a steroid hormone) which controls fat metabolism, regulates sugar storage, muscle development, and regulates the salt and water balance of the body.

CaffeineImage result for free pics of caffeine drinks pushes the body past its healthy state of energy. Ditch it – ditch it forever! The energy high is short-lived. Also decaf coffee is not truly caffeine free. It can contain from 13 -37% of caffeine of regular coffee.

Coffee before eating food pulls sugar from the muscles in order to sustain the adrenal hormones. Caffeine before breakfast is a metabolism killer  – and that includes non-coffee choices like black tea, green tea and white tea. The bottom line is: caffeine, “is not a mineral required for your body. Caffeine is emotionally and physiologically addictive, and the withdrawal can be tough.”The good news: after withdrawal is over – NO MORE AFTERNOON SLUMP. No more obsessive need for a buzz. Get that caffeine monkey off your back.

Ways to deal with caffeine withdrawal:
1.  Add cinnamon to your morning smoothie
2. If you get a withdrawal headache, the herb feverfew can help, as can                     Ginkgo biloba.
3.  Be patient. Keep telling yourself you are going to feel great, wake up                 great, and go to bed great.

NO ALCOHOL: Image result for free pictures of alcoholic beveragesI know, the TV, magazines, books, newspapers are all telling you to have that cocktail, that glass of wine etc., it will relax you, make you feel good, it won’t hurt you. BUT the bottom line here is that ALCOHOL has to be processed through the liver – a major organ that is always, because of the SAD in need of repair. Alcohol has empty calories, is very high in sugar, and again is not good for the metabolism.

  • NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS OR FAT FREE DIET FOODS:Image result for free pics of artificial sweeteners Those fake blue, pink, and yellow sugar packets are poison to your body. Replace them with natural sweeteners to include: Truvia, Stevia, or new on the scene, but very effective – Xylital, Honey, Maple Syrup, Agave Syrup. In order to have a functioning metabolism, and dieting means:
  • eating real food – 3 meals , 2 snacks,
  • fresh foods you freeze yourself are better than processed frozen foods
  • stay quit of caffeine, gluten, corn, soy, sugar, alcohol, smoking and processed foods.
  • stay hydrated – rule of thumb: drink 1/2 your body weight in fluid ounces every day. Drinking water flushes the wastes and toxins from the body’s system all day long – instead of playing catch up and drinking the water all at once after 6 pm or before you go to bed.
  • exercise
  • do organic
  • supplement as needed
  • chill out, have patience, keep stress at bay, RELAX!I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you. I know some of you will say this is asking too much, I am old and I am still alive – it is too late to start a new routine now. There will be many rationalizations. IT REMAINS – YOUR CHOICE. Ask yourself – is it less expensive than being on prescription drugs for the rest of your life? Ask yourself if you are always getting correct health information from allopathic doctors? I know! You say they are keeping you alive – but for how long? A band-aid is short-lived.

Be your own healer – consult a good alternative medicine physician. Follow the alternative methods listed above and you will be a healthier you.

PATIENCEPATIENCEPATIENCE!  May God bless you all!

 

 

Turkey Time…

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We all consider a Turkey to be a large gallinaceous bird that is of wide range in North America. However –Turkey also is a country in western Asia and southeastern Europe. Turkey, as well is confused with the guinea fowl, supposed to be imported from Turkish territory in 1555. Turkey is also a theatrical expression to mean a theatrical production that has failed. It is three successive strikes in bowling, and is an expression used to indicate that a person is foolish, stupid or inept.

Turkey is used in terms such as turkey-cock (the gobbler or a person who is pompous), Turkey-red (red iron oxide used as a pigment), turkey shoot (a marksmanship contest using a moving target with a turkey offered as a prize), turkey trot (a ragtime danced with the feet well apart and with a characteristic rise on the ball of the foot followed by a drop upon the heel), and finally – turkey vulture, here in the southern US known as a turkey buzzard.

The American turkey has become domesticated in most parts of the world. I like to Image result for free pic of the first thanksgivingremember it as the gift the Indians (native to America), gave to the pilgrims along with a lot of other foods when the pilgrims – new to America –  were nearing starvation before the winter storms were to come upon them. It was a feast to be remembered as THANKSGIVING. God had answered the pilgrims prayers. Everyone gave thanks to God for the bounteous meal that was eagerly enjoyed by all.

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May we put our prejudices aside on this special occasion, and do the same. May our hearts be filled with Thanks and Giving!THANKSGIVING isn’t about what is on the table, but the people seated around it.” (anonymous)

I WISH A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO MY FAMILY AND ALL OF MY      READERS, WHO FEEL LIKE FAMILY!        MAY GOD BLESS ONE AND ALL!

Sunshine

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“There is sunshine my soul today, more glorious and bright than glows in any earthly sky, for Jesus is my light.” Oh, there’s sunshine, blessed sunshine when the peaceful happy moments roll. When Jesus shows his smiling face, there is sunshine in the soul.”

How I love this song – Text: by Eliza E. Hewitt, 1851-1920. I am not sure what inspired the words, but in the 2nd verse “There is music in my soul today; the 3rd verse “There is springtime in my soul today, the 4th and last verse “There is gladness in my soul today. and hope and praise and love, for blessing which he gives me now, for joys “laid up” above.”

This song is so full of Vim, Vigor and Vitality – all of which are health related, positive on the mind, a love for nature and blessings, when we adhere to the Lord’s way. To quote scripture from Proverbs 16, Vs 9 “A man’s heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps.” and Vs 11 “A just weight and balance are the Lord’s; all the weights of the bag are his work.”

Everyone’s good health is derived from the divine nature of God. He gave us the freedom of choice to become who and what we are in today’s world – healthwise – spiritually and physically. It is up to each of us to choose the way we want to go in order to live a long and healthy life. The SAD (Standard American Diet) is shortening our lifespans, breaking down our health, causing vicious diseases. We need to keep that in mind as we continue to believe all the advertising on TV, etc. that is steering us toward a Opioid ridden, unhealthy, angry, violent, society. If we become a drug driven people Satan is in charge. The bureaucracy can then be in control of our hearts, might, mind and souls. Is this a pretty picture. NOT TO ME!

In summary: “What you are is Gods gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to Him!”

You can become a NEW YOUYou can start with my BASIC STARTER DETOX CLEANSING PROGRAM published 8/14/2017. Make a choice, the right choice!  As the words to another song goes “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, and don’t mess with mister in between.”
GOD BLESS – AND GREAT HEALTH TO ALL!         Image result for free pics of sunshine

 

Metabolism…

…what is it? Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary tells us that metabolism is the sum of all physical and chemical changes that take place within an organism; all energy and material transformations that occur within living cells.

My blog focus is, and will always be, on wellness instead of illness.

Food can do a lot for you, but it must make a difference in your life. I care about you, my readers and clients and the results of your journey to great health. YOU ARE YOUR OWN STUDENT IN YOUR SCHOOL OF HEALTH.  I want you to understand what you are doing as you bring back balance to your body’s chemistry and emerge as a ‘NEW YOU’!

The food you eat (the SAD – Standard American Diet) is at the bottom of all ill-health via sugar overload, chemical additives, preservatives, processing, pasteurizing, artificial sweeteners, dairy products, wheat, corn, soy (all genetically modified), and even the water you drink. I could go on and on. It is no wonder you are fatigued, depressed, sick too often, obese, have chronic inflammation, and are stressed out.

This blog is one of a series of articles I plan to write to explain how the body works when it comes to food and your body’s chemistry.
(References from Haylie Pomeroy – Nutritionist and Dr. Robert Morse, N.D. and biochemist). Continue reading “Metabolism…”

Bacteria…

Image result for free pics of bacteriaWhat is Bacteria?  Most of you know the simple dictionary definition, that Bacteria are microscopic living organisms, usually one-celled, that can be found everywhere. They can be dangerous, such as when they cause infection, or beneficial, as in the process of fermentation (such as in wine) and that of decomposition.

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One or single-celled organisms without a true nucleus. There are several different types…the rounded or spherical-type, which occur as single cell units (micrococci), pairs called diplococci, a cluster-type called staphylococci, and the chain-type well-known by most folks as streptococci.

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The second type of bacteria is the rod-shaped or bacilli. The third type is spiral, of which the rigid ones are called spirilla and the more flexible are known as spirochetes.

Dr. Robert Morse, N.D. describes Bacteria as “microscopic and they live and thrive in lymph congestion. The lymph tissue is your septic system, which moves cellular wastes and by-products of metabolism out of the body.” What are the wastes and by-products? They can appear as mucus on the skin, in the gastrointestinal tract and throughout the body where toxins are present.

I want to focus on the ‘Intestinal Bacteria’ – in your gut. What are you feeding it? Since your body is filled with the good, the bad and the ugly bacteria – your goal should be how to NOT harm the good bacteria. How do you do that? You start with your diet…what you eat, drink, etc. – healthy foods. Image result for free pics of healthy foods

Bad bacteria love complex sugars, milk and starch by-products. These foods are what causes you to catch a cold (so to speak). When you ‘catch’ a cold the body starts purging the lymphatic system, causing a discharge of mucus and parasites feeding within it. This purging is usually from the sinuses, lungs, kidneys and bowels and then you are feeling the full body purge with that “achy-all over” feeling.

In essence you need to eat less sweets, stay away from the dairy products, and starches. You need to increase the fermented type foods that are Image result for free pics of fermented foodsavailable to eat, such as sauerkraut, beets, home-made yogurt – a probiotic source, Image result for free pics of yogurtand avoid carbohydrates which cause acid reflux. There are cultures – such as the Japanese that eat lots of fermented foods and thereby avoid digestive issues.

The bacteria all along the GI tract (called flora), helps the body to break down foods. Many vitamins – such as the B-vitamins, are created by the actions of bacteria that live in your GI tract. This is good!

In Summary – you need to keep your body pure and clear of mucus and impurities, and strengthen your cells. Parasites form because they thrive only in a base of toxicity and mucus – as this is their food source. Keep in mind that ‘healthy cells are not food for parasites. Watch your stools, detoxify yourself. As only the strong survive in this world – work on becoming healthy and vital and your life will change – all in good time and in every way imaginable. You will have a vitally healthy intestinal tract (gut).
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May God bless your efforts –  and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  

 

Fitness Note of the Month

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Where has the summer gone? It is Halloween time and then November, and turkey time will be upon us.

It is heard a lot “You tell me one day something is bad for me and then suddenly it is good” and vise versa.  What are we suppose to believe? Example: “Stay out of the sun – it promotes skin cancer.” We are being bombarded with ads, news articles, etc. telling us to use sun screen for protection. However, now, it is now being said that when the sun’s rays (unfiltered by lotion) strike our skin, our bodies produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is critical for good health. Science now confirms that people with low Vitamin D levels have higher levels of several common types of cancer – particularly skin cancer, and now they include colon and breast cancer. This leaves the question of how much Vitamin D do we need? The scientific recommendation is 1,000 units a day. We usually get about 200 units from food, and about 400 units from supplements. That is where the sun comes into play. One doesn’t need to get sun burned or even tan, as you can get 1,000 units of Vitamin D by spending 10-20 minutes in the sun in the middle of the day with your arms and face exposed. As you can see, science is back to the age-old wisdom that sunlight is essential and beneficial to all living things. Continue reading “Fitness Note of the Month”