This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week! Hope you enjoy. 🖤
This week’s pick:
I never get tired of listening to INXS. This one reminds me of spring and a fresh change. I picked this song today after hearing it on one of my favorite documentaries that I watched for the umpteenth time this weekend during my Netflix marathon. Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” yet. The second documentary is also enjoyable and shares Joe’s progress and includes other updates from the first film.
Live baby live Now that the day is over I gotta new sensation In perfect moments Well so impossible to refuse
Sleep baby sleep Now that the night is over And the sun comes Like a god into our room All perfect light and promises
Gotta hold on you A new sensation, a new sensation Right now gonna take you over A new sensation, a new sensation
Dream baby dream Of all that’s come and going And you will find out in the end There really is, There really is no difference
Cry baby cry When you got to get it out I’ll be your shoulder You can tell me all Don’t keep it in ya
Well that’s the reason why I’m here Hey hey Are you ready for a new sensation, new sensation Right now Gonna take you on a new sensation, new sensation A new sensation, a new sensation A new sensation
Hate baby hate When there’s nothing left for you You’re only human what can you do It’ll soon be over Don’t let your pain take over you
Love baby love It’s written all over your face There’s nothing better we could do Than live forever Well that’s all we’ve got to do Hey now I’m gonna take a new sensation, a new sensation Right now Gotta hold on you A new sensation, a new sensation A new sensation, a new sensation A new sensation
You can find “New Sensation” as well as my ultimate favorite “Need You Tonight” on:
Thanks for checking out Music Monday! Feel free to comment and hope everyone has a wonderful week. 🖤
Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the week. Today I have a special shake/smoothie recipe for you that is unbelievably good and also two books that I’m reading this week.
The smoothie I have to share with you today came as a complete surprise to me. I learned about it from Mimi Kirk (one of my favorite raw foodists) and I’ve made it at least twenty times since! I’ve never been a fan of avocados and I have to admit, I was leery about making this. The results were amazing.
Happy Wednesday, friends! How’s everyone doing this week? Are you all reading anything interesting? I totally went off my reading schedule to fit a new ARC in. I’ll be sharing that today and also a new recipe from the Thyroid Healing book by Anthony Williams that I talked about a few weeks ago. I hope you enjoy!
Blurb: Anticipating a positive future is the key to well-being and mental health. Yet when many people think of the future they experience anxiety, depression, fear, self-doubt, and feelings of being overwhelmed. Most people, unaware of how to change the future, are trapped in a cycle of recreating their past over and over again. However, your past does not have to define who you are or where you are going. You can break free, but only if you know how and have the necessary skills to do something different. Future Directed Therapy (FDT) is a new psychological intervention developed to teach people to create their future with awareness and choice. Unlike other books about creating a better future, the skills in Think Forward to Thrive, are based on cutting edge cognitive science. Think Forward to Thrive will teach you step-by-step the psychological skills that can transform your life. Think Forward to Thrive is filled with information and exercises that will help you: Overcome negative emotions Identify what you want in life Transform limiting beliefs Take action Live ready for success Stop talking about your past and start creating your future!
I purchased Think forward to Thrive after reading an article online about how people can learn with Future Directed Therapy to let go of unwanted thoughts and redirect their way of thinking to help them meet their goals and anticipate a positive future. I’d never heard about Future Directed Therapy and was intrigued.
I was pleasantly surprised with the book. It includes stories concerning multiple people and their experiences, discloses what they can do to help themselves, and offers worksheets where you can assess yourself. In these, they help train you to change your thought patterns. Whether you’re in a bad relationship, sick with a disease, just plain stuck because of your past, or simply want to work on changing your thoughts, this book might help you. We are in charge of our thoughts, we don’t have to limit ourselves, and we have the control to change.
I like that each chapter has a famous quote in addition to the quotes throughout the book. One of my favorites is a powerful one…
“Past experiences do not define who you are unless you allow them too. You are free to change at any time.”
On the other hand, there are a few sections I felt unsure about. In one section, the book discusses people and how you can work toward getting them to admire you. Let’s face it, it’s possible that some people just aren’t going to like you and there are some things that we just aren’t in control of. Bad people exist and bad things do happen, however, I think the book can help us to keep our minds on track and thinking positively in these cases.
I like the layout and structure. The worksheets help personalize the experience because, we’re all different and we all think differently. We all have different pasts and have had different experiences in life. The worksheets allow you to personally narrow in on what you want to change. I feel that’s it’s written well and easy to understand. In my opinion, this isn’t a book you can read once and be on your way. It’s full of information. I think its a work in progress over time. Overall, it’s an uplifting book that can help you redirect your future.
In 2006 I was stricken with a horrible autoimmune condition my endocrinologist would diagnose as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I was first diagnosed with an under active thyroid during my second pregnancy and then went on to develop the worst symptoms I’ve had in my life around the time my newborn daughter was about 6 months old. I was tired, cold, in complete brain fog, had tons of heart palpitations, cramped up, weak, and the most debilitating symptom was anxiety–anxiety that would send me to the emergency room on Thanksgiving Eve, 2006. I had no idea at the time that my body was in a complete state of panic.
After my visit to the ER roughly a week later, I sat in my endocrinologist’s office for 45 minutes asking him question after question about why I was going through Hell with this condition. I was told to take my medication every morning and that’s that because in no way would he treat my symtpoms. His main goal was to get my TSH back down where it needed to be because it was so high, apparently higher than he’d ever seen. I was sent to at least 3 different psychologists for the anxiety and not one could help me. All they could do was prescribe me a benzodiazepine–a medication I never wanted to take and one that I refused to take in the ER, the night before Thanksgiving. I had just graduated college with a degree in the health field and had clear knowledge of many medications. I also went through cardiac testing to find out what was causing the palpitations. No answers– even after visiting Chicago University and undergoing more extensive cardiac testing.
Time went on, a year to be exact, and I was prescribed Lexapro which did nothing. I was also finally prescribed Klonopin, another benzodiazepine that I didn’t want to take, but felt that I had no choice. I had to do something to stop the panic attacks. I had a family to raise! I knew that all of these symptoms were physiological and everything these psychiatrists were trying to tell me was malarkey. After being prescribed a normal dose, I would cut the dose in half and take it as I needed it, and deal with the anxiety on a daily basis. I also underwent cognitive behavioral therapy to help stop the panic, which did help, but the anxiety, including a constant feeling of being on edge, remained and for no apparent reason. I was told by multiple doctors that my symptoms had nothing to do with the condition I had just been diagnosed with.
By the end of 2007, the anxiety started to simmer down a bit and I wanted to have another child. I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of having the family I always wanted. I weaned myself off the medication and started to have anxiety again, but it gradually got better and my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone – which was originally the highest my doctor had every seen) had now returned to a normal safe level.
I continued to have symptoms throughout the rest of my pregnancies and after each child, would come the cruel punishment of going through this exact scenario again. After my 5th child in 2013, I was then diagnosed with another more serious autoimmune disorder and spent one horrible week in the hospital just after she was born. Again, no explanation, but my blood work was way off and I had to have a transfusion. I never once got an explanation as to what was happening inside my body, other than my immune system had become confused and was now attacking my own tissues and organs. I had an enlarged (unexplained) spleen and my blood cells were all over the place. I underwent a bone marrow aspiration for study. Still no answers.
Eventually, my symptoms gave me the title ‘hypochondriac’ by multiple people. I had one doctor tell me it was all in my head–even though I had plenty of abnormal tests to prove something was happening, including a dead thyroid. Another doctor blamed the anxiety on parts of my childhood, family genetics, and another asked me if I’d ever smoked weed. One doctor even told me it was my daughter’s heart condition that was wearing on me and I began to wonder where these people got their educations. There wasn’t a single doctor that was willing to admit that these symptoms were physiological and coming from some sort of condition in my body. All they wanted to do was blame me and tell me that ‘I’ was the reason for all of it. I was at my wit’s end. If the symptoms weren’t enough to make me go crazy, all of these wacko doctors were going to do the trick. One of the huge reasons I wanted to get off the benzodiazepine was because they don’t want to write prescriptions for those medicines anyhow! These medications are tranquilizers and I wanted no part of them. I knew that they could be habit forming and didn’t want them to become a crutch. I had to find a way to stay off these medications.
Fast forward to 2017 and I still have every symptom that I had in 2007, but I’ve learned to deal with it. Symptoms are better, and it’s no longer debilitating. I’m off all meds except my thyroid hormone pill (which I’m sure I’ll have to take the rest of my life) considering my thyroid has been killed by my immune system. I’ve become numb to most of the symptoms and do the best I can with diet and exercise. Truthfully, most times, I just ignore what’s happening. My heart rate can shoot up into the 100’s for no reason. I can be cooking at the stove in a relaxed state and place of happiness, when anxiety will suddenly strike me, bad enough that it makes me want to run out of the front door and out of my house as far away as I can possibly go.
My body goes into a complete state of ‘fight or flight’ as if there is a serious impending danger for absolutely no reason. I’ve learned to not be afraid of it, but it still continues with zero answers.
My ‘other’ more serious autoimmune condition (luckily) I was able to combat. With all the changes I’ve made and some that I’ve just continued–juicing, smoothies, raw food diet, essential oils, stress reduction, systemic allergy testing, supplements, and elimination of everything that was irritating my system, I was able to get my labs back to normal and I’ve been told that I beat Lupus. When visiting my rheumatologist one last time this year, I was still questioning my high ANA test. He does believe it’s possible that the Hashimoto’s is responsible for the ‘left overs.’ He looked at me and said, “Everyone has thyroid problems.” Surely not everyone does, I thought, but it’s true that thyroid disorders are out of control and at an all time high. More and more people I talk to say they have one thyroid condition or another. Some have mystery illnesses that they can’t figure out. All of this floats around in my head and I still wonder why people (including myself) aren’t living their best lives? Why are so many people sick? Why are so many people fighting cancer? Does it all boil down to how we live and the choices we make, or is it something else?
After all the books I’ve read, I’ve learned about genetics, epigenetics, food triggers, and even virus infections that can lead to autoimmune disorders. I also had the virus testing to prove that I had already been infected (at some point) with Cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr, and I’d recently had a transfusion after my 5th child which might explain some of that, even the enlarged spleen. Regardless, I have never gotten answers for any of my symptoms and until now, I’ve considered all of this speculation. Could a virus really be responsible for what has caused all of my autoimmune issues?
I came across this book called Thyroid Healing by Anthony William. I almost didn’t grab it because I’ve read pretty much every book there is on thyroid conditions and they all seem to have the same things to say. I brought it home, and I could barely put it down once I started.
Everything that Mr. William is saying in this book made complete sense to me. I had many aha moments and couldn’t believe my eyes. In a nutshell, it’s all about this ‘Thyroid Virus’ he says is Epstein Barr (EBV). *Light bulb goes on* I already know I’ve been infected with this virus. Could this be the reason for all my symptoms all this time?
Of course, Anthony William is saying that most of the symptoms will come from the virus and it’s four stages. Some of the symptoms that ring a bell for me are the anxiety, headaches, coldness, heart palpitations, insomnia, aches and pains, as well as a few others which have never left, but mainly sort of waxed and waned over time. Symptoms come and go, but emotional stress, introducing foods that my body can’t handle, pregnancy, hormone fluctuations in general, or any disruption in my body like using antibiotics always sets me back to the start. Basically, I’m the person he’s explaining in this book. Any one of these triggers above happen, it fuels the fire (EBV), and starts the symptoms all over again. Could this be the answer?
He goes on to explain every one of these symptoms and why thyroid condition sufferers have them. He also talks about supplements and foods to help, what to avoid, gives a series of action plans, and includes recipes. I’ve already started one of the plans and want to see how this pans out. Even though I’ve remained fairly healthy and kept up with what I know to stay in what I call ‘homeostasis mode’ – the symptoms almost always break through at some point and I’m left to question what is going on inside my body.
Throughout reading the book, I began to ask myself, “Who is Anthony William?” I flipped to the back of the book and read about how Anthony William is not a doctor, he’s a medical medium– a person who was born with the special ability to converse with a higher spiritual being, which is the basis for all of the healing information in this book. I found that compelling, although I still remain skeptical. What I find most compelling about the book is that it makes complete sense. This is the first book that has addressed many of my personal symptoms that have gone unanswered to this point.
So, here I am on the first protocol which involves the removal of certain foods (many I have already been avoiding) and the addition to a few simple things like lemon water and celery juice. I’m going to do everything outlined in the book and I’ll update my results every 2-3 weeks. The whole process should take roughly 90 days, but I know that the work doesn’t stop there. I plan to continue on with the healthy choices I’ve made up to this point as well.
Once I got to the end of the book, I did question why there weren’t more stories regarding people that Anthony William’s has helped heal. The case study mentioned in the book involves Sally, a woman with many of the same symptoms I have. I started to do a little more research and found a video with Anthony Williams and Sally on YouTube. You can watch it below.
Hello again, friends. 🙂 I have a new smoothie to share for breakfast today and a few new books that I’m reading this week as well.
I picked up a new book regarding healing thyroid conditions which I almost didn’t do because I’ve read so many of these types of books. I honestly thought it would just be repetitious. I was very wrong! I read this author’s other book Life Changing Foods and really enjoyed it, so I gave this one a go.
One of the recipes in the book is titled “Thyroid Healing Smoothie.” Of course, this is a basic mango smoothie that’s healthy for everyone, so here it is!
Ingredients: (1 serving)
2 cups frozen mango
1 cup water
Suggested additions which are optional: spinach, arugula, kelp powder, ginger, orange, cilantro, aloe vera gel, raspberries.
Combine chosen ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
Here’s what I did…
I ended up making this a few times on different occasions. The first time I added in some cilantro and ginger. It was fairly spicy and thick because I used all frozen mango and banana.
This morning I did it without the two added ingredients and just stuck with mango, banana, and water with a handful of almonds for some creaminess.
It was pretty good and filling! I figure it runs right around 400 calories so it’s a nice breakfast smoothie with tons of vitamins and minerals. You can easily add in more calories by adding any suggestions above or some of your own.
This Week’s Books:
Yesterday, I introduced a few challenges that I’m working on and I added my first two books. Another book I’m currently reading is the Thyroid Healing book you see above. I have a lot to say about this book and will be reviewing it very soon! I’m working on the protocol he recommends and I want to see if it helps with some of my symptoms. I’ll be doing an analysis of the book and I’ll also share my review and my story later in the week. This is an eye-opener!
Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto’s, Graves’, Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules Epstein-Barr
Blurb: If you’re an avid reader of health books and articles and you think you’re aware of the latest thyroid health information, you’re going to be more than surprised—maybe even shocked—at how much more there is to know. Thyroid Healing is like nothing you have read or heard, and it will bring you true comprehension of the undiscovered inner mechanics of our thyroids for the first time ever.
Experience the epic truth about your thyroid from the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Medical Medium series!
The thyroid is the new hot topic in health. Across age groups, from baby boomers and their parents to millennials and even children, more and more people—women especially—are hearing that their thyroids are to blame for their fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, memory issues, aches and pains, tingles and numbness, insomnia, hair loss, hot flashes, sensitivity to cold, constipation, bloating, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, loss of libido, restless legs, and more. Everyone wants to know how to free themselves from the thyroid trap.
As the thyroid has gotten more and more attention, though, these symptoms haven’t gone away—people aren’t healing. Labeling someone with “Hashimoto’s,” “hypothyroidism,” or the like doesn’t explain the myriad health issues that person may experience. That’s because there’s a pivotal truth that goes by unnoticed: A thyroid problem is not the ultimate reason for a person’s illness. A problematic thyroid is yet one more symptom of something much larger than this one small gland in the neck. It’s something much more pervasive in the body, something invasive, that’s responsible for the laundry list of symptoms and conditions attributed to thyroid disease.
In Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, Anthony William, the Medical Medium, reveals an entirely new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness. Empowering readers to become their own thyroid experts, he explains in detail what the source problem really is, including what’s going on with inflammation, autoimmune disease, and dozens more symptoms and conditions, then offers a life-changing toolkit and many new recipes to rescue the thyroid and bring readers back to health and vitality. It’s an approach unlike any other, and as his millions of fans and followers will tell you, it’s the approach that gets results.
MORE on BOOK 3 of the MEDICAL MEDIUM SERIES:
If you’ve struggled with any chronic health issue, you’re not alone—you are one among millions confronting the mysterious symptoms that medical communities have begun to connect with thyroid illness. Like so many, you want the greater truth about the thyroid.
We’ve already waited 100-plus years for real insights from medical communities into thyroid problems, and they haven’t come. Even the most recent expert opinions don’t yet have a handle on what’s really behind your suffering. Hashimoto’s is not the body attacking itself. There’s more to thyroid cancer than we’re being told. You’re not hopeless if you don’t have a thyroid anymore. Thyroid illness should not be blamed on your genes. Today’s thyroid diagnoses do not explain your years of suffering with mystery symptoms.
You shouldn’t have to wait another 10, 20, 30, or more years for scientific research to find the real answers. If you’re stuck in bed, dragging through your days, or feeling lost about your health, you shouldn’t have to go through one more day of it, let alone another decade. You shouldn’t have to watch your children go through it, either.
The meaning behind today’s widespread thyroid illness is so much bigger than anyone has yet discovered—what you’re about to read is unlike any information you’ve ever seen. It’s time for you to take control and become a true thyroid expert. Discover the real reasons and the healing path for dozens of symptoms and conditions, including:
ACHES AND PAINS
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
BRAIN FOG AND FOCUS
FIBROMYALGIA AND CFS
HAIR THINNING AND LOSS
HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
MYSTERY WEIGHT GAIN
TINGLES AND NUMBNESS
“Since reading Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, I have expanded my approach and treatments of thyroid disease and am seeing enormous value for patients. The results are rewarding and gratifying.”
— from the foreword by Prudence Hall, M.D., founder and medical director of The Hall Center – Goodreads
Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week. I’m back today for Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book with a new recipe, tea, book, and update!
It was -17 degrees yesterday morning and with all the snow and cold weather, I was really craving biscuits. I don’t know what it is about a hot drink and biscuit in the morning, but it’s what I was craving and because I’m gluten free, I had to figure something out. I’ve been trying to go completely 100% gluten free for some time now, but sometimes I slip up and have wheat. The truth is, I love wheat, but my body doesn’t and it makes me so sick. So, here’s a gluten free biscuit recipe that I found online. It’s pretty good. This is the second time I’ve made it and this time they came out much better. I did learn a few things this time around that I need to improve on. Gluten free baking isn’t always easy, but I’m learning.
2¼ cups (342 grams) plus more for dusting I recommend Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Flour order here
1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons of golden flax meal (see notes)
2 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 cup buttermilk (see notes for substitutes)
3 tablespoon whole milk ricotta cheese (see notes)
Cut butter into small pieces. Freeze for 15 minutes.
Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour, salt, baking powder, golden flax meal, sugar.
Add in butter with your hands or pastry cutter. (The Video shows how to do this).
Mix Ricotta Cheese with Buttermilk. Add egg to the milk mixture. Stir.
Add in to mixture. Use a wooden spoon.
Mixture should be wet. Put some more flour on bottom and top of sticky dough.
Form into a disc. Cut Biscuits.
Put on a baking dish separated.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
Let them cool at least 5 minutes or longer. Until they cool, the biscuits are gummy. They get better as they cool, very different from biscuits with gluten.
If you don’t have golden flax meal, you can leave it out.
However, if you are skipping the ricotta cheese, adding the two tablespoons of golden flax meal will make a difference.Milk Substitutes: You can use water with a teaspoon of vinegar. Some have also been successful using coconut milk. (Still use vinegar). Vinegar is a tenderizer.
Here’s what I did:
I mixed together all the dry ingredients. I used Namaste Foods Gluten Free Flour that I picked up at Costco.
I didn’t have ricotta cheese, so I used cottage cheese that I pulverized in my Vitamix. I also didn’t have fresh buttermilk on hand, so I added a little vinegar to the milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes or so. I chopped up the butter into dice sized pieces and froze it for about 10 minutes.
I mixed the butter into my flour mixture and used my hands to break up the pieces into crumbs. I ended up using a really large fork to help out.
I whisked in the egg and cheese into the milk and added it all to my flour mixture, turning with a wooden spoon until just mixed.
The dough was very sticky and I couldn’t get a picture with my hands so messy, but basically, I patted it out on the counter with a little flour underneath and on top.
I put them in a nicely greased cast iron pan, sides touching. I had four extra biscuits and put them into a separate cast iron pan, sides not touching, just to sort of experiment a bit.
I baked these in a 475 degree oven on convect, which means the oven was lowered to a temp of 450 degrees. I could tell that the separated biscuits looked a little more brown with nice edges at around 17 minutes.
The other pan turned out okay, but the edges were more soft. These biscuits also didn’t cook as quick and I ended up cooking them another five minutes or so. We completely cooled them before eating as Angela suggests with her recipe.
The family consensus was that you really need jam, peanut butter, or butter to make these taste great. They were sort of bland without something on them. The consistency is definitely not like a wheat biscuit, but it was pretty good! I think Angela did an awesome job creating this recipe. I had my biscuit with homemade plum jam.
Next time, I’ll make it with the ricotta cheese and I’ll cook them on a cookie sheet with sides not touching. I think this will make a huge difference. The consistency of this biscuit sort of reminded me of a English muffin, which I love!
For my tea this morning, I used this little packet of herbal tea that I received in my Owlcrate a few months ago. It’s an Owlcrate exclusive from Riddles Tea Shoppe and Curiosities titled Sherwood Forest, which is decaf Ceylon tea with sweet blueberry.
Here are the ingredients below. This is a new favorite! The blueberry aroma when steeping this tea was so enticing. You could smell it throughout the kitchen.
Hello all! I hope everyone is having a good week. I’m doing pretty good but fighting a bad infection and took this as an opportunity to share a favorite healing smoothie with you that helps people who are taking antibiotics or those that just need to heal.
I found this smoothie from a doctor who actually battled autoimmune disease herself at one point. She was able to heal herself and became healthy again. This is one of her favorite smoothies, but I change it up just a bit and add in some probiotics for added health. I chose to have this one this morning because I’m currently taking antibiotics and want to help replenish my good bacteria. Even if you aren’t taking antibiotics, many people are deficient when it comes to good bacteria. Eating yogurt and fermented foods can help.
Here’s what I used…
2 frozen bananas
1 cup other frozen fruits
3/4 cup – 1 cup kefir
1 huge container of spinach or kale or close to a pound
1 handful of flax seeds
Water to add
Here’s what I did…
Add everything to the blender starting with the frozen banana, kefir, greens, more frozen fruit and then the flax seed. Add water to just below the greens. Blend on low and then up to high for about a minute until everything is smooth.
Sprinkle with chia seeds if preferred.
This is one of my favorite smoothies for healing, although it’s not one that I love to drink. It’s not super sweet and sweet is what I prefer, but this is great for health and not everything that’s healthy is going to taste awesome all the time. I’m not a ‘greens’ lover, but spinach is mild and I can handle it because it doesn’t have a huge grassy flavor.
Think Health! 🙂
If you’d like to learn more about Dr. G, you can find her on YouTube. Here’s her video where she makes this green smoothie.
I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.
Blurb: The first British edition of this worldwide bestseller, The Nature Doctor, fully revised and updated, comes complete with comprehensive appendices, offering the reader easy access to a wealth of information from the ‘father’ of natural healing.
Dr. H. C. A. Vogel comes from a Swiss family where the secrets of herbalism were known and practiced. From early childhood he was eager to learn about the healing powers of plants and bit by bit he collected and expanded the traditional and empirical knowledge of European folk-medicine. Since 1929 he has reported his experiences and observations as a nature practitioner, nutritionist, researcher of medicinal plants and discoverer of natural healing powers, in his monthly periodical Gesundheit-Nachrichten (A. Vogel’s Health News).
First published in 1952, The Nature Doctor has become a recognized standard publication even among medical doctors and scientists.
I chose this book because it’s one of my favorite health book finds of all time and from 1991. I found this book at a rummage sale years ago and I’ve used it so much and it’s fairly shabby. My copy has scratches, a bent cover and pages, and heavy wear to the binding.
Ever since I found this book, I’ve discovered so many natural cures and reliable remedies that have helped me in so many ways. I’m not always a fan of self-help/health books, but this one is a favorite.
There are treatments for multiple conditions including wounds, burns, colds, diseases, and many other ailments. There are diet recommendations for prevention which teaches us how we can keep ourselves clean and free from disease before it strikes. Prevention is better than cure! It contains multiple sections of information on how to care for our bodies from our hair to our feet and stay connected to the earth. One of my favorite paragraphs in the book discusses walking barefoot.
Walking barefoot is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. In fact, nowadays many people associate it with poverty or excentricity — they look down on it. Just try it and dare to go for a long walk without your shoes and watch how many glances of surprise, pity, and even contempt you will attract. What does this indicate? That the onlookers have all but forgotten or never learned the benefits of walking. They know nothing of the peculiar, mysterious power it can convey, or else they would not react the way they do. If you go for an early morning walk on dewy grass you will soon notice that going barefoot makes you feel really good, generating new strength when you have been feeling tired and worn out. It is like recharging one’s batteries, so to speak, recharging your run-down nerves with energy. It seems as if Mother Earth is giving off energy that improves glandular functions. This is why I consider it rather strange that, although overtired and worn-out, we do not take full advantage of this simple regenerative treatment, which is able to stimulate our endocrine glands to increase their activity.
I noticed that only a few of the actual medicines may be out of date, but most of the book offers a plethora of natural medicine treatments from plants (herbs, fruits, and vegetables). It answers simple questions about calcium, what type of rice to eat, and even cancer causes and what to do about it. There’s so much we can control by just eating the right foods that are available to us and The Nature Doctor reminds us that everything we need to stay healthy is right here on Earth and within our grasp! Readers will also be inspired by simple measures such as taking a brisk walk outside and breathing in deeply.
I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in natural medicine, wants to stay healthy, or those that suffer from sickness, common ailments, or disease.
After last Wednesday’s Breakfast and Book, my week sort of fell apart. This week is much better and I hope everyone else is having a great week too. I’m back with a new book and recipe that I hope you will enjoy.
Last week I mentioned that I was back to gluten-free again. It’s actually been close to a month now that I’ve not allowed myself to have any baked goods at all. I’m not supposed to have gluten, yet I’ve learned that a little bit won’t kill me, but my problem is moderation. Gluten causes me to have horrible sick feelings and headaches like you wouldn’t believe. So, I’ve pretty much stayed with salads, smoothies, and juices for the past four weeks or so and all is working out well. I’m still eating eggs and nuts too to help keep myself satisfied. My body is refreshed again and I’m feeling quite well.
One of the books I’ve been using is titled Healing Tonics, Juices, and Smoothies which I’ve already introduced to you in a previous Breakfast and a Book post featuring the Funky Monkey Smoothie. I have that smoothie nearly every day and love it so much. If you haven’t tried that smoothie yet, give it a chance because it’s my new favorite smoothie of the year!
I thought I’d share one more favorite recipe from this book today as I’ll be reviewing it hopefully later today or tomorrow.
The juice recipe I’m sharing today is titled “Sweet Golden Sun” and it’s very delicious.
Here are the ingredients:
1 inch of fresh turmeric (I’m using fresh dried turmeric)
1 sweet potato
1/2 of a pineapple
That’s it! Three ingredients!
Wash and peel all produce. If you’re using fresh turmeric, start with that and juice everything after it. This allows the sweet potato and pineapple to push all that wonderful turmeric goodness out of the juicer and into your cup.
Why do I love this recipe so much? It’s packed full of nutrients and turmeric is a huge anti-inflammatory. This is a great start to your morning and a great cold/flu fighter.
*This can be adapted into a smoothie very easily. Just cook the sweet potato first, then blend everything in the blender. This is a great winter smoothie.*
Here’s what I did:
Wash, chop, and peel. I already had some pineapple in the refrigerator ready to go.
I’m using some smaller size sweet potatoes. One garnet yam and two Japanese sweet potatoes. Japanese sweet potatoes are my absolute favorite and they’re so sweet.
I’m using fresh dried turmeric that I dried. It’s so easy to do and I’ll do a post on that soon.
Put the produce through the juicer alternating with pineapple and sweet potato. Save the dried turmeric for after the juice is complete.
Mix in about 3/4 tsp dried turmeric to your juice.
I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then, I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.
I’m one of those people who believe that everything happens for a reason and this book is just one example. It fell into my hands at our local library book sale after someone had donated it. I have a thing for vintage books as it is, but there was something special about this one. Little did I know, this would be a book that would help me in the near future with my own health struggles.
The book is a hospital journal written by Laurel Lee, a woman who’s just become stricken with Hodgkin’s while pregnant with her third child. This book is her journey with cancer and everything else in between, including her everyday life with marriage and children. Laurel deals with typical life while being faced with multiple challenges alongside a scary situation that threatens her life and the life of her unborn child. She outlines her experiences in this book.
Why is this book a favorite? What I loved most about it was that it’s a journal–a true account that Laurel was willing to share with others regarding her personal trials and tribulations. Her courage shines through and was an inspiration to me before I experienced something similar. Sometimes our health can get in the way of how we want to live our lives. Often we take our health for granted and I think this book does an excellent job of bringing this to our attention, but at the same time, it’s also a celebration of life.
The cover was designed by Laurel and has many little drawings in the text by the author as well. Like me, this book will be forty years old this September and was published in 1977. It’s roughly one hundred and eighteen pages and a quick read. Mine is the first edition hardcover with a dust jacket.
This remains on my shelf permanently. Even though I found it hard to read at times, it’s one of my favorites and gets a 5-star rating from me. I would recommend it to anyone.
When thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned, neither shall the flame be kindled upon thee – Isaiah 43:2
I was nominated by two lovely ladies, Roda@growingself and Darquedreamer@darquedreamerreads for The Unique Blogger Award last week. I hope that you’ll check out both of these blogs if you haven’t already.
Roda’s blog is very inspirational and has beautiful photography, recipes, life lessons, gardening, many posts that help guide us on our journey, and so much more. If you haven’t had the pleasure, please check out her blog today.
Darque Dreamer is a wonderful gal that has a very unique and beautiful blog. You can really get stuck on her bookish photos, for real! She also has many book reviews and Saturday Chaturdays. I was just reading about her upcoming buddy read this morning with another sister blogger. Very cool! Please go check her out if you haven’t yet.
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Darque Dreamer’s Questions:
1. What is one thing you feel is unique about your blog, or a unique idea you plan to implement later?
I enjoy doing my Lesson’s from Grandpa posts and I feel like those are fairly unique. These are lessons that I learned from my grandfather, some that I need to remind myself about often. I feel that these might help others as well.
2. Name a unique music artist.
So I’m going with Young The Giant because they are definitely unique. They have a crunchy and electronic sound and at the same time, I can hear undertones of other bands like Cold War Kids, The Lumineers, and even Coldplay. It’s quite amazing.
And if the world don’t break I’ll be shakin’ it ‘Cause I’m a young man after all And when the seasons change Will you stand by me? ‘Cause I’m a young man built to fall
3. Tell me about a unique book you have read, or movie you have watched, and why was it unique?
Definitely, have to go with the movie Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine. It’s definitely mind bending and unlike any other movie I’ve seen! If you haven’t watched it, try it out. You’ll be surprised…
Summary: In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home.
1. What would you describe as your perfect moment?
My perfect moment was the day I received my test results that showed that a serious autoimmune disease I had developed was in remission and possibly gone forever. All because I took my health seriously and did what I needed to survive. At that moment I realized that everything I’d gone through was worth it and I just needed to trust myself. At one point, my future was uncertain and I didn’t know if I’d be here to raise my kids or not. None of us are guaranteed time, but we can be in control of our health. I feel that I took control and learned how to truly heal my body which was an educational experience in itself.
2. Describe the person you aim to be in five sentences or less.
I want to be the best mom & wife I can be, caring and compassionate to others, while being fun and positive to be around.
3. What is the one thing you love most about YOU!?
I love that I’m “finally” strong-minded and have become much more self-confident. It took me like FOREVER to get this way and it’s a work in progress, but I feel good in knowing that I believe in myself.
I was recently nominated by Jo-Ann@InspirationPie.com for the One Lovely Blog Award. I especially enjoy reading Jo-Ann’s Daily Walk posts and all of her tags and awards! Please check out her blog if you haven’t done so already. Thanks for nominating me, Jo-Ann! You’re such a sweet person and I’m glad to know you!
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It’s normally this time of year in July that we have way too many cucumbers and zucchini. I love sharing with the people who live in my area, but most of them have their own gardens and they are sharing some of the same harvests with me. Every year I tell myself to cut down on the number of plants, but I’ve found multiple ways to use these two veggies up quickly. Most of the ways I use are raw, but there are a few of my favorite canning recipes I do yearly included here as well.
First, I took a trip out to the garden this morning to pick some cucumbers and a few zucchini. I had to pause to take a video because all the birds sounded so beautiful this morning. The bees were flying around and pollinating all the flowers.
It’s wonderful to be in nature and to reconnect with our natural environment. It’s too easy to become distanced from nature with our busy lives. All it takes is a trip outside to be grounded again. Even if you’re in the city, you can stop and look up at the sky and just take a deep breath and remind yourself how lucky we are to have this beautiful home we call Earth.
This is a simple salad that uses up a good number of cucumbers quickly. It’s not a super healthy recipe as it does contain mayonnaise, but what you’ll notice is that much of the dressing is left in the bottom of the bowl after all the cucumbers are gone and you’ll need to add more. Here’s the recipe:
5 good size cucumbers
1 cup of mayonnaise
4 tsp. Vinegar
1/4 cup sugar or 1/8 cup honey
1/2 tsp. Dried Dill weed
1/2 tsp. Seasoned salt
Make the dressing first in a large bowl. Mix up all ingredients minus the cucumbers until a nice dressing is made.
Slice the cucumbers and stir them in. It’s that simple!
There’s always dressing left in the bottom, so cut a few more cucumbers afterwards and add them in if you need to. You can also store the dressing in the fridge for later. This is best eaten fresh when the cucumbers are crunchy. Yum!
Now if you want, you can use a processor to slice the cucumbers. It’s not necessary, but nice if you’re making a huge batch.
Set the blade to the thickest slicing.
Pile in the cucumbers by standing them straight up, and push them down through the blade as it’s turning.
Perfectly sliced cucumbers!
If you’re interested in buying a processor, I would recommend the Cuisinart 14 Cup Processor. It’s a real workhorse and has worked well for me for years. I’ve even made nut butters in it. You get a shredding tool, slicing tool, and more.
Sometimes if the cucumbers are really large, you can slice them again. It really doesn’t matter.
It’s going to be a great day! I’m so excited to share with you one of my all time favorite green juice recipes! Today’s breakfast is a meal replacer which is a mix of green juice called the Lemon Ginger Blast and Gorilla Milk. I’ll show you how to make the green juice first and then the Gorilla Milk.
One of my favorite raw food advocates is Dan Mcdonald. Some of you may already know him from his videos on YouTube. I’ll be doing a post on him soon with some of my favorite Liferegenerator recipes. He’s changed so much over the years and has become so much more professional making his own raw food DVD’s and selling raw food essentials. It’s because of Dan that I found this recipe in the first place. He was doing a segment with Lou Corona, another raw food advocate who’s been eating raw food for years and repaired his body by eating nothing but raw food. The video’s included here are Lou’s from YouTube of a Mom’s in Charge Class that he performed. Afterwards, you can see how I make this recipe…
LEMON GINGER BLAST
There are many different recipes out there which alternate ingredients. I find myself modifying it to fit what I have on hand. It’s always green, but you may find that you want to omit something. Today I’m going to use Kale. Next time I may use Dandelion greens. It doesn’t matter! 😉
I have kale growing in the garden and heading out to the garden as the sun is rising is one of the most fun things to do. I go out very early and pick my veggies.
It’s so easy to grow your own kale at home. Kale is one of those vegetables you should buy organic and it’s not always easy to find. Grow your own in your garden or even in a pot. It’s so simple. You don’t have to use pesticides. This is Red Russian Kale and it’s delicious and beautiful. You can use it to make kale chips as well. I’ll be posting my favorite kale chip recipe soon.
A few years ago I started doing a ton of research on how I could stop my immune system from killing me. I wound up purchasing a myriad of books ranging from cookbooks to self-help books and even books by authors telling their own stories on how they cured themselves. I was on a mission and came across some really great books that helped me get my mind in order. I will have a post in the future which outlines everything that I’ve done to keep myself healthy. For now, you can read about one of my favorite books that I keep on my kitchen shelf.
The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum, M.D.,M.P.H. is the one I’ll be covering today. You can see my review below as well as my favorite recipe from the book which I make all the time.
The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum is one of a myriad of books I purchased after I was diagnosed with not one, but two serious autoimmune disorders. I was on a mission to cure myself and this book was just one of my tools.
The book is a doctor’s 4-step plan to overcome autoimmune disease. The author, Susan Blume, was suffering from an autoimmune disease and shares with readers what she believes are the answers to living a healthy life after autoimmune disease.
The four step plan includes:
Using food as medicine – I believe this is a proven method in my own case. The author offers self assessments for foods that can trigger issues with our bodies and helps create a plan for discovering these food sensitivities. She also covers the “good stuff” and highlights a healthy diet by telling readers what they should eat with recipes included.
Understanding the stress connection – It’s no surprise that in our world, people are stressed. It’s known to cause scads of issues including some less serious symptoms like fatigue to more serious diseases like autoimmune disease and cancers. The key is removing the inflammation from our bodies by destressing our lives, something many people could benefit from. How stressed are you? Take the self assessment to find out your stress number. This section includes some recipes to help counteract stress as well.
Healing your gut – This section covers the importance of intestinal bacteria and what happens when your flora is out of order. She covers leaky gut and how we can heal our digestive tracts. There are more self assessments and a treatment program included with recipes.
Supporting your liver – In this section you will learn all about toxins and how our livers simply can’t keep up with the amount of toxins we ingest everyday from our skin, breathing, eating and drinking. The author covers some of the most problematic toxins and discusses how to remove them from our bodies. Another self-assessment is offered which will help you discover if you’re dealing with toxic overload.
This book, in my opinion, would be good for anyone suffering disease in general. The steps that she outlines including healing the gut and supporting the liver can make anyone feel better and will also help to ward off disease before it strikes. I love most of the recipes in the book and use them on a regular basis. My rating on this one is:
I’m back on track this week and have an awesome smoothie recipe for you! This is one that I’ve been making for years and comes from one of my favorite raw food advocates, Paul Nison. You can find him on Goodreads by clicking HERE. He’s written a handful of books. The one I’ve read is:
The Raw Life: Becoming Natural in an Unnatural World
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Blurb: This Book will help you learn about health and to achieve your goals. It will simply teach you the way to get the results you desire with the raw food diet. It’s an easy book to understand why and how to eat with simple recipes to help you on your path. Many people who start out on a raw food diet have started with this book. Others who have been eating a raw diet for many years love the interviews in this book with long term raw fooders.
Bahini Smoothie – This is how I make it…
5-6 Bananas peeled – Frozen Bananas are best!
1/4 cup Tahini
1-2 TB Coconut butter or manna – (flaked coconut works too)
1-2 TB Raw Honey
Dash of salt – Himalayan or a salt with minerals preferred
Dash of Bee Pollen (optional)
1 TB Barleymax Powder (optional – You can use any ‘green’ powder or fresh greens) I used a tsp of Moringa
1 cup of ice or more depending on how much you want. If you use frozen bananas, you barely need any ice at all.
Paul uses a good amount of water, I only use about a half cup or so. I like my smoothies thicker, if you want it thinner, just add more water.
You can watch Paul make the smoothie in this video, or scroll down to see mine…
This will make roughly 40 ounces or so.
-Add all the ingredients in the order listed to the blender-
-Start blending slow and then increase to high speed-
I love tea and especially like to drink it when I’m reading. I consider myself sort of a tea freak. Today’s tea is made by Pukka which is an organic tea company that I found a few years ago. So far I’ve loved all of their teas. My absolute favorite is called “Love.” In case you’re wondering how to pronounce Pukka in American English, it’s pronounced with a short u as in puck.
A tea that embodies nature’s gift of FairWild flowers that will love you every step of the way. A tender touch of rose fills your heart. The soft embrace of chamomile and lavender soothe your soul. A tea made with love, dedicated to love and called Love. How lovely is that? But drinking a cup of Love tea has more to it than just the blissful taste – find out the story behind this incredible tea by reading this article below.
One of the great things about Pukka Planet is its ability to tell some of the stories behind the teas. Even more so because we have many authors on this site and when a story is a little personal and the subject of that story a little bashful, we can go right ahead and tell it instead.
You might think that Sebastian shuts himself away in some laboratory – forever testing and boiling in a sea of scientific instruments. Well he does do a little of that. But much of the time he spends in his incredible herb garden and his kitchen. Trying out different herbal blends until he finds exactly the right combination. It’s why every Pukka tea is indeed made with love. But the Love tea? That’s a slightly different matter.
Because Sebastian made it specifically as a gift to win over his lovely partner, now wife, Suze Pole. So it is a tea, made with love, dedicated to love and called Love. How lovely is that?
It’s no secret that eating fruits and vegetables can help us maintain a healthy body, but would you believe me if I told you that they can save your life? It happened to me…
As a teen I remember my grandfather buying me one of Jack Lalanne’s first juicers called the Juice Tiger.
From a young age I had an interest in health and staying fit, but my issue was always having an addiction to all the wrong foods. Even though I was trying to eat right I would sometimes fall back into old habits.
As life moved on and I started working full time jobs it was common to eat out and grab whatever I could get my hands on. One of my first jobs was right next to a Greek restaurant which was a huge curse. I was able to order fried chicken, lemon rice soup and had an endless supply of all the rice pudding with whipped cream that I wanted.
I felt healthy and happy for the most part, but started experiencing horrible fatigue. It didn’t matter how much I slept. I would walk around feeling like I had a thousand pounds on my shoulders all day long.
Years went by and I was finally diagnosed with my first autoimmune disease. I didn’t have a clue what was going on and my doctor didn’t explain to me that my disease was most likely caused by the combination of poor diet, the environment, and my family genetics.
So, I chose to try and help myself by changing my diet. I began juicing again, eating more fruits and vegetables and making smoothies. I started feeling better, started jogging again and went on for years battling my disease which had declined in severity to a more mild form. Continue reading “Juicing for Health!”→