The Power of Your Words

You know we’re always hearing things like “the power of positive thinking”. More and more books are being written on the subject and that’s all fine…but I believe something even more concrete than that…it’s the power of words!

We Christians have the whole believing thing down pretty good. With just the faith the size of a mustard seed, we are able to receive good things into our lives…but I wonder how many stop to think about the words they say.

An extremely powerful saying of Jesus in Mark 11:22-23 goes like this…”…Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall SAY unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he SAITH shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he SAITH.”

Okay, so maybe there’s not a physical mountain I want to move into the sea, but sometimes things in our lives can seem like mountains. A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a gentleman and I said that the Lord loves me so much He would move mountains for me (I was thinking of that verse, of course) and he said to me, “so is there a mountain you want Him to move for you?” And I said, “No, He’s already done so much for me, I don’t want to ask Him for anything else.” His reply to me so hit me that I laughed. He said, “That’s very considerate of you.” Imagine me being considerate of a God who can do anything…so considerate that I wasn’t going to ask Him for anything else!” That was my “please others” coming out in the face of God’s generosity!

In Hebrews Paul was quoting God, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly SAY the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Just as important as positive words are to us, so are negative words. Words will dominate your life…
If you say you don’t have faith….it will dominate you…If you talk doubt and unbelief it will dominate you. If you say you cannot…you’re defeated. As a Christian never talk defeat or failure. Never mind if failure is walking naked in front of you…don’t talk failure. Don’t talk sickness! Don’t tell people I have this sickness or I have this disease. It will dominate your thoughts.

Don’t ever acknowledge that God’s power can’t get the job done. I know He can because greater is he that is in me than he that’s in the world. Don’t talk about your trials, your difficulties, your lack of money…your faith will shrivel. No person ever rises above the confession of their words…

A faith person has to believe in his words. Things become real when you confess (testify about something you know, affirm something you believe or witness for a truth that you have embraced) them with your mouth.

Last Sunday, the 12th April, was the one-year death anniversary of my husband. I asked the pastor where I go to church if I could take 5 minutes and say a few words for God. He said…take 10…so I did. I said on that particular day a year ago my husband died from pancreatic cancer so I wanted to stand and give the devil a kick in the teeth and declare that my faith in the healing power of Jesus Christ was stronger than ever! I gave some examples of real healing in my body. Afterward, I was talking with a lad. He was so pumped by what I had to say…and while we were talking a portion of Bible verse popped into my head …”through the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.” But I couldn’t remember the beginning of that verse, so as soon as I got home I looked it up. It’s in Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus), and by the word of their testimony…” I was so overjoyed that I was obedient to God’s prompting!

We are made overcomers by Jesus blood and by the word of our testimony!

You need to know who you are and what you are in Christ and hold fast to that confession. It’s what will put you over and make you a success!

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Walk This Way…

Gosh…was it only nine days ago that I was sitting in my favourite chair beside the kitchen stove…when a voice said to me “you lost your walk…” I opened my mouth to speak but instead said within…”what walk?”

Again the voice said…”the walk you were known by…”

Then in a flash I remembered a charity auction I had put together as a Development Director eons ago where one of the wealthy attendees who was a bit sloshed came up beside me and put his arm around me, kissed me sloppily on the cheek and said…”I knew it was you…I’d know that walk anywhere.”

Then the light came on…OMG…I have lost my walk! When I was 12 and living in Maryland, I went to charm class and learned how to walk like a lady, sit down like a lady and get in and out of a car like a lady, stand like a lady…. You get the picture. Well, ever since then, even though I was a tomboy, I learned to walk properly like a lady…Walk the invisible line as you go…heal to toe, heal to toe…

And so I did…since I was 12…until I came to Ireland and donned a pair of wellies and spent nearly every day pushing a wheelbarrow, working in the garden or harvesting herbs. Somewhere along the way I stopped walking like a lady.

So…up I got from the chair and with tears (don’t ask me why) coursing down my face, I began to walk from the kitchen, down the hall, to the front door, into the dining room and back, over and over for 20 minutes, crying the whole time and saying to God, “I lost my walk, I lost my walk…I can’t believe I lost my walk.” Well…needless to say, that’s all it took…20 minutes and I had it back. Now I don’t care if I’m going out to the garden or feeding the chickens or pushing a wheelbarrow…I have my walk back.

But, then…the next night I was sitting again in the same chair and God spoke to me and said, “Now I want you to walk the path that I called you to walk so many years ago.” And He reminded me of the time I was a guest speaker at a Singles Conference in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada…and the time I was a guest speaker at a Singles Conference in Maine…and the few times I was a speaker in Norway…and several times in Florida…and in Galway…and so on…. “That’s the path you will walk for me,” said God to me…”from now on. You will be a speaker for me…speak to women…speak what I give you…speak what I want them to hear…”

And so I will….

I can do this….I’ve got this… with God’s help. He will open all the doors and I’ll walk through them.

Watch this space for dates and times of one-day Saturday retreats for women here in Kylemore, coupled with fantastic lunches and afternoon tea…

Looking out the dining room window in Kylemore

Looking from the outside in!

Lunch is served

We will go from strength to strength together because my mission is to give and serve you. I want to pass on to you what God wants you to hear!

You will be inspired…

You will grow…

You will become all that God knows you can be!

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Renew Your Mind…Think Success!

So yesterday I spent the day in Dublin at the Convention Centre where a few hundred Irish gathered their Forever teams together to celebrate November Success Day. Being new to the company and my first time at a Success Day, I wasn’t sure what to expect…I thought maybe a big pep rally, consisting of pats on the back by all the achievers might be the order of the day. Okay…yes…that did happen, but in the process of that a few things really stood out for me that will forever mark how I view sponsoring new members to my team. It was the new members who had just received their first promotion and stood on stage to give their brief stories of why they joined Forever that did it for me. In particular, one young woman from Ghana, who started with nothing, began to unfold to us newbies her passion around helping people by providing them the opportunity to make good money that could make a difference in their lives. Her passionate quote that I will never forget still rings in my ears. She said, “It’s NOT about the money, but it’s about what you can DO with the money.”

Now…I didn’t really need a pep rally, because I already knew that when I started in this business I would be successful. The Lord already told me that whatever I put my hand to do, I would be successful at it. So…that means that anyone I sponsor onto my team will be successful because… I won’t be successful until they are successful. My job and my focus in this business is to help my teammates to be successful…and they will be…period. (If you want to join my team, you can email me privately.)

How do I know that for sure? How do I know that was God talking to me?

Besides knowing His voice, I can look at His Word which is God speaking to me…

Joshua 1:8 This Word of God (book of the law) shall not depart out of my mouth; but I will meditate therein day and night, that I may observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then I shall make my way prosperous, and then I shall have good success!

Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed am I that walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. But my delight is in the Word of the Lord; and in His Word will I meditate day and night. And I shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in my season; my leaf also shall not wither; and whatever I do shall prosper!

Don’t forget your structure on which you build. Nobody was made a failure by God. God has not determined for anyone to fail. He has not chosen anyone for poverty yet Jesus said the poor you will always have with you. He has not chosen anyone for poverty or failure or for the average life. He has actually chosen us for His glory. A difficult thing to understand is God’s good plan for you. God has a good plan for you. Do you know that?

One day Samuel the prophet in obedience to God went to anoint a son of Jesse as the next king. Samuel looked on Jesse’s son, Eliab, and thought surely he was to be the new king, but God said (1 Samuel 16:7) “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have REFUSED him; for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

God looks at your heart! God picked the shepherd boy, David! What did God see? A man after God’s own heart…in other words….a man whose heart was after God! (Acts 13:22) And how can you turn your heart toward God? By listening, absorbing and applying His word into your life.

God works in the heart…the state of your heart matters to God.

Get God’s words into your heart and let them change your thinking. ALL individuals pick up several injunctions from their parents at an early age (spoken or unspoken) and carry them into their thinking throughout their lives and behaviour unless they come into awareness of them and change their thinking or renew their minds. One of the injunctions that can be passed onto children (through one parent or the other) is “Don’t make it” or in other words…”Don’t be successful”. Our minds…our thinking…our mentality is separate from our inner “spirit man” that is reborn when God comes into our lives, We are physically healed (Isaiah 53:5) and spiritually healed when we are reborn, but it is our responsibility to change our own thinking and renew our minds. That part is up to us.

…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good AND acceptable AND perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

Think about it…is the injunction “Don’t make it” one that became part of your early thinking? If so, then it’s time for a change!

How is that possible?

Learn what God says to you in His Word that will reaffirm to you His will that you become successful and prosperous. Let them come from your spirit and into your thinking by speaking those words aloud because we CAN have what we say! In Mark 11:24 Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, What things, soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Read God’s Word…personalize it… speak it… live it… and believe it is for you…because it is!

Proverbs 3:1-4 sounds like success to me! My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments: for length of days and long life and peace shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about your neck; write them upon the table of your heart: so shall you find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

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My Vision

And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:2-3

So what motivates me? What keeps me going? What do I work for? As I listened to a speaker digress at a business meeting on Saturday last and again on Monday evening, I saw how very different our motivations were. The speaker’s motivations were…The Lifestyle, wealth, the ability to do anything desired, travel, luxury accommodations, living the life…and so on. Sound good? So, what’s at the other end? Well…so I’m told to write my goals and stay focused on them or I won’t achieve that high desirable level of income I want.

What do I want? Here’s my vision…and the greatest desire of my heart. It’s what keeps me here…it’s what motivates me…

I see my 8-acre holding in Kylemore as a Healing Centre/Retreat where people come year round for spiritual, emotional, physical, social, environmental, occupational and intellectual healing…in other words…healing for every aspect of a person’s total well-being. The best encompassing word for that desired outcome is the Hebrew word Shalom meaning peace, completeness, prosperity, and welfare, found in a scripture dear to my heart…Isaiah 53:5 KJV …speaking prophetically of Jesus…”But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our SHALOM was upon him: and with his stripes we are healed.” Imagine that….the God of the universe WANTS peace, completeness, prosperity and welfare for ALL of us. So the punishment for our total well being was placed upon Jesus. Shalom is already ours. It is only we who stop ourselves from receiving His best for us.

So…what does that vision look like?

A campus here in Kylemore where people can come to stay…

And, of course, good, healthy food in beautiful surroundings and a lovely environment…

Of course, this blog could not contain ALL of the vision because it’s not just about the environment here, although that is a big part of it, but the healing that takes place for individuals will come through on-site seminars, teachings, healing services, wellness programs especially geared for women, beauty treatments, counselling, workshops and so much more! It will become known as THE place to go in Ireland for healing…I have no doubt…And I will see it come to pass in my lifetime.

That’s just a nutshell of a huge vision. Is that big enough? Well…that’s what I want…and that’s where my energy, focus and income will go…not for the wealth, not for the travel, not for the luxury accommodations, not for the lifestyle. Okay, so for me…that is living the life!

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Beginning Again

If you have followed my blog in the past, you are aware of some of my journey over the last two years, but compared to my life as a whole, it’s just a short space of time, so it will NOT define me. My beginning started long before that awful day in July 2012 when I began a 14-day blog series beginning here . If you haven’t read any of my blogs, that’s a good starting place to learn a bit about my journey over the last 20 years.

So…today is a new day and I’m back on track to start blogging again after a short space of time when my blog was unavailable. But, all is fixed now and it’s full steam ahead!

Richard did pass from this life to the next on the 12th of April, 2014 around 4 a.m. experience that I will never forget as long as I live…a 4-hour painful ordeal of death and dying, one that he did not want to succumb to…not because he did not want to meet the Master, but because he did not want to leave me behind… the love of his life. And what a love that was…one that I will hold onto for the rest of my life. I remember that in those last few weeks, he probably said to me more than 20 times a day…”I love you, honey.” One day I asked him why he kept saying that so much to me every day. He said, “because I want you to hear that as much as you can.” That was his way of saying that he would not always be around to say it to me. He never admitted to me that he was dying, until his last 10 minutes, although I knew 4 years and 3 months prior that the Lord was going to take him from me…

The Lord began preparing me for the future. On the 11th of March the words that came to me from the Lord were from Jeremiah 42;10 He said “If you will still abide in this land, then I will build you up, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.”

I had many sad and difficult days since, along with good ones, too, but on a Sunday, the 5th of October, I was in a church service singing a song I had not heard or sung for years “How Marvelous, How Wonderful and my Song Shall Ever Be”. When we sang the verse, “He (Jesus) took my sins and my sorrows and made them His very own. He bore my burdens to Calvary and suffered and died alone.” The Lord spoke into my heart that He has already carried ALL my griefs and sorrows, so I gave them over to Him and let it all go. I have not carried that grief anymore. Thank God! Isaiah 53:4 “Surely He hath born our griefs, and carried our sorrows…”

Since then I have become focused on the vision that is before me and with my eyes on that goal, I have launched into my own business once again….

Thanks for listening and thank you so much to all of you faithful readers, friends, family and acquaintances who have been so kind and caring towards me during this two-year ordeal. The Lord is good and His mercy endureth forever. I love you all <3

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Our new “Beat Cancer Protocol”

I know I’ve been silent for a few months…recovering from Shingles, dealing with Richard’s chemo sessions and ill health, and major garden work right through the first of December! Thank God for wonderful, mild autumn weather. But…alas, the winter has come, the garden work has ceased (except for work in the greenhouse on mild days), I’m fully recovered, and we have a new plan for beating Pancreatic cancer.

First of all, let me say, that our eyes have been opened to the importance of taking the Lord’s supper daily, just as the early Apostles did…better known to most as Communion. I first came across this in an article written by Sid Roth. We began taking communion quite often, around the first of November. We were so pleased when the scan and report from the doctor showed that the cancer markers in Richard’s blood had dropped by half! His scan showed a significant decrease in the size of the tumour in the pancreatic area and the lesions on his liver had also decreased in size.

Richard, however, continued with the chemo…but, each time his suffering has lasted longer and longer. The chemo drug treatment, according to his oncologist, is the harshest kind of treatment offered. So…after much thought, contemplation and prayer, Richard decided to withdraw from the chemo treatment and trust in the Lord’s healing along with our own “Beat Cancer Protocol” that we have developed after much research.

I decided to publish our protocol for all those who have been really concerned and have graciously emailed many websites and made suggestions of things to take to help beat cancer for which I am really grateful.

My research began with Chris Beat Cancer. I ordered a book listed on his website called Cancer, Step Outside the Box by Ty Bollinger. In chapter 6, “Non-toxic Treatments” Ty discusses many cancer treatments that have had much higher success rates that chemotherapy. Some therapies would not work in Richard’s case because the part of his pancreas that produces enzymes was removed in the Whipple procedure he had in July 2012…along with his gall bladder, his duodenum, and half of his stomach. The treatments we will include in our protocol include: Essiac Tea and Oleander.

Another great resource I purchased and downloaded is Cancer’s Natural Enemy by Tony M. Isaacs 252 page ebook) and Essiac Essentials by Sheila Snow and Mali Klein

We requested I.P.T. (Insulin Potentiation Therapy) from our oncologist. However, since it is not an approved treatment here in Ireland, she can’t offer that treatment as an option…only if there was a clinical trial that Richard could join. There are, however, several clinics in the U.S. that successfully use this treatment. Because Richard has opted to discontinue chemotherapy, the oncologist is ordering another scan and blood work as soon as possible. She will continue scans every 2 months to monitor Richard’s progress.

So…this is the treatment that we will follow daily:

lemon water first thing in the morning
5 capsules Rose Laurel OPC Plus (Oleander)
1 tsp. Flax oil
2Circumin capsules with each meal
2 oz. colloidal silver along with colloidal gold
1 cup Essaic tea before bed
Black cumin oil (Nigella sativa) (not found yet)
Grapeseed Extract (not found yet)
300 mg. Lugol’s iodine together with 1 selenium capsule
1 cup hemp milk (freshly made)
1 cup almond milk (freshly made)
48 oz. fresh vegetable juice (8 oz. every 2 hours beginning at 9 a.m.) from organic carrots, beets, chard, celery, kale, cucumber, Cos lettuce, wheatgrass
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 Tablespoon Bee Pollen
No sugars, syrups, honey, etc, except Stevia
No transfats…only cooked foods with coconut oil
raw virgin olive oil only
30-day vegan diet (possibly add in fish once or twice if the lesions on his liver show regression on his next scan)
No coffee
Add in cancer fighting foods including leeks, onions, garlic, kale, blueberries, raspberries, avocados, raw nuts, sweet potatoes, apples, cherries, daikon radish, turnips, hot peppers, dark seeded grapes, tomatoes…

This is a start and we will continue to research and adjust this protocol as necessary.

The great thing about this protocol is that even as the cancer diminishes and disappears, these products can continue to be taken for good health!

If you know any sources that supply any of the products listed above, please let us know! Right now we are ordering most of them on-line and shipping to Ireland is way too expensive!

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‘Til the storm passes by

Today I have been remembering the song:

‘Til the storm passes over,
‘Til the thunder sounds no more,
‘Til the clouds roll forever from the sky,
Hold me fast, let me stand
In the hollow of Thy hand:
Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.

Verse 2
Many times Satan whispered,
“There is no need to try,
For there’s no end of sorrow;
There’s no hope by and by.”
But I know Thou art with me,
And tomorrow I’ll rise
Where the storm never darkens the skies.

Just a week before we got the bad news that Richard once again would be undergoing chemotherapy because of cancer regrowth, the Lord had given me a scripture from Ruth while I was on my knees praying. It was this “…thou has left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.”

Okay….yes…what a wonderful promise from the Lord…but, my first thought was…”oh no, what’s ahead? God is giving me assurance that He sees all…but also knows what is ahead. This can’t be good…” as you may have read from my last post

…and it doesn’t end there. Richard had his chemo on Wednesday and by Saturday after I finished work at The Three Towers my back was hurting so bad. The pain continued all Sunday and by Monday noontime huge red blisters had broken out in a path from my spine and around under my right arm to my right breast. The word shingles came to mind, so I googled it…exactly correct. I went to the dr. and came back from the pharmacy armed with medication and maximum pain meds. I remember when I was young, there was a lady in our church who had the shingles and she described the pain. Nothing could have prepared me for this. In fact, the pharmacist told me that she was giving me the maximum pain medication…”but try not to take the maximum if you can help it.” I told her confidently that I wouldn’t need it…that was yesterday…today I have taken the maximum and the pain is still with me.

The horrible blisters on my back (which I am rubbing with coconut oil) put me in mind of Job’s sores…which got me to thinking…hmmm…do you think God said to Satan… “have you considered my servants, Richard and Diana? You can afflict their bodies, but you can’t take their life…”

One of Satan’s primary functions, is to accuse those who follow God. Satan wants to find any fault he possibly can with those that God considers to be His “chosen” or “elect.” Another of Satan’s primary functions is to turn as many people as possible away from God. If Satan were to be able to turn away anyone who has been chosen by God to be His throughout eternity, it would be a huge victory for Satan. When it came to Job, Satan tried absolutely everything that God would allow. Satan believed that he could get Job so angry and disillusioned with God that Job would curse God and turn completely away from Him. But it didn’t work. Even Satan, God’s arch-enemy, knows that he is limited by God in everything he does. Satan can only cause as much suffering, destruction, and death as God will allow him to do.

I like how Ted Montomery puts it…

“…But, really, there is another level to this. Note that Job 1:11 says, “But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” Later, in 2:5, it says, “But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

It is true that the text also says that it was Satan who directly was responsible for Job’s afflictions (Job 2:7). However, notice that the Lord Himself, speaking to Satan, stated that Job “maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason” (2:3). This seems to indicate, then, that God Himself was behind Job’s afflictions.

This is how I interpret this seeming paradox. God is behind everything that happens. That is, I believe, everything is predetermined or predestined, by God, to happen. In that sense, Satan merely is a very powerful “pawn” that God utilizes to carry out many of His undertakings. It sort of is like how a judge decrees a punishment upon someone, but he does not personally administer the punishment; the legal system does.

So, considering it this way, Satan could do to Job only as much as God Himself had determined to do to Job, using Satan as the means to do it. One might feel that it was “mean” and “cruel” for God to do this. However, as we will find out later, God ultimately rewarded Job exceedingly for enduring the suffering that God had planned for him to go through.

This suggests to us that undergoing distress and affliction, if brought upon us directly or indirectly by God, has enormous rewards, if we are able to accept it as coming from God and not finding fault with God for doing it. This especially is true if it is for God’s glory—which it was in the case of Job, because Satan was proven wrong, but God was proven right.

So…at the end of the day…the word from the Lord in Ruth is a wonderful promise because it tells me that the Lord already knows that I will come through this and He will recompense my work! How awesome is that?!

And…if you like this line of thought you might really enjoy Ted’s blog on predestination, which…by the way…I totally agree with. :)

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We Win!

Over the last two weeks on the way to work at The Three Towers, I’ve been singing a Sunday School song…

We win, we win, hallelujah, we win.
We win, we win, hallelujah, we win.
We win, we win, hallelujah, we win.
I read the back of the book and we win!

The song is referring to the Book of Revelation and the knowledge that in the end God wins and Satan loses…so it’s a reminder that no matter what life throws at us…if we’re on God’s side….we win!

I’m singing this as an encouragement to myself because we just got the bad news that the pancreatic cancer in Richard’s body has shown signs of regrowth. I refuse to call it Richard’s cancer, because it’s not Richard’s cancer, never has been and doesn’t belong to him.

It is pancreatic cancer for which there is no cure (except by the hand of God) and has now shown signs in his liver. We went to Roscommon Hospital yesterday so that a portacath could be inserted into his neck. An aggressive chemotherapy treatment will begin on the 9th of October at Galway University Hospital where they will plug the poisonous chemicals (chemo for short) into his body through the portacath for 6-8 hours and he will come home with the remainder of the chemo in a plastic pouch carried in his pocket that will continue to run into his bloodstream for another 48 hours. He will lose ALL his hair, including his eyebrows and mustache :( and will probably not feel very well most of the time.

So…what’s to sing about? Well…because it’s not the end of the story…and we have a long road ahead of us….so I’d rather sing than cry…and bring hope rather than despair….and walk in light rather than in darkness….and make wonderful memories rather than sad ones…

So…if you cross our paths…no tears please, only warm and kind words of encouragement…they go a long way and will be so much appreciated.

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Raw Food Demo in Portumna

Transitioning to health via raw foods was a successful launch at the Shoreline Festival in Portumna on Friday. We gathered together at the Country Market and had some time talking about raw foods, preparing a raw soup, some almond nut milk, followed by a Banana-Date Smoothie. There were plenty of things to sample and taste and some asked for recipes.

Raw foods is such a vast subject to cover in 45 minutes, so here is what I focused on…

Digestive enzymes enable the breakdown of food so the body and blood can use nutrients. Enzymes are needed to assimilate food into tissue, blood and organs.

The enzyme Amylase is secreted in saliva and pancreatic and intestinal juices and is designed to break down sugars and carbs. There are 3 kinds of Amylase tailored for different kinds of sugar: maltase, sucrose and lactase. More than half the population of the world does not produce the lactase enzyme, which results in lactose intolerance. Dairy is entirely over consumed. So…we talked about dairy alternatives.

The enzyme Lipase is necessary for digesting fat and is found in stomach and pancreatic juices. Lipase is present in raw, unrefined fat in foods such as fresh nuts and seeds and quality pressed oils.

The enzyme Protease breaks down protein and is found in stomach, pancreatic, and intestinal juices.

Food Enzymes…

Enzymes are necessary and irreplaceable for breaking down food in order to make nutrients available to the body. Our bodies demand a constant supply of enzymes for biochemical reactions. Digestion is just one of the processes that requires enzymes. Processed and cooked foods are devoid of enzymes and require an excessive draw of energy from the body for digestion. Eating balanced, raw, and living food requires a minimal expenditure of energy to assimilate and digest to receive energy.

Enzymes are destroyed by heat in excess of 110 F or 40 C. Raw and living food is the only food complete with naturally occurring enzymes. When I talk about raw food I’m talking about foods not heated above 40 C. So…it’s important to get as much raw and living food into our bodies as possible.

Even though I have been doing raw foods for 4 years (where does the time go?!) I never realized the importance of getting enzymes from food we consume until Richard was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and the surgeon removed the head of his pancreas (along with several other organs) and his pancreas was no longer able to produce enzymes. Instead he now has to take enzyme supplements before every meal just to help him digest his food. But think about this….if he doesn’t drink fresh juices loaded with enzymes or eat raw foods loaded with enzymes, then where will he get enzymes needed to replenish his blood, organs, and body tissues?

According to medical science, the human body completely renews itself every 7 years! The cornea replaces itself every 24 hours, the skin every 14 days, the blood cells every 90 days, the soft tissue every 6 months, and the dense tissue every 2-7 years….if we give our bodies what they need in order to do that!

And….aren’t our bodies the living temple of the Holy Spirit? How much more we should cherish and protect and love our bodies by nourishing our bodies instead of poisoning them. Jesus said the second commandment is like unto the first…Love thy neighbour as THYSELF. We will never, never, never, be able to love our fellow man the way God intended if we cannot love ourselves and treat our bodies the way God intended. Paul beseeched us to present our bodies a living sacrifice…holy, acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service.

….okay…I’m off my soapbox now….

Because I didn’t have all the recipes with me at the Festival, here are two of the recipes we made….

Diana’s Raw Tomato Soup
4 cups pureed fresh tomatoes with skins
3 Tablespoons lime juice (about 4)
8 large basil leaves
1 tsp. Sea salt
1 TB agave syrup (or raw honey or pure maple syrup)
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. Freshly ground coriander seed
¼ cup cold-pressed olive oil
½ cup water

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until creamy. If you have a Vitamix you can blend the soup until it gets warm. Otherwise, warm up to 40 C and pour into hot bowls.

Banana-Date Shake

1 cup almond nut milk, unstrained
2 frozen bananas
6 pitted dates

Blend until creamy. Enjoy!

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Give your gut a helping hand

We’ve had such wonderful weather this summer that has just helped the garden to explode with fervent growth…and I’m sure the horse manure didn’t hurt :)

So…when I went out last week to the garden and saw the cabbages just bursting…literally…because of such a dry summer, I knew it was time to do something with them…and in a hurry. Every day more cabbages would split in two and I just couldn’t bear to see it. I was anxiously waiting for my Romanian friend to return from her holidays so she could demonstrate to a group of us how to ferment our cabbages to preserve them for the winter. Well…my anxiety got the better of me and I sent Richard to the local farm store to buy some good-sized buckets with screw-on lids. He came home with 3 of them so we were in business!

I picked a whole wheel barrow full of them and found a fantastic blog written by a Romanian woman living in Montana. Yippee! Within a few hours, the bucket was full and I hadn’t made a dent in the cabbages. Two days later, I filled another bucket!

So…what prompted me to do this in the first place?! Well…since I have incorporated more and more raw foods into my diet, I knew this was a really yummy AND HEALTHY way to have cabbage and give my gut a helping hand. The leaves can be used to stuff full of veggies and pop into the dehydrator slowly cooking the veggies at a low temperature in order to preserve the enzymes.

Fermented vegetables and fruits are prepared via lacto-fermentation, which is a traditional method of preserving food that was used before we had the luxury of refrigerators. This process not only prevents food from decaying, but enhances nutrient content and provides the body with beneficial microbes and enzymes. This process enhances B vitamin content, vitamin K2 and many life-giving enzymes. According to Dr. Mercola, fermented foods are an excellent source of K2, which is important for preventing arterial plaque buildup and heart disease. Research studies also suggest that eating fermented foods may help to normalize weight.

Lacto-fermentation involves submerging a vegetable in a salt-water brine that kills “bad” bacteria and allows “good” bacteria to proliferate. Chemical reactions occur that involve the bacteria, lactobacilli, to break down the starches and sugars of the vegetable and produce lactic acid, which is the medium that preserves the food and prevents spoilage. The end result creates a nutrient-dense, therapeutic food that is best eaten in small quantities as a condiment. Adding a couple spoonfuls daily to your meals will help with digestibility of your food, as well as an accumulation of health-promoting benefits over time. Fermented foods help to nourish, balance and heal the gut, and optimize immunity.

Eating fermented foods helps keep our digestive systems healthy, and in turn helps keep our immune systems strong. Our gut or digestive system comprises at least 70% of our immune system.

Eating fermented foods have great benefits They improve the health of the digestive system, improve immunity, help prevent colds/flu, help eliminate toxins, help aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the body, may help normalize weight, and provide the body with K2 which helps prevent heart disease.

…AND…on top of all that…stuffed cabbage leaves are yummy!

Okay…here I am blowing air bubbles in one of the crocks of fermenting cabbages per the instructions. I have been doing this twice daily for the past week. :)

Hmmm….what else can I ferment?! Okay…cukes are next….stay tuned!

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