Archive for November, 2008

Daniel Fast for Health

Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough Lesson 8: The Daniel Fast Elmer Towns
Daniel 1: 12 – 20

Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and cancer are just a few of a growing number of health conditions becoming more common in our society today which remain rare in more primitive cultures. Many doctors identify our unhealthy lifestyles as an important contributing factor in the development of these conditions. Some have used fasting as part of the treatment process for these conditions and experienced some degree of success in correcting these problems.

This increasingly common medical practice (fasting) is not like the test proposed by Daniel in Babylon. The Daniel Fast might be viewed as a restricted diet that eliminated fats and cholesterol while increasing fibre. The result then as now with such a diet was improved health. In this chapter, we will examine the Daniel Fast more closely to understand some of the health benefits associated with fasting.

While fasting may promote better health for many, people with a significant medical condition should consult their personal physician prior to beginning a fast. A peanut butter sandwich may be viewed as an effective way to give children the fibre and proteins they need for their growing bodies, but the same meal given to someone allergic to peanuts could result in death. Specific questions about how your body might respond to a change in your diet should be discussed with your health professional.

Daniel Fast or Daniel’s Diet

I love the Daniel fast. There is much information on I like to combine it with the 8-8-8 diet. Eat food from noon-8:00 p.m. Drink only water from 8:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. and eat only fruit from 4 a.m. – 12 noon. Of course water is fine any time. Grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, lots of beans are all the things to eat on the Daniel fast. Popcorn is allowed and olive or canola oil plus any herbs and spices. It can be quite filling and satisfying.

chocolate mint

I love our chocolate mint – it grows on the south side of the house locked in by sidewalks or it would spread everywhere. As it is, it grows between the sidewalk and the house.

It is so very frigid in the house today – we’re trying to save on bills by keeping the thermostat in the low 60s and using space heaters. I turned the oven on and decided to bake some bread. I dried a bunch of mints and thyme, so have plenty and decided to make the chocolate mint banana bread recipe found here.

Today is banana Tuesday at our store, so I’ll get a bunch later today. I’m starting to use coupons and watch sales – beats getting a job! : )

The recipe (in my typed version) from the website:

Chocolate Mint Banana Bread

Cream: 1/2 c. butter, 1 c. brown sugar
Add: 2 eggs, a c. mashed banana, 1 tsp. vanilla
Add: 2 c. flour, 1/8 c. dried chocolate mint, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt, 1/s c. chopped walnuts.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour in greased pan. Freezes well.

Kaiser Onion Roll Recipe


Kaiser Rolls

9 Rolls —————————- (15 Rolls)

3/4 c Milk ————————- 1 1/2 C
1 ts Salt ————————– 1 1/2 tsp
1 Egg —————————– 1 1/2
2 1/3 c Bread flour —————- 4 1/2 cups
1 tb Butter ———————— 1 1/2 T
1 1/2 tsp Yeast ——————– 2 1/2 tsp
1 tb Sugar ————————- 1 1/2T
Poppy seeds for sprinkling

Instructions for Kaiser Rolls – 9 Rolls (15 Rolls)

Set machine on dough cycle. When dough is ready, remove from machine and divide into the required number of rolls. Flatten to 1/2″ thick. Cover with towel and let rise about 45 min.( or until doubled) in a warm place. Preheat oven to 425F. Brush tops with water and sprinkle poppy seeds. Bake for 20 to 25 min. When properly done, the rolls should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Very crispy and good.

To make them onion rolls, add 2 Tbsp. dried minced onion with the yeast.

All you’d want to know about Kaiser Rolls, which is an Austrian bread.


At a fall festival I bought for $1 a crocheted scrubbie made from net material. It works so well; I knitted one and it works well too – I found a few patterns:

ugly scrubbie
round crocheted scrubbie
sheep cloth
square crocheted scrubbie
easy crocheted dishcloth

5 good mood foods


1) Oatmeal
Oatmeal may help if you find yourself feeling irritable and cranky. It is rich in soluble fiber, which helps to smooth out blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugar into the blood.

Oatmeal is also a great food to help you stick with your diet plan, because the soluble fiber in oatmeal forms a gel that slows the emptying of your stomach so you don’t feel hungry quickly.

Other foods high in soluble fiber are: beans, peas, barley, citrus fruits, strawberries and apples.

What to try:

Add tasty toppings to oatmeal, such as:

* Low-fat granola and skim milk
* Coarsely chopped apple or unsweetened chunky applesauce with cinnamon
* Strawberries and sliced almonds

2) Walnuts
Walnuts have long been thought of as a “brain food” because of their wrinkled, bi-lobed (brainlike) appearance. But now we know that walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a type of fat that’s needed for brain cells and mood-lifting neurotransmitters to function properly and possible help some people with depression.

Other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, sardines, flaxseeds, and omega-3 fortified eggs.

What to try:

* Instead of reaching for a muffin as a snack, try walnuts and an apple. The fiber and good fat will also curb your appetite for longer.
* Try mixing crushed walnuts into yogurt as a snack.
* Sprinkle walnuts over salads.

3) Tea
Although caffeine has been shown to lead to a more positive mood and improved performance, it’s a fine line.

Too much caffeine can make you dependent and make you nervous, irritable, hypersensitive or bring on headaches.

What to try:

* A good strategy is to limit yourself to no more than one 8 oz. cup of coffee a day. Instead of that second cup, try making a cup of green tea. You can find it in teabag form in most grocery stores.
* Another option: chai. It’s an Indian tea made with regular black tea plus spices such as cardamom and cinnamon. The spices also add a natural sweetness to the tea, which may help you cut back on sugar and sweeteners.
* If you’re in the mood to try a new herbal tea, consider rooibos. Rooibos is a reddish brown tea that tastes more like regular black tea than other herbal teas.

Like chai, rooibos also has a hint of natural sweetness, which makes it a good option for people trying to lose weight.

Try hot rooibos tea plain, with a wedge of lemon, or with milk. It also makes a great iced tea.

Rooibos can be found in health food stores, some grocery stores, online, and increasingly, in cafes and restaurants that serve herbal tea.

4) Salmon
In the past few years, research has suggested that vitamin D may increase the levels of serotonin, one of the key neurotransmitters influencing our mood, and that it may help to relieve mood disorders.

We get vitamin D mainly through exposure to sunlight and in lesser amounts, through food.

But a recent study found that in Boston, exposure to sunlight during the months of November through February does not produce any significant amounts of vitamin D in skin.

What to try:

* Canned salmon with bones is rich in vitamin D. It is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.
* Instead of tuna for your sandwiches, opt for canned Alaskan pink or sockeye salmon with bones. Choose water-packed salmon, which is lower in calories than the oil-packed.
* Other foods high in vitamin D are fortified milk and fortified soy milk.

5) Lentils
A member of the legume family, lentils are an excellent source of folate, a B vitamin that appears to be essential for mood and proper nerve function in the brain.

Low levels of folate have been linked to depression. In fact, a Harvard study showed that 38 percent of depressed women are deficient in folate.

Although researchers don’t yet fully understand the connection, folate deficiency appears to impair the metabolism of serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, neurotransmitters important for mood.

A cup of cooked lentils provides 90% of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid. A healthy bonus: lentils contain protein and fiber, which are filling and help to stabilize blood sugar.

Other sources of folate include: fortified breakfast cereals, green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, liver, and beans.

What to try:

* Toss cooked lentils with cherry tomatoes, sliced bell peppers, and carrots for an easy salad.
* Try making lentil soup.

crockpot chicken shepherd’s pie

Crock Pot Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

3 cups mashed potatoes
1 lb turkey or chicken, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups frozen vegetables
1 medium onion, chopped finely, or 1 T onion flakes
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika (more for garnish)
1 cup water
1 cups shredded cheese

Brown the meat and onion on the stove.
Toss meat with the spices and garlic.
Grease inside of crockpot.
Add meat, frozen vegetables, and a cup of water to crock pot and 1 cup cheese on top.
Press the mashed potatoes down on top of the cheese and meat. Sprinkle with a bit of paprika.

Cook on low 6 hours or less.
Can remove lid to brown top of potatoes and make a crust.

how not to get the flu


Apples (and red onions, broccoli, and tea) are great sources of quercetin — a flavonoid that may stave off the influenza virus when the body is under stress. In a recent animal study, quercetin did just that: The normal dip in immunity that comes with physical fatigue was pretty much cancelled out by the flavonoid. If it works as well in humans, quercetin could help power the body through both physical and psychological stress.

adapted from

Broccoli and Potatoes

1 pound potatoes, cut into wedges
3/4 pound broccoli crowns, chopped (4 cups)
3/4 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup nonfat milk, heated
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Steam potatoes for 10 minutes. Place broccoli on top, cover and steam until the potatoes and broccoli are tender, 6 to 8 minutes more. Transfer the broccoli to a large bowl and coarsely mash with a potato masher. Add the potatoes, cheese, milk, salt and pepper and continue mashing to desired consistency. Serve immediately.