Archive for December, 2008

eating cycles

I’ve been trying to find this 8/8/8 hour cycle of eating and here is the information. It gives your body a chance to get the most good out of your food and assimilate it and then clear the digestive system out for the next day.

No food is eaten until 12 noon and no food eaten after 8 p.m. Fruit may be eaten in the mornings from 4 a.m. until noon. Also, drink water anytime.

I tried this once and I think the time has come to give it another chance.

One of my husband’s nature picture taken 10-19-08


health benefits of cabbage

cabbage detox diet

healthy blog


tuna-noodle casserole – no canned soup


* 8 ounces wide egg noodles
* 12 ounces tuna, well-drained
* 1 cup frozen peas
* 3/4 cup sour cream
* 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
* 3/4 cup milk
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
* 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
* 2 tablespoons butter

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook noodles as directed, then drain.
3. Return noodles to the cooking pot with well-drained tuna, frozen peas (I place them in a bowl of water then drain them to thaw some), sour cream, ricotta, salt, and pepper.
4. Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole dish.
5. Mix bread crumbs, parmesan and melted butter; sprinkle over casserole.
6. Bake uncovered 35-40 minutes.

Raisin Bran Cake



1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. raisin bran cereal
3/4 c. orange juice
1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Mix cereal and orange juice. Let stand for 2 minutes or until cereal is softened. Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Stir in cereal mixture. Add flour mixture; mix well. Spread batter evenly in greased 8″x8″x2″ baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes or until tests done. Cool. Sprinkle with sifted confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

Variation: Use 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour in place of the 1 cup all purpose flour. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.

Jan. 20 – I made this recipe today – pretty good. I sprinkled muesli over it. yum

Arthritis and Apple Cider Vinegar

The strangest thing happened yesterday. We had a winter storm with a couple inches of snow. All of a sudden I had really bad lower back pain. I couldn’t remember lifting any thing too heavy unless it was the laundry basket. Then I started suspecting arthritis. Oh boy. I’ve been reading about vinegar a little here and there and found this Vermont folklore information: “Give 2 teaspoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and 2 of honey in a glass of water, taken at each meal. If this mixture is not accepted by the stomach at mealtimes it may be taken between meals.” from this article.

Our challenging driveway


colon cleansing foods


A plant-based diet is best for reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases. This type of diet has obvious benefits for the colon.


Plant-based diets containing generous amounts of vegetables, fruits, beans, seeds, nuts and whole grains are high in fibre, which is the essential, non-digestible component of food. A high-fibre diet supports a healthy digestive tract by sweeping debris from the colon, much like a broom. Fibre exercises the intestinal tract by stimulating peristalsis, the wave-like muscular contractions of the bowel that decrease bowel transit time. Fibre also holds moisture in the colon.

We need both soluble and insoluble fibre for colon cleansing every day. Soluble fibre dissolves in water whereas insoluble does not. Insoluble fibre is especially good for improving elimination and preventing constipation. Soluble fibre increases beneficial bacteria, which produce natural antibiotics that eliminate potentially harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli. Researchers believe adequate and consistent levels of healthy intestinal flora can also help prevent colon cancer. Soluble fibre is also important for binding cholesterol and aiding its passage through the body.

Flax seed and oats top the list of foods highest in both soluble and insoluble fibre. One tablespoon of ground flax seed contains four to six grams of fibre. Other foods high in soluble fibre include beans, peas, rice, barley, citrus, strawberry and apples. Foods high in insoluble fibre include whole wheat, rye, brown rice, barley, cabbage, beets, carrots, brussels sprouts, turnips, cauliflower and apple (with skin).

Fibre recommendations are between 20 to 35 grams a day, but the modern affluent diet provides only about 10 g. (High amounts of fibre, however, should be avoided during inflammatory bowel conditions.) To meet the fibre requirement, consume daily five or more servings of vegetables and fruits, and six or more of whole grains. A half cup of fruit or vegetables or one cup of leafy, raw greens makes one serving. One grain serving is one slice of bread or one-half cup of cooked cereal, grain or pasta.

Green Foods

The high chlorophyll content of green foods (such as alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina, blue-green algae) makes them ideal for colon cleansing. In addition to cleansing, chlorophyll soothes and heals damaged tissue in the digestive tract. It helps the body to obtain more oxygen and draws out toxins. For this reason, chlorophyll is called “the internal deodorant.”

Fermented Foods

A diet high in refined carbohydrates and low in fibre reduces the number of friendly bacteria in the intestines, upsetting the balance of the body’s intestinal ecosystem. Yogurt, kefir and other fermented foods such as miso and sauerkraut can replenish friendly bacteria. Bifidobacteria are most numerous in the colon, while Lactobacilli prevail in the small intestine. These beneficial bacteria synthesize vitamins from food remnants, degrade toxins, prevent colonization of disease-causing micro- organisms, crowd out less beneficial bacteria, stimulate the immune system and produce short-chain fatty acids that provide an energy source for cells lining the colon.


Most people need to drink more water. The optimal amount varies widely, usually from six to 10 glasses a day. One useful formula is to drink half your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds (55 kilograms), drink 60 ounces (eight glasses/two litres) of water per day. This can include pure water, herb tea or diluted fruit juices. Caffeinated beverages do not count because they are dehydrating. The best time to drink a glass of water is between meals or 20 minutes or more before eating; sip only small amounts with a meal. An important rule is: When thirsty, drink water–not pop or other beverages.

Eat to Clean

* Eat foods high in fibre, which sweeps debris from the colon.
* Chlorophyll found in green foods such as alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina and blue-green algae cleanses and heals the digestive tract.
* Fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, miso and sauerkraut replenish the friendly bacteria needed for a healthy colon.
* Drink lots of pure water.

Knowin’ Your Colon

* The colon, or large intestine, is one of the body’s major organs of waste removal (in addition to the lungs, skin, kidneys and liver).
* The colon is populated with 100 trillion friendly bacteria.
* Stress and lack of exercise contribute to an unhealthy colon.
* In addition to adequate nutrients and pure water, a healthy colon requires proper circulation and good nerve and muscle tone.