Archive for the ‘diet’ Category

healthy marigolds and in remembrance

What humans can eat is the flower part. But they repel garden pests so they are win win.

Mother Earth article about marigolds

My dad died November 4, 1954 – 56 years ago – amazing how time flies. I always remember the day though. Here are the things I did on this Nov. 4. I put up a bird feeder and Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal found it right away, but I didn’t get a picture of the Mrs. I went to the clinic to read for Reach Out and Read, but no kids showed up, so I enjoyed reading a book and magazine. I came home and wasted time on the computer and fixed food. I subscribed to the blog of Paul and Ann Malkmus (see link on right) and loved the idea of the Salad Bar. I will definitely be doing this in the future – what a time saver that will be! YAY!

homemade muesli

After learning it’s best to eat nuts raw I’m not making granola anymore. I will work with muesli. The link tells a lot about muesli. It should be soaked before eating, at least 1/2 hour.

Muesli bars

muesli recipes

Hopefully I won’t be buying any more muesli at $4-5 per bag – just too much to pay. It takes more time to make things at home, but so worth it.

the skinny on corn

The 700 Club has skinny Wednesday every week. That’s where I got the saying – just saying that corn may not be too good for us. The video explains some about corn.

Good website here that explains why and gives more links to further investigate.

When I eat my favorite snack, popcorn, I don’t feel better afterwards – just have a slightly dull headache and feel a bit sluggish, probably because the digestive system has to deal with excess load it doesn’t really need. (The free dictionary says “afterwards” is a word even though the spell check on here has a red line under it.)

Found an interesting web site – here it is. I will try to find out more information about corn. My thinking is that fresh corn on the cob is the greatest in the summer, but I should limit popcorn and not eat corn much if it’s not fresh corn on the cob.

We always used to grow sweet corn in the summer and my mom would freeze it – so tasty. So I think fresh or fresh corn frozen is good. My mom was quite a whiz at cutting the corn off the cob. I did it some too. Frozen applesauce was always so tasty too : ) We also had cherry trees and I got to pick the cherries, pit them and eat lots of them. We probably froze those too. We had a big freezer in the screened in porch off the kitchen. Even when my mom lived in a small apartment she insisted on having a small freezer. That is something I don’t care about. Now that we aren’t eating meat anymore (except salmon and other fish and a little chicken) I don’t really need one and never really wanted to keep a lot of frozen food. We are close to lots of grocery stores.

A photo taken this past summer of a cornfield near a place we visited.

raw nut granola

Now I’m collecting raw nut granola recipes because I read baked nuts are not good to eat. Not good for the liver or something. There is one link on the right and here’s another one.

nut free, oat free, raw granola bars

raw granola bars and raw granola

These recipes are all about the same.

I’ve been seeing the GAPS diet a few places around in my research so I found the website. It means Gut and Psychology Syndrome. This diet is quite involved. I still like Food Power book’s 7 words:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

fabulous raw granola

ultimate raw granola

long article about raw foods – In this article you will find that food shouldn’t be cooked over 110 degrees because the enzymes start to die and it becomes dead, cooked food. They are definitely all dead by 118 degrees.

foods that heal the gut

article about foods that heal the gut: These foods (I’m sure there are more than these) are:

* “The compounds in cranberry don’t allow the H. pylori to live in the gut, and if taken prophylacticly they don’t allow the bacteria to attach itself to the lining of the stomach or intestines.” What does prophylacticly mean? says it means “Acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease”

* “Omega-3s have been shown to not only prevent colon cancer, but also to halt or reverse the progression of the disease.” We get this from cold water fish – tuna, salmon, halibut.

* Apples contain “polyphenols which … is a phytochemical that is known to have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.”

* Yogurt’s probiotics can help heal the gut.

* Herbs, such as “black currant, fennel, fenugreek, coriander, ginger, tamarind and turmeric are some of the herbs that can help a variety of ailments of the stomach and digestive system.”

natural cancer cure – eat raw!!!

good article – aloe vera juice and ulcers I buy it from Sam’s Club – a gallon of it. It’s good to put in smoothies and mix with juices, such as grape juice. I also keep a plant in the kitchen for burns. You can also just break off a bit of the plant and blend up in smoothies.

A recipe for using raw cranberries:

Cranberry Sauce
by RoseLee Calabro

2 C fresh cranberries
1 orange
1 apple
1 C dates
water for consistency

Process cranberries, orange, apple and dates in a blender and serve.


bread machine bread

My loaf of bread today was huge for some reason. I used 1 1/2 cups I ground by hand in our grain mill. Great exercise for the arms. I believe the flour was Kamut. I also used white unbleached flour.

1 1/4 c. water
part of a banana
molasses and honey
some ground flax (I use coffee grinder)
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast.

In our bread machine we put the wet ingredients first. This basically has 3 wet ingredients and then 3 dry ingredients. I set it on quick whole wheat bread and it is finished in 240 minutes. My husband loves it. I don’t have to buy any bread when it’s just him and me here! YAY! The trick is to keep making it so we don’t run out. He also loves homemade muffins and I have some good recipes for that. He especially loves pumpkin muffins.

pasta with broccoli and tomato sauce

Happy birthday dear hubby!!!!!! YAY for 60 !

Yesterday I made the broccoli, tomato, spaghetti meal with a salad I put on the tail end of this post.

Here is the recipe in my version:

pasta with broccoli and tomato sauce

5 c. broccoli florets
1 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 large tomatoes (2 lbs) or 1 large can (28 oz) tomatoes (or half of each)
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 T chopped almonds
6 oz. spaghetti or linguine
2 T minced parsley

*Cook broccoli in boiling water 2-3 minutes. Rinse under cold water, drain and set aside.
*Heat olive oil for 30 seconds; add garlic and cook 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and cayenne pepper and simmer 15 minutes. Add almonds and simmer 5 more minutes.
*Cook spaghetti. Drain and put in serving bowl.
*Add cooked broccoli to warm tomato sauce and toss to heat through.
*pour over pasta and sprinkle with parsley.
Serves 4

I have lots of garlic chive growing outside so I added that to the meal and the salad. I forgot to put parsley on the finished dish.

A Hallelujah Acres video I recently saw said to eat your salad first and then the cooked food. We have been doing that – considering the raw the best and first thing to eat and then we don’t eat so much of the cooked. Although, both broccoli and tomato release more vitamins when they are cooked a little, so this is a very nutrient-dense meal.