Archive for the ‘health’ 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!


horseradish fights cancer

see this article Looks like horseradish is a winner!!!

another good thing to try sooner or later – making my own horseradish sauce how to here

I wonder how hard it is to grow your own horseradish. They say it is very hardy, so maybe not so difficult. It grows tubers underground and has to be shoveled up, not pulled. Here we go – how to plant horseradish. It’s not too late this year to plant it. It needs full sun so now I need to know what its companion plants are. Companion Planting – good to plant it near potatoes and to use the bottomless pot method to contain it. a wealth of information here!

more on how to grow it

This one says you can eat the leaves in sandwiches (^_^)

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.


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.


In my vegetarian cookbook I ran across a recipe using “seitan,” which was new to me. Looks like I will be trying to make this soon. They say it is simple.
how to make seitan

I wasn’t sure exactly what gluten is, but here is how to make it.

from wikipedia:

Gluten (from Latin gluten “glue”) is a protein composite which appears in foods processed from wheat and related species including barley and rye. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape, and often giving the final product a chewy texture.

the whole article

Ecuador Quinoa Recipe

Many people are intolerant of gluten. I suspect I am one of them. I try not to eat bread, but mostly lots of fresh fruits and veggies and beans and try to follow the anti-cancer diet – eating more raw than cooked. Bread isn’t on the list and I feel better when I avoid it completely. Found this blog of the glutenfreegirl. She wrote at least one book. Very good info.

So, maybe I will or won’t make seitan. I probably will at least once just for the experience.

list of gluten free foods – quite a list to chose from – makes life more interesting – more variety is the spice of life.

10 essential items for a gluten free pantry