Healthy Fasting

Fasting. What a weird word for what It actually is. Fasting sounds like something I would do after going thru a drive-thru and in the car on the way to a meeting. Shoving quick food into my mouth for lunch.

I say we call it slowing, that is what it really is. Slowing down.

Today is the first day I have ever purposely fasted slowed. I have only told my husband so if I fail at it, he will be the only one to know. Well him and all maybe ten people who read my blog.

I could stand to lose a few pounds but that really isn’t my motivation. I have been reading about the healthy benefits of fasting slowing. As an American, we eat too much and too large portions, high fat and high starch. As thankful as I am for my ability to be gluttonous my portions and amount of food could be much smaller.

I am in my mid 40s, I could be healthier. I want to be healthier. I am going to slow down.

Day 1 4:30 pm I have eaten a peach today. Thank you God for being my substance.

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This is my kick it to poor health face. I hope my attitude tomorrow is the same.

10:30 pm

I had an apple and peanut butter around 530 tonight. I wasn’t really hungry but I was starting my 5k training tonight. I didn’t think it would be a good idea to run on an empty stomach. It’s almost bedtime. I feel great. I have a feeling tomorrow might be harder. I will continue to stay in prayer. I’m thankful for the Lord who is my strength.

DAY 2

4:15 pm. I’m hungry 😞

6 pm, Ezekiel bread and chicken broth.

I’m hungry but I know I am not starving. I know people eat this much everyday. God is good and he will fill me with his strength and spirit.

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11 pm! I made it! I have survived on 529 calories over a two day period. I feel good, I am glad I did this. Lots of talking with God.

Cast all your cares upon The Lord for he cares about you. Timothy

WERK 2

I utterly enjoyed eating last Wednesday after two days of calorie restriction. Unfortunately I couldn’t ease back into eating as it was my husbands birthday so we ate rich foods that reeked havoc on me. This week I have no plans that would make that happen again.

I ate normal through the week even having pizza and birthday cake and ice cream.

I ran two days last week and Saturday. I’m running tonight too.

W2 D1
12 pm. Lunch is a peach 🙂
I am not calling this fasting. It is not fasting. It is calorie restriction.

For dinner I ate a banana and PB2. Have you had this awesome stuff? I love the convenience of it, the taste and especially the cut calories. I also had some cashew carrot ginger soup and a piece of Ezekiel bread. More calories than I would have but I had to run last night and I didn’t want to run on an empty stomach and pass out. That would be humiliatingly tragic. I mighht get mistaken for a homeless person in the park we run in.m

Day 2

12 pm. Lunch is a plum, a slice of tomato and a piece of toasted Ezekiel bread.

I snacked on 10 pecan halves after work. 😦 I did better sat week.

Jewel weed failure

Today’s urban homesteading lesson is about jewel weed and its natural healing powers for the skin, especially for speeding up the healing process for poison ivy. A week ago while filming my adult sons make a teeter totter out of felled trees, I felled into a patch of the evil ivy. I bought iverest but it has only spread.

As a kid my father would dig jewelweed up, boil it and then freeze it in ice cube trays, having it available all summer long. I was convinced that it eased the itching of mosquito and chigger bites too. He didn’t agree but I just read a lot of interesting facts about it and it is useful for insect bites, see here

Jewel weed is a form of impatiens and are often called touch me nots as the little blossom will pop off as if spring loaded when touched.

They do not grow in the sun, they prefer shady areas along creeks or run offs. Be careful, you may find yourself tangling with more poison ivy as it grows near it, being the antidote.

So back to poison ivy. Here is what it looks like on my knee. The big ugly bruise is from the fall as well. It is what I get for wearing flip flops in the woods right after a rain.

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Oops, upside down.

So I ventured out in my community. I live in an urban area but also close to little stretches of rural bliss. I found a shady road and after a little while I spotted some yellow blossoms. It was growing right in the middle of poison ivy and yep… Wearing those flip flops again. I very carefully stretched and plucked the plants. They come right out, roots and all.

This is what it looks like.

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This is what the roots and stems look like,

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The roots look like chicken feet.

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I would have liked to have found more but this was it.

Careful wash off the roots. It is a juicy stem and you don’t want to lose any of it.

You can cut the stems and rub directly on the affected are or make a batch to use a few times.

To make a batch, cut the stems and place in a pan of water. I only use filtered, it is just safer.

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Boil and let cool. The object is to get all the juices out of the plant.

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Strain it. It will be an amber color

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Freeze it in ice cube tray, put cubes in freezer bag when frozen. When you need it, rub it on the rash or bite while it melts.

I am going to mix some into a small bottle of Dr. Bronners and use in the bath this week.

Watching boys ride the teeter totter was so worth it!

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FAILURE….. The jewel weed did not ease my poison ivy like it did when I was a kid. I guess my concoction was off.

I ended up putting the apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and it is making it better.

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Natural hair care

Natural hair care is simple and inexpensive. When a lot of words aren’t needed, no need to blab….short blogs are the best anyway.

To cleanse your hair of daily grime and products, use baking soda. The simplest way is to get a 16 or 20 ounce plastic bottle and add a few teaspoons of baking soda. Give it a good shake and voila! Shampoo!

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This plus this

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Best shampoo you will ever use. It doesn’t lather.. It doesn’t need to so get over it.

If you have dry hair and need a nice conditioning rinse, use apple cider vinegar of course. This stuff is the bitter juice of good health. It does wonders for your hair and scalp.

I only use the organic raw unfiltered ACV. Maybe the grocery store ACV works, I have never tried it. I love Braggs but to put in my hair I go for this less expensive version.

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Remember from my other post, my hair is old and damaged from years of harsh chemicals.. Imagine what this could do for already healthy hair!

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Smell…….. If you rinse well, you won’t smell like vinegar.

Still dying my hair with henna!

Apple cider vinegar can save toenails

Sorry, I know this is a gross subject but I want to share something that worked. About ten years ago I had a toenail decide to get a mind of its own. It started growing weird, thick and kinda freaky. I’m not sure what this condition is called but my mother had it.

I went to the foot doctor and was told that I had to get it removed. My doctor gave no other option. He said there was no fix for my funky digit. Maybe I dropped something on it, maybe it was hereditary, it had to come off. So, being the good obedient patient that I am, I fled and never returned to that doctor. It got worse and sporting sandals was getting tricky. I just used polish over the mess, like trying to hide a zit with war paint.

It plateaued at less than tolerable about 4 years ago. At one point I thought it was going to fall off naturally.

That’s when I met apple cider vinegar. I watched a friend of mine at work get rid of a life long wart on her wrist in just a week using ACV so I gave it a shot. I put some organic Bragg ACV in a small spray bottle. I placed it near an area I often frequented. I sprayed my toes a few times weekly.

I am happy to present a blurry, so as not to freak anyone out, picture of the healed toe.

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It looks completely normal!!!

I am beginning to believe that ACV may cure all that ails us.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has a lot of health benefits. People have been drinking it for years.

Here are several sites for reference health
http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar
http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2012/02/health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar-acv/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/114578-health-benefits-apple-cider-vinegar/

So, now that you know why it’s good to have it around as a staple in your home, I will show you how to make it. It’s very simple. Raw unfiltered ACV is very different from the stuff in the grocery store isle. It has been processed and all the good stuff is taken out.

First make a yummy apple pie or a big pot of applesauce. You need apple scraps, not the whole apple. Scraps means everything including the core, peeks and seeds. The waste is what makes ACV healthy.

Depending on the amount of apple scraps that you have, will depend on how much sugar and water you will need. I made this small batch using the scraps if three organic apples.

1. In a large bowl, add apple scraps and about 1/4 cup of organic sugar

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2. Add water to the bowl. I used about 5 cups. Slosh it around to dissolve the

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3. Using a saucer that fits inside the bowl, place it in the bowl to weigh down the scraps.

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4. Cover bowl with kitchen towel to keep dust out. Place in dark place. ACV doesn’t like sunlight

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Leave alone for a few days until icky stuff starts to form along the brim of the plate. It’s kind of black, moldy looking.. This is not only okay, it’s expected and very important.

Sorry, I don’t have a picture of the ick. Other ACV makers may have pics on their sites.

After a week, scoop the icky stuff off with a spoon and remove saucer.

Using a slotted spoon or large hole colander, strain but just enough to remove the pieces of apple scrap. Discard scrap. I dump mine in the compost pile, haven’t had a problem with it.

Pour into large mason jar

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Cover lid with cheesecloth or coffee filter like I did 🙂

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After a while the mother will begin to establish. This mother is only 2 weeks old. It will have to stew for a while in a cool dry dark place in the pantry, about 6 weeks at least. I put mine up on the top shelf. In a few months in will share what my mother looks like.

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It’s that simple!

Here it is 3 weeks later. You can see the mother really starting to form

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