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Viva La Vinegar!

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

When we were kids and highlights were the rage for a “summer look,” we put apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle and sprayed our hair before we got into the boat to water ski the day away! It worked great!

If we got sunburned we gently washed the burn with apple cider vinegar. It cooled almost instantly!

When we had to wash windows before we could go skiing we used a white vinegar and water mixture and dried the glass or mirror with wadded up newspapers...clean, clear, streak free and fast!

For soft clothes without the chemical smell and side effects, I put white vinegar in the “softener” cup when doing a load of wash. My clothes come out soft and fluffy and smell fresh whether from the dryer or hung on the line. Yes I do hang on the line in winter too!

Today I use vinegar for all sorts of projects from windows to cleaning the commode. I also use it for health! Yep, for health and it is way cheaper than many products both OTC and natural and of course at about $1.50 a gallon it is pretty economical. Reading my recent AAA magazine I found an advertisement that reads like it is a Jerry Baker take off. I have used Jerry Baker natural remedies for gardens and home cleaning for years and years but had sort of forgotten many of them.  Here is a short summary of suggestions I can make from personal experience that you may find helpful. Some need to be mixed with some other product for effectiveness. All I can say, suggestions…it is up to you to decide what to use and if it helps.

Sore throat: 1 TB of Apple Cider (AC) vinegar and 1/2 tsp honey goes down smooth and helps relieve the pain.

Aid digestion: 1 TB AC Vinegar in water once or twice a day

Appetite suppression (if you are trying to lose weight!): 1 Tb AC in water with every meal and one at bedtime

Cleaning: 3 TB white vinegar into the commode bowl, swish, let sit a few minutes then flush For general cleaning counter tops, floors, toilet seat and similar surfaces: 1 cup white vinegar to 1/2 to 1 gallon water. Put in spray bottle and use as needed

And my all time favorite: to get rid of mineral build up on faucets, containers, fountains…just fill with straight White Vinegar and let sit (my fountain is table top size and was totally blocked up—took 12 hours and some scrubbing but it works like a dream now!) then rinse. How easy is that?

There are thousands of sites if you do a search so check it out, save some money and pass on any great successes to share with the rest of us! Here’s to your health!

Ice Cream for Breakfast

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

When I was a kid we were required to show evidence of breakfast by leaving our cereal bowl in the sink on Sat. morning BEFORE we could have a bowl of ice cream while watching cartoons. So I would eat a small amount of Cheerios, leave one or two in the bowl with a drizzle of milk and put it in the sink. Then I would make a big bowl of ice cream with Hershey’s syrup, Spanish peanuts and whipped cream and enjoy my cartoons.

In my midlife I remembered back and realized that I had slowly trained my body to ingest fat, and sugar and to be sedentary. No wonder I weighed 140 in 6th grade and 160 in college! In college we had an amazing chef (yes they cooked food from scratch and had the best chocolate pudding cake and Sunday sweet rolls on the planet! not to mention roast beef, mashed potatos, goulash, etc. etc.). I worked in the dining hall so it was easy to get extras after our shift and I had no self control. By that time of my life I ate what I liked and did not make the connection that my skin problems, frequent chest colds and endometriosis were likely related to a very unhealthy lifestyle.

In my mid 20’s I ate fast food because it was cheap and easy to obtain. And if I am honest, I ate it because it was a novelty, something we didn't have growing up and advertising can be a powerful mental force! If I was in Detroit visiting families I could run in and use the rest room and get a burger,  fries and coffee for less than $2! Since I had to raise the donations to pay my wages I was frugal! Carrying a lunch never occurred to me! So I stayed in the 140 to 150 range and I thought I was "too busy to exercise." At only 5' 2" that was not healthy.

fast forward to 1979...

The day after our honeymoon the decision was announced, “we are fat so we are joining weight watchers!” It was a blow but it was good because I learned a new way of cooking and living and went to 110! I maintained that weight until I went to work in a factory and ate the sweets in the break room and went out to lunch nearly every day!

Fast forward again….

At 59 I can say that I maintain at 134. The only time in the past 25 years I weighed more was during my pregnancy and in the weeks after I broke my back when I swelled up like a pumpkin from the trauma! Today I maintain that 134 weight. I eat better and am more active. So why do I still get colds and flu and sore throats? Shouldn’t I be healthy all the time?

Well no. It took years to get to this place of new thinking and living. I am still cleansing my body of the toxins built up over time. That’s why I do a cleanse every time the seasons change, use a Detox foot spa every week, get reflexology and massage once a month or more and acupuncture when I can fit it in. That’s why I cook only organic food and eat mostly raw vegetables and very little meat and when it is meat or fish it is wild caught or pasture fed. That is why I use supplements, essential oils and photonic therapy. And I stretch daily, do deep breathing and exercise. My skin rarely breaks out any more (I suffered with Excemea and Endometriosis for 18 years!) and it is why I have less frequent intestinal issues. I exercise daily and some times twice a day.

Why does this blog talk about me? because I hate reading "you" statements---they seem to point a finger and I know I have to live what I am talking about. I want to know that the person talking has some exprerience and isn't trying to talk me into something! At 59 I am learning how to be healthy for a life time! BUT let me be clear.... there are still times when a pharmaceutical is needed. For me, purist thinking (natural is good, pharmaceutical is bad)  is not in someone’s best interest.  We each need to get ourselves to begin healing changes….one day at a time and one change at a time. Remember, we got sick over time so we need to recover over time.

Take the time it takes! If you want to begin some of those changes, call,  email, or text me! I'll be glad to help and encourage you on the road to lifelong health! 

Daily Health Requires Time and Flexibility

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

After a bit of a break in writing my blog, several have asked me to start again. And so today I am doing that. I am not sure I will continue to use this site but for now, I figured out how to set it up (remember I am not techie) and I can add entries. So here is the first one for 2012. It will be my hope that I can add something 5 days a week. Blessings for your health of Soul and Sole!

One of the most interesting experienes in serving those who have health concerns is that I must face my own! It is hard some days to realize that if I am not consistent, even in the middle of a busy day or pressing events, then I am not able to helpfully serve you.

My newest tool, the Photontic Torch (red light therapy) is a good reminder of that truth.

For it to be most effective I must apply it daily. The torch is terrific for pain relief immediately and over time but it must be applied frequently, at least once or twice a day. It is handy because it fits into my pocket. It is handy too, because an application takes only a few seconds or a few minutes on an acupressure point to be effective.

In my faith life this is also true. If I don't read my daily meditations or read some of the Bible every day, my spirit is weakened and my focus is easily lost. There are lots of resources both in print and online. The one I like lately allows the user to choose a reading that is already published and it helps you keep track if you choose a monthly application or a year long commitment. It has been a help to me in finding daily faith life support.

Where to go?  http://www.youversion.com/

there is a list of daily reading choices, many versions and translations of the Bible to choose from and of course, mobile apps! I am still learning to use my "smart phone" and to figure out what terms are used to find what I want, but it surely is handy!

Blessings to you as you consider your daily health and faith life!

Exercise and Eating--what more advice?

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 8:42 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I recommend.....Losing it With Jillian---yep, check out her site and her emails at http://www.jillianmichaels.com/losing-it.aspx

Whether you follow The Biggest Loser TV show  or not, you probably have had times when you would like to learn more about healthy eating and weight management and exercise.  It seems redundant for me to add to the multitude of info when there is some very helpful material readily available. May I encourage you to go to these sites and start reading and start trying some of these suggestions? I have found Jillian's emails to be practical, brief and informative. It won't take a lot of time but there are lots of links and explanations and data if you want to invest in your health more actively.

That's it for today. Take advantage of the info that is on this amazing internet!

To your health!

Thinking, Speaking and Healing

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (0)

A few weeks ago I sustained a life changing back injury as the result of being thrown from a horse (not my own horse!).  I landed on my right hip, bounced in the air and landed on my tailbone, bounced in the air and landed again on my right hip. My landing spot was a pile of large, sharp- edged stones and I lost all feeling in my extremities and of course had the breath knocked out of me.

My first reaction was fear and wanting to breath. Normal. My next reaction was panic because I felt nothing. The people around me wisely worked to help me control my breathing. If you have never tried transition breathing as with birthing a baby, it is a useful skill. I have used it over the years to manage pain and focus as I was receiving various treatments. But this was really serious. I could sense that I was going into shock.

Remembering my first lesson from Parelli (people & horse training) that I had recently studied, I spoke healing to my body OUT LOUD. This is really important, I told myself, "stay present in this moment. Receive what has happened and focus on gaining self control and breathe, breathe, breathe!" I also called on God, sometimes in one word prayers but I said, "God, I allow You to begin my healing right here and right now."  I had to consciously ignore the "to do" list in my head as I seemed to have a committee in my head suggesting who needed to be called to cancel, who needed to know of my accident, how would I pay bills and you can imagine the list could have gone on and on.  I stated out loud prayers, scriptures and words of healing.

My friends got my oils kit and as I focused to remember what oils to use and to identify where on my feet to apply them as well as to focus on my body to know where to apply the oils on my back, I calmed. This focus directly affected my immediate beginning of healing.

Because we were far out in the country it was awhile before the squad could arrive and once on a back board and covered with blankets out of the wind I had to decide to accept or reject pain meds. While I have not used any allopathic medications in years with the exception of tylenol or similar from time to time, I reailized I needed to allow my body to relax so that the healing would not be delayed. I accepted the IV's and the drug and began to be able to claim the process of healing out loud.  I learned an important lesson, my body is not yet healthy enough to do without these helps and thank the Lord for them! I also asked the people in the squad to pray with me out loud. I believe without a doubt that this was a huge turning point in my healing within the first hour after the accident, out loud prayer and scripture.

I was helicoptered to the trauma center because while I could ID the injury was to my tail bone, my hip and my T12 and T11, they believed I had either a broken or dislocated pelvis. They would not allow me to drink my alkaline water though I KNEW it would decrease inflamation. They believed I would need major surgery. I simply stated out loud that I had no broken bones or pelvis and that no surgery would be required.

The final diagnosis was compression fractures of the T12, T11, L2 and Tail Bone.  Interesting!

I have continued to REST REST REST. Furthermore,  have  used acupuncture, reflexology, cranial sacraal, applied chiropractic, ion detox foot bath and use herbs and essential oils applied topically and taken internally 3-4 times a day and drinking 70+ ounces of Alkaline water daily. My healing continues every day and I am so grateful. I am reading and quoting scriptures that have to do with healing and the spoken word out loud 3-4 times a day. I also am journaling and staying in the moment instead of worrying about what will happen next. God has taught us that we are to be in a relationship with Him! There have been many many people who have reached out with meals, cleaning, dog walking and other forms of care. I am learning to receive all this goodness as part of my healing!

Now... I am a Reflexologist and I believe surely that I can help people to heal, and I also know that as my client and I state healing words out loud, that healing is positively affected!

Watch my blog for more on this and other topics.  I will list the oils I used on that day and the oils I am using in my recovery!