Is your mind/thoughts affecting your health?

During this time in my life I am once again evaluating my diet and health.  I have had numerous confirmations on the topic of your mindset and its correlation to your health.  They are intertwined with each other.

As I have struggled with weight loss many times in my past one of the major organs to my overall health has been compromised.  I have tried with success for a time a low calorie, low carb diet which allowed me to lose weight quickly and keep it off.  However, a few years later and many more health issues I am back to where I started from.  One of those organs is my thyroid.  After numerous talks on the effects of negative thinking I did a quick study on what is the root cause of a low thyroid….  you know what I found out?    Your emotions play a big role in the breakdown of your health.

If you are an emotional stuffer (you stuff your feelings until a later time) this does and will cause health problems down the line.  The anger that you don’t want to deal with today will over time cause negative health issues down the road.

While this post does not discuss an herb or alternative health option, you should know that no matter what diet plan you follow or medication you take that if you don’t start addressing the root/core cause of the issue it will not go away.  You may just subdue your symptoms for a time but if you want total restoration in your body then it is VITAL that you change your mindset.

The first step is prayer, take EVERYTHING to prayer.  Oftentimes we are wanting to control things our way instead of understanding that there is a reason and purpose for our pain.  If you are sad, angry, etc., about something then the only way to overcome these problems is to share with a loved one or friend and then pray for the next course of action.

If you want to see first hand how your mind affects your health do your experiment at home.  Here is a video on how words can also affect food:

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An article about grains from Farmer’s Almanac

With so many of us trying to eat healthier while determining if the grains we are consuming are good for you; this article is for you.  If you enjoy this information, sign up at Farmer’s Almanac for their online newsletter.

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Trying to get more whole grains in your diet? The surest way to know that you’re eating whole grains is to cook a dish containing the unadulterated whole grain yourself: an entrée made with brown rice, a side of hulled barley, a bowl of oatmeal, or bread baked with only whole grain flours.

There’s a lot of confusion, though, about what constitutes a whole grain. The 2014 Old Farmer’s Almanac is here to help by taking the guesswork out of identifying the different types of whole grains.

The Wholly Grail of Whole Grains

Berries (wheat, rye), groats (oats, buckwheat), and kernels(corn) are all terms for grains in whole seed form (minus the hull).

Grits are any coarsely ground whole or refined grain. (Cracked wheat and polenta are grits.)

Meals and flours are grains that have been ground; meal is generally considered the coarser one. “Refined” or “degerminated” means that part or all of the bran and germ have been removed.

Rolled or flaked grains are whole grains that have been cooked, rolled flat, and baked, losing minimal amounts of nutrients and fiber in the process. They are considered whole grains. Do not confuse them with dry-cereal flakes, which may or may not be 100 percent whole grain.

Wheat 14 Ways:

Bulgur is whole wheat berries that have been steamed, roasted, and crushed. It qualifies as a whole grain.

Couscous, not a grain but a form of wheat pasta, is available in both refined and whole grain forms.

Cracked wheat is simply coarsely crushed whole wheat berries. It qualifies as a whole grain but beware of products with “cracked wheat” as part of their name (“cracked-wheat bread”), which may contain only a small amount of cracked wheat, with the rest refined flour.

Cream of wheat, farina, and semolina are refined wheat products. Wheatena, a hot cereal product developed in 1879, is considered a whole grain.

Einkorn, emmer, farro, kamut, and spelt are ancient strains of wheat finding their way into modern specialty markets because of their unusual (and, some say, superior) cooking, flavor, or nutritional characteristics.

Triticale is a whole grain hybrid of wheat and rye.

Whole white wheat sounds like a contradiction, but it is a true whole grain. White wheats are albino species that lack the genes that give other wheats their brown color. White wheat has a milder flavor a bit closer to that of refined white flours.

 

Summer’s almost over!

Aahhh summer is over and the results are in….. did our garden survive, or burn up and fall to the devices of the many insects that we’ve been fighting all these months? This year we did not have a garden, however, we did have a flower bed.  Our trees and the few veggie plants were consumed in the weather.

However, this summer has not been a total gardening loss, even though we did not have a massive bed of veggies to consume or juicy ripe tomatoes. We were blessed with more rain than last year and more knowledge for the upcoming year.

I did learn more about fats and oils.  Recently my children gave me some MCT Oil to try which has been a great addition to my morning coffee. I have noticed a little bit of a difference in my overall health which is a tremendous benefit.  MCT has so many positive attributes that I highly recommend adding it to your diet.  Coconut oil is also good for you as well.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mct-oil-benefits

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil#section1

Despite popular articles to the contrary at this recent article   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/22/harvard-professor-coconut-oil-pure-poison/1060269002/    be aware that it is true all coconut oil is NOT alike or good for you as some brands are not pure in their processing.  Do your research and know what you are buying and where you are getting it from.

Now onto fall and winter preparations.

Shalom!

 

How does childhood trauma affect your DNA

If you are frequently on diet after diet and nothing seems to be working on improving your overall health, then you need to consider how your DNA has been affected.  It is possible to change and make improvements but the question may be how?  
Overuse of medications and (yes) even herbal plants can be doing more harm than good.  You must look into the real cause of the health issue you are trying to improve in order to achieve the best outcome.
Check out this article in “Science” as to how the brain responds to negative influences.

Stress in Your Early Childhood Could Actually Make The Brain’s DNA Remap Itself

Your genes are not written in stone.

MIKE MCRAE
23 MAR 2018

Our first few years of life play a crucial role in our brain’s wiring. New research suggests our experiences might also be influencing changes in our neurons at a genetic level.

A new study has discovered that when mice pups are neglected by their mother, it appears to trigger ‘jumping’ genes in their brain cells. This hints at similar processes in humans that could help explain the development of certain neurological disorders.

The ability for certain genes to copy themselves and migrate from one section to another is far from unknown. In fact, we’ve been studying them for more than half a century.

These sections of code – called transposons – can produce a mosaic of neighbouring cells that technically have slightly different genetic maps, even though they belong to the same individual.

“We are taught that our DNA is something stable and unchanging which makes us who we are, but in reality it’s much more dynamic,” explains geneticist Fred “Rusty” Gage from the Salk Institute in California.

“It turns out there are genes in your cells that are capable of copying themselves and moving around, which means that, in some ways, your DNA does change.”

The fact this happens in brain cells as they grow and divide is also well established. Sequences called long interspersed nuclear elements (LINEs) were seen changing positions in dividing hippocampus cells taken from rats more than a decade ago.

In recent years, a significant amount of attention has been devoted to understanding how external ‘epigenetic’ changes to our DNA can be the result of environmental conditions.

Some have even been considered as contributing factors behind the development of neurological conditions such as autism spectrum disorder.

But the effect of the environment on the transposons hasn’t been so scrutinised, possibly because we assume the genes we inherit simply don’t change their code all that easily.

“While we’ve known for a while that cells can acquire changes to their DNA, it’s been speculated that maybe it’s not a random process,” says the study’s first author Tracy Bedrosian.

“Maybe there are factors in the brain or in the environment that cause changes to happen more or less frequently.”

So together with two other researchers, Bedrosian and Gage investigated how a sequence called a LINE-1 retrotransposon copied and relocated itself in the dividing hippocampus cells of mice pups.

Specifically, they paid close attention to whether the pups’ environment made much of a difference to this gene-jumping process.

Rather than create a hostile environment for a sample of the young mice, the researchers watched how mothers raised their offspring over a period of two weeks.

They were then divided into groups based on how the mothers cared for their brood, detailing how they licked them, carried them around, nursed, and rested.

On analysing the hippocampus cells of the mice pups, they found a clear relationship between the kinds of care they received and the number of copies of LINE-1. The worse the care, the more times the gene copied itself and relocated.

Oddly, this didn’t occur for other types of transposon the researchers analysed, suggesting it was something specific to this sequence.

On closer inspection, they found epigenetic factors were primarily responsible. Unlike other transposons, copies of LINE-1 were tagged less with a methyl group, the signature of an epigenetic edit.

“This finding agrees with studies of childhood neglect that also show altered patterns of DNA methylation for other genes,” says Gage.

“That’s a hopeful thing, because once you understand a mechanism, you can begin to develop strategies for intervention.”

You can watch Gage dig into even more research details in the video clip below.

Exactly what this means for humans is a matter for future studies – but right now, it’s a sign that our childhood experiences could be powerful enough to have an effect right down to the level of our genes.

This research was published in Science.

Can onions help your cold or flu?

I shared this post four years ago and it is still prevalent today!  I highly recommend trying this if you haven’t already. 

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For those who are suffering from colds and flus you might want to pay attention!  Several months ago our family was suffering the typical cold/allergy bug that was being passed around, all except one family member.  When I asked the child in question what she was doing differently that she wasn’t suffering at all like we were she told me that she had read somewhere to put an onion in your room and it will keep the virus away.  Well!!!!, since I had been suffering for a week and had massive fluid in my ears that was keeping me from hearing and talking I thought I would give it a try.  A few days later I too was feeling better! 🙂

I have since kept an onion in my room and have placed them in other areas when the virus starts picking up at work and so far we have avoided any further problems.  I had also read that putting onions on your feet at night will help pull toxins from the body.  I have not tried that option but may do so in the future.  I have passed the word along to several of my skeptical coworkers which some have later told me that it did help!

One of the first questions I get is will my house smell like onions, well for me being able to breathe as opposed to my house smelling like onions is a simple answer!  However, each person is different.  For the record though, I don’t believe it does since the onion is absorbing the bacteria in the air.  Once the onion changes colors, get rid of it and replace it with a new one if the bug season is still in effect. All you do is take a white onion cut it in half and put it in the rooms that you spend the most time but most definitely in your bedroom.  That is all!

REMEMBER: DO NOT USE THE ONION THAT YOU PUT OUT IN YOUR HOUSE IN YOUR COOKING! THROW IT AWAY AND GET A FRESH ONE!

Now; snopes.com will tell you that this does not work.  However, I will tell you that it did help myself and some of my family members as well as some of my coworkers.  I have even talked to a few people who have confirmed that this does work. I will include some resources so you can decide for yourself.

Sites that claim it does work or can at least help:
http://urbanlegendsonline.com/onions-absorb-flu-virus-and-common-cold-bacteria/ (this site also discusses onions in potato salad being the problem and not mayonnaise
http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/onions-can-flu-virus-be-absorbed-in-onions.html
http://healthybliss.net/healing-power-of-onions-can-onions-absorb-bacteria-viruses-and-flu/
http://www.thereadystore.com/multipurposing/5166/12-onion-uses-cry-for-joy/
http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/onions.html
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/onion-flu-remedy/

Sites claiming it doesn’t work:
http://www.snopes.com/medical/swineflu/onion.asp
http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/medical/a/swine_flu_facts_onions_and_flu.htm
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/01/21/will-onions-keep-kids-healthy/

If you have had experience with using the onion cure, please comment below!

Are you ready? Are you sure?

Yes, despite all the changing weather patterns of warm, cold, cool, then bitter cold and just plain all around “weather go round” it will be about that time to start deciding on garden plots, container gardening, window gardening or even just taking a break and watching the neighbor work the ground.  Have you put together your geographical plans and decided on seeds?  Until the weather starts getting warm and staying that way it is hard for me to get motivated on my plans.  Even though I am busy as the majority of the population is, I am hoping to do something this year even if is small.

I have been reading some really great articles on Farmer’s Almanac and this is one of them that stuck out to me.  The theme keeps coming up in my life that we need to keep things diverse and not repeat the same patterns over and over again.  This is especially true when it comes to your garden, it is important to rotate and switch things out every year even if you are using a container box and not in-ground planting.

Crop rotation is key to a successful vegetable garden after the first year.  It’s important to grow vegetables in different areas of your garden each year to keep them healthy and combat pests

However, it can be difficult to plan the order of crop rotation and organize well, particularly if you are growing different amounts of a variety of crops.

This video explains a simple colour-coded method of crop rotation that makes the whole process much simpler and shows how the Garden Planner software can help.

The Garden Planner is available here: https://gardenplanner.almanac.com

ROTATING CROPS BY COLORS OF THE RAINBOW

A better way to rotate annual vegetables is to group them by their plant family. This means you can group plants with similar maintenance requirements together. For instance, all plants in the cabbage family are best grown together to make it easier to net them against cabbage white butterfly and birds—and there’s no risk of accidentally passing on crop-specific soil-dwelling pests and diseases to the next crop.

A handy way to set crop order is to give each plant family a shade relating to the colors of the rainbow, as shown below.

CROP ROTATION CHART BY PLANTING YEAR, COLOR, AND PLANT FAMILY

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Working from the inside of the rainbow out, you can see which plants belong together and which should come next in each bed. The rotation starts with lilacs and blues—onion family plants and peas/beans—which are commonly grown together as they both like soil enriched with compost and take up little space. Once you’ve harvested your onions and leeks from your first bed, the next crop in that spot would be cabbages, cauliflower and broccoli and so on, for the first seven categories.

Using this order of rotation is optional but it helps to make sure that the soil is in the correct condition for the following crop.

Plants in the Miscellaneous (grey) category are useful for plugging gaps in your beds as they don’t tend to suffer badly from particular soil-borne pests and diseases, and can be fitted in anywhere you have room, although it’s still a good idea to move them around from year to year as much as possible, particularly sweet corn which can suffer from rootworm.

If you haven’t signed up for the Farmer’s Alamanc I would highly recommend it.  There are many great gardening suggestions and tips for the beginner and advanced “green thumb”

Happy Gardening!! 🙂

Diets and Health

I have been meaning to write this blog for awhile.  Thanks to the encouragement of my husband who believes in tough love and not letting me get away with being less than who I was created to be.  Several years I FINALLY started on a weight loss journey.  Sadly my biological mom suffered from many health issues and passed away from her body not being able to handle her weight anymore.

This sparked the process of trying to lose weight and see results.  I have often used the diet program called HCG.  It is formulated from a doctor in Rome who believed that once the female body knows that a baby is growing in the womb, the fat stores are more readily released in order to allow the baby to survive in extreme hunger situations.  I used a homeopathic hormone that helped my body release the excess fat stores in a quick fashion while consuming 500 calories.  I know it sounds like very little, but I did not suffer from hunger or weakness and was able to be fully functional in my overall activities.

Using this protocol I was able to lose approximately 40 pounds.  Since then I have learned about how our bodies process and react to the foods that we consume.  There are many programs to choose from which makes it excellent to find one that will work for your individual needs.

As I wrote in a previous post about stress, with the new advent of not eating well, getting less than 8 hours of sleep, and consuming excessive amounts of caffeinated drinks and processed food our bodies have learned to reject what we call “food” and stresses out our organs and overall health system.  Our bodies need wholesome nutritious food.

Another important lesson I have learned recently is if you want to lose weight you need to eat!!  Our bodies need to have enough food for all organs to dish out their proper hormones, oxygen and blood to all systems.  When you deprive yourself of something that your adrenal glands needs to function well, that means the job falls on another organ to pump out what the adrenals need in order for all systems to go.  You need to eat frequently but make sure what you are consuming is not junk food! Eat protein, fruit, veggies and we also need to eat carbohydrates!

If you want your body to give you years of quality living, eat to live!!  Also, take time to relax, enjoy your family, spend time studying Scriptures and praying, and get outdoors and relish in the sunshine!