SSSVEDA Day 25 – Little changes can make a big differenced

Maybe you’ll never want to go to a plant based diet…BUT you can do a few simple things to ensure you are getting sufficient veggies and fruits in your diet.

Juicing is one, but I’ll admit it takes work and organization t

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o make it happen every 2-3 days. Making juice daily is best, the fresher the better, but so far I can’t make that happen so when I get the juicer out I do enough to cover a few days. Admittedly I run out but still I am giving it a real try.

The other two items I’m toying with right now are easier and less time consuming but I do thing they will have a positive impact on my body. One is making fermented veggies. That is a matter of cutting the veggies, salting them with celtic salt and mashing them up. Then you stick them in a jar and wait a week or two and voila you have sauerkraut (assuming you used cabbage). I made my first batch so I’ll let you know in a week or so how it tastes.

The other thing I’ve started doing is sprouting. I made a batch of alfalfa seeds earlier in the week and we are all eating them. Yesterday I put in broccoli sprouted seeds so in another few days i’ll let you know how they taste. I read somewhere sprouts offer 10-30x the nutritional value of the veggie itself…or it was 30% more…can’t remember. Either way they are easy to toss on sandwiches, or salads or eat plain and get some extra nutrients into your diet.

So consider trying them.

The two books I mentioned on the video are:
Fermented Vegetables by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey. The book is pretty thick and is much more info than I need at this point but it’s also got some of the basic recipes I was looking for.
For Sprouting I bought
Growing Your Own Living Foods by Brian Hetrich
In the book he goes into the benefits of sprouting and how to do it.

Try one or both and let me know how it goes!

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SSSVEDA Day 24 – Focus on where you want to go

I read a quote: Your position is not important…your direction is.

So don’t spend energy thinking about your past,SSSVEDA-Day-24-Focus-on-your-direction or where you are today. Instead focus on your direction. Where is it you want to be? Who do you want to be? Then take a step, even a tiny one…that moves you in that direction. If you don’t, you will never get there. It’s as simple as that. It’s up to you.

SSSVEDA Day 23 – Sowing and Growing

In the last few weeks I’ve stepped up my health game. I didn’t add anything that cost a lot of money, but I’ve added a few small things that I think will have bang for the buck, that is, fermenting and sprouting.

I started with purchasing a sprouter on AmazonSSSVEDA-Day-23-Keep-sowing-and-Keep-Growing and today I ‘harvested’ my first crop….alfalfa sprouts. I added them to a black bean relish I already had in the refrigerator (black beans, corn, celery, tomatoes, onions, bochoy, a little lime and a bit of olive oil and dash of salt…much was leftover from the days juicing) and it was good. They didn’t really add much to the relish but they didn’t take anything away either and since they are chalk full of nutrients it appears I’ll be able to incorporate them easily into my diet.

When I bought my sprouter (Frontier National products -Easy Sprout Sprouter by Sproutamo bought on Amazon for $14.35) I also bought a sample package of seeds  from Sprout House Organic Sprouting Seeds for $19,55. I wasn’t sure which sprouts I wanted to buy so this way I get to try several.  Alfalfa was my first try and the sprouts came out great. Once I removed the alfalfa from the sprouter I immediately started the broccoli sprouts to soak so we’ll see how they do.

The thing about eating sprouts is that they are so nutritious (don’t take my word for it, google it)  that it’s a super simple way to add extra nutrition to your diet. You can put them on sandwiches, into a juice, on a salad etc. With two of my daughters also eating them we might go through the alfalfa sprouts before the broccoli sprouts are ready to harvest!

Growing the sprouts was super easy, though you have to remember to rinse them a couple of times throughout the day. But as I watched them grow it reminded me of the parable, ‘The Sower and the Seed’. In the parable Jesus explains that when you sow seeds the seeds can fall on the path, in which case the birds take them. Or they can fall on the rocky road, in which case they grow quickly but when things get tough, like a hot day, they don’t have deep roots so they die, or they can fall among the thorns and weeds, in which case they can start to grow but eventually get choked out by all the weeds, or finally they can grow on fertile soil and grow and produce 30, 60 or 100 fold.

I never saw the relevance to the parable until recently. For instance my siblings have talked to me about the Bible for years but it fell on deaf ears/the hard path. I didn’t listen. They didn’t give up, through conversations and example they kept sowing and suddenly, (sounds weird but it really was suddenly), I was ready to listen…the ground was fertile. Or look at your kids. I can tell my daughters about eating healthy, exercising, reading the Bible etc, but it’s not falling on fertile ground…at least not all of it. We can’t control how our message is received, all we can do is keep sowing the seeds. When the time’s right it will hit fertile ground.l

SSSVEDA Day 22 Creating a New Normal

I once heard it said that if you’re not changing…growing…you are backsliding. I think in my life that’s true. It’s so easy to get in a rut,SSSVEDA-Day-22-Whats-your-new-normal even a comfortable one, and let life pass you by. We all need to be careful that we don’t do that. Look at your life, all aspects of it, if you are happy with an aspect of it or not, find things you can do to enhance it or out and out change it.

The funny thing about change is it doesn’t have to be some huge change, small changes can add up AND they can open you up to other things. So get out there and find your new normal. That’s when it’s a part of your daily routine, of who you are, and you no longer fight it. For example, when I first gave up eating meat and dairy, it was a daily struggle. i wanted my beef, my chicken, my junk food, but now it’s a part of my new normal and it doesn’t take willpower not to eat it, as eating it really isn’t an option.

Now eating a plant based diet is a part of who I am, giving me time and energy to make changes in other aspects of my life.

SSSVEDA Day 21 – Are you REALLY changing?

We can watch all the Youtube videos we want. We can read all the studies and books we can stomach. I can read the Bible and quote SSSVEDA-Day-21-Are-you-really-changingthe verses till I’m blue in the face…but the real test is are we incorporating the change into our life…into ALL of our life.

I know I have a way to go on this but slowly and surely I’m seeing that the work I’m doing on the inside, re health, faith, emotions, finances and relationships are starting to, in small ways, make it to the outside world. And that’s the real payoff.

SSSVEDA Day 20 – Time to clean out your system

We are all pretty good about changing out our oil in our car and having the AC system in our home serviced regularly…but I’m guessing most of us don’t take time to clean our physical, mental or spiritual bodies.SSSVEDA-Day-20-Time-to-clean-out-your-system

I’m taking a step this week to flush out my physical body (via an enema…kind of an experiment) and I’m working on emotional and spiritual bodies as well. I still hang on to some stuff that isn’t helping me.

I’ve taken the first step though…I’m admitting to myself that I need to do some housekeeping. Sometimes that is the hardest thing to do. How about you?