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

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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 18 – Hit the Reset Button

Now that I completed my 7 day Juice Fast I’m ready to hit the reset button. I can start fresh. We have an opportunity to do that every day in our life, or every time we make a decision to move forward. Perhaps a short fast would do you some good.

I watched two movies this week about the power SSSVEDA-Day-18-Press-the-Resetof food on healing the body. They are free to watch on Amazon Prime. One is FOOD AS MEDICINE and one is FOOD THAT CURES DISEASE. The second one is 4 hours long but it’s a series of interviews asking each doctor the same questions, The doctors represented included Dr. Gregor, Dr. Esselstyn, and Dr.Campbell, three of the doctors that I have been following who believe strongly in the while plant based diet. Interspersed throughout the movie are cooking segments. While that sounds boring, I actually liked how easy some of the meals looked and will likely give them a try.

The movie Food as Medicine is a documentary about several individuals’ journeys to wellness via their diet. It’s based on a paleo diet which allows meat but hey stressed the veggies as well.

I’ve made the decision to step up my diet a bit. I’ve been on a plant based diet for two years now, and I feel I’m ready to pull back on the processed foods a bit more and add juicing and eating more raw foods into my daily routine. I’ll let you know how it goes.

So I’m pushing a reset button and moving forward with my effort to become as healthy as I can. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open to people, places and things that will help support my journey. Maybe you can too??? Because staying where you are, in a situation that you are not satisfied with, is often your own fault. You’re holding yourself back, maybe you can’t make a problem go away in its entirety, but I bet there’s at least one step you could take that would be a dent in the problem, even if only a small one. Go ahead, Hit your reset button today.
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SSSVEDA Day 17 – Cleaning our your system…An end to my juice fast

Every system needs a good clean out now and again…yet how many of us clean out our bodies?

That is in part why I embarked on a 7 day juice cleanse.SSSVEDA-Day-17-Every-system-needs-cleaned I read it was easier than a fast, yet provided a lot of the same healing and detoxing benefits.

Most of the week I drank only watermelon juice. I really like it so it was easy enough to do. I was never hungry BUT when my daughter cooked some steak and pesto chicken this week even though I wouldn’t have eaten them now that I am on a plant based diet, they sure smelled good.

As to what happened on my fast…I did finally see my urine showing some filtration which is a good thing, AND on both Day 6 and again this morning on Day 7, I passed what I can only think were a couple of worms. I’m wondering if the worms have any friends still hanging around…

I will definitely do it again but maybe I’ll try more frequent short fasts like 24-36 hours rather than a 7 day one. We’ll see.

The movie I recommended watching that you can find on AMAZON PRIME is called FASTING. It’s an hour and forty minutes if I recall. If that’s too long for you, watch the first 20 minutes. You owe it to yourself to see if fasting of any kind might be something you’d benefit from. Fasting is free and yet the studies are showing it can do wonders in the way of healing and overall well being.

SSSVEDA stands for Sexy, Sassy, Social which is a company owned by Amy Landino, a social media guru. She helps organize this annual (semi annual if you count April and August) VEDA ‘events’ to encourage people to do more videos. THANKS AMY!

SSSVEDA Day 16-Let it Go

This is a case of TMI but I said I’d tell you what’s going on with my Juice cleanse so here it is.

I’m on my 6th day of drinking juices only and I had a loose stool…not much since I had eaten anything solid in 5 days. I looked back into the toilet as i was going to flush it and low and behold I saw a worm…yep a rather long one at that. SSSVEDA-Day-16-Sometimes-you-have-to-let-goNow I’m guessing this little fellow has friends so I may do another cleanse this fall but I wanted to stop this one at 7 days, ease back into eating, and make sure I know how the process works as i’ve read a lot of warnings about how you must be careful going back to solids after a fast. Granted my fast was only a week but even then there are ‘experts’ who say I need to ease it over a period of 2 days (a third of the length of the fast).

Tying ‘letting go’ of my worm to ‘letting go’ of things in life, I think they go hand in hand. Often, you have to let things go in order to move forward in your life. These could be relationships, old beliefs, grudges, anger, unhealthy habits or unhealthy foods etc. You can’t move ahead while hanging on to the past. I guess it’s like the old saying “you can’t drive forward when you’re looking out the rearview mirror all the time’ or something like that.

So look at your life, especially areas where things aren’t what you want them to be. Ask yourself, and be honest, are you hanging onto something that’s not helping you? If so take some steps and let it go. Then and only then, will you have room for the good things waiting for you.