It Takes Time to Lose Weight

It usually takes time to do things that are worthwhile. I bought fava beans at a health food store and realized they expired in November of 2017. So, the day before yesterday I soaked them overnight. Then last night, I began peeling them and rinsing them. I intended to go to bed about two hours before normal, and then I remembered the beans soaking on the back of the stove. So, I began to peel them by hand and an hour after I hoped to be asleep, I told my husband there seemed to be a lot more of them than before I processed them. I counted sixty more to do after I’d peeled them for fifty-some minutes.

At that late hour, I rinsed them and placed them in the refrigerator in a covered bowl. Tonight, as I thought of going to bed, I remembered I’d never cooked them and after reading about fava beans, which are treated similarly to lima beans, I decided to cook them for half an hour, let them cool and then refrigerate them.

So, once again I am not going to bed early.

I got online to delete e-mails and found an alert for BeautyBeyondBones blog that I follow. She had a Brussel sprout, beet, grape, pistachio nut topping for salad recipe that looked really good. So, I spent fifteen minutes maybe watching Carolyn prepare this multi-colored seared vegetable dish on YouTube while my dried cooked beans cooled.

I’ve been thinking of eating habits because a young lady told me tonight at a Christmas play practice that she’s lost 41 pounds to get ready for a gastrointestinal operation to shrink the stomach way down so she can lose weight rapidly and hopefully keep it off.

I was reading cookbooks to prepare the fava beans and some of my books feature vegan or vegetarian ways of eating. When we were younger, my husband and I began eating according to Dr. McDougall’s advice, along with our family. His diet is carb-based. The hassle that I went through from my parents and other people shocked me. We dropped weight like crazy and ate a lot because we were hungry. The reason we quit was because it was harder to find restaurants that served vegan meals back then and I got tired of eating rigidly.

Now, we aim for vegan or vegetarian eating, but it is difficult to be totally immersed in that eating lifestyle, but when I’m stricter, I feel a ton better. All my blood work improved when we switched back, and we tried to eat a lot more raw food this time. As I eat a doughnut here, a handful of potato chips there, cake and ice cream at a birthday party, etc. I crave more fatty and salty foods, and sweets.

When I avoid that kind of feast-like eating, and then get away from the vegetables, the sweets and fatty foods don’t taste as good and I feel a little sick.

My husband has decided to eat out less, choose better foods at home and not worry about being perfect at eating healthy. I’ve noticed his weight is sliding down some and he acts more energetic lately.

I’m bringing the snack at a function we go to weekly and when I asked a friend for advice, she suggested I not choose a dessert. It’s usually a dessert and sometimes one cooked with a sugar substitute. The only sugar substitutes I use are a stevia kind or xylitol. I use honey or maple syrup or other natural sweeteners and occasionally sugar, but I try and buy raw sugar and limit its use. At least one member of our group has diabetes.

I don’t know how long God intends me to be on this earth, but I’ve noticed that when I eat healthily, drink enough clean water and get exercise I feel a lot better than when I don’t. I think I remember George Burns, the comedian saying if he knew he was going to live this long, he would have taken better care of himself. He lived to be a hundred years old. He’s not the only one who’s said that.

I’ve been thinking I’d like to lose a small amount of weight, but if I decide to pursue it, it’ll take planning to achieve it. I attend a few functions regularly that supply rich snacks or a meal. I’ll have to bring alternatives with enough to share. Hallelujah Acres founder, Rev. George Malkmus suggested vegan eaters tell folks, “I need to eat this way for my health, and people usually understand.”

I also know that it may take a while to get the weight off, but it didn’t come on overnight. It’s been sneaking up on me as I gradually changed habits back to the way I ate when I wasn’t too fussy about the choices in front of me.

People say not to start a diet before Christmas. I don’t call losing weight being on a diet. I just say, “I’m cutting back.”

Instead of eating four Christmas cookies in a sitting, I can have two and not start them until later in the day. When I start my day eating sweets, I crave them all day long.

I hope you are well! God bless!

Cooking Stew

 

I decided to watch a cooking show because they were making a stew, which I decided to make for a meal we’re invited to next week. The show was actually demonstrating how to cut vegetables and meat fast and safely by using a sharp knife and smart techniques. I paid attention so I wouldn’t cut myself, but mostly I wanted to see what went into his recipe.

He used three or four vegetables in addition to those that I normally choose: corn, mushrooms, turnips and green beans. His spices included garlic, eight cloves when I probably would have used two, which I haven’t in the past. He also threw in thyme and oregano, which I haven’t added in. He used stock instead of water. I usually add a touch of vinegar or cooking wine, he mentioned wine, but I saw him drink some, not put it in the pot.

I add salt and pepper; he put a good amount on the meat, steak which I don’t use. I buy a cheaper cut of beef already cubed by the butcher, called stew meat in America. Then he added more salt and pepper to the vegetables. My husband said if I were on a cooking show they would probably tell me that I under season my food. He adds hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce to a lot of his foods, even at a restaurant. So, we’re okay with our different tastes in spices, if there’s not enough he just adds some.

I made a soup last week in the Crockpot which magnifies the flavors of the spices and I used more salt than normal, plus I added French Onion soup cooking base and a small amount of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos – similar to Soy Sauce – which increased the amount of salt.

Whooee! Talk about salty. I added stevia, water, corn and it still tasted like a salty mess. Years ago, my mom told me to put cubed raw potatoes into a salty soup or stew and after they’re cooked to remove them because they’ve absorbed a lot of the salt. It worked, somewhat.

Eventually, the soup turned into goulash because it cooked down and after a few days we were glad to come to the end of it. I haven’t had a fiasco like that in a long time. Lol.

That’s one advantage of eating raw foods. I rarely add salt to a raw food.

I hope this blog finds you well. May God bless you. Keep looking up, our redemption draws closer. That’s according to Luke 21:28 when speaking of end times, which could be soon, or not. 🙂

Healthy Eating

My husband and I started eating according to the Hallelujah Acres diet over five years ago. We felt better, we lost weight easily and our blood work  numbers improved at the doctors’ office.

Now it’s hit or miss for us because it takes lots of time to prepare raw foods and we got tired of it. We eat at potluck dinners and restaurants that don’t serve many raw foods at all.

The book I mentioned yesterday by Dr. Krstevski, GOD’S HEALING SECRETS suggested eating raw food as well, for health benefits.

Hallelujah Acres founder, George Malkmus said that if you can’t eat the healthier way exactly, do your best and exercise is key. So when I started, I decided to adopt 25 per cent of the diet and remain at a 75 per cent level of normal American eating. Now I’m at maybe 50 per cent.

Dr. McDougall has a diet based on plants, but he doesn’t emphasize raw veggies. My husband decided that would work better for him. Cooked foods give some comfort, and that’s why Hallelujah Acres recommends a smaller percentage of the daily intake be cooked.

The problem I’ve noticed is that in the Fall/Winter season when Thanksgiving comes around and then the Christmas season hits, all the rich foods show up as gifts or as meals on the day of the holiday. I’ve been getting sick every year from the influx of foods I don’t normally indulge in. I think once I start eating the sweets, they trigger a “more, more” response.

Too much sugar lowers the immune system and then I get sick. Four years ago, I almost died from getting sick and being given too strong an antibiotic which threw me into C-Diff: too much of an unhealthy intestinal bacteria growing like crazy because the antibiotic killed the good “flora.”

God is good and I dreamt about some evil celluloid creature lacking any color whatsoever and I realized he was trying to kill me. So I spoke a Scripture about evil intentions will ricochet back onto the evil doer and the innocent will be okay. I knew then that I would be healed.

So by then, after an eleven day series of mix-ups with the doctors not returning my calls, etc. I finally got into the doctor’s office and they gave me an antibiotic that counteracted the C-Diff. My husband had to support me to walk into the doctor’s office and I thought, what a difference less than two weeks made in my health. When I first arrived I had a sinus infection and some other minor infection. I walked in with strength and purpose. I even told this new physician’s assistant that I ate pretty healthy, she may need to lessen the dosage. She was trying to do such a good job, I heard her muttering about how many milligrams to give me. I don’t think she heard a word I said.

So, God wasn’t finished with me yet. Now, I take as few medications as possible. I only go to the doctor if God hasn’t answered my prayers for healing. I always ask for wisdom so I don’t wait too long. 🙂

I’m grateful for doctors. A hospital full of doctors and nurses and technicians and sanitary workers helped keep my youngest son alive as a newborn, but my husband and I and many others prayed like never before.

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The hospital could help sustain his life, but they couldn’t heal him. A virus ate ninety per cent of his liver. God alone is our healer. He allows medications and treatments to work.

One year I had sinus infections from November until February. I was younger then, on a typical American diet of mostly cooked food, meat and dairy. As soon as the antibiotic ended, I was sick again. Finally, in February I cried out to God. He healed me and I didn’t get another sinus infection for many, many months.

I hope these posts are helpful to you.