Sunday, May 19, 2013

Did essential oils cure me?

As most of my friends & family know, next year will be 1 year since I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Ankylosing Spondylitis (2 autoimmune disorders).  I had been battling neck, back, digestion, and all sorts of other problems since I was a teenager.  Only recently it began to involve the joints of my hands, elbows, knees and shoulders.  However, I REFUSED to take meds.  I am using the method of trial & error to cure myself the natural way.  It sucks sometimes and it is quite debilitating at times.  But I know enough to know that SOMETHING is causing my body to go into inflammation mode.  Medical research hasn't figured that out.  Or perhaps they have...but there is not money in CURING people now, is there?  So.  I cut out gluten about 6 weeks ago.  As of the 3.5 week mark, I "accidentally" had the tiniest bit of wheat/gluten.  As you know, when you eliminate a food from your diet that you might be allergic to, having it after abstaining can have affects thousands of times worse than before you quit having it.  2 days later my entire chest, abdomen, back, part of my groin and upper thighs and part of my arms were COVERED with Psoriasis.  I tried everything.  Even went to the Dr. to get meds (who made it very clear she does not support my alternative healing method).  Tried pills, creams, potions and lotions to no avail.  Then I decided to mix up my OWN concoction using essential oils, coconut oil and rosewater.  It has healed almost 50% in the last 2 days.  SWEET BABY JESUS!  Is it so hard for people to accept or the medical community to educate the people on the healing power of herbs, essential oils, spices and anything made of the earth?  It truly boggles my mind.  I am so happy to be a part of a business where we develop, test and use all of our own products.  Check us out at www.timetothyme.com.  I LOVE working with my Mom & Aunt on something that we know will only help enrich people's lives for the better.  It's a great feeling!  Now, I gotta get ready for vacation.  Peace Out!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The BEST FREAKING PIZZA I have EVER had in my ENTIRE life!!!

I have recently given up starches.  Not really for weight, but for my AS and PsA.  I am trying to do various elimination techniques with food to see what causes my body to go into inflammation mode or have a flare-up.  So far my body has responded quite well with no starches.  By no starches I mean no wheat, rice, oats, quinoa, potatoes, etc.  Ugh!  Anyway, I Love pizza more than any other food ever.  EVER!  I have been sad about not being able to eat it for a couple of weeks now.  So.  I decided today I would make my own STARCH-FREE pizza!  I used coconut flour.  I used:
1 cup milk (can use coconut or almond milk)
1/2 coconut flour
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
TONS & TONS of herbs & spices
Mix well with a mixer

I forgot to take a pic of just the crust before I put the tomato sauce on it.  I put olive oil & a sprinkle of coconut flour down so it wouldn't stick.  If you love crispy, thin crust...this pizza is for you!

First pic:

Then I added some freshly picked herbs from my herb garden.  Basil, Rosemary, Oregano & Cilantro!  I tell you what, I never want another piece of pizza AGAIN that doesn't have freshly picked herbs on it!


Then I added mushrooms & ham.  I honestly thought the crust would taste like crap so I loaded up this thing with toppings.  After eating it, the part that made my mouth the happiest were the crust and fresh herbs.  Next time I'll have a meatless, cheeseless pizza!


Wow!  I feel like this is a pizza that should come straight out of an Italian restaurant in Italy!


I hope you have enjoyed the pics.  I can't wait for The Huz to try a piece!

Friday, April 19, 2013

I've really outdone myself - here's the cutest invitations EVER!!!

OK, as most of you know my Dot & I just threw my Husband (her Dad) a SURPRISE retirement party!  We wanted to have a Beach Bum/Luau theme, so I wanted the invitations to match.  My husband is a manly man, so I didn't want to use all the bright hibiscus flowers and luau girls you normally see with Hawaiian themed parties.  My Sister found a pack of the perfect thick construction paper at Hobby Lobby.  It was full of subdued, classic, retro looking beach paper.  So without further ado.......






Aren't they the most precious invitations you have ever seen?  Now for the instructions on how to make them.  I am not going to lie, it wasn't easy!  The first step is to make the template.  The large template is what you will use to cut out the solid color card stock.  This will act as the base for the invitation, the back of the shirt, as well as the trim for the buttons and the collar.


 I know, it looks really funny like this, but this is how you start.  I just used a pencil to trace on the BACK side of the card stock I was using (so your pencil lines don't show).  I used several different colors.  The underarms of the shirt can just be cut straight across, I realized this after cutting the little dips over and over again.  It won't matter once you put the patterned paper over it.

Now here is the next template.  This is the one you will use for the front of the shirt.  For the PATTERNED piece.


 I made a slight mistake when taking these pics.  You should cut the little collared piece (small piece in pic above) out of the SOLID card stock.  The patterned piece can be card stock or construction paper.

Here is a pic of a couple up close:



Now for the inside.  You just have to use trial and error when printing and cutting the inside.  Just use a practice piece until you get it to print just the right size.  I ended up using scalloped scissors for the edge of the inside piece.





Then you can glue the front pieces of the shirt on and use 3 brads to make buttons!



And just for fun, here is a pic of The Huz at his surprise party (this was shortly after finding out he & his brother are going on an Alaskan Fishing Trip)...he has the best wife & Dot EVER!!!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes...Vegetarian or Vegan!

OK, so you take a sweet potato, put it in saran wrap or a zip lock bag and microwave it for 5-7 minutes, 10-12 minutes for two, until you squeeze it and it is soft.  Then you CAREFULLY remove it from the bag (hot potato) and gently lay it on a cookie sheet.  I like to line mine with tinfoil for easier cleanup.  Then you take a sharp knife and GENTLY slice off the top 1/3 of the potato, like this:


Not sure why my pic is sideways, but hopefully you get the idea.  Then you put all the guts into a bowl like this:



Then you can add anything you like.  I add a little butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, then mix by hand.  You can use vegan butter and even a little creamer or vegan creamer.  Once everything is mixed, refill the potato with the guts and top with more cinnamon.  Bake in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.  It is so tasty I don't even crave a sweet snack afterwards.  ENJOY!!!  Aren't my new plates adorable?


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Where the hell have I been?

Hello everyone!

I can't believe it has been 6 months since my last Green Goddess post.  I have had so much going on with starting the new job, teaching, being fieldwork coordinator, going back to school, and opening our first herbal/health store!  Plus we all know I like to keep the social calender going...

I LOVE my new job.  I Love teaching.  I Love being Fieldwork Coordinator and meeting all of the awesome Fieldwork Educators in our area.  I am blessed.

I do not Love going back to school, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our new business.  We have so many new healthy and holistic products!  We make medicinal tinctures, herbal soaps, use clinical grade essential oils for our room and mood sprays and other items we make, our muscle rubs, lip balms, arthritis remedies, our unique blends of herbal teas are amazing, our incense and Indian imports, and the yoga clothes...don't even get me started on how wonderful those are!  Stay tuned with more info on our yoga clothes!

I want to recommend a few documentaries for those who need that little extra "push" to start their health journey.
1. Hungry for Change
2. The Beautiful Truth
3. The Gerson Miracle
4. Forks over Knives
5. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
6. Food Matters
7. Food, Inc.
8. Crazy Sexy Cancer
9. Chew on This
10. Defying Disease

I gave up Diet Dr. Pepper (well, anything Diet) 10 days ago.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Diet Dr. Pepper.  But after watching Hungry for Change, I will NEVER have one again.  In fact, I am now checking my labels for aspartame.  I am severely limiting my intake of processed foods.

I have a few other changes I am making that I will blog about at a later time.   It feels great to be back...good therapy!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

New twist on a Vision Board!!!

OK, I have had this spot on my wall that I wanted to do something pretty with.  One of my co-workers suggested I buy chalkboard paint to make a vision board.  BINGO!  However, the chalk board paint was a different shade of green than what I painted on my wall, so I searched the internet looking for a way to make my current paint color chalkboard paint.  I found it!  Add about 1 tablespoon of UNsanded grout to one cup of paint and mix!  It said it works best if you wait until it dries and cover the entire surface with chalk and wipe down to cure it.  I didn't do that because the surface was too huge.  I use a moist towel to wipe it and it comes right off.  I love staring at this part of my wall now!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Day 48...

Well, I am still getting used to the no animal products way of eating.  But I will say that it has definitely changed me for the better.  I even lost 1 pound on my 8 day vacation!  That's never happened.  It is still a struggle when dining out, but the temptation has definitely gotten better.  I will admit, there have been a couple of slip-ups here and there...and I truly pay for it the next couple of days.  I forget how much pain my body has gotten used to over the years.  But being virtually pain free then experiencing just a tiny fraction of the pain again is what is keeping me going.  If I could just learn to live without caffeine, all would be better.

I am about to start a 12 day cleanse: meaning no meat, no dairy, no soy, no wheat and no caffeine.  The purpose of this cleanse is to completely rid my body of all possible triggering foods and chemicals.  Once I complete the 12 days, I add in one category for one week at a time and chart my pain levels.  Which means I will soon be able to eat dairy and meat again, even if only for one week.  I am curious to see exactly what my triggers are.  This will be difficult as it means I will only be eating SOME fruits, SOME vegetables, brown rice and beans/legumes.  It will most definitely be a struggle/challenge and will more than likely mean 12 days of not eating out.  I can't WAIT for the week were I can have dairy!!!

Wish me luck...my goal is to start the 12 day cleanse tomorrow or Sunday.  :-)

The first step, then the next...gets you where you're going!

Going green has been something I have longed to do for years now. In all aspects. I want to use safe, chemical free, organic products in my home. I want to toss all the medications in my medicine cabinet and replace with homeopathic remedies, hopefully some of which I will soon make myself. I want to get rid of all pre-packaged, processed food and live off things that will truly help me feel the best that I possibly can and prevent as much DIS-ease as possible for me and my family. I want to stop eating animals. Period. I want a hybrid car that really is a hybrid car, and not a designer hybrid that only gets 3 mpg better than the non-hybrid version. I want to have a thriving herb garden, and not one like I attempted 2 years ago and never used or tended to. I want a real vegetable garden that I enjoy working in, not one that I make my husband take care of. And I want to wake up and be unable to start my day until I do a minimum of 30 minutes of yoga.

There.

These are my wants and desires. I am an all or nothing type of person. I am unusually hard on myself for not becoming this Green Goddess I know I can be. But then something interesting happened. I have been home from work for exactly one month today, due to my rapidly debilitating spine, and I have had a lot of time to soul search, so to speak. I started comparing the me of today to the me of 1-5-10 years ago. Then I realized something. I am becoming the Green Goddess I always wanted to be. I do try to use the organic, chemical free household cleaners. I do have several homeopathic remedies that I use before going into the medicine cabinet. I recently purchased free-range, locally raised & harvested meat. I have consistently juiced green stuff for breakfast about half the time I've been home. I have also attempted yoga half the time I've been home, trying to help my back get better. I even meditate for a few minutes at a time. I have tons of herb books, aromatherapy books, healthy living, yoga, chakra, spiritual, you name it, I've probably got it. I also noticed that I don't watch NEARLY as much trash TV as I did even a year ago, and that when I do...it truly makes me feel worse inside. I have a new home that I absolutely love, allows me to spend more quality time with friends and family, and is also more of a Zen retreat than the other one. I am finally realizing that this transition to being green won't happen overnight. When I decide to wake up and give up carbs, give up sugar, or give up meat completely...that is when I fail. You see, I know no moderation, I don't know how to take baby steps, and I certainly have no clue what patience is. But the first step is taking a step, right? In the words of one of my favorite books, Swan Song..."the first step, then the next...gets you where you're going". I suppose I am trying to adhere to this motto. One step at a time.

Thanks to Terrie for encouraging us to write. I have been writing in a journal, but now I think I'm going to incorporate things I learn in "going green" into a daily blog. And thanks to my Mom, for embarking on this journey with me. I truly, 100% believe if we make these small changes, and if I can get my husband to make them as well, then he and my Mom will be around for many, many, many more years. Maybe that is my purpose in life...to help the ones I love be healthier so that we will be here for a very long time. And so my husband will see our grandchildren grow up and get married and have children of their own. If I can accomplish these things, I will be able to leave this world knowing I made a difference. :-)