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The Medicine in my Fridge.

20 Feb

I love food.

This week has been a wonderfully medicinal time in the kitchen.

We ended up catching a cold this week.

It’s been interesting. Here’s the line up.


Mommy ~ Me

Kameo ~ 14 year old

Donavon ~ 12 year old

Jonathan ~ 8 year old

Lynda ~ 9 months old

Lynda got ‘sick’ on Tuesday. Took her in to the clinic. Just a cold. Yay.

Friday, Donavon got sick. Sad face. So, chicken soup it was.

From one of the MANY books I got from the library, “Food ~ Your Miracle Medicine ~ How Food Can Prevent And Cure Over 100 Symptoms and Problems Based on More Than 10,000 Scientific Studies” By Jean Carper

Here’s an excerpt:

Page 338 Chicken Soup, Always Chicken Soup

Says Dr. Ziment, “Chicken, like most protein foods, contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which is released when you make the soup. Cysteine bears a remarkable chemical similarity to a drug called acetylcysteine, which doctors prescribe for their patients with bronchitis and respiratory infections.” Indeed, acetylcysteine was originally derived from chicken feathers and skin, he notes. Pharmacologically, acetylcysteine, like other mucokinetics, thins down mucus in the lungs, making it easier to expel.

Marvin Sackner, M.D., a pulmonary specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, agrees. “There’s an aromatic substance in chicken soup…that helps clear your airways.” Dr. Sackner is the author of the famous chicken soup study published in 1978 in the prestigious medical journal Chest. Skeptical that ‘Jewish penicillin’ fought cold symptoms any better than hot water, Dr. Sackner had fifteen healthy men and women sip hot chicken soup, hot water or cold water. Five minutes and thirty minutes later, he measured the rate at which mucus and air flowed through the subjects’ nasal passages.

To Dr. Sackner’s surprise, chicken soup was better at fighting congestion than hot or cold water. Further, even the chicken soup vapors  were superior to those of hot water. Dr. Sackner even thinks cold chicken soup “will help clear the ‘cold in your nose,’ and if the chicken soup is hot and steamy, it will clear it even faster and more efficiently.”


  • Ginger destroys influenza viruses.
  • A substance called lentinan in shiitake mushrooms fights the influenza viruses better than a prescription antiviral drug, according to Japanese tests.
  • Quercetin, concentrated in onions, has antiviral and antibacterial activity.

Dinner: Sauteed onions and shiitake mushrooms, with ginger juice and fresh garlic. Add, LARGE chunks of chicken breast. Simmer, and ENJOY! It was AMAZING! My kids were amazing. They don’t like mushrooms, but they LOVE that I LOVE taking care of them. They ALL ate them, without whining or complaining or making faces. (They were hardly noticeable, BTW…). Dear Daughter said all she had to do was swallow them. She liked the ginger and chicken. Yay! 🙂

We also made good smoothies this evening:

  • Spinach ~ The good: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
  • Kiwi ~ The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • Parsley ~ The good: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. (Also a very good aid for respiratory health.)
  • Pineapple ~ The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a very good source of Vitamin C and Manganese. (For Blood Type A it’s a HIGHLY BENEFICIAL as a digestive aid)
  • Cucumber ~ The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • Banana ~ (for the kids)  The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.
  • Frozen Peach Slices (5) ~ (for me)  The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Niacin and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C. (Mine were unsweetened frozen…they don’t have a listing for unsweetened peaches)
It’s been a great week of medicinal cooking and loving on my family. 🙂 I am so blessed that my family LOVES that I take care of them, and nourish them. What a blessing.
What’s new in your kitchen? What’s going on with you?

Be blessed.


Nutrition isn’t just for fat Mom’s.

9 Feb

Is that too harsh? 

Does it make it less harsh if I say, “I’m a fat mom.” ?

So, I’m guilty of eating healthy and leaving my family in the dust. In the PAST, I was, at least.

This go-round it’s different. I finally got it. They NEED nutrition to STAY healthy and have strong immune systems. What was I thinking? Hmmmm.

My kids are adjusting well. However, I have exceptional kids. They all really have big hearts and really respect mommy and daddy. We’re blessed. (Commentary from 13, going on 14 year-old daughter: You can put in there, “NOT JUST FOR PRETEND EITHER.”) (lol…lol…she makes me happy with her spunk and stuff.) 

It has been an adjustment, but more than ‘LOOSING’ foods, I have really tried to focus on supporting their whole bodies, while yes, admittedly removing major offenders, such as soda. Wow…and I just looked, the Capri Sun juices I was still allowing them to have, second ingredient, high fructose corn syrup…well, that started the hunt and the discussion about HFCS. Which then led to cleaning out the unnecessary HFCS FILLED beverages we have around, that I’m not interested in feeding my kids anymore. Which led to cleaning my bedroom bookshelf (I had made a mental note to do that last night before bed…so I figured, before I sat down to write an article, I better get my behind in there and do that.) I cataloged all the books on my shelf (LOVE LOVE LOVE my BOOKBUDDY app for my iPhone!). I dusted, organized and thinned out the ‘library’. Well, then it was time to find out what was for dinner…and I got sidetracked with the rice cereal my son dropped on the kitchen floor when he got the babies food. So, I vacuumed it up…and ended vacuuming the whole kitchen floor.

I finally made it to the fridge, and ended up having to clean it out…lol…and succumbed to my daughters idea of grilled cheese for dinner. Phewy, dinner was ‘dealt’ with…So, I sat down again, tried to finish writing today’s article…while waiting for the blender and juicer to be washed. I jumped back up and made the smoothie (oh, oh, and FRESH juiced grapefruit juice with ginger…num num.)…then hubby made it home. 


today’s smoothie was

pineapple juice

pineapple chunks

two juiced apples

a kiwi

tons of spinach

a cup and a half of blueberries

and a large sliver of ginger

Oh, yum yum yummy!

The boys came in, after running to the dump for a trash run, and said, “Can you please take us on a snow machine (or snowmobile, for you Lower 48 people….LOL…lol) ride!?” .. .. .. So, I did! 

Several hours later, I’m back…and I’ll get back on topic…k? 

Is that too harsh? 

Does it make it less harsh if I say, “I’m a fat mom.” ?

So, I’m guilty of eating healthy and leaving my family in the dust. In the PAST, I was, at least.

This go-round it’s different. I finally got it. They NEED nutrition to STAY healthy and have strong immune systems. What was I thinking? Hmmmm.

I am really enjoying this journey, along with my children. It’s a lifetime of health and then from there, likely, generations of health. I’m just sayin’. It makes me happy.

Healthful eating, healthful living is a family affair. I mean, really…I want my husband around as long as I can have him. Right? And my kids…well, sheesh…it all makes sense to me. I’m loving this new adventure. Shaking off the shackles of the ‘food chain’ of earlier life. Removing the wool from our eyes and our putting our thinking caps on. We can do this. And it’s fun.

The last time “YOU” went on a diet, or decided to eat healthier…did you include your family? Do they revolt? Does your husband refuse to eat ‘healthful’ food? Do you struggle finding ways to improve their diet without freaking them out? Do you, like me, try to control the amount of information that flows in about food and our manufacturers and food processors? That way you don’t freak out and stop eating? Or find yourself curled in a ball, rocking back and forth with trust issues…all over again.? LOL LOL

Where are YOU on your journey? Not just food, but life?

Be blessed.


My list of NEW things I’ve done lately:

Snow machining with my boys. (2x)

Playing outside in the full moonlight with my children.

Racing around the parking lot at the grocery store, pushing my son around like a crazy person.

Kinect Adventure on the Xbox 360

*Kettleball Workout

What the day brings.

8 Feb

*Spiritual discussion ALERT*

*Feel free to skip past this, if you’d like…I’ll get to some ‘other’ stuff in a moment… 😉 *

Living life is really a fascinating task. There is so many IMPORTANT tendrils that work their way through our lives and days. Some days I find myself feeling very successful and ready for the adventure, and other days, I really need some support.

It USED to be, other days I just want to stay in bed. LOL But that has thankfully changed. I’ve really began to find the CENTER of WHO I AM…through drawing closer to God and living true to His Word, as best I can, with HIS help, of course. 

I have come to realize that I really can’t do it on my own. My will power isn’t willing enough. My strength isn’t strong enough. My determination isn’t…well, determined enough. Feeling ‘not enough‘ was getting old. Then I finally GOT IT…ALL of ME is ALL He asks. He’s got the rest of it. Hmmmm. Ok. I can do that. . . . No, really, I CAN! 

Once I began living WHOLLY, ‘it’ got EASIER…my all was enough. It was MORE THAN ENOUGH when paired with His completing me. I am really digging this…ENGAGED living

That being said, since ‘it’s’ easier now…I’m really beginning to grasp the journey I’m on. I’m finding balance EVERY DAY when before, balance used to be a fantasy. The point here is, THIS journey of eating to NOURISH my body couldn’t begin until I got to THIS PLACE in my life, where I could LIVE completely engaged, and begin to learn a little about myself, as a person. Why I made the choices I did. Why I ate, what I ate, when I ate it. It was hardly EVER about nourishment. Meals used to revolve around convenience, ease of preparation, and just something that needed to be done. Snacking used to be mindless. Emotional. Comforting. Guilty ‘pleasure’. Secret. Over abundant. Drinking used to be mindless. I really only drank sodas, aside from a TON of water each day. Now that I’m in a place where I can listen to my body, and actually HEAR it…I don’t binge eat anymore. I don’t MINDLESSLY do any eating, actually. And I am quiet pleased with myself.

I find it difficult to separate my experiences with drawing closer to God and my personal ability to really live engaged. I won’t apologize for that, so, pretty much, I’ll just share it. I know we all have different opinions, and different experiences…and when people start talking ‘religion’ it may make some people’s hackles go up. And honestly, I understand. I came from a ‘legalistic’ expression of ‘religion’…so I get how certain things trigger feelings in each of us. 

I’m not interested in debating my beliefs. I’m not interested in being told what I’m doing wrong (according to….whoever.) (Who IS!?) And in the same vein, I’m not imparting in my articles that if you don’t do ‘it’ the way I do ‘it’, you’re WRONG. I am not opposed to having encouraging conversations that stretch my THOUGHTS and test my opinions, and my understanding…however, I just want to be ME here. And pretty much, the center of ME is HIM. Take it. Leave it. Don’t bash it. Click close if it offends. Hang out if you can deal but don’t agree with EVERYTHING I share. It’s up to you. 🙂 I love sharing. I love hearing. I’m not judgemental. I ask the same consideration in return. Thank you, in advance. 

Back  to the POINT of this post…Hmmmm….Maybe THAT was the POINT of this post? LOL 😉

Where was I?

Eating on purpose…that’s it. LIVING on PURPOSE.

It’s amazing what we hear when we stop, ask, and listen.

To our bodies.

To our God.

To our spouses.

To our children.

To our friends.

To ourselves.

When is the last time YOU stopped. Asked….and LISTENED? REALLY LISTENED?

Realizing that life is meant to be LIVED ON PURPOSE and CHOICES are OURS to make…and my avoiding making choices, it’s STILL making a choice. Placing our trust in KFC, or McDonald’s, or Sunkist, or Coke, or Pepsi, or Pillsbury, or General Mills, or Frito Lay, or Keebler, or Krispie Kreme, or Betty Crooker, or Taco Bell….you get the point….we bear the responsibility of those choices everyday. KFC isn’t responsible for ME choosing to eat it’s POISON…I chose to go there, pay them money and ingest their product. I carry the WEIGHT of that choice. Right? In the same way, when we THINK about our choices and sure, GO EAT at KFC…whatever, we can still make other choices that will minimize the effects of eating such and such.

I don’t condone looking at food SOLELY as POISON…but the truth is, food DOES EFFECT our bodies…and if WE’RE NOT SUPPORTING our bodies, and adding insult to injury…what do we really expect the outcome to be?

THAT was the point I was trying to make…LOL…LOL…it worked its way out!

The relationship I have with food is so different. I don’t look at my food as ‘can’t have’…I look at it like, “Ok, body…why do you want this? Have I supported you good today? Do I plan on supporting you good today?” I look at the hot wing and think, Hmmm…that’s delish looking. I have had my POWERHOUSE smoothie…and I’ve had HIGHLY BENEFICIAL FOODS all day long…Ok. I choose to enjoy the hot wing…and really…that’s all it was. ONE HOT WING. Before…it was oh, I’d say, 8-10. Ahem. Any food trackers out there? DON’T tell me what THAT comes to calorie and fat wise…please, keep it to yourself. 😉 HOWEVER, if you’re NOT a food tracker (I am from the past, and I’m NOT anymore, however, TRACKING really established a mindset of THOUGHTFULNESS…try it…it will SHOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!)

When I DECIDE to eat something, I make a point to CHOOSE IT. A couple of friends of mine from church say that all the time, and I think it’s perfect…”CHOICE IT”. I don’t DENY myself anything…not anymore. HOWEVER, because I’m NOURISHING my body, I’m NOT CRAVING ANYTHING!

Where are YOU in your journey? Are you struggling with mindless eating? Emotional eating? Stress or comfort eating? Drinking? Soda, alcohol, empty calories?

What’s up with you?

Be blessed.

Karla Marie

“One Size” does NOT ‘FIT ALL’!

7 Feb

As I spend time reading, learning, searching and DOING nutrition, I’m finding the lie behind, ‘one size fits all’ that is sold to us EVERYDAY, from one article on health to the next…from one clothing brand to the next…from one way to parent to the next…it simply isn’t TRUE.

What works for ONE KID, doesn’t always work for another, in teaching, in learning, in speaking to who they are. We are ALL DIFFERENT! Why would we expect that ONE thing should work for all of us?

Reading through “Eat 4 (for) Your Blood Type, I see how and why that applies to dieting/lifestyle/food choices, as well. And I’m still amazed. I take a very ‘God CREATED the world’ position on life. I am not a person that subscribes to evolution…I see in our world, every day where God has DELIGHTED in US…and honestly, the PURPOSEFUL DESIGN of FOOD and HOW IT WORKS IN OUR BODIES simply fills me with joy.

Scientifically speaking, you can go ahead and disagree with me about ‘God’ and ‘design’…but look at the science of life. The effects REAL food has on our bodies…it’s astounding! Our bodies truly have the ability to HEAL themselves. We have simply forgotten HOW TO LISTEN TO THEM.

I cannot believe how MUCH TRUST I have put into food manufacturers and our government, and all the producers in our country (world) that have seduced us in, with ease of use, lazy living and basically death. Between packaged and processed foods, they’ve STRIPPED the TRUE NUTRITION OUT OF FOOD and REPLACED it with MAN MADE NUTRIENTS (if you can call them that)…and killed our bodies ability to take care of itself…!

I look at my babies formula…and see the first ingredient is corn syrup solids…um….really? WHEN DID THIS BECOME ACCEPTABLE? And when did I stop paying attention?

That won’t happen anymore.

Call me crazy. Go ahead. It IS different. But the truth is, I would rather SUPPORT my body and its immune system and it’s organs and its nervous system, WHOLLY…rather than blindly trust ‘them’ to take care of me and my family. That’s MY job, and quiet honestly, I can do it way better than anyone else…It’s just time I took responsibility and DID IT!

Do you ever just stop and think, “How did this happen?”…? Look around, at your body, at your kids, and your husband…at your friends.

I’ll tell you the most common responses I get when I start talking about VEGETABLES…and green smoothies.

“I could never do that.”

“That’s gross. I hate…(fill in the blank)…”

“I could never give up bacon!!!”

“I love (fill in the blank), I could never stop eating (fill in the blank)!”

“That looks nasty!”

It’s like talking to a bunch of deaf people. And all I’m doing is sharing about what I’M doing…and sharing what a difference it’s made in my life…and I think…Ok…NOW I see how ‘we’ became the way we have…we walked through our worlds ‘field of poppies’, as they did in Oz.  It’s time to MOW THE LAWN and get our capes on! Take charge of WHAT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR and TO.

My responses:

“I could never do that.”    

Ok. Don’t.

“That’s gross. I hate…(fill in the blank)…”        

It’s not like (blank) is the only vegetable in the world.

“I could never give up bacon!!!”      

We all have priorities.

“I love (fill in the blank), I could never stop eating (fill in the blank)!”  

It’s called self-discipline. Try it sometime, you might like it.

“That looks nasty!”                                                                                                                

I know, right?! LOL LOL LOL

Those aren’t my ONLY responses…I have a few more…but I’m trying to be sensitive and NOT give the appearance that I know it all, or think “my way is ‘the only way’…”…I don’t think that at all…I just think it’s amazing how we pigeon-hole ourselves into INACTION and INABILITY to DO and CHOOSE different by the words we speak and the way we think.

So, don’t think that I think you have to do what I do…I’m just challenging you, and everyone I meet…(lol) to THINK about what they are DOING…period.


Drink? THINK!

Speak? THINK!


If you don’t know HOW to THINK, ask Someone. 😉

In our home I am CHANGING the way we USED to live, to be PURPOSEFUL…ON PURPOSE! (No, I haven’t read, “Purpose Driven Life”…but I’m sure I should…LOL).

Rather than mindless eating, I am teaching my children to NOURISH their bodies and ENJOY what they eat. Sure, they can have a piece of cake, but ENJOY it. Don’t SCARF (sorry, I have scarfers…gotta get on to the ‘next thing’! boys.) Eat on purpose. If it’s NOT to nourish, it’s to ENJOY. Being MINDFUL is SIMPLE. Not easy, but simple. And I think it’s IMPORTANT

I don’t look at my A Blood Type “AVOID” foods as a loss…I look at them as DODGING A BULLET! I mean, REALLY!? Why WOULD I POISON myself, when I can find a gazillion items on my “HIGHLY BENEFICIAL” list that would SUPPORT my BODY and help me slim down to a healthful weight and NOURISH my whole being? Um…I don’t get why this is a hard thing for people to grasp. Aside from ‘timing’…I know sometimes in life, we’re so busy with TRIAGE and trying to function…that living on purpose seems crazy…or doesn’t even cross our minds. I guess that’s where I was, in my ‘before now’ ness.

Where are you in your life? Are you LEARNING to THINK? and THINKING to LEARN? Or are you in SURVIVAL mode?

Be blessed, drop a note.

Karla Marie

Yay! I went SHOPPING!

5 Feb

Phewy….after a week of smoothies, I was running low yesterday…so I only got one smoothie in, instead of my 2-3…and let me just say, I COULD FEEL IT!

I had a headache, and felt like since I couldn’t have a smoothie I HAD to have COFFEE! So, my sweet daughter bought us mochas….and it did help my headache a lot…but I knew I really NEEDED my veggies! LOL….lol. Crazy talk! LOL
I got my kale, red chard, collard greens, spinach, tropical mixed fruit (pineapple, mango peaches and strawberries), strawberries, and blueberries…red leaf lettuce, oh, oh, and some 100% pure pumpkin…(LOTS OF VITAMIN A!)…and kiwis and bananas, and broccoli sprouts…and clover sprouts…oh goodness…it all makes me happy. 🙂
My dinner/dessert smoothie was A WHOLE BUNCH of kale (the way the sell it in the store) and broccoli sprouts and pumpkin and avocado, and red chard, and kiwis and bananas and tropical mixed fruit and strawberries…and flax oil…yeah…I’m in smoothie heaven right now…and my HEADACHE is GONE now! I feel so good.
We had an amazing dinner, as well…the boys went to a friends for a sleep over, and so it was big kids night at home…(oldest daughter and baby…baby went to bed…ahhhh, it was nice…and quiet.)…so we had rib eye steaks and I used my new wok for the first time…sauteed up some zucchini and yellow squash and baby bella mushrooms with freshly minced garlic in extra virgin olive oil…oh my goodness…and sprinkled fresh ground Mediterranean sea salt…it was oh so wonderful. ❤ And the steaks, broiled to perfection.  I sipped on my smoothie and indulged in my tender juicy steak…and devoured my veggies…I felt like a princess. We all felt like princesses… 😉 Even my hubby. 🙂
OH, I can’t tell you how happy I am to have my veggies back in my cup! Happy sigh. I can’t seem to stop telling everyone about them, either…! I keep thinking, “The way I talk about ‘green smoothies’ you’d think I own stock in them! LOL…yeah…no… 😉 Oh well, I would, if I could…LOL.
Anyhow…what’s new with YOU!? Come on, talk to me. 🙂 I love it!
Be blessed, enjoy your weekend. 🙂

And the cycle shortens…what’s new with you?

4 Feb

Hi…what’s up with you? It’s 2012!! Woohoo!

I just figured out HOW wonderful the menu making part of being a Supporting Member is…!
I got a NEW printer…and now I CAN use all the bells and whistles..!
I made my weeks menu AND SHOPPING LIST and printed  it, and it’s ready to go into my binder! In less than 20 minutes! I FEEL FREE! LOL
We’ve done some re-doing in the kitchen. I’m figuring out how to make things flow and how to organize better. For Christmas I was blessed with a WHOLE SET of new pots and pans, Paula Dean’s name brand, non-stick…dappled red, thank you, very much. 😉
I was blessed with a ton and a half of baking wares and wonderful cupcake books…and, be still my drooling heart…Martha Stewart’s COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK that I have SO DEARLY desired…!
My husband installed a new PULL OUT pot and pan rack, that holds ALL my cookware and their lids!

We also got a bunch of dividers, so I can neatly store my cookie sheets and the like.
Oh my goodness…I’m in seventh heaven…!
This weeks menu includes a few nifty ideas…one of my favies I picked up from Pinterest…
Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese” sandwiches…DELISH! (Or at least it LOOKS good!)
(Have YOU heard of Pinterest? I’m LOVING IT!) (The link will take you to the ORIGINAL website…which hosts a WONDERFUL variety of menu ness!)
Lynda is 8 months old now…life is wonderful…the family is really adjusting well to being SIX. . .
It’s been COLD off and on…Christmas Eve it dropped down to -40….hung out there for quiet a while…it has FINALLY warmed up to -10…it’s almost tropical! YAY!