Friday, October 4, 2013

Dirtiest place in your home. Eating out, processed no no's

lf you are a Christian person, read Ephesians 6, it sure pertains to our present situation. Can't help thinking it's not the Democrats or Republicans causing the problems but the president who won't listen to the people of this country. He almost seems like a dictator instead of a president.
  Bet you thought your bathroom was the dirtiest place in the house. Not so, the kitchen wins. And the worst places are your sink drain and dishwasher.  When you put food down the disposal, it may contain e-coli, and fecal matter. Be sure you cover the drain before turning on the disposal to keep the stuff from spraying back into your families breathing space. And to keep the drain germ free, freeze vinegar into ice cubes, bag up and put 3 or 4 down the drain and grind every week.  The other place to watch is your dishwasher. Because it's always moist, it grows mold. Wipe the seal with vinegar every few weeks, and run an empty load with baking soda and vinegar every month or so.
 When I go visit my kids in NE, I love eating at Olive Garden.  Thought by ordering soup and salad I was being smart. Boy was I wrong. Their salad has only 290 calories but has 1,530 milligrams of salt. Wonder if you can get that salad without dressing?  Their entrees, like Alfredo, Chicken Parmesan, lasagna, all are so high in fat, 33 milligrams per serving, and the sodium is awful, 3, 830 milligrams or more.  May want to rethink eating there. And Starbucks, well watch what you get there,  their drinks are like coffee on steroids. 580 calories, and 14 grams of saturated fats , worse than a McDonalds burger. Hagan Daas may taste good, but a serving of that is a down payment on your next round of fat cells.
  Did you know that a can of Campbell's soup is like putting liquid salt into your veins? 1,900 milligrams of sodium per serving. Some are better, look for Progresso reduced sodium and Healthy Choice  if you still need to buy cans. Home made is cheaper and much better, and you can make enough for several days at a time.
  Eat those biscuits in a tube? Full of fat, and hydrogenated fats.  Marie Callender has great tasting pot pies, but  only a part of the pie has 800 milligrams of salt,  1,040 calories and 22 grams of saturated fat. If you eat the whole thing, and who doesn't,  double the amount.
 Let's touch on some things that are good for you. Super foods for better health include sweet potatoes, mangoes, plain Greek yogurt, broccoli, wild salmon, garbanzo beans, butternut squash and leafy greens.  I almost live on these items. We have put out fall squash plants, and are hoping for a good crop before it gets cold.
  A warning about sugar free foods. Some of these promote cancer, and sorbitol may cause diarrhea.  Look for Truvia and stevia, natural sweeteners instead of chemical ones.
  Last evening my son brought me a bag of salad fixings, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions and chocolate peppers. Made a wonderful supper salad and enough for tonight too. Added it to my sautéed red cabbage and  white bean casserole. Will be sad to see growing season end, even if it is  for only a short time. We are usually only looking at cold weather for a few months, and by the first of March it gets warmer again.
  The hummingbirds have packed up and gone south.  Will miss watching them til next spring.
  Final thought, I am enjoying a station called Veria living. Yogi Cameron is wonderful. He taught a lady with eye problems to make ghee and use to cleanse and heal her eyes instead of eye drops. I am going to give that a try. He also adds a little water to his pan, and a spoon full of ghee, then adds veggies chopped small and cooks them instead of using olive oil.  If you don't get this station, you can pull up their website, lots of good information there on organic, healthy living.
 Have a great week, eat well, and pray for our country.

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