This Chart does not show beverages but it gives you a good idea of the ‘DIET’ we follow. We do not eliminate grains from out diet but do try to make sure they are pure and organic. In fact, most of the food we consume is the most pure form I can find. I try to shop many of the local farms that I feel have good farming practice and are not spraying lots of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. I continue to search for pure and organic foods that we can trust.
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I have been asked several times what ‘DIET’ we are on and how my family and I are so healthy. I always have a hard time explaining it because it’s not really a common ‘DIET’ at all. Basically, we have gone back to biblical type eating habits. In the Bible we hear a lot about breaking bread, the olive tree and fig tree, honey, red wine, cheese and meats. And of course there were fruits and vegetables too. All of these things were good and healing.
So what happened? My son had an intolerance to many foods, that began at a very early age. It was a huge struggle for us and it took a lot of research to figure out what did and did NOT work. From this experience, I have found that it was not an allergy to certain grains or foods that I had to worry about, it was what was done to our food. We have sprayed them with chemicals, altered them, pumped them with antibiotics, fertilized them, processed them and now we cannot understand why more than half of us have intolerance to certain foods. AND why so many of us are sick or have mental health issues. Why certain diagnosis have skyrocketed – obesity, diabetes, ADHD, autism, autoimmune disorder, just to name a few.
So how do we avoid this problem? For my family, I had to try to reverse some of the damage. I only buy products with minimal ingredients that I can read and actually understand what they are. My rule of thumb is: if I don’t understand what the ingredient is, I won’t buy it. I also make sure there are no additives that are listed below in my ‘top 10 ingredients to avoid’ list.
Another point I want to mention is the ointments revealed in the Bible, which I like to call healing oils. Frankincense, Lavender (aka Spikenard/Nard – John 12:3) and Myrrh are some of my favorites. I use many oils and teas in my home. I feel they have healing and calming properties that have been very beneficial for everyone. I encourage buying organic or growing therapeutic herbs and flowers yourself and making teas with them. Then you know exactly what is in them.
Changing our diet has changed our lives. I cannot say it was or is easy, but we are all healthier and happier now. I hope you will try it for yourself!
TOP 10 INGREDIENTS I AVOID
1. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), corn syrup, and excess sugar/glucose/fructose
2. Maltodextrin and dextrose
3. Monosodium glutamate aka MSG
4. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose
5. Food dyes and artificial colors, such as Red #3, Blue #2 etc.
6. Artificial flavors
7. Genetically modified foods aka GMO
8. Certain refined oils – Mono diglycerides, canola
9. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)
10. DHT, BHA, BHT, TBHQ preservatives
Here’s the link to the food chart to show the ‘DIET’ we try to follow. It is just a guideline. I like it because it is healthy but still realistic. It does not include beverages but is a great place to start.
Please also check out my post on DIY homemade cleaners to go one step further and remove chemicals from your home!
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We all want our homes to look and smell beautifully clean but if you are using typical store bought cleaners your health could be at risk. Many of these products contain harmful ingredients such as DEGBE (diethylene glycol monobutyl ether), bleach, formaldehyde, phenols and many many more! Even when the products are clearly labeled as ‘non-toxic’ they may still be harmful to you and your family. Surprisingly a lot of ingredients that are allowed on our shelves here in the U.S. have been banned in other countries, such as DEGBE (according to www.ewg.org). Here is a tiny taste of some of the ingredients hidden in our cleaners:
* DEGBE – Can irritate and inflame the lungs.
* Bleach – Can corrode material, irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
* Formaldehyde – Can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
* Phenols – Can over time damage respiratory and circulatory systems.
Many of these side effects can be temporary but continual long term use can cause more severe health concerns. So why risk these side effects when you can use simple, easy DIY cleaners which can save you money? It may seem easier to just pick up a bottle of cleaner at the store but if you are able to take just a few more minutes and make it yourself, you will be improving the health of your entire family, including your pets. And it’s easy I promise!
Here is my multipurpose cleaner recipe. I use it on pretty much everything except it is not ideal on wood furniture. I will post a wood furniture polish soon!
When I’m in a hurry I will clean my entire bathroom and/or kitchen with it. Also check out the tub scrub recipe that cuts grease and soap scum.
All you need is a spray bottle and the following ingredients:
Works great on windows and hard surfaces, such as the kitchen and bathroom.
* 1 Cup Vinegar
* 2 Cups Water
* 1 Teaspoon All Natural Dish Soap or Castile Soap
* Essential Oils (Optional) – tea tree, lemon, grapefruit, wild orange or lavender are my favorites.
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. I like to mark where the ingredients go because it makes life easier. Then it is so simple to refill my spray bottle. The multipurpose spray will keep for several months in the spray bottle.
UPDATE: I recently learned you could mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide for a antibacterial cleaner. I have been using it and it is amazing. So that is another option for an all purpose cleaner. The hydrogen peroxide will lose it’s cleaning power if exposed to sunlight so either store in a dark place or use a dark colored spray bottle with this mixture.
A side note about this cleaner: Studies have shown that vinegar and Castile soap can cancel each other out with their cleaning properties. However I have found that this recipe works really well! I would definitely recommend adding tea tree oil to help with antibacterial cleaning as it has been known to kill staph infections. Vinegar is known to kill salmonella but will not touch staph.
Give it a try! One thing about all natural cleaners is that you may need to put a little elbow grease into it. Sometimes it is worth a little extra scrubbing to avoid inhaling chemicals. So put your back into it and live cleaner and healthier!!
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After I discovered that my son’s eczema was greatly affected by the laundry detergent I was using, I went on a search for a better solution. I have used a lot of the free and clear detergents but they did not help his skin as much as I had hoped. I have been working with different recipes I found on the Internet and in DIY books. I did not want to use borax, because it irritated my son’s skin. Because I was so limited on ingredients, it was quite a challenge! Most of the DIY detergents I tried did not work. I finally ended up combining and altering a couple different recipes and now I finally have one that works!
This liquid detergent is not quite like the store bought detergent because it separates, but I feel like it works and smells really good! And no chemicals! So of course I love it:) I have been using it for quite some time. Many of my friends and family have been asking about it so I decided to post on my blog to share with all of you.
🔸 3/4 Cup Baking Soda
🔸 3 Cups HOT Water
🔸 3/4 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – I prefer Lavender. Do NOT use the unscented baby one (it clumps)
🔸 10-20 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
The lavender soap and eucalyptus oil smell really good together. Stir well. Pour into a large jug (I use a cleaned out plastic milk jug). You will need to shake the mixture each time you use it because it does separate. I use about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of this detergent per laundry load. Hope you love it!
If you do not have time to make your own laundry detergent and want suggestions on store brands to buy, I suggest visiting the EWG.org website. Here is the link to their laundry detergent information article: http://www.ewg.org/release/spring-cleaning-ewg-s-tips-what-use-and-what-avoid
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