You may be wondering why I have a logo from Survivor on a post about the medical profession.  Well, first of all, I love this show! And I know it will be starting a new season soon and I didn’t want to miss it.  I wanted to get the date and put it into my phone so that it would alert me as to when I needed to be at the ready to watch the first episode. 

While I was searching for the start date, I noticed the logo.  The logo always tells the theme of the season, this one being “Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.”  Now, when I think of the word Healer, I think of an energy healer…..someone who knows how to move energy to heal people.  They understand how important it is to take care of the energy body, so that the physical body can be at its best.  But that definition isn’t mainstream.  I could be wrong, but I don’t think people often think about that definition when they hear the word “Healer”.  So I thought, well, maybe then “Healers” meant doctors or people in the medical profession.  It was at that instant that I realized how silly that was.  The people in the medical profession are not healers, in my opinion.  I think a more appropriate term would be “Prescribers.”  It seems that all doctors know how to do these days (other than rush onto the next patient) is to whip out their prescription pad and send you off to the pharmacy.  Why aren’t doctors healers anymore?  Didn’t they used to be? Why do they just give you a drug to mask the symptoms of whatever ails you?  A healer gets to the root cause (often blocked or depleted energy in my opinion) of a disease.  They don’t just try to cover up the problem with pharmaceuticals.

Another issue I have with the medical profession is that I am not convinced they really want a patient to feel better.  While I know there are caring doctors out there, I think most of them want you as a repeat customer.  If they heal you, they lose your money (or your insurance money, most likely).  Healing actually puts them out of business.   So, perhaps they are the “Hustlers” on the new Survivor season.  I know they are definitely not “Heroes” in my eyes.

I wish our medical system wasn’t so messed up, so money hungry, so hell bent on profits, and so in bed with Big Pharma.  I still have a REALLY hard time understanding how health care is a for profit business.  It seems unjust to profit off of someone’s disease or illness.  All I can say is: question your doctor and insist on other forms of treatment if possible.  Don’t just take that prescription and leave.  Be proactive in your health!

I have a dream…..a dream that all the drug stores/pharmacies (that seem to appear on every corner these days) be replaced with energy healing centers.  Let’s shift our attention to prevention and alternative healing modalities.  Let’s include energy healing as part of our health care plans.  Insurance would cover energy healing which would PREVENT many of the illnesses we have as well as help those afflicted with illnesses without any of the myriad of side effects prescriptions have.  It would stop the reactive approach to health care that is our focus these days.  That would be one method to survive this health care crisis we are in. 

So, I anxiously await the new season of Survivor and will be very interested in who represents each group on the show.  And I would bet my life that “Healers” aren’t members of the medical profession.  If they are, I may have to send a letter to CBS and complain. 

I’m sure I’ve ticked off someone reading this.  Please post your complaints and comments below.  I would love to hear from you.

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I love trying out new vegan recipes!  I happened upon a jackfruit dish at a local restaurant and decided I had to try it at home.  I had never heard of jackfruit before and had no idea what it even looked like.  After doing some research, I found some at my local grocery and found a recipe for jackfruit BBQ.  Click the button to go to the recipe.

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I admit that I was a bit intimidated to cut up and disassemble the jackfruit, but it turned out to be easier than I expected.  I chose to use a fresh jackfruit, but you can also use canned.  Just make sure that it is in brine (not syrup) if you intend to make BBQ with it. 

This video blog is a bit rough — had some “technical difficulties” — but I was able to piece it together.  I hope you enjoy learning about jackfruit and give the recipe a try.  Or even just buy a fresh jackfruit to eat raw — also very tasty!  Now onto the video of my  jackfruit experience. 

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I decided to make these red lentil and amaranth patties today because I thought it might be a good thing to take to share with friends tomorrow.  Perhaps if they get a taste of how wonderful vegan food can be they will be intrigued to learn more about vegan eating.  Sometimes you have to work people through their stomach.  You have to prove to them that vegan food is delicious, so that is my purpose for making these today.  And I thought, why not do a blog about it.  I definitely like sharing recipes.  Click HERE to go to the recipe.    Click the button below to watch me make these delicious patties on my You Tube channel. 

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Mudras are “yoga for the hands” and are very simple and easy gestures you can use for a variety of moods you want to change.  The two on the video are for an energy boost.  Don’t take a nap or grab caffeine,  do a mudra instead!   Mudras take just a couple of minutes to do. 

The word mudra come from the Sanskit language and can be translated into “to seal.”  You start a mudra with an intention.  You are stating that this is how you want it to be and therefore you are sealing in your intent.   Your  mood, or release of emotions, can happen using mudras because of this intention as well as the fact that you are physically participating by forming the hand gestures.  Breathing is also integral to mudras.  They all require a calming, deep breath to accompany the gestures. Set a time for 2 or 3 minutes or hold the mudra as long as you like.  However, mudras are quick, which is one reason it makes them appealing in our busy lives.  You can sit cross-legged or in a chair.  Your back should be straight.

The first mudra is simply making a circle with your thumb and first finger.  Rest your hands, palms, up, on your knees as you sit cross legged or next to you if you are ina chair.  During the 2-3 minutes you are making a circle with your thumb and first finger, so there is movement of these two fingers during the mudra..  Breathe deeply during the mudra.  On the first breath, set an intention such as “This mudra will bring me great energy.” 

The second mudra is also for an energy boost.  Use it in place of or in addition to the first mudra.  Hold your hands out, palms up.  It is as if your hands make a W shape.  Make sure your elbows are away from the body and your palms are up.  Visualize that you are drinking in all the energy from above.  As before, set an intention on the first breath.  For this mudra you simply hold the position.  There is no movement involved.

I hope this helps you boost your energy when you need it.  It is certainly more healthy than an energy drink or coffee.  I would love to hear from you if you use these mudras.  Please leave a comment below.

Just a quick post today because it seems like ages since I posted.  One reason for not posting is that I took a trip to Colorado.  During my trip I was able to dip my feet into the cool mountain waters.  When you stick your feet in a stream or just stand on the cool grass, you are grounding yourself.   When is the last time you walked barefoot in the grass or sand?  When your feet physically touch the ground, you connect your energy to Mother Earth’s energy and only positive things can happen.  When you hula hoop you also ground yourself and align your root chakra.  So there is nothing better to do to ground yourself than to hoop in bare feet.  It is a wonderful experience.  While my one picture looks like I am screaming — the water was cold, but I was playing it up for the camera for a funny picture.  The cool water felt great!  And hooping in the stream with no shoes was heavenly.  Grounding is important to good health and to mentally recharge yourself.  It’s summer, so step outside, kick off the shoes and ground.  You won’t regret it!

This is a bread that takes me back to my childhood, so it is definitely a comfort food.  I have attached a picture of the recipe so you can try it yourself.  Of course, I used a plant based milk and also organic flour.   On the flour I read that it was “unbromated.”  I looked that up and I learned why potassium bromate is added to flour which I got from King Arthur Flour’s website.  Potassium bromate (KBrO3), is a flour “improver” that strengthens dough and allows for greater oven spring and higher rising in the oven.   However, also learned this from Integrative Mom:

…..potassium bromate is an additive used in most commercial flour and baked goods. It’s cheap to add this toxin that creates stronger dough, and helps bread rise higher and look whiter. It’s also a human carcinogen.

That’s right, it causes cancer.

So, I learned something new as I made this bread today.  Look for flour that is unbromated for the healthiest results.  I have been eating this bread all week and believe me, it is delicious. I didn’t miss the cancer causing ingredient, lol.

This is such an easy bread to make because you raise it once and it does not require kneading.  I hope you give this bread a try.  Let me know how you like it.  Click the button below to watch the video on my You Tube channel.  The recipe is below the link.

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There are so many people who never breathe deeply.  They live their lives taking shallow, short breaths and their health can suffer as a result.  This is a very simple technique that not only gets you breathing deeply, but it also crosses energy over your body so it can be doubly wonderful for your body.

When you breathe in, do so through the nose with the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth.  When you breathe out, breathe through your mouth with the tongue on the bottom of your mouth.  These are slow, deep breaths.  You should practice until you feel comfortable.

Once you have the breathing down, I want you to visual balance.  That can be the word “balance” or it can be a teeter totter, or you balancing on something.  Whatever works for you is fine.  Just focus on balance.

Your feet and hands come next.  Start with your feet.   Cross one foot over the other, noting which foot is crossed over on top.  Keep your feet flat on the floor, if possible.  Then outstretch your arms in front of you.  Cross the opposite hand over from what you did with your legs — if you crossed your left leg over your right leg, then cross your right hand over your left hand.  With your arms still stretched in front of you and crossed, bring palms together and clasp your hands..  Then bring them in to rest on your chest.  You are now ready to begin.

Do this exercise at least for 90 seconds.  You can count your breaths or set a timer.  Don’t forget to visualize.  Once you are done, you may feel a little light headed and your heart may be racing.  Sit for 30-60 seconds until you feel ready to get up. 

I do this in the morning to begin my day, but you can do it any time you need to balance your energy, your emotions, or you need to de-stress. 

Please leave a comment to let me know if you tried this, if it helped, or any other comments you would like to tell me about this simple exercise.  I got this from the book Instant Emotional Healing by George Pratt and Peter Lambrou. 

Click on the button below to watch a video of me doing this technique.

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One day when I was hooping and studying about energy a lightbulb went off.   It finally occurred to me how helpful hula hooping is to my energy body.  The body wants energy to cross over from one side of your body to the other.  Unfortunately, many people have energy that only runs homolaterally (going in the same direction) with none of their energy crossing over.  By simply spinning the hoop around your waist, you are spinning the energy too – it is helping your energy to crossover your body, which is a great benefit to your energy body and, therefore, your physical body.  If you haven’t mastered waist hooping, fear not.  There are hoop exercises you can do – figure 8s for example – that don’t require on body hooping skills.  Even just simply standing with your hoop in front of you and moving it back and forth (an isolation move) while switching your hands crosses energy over the body.  This makes it so easy for people who are not able to do on body hooping due to injury or disability.  This can even be done sitting down with a small, cheap hoop from the dollar store.

So….You don’t have to put the hoop around your waist to make it a useful tool to cross energy over your body.  Here is video with a couple simple exercises for you to try.

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I have a bumper sticker on my fridge that says “A closed mind is a wonderful thing to lose.”  It inspired me today.  I find it frustrating when people who feel miserable, are in pain, and are pumping themselves full of prescription drugs (which only mask the symptoms and does not get to the root cause of the problem) are unwilling to try diet to help themselves.  This is a simple, low-cost alternative.  But so many times I have heard “No, I can’t give up……(you name the animal based food)”  I mean, can’t you even try for a couple weeks just to see if you would feel better?  No — the closed mind can really hinder people’s willingness to help themselves.  I just don’t understand.  I guess they prefer feeling miserable — perhaps from the sympathy they get from others.  Can someone explain this to me?  Wouldn’t being open to trying a new diet be a easy thing to try — and it just might work and help them feel better.

As for gratitude….just do it.  When you express gratitude each day it can really change your attitude.  EVERYONE can find something to be grateful for.  State it aloud, shout it out, write it down — just do it.  It can change the way you feel about your life and can turn your attitude for the better. 

This is the first video blog in my new place in my new town.  I am finally getting settled in and Marble is transitioning better now.  Things are looking better and brighter!

I have been wanting to make this cheese since I saw it demonstrated in early June.  I finally found time and had all the ingredients to do it.  It turned out great!!  As you will see from the video, it makes quite a bit of cheese.  Being a single person, I often let food go bad in my refrigerator simply because I can’t eat it fast enough.  I didn’t want that to happen to this cheese so I thought I would try it on my toast this morning instead of vegan butter.  I definitely give it a thumbs up!  Once it gets warm it spreads very easily.  Definitely give it a try.  You can watch the video on my You Tube channel.

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Click  HERE for a link to tell you about agar agar.  It is a seaweed and definitely plant based. 

Click HERE for the video about dairy I mentioned at the end of my video.   I love the “mammal udder juice and liquid cow teet spray” reference — well, that’s what it is, like it or not.

Finally, click HERE to purchase the book Artisan Vegan Cheese — a great investment for those who are considering being vegan but think they can’t give up cheese.  YOU CAN!