Monday, December 30, 2013

A New Way Of Eating

"Now go and get some wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and emmer wheat, and mix them together in a storage jar. ….”  Ezekiel 4:9 (partial) New Living Translation
I know this is the wrong time of year to discuss [gulp] a diet! The first three letters are D-I-E after all. [lol] But I have to share how Hubby and I have been eating a certain way (I won’t use the “d” word again) that has helped us keep the weight off, increase energy levels, and just be healthier all around. It’s also helped us save a lot money on groceries.

One thing we had to face was we really had to give up eating so much red meat and the sugar. Very nearly everything processed has sugar these days. Sugar not only adds pounds, it also causes temporary memory loss, and has been proven to be the primary cause of heart failure and Alzheimer’s. My step-mother died from the ravages of Alzheimer’s. Trust me, you do NOT want to contract this devastating disease. It was awful to watch her mentally disappear from me day by day. It was heart wrenching and has stayed with me all these years. She was skinny as a rail and quite ’healthy’ but would cook with sugar like it was being banned. I’m convinced in my own mind that too much sugar is what helped contribute to her early demise.

A very dear sister-in-law is handicapped with a tumor on her spine. Daily she has to take mind numbing pain killers just to keep from screaming. Poor thing is trapped in her own body. All the pain killers and cycle of pain caused her to have a hard time eating regular meals. She was reduced to eating only one meal a day and only at a specific time and even then hopefully, it wouldn‘t make her sick. Then on top of that, she was plagued with repeating kidney stones. A trusted pain doctor suggested she go vegetarian. So she started experimenting with different vegetarian diets, including giving up dairy products. Turns out, on top of everything else, she has a mild lactose intolerance (I’m severely lactose intolerant myself) and a wheat allergy. Who knew?

Stay with me. I am gong somewhere with this. [lol]

Through her experimenting, she has found a diet that works and keeps her from feeling hungry. Plus she has lost SO much weight! It’s amazing. So she has turned us on to making Almond Milk “blends” (made in the blender).

Here’s an example. Blend the following throughly:
Unsweetened Almond Milk (about 2 cups)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Chia Seeds
Brazil Nut
Fresh Apple, cored and peeled
Bee Pollen
Blue Berries (can be frozen)

This blend specifically helps people with diabetes and aids in weight loss. I add frozen strawberries to mine. I also add 2 teaspoons of Splenda to add a little sweetness (but I‘m a Sugar-holic).

One can also blend vegetables. Here‘s an example:
Plum Tomatoes
Garbanzo Beans
Pumpkin Seeds
Flax Seeds
Lemon Juice
Salt/Pepper to taste
Olive Oil

There’s many, many more and in any variety one can think of.

Sister-in-law also shared with us about eating a brand of bread called Ezekiel 4:9 Bread which has no added sugar.

Granted, it’s a bit bland compared to ‘regular‘ bread, but using this instead of our usual Whole Wheat has helped us keep the pounds off. I didn’t know that eating Whole Wheat was no different than eating a piece of cake! Yipes! The Cinnamon Raisin is especially good.

So hope this helps others, not only to lose weight but also to save money.

Happy New Year!

~ Ride Safe ~


Simply Linda said...

Praying for your sil. Y'all are so brave to try new things. I am afraid I could not be that brave. Although, I have pretty much cut out processed deli meats, and soda pop. We also eat alot of soups in the winter time. I just can not cut out sugar or coffee.Dave is lactose intolerant as well. Liam is just depends on what & when he drinks/eat. (that has milk in it) Loved the post! Love you guys!!!

Sparky said...

@Simply Linda ~ Thank you for praying for our SIL. You're so sweet and always thinking of others. Poor thing is so sick and she's such a dear person. She's the brave one! Without her prodding, I wouldn't have the gumption to try any of these new foods. We have also given up processed deli (too expensive & not good for us). I know I just feel better all around. Maybe I also had a wheat intolerance? Thanks again Linda. Y'all have a very Happy New Year! Luv ~:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this info. It is most interesting and helpful to us.
May God bless your sil. So sorry for her pain.
Remembering each of you in prayer. May the new year be a blessed one.

linda eller said...

I applaud you for getting healthy and staying that way. Having been a weight watcher for over 30 years, I have learned what to eat that helps me lose. If I see myself going up, up, up, I turn things around. Love the recipes tho, and may give them a try. I am a type 2 diabetic and need all the help I can get for that. I too, saw my mother in law suffer for 7 years with Alzheimer’s and at her death, she was in a fetal position. It is a tragic and terrible disease. Praying for your sister in law...