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The Two Basic Principles of Learning Another Language

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments

1. Always find someone to speak with who is worse than you at a language. It will give you all sorts of confidence, plus you can actually help the other person which increases your own learning and solidifies it.

2. Always, always talk to yourself in the language you are learning. If you understand what you are saying then at least that’s one person. You learn by attempting to correct yourself. Nobody else will have the guts to correct you the same way, or as harshly or as thoroughly.

And then there are the other two basic principles
3. Using one of the automatic translation programs, and trying to figure out what their translation really means, adds focus to words which are just not being translated correctly. In trying to figure it out, you look up all sorts of words and try different ways of stating it to make sense, which only increases your eventual understanding.

4. Never try to fully understand an article written in the other language. What is important is hearing the words and connecting them to the sounds (if you’re using Google translate or another facility). As you progress, you will automatically understand more and more, plus you will be able to understand the spoken language much faster.

And then there are the two most basic principles
5. Write down the words you want to remember with their correct translation. Why? Nobody ever goes back over what they have written down, so why do it? Because just the process of writing or typing radically increases the ability to write the language, and write it correctly. You will be amazed at how much you learn even though you still don’t know most of the words you have written.

6. And this is the most important. When you speak and no one understands you, they start to backtrack and say things in ways which they think will help you understand. This will only advance your learning because it forms the bridge to more complicated enunciations.

7. As a corollary of the above, those of us who are not speaking because we don’t want to feel foolish in front of others are only hurting ourselves. We are really being quite selfish in that nobody gets the great feeling that they have been of help to you. You are actually doing everyone a favor – the worse you are. Think of a child who is learning to speak. It’s one of the great joys of parenthood to be able to help him/her find the right word or expression. And the more the child speaks, the faster the learning process. I walk away from an English lesson feeling really great that I have been able to help someone. Give others this opportunity.

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English As It’s Actually Spoken

July 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Since I’m eating to get over my diabetes, it’s getting sort of boring, so here is something different which I worked up for my English students.

Yes, Use Prepositions at the End of Sentences

Many spoken (and written) English sentences end with a preposition, which is not a common practice in other languages:

The prepositions which are used in the following examples:
  to, with, for, against, at, of, from, about, by

And here is a list of the seventy more common prepositions.

And of course there are the rules.
A number of quasi rules:
1. Use a preposition when the sentence would cause confusion
    or misunderstanding without it.
    Ex: This is the recipe she is going…  (the word ‘by’ is needed)
    Ex: Which plate did you eat… off… of?
          Which plate did you eat… from?
2. And the opposite: do not use a preposition at the end when
    the sentence is understandable and complete without it.
    Ex: This is the road he traveled on. (the ‘on’ is not necessary)
            There is a place I want to go to. (the ‘to’ is not necessary)
3. There are a number of phrases or words which use
    a preposition as part of the phrase or word. These are
    not examples of using prepositions at the end of the
    sentence although it appears that way.
    Examples: fed up, bring down, put off
    He didn’t understand that I was totally fed up.

O.K., some examples:

  informal: This is someone I’m willing to go with.
  formal: This is someone with whom I’m willing to go.

  informal: They are people he will do anything for.
  formal: They are people for whom he will do anything.

  informal: He is someone I always voted against.
  formal: He is someone against whom I always voted.

  informal: This is someone I never want to get involved with.
  formal: This is someone with whom I never want to get
  informal: That’s the house he was looking at.
  formal: That’s the house at which he was looking.

  informal: That’s the hotel I stayed at.
  formal: That’s the hotel at which I stayed.
  or reworded: That’s the hotel where I stayed.

  informal: This is the system he was speaking of.
  formal: This is the system of which he was speaking.

  informal: This is a photo of the school he graduated from.
  formal: This is a photo of the school from which he graduated.

  informal: This is what I wanted to speak to you about.
  formal: This is about what I wanted to speak to you.

  informal: This is the recipe she is going by.
  formal: This is the recipe by which she is going.
  or reworded: This is the recipe she is using.

– Seventy of the most common prepositions.
– Ending a Sentence With a Preposition
And if you really want some back up on this:
– Never End a Sentence With a Preposition! Oh, Really?

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The answers to all sorts of problems

July 8th, 2012 · No Comments

Note on publication: within the next week, I’ll find the missing photos and put them up. Until then, use your imagination. Better than my photos anyway.

‘If you ever have a flea problem’
Almond Flour – Brewer’s Yeast Cake This does not slash your taxes by 50%, does not give you free money to spend every day of your life, or make your mortgage disappear, etc. but it does give you an Almond Flour – Brewer’s Yeast Cake with banana and peanut butter-honey (which was really not that great tasting but probably increased my natural life span by at least 24 hours).
If I have enough of this type of thing I could end up living 30 years past everyone else. Of course, what I would do in a world devoid of other people is beyond me. 
Oh yes, and it also keeps the fleas at bay – they just don’t like the taste of Brewer’s yeast. Woke up the other night to the sound of spitting. Wasn’t bothered the rest of the night.

By the way: they also don’t like apple cider vinegar – 3 tsp in a cup of water and drunk will last about 7-8 hours. One of the great things about this method is that when you have the problem finally under control, you are much healthier.

almond flour, egg, Brewer’s yeast powder (how much depends on the magnitude of the flea problem) mixed into a thick paste with water and put into a frying pan with olive oil on a low flame.  Topped with peanut butter, 1/2 smashed banana, honey (I had purchased a peanut butter-honey mix). 

And if you can’t find almond flour, take a look at this site which has excellent information on most of the grains and the non-grains like quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, etc.


How To Reduce Chances of Heart Attack
What To Do About A Diagnosis of Herpes
The healthiest meals
If you are vegetarian and even if you aren’t
Impatient Cooking with some tips, comments but no recipes

A Whale Rescue; The Turning Point On Alzheimer’s
Getting Personal With Cayenne
Natural Approaches to MRSA
The Body Wins

Til the End of Time

Quarter of an orange. Did you know that an orange has 10 slices? No, not always, but you can find out how many slices are in a citrus fruit before pealing it.

And I bet you didn’t know that a banana has 16 slices.
Of course, that depends on angle of cut, instrument used, purpose for which slicing, personality and mood of the cutter, plus probably, if one gets very analytical about it, every single condition and movement of the entire universe. But who’s counting.  The ultimate enjoyment is part of the immutable configurations of the whole until the end of time.

Besides the banana, there is the non-fast cooking, non-instant oatmeal, raisins, walnuts, almonds, ground flax seed, ginger, maple syrip

Just an aside on genius
The boomerang is such an amazing invention. A weapon or tool which came back to you if it missed? It’s sheer genius.

I never drizzled olive oil because I thought it was pretentious, until I caught myself actually doing it.

So I drizzled olive oil on to the already-on-the-plate vegetables (broccoli and onions) which had been steamed in water, drained and olive oil added and cooked for a bit longer with the addition of walnuts, raisins and 3 sliced cloves of garlic. After the shoot, added thyme, oregano, sea salt, and turmeric which covered all that you see.

Keeping Track: Today may not be today
By the way, it’s always good to check the day to be sure that it’s the day you think it is. Who knows, you may have slept for 24 hours, or did something yesterday which you usually do on another day, thereby throwing off your calculation, or you misread a date, everything is a blur (well, I’m 76), etc. If you are really doing nothing in life (at this moment) then it doesn’t matter, but if not, than who knows – you might be missing something or screwing things up for yourself and others.
Just a thought.

In the very interesting department
12 Ways to Live a Better Life from The Washington Post gleaned from the responses of over 1000 seniors in interviews conducted by a gerontoligist.

Note: to stop the scroll, there is the word ‘pause’ in the lower right hand corner of the picture. Just clicking on the photo itself doesn’t do it. Been there, done that.


Great Breakfast 
Yeh – a raisin (believe me they´re in there), goat yogurt, egg, almond flour and buckwheat flour pancake with lots of coconut oil (that´s the puddle in the middle), cinnamon, ginger (powdered), and real maple syrup. GREAT


My mouth may be burning but I feel a lot healthier

Quinoa (a vegetable more than a grain), with veggies and tahini – topped with lots and lots of cayenne.
Lots of spices and herbs – mainly turmeric, sea salt, oregano with both powdered garlic and one garlic clove I happened to find.


What do I do when my cooking makes me sick?

With my cooking, I figure that if it doesn’t kill me, it’ll do amazingly healthy things for me.

And this dish? In my defense, my left over supper from last night (quinoa, broccoli, mushrooms) which was left outside the refrigerator, was left in a stainless steel pan over night and not in Teflon or other metal which might have added more to the mix than is wanted. And further, taking note of the nightly and daily temperatures, we are at that point in the spring when I wonder why the neighbors have their air conditioning on. And still further, I had poured on all of the anti-microbials like turmeric, oregano and of course cayenne – which also makes it impossible to taste – always good for questionable leftovers – as long as they are for yourself and not for others.  

Yup, it’s one hour later. Feel queezy to my stomach. Something is not good. So Plan B goes into effect. Put a table spoon of bicarbonate of soda (soda for drinking) into a glass of water and drank it. Cooked an egg while feeding the cats (they come first, for if I go, they must at least have had a meal until they can find someone else to feed them). Ate it with lots of thyme and cayenne pepper (a bit of coconut oil helps with this). If that doesn’t do it, a pancake with lots of thyme, oregano, cinnamon, some turmeric (curcum) (all anti different micro life forms inmical to human life as we know it on this earth) and ginger which is the best anti-microbal of them all, is next on my list to consume. And of course maple syrup which doesn’t particularly help, but at least if I still don’t overcome the effects of my last supper, then I plan on being happy when I go. Almost forgot, a cup of green tea with 5 drops of stevia.

Good resource:

Now we wait…
If you see this post, I’m still here.


Why Not A Pop-Tart?

This is half an apple stewed in an oatmeal-flax base with raisins and walnuts mixed with cinnamon and topped with maple syrup. Nuff said. That’s whole oats, not instant, and the flax is pre-ground because I don’t yet have a grinder.

Then of course, I could have had a pop tart and coffee.

I know, I know, I’d prefer the pop tart also, except that – don’t laugh, I’m with Workout Mommy on this one – and never again will a pop tart cross my lips. – unless I’m in a real hurry and just no longer care.


 The Very Basis of Life

The rest of your life may depend on this:

If you do nothing else today, check this out. The D Vitamin is extremely important in the health of the body. “Vitamin D deficiency… can lead to high blood pressure, osteoporosis, rickets, depression, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, influenza, obesity, hair loss, and cancer.” Be sure to read this very brief synopsis of what vitamin D does for you.
and check out the Vitamin D Guide

Then, if you decide to do nothing, at least you have been provided the very best current knowledge known on this very important subject, and you’re on your own with what you do with the information. By the way, with all the sun I had been getting, I figured that my D level was pretty good. Doc didn’t even want to include it on the tests but I can get pretty insistent. And when the tests came back – everything was fine except D which was off the chart at the bottom. Now, besides 15 minutes a day on as much as I can expose, I’m taking 2 drops of vitamin D liquid. Yes, it really is that important. Do yourself a favor. Read the link: 


 The beginning of the next 30 years

After the shoot, I obliterated the omelet by putting on the rest of the tahini and lots of turmeric (you know, that yellow stuff that doesn’t come out of clothing). And if you want to enjoy the taste of the omelet, get the cayenne pepper in some other way, but get it inside you some how (very important).

This is breakfast for the 11th of June 20012. The beginning of the next 30 years. Of course a missile could land on me at any minute. I live in Israel. In which case, this is a great last meal.

Speaks for itself but just in case (which includes all possible contingencies) it includes 2 eggs fried in a stainless steel pan with a small amount of olive oil just at the point of smoking to seal against sticking to the pan, with the topping cooked separately in a small amount of water together with coconut oil (lots), broccoli, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and the spices oregano, basil, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and tahini with turmeric.

What The Body Really Needs To Continue Navigating

The tomato was rotten.

And what is a green salad without a tomato. A green salad.

So, I just started to eat it and then remembered that I had bought an avocado yesterday. In my lexicon that could have been last year except it was still ripe and not rotten. So now I had something to photograph.

And the ‘do as I say not as I do’ adage is appropriate here: Do not put soy sauce on this salad. You need the mild flavor of the olive oil and herbs to make this a taste treat along with the cabernet sauvignon. Also, you need the cayenne pepper, but not in this salad unless you use a small bit to add color to the virgin olive oil in the avocado. And the spices turmeric, sweet basic, oregano, thyme and sea salt cover many of the spices your system needs for everything the body is supposed to do in terms of protection, boost energy, anti-microbial, anti-fungal whatever, and nutrients you won’t get anywhere else. Remember, never underestimate the value of the herbs and spices. In fact, I believe that often our food is sometimes just the carrier for the herbs and spices the body really needs to continue navigating.

And if you want to know which spices are effective in dealing with MRSA (the hospital bug which has everyone so freaked out, take a look at this: Lilithsapothecary Includes turmeric, thyme and garlic. As I indicated before, we should actually be eating other stuff just to take advantage of the herbs and spices which for too long we have sprinkled on our food way too sparingly to be of much value to us when, in fact, they can be the true basis of our health.  

Worried about Diabetes 2?
Another suggestion I have read about diabetes 2 and celiac disease:
Eat a gluten-free diet (Paleo Diet).

And I quote: “The Paleo diet calls for no grains, no dairy, no salt. It recommends fruits, vegetables, nuts, seafood and lean meats. The diet is based on how early man ate and discourages any processed foods. The Mediterranean diet also allows fruits, vegetables, seafood and lean meats. The main difference is that the Mediterranean diet recommends unrefined grains, such as whole grain products. A little dairy is also acceptable on the diet. 
The results of this study found that people on the Mediterranean diet had very little, if any, improvement in diabetes symptoms. The group who followed the Paleo diet experienced a reverse in diabetes symptoms, showing a clear correlation between a gluten-free diet and diabetes.”

And on another track, what about calcium if you are a vegetarian? 
This is a good place to start finding out what you can do to get the amount of calcium you need.


Felt I needed more cayenne pepper. Plus the fact that I think the fleas left me because of my hot pepper meal last night. Plus the fact that cayenne is the best spice out there for all sorts of conditions. I put coconut oil on after the shoot to help with the heat and the absorption. very important

Dr. Michael Salter says that black pepper acts much the same way that cayenne pepper does in terms of cuts, etc.
Nah, not enough
Say it every time and end up with the amaranth/oatmeal/quinoa expanding way beyond all expectations which is why the amounts given in recipes are so important. Well, you don’t get them here. My measure is – when you pour any of the grains or  into the pan and say “nah, more” then it’s already enough. And when you say “that’s too much”, my best advice is to ‘invite someone over’. With rules like this, who needs measuring cups? It’s like our ancerstors when faced with a dinasour (depending on which history you listen to) – Wow, he’s big – should last us for at least 2 months. Best advice – don’t try to bag it, run. Worked every time unless it was faster.
This breakfast beats them all
Took the cat food out of the fridge. No, I’m not at that stage. The cats come first. Otherwise I never hear the last of it. Then, the amaranth, chunk apple, raisins, walnuts, sunflower seeds, ground flax, cinnamon, coconut oil (a lot), ginger (not so much), maple syrup.  By the time I finished off half of the orange slices, the remaining became window dressing. I had to hold myself from finishing them right then and there. What we don’t do for art. 
A Breakfast To Wake You Up 

With a quarter glass of red wine, this breakfast will wake you up. Be sure to drink a cup or two of water before starting this. Two eggs fried in coconut oil. Need a thin base of olive oil at the bottom heated just to the point of smoking if you do not have a non-stick pan. And, if it’s any of the teflon offshoots, don’t use any of them. Not good for you, and especially not good for pet birds (it kills them). A good source to read on the pros and cons of nonstick cookware. Be Informed – Non-stick pans with Teflon pose a danger
Ditch this Daily Kitchen Product Now to Protect Yourself from Cancer and High Cholesterol
If you’re a sloppy eater (like I am), eat this without a shirt (I never do, but one of these days I do have to go out into the world).
This is pure vegetables with mushrooms and without the chinese noodles I generally put in this type of dish. Cooked on slow flame in lots of coconut oil until the broccoli stems are soft. About 10 minutes. Do not want to over-cook this. There are 7 cherry tomatoes cut in half in there, and part of a bell pepper. Spices: turmeric, basil, thyme, sea salt, (forgot the garlic). Fermented non-GMO soy sauce added at end (Kikkoman).
But this one I did eat without my white shirt on because of the turmeric. It’s tough with sloppy eaters especially when they are guests. You can’t have everyone sitting around in their T-shirts or without shirts on, even though it is advised. But for what turmeric does for you, this is one spice you don’t want to leave out. It will really help keep your most valued guests around among the living a lot longer. Check it out. You might even pass out bibs. Yes, it’s worth it.
For the short version of what it does: 
And for the longer version and some depth:

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Bet You’ve Never Seen It

June 17th, 2012 · No Comments

1. The complete breakfast
2. What was planned but didn’t work out
3. My run in with the street cat and making up
You’ve heard it before, but until now I’ll bet that you’ve never seen it.
This is the complete breakfast which also includes several things you don’t see.
This was prepared after doing my regular 9 arm and 9 leg exercises while lying flat on my back in bed, each 100 times (a total of 1800) but after drinking a glass of water upon waking up. You can see the procedure at main site.
Disaster egg  (as scrapped off the bottom of the pan)  with lots of cayenne pepper, turmeric, powdered garlic, and sea salt  By using a stainless steel pan and bringing the olive oil just to the smoking point, the surface is sealed so the egg will just slide off. Coconut oil does not work – at least in my experience. In this case, the oil had not been just at the point of smoking and I ended up scrapping.
Whole oatmeal with ground flax, cinnamon, healthy dose of ground ginger, 2-3 caps maple syrup
Nuts: almonds, walnuts, raisins 
Seeds: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds(if I had had them) put into oatmeal just before turning off stove (in this case, I got lazy and put them in at the beginning – not that you can tell)
Coconut oil – 1 heaping teaspoon of congealed (I keep it refrigerated) or 3 tsp of liquid on top of the oatmeal
And what you don’t see:
Green tea with 5-6 drops stevia
Yogurt with ground flax – 1-3 cup with 3 tablespoons ground flax and 5 drops stevia
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) – 3 tsp with 5 drops of stevia in a glass of water –
Vitamin D3 – 2 drops liquid added to ACV
My plan for later in the day
– Cappuccinos – at least 2 (they have found that coffee in moderation is very good for you) 
– Dark chocolate bits in a muffin with one of above cups 
Cruciferous vegetables such as swiss chard, cabbage (if I can’t get it anywhere else, I buy a falafel and pile it with cabbage), brussels sprouts, broccoli…
Other vegetables grated carrot, summer or zucchini squash, onion, more garlic, red bell pepper, other colors (include a lot of color: see this article for a listing
Salad with non-head lettuce and tomatoes, cucumber, grated carrot
Tahini with cayenne pepper
Eggs – Perhaps another egg for the protein
– Fruit: apple, or kiwi, banana, berries, cherries, other
Coconut oil – at least 2 times more during the day on, in or around other things. This stuff is great for you. We have been misled for all these years. Check it out.
Herbs and spices with lots of thyme, turmeric, sweet basil, oregano, more cayenne.
Water – at least equivalent of 8-9 glasses a day, but be sure to drink before you do any morning exercises or engage in sex – might save yourself from going happily – due to a heart attack.
Green tea – at least 3 more cups
Sugar and Flour??? 
In general: very little sugar and very little or no flour (grains). If a grain, than non-white (I just can’t give up the chocolate chip muffin I get in the middle of my 4 km walk every day)
Only use olive oil or coconut oil – and if you can afford it use only virgin cold pressed olive oil. You absolutely need saturated fats – just not trans (partially hydrogenated) fats which are put in most prepared foods, baked goods, and restaurant meals because they lengthen the shelf life of the foods and it tastes good – see this link for a partial list of foods containing trans fats 
Apparently, New York City and several other cities plus the State of California have totally gone off of trans fat oil in restaurants and or baked goods, and as of now at least one large fast food chain has also switched off of using trans fats nation wide.
I am a vegetarian and therefore do not list meat or fish. I sometimes eat tofu made of non-GMO soy, but can get the protein I need from my other staples. See this link for a list of all the high-protein sources and what they contain or and a good video naturalnews
And you will be healthier than me. I started late. I’m now 76.
The end of the day and It didn’t go according to plan
To be truthful, the rest of the day really veered off course, but as you will see, I wasn’t too far off, especially on the cayenne (it just wasn’t used internally).
Missed lunch – too busy. Had a single dip ice cream cone – vanilla-chocolate, and 4 cups of coffee (cappuccino). Stevia for 3 of them and brown sugar for the last.
For dinner – bought a falafel packed with cabbage and dill pickles (which had been foreseen earlier).
And for a bed time snack – one green tea, banana, hard boiled egg with salt and turmeric, and for dessert brazil nuts, pecans mixed with half a cubed apple in cinnamon, ginger and maple syrup.
The cat had her say and I used the cayenne pepper 
And for enders, the cat who always finds her way back in, was meowing around my legs for dinner.  I took a step backwards and landed on her tail. Wow, there was blood all over the floor – mine.
I was a victim of instantaneous reflex. Would think I’d have learned from the previous incident. I grabbed the last of the cayenne pepper, put a little bit of water on my hand and slapped it on the leg. Not enough. Fortunately, just 2 hours previously I had bought a new cannister of cayenne. Finally figured out how to open it – one of those grinder cannisters. Ground some onto my hand and rubbed that all over the 5 or 6 claw slashes. And the bleeding stopped instantly, but the blood was already being tracked all over. Took off my shoe, limped to the bathroom to clean it under the shower, and mopped the floor – I now have a cleaning-rag-testament to the affair. Just hope that the tetanus shots for the previous cat incident 2-3 months ago are still effective because I wasn’t going anywhere. Put on more cayenne and a salve for cuts. Later put on baking soda and more cayenne.
The cayenne had stopped the bleeding and ended the pain instantly. Now we wait and see. But my adage of not using the last of anything would have been crucial, if I hadn’t bought a replacement. Did have some cayenne pepper in my wallet which I carry around with me. Read one of the previous blogs for particulars, and what cayenne does for you besides instantly stopping external bleeding.
Now I had to find the cat and make up. Found her on top of the piano. Went over and put out my hand very slowly. She wasn’t having any of it – moved away. Did it again and she let me touch her but still shied. The third time, she started purring – it was when I told her I was sorry for stepping on her tail. They understand more than we think. Never underestimate your pets. In so many ways, they know and understand more than we will ever know.

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The saga of the unmarked cat food bag

June 14th, 2012 · No Comments

I sort of inherited one of the street cats which I harbored during the long winter here. Tried to unload the three of them by making it difficult to come back in. We have 3-4 women who feed the street cats on the surrounding streets. Very concerned neighborhood.
But one of the cats just kept coming back in and I still can’t figure out how. I’m on the second floor. The other two never mastered it. What can I say, some just have it.
Now he thinks he’s one of the family – such as it is.
Sounds like a rusty barn door opening when he asks for food.
Yesterday at the pet store, when I asked for his best, the pet food store owner gave me a large silver bag of dry cat food with absolutely nothing written/printed/or whatever on the bag anywhere. Didn’t or wouldn’t say who put it out. I asked what it was and he said “It’s good, it’s good – liver.” to which I said “Would you give it to your kids?” No, no, I’ll eat it myself if they don’ t like it. So me – no, if it’s so good maybe I’ll eat it if they won’t. Him – “No, no, I’ll eat it.” All this macho stuff coming from the two of us  “Just bring it back’, were his last words. 
OK, so this morning – not having opened the bag last night – I come out to find that the street cat has just finished surgically, with one claw, rending a big gash in the side of the bag. So, all right, saves me from having to open it from the top. Always hate doing that. It’s never easy. As if the manufacturer is not even thinking of the human customer – marketing straight to the ultimate consumer. So, I put some into a bowl. He goes, sniffs it, takes one bite, jumps up on the stool and gives me the barn door, asking for something else. This, from a street cat, mind you. At this point, my cat comes in, goes to the bowl, sniffs it and looks up at me with her trusting eyes as if to say “Are you kidding????”
Well, that’s 100% of the vote. The guy was not happy when I brought it back. “But, he said, don’t your cats like ‘so and so’, and he gave the name of a big cat food manufacturer here. To which I said “Sure, but not this stuff.” I guess they (the company) had put just enough liver scent on the nuggets to get a hungry street cat’s attention but not enough content in this experimental test run, or they just were attempting to get rid of something lying around. Truth in advertising? Lots – not to worry – because there had been absolutely none – that’s the advertising. About the truth part,  I have no way of knowing.

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Don’t Marry For Love

June 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Nursed this one back from the brink of extinction. Still with me 5 years later

Contents: Rules of life, don’t marry for love, fulfilling an image, what to do when burn your thumb, various noodle squash and swiss chard dishes, the legendary Doc Watson, the problem of eating in the U.S. with GMO.

How To Reduce Chances of Heart Attack
What To Do About A Diagnosis of Herpes
The healthiest meals
If you are vegetarian and even if you aren’t
Impatient Cooking with some tips, comments but no recipes

A Whale Rescue; The Turning Point On Alzheimer’s
Getting Personal With Cayenne
Natural Approaches to MRSA
The Body Wins

General rules of life:

Never use the last of anything
It will go rotten before the next time you use it.
It is not essential or even desired.
Its replacement has already arrived (don’t be caught off guard with ‘about to arrive’ fore it may not).
It really is absolutely the very last
(but if you can cut it in half, it still is not the last).
You have totally had it (in which case, don’t use it this time – store it and maybe you’ll want it later – a year from now, 10 years – you should see my apartment)

Only marry for the following reasons in descending order
1. You like the person (remember this, or let it seep in for the first time – ‘love is an overrated concept’. At least instant love, because true love only comes in time, and you’re probably already married or living together)
2. You enjoy yourself when around the person
3. You feel comfortable with the person even though nothing is happening (which will be most of the time)
4. Basic similarity in viewpoints
5. Personality
6. Talents
7. Interests
8. Instant Love
9. Looks
10. Negotiables (money, property, stocks, etc.)
11. Shotgun (literally or more figuratively these days)

It’s unfortunate that most marriages take place based on the reverse order, the first five of which (11 to 7) can change and often do very rapidly.

Don’t Mess With That Mental Picture
Had this picture in my mind for spaghetti. Don’t fool around with pictures in your mind. They may come to you out of the future and all you are doing is paving the way. Or, they may be coming from some deep recesses of your subconscious and is fulfilling a need which must be answered and has only certain parameters, or it just fits some concept of beauty, utility, necessity, or whatever in you. In any case, it’s sacrosanct. So, did this do it for me? Yes. exactly (more or less). I opened up the fridge and there sat the swiss chard, but I immediately rejected it. Didn’t fit the picture. I’ll have my chard moment later – tomorrow, or even the next day when basically I will be out of everything, and since it is a holiday, I will be fending for myself. My next lesson isn’t until the day after. Then I can get expansive again, if only for a meal and the underpinnings of something later on.
But back to foreseen dish:
whole wheat spaghetti because I have been staying away from the white stuff I have had in the cupboard for at least a year.
a little quinoa because somehow it fit the picture
1/4 of a red onion – saved the other quarter
one of two zucchini squashes
za’atar (combination of thyme, sumac and sesame seeds)
sea salt and black pepper
turmeric (be careful with this stuff. They use it to dye clothes yellow. It’s indelible and really, really does not come out). Put extra on a small part of the spaghetti and it tasted great.
extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil
fermented soy sauce (Kikkoman)
Great Dish!!!

I burned my thumb with steam because I put water in a hot pot when I was holding it with a pot holder (I use a folded over toilet paper roll – works great).

I simply forgot what I did in the past – what to put on a burn to make the damage a lot less worse.

Wow, that steam is hot. If you don’t remember anything else, remember that steam is hot and can do severe damage – to you and to the dish you drop the pan on.

I grabbed the jar of coconut oil and put some on the thumb. But no, that wasn’t it – although it might help. Then I remembered: sugar. But there was no sugar in the house.
Remember?? Never throw out or use the last?
I looked around – saw the maple syrup jar and there was one drop left in there. I put it on. It worked. Cut the pain almost instantly and was going to reduce the redness and swelling and any scarring. In this case, I did have a new bottle but if not, the one drop would have saved me.

Burned the Beans
I used the last of the beans —– and burned them (I mean, really burned them). So much for beans. I was going to save half of them but said to myself ‘”use them all.” Last time I listen to myself – unless of course I knew I was going to burn them and really didn’t want them anyway.

Zucchini Squash
So this is the pinch hitter: zucchini squash, raisins, red onion, chinese rolled noodles, fermented soy sauce, turmeric, sea salt, thyme, oregano, za’atar with sesame seeds, and half a capful of maple syrup.

Boiled swiss chard with fermented soy sauce, turmeric (curcumin), Dead Sea salt, coconut oil. Believe me, you don’t know what you’re missing until you put real soy sauce and coconut oil on swiss chard. It’s a whole new dish.

I heard that!!

And I’m uninviting you. But you’re missing out on one of the healthiest, best tasting meals you will eat in a long time. And all of the people who have eaten my cooking during the last 4 years are still alive.

Summer squash, red onion, broccoli spears plus the sliced stem, half a carrot grated, unripe avocado cubes (that was very difficult to get out of the skin), pumpkin seeds, chinese noodles, fermented soy sauce, turmeric, za’atar, black pepper, (thyme and oregano would have been in there but I’m out), sea salt, and cinnamon (and I won’t tell you why I put the ultimate anti-bacterial, anti-fungi spice in a vegetable noodle dish), all fried in coconut oil in a stainless steel skillet. Plus, a side of tahini and cayenne pepper. This followed chugging 3 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 4 drops of stevia in a glass of water. If I don’t reach 99 it’s because I was hit by a train, or whoever is married to me at the time has had it with me.

Then on night number two
Exactly the same thing except this time I got smart. I grated the broccoli stem which was much easier than trying to cut it, plus the fact that it cooked faster. I also added sunflower seeds to the anti-oxidant power the plate already had giving 60% of the daily requirement of vitamin E for only 1/4 cup of the seeds.

My only problem with the marriage thing is that I will have to promise to always take her out to eat after she sees what I cook, or more realistically, I will be barred from the kitchen.


The tastes don’t go together but nutrition wise I’m set for the day. Apple enhanced rolled oats and cinnamon and coconut oil with banana and maple syrup beside fried egg with lots of cayenne pepper and tahini with lemon juice.



Sometimes I’m glad I live alone.
Not often. The trail of sauce on the side there is from my drinking the juice of the swiss chard and the spices unceremoniously – I guess I could have poured it into a cup. Oh well…
Living alone does have its advantages.
Really great dish!

Now to describe it and tell you how to find out how healthy a dish is for you.
The short Worlds Healthiest Foods questionnaire gives you a somewhat personalized food recommendation based on what you eat during a day.
For this dish, the only thing missing was a deficiency in vitamin B12 and D which I take in pill form or do something about on a more or less regular basis, and a possible 60% deficiency in niacin (b3) pantothenic, and selenium which could have been solved by some mushrooms. All the rest are taken care of for the day even though I use the chart in a highly unorthodox way.

But I had to include the following which I did not include, so be sure to add them if you make this dish:
1 at least one of the following group: sage, rosemary, ginger, cumin, coriander, black pepper
2 at least one of the following group: pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds
3 at least one of the following group: broccoli, cauliflower, Romaine lettuce, mustard greens, crimini mushrooms
I had at least one of each and in some cases, all of them. Just didn’t put them in because I hadn’t taken the questionnaire yet.

To take it this way, just take the stuff that’s in there and mark it 4-6 times a day and everything else less than 1 time a day. Gives a shotgun approach to nutrient monitoring.

So here is the stuff for this dish; swiss chard including stems, tomato, non GMO tofu, walnuts, oregano, basil, tamari sauce, thyme, turmeric. Should have added  
at least one or more of the following: rosemary, cumin, black pepper, one or more of the following: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, ground flax seeds, and one or more of the following: at least one of the following group: .
broccoli, cauliflower, Romaine lettuce, mustard greens, crimini mushrooms.

And if you are worried about the GMO, read this from the Kikkoman people: “Organic whole soybeans combined with organic wheat, salt and water—that’s exactly what goes into Kikkoman Organic Soy Sauce, nothing more, nothing less. Our soy sauce is naturally fermented—creating a clean, fresh, and balanced taste refined by months of aging. This preservative-free soy sauce is ideal for vegetarian, fusion and traditional Asian dishes and it complements raw foods by bringing out their natural flavor. Certified organic by QAI and the USDA, Kikkoman Organic Soy Sauce is made with premium quality GMO-free whole organic soybeans, GMO-free wheat and salt.”

But to get the full benefit of the food questionnaire, do it right also! And heads up – if you run it again, just uncheck and recheck the line ‘I have read and accept the terms of use’.

The legendary DOC WATSON and music
Just listening to Doc Watson, the flat picking guitarist who just passed away at the age of 89, gives meaning to the term ‘greatness’.

Doc Watson and Merle Watson

at 4:57 on the video timeline, his rendition of Roy Acuff’s Streamline Cannonball is great.

The sheer lyrical quality of his music. I just sat there with tears in my eyes.


The Problems of Eating What We Normally Eat
And if you are aware of the changes taking place in the production of food in the States, this is one video you definitely need to see.

Patriotism on a Plate

Robyn O’Brien very powerful indictment of a large part of the American food supply chain which is making us sicker than any other country on the planet.

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I may keel over an hour from now. My daughter says it’s not a good beginning – So, to make it better, some advice below

May 24th, 2012 · No Comments

(I have to give myself at least an hour which places any possible end in an indeterminate future we all cling onto even in the best of times)
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                       When I went back, the tree wasn’t there

WOW, that was good!!! 
 Sorry! Since it’s already doing its thing, you can’t see it. So, imagine it, because as they say, a picture is worth a 1000 words…, even if it’s just in your mind.
And to help the imaging  – This is a quinoa dish which in and of itself doesn’t sound very enticing. But wait until you see what it does together with the two life enhancers green tea and apple cider vinegar.
If you’re not using these, you’re missing out, and I tell you why below. In my case, this dish helped me lose weight and tasted great in the process, kept dementia, Alzheimer’s at bay, kept my leg from swelling due to an old deep vein thrombosis 20 years ago…, plus all the things that walnuts, almonds, red grape raisins, coconut oil, stevia, maple syrup, and cinnamon can do for y ou, and it’s a lot, all on one plate. 

Preparation: the walnuts, almonds, red grape raisins were mixed into a quarter cup of quinoa (cooked of course), 3 teaspoons coconut oil, 4 drops stevia, capful maple syrup, lots of cinnamon accompanied by a green tea with a tsp of coconut oil plus 5 drops of stevia. 
Before and Just After
This followed two cups of water after getting up in the morning, and in addition, 3 tsp (about – I never measure) of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Don’t imagine that. It was really sour. Guess a drop of honey or 4 drops of stevia would have helped. All this was after 14 arm-and-leg exercises each done 100 times while lying flat on my back, and also after feeding Cat (actually got up for that).
Increasing the Quality and Length of Life
And some important information on quinoa, green tea and apple cider vinegar 
These really make a difference in the quality of life and possibly even in the length.
Quinoa – like a grain but related to spinach, swiss chard, beets and gluten free – it is an ancient grain used by the Incas. Has high protein with all 9 essential amino acids. Is beneficial for migraines, diabetes, atherosclerosis, insulin resistance and does not contribute to fungal or bacterial infections, but stimulates the microflora (known as good bacteria) of the intestinal tract, and is good for relaxing the cardiovascular system. It has high manganese, and is a good source of magnesium, folate, phosphorus, fiber, and copper. Like other high fiber grains and fruits, it is good in blood sugar control which is important in guarding against diabetes 2, and is protective against certain types of cancer. Quinoa by whfoods.comQuinoa: An In-Depth Guide…
Green tea
Israeli researchers show that green tea has a rejuvenating effect on damaged brain cells due to Parkinson and possibly Alzheimer’s, and dementia. The best summary is whfoods – Green Tea “Green tea drinkers appear to have lower risk for a wide range of diseases, from simple bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, periodontal disease, and osteoporosis.” Add to that the reduced risk of dying from any cause (except parachute not opening), and reduced risk of different types of cancer, lowered risk of coronary heart disease, help in the prevention of blood clots and promotion in the thinning of blood, help for the prevention of type 2 diabeter through increased insulin sensitivity, finish this here… They’ve found that it is aided by a small amount of ground black pepper added to your meal which increases the amount of the active ingredient in green tea which is absorbed by the body.
Apple cider vinegar
  It’s good for so many things that if you don’t have at least one of the problems it’s good for, I will wager you are not alive. It is an acidic substance which some proponents claim turns alkaline in the body.
According to one source (although there is relatively little scientific evidence to back up these claims) it can be used for “acne, allergies, arthritis, chronic fatique syndrome, diabetes, flu, gout, heartburn, high cholesterol, sore throat’ as well as weight loss, and more… Apple Cider Vinegar – The facts on…  According to link, always use diluted when taken internally and use precaution related to undiluted, prolonged or heavy use, if have allergies to apples, have osteoporosis, or low potassium levels, and while not adequately researched, could have an additive effect when used with high blood pressure, diabetes, and some heart medications.
I was standing in the kitchen looking around for something to eat. Sometimes I’ve been walking around with an image, but most of the time it’s just a blank.
What I found: I have a summer squash, part of a red bell pepper, half an avocado and some stems of swiss chard (without the leaf part) which have been sitting on the floor for about 5 days. I also have a new frying pan, with a handle, which my daughter gave to me. With a handle!!!  Something I haven’t been privy to for almost 2 years. Have to rethink all of my kitchen maneuvers – especially the flipping part, the transportation of hot pan to plate part, etc. What you see in front of you is the result of the last of the vegetables with about 6 strands of chinese rolled noodles. After the shoot, I covered it with lots of turmeric, thyme, and a small amount of  dead sea salt, mixing it up beyond recognition. Fortunately, I will be able to buy something to eat tonight because I will be giving 2 English lessons today,.
The Priorities of Life 
My life right now is between highs and lows (financially).
My priorities during days of low finances?
1 Cat comes first.
2 Then, a cappaccino and a chocolate chip muffin (have to have some fun in life)
3 My 4 km walk which is instigated by said muffin in the middle. How far I would get without that muffin and coffee is only a guess, but I figure, not far.
4 Then comes food – fortunately I’m vegetarian – It’s cheaper.
No, do not force my views on Cat. She wouldn’t get too far on vegetables.
The potential of stopping bleeding or a heart attack

Avocado mountain with cayenne on tahini hinterland.
For those of you who think I’m skimping on the cayenne, knowing all that it does for you, in my defense, this is about half of today’s allotment. The salad behind it is just the buffer and the tahini underneath makes it edible. You have to believe me and try tahini as a buffer. I’ve tried it with a lot of different things and so far tahini is the best for getting the cayenne down. If course you can use cayenne powder in a glass of water and chug it.

And the most important part of the (bear with me) tomato-avocado-red onion-cucumber with thyme-oregano-turmeric (curcumin)-olive oil salad are (is for the grammarian in the crowd [part]) the 5 drops of honey.

Very Important 
If we all carried cayenne around with us, there would be far fewer trips to hospitals, and far far fewer worried relatives.
If you are not using it or carrying it around, you may look down from above one of these days and wish you had. “If I had only paid attention, I wouldn’t be here now” you’ll say. “Oh well, next time”.
This is one thing you should definitely do. Carry some cayenne powder or flakes around with you in your wallet or purse to just slap on an open wound and hold it to stop bleeding almost instantly, or to have it handy if someone (not you of course) starts to have a heart attack. Stops it in its tracks. Don’t believe me? Do a search. But this is just the start of what this spice can do for you. If there was only one spice in the world, there are a number of knowledgable people who have said that it should be cayenne pepper.


Bed Time Snack?

After writing the above, I decided that I should have this even though it was 11:00 at night:  
apple cider vinegar in water (not shown), plus tahini (added more later) with lots of cayenne pepper, some ground black pepper, sea salt, turmeric, cinnamon, and a green tea with 4 drops of stevia with a teaspoon of coconut oil about 1 hour before I went to bed.
All I have at home is lettuce
 which my daughter says is nothing and I can’t live on that alone. Was walking home but decided against stopping off to buy tomatoes and cucumbers and chives, and whatever… to make at least a really good salad.
How to generate a full meal starting with only lettuce
So there I was with cut lettuce lying  in the pan.
Then my memory kicked in and I found half an onion, and after making 5 cuts across the top in one direction and 5 cuts across the other way at a right angle, I sliced it like you normally would to make rings and had instant cubes. Found the left over piece of bell pepper but put it down until I thought of adding some chinese noodles. Once the noodles were boiling, picked up the bell pepper and sliced it.
I leave stuff like that lying around just for occasions like this even though I shouldn’t leave stuff like that out for very long. Which is why I put on so much turmeric, thyme, oregano, aside from the other great things these spices do for the body, they take care of stuff which might have been out too long. Have been using the cooling cupboard all winter but it is definitely no longer enough. And the reason I know that is because the cat food which should have been at the bottom of the partially used can, was somehow magically at the top. Hummm…
So I cleaned the refrigerator (or part of it) for the can of cat food. What we don’t do for others.

Mixed in mayonnaise which is the only other thing I keep in the fridge.  Added extra virgin olive oil, some almonds and raisins and a little fermented soy sauce (Kikkoman). Put it on the plate and on top added half a capful of maple syrup for that extra. Now I had a meal. It is truly amazing what you have when you think you have nothing. 

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What everyone else wants

May 14th, 2012 · 6 Comments

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What everyone else wants
I have a friend who opened up a cosmetic shop. Spent a lot of time and money on it, and it just wasn’t going anywhere. The basic idea was that most people (women) want cosmetics, people know what the word cosmetics means, and they can see the containers – right? And if more light is put on everything and the right colors are put on the walls, then people will come in.

So I said to her, “If you were going to buy cosmetics, you would come here. Right? She just looked at me, and after what seemed like forever, said ‘Yes. Yes I would come here because it is all natural — organic cosmetics. And then to back up her decision, said “Most of the brand names sold elsewhere are not organic and are synthetic – not good for you.” So, I said “And yet you don’t say that anywhere. You may think that most people want the brand names, but more and more are starting to move away from that idea and are becoming conscious of the value of organic materials and the fact that a lot of the synthetics are not good for you when they seep into the body. Secondly, you have only domestic products. You may think that everyone wants imported because that’s where all the advertising is, but more and more people, coming here as tourists or new citizens as well as everyone else, are looking for products produced here and not imported. Plus the fact that domestic is cheaper. Right? And no animal testing went into the creation and production of these products, which is one of the reasons you decided to sell it. More people are becoming aware of this aspect of cosmetics, but again, you don’t get that information out there anywhere.
Stop second guessing what others want. Sell them what you want, for the reasons you want it, and make sure other people know that’s what you have here.

Too often in life we second guess what everyone else wants, even when that is no where near what we really want for ourselves. Give others what you want. You’d be amazed how many there are out there who want the same thing and can’t find it anywhere because everyone is making the wrong assumptions.

Latest dishes recipes

Over-The-Top Breakfast
Waiting for the morning to unfold. This is my encouragement.
2 eggs, from free chickens, with all that entails.
   The Eggs
slice of swiss cheese (made here – hence the small ‘s’)
oregano, thyme, hyssops and sesame seeds, curcumin, sea salt
Doubled up on the spices after the shoot except for the salt. Otherwise, eggs would be invisible.
   The Whole Oats
cooked for 8 minutes (probably could use more), raisins and walnuts rinsed in boiling water, cinnamon, lots of ginger, sea salt, heaping tablespoon cold pressed pure coconut oil on top, honey because I’m out of maple syrup.

Before and After – 1 Egg Buckwheat Cake with Mushrooms and Onions

Lots of oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, turmeric (if I had had it). One cap of maple syrup. You definitely do not want to overpower this dish with maple syrup.

There is one thing you do not want to do with this dish – sneeze with all of that cayenne pepper in your mouth. Wow does that hurt when it gets up your nose.

Had two eggs left.

Didn’t know what the rest of the day held for me. Have you ever had the feeling of really, really needing an egg and just didn’t have it? No? Me neither. But just in case. I remember several times in the past when I did have an egg left over and congratulated myself for having the foresight of having saved it – just because it was useful for something.

Put some powdered milk in a jar with some water, some buckwheat flour plus the egg and shook it, adding this or that until I had pourable consistency. But since I had decided to use only the one egg, the other stuff had to be the addable. Poured it into a just smoking stainless steel (so the egg wouldn’t stick), and proceeded to save a baby cockroach who was drowning in the sink. The egg – it overcooked, but the roach lived, or at least the next time I looked, he wasn’t there. If you don’t know what the rest of the day holds for you, try doing that. It’s a great boost. I do it because I figure they have as much right to live as I do.

Back to the egg. Added all the rest of the stuff which included walnuts and raisins (rinsed in boiling water), cinnamon, ginger, sea salt, a glob of coconut oil, maple syrup.

In any case, this is half of the one egg I did use. My hunger got the better of me on the other half. Plus the fact that I figured it didn’t look good enough to photograph. In fact, it didn’t, until I made that decision, folded it and ate half of it. Sometimes giving up is the best thing you can do.

The Secret Vegetarian Noodle Dish – Again, and Again and Again

Quick cooling Chinese rolled noodles – ready in six minutes and only half of one roll in each of the dishes below.


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Fifty percent of life is esthetics

April 20th, 2012 · No Comments

How To Reduce Chances of Heart Attack
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Getting Personal With Cayenne
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I Cook To Eat Because Nobody Else Is Going To Do It For Me

It’s amazing how once you start something (anything) all sorts of help, support, ingredients, material, ideas come which didn’t seem to be there previously. This is a general maxim of life. If you never start anything, you just have stew (wherever you are sitting or lying, and it’s main ingredient is you).
This is a case in point. I literally had nothing in my kitchen for lunch. Found a packet of quinoa with about 1/4 cup left. Put it into water to start boiling. Then all the rest seemed to just come out of nowhere. Once I had the base, add-ons which had no meaning alone started yelling for inclusion. Imbued with 4 cloves of garlic and topped off with tahini it was a perfect dish. 
Even down to the last 7 small pieces of cayenne pepper guarded by two roaches. I let them make a graceful exit and poured it in figuring that the heat would take care of any problems with the help of all the anti-bacterials I was putting in: oregano, thyme, turmeric, and the cayenne itself. Guess I would have been shut down by the health department, but they just don’t understand the finer points of spices and health. In the end, we are probably doing more damage to ourselves with all the chemicals we spray around which have few antidotes since they are new on the scene and just didn’t exist throughout millions of years of our development as mankind – in the mixtures, quantities and ubiquitousness of their presence in our personal environment. I believe that we were really better off in the past, and with a good proportion of the oldest of our kind now living in conditions which we would consider primitive by todays standards, it makes one wonder. Those who couldn’t make it were superceded by those with the slight genetic changes which ensured survival. As a result, we may be setting ourselves up for a fall far worse than anything we have envisioned including atomic destruction, robotic supercession, lack of sustenance, or the ravages of a new ice ages or other catastrophe caused by changing weather patterns and protective layers of whatever between us and the sun.  
Needed Cayenne
Had to have something to put cayenne pepper on. Lots. Still can’t get to the point of putting it in a glass of water and chugging it like some people do, so I must find other ways, and egg is the best base I’ve found. Reading this short article is highly recommended. The amazing healing powers of cayenne pepper (capsicum) 
cayenne pepper healing great post!

This is one egg mixed with just enough almond flour to still be pourable into the pan without adding water. Although,  if push came to shove to get it to pour, I would have added whatever was needed..
I soaked the organic oats in boiling water while the egg cooked. Be careful of the steam when pouring the soaked oats into the hot pan. Added the cranberries, which is the last of my sister’s fruit basket gift, and added ground ginger, cinnamon, 4 drops of stevia (I don’t have enough maple syrup left to really make it sweet), and the walnuts. Poured melted coconut oil on top of the oats because I forgot to include it in the cooking phase.
I really like salted butter on matzo
The rest is vegetables, sliced and then diced. Stems of swiss chard and broccoli, zucchinni squash, sweet potato slices with tomatoes and a lot of spices. Delicious 
Tested it and this dish is missing nothing except Vitamin D and B12
I have found that eating my meals in the sun just doesn’t hack it. Found out that even though I walk every day in the sun for at least one hour and even sit in the sun with just the necessities on, doesn’t do it for me either. My blood test came back normal on everything except D, and that was in the danger zone. Taking 2 vitamin D pills a day including one B12 (a zinc, magnesium, b6) has hopefully solved the problem. We’ll see if its OK if I can ever get up the steam to go do another blood test.
And now the test to see what I am getting from this meal. To find out what a food or a meal is missing or conversely what it has, I take the World’s Healthiest Foods Test Granted I am taking it in an unorthodox way, and I have absolutely no idea how the test is actually graded, but it gives me a ballpark idea of what I’m eating, and what I’m missing in terms of nutrients.
So, whatever is on the plate gets a check, dot (whatever) in the 2-3 servings a day column, and if the category is on the plate twice, I put it in the 4-6 times a day column.  It’s a stretch but it makes me happy which is what it’s all about anyway. One thing this test does not measure is coconut oil, red wine, or the almond flour, buckwheat flour and quinoa flour mix with an egg which was used to cover the french fried onion rings, such as they were after my skilled cutting.  And that’s tahini on top of everything.
And the coconut oil? In this dish, it is the most important. Particularly if you know what coconut oil does for you. It’s all fried in pure coconut oil and nothing else. Which, if I have read all of the articles correctly and they are right,  means that I must have lost at least 1 pound on this meal, helped stabilize my cardiovascular system, helped keep myself away from Alzheimer’s, gave my skin what it needed to avoid the wrinkles of old age, and given myself a golden glow. 
So, how did the test come out? This meal covers all of the nutrients covered by the test and indicated that I was low on only two vitamins – D and B12. And those are covered by the pills I take, if not by the sun itself.
Avocado Chard Egg
That was the best egg I have ever had. Could hardly wait for the computer to open up to write that.
I cook to eat but also, in the back of my mind, I do have the fact that there is going to be a photo.
But FIRST, the cherry tomatoes  – Study Shows How Tomatoes Combat Prostate Cancer 
Amazing stuff. It has been discovered that the chemical called lycopene in tomatoes accumulates in prostate tissue and blocks cancer cells from attaching to the blood supply which effectively stops them.   The Mayo Clinic has this to say about lycopene “Numerous studies correlate high intake of lycopene-containing foods or high lycopene serum levels with reduced incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration.” but indicates that there is evidence that its activity in humans is controversial, and evidence is lacking that lycopene alone is implicated since studies have been done with whole tomatoes which have many other factors and not only lycopene.
Next stop the pizza parlor. But I want extra cheese. WHFoods indicates that besides tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon, and guava also have high amounts of lycopene. 
It also indicates that “your lycopene status may be impaired by a diet that is extremely low in fat or if you have a medical condition that causes a reduction in your ability to absorb dietary fat…”
And to continue with our recipe:
swiss chard
kikkoman soy sauce
sea salt
fried in lots of coconut oil
cayenne pepper
Had to throw out most of the chard because only the young leaves which had been sheltered from the insect spray by the larger ones (no dark spots) were left unaffected by the chemicals. Cooked the egg, and then fried the chard and all of the accompaniments separately.


Normal Breakfast
For those who never eat breakfast, this is slightly over the top.
But then I figure that with a 3-4 km walk ahead of me to get my morning cappuccino, I need whatever I can get. Plus, I want something to put the cayenne on and something else to put the walnuts in. So there you have the background. The organic oats includes ground flax seed put in after the flame was turned off, lots of coconut oil, sea salt, three drops of stevia, cinnamon, ground ginger, and maple syrup on top. 


My Own Sauce
I bought some tomato sauce – delicious, but when I looked at the ingredients, I decided to make my own. My daughter told me how to do it She’s told me 3 times before. This time it stuck. This is what I remember. There were other details which you’ll have to get directly from her because they’re not in there. So I grated one tomato using an old fashion grater. Put it in the hot pan with some olive oil (only extra virgin) and added a small amount of water, sweet basil, oregano (with stems taken out. I use a wet finger to lift them out. Don’t know how the body would handle them otherwise once they’re down there), turmeric or curcumin and sea salt. It became so dark in color that I grated another tomato to put on top.
At least half of life is esthetics and I’m probably being way too minimalist – some would say 90%.
You can see the original with all the spices, below the nice red topping. Added coconut oil. The recipe in my mind called for lots but didn’t want to open up my last jar. Want to give it to someone. So with the walnuts to keep the blood flowing (using instead of Coumadin) I really enjoyed breakfast. Put cayenne pepper on it for all of its fantastic attributes in the health arena, but if you really want to enjoy the egg, leave it off, and chug a teaspoon of powdered cayenne in some warm water. And if you do nothing else for yourself today, read the article on cayenne. It will really make your day, and quite possibly your life.  The amazing healing powers of cayenne pepper (capsicum) cayenne pepper healing

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How To Live On Vegetables

April 8th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Me, the cappuccino and the gnat
I had just finished a cappuccino.  Was sitting there contemplating the empty cup (what else is there to do when finishing a cappuccino?) when two very small bugs flew into range. One landed in what was left of the foam, and just sat there immersed. The other one flew off. So much for support, but I guess that’s realistic. The foam guy was a goner. I asked for a napkin and the waitress gave me two. Taking the bug out of the foam with the edge of a sugar packet, I put it carefully onto one of the napkins. Now he was upside down, so I turned the napkin over so that his feet were just touching the other napkin. He walked off, and then just sat there, contemplating his revised afterlife. Then he started to walk and as he did, he was cleaning his wings of sugary foam with his hind legs. This went on for about 5 minutes. Can’t get them too clean if you want to be able to fly again. And when he reached the edge of one napkin, I put the other napkin down. Finally he walked off onto the table and just sat there for two minutes. Suddenly he took off, and did two circles and maybe even a loop in the air. If It hadn’t been a bug, I would have said that was jubilation and perhaps even a thanks, before disappearing. The waitress and the owner of the restaurant must have thought I was crazy. I’m sure they’re not the only ones. Consciousness is the same everywhere, only seemingly limited by the physical apparatus we have been given.

Whoever hates vegetables hasn’t eaten one of my dishes.
In this case with chunks of cheese and a very small amount of chinese noodles. The veggies?: swiss chard, swiss chard stems cut small, broccoli plus stem, red onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and lots of spices.  One fantastic dish.


 Fried in pure unadulterated cold pressed coconut oil  

The middle part contains red onion, zucchini squash, garlic, and the diced stems of the broccoli are cooked first because of the broccoli stems. Eggplant placed on top and then browned after the rest of the vegetables are cooked. Broccoli florets put in last so as not to cook too much and lose nutrients. On top is tahini, turmeric, sweet basil, sea salt. Delicious. By the way, coconut oil helps you lose weight. I eat about 4 heaping tablespoons of it a day on just about everything. Its benefits for the body are amazing. Just google or other it ‘coconut oil health’. to find out for youself. For the other search engines, see note at bottom on *major search engrines.
Another side:

Fantastic tastes early – well, not so early being a free day – in the morning. All fried in coconut oil and no spice except for sea salt. And, of course the cayenne which I could have done without. But I wanted its health benefits. Particularly for the heart and the whole cardiovascular system. Ended up not eating the stem of the chard since I had not left it in the pan quite long enough, but if you want all of the benefits of spinach and can’t stand the stuff, chard is a delight.

To the question, ‘How can I live without meat, potatoes, and bread?’.
This is part of the answer.
Eggplant fried in coconut oil, and tahini on fried squash, carrots, and broccoli, also in coconut oil.




Cold Egg with a great ‘breaded’ with almond flour vegetable fruit and nut compote

The Egg was ignored while I cooked the delicious BREADED stuff.
The breaded part is a small amount of almond flour (or other than white flour) added while frying the compote in coconut oil so that I could justify putting maple syrup on vegetables and fruit. It worked. With a small amount of cinnamon.
But the best part is the stems of swiss chard cut very small and set frying while dicing the red bell pepper, and the green apple.

Whole Oats
Needed oats for breakfast – something to put walnuts and fruit into and eat with maple syrup. You know the feeling. And nothing does it like oats. But the whole kind with all its nutrients as given by nature still intact – even it it takes a little bit longer to cook – 9 minutes longer, while you’re getting the cranberries, raisins and nuts ready, and slicing the banana, and pouring coffee, and feeding the cat. In the end, it’s just like instant but healthier, and doesn’t have the feel of mush. Yea, that feeling :-)
Two things I learned from cooking, burning my hand, and eating this dish:
1. When you severely burn your hand from super heated steam after leaving the beans on the flame too long in insufficient water and then pouring water on them – don’t.
2. The incredible effects of immediately putting a lot of  coconut oil on the burned area. Truly amazing how it reduces the pain almost immediately. So, if for no other reason, have coconut oil handy. But, while you’re at it, take a look at what coconut oil can really do for you. That is one of the great stories of this decade, since it was unwarrant
edly vilified during the last. To get a fast rundown on what we are now finding out about this long neglected truly miraculous product includes its benefits for the hair and skin, its amazing effect on individuals with Alzheimer’s, the help it gives to the heart and cardiovascular system, its effect on weight loss because of its medium chain fatty acids which no other vegetable oil has, its potential for healing and treatment of a number of diseases, the fact that it controls blood sugar and the secretion of insulin thereby helping in the prevention and treatment of diabetes II, and on and on, see

 My cat. I worried when she didn’t come home for late night snack.. But she was there this morning. Once she was gone for 2 days, but I think someone had ‘adopted’ her and closed all the doors and windows.


 * Major search engines
The major search engine universe listing the search engines which provide the most of the content for the other search facilities:
Also see Search Engine Watch for a listing as of 2007 which is very interesting: 
      (AOL Search  CompuServe Search  Groovle  MySpace Search  Netscape  Ripple)
AltaVista  Ecocho  Everyclick  Forestle  GoodSearch  Rectifi)
      (  Alexa Internet  Ciao!  Ecosia  Facebook  Ms. Dewey  Yahoo! Search)
      (Hakia  iWon  Lycos  Teoma)


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Why get out of bed

March 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Perfect Breakfast For Really Getting You Started
Remember that Cayenne pepper is truly one of the most amazing foods you can take for a multitude of conditions, problems, and can stop a heart attack in its tracks, and stop bleeding from a wound almost immediately. See the resource below for all of the other things it does including its antifungal properties, aid to the circulatory system, allergies, cramps, digestion, etc. 
Always be sure to put some globs of coconut oil on the egg before the pepper – (or after but before you eat).
Helps with the heat. Also sea salt, but that doesn’t help any. Just the taste, if you still can.
And the oatmeal?
whole grain
8-10 raisins (remember that these are swiveled up grapes)
ground flax seeds put in after the fire has been turned off and just before immediately taking the oatmeal out of the pan. You do not want to get them hot. 
Walnuts stuck in after a mound on the plate because forgot to put them in before. But better since heating may cause some damage to a number of nutrients in the nuts.
coconut oil
maple syrup
Friendly advice: Eat the egg first.
A side note: The walnuts and the flax seeds can provide all of your Omega-3 for the day. Very good for the heart by lowering blood triglycerides and blood pressure, lowering build up of plaque. 


The healthiest breakfast ever (the cinnamon helps)
handful of whole oats as carrier
bunch of walnuts
2-3 tsp heaping ground flax seed
sunflower seeds (I got carried away with the dumping)
I usually just dump – do not use a spoon for much of anything 
rounded tsp chia seeds
about half a tsp ground ginger
3 tsp coconut oil
sea salt to taste
2 tsp cinnamon
4 drops Stevia
maple syrup
Preparation: cook oats in just enough water so that by the time the oats are ready, most of the water is evaporated.
Turn off the flame and put the 3 seeds (sunflower, chia, flax) in and stir adding a little bit more boiling water from the coffee maker if necessary.
The seeds should not be cooked, although I run the walnuts (bulk supplier) under boiling water.
Add the walnuts and coconut oil
Add the cinnamon and maple once on plate. 
Those plastic lids on the strawberries don’t stay on when the box falls to the floor. Hence the extra cinnamon which is the best anti-microbial spice around.
This is the second time I have scooped the strawberries off the floor where all the cats track and washed them (the strawberries, not the cats! In fact never do that – to a cat). 
Full story of breakfast? Before the oat compote, I ate a single fried egg with sea salt, some coconut oil and lots and lots of flaked cayenne pepper. Plus a quarter avocado. 
Now, I am truly covered for anything. 
List for those who like em (and some comments)
1 range free chicken egg
extra virgin olive oil just to the point of smoking (so egg does not stick to stainless steel pan). I stopped using non stick pan after finding out what teflon can do to you.
sea salt
ground or flaked cayenne pepper (there are different heat grades to them, so be careful. Although most stores only sell medium range pepper (about 30,000 to 50,000 SHU on the Scoville Rating Scale
tbsp pure, cold pressed, unadulterated, non hydrogenated coconut oil 

Cold breakfast – but not because I planned it that way.  
By the time I had the nut-seed compote finished, the eggs were cold. When you have only one pan, you pay for being stingy – over and over again.
Part of the egg shell got into the egg white and by the time I got the fork, it had disappeared behind the now cooked white so I separated that part out and hoped to find it by eating very carefully. But it was in the part I didn’t separate out and its now too late. A little bit of extra calcium never hurt – right?

You’re determined to not eat any flour or sugar. So, there you are with two eggs on the plate. Then the left over half of the cucumber from 3 days ago comes to hand. And with salt, it’s not half bad. Plus the walnuts which are great for blood flow and the pecans which are just great, together with onion, garlic (not planning to meet anyone today), sunflower seeds for whatever they’re good for, and of course the turmeric, thyme, sweet basil for all of their microbial fighting ability plus all of the other benefits health wise.  


One of the most amazing breakfasts on the planet
This will cure you of things you didn’t even know you had.
Pictured below is the recognizable original before the spices, and herbs. The seeds were added after the shoot but I was too hungry to get up and take another unrecognizable photo.
2 organic eggs from range free chickens containing all of the nutrients no factory farm chicken has even dreamed of, much less seen. And maybe one of the free chickens has even seen a rooster (talk about joy).
Avocado, red bell pepper, red (well, purple) onion, no garlic – I give a private lesson today around a coffee shop table. 
3 tablespoons ground flax seeds – the flax together with the walnuts gives 100% of the omega-3 for the day
pile of sunflower seeds spices – turmeric, oregano, thyme all of which take care of anything microbial, each with its own particular specialty. If you still doubt the safety of your meal, just add a little of the top microbial fighter – cinnamon.
For added safety, the cayenne pepper, but you may want to leave this out – but before you do, think about all that it does for you including enhancing blood flow… 
Also included is sweet basil  
And for those who like lists:
two organic eggs 
1/4 avocado
1/2 red bell pepper
1/3 red onion
3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
handful sunflower seeds
handful walnuts
a number of pecans
lots of turmeric
lots of oregano
lots of thyme 
a little cayenne pepper
lots of sweet basil 
sea salt to taste
extra virgin olive oil
3 teaspoons of coconut oil (either used to fry the vegetables or placed on top of the still hot vegetables and egg when on the plate.

 And this is what it looks like before I eat it with all the spices I add. We think of spices as tastes. But they are really health. And we are missing out big time.


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Watching A Loon

January 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Contents this post: beets with quinoa, evolution and flight, beautiful swan video with great music, falafel for age 100, why have I never tried fennel bulb before, side effects of Warfarin (Coumadin) and what I substituted for it which is much better, cinnamon the great, ginkgo biloba and green tea, tahini, never pick your own mushrooms unless you really know what you are doing, World’s Healthiest Foods Questionnaire to find out how you are really doing with your diet / way of eating, and what vitamins and minerals you are totally missing.

 Really worth seeing photos with great music. But first the dish. 


Whatever Comes To Hand
This dish is whatever came to hand in a kitchen which was rapidly running out of everything. And this is what was left, except for the lettuce which I was just not in the mood to prepare, much less eat. So starting with the quinoa, it was cooking with some shreds of fennel which I had placed in a plastic box kept right in front of me where I won’t forget. Also put in the other half of the zucchini squash from yesterday which was also in the box.

Then, I was looking in the bags (I keep what I bring from the market on the floor until they are empty. Even then they sometimes stay there for a while until I simply can’t get to the ones which still have something in them. I opened one bag and there at the bottom was a lone beet. OK. Sliced it without peeling and added. Then I put in the spices thyme, oregano, salt, black pepper, turmeric, salt, plus about 2 tsp of coconut oil and let it cook until the quinoa was done. How did I know? When I didn’t have to chew it to get the sample down. Excellent. Beets are one thing which are difficult to work with and this way is definitely a great way to go.

NOW THE GREAT PHOTOS AND MUSIC –  go to ‘Beautiful Swans‘  and just click on photo of swan
See my comments below.

The other day I was watching a loon running on the surface of the river to get up speed to fly. It was beautiful to see. Where did the thought of being able to move through the air come into play in the theory of evolution? I’m not saying that the theory doesn’t have a lot of validity and rationale behind it, but there is a point. And this flying business is beyond that point. Man has tried to do it, according to accounts from ancient times, and has never even come close, until he finally mastered it using mechanical means, and that only after hundreds of thousands of years.

I haven’t seen a feather attached to a human or a membrane which would enable him to soar once he jumped off the cliff, leaving few progeny to benefit from the attempt. Flight is simply the most incredulous capacity to possess, and there must have been a blueprint, if you will, behind such an astounding ability. Call it God, or nature itself behind such an inspiration if you are an atheist. Logically, it just doesn’t come out of small changes over thousands of years, particularly the feather part. 

OK, now I’ve had my say and having thought this for a few days now, I received the following from a Romanian friend of mine who sends me fantastic stuff. This is very moving ‘Beautiful Swans‘  with the music ‘Forever In Love’.
And the quote on the frame I like the most (slide 9) reads, according to her translation of the Romanian, “The most beautiful gift you can give someone is hope, so don’t get stingy.” 

If you want to download it, do not click the big ‘download now’ button with the red lettering or green check unless you want ‘Babylon’s translation tool’. Use the very small ‘download (inca 27)link way below the photo. If it does not open, or it simply downloads, then right click the title and choose ‘open with microsoft power point’. Any time during the presentation, if you stop it for any reason and the music stops, to start it again, right click, and select ‘go to slide’ and then select slide 1.
Really worth all of it.
How To Reduce Chances of Heart Attack
What To Do About A Diagnosis of Herpes
The healthiest meals
If you are vegetarian and even if you aren’t
Impatient Cooking with some tips, comments but no recipes

A Whale Rescue; The Turning Point On Alzheimer’s
Getting Personal With Cayenne
Natural Approaches to MRSA
The Body Wins

My big discovery of the day – FALAFEL.

With only this (well almost) you could live to 100. It would take the ‘well almost’ to get you beyond that point.

Went and got a second so I could do my own photos. All the ones in Google are not anywhere near what I just ate. Chickpea balls in a pita with two salads (cabbage and chopped up greens) on top of them with a dill pickle, tahini sauce and a cayenne pepper sauce added. All for 15 shekels which is the price of a cup of coffee here. Perspective – everything in perspective. Not too long ago, coffee was 2 shekel.
High in manganese, molybdenum, dietary fiber and 30% of your daily protein needs.
“In the following study, it took only one week of garbanzo bean consumption to improve participants’ control of blood sugar and insulin secretion. Equally important, only 1/3 cup of the beans per day was needed to provide these blood-sugar related health benefits.” on garbonzo beans

Well, here is my photo of the interior.  Opened it up to show the inside. Was obviously not cut out to be a surgeon. I just hope that most surgeons are. One point to note. Be sure to open it up a little bit by squeezing it on the ends when you buy it, and get the tahini sauce deep inside because otherwise it can get sort of dry down toward the bottom.

Fennel bulb for breakfast?
That was fantastic.
My stomach will not soon forget that. Until the next meal – it has a short memory.
But the rest of the system will thrive on the ingredients in this very unusual combination.
– quinoa which I had prepared 4 days ago with a number of spices
– walnuts added at the end to maintain all of their nutritional value
– fennel grated
– red onion
– ginger grated
– turmeric, thyme, oregano, turmeric, salt
– tahini on top together with a sprig of the fennel
– And to drink? ginkgo biloba leaves together with a bag of green tea

This is the first time I have ever tried fennel
. It gives a slightly sweet taste to the food which is great, and it has anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects on the system, plus being a very good source of vitamin C on fennel. It’s found in many middle-eastern dishes and in Italian cuisine – and for some ways to use it, take a look at these Italian recipes. You will wonder why you never tried it before. It’s great roasted, in salads, in stews, bean dishes, vegetable recipes, etc.

Lentil, Greens and Squash Soup

Added the following to water boiling:
broccoli with stem (starting to turn yellow. Not a necessary requirement)
lentils pre-soaked for a long time (actually needs only about 2 hours but mine had been sitting there for 3 days)
red onion
1/2 zucchini squash
fennel leaves
fresh ginger grated
cinnamon, turmeric, thyme, oregano, turmeric, salt
2 tsp coconut oil
1 cap soy sauce
not too much water You want a thick soup you can add water to if necessary but do not to run dry in the cooking.
tahini on top
How long to cook? Cook until parsley stems are soft. It’s also good if the lentils are cooked.

14 piece band (What? To play the sitting-down-to-eat-the-soup fanfare)

Warfarin (Coumadin). If you are on it, this is a must read.
Had a deep vein thrombosis 8 years ago or so, from (according to my doctor) sitting at the computer too long without moving, and started taking coumadin. Got off if it by eating about 10-12 walnut halves a day. Works great to keep the blood from clotting. And not side effects. If you have seen the list of side effects on Coumadin, you will never take it.  Coumadin side effects which makes me wonder why any doctor would recommend it for anyone when there are natural foods which can do the same thing with no side effects. Something is wrong here. But if you are taking Coumadin, be sure to read this – on fennel which gives all the foods you should not eat when taking coumadin, its interaction with other drugs. In short, do some research to find another way to control your clotting processes and blood flow. I wonder if they have ever done a study on the average life span of coumadin users against the normal population factoring out whatever is producing the coumadin use.  One of the best rundowns I have run across is on Warfarin (coumadin).
So today, I have not had any walnuts for 3 days due to budgetary considerations.
My leg started to swell. Been on walnuts now for about 2 years. and off the coumadin. Means I can now go out in the sun and get my vitamin D naturally. I finally have some walnuts.

Had to have something to hold the cinnamon
egg with 1 tsp melted coconut oil added before shake.
cayenne pepper sauce, thyme, oregano, cinnamon, salt
Just the ticket. The egg gives you energy and protein, the cayenne clears out your arteries and protects the heart, the thyme and oregano provide anti just about everything microbial and fungal, and provides for normal blood clotting, helps preserve bones from calcium loss, thyme the great antioxidant and anti-microbial, and…

CINNAMON the great
The greatest antioxidant, blood sugar control so you don’t clump when there’s no need, anti-inflammatory, best anti-microbial, and cognitive functioning improving agent around. If you want to do your best on tests, be sure to put cinnamon on something, plus it reduces risk factors in diabetes 2 (reduces blood sugar, reducing insulin resistance) as well as protecting against cardiovascular diseases on cinnamon.  Since discovering what it can do for us, can’t stop putting it on everything. So I photographed the dish before I added it, just in case it totally obliterated the photo, which it did.  The taste was great.

Beets in the morning?
Well, if you already have it with the quinoa, than why not. With extra cayenne sauce, turmeric, coconut oil, it makes wondering why you never tried it a real question. No hold-over-after-meal hunger on this one.
Also, while heating up the walnuts is not recommended due to the loss of certain nutrient effectiveness, the crispness of the walnuts with the egg was great.


The ultimate tea for getting your blood flowing: ginkgo biloba together with green tea, cinnamon, coconut oil, powdered cayenne pepper, and stevia or honey to taste. If you have never checked out the use of ginkgo, and who should be careful and when not to use it, do some reading before trying this. But do not let that stop you from using it. Very good for relief of Alzheimer’s and dimentia, improving blood circulation, reduces pain when there is blood flow restriction, helps in various problems with the eyes, and much more. Truly great stuff.  University of Maryland Medical Center on ginkgo biloba
Look at the ‘How to use it‘, ‘Precautions‘ and ‘Possible Interactions‘ at the bottom of the page above the long list of supporting research.

When you’re down to your last means – think TAHINI
The greatest help is concentrated tahini which becomes a sauce by just adding water until you get the consistency you want. Forget the other stuff everyone says to add. Just complicates an otherwise simple and cost saving process.

broccoli spears which are turning yellow plus their stems sliced thin
parsley stems which everyone throws away, cut up very fine
half an onion
half a tomato
soy sauce
half a bell pepper
cut up walnuts to give crunch along with everything else walnuts give
2 tbsp of coconut oil to fry in.
Fry as long as it takes to soften the parsley stems, and if it gets too dry, either add more coconut oil, or a small amount of water which should evaporate by the time everything is ready. When the parsley stems are done, the rest are patiently waiting, having been done 1 minute after they were added. Spices: thyme, coriander, oregano (if I had had it), turmeric (if I had had it), sea salt, black pepper, powered cayenne pepper – as much as everyone can stand – for it will do amazing things keeping you well, and keeping your blood flowing and protecting all of the arterial system along with aiding in keeping the heart running smoothly, along with everything else it does.
Of course, you can put all of this on top of rice, noodles, spaghetti, or anything else for that matter (except for ready to eat breakfast cereals. here have to be some limits). I just eat it without all that grain, but they make it go further, without adding much to your health. All done under 10 minutes.

Caveat: never time yourself when using a knife, or any other sharp instrument for that matter. And don’t be doing anything else. I mean anything! And next time you cut yourself, remember what I said. Unfortunately, knowing the rules is not the same as learning. This is one of the laws of the universe which should be changed.

This is about as healthy as you can get
Put everything I felt I needed into this one. I assumed that nobody will try to emulate it so I went overboard. Followed it up with a dessert of unroasted pecans.

Fresh country whole grain chiffon bread without preservatives, some sort of goat cheese spread, the type of organic mayonnaise you can usually buy these days only in a health food store, slices of fennel (they could have been thinner but the taste was great), red onion laid on after the shoot, avocado, lots of turmeric, oregano, salt. The grated carrot salad in a bell pepper ring had organic mayonnaise, 1 tsp of coconut oil mashed, thyme, and salt. After coming home from a 4 km walk, and eating lunch I went out again for another 4 km walk to deliver something feeling full of energy throughout.

A great soup – Sparce Mushroom
Primarily great because the lentils are at the bottom where you can’t see them. Don’t know why I don’t like lentils but given that they are high in protein (35% a serving of your daily need) pus iron, manganese, tryptophan, fiber, folate and for those who know what molybdenum is, about 200% of daily need. In using them, my rational side upstages the emotional.

I asked at the organic store if they had cayenne sauce, and was told that they hadn’t seen any in the country for two years. So, the jar that I just finished off I had for over 2 years. Whether or not it was any good, it sort of neutralized itself, and by adding the thyme, oregano, turmeric and, just to be sure, a little cinnamon, I was covered. Not taking his word as the last truth before the apocalypse, I checked at a super market and sure enough Frank from Buffalo, New York had gotten through. Add only at the end when it is already in the bowl and then several drops at a time between tastes. Even though this was Frank’s original and there was ‘Buffalo hot’ and ‘red hot’ above it on the heat scale, it packs a punch.

That’s goat cheese and goat butter on top (no preservatives, but what they give the goats is anyones guess), mushrooms (and remember, never pick them yourself even though they may look exactly like what you would buy in the store. Buy them from someone who knows what they are doing. Some of these mushrooms are deadly, and I mean deadly), 2 tablespoons grated fennel bulb, grated ginger, 1/2 large squash, 1/3 bell pepper, 1/2 tomato, tablespoon coconut oil, 2 capfuls of kikkoman soy sauce. If you don’t use real unadulterated, fermented soy sauce, you don’t know what a great treat it gives to a dish.. I was going to put an onion in but figured that enough was enough. Added thyme, oregano, turmeric, sea salt, and black pepper to the mix.

The pages below definitely made a change in my eating habits.
Especially after taking the questionnaire.
In my opinion is one of the best and most complete listing, description of vitamins and minerals in the food we eat, up-to-date food and nutrient research website going.

List of vitamins and minerals in the food we eat: For a very quick look, take a look Foods  

List of foods giving different nutrients:  whfoods Nutrients

Questionnaire: Very important Questionnaire to find out how well you are eating, and if you are really getting all of the nutrients you need whfoods food advisor 

**If you want to do it again,  to find out which items you can add to make it better, be sure to uncheck the box “I have read and accept, etc. input the changes and recheck the “I have read and accept, etc.”
But, be sure to do a copy of your original answers, or you won’t remember what you changed to make the results better or worse.

By the way, I use a free to check my spelling. Really very good. But to get corrections on your grammar, you need to pay something. So remember that, and don’t think you have covered everything because your words are spell checked. Saw something the other day in which the spelling was perfect and the grammar was… shall we say somewhere in the sky.

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The Advantage of Living Alone – only one

January 9th, 2012 · No Comments


The important thing here is the red stuff on top
. Very hot cayenne sauce which became very mild when mixed with this assortment of vegetables in a tahini base.
 And why do I emphasize cayenne? It is one of the more powerful healing spices in the world. As I indicated in another post, it stops external and even internal bleeding almost instantly (carry some flakes in my wallet), is said to stop a heart attack in 20 seconds, is great for the circulatory system, rebuilds tissue in the digestive tract, and is good for ulcers, is reported to kill cancer cells in various parts of the body. In fact if anything is wrong with you, this is the spice to take, even if it doesn’t target the actual problem, it will help the rest of the system which is crucial for benefiting the healing process. If you do nothing else this year, read this one article and its stories of what it has done for people Medicinal Use and Health Benefit of Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum) source And its side effects are practically nil. The one precaution is that if you are not used to cayenne,  use a small amount and work up. If you decide to put it in water and drink it (like some people do), but less than a teaspoon in a cup of warm-hot water, or you should start with a less hot form of the pepper group and work up to the amount which will be most beneficial for your system. According to this article, the only side effect was possibly when someone went into shock by taking too much, or used a particularly hot cayenne. Afterwards, he continued to use cayenne but worked up to a higher level. side effects of cayenne
For a good summary of some of the benefits of cayenne.
It suggests that cayenne be used every day for optimum health effects. I definaiely agree.

And so you will know what you’re getting yourself into, here is a chart of the capsicum in different peppers. Cayenne is in the middle range but there is a large range of ‘hotness’ from 30,000 to 50,000 SHU (Scoville Rating Scale), but can go as high as 125,000 to 190,000 SHU. There are some peppers that rate at 350,000-580,000;. So be sure you have cayenne.
BTW police grade pepper spray is evaluated at 5,300,000 SHU.

Cayenne pepper heat units
0 sweet bell pepper has zero SHU.
2,500-8,000 SHU jalapeno usually green but sometimes red photo
30,000-50,000 SHU cayenne pepper photo
100,00-225,000 SHU birds eye pepper photo 

Be sure you are getting cayenne and not another with higher SHU, even though it may look similar.

Ingredients of this dish: Fried in coconut oil and a small amount of extra virgin olive oil, zucchini squash, onion, garlic cloves with turmeric, thyme, salt, and sweet basil.


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no photo found, but still a truly great dish straight out of an empty mind – early morning
In place of an EGG for breakfast

If I wasn’t going to have an egg, what was there to eat?
Well, I made a green tea with two drops of Stevia, some cinnamon and one teaspoon (more or less heaping) of coconut oil, while my mind was blank. Doing something else allows the universe to reposition for a new focus.
Started with the nuts. There they were on the plate after pouring boiling hot water over them (bulk supplier), looking – well, sort of inhospitable and inedible. So added two heaping teaspoons of coconut oil and avocado, mixing them well with the nuts. Now we were getting somewhere. Chopped up an onion. No, I cut an onion. You don’t chop one of those things. Then, thin sliced a large garlic clove. Grated some cabbage, half a small carrot, a small amount of bell pepper, and a lot of ginger. Added salt, oregano, thyme and a little cinnamon for its nutrients, and the fact that its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and general anti focus was different from that of oregano and thyme. With all three, you sort of cover all possibilities. After the shoot, added a sauce made of hot peppers. Couldn’t reshoot because the stuff was all over the plate and I couldn’t clean up again like I had done with the first.
Absolutely delicious. This dish will guard you against everything except overeating. The only thing I was missing was one of my niece’s chocolate chip cookies. In two days I keep telling myself.

I have to admit that was the best fried egg I have ever eaten
. And I’m not even selling.
Grated red and yellow bell peppers, grated fresh ginger, grated carrot, 2 egg omelet with 2 tsp melted coconut oil included in the shake, with a side of beet leaf, onion, garlic, and all my usual spices spread all over the top of the omelet after the shoot. How could we write and be understood without the comma.


Boiled Vegetables
Sounds terrible. And as you know if you have looked over my site, boiling is just not on the menu. But after reading so much that frying all the time is just not good for you, I decided to try it one more time before going back to my what my one pan was made for. Had finally found broccoli, and decided to slice the stem also, even though I didn’t know whether it would be any good. What come to mind is the rule ‘Only proceed when you are sure’. A corollary of ‘don’t jump until you’ve seen the bottom’, which is a corrollary of ‘once you hit bottom, it’s too late. If you haven’t seen those three before, it’s because I just made them up, good or bad, but it describes my relationship to cooking – I both proceed and jump without looking. But this time it worked out. With salt and thyme, plus some leftover tahini from yesterday, it was delicious. Even the leftover water with some spices added was great. Ingredients included: broccoli crown and thinly sliced stem, sweet long red pepper, chopped onion, zucchini squash.
Good enough to try it again? In the interests of health, reversing my aversion to boiling tendencies – yes.


Received a phone call which was not the one I expected. In my frustration, ate one of my niece’s cookies. Solved everything. And anyway I was going out to walk 4 km; and I only ate one – rationalizations, rationalizations. What did I do before her cookies? Can’t remember.

Zucchini squash, tomato, beet leaves (much better than spinach or even swiss chard), bell pepper, and all the regular spices which were put on after the photo.  Avocado with tahini and ginger. Be sure to divide the stem of the beet leaves. Here is a photo before chopping/cutting the stem and leaf.


Breakfast with Quinoa

No, I haven’t started dating. For those who don’t know of Quinoa, it’s a grain like seed which is treated like a grain but is actually a vegetable and is entirely safe for diabetics, or anyone else for that matter. Easy to cook, tastes great, well… basically has little taste, or my taste buds are on the fritz, and can be served with anything which you would serve with any other whole grain. With butter, it’s great, and with nuts, cinnamon and maple syrup, excellent.

My Apartment Mates
When I went for the bag of quinoa, I had not rolled the top as tightly as I had thought and there were tiny cockroaches inside. I carefully opened the bag and the majority (the crew) made a dash for the top and jumped to safety. One just leisurely ambled up to the top, and then once outside the bag, just sat there as though jumping was just not his style, so I put the bag down sidewise and he walked off. The last one was still inside, not moving. Maybe thought he was the captain and was ready to go down with the ship. Finally got him out with a lot of coaxing. Yes, I save cockroaches. They have a hard enough time with the salamander which lives in my kitchen. And over time, I have determined that each one has its separate personality or way of reacting. I am going to say what to some would be blasphemy, but I believe that their consciousness is actually no different than any other creature including us. If I were in their bodies, with all of the capabilities which both limit or take them far beyond what we can do, I would act in exactly the same way they do – except jumping from tremendous heights, flying, coming out only at night type of thing.

This is the last minute Broccoli Special
after I thought I had finished a salad dinner.
The image of broccoli was hanging in the air, so I decided to pluck and manifest. Chopped up broccoli including the stem, until it got sort of hard to cut down toward the root. Added onion, garlic, bell pepper, turmeric, thyme, sweet basil, salt, and fried in coconut oil with a heaping tsp of coconut oil added after it was on the plate.

Put the spoon in my mouth to finish it off – NEVER do that

Breakfast with nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds), hard boiled egg (cold), two tsp coconut oil (hard), half an avocado, turmeric, salt, thyme, basil, oregano (if I have it), and a spoonful of cayenne sauce. I had never tried the sauce alone, only mixed in something making it appear to be  mild. So, after putting the sauce on the egg, I put the spoon in my mouth to finish it off – NEVER do that. That stuff is burning hot alone. There are some things you should never try alone. Be sure someone else is with you.
The cayenne mixed in is not shown in the photo. But it really makes the dish.
And for added health and antibacterial protection, some cinnamon. I didn’t put it in, and when I finished the egg etc., due to the very old cayenne sauce, I had a pain in my stomach. So, I cooked up a pancake to put cinnamon on (a lot). Not shown because I used so little whole spelt flour that it fell apart. Still served its purpose.

Very interesting. I thought I saw a flock of loons diving in the estuary nearby, but as I came closer, I saw that it was a flock of mallards. And near them was a loon. For the mallards which are dabbling ducks (feed mainly on vegetable matter by upending on the water surface, or grazing, and only rarely dive ) this is rare behavior. Has been seen elsewhere when a species of diving bird takes up residence in the same body of water as the mallards Youtube My group could stay under for 3 to 4 seconds while the loon, and later its mate, stayed under for 18-20 seconds. Long enough for you to think they’ll never come up. Interesting adaptive behavior for the mallards. In this case, It was bathing and preening time, apparently not feeding.

One of the advantages of living alone
is that you don’t have to please anybody except yourself.
In fact, that’s the only advantage.
I took all the stems off the parsley, dill and cilantro. A great visual of many of the fresh herbs is this source
I didn’t want a lot of stems sticking out of my food. Saved them in case I find out that they have just as much vitamin and mineral quality as the leaves, and I will use them in a salad where stem sticking is not as noticeable.
This is boiled cabbage (red) and garlic, onion, and zucchini squash, with all of the green things I have never bought except for parsley which I never used except once when I was going out and didn’t have time to brush my teeth. Had heard that it’s good for the breath. Whether or not it worked, I will never know. That was one of the mercies of creation – you can not smell your own breath because what would you do if you couldn’t do anything about it?. My daughter gave the parsley to me saying they were good for all sort of cleaning processes – liver, pancreas, etc. Mostly etc. since I don’t remember what she said. Plus some grated ginger. One thing to note: do not freeze ginger. When it thaws, it turns literally soggy.
That’s crumbled goat feta on top.
And additives? Fermented soy sauce, thyme, turmeric, oregano if I had had it, salt, pepper which I forgot, sweet basil in the soup made out of the leftover water, which with salt and soy sauce, was not bad at all. Throw nothing out – especially in these times, but also for all of the vitamins and minerals going down the sink which really doesn’t need it.
I put the green stuff in after the cooking had finished to preserve as much of the V&M as I could.

After reading not to fry or char food, I fixed this in the frying pan (my one pan) with coconut oil.
The only thing burning here is my mouth because of the cayenne. This is one egg with melted coconut oil poured into the egg before I shook it up in the jar, and CO in the bottom of the pan. The red stuff is cayenne sauce spread on the partially cooked egg, and pecans on top of the quinoas with turmeric, cinnamon (out of thyme, oregano the other anti everything spices) and salt, pepper. Was that ever good. The quinoa was leftover from yesterday.

This is the ultimate diabetes 2 breakfast and if anyone tries it, they’ll never go back to snap, crackle, and pop.
Had a lot of things lying around – a hard boiled egg, some old broccoli, half an onion, some soggy ginger root, and decided to combine them into what was incredible. Starting with a lot of coconut oil in the pan, I put the onion, broccoli including some of the stem sliced thin, some fresh long sweet pepper, grated ginger, and a sliced tomato all on low flame. Mashed the egg and mixed it with avocado. The cooked in oil (not fried) vegetables when ready but not too done, were placed on top. Photographed wi
thout the spices which sort of obliterate everything: lots of oregano, thyme, powered cayenne, salt.
The cats don’t know what they’re missing. And they don’t care, as long as I give them kibble and top of the line canned cat food. To each his own.
Cayenne squash without the garlic

OK, you asked for it (actually you didn’t but that was going through my mind). It’s what I had for breakfast. Very healthy, but it’s not a pretty sight except for the walnuts and apple. The stuff under the walnuts is one egg fried in three teaspoons of coconut oil, with some leftover quinoa from two days ago, one heaping forkful of cayenne sauce, half an avocado, lots of thyme, some cinnamon, oregano, salt.
Together with the apple and walnuts, this gives you just about everything you need to get you through the day in one piece. That’s if you were falling apart in the first place. And if you are already together, this will make sure you stay that way. 
The four staples of health: cayenne pepper, cinnamon, avocado, turmeric. Make that five. Forgot the ginger. When you add the walnuts and the apple, it’s over the top. When you combine that with sunshine and a salad for lunch along with limited sugars and grains, and a good spell checker, you’re on the road to a long, healthy and successful life. Although I’ve said this before, Quinoa is treated as a grain because of the way it is used, but is actually a vegetable.

Wasn’t going to show this.
Probably the worst looking, best tasting dish I’ve made in a long time. But finally decided to make a photograph of it as a notation to myself to try it again. Just what every single person who doesn’t really know how to cook can fix.
Put about two tablespoons of coconut oil in the frying pan (frying everything will do me in one of these days), dumped in some cut up cabbage, followed by sliced cucumber squash (actually put it in the other way around because you want the squash to sit on the bottom to have that fried look in case anyone just happens to drop by or you want to take a photo. Then large-grate half a bell pepper, and put it in. Checked the already prepared beets but found them covered with mold, so forgot  it. Cut up some onion. Took the skin off about 3-4 garlic cloves and crushed them. I saw a professional cook smash it with her hand. Tried it. Won’t do that again. I just cut into small pieces They say wait a while for the necessary reaction of the garlic clove to being crushed, but I can’t wait that long, and besides, to think a vegetable is reacting to what I do just doesn’t sit well with me. Add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper sauce but didn’t mix it in. Maybe I’ll decide that I just can’t take that much sensation, and I’ll still have an option. Mix up some tahini without the lemon and the whatever else they say to put in with it. Spiced the glop with oregano, thyme, sea salt and fork it onto the plate. Put the tahini on top and mix in. Fantastic. Even with the cayenne which I mixed in and found to be much milder than I thought it would be. It actually really added to the great taste.

Had half an avocado afterwards to sort of put an elan finish to the dish, which I ate way too fast. That’s one of the problems of being alone. Should get myself a bottle of wine and force myself to relax, sit back, and sip some wine during. It really does something to change the atmosphere, your sense of priorities, your feeling of doing it right, etc. Attitude is everything in this life.

Lentil soup with Hummus

Excellent soup except I couldn’t taste it because of the cayenne pepper.  But it cleaned out my whole system, and I would benefit from its vitamin A, C, complete B complex, organic calcium, potassium, and the fact that it rebuilds tissue in the stomach, helps in the assimilation of food, heightens circulation and is beneficial to the whole cardiovascular system, lowers blood pressure, helps overcome fatigue, restores stamina, stimulates organ secretion, helps against various itchy skin conditions, gives relief from headache pain, has powerful anticancer benefits, and if I was having a heart attack, would stop it within three minutes. Guess I’m covered.
Put 2 cloves of garlic and the two teaspoons of ginger into the pan 1 minute before turning off the flame in order to take full advantage of two of the best spices (except for cayenne) in the world.

I will put this up against any ‘power breakfast’.

Whole organic spelt, cooked until flakes opened (about 6 minutes), lots of cinnamon, teaspoon of turmeric, lots of fresh grated ginger, grated green apple, salt, fig boiled with the walnuts and pecans for 6 seconds (it was the fig taken out of the box for me by the cat), a teaspoon (actually half a forkful) of honey, two teaspoons coconut oil. Eaten only after I had drunk 2 glasses of water. Didn’t want that going into a system which wouldn’t have the means of transport ready and able to carry it to all parts of the body. Finished with a cup of coffee with 4 drops (only) of Stevia.

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Try avoiding something for just one week-Diabetes 2?

December 26th, 2011 · No Comments

 In this post: incredible ginger, possible diabetes 2, no sugar, no flour, cinnamon, coconut oil, quinoa, and two amazing books on curing diabetes, and some great dishes if you’re living alone, vegetarian, and even if you’re not

Incredible ginger
for the purists: ‘on which to put ginger’)

Last night I was looking around for something I could put ginger on, and at 11:00 at night and the no sugar-no flour thing was uppermost in my mind, nothing came to hand. This is the answer the next morning. After at least 2 cups of water (very important since your body has gone at least 7 hours without anything)
Two eggs (although eggs have come under attack in the past, so check it out and make your own determination (for 2011for 2010  source, against 2009) with coconut oil, almonds with skins, walnuts, pecans sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds internally and as the garnish on top: tomato, onion, garlic, broccoli sprouts, grated ginger, parsley, soy sauce, and turmeric if I had had it. Of course, the overall benefits to the system will make you the healthiest person on the block, or potentially in the city. These ingredients are incredible.

And a little bit on GINGER
and many of us have only ever heard of things like ginger ale, ginger cookies, ginger beer, ginger snaps, and gingerbread. How many times do we indulge in any of those? We are losing one of the great boosters and protectors of the system know to man.

As I wrote once before, if you really know what ginger does for you, you will not ever not put it on just about everything. There’s about two teaspoons of grated ginger on that dish. 

Let’s just say that if I was experiencing morning sickness, had menstrual cramps, tended to feel nauseous when traveling, had ovarian or colon cancer, or wanted to avoid them, had osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis, was experiencing significant pain and inflammation, was often experiencing heartburn, had a cold or wanted to stay healthy during flu season, and was diabetic, I would use ginger.
And if I was male and healthy (I’m not saying that all of the above are just experienced by females – well some of the conditions), I would take just as much, for all of the benefits to the system these symptoms suggest is going on in the body (male or female) including great for the breath, as a mood enhancer, stress reducer, solution to athlete’s foot (strong anti-fungal properties), and as an aphrodisiac.

– For the fastest listing of the benefits of ginger:
-The best overall discussion on ginger
Discover the Benefits of Ginger
-For the most sophisticated discussion and background, try
Ginger at World’s Healthiest Foods
-If you want the full story, history and all, try this encyclopedic page on Wikipedia

To you and yours in health.
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I hate tea, or let’s just say that for 76 years I have probably had 4 teas. Well, now I’ve decided that green tea is going to help me out of the hole I’m in. But not just any green tea, but green tea with cinnamon, ginger (How much? Didn’t measure because I’m at the pour until… stage), and a heaping teaspoon (well, forkful because that stuff is hard to get out of the jar) of pure cold press, unadulterated coconut oil, and two drops, only two, of Stevia (the hole is possible diabetes 2). Now you may try a tea with all of that in it, and then decide never to do it again. But if you look at all the benefits of each of those ingredients, it just might be the thing to do – again and again. Check out the links below to find out what they do for you.
One quote on CINNAMON: “Another common spice of particular interest to diabetics is cinnamon, which also has “insulin-like” effects. For example, just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day has been shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.” source: 
Half a Teaspoon of This Each Day Can Optimize Cholesterol Levels…

And for GINGER this link The Amazing Ginger 

COCONUT OIL And for those who have not read any of my other posts on this blog, check out  A Whale Rescue; The Turning Point On Alzheimer’s, and for coconut oil and the reversal of the belief that it’s bad for you, check out 
History of why saturated fats became non-beneficial after the development of poly-unsaturated oils, and why the misinformation continues. Also, this link by Dr. Carolyn Dean and why it’s good for Alzheimer’s.

A really great (in my opinion) site on one man’s personal story of curing cancer with coconut oil, and further information on diabetes 2
About Miracle of Coconut
The Truth about Coconut Oil his research
Coconut Oil and Diabetes 
An incredible description of how coconut oil helps in the recovery process of diabetes.

Good Luck

Needed some garlic, so this is the answer

 From small needs to grand results.
 Kind of extreme but it fulfills all of the necessities for diabetes 2 which is what I have determined I have after much denial and a life filled with chocolate chip muffins and pancakes. So, I’m on a strict no sugar, no grain diet, and already I have noticed some changes. In two weeks, if I can maintain this horrendous diet, I will know more. But in the mean time, this has quinoa which is not really a grain and has been indicated by many as very good for diabetes and very high in protein, Included the garlic of course, and the following: avocado, bell pepper, onion, pumpkin and sesame seeds, oregano, thyme, cinnamon which I thought was turmeric (both are great for diabetes). In any case, always glance at the labels and be sure not to store arsenic or even cayenne pepper next to the other spices), sea salt. And what could be salvaged from an egg the cat broke, plus two teaspoons of coconut oil.
Started the after cooking bit and felt something was missng – fermented soy sauce. Now I can say it was a great dish.  The green tea with cinnamon, ginger and two drops of Stevia which is one third of what I had normally used, and half a teaspoon of coconut oil. Remember that this stuff actually helps you lose weight because unlike the other oils it actually helps get the nutrients directly into the cell and does not go to storage.

By the way, cayenne pepper is very good for diabetes, but if it’s more than you wanted and you thought it was basil, then you are in for a surprise.
For a good overview on Quinoa and Diabetes _____________________________

With no grains, rice, sugars of any kind, what do you eat?
Here is one answer. And delicious.

The main ingredients are beet leaves, almonds, avocado, squash.
And there are, of course the following: fried in coconut oil, 1 cap of fermented soy sauce,   pecans, yellow oat cheese. The beet leaves are incredible and take almost no time to cook. In fact, they were done before the squash, so the squash was eaten half cooked.

Vegetarian or Diabetes Breakfast

1 egg in lots of coconut oil, 1 large beet leaf,  yellow goat cheese, regular compliment of spices including cayenne pepper which is not shown here. And after, walnuts, almonds and yellow goat cheese slightly fried.


Only One Egg Left

I had only one egg left. What to do with one egg… fried, poached, boiled and then I would usually be out of options. Actually, those options didn’t even go through my mind, the result you see was just sort of there already, waiting to be brought into physical existance.

This is a SPECIAL for Diabetes, Heart, or Anything That Afflicts You
But what if I couldn’t get the omelet out of the pan in one piece, much less five?
The answer was also sort of just there. Melt two tsp of coconut oil and pure it into the egg I had shaken up in a jar. I still don’t know where these things come from. Like a premonition as though on some plane it already existed.
Didn’t know if it would work, so you see my hedge (taking no chances) in the first photo while it was still in the pan.
The internal ingredients: two beet leaves, avocado, grated carrot, onion, bell pepper, pumpkin seeds, garlic if I had had it, all lightly fried in coconut oil. Anyway, after adding my usual spices minus those I had run out of, and transferring the vegetables to the side in order to fry the egg in some more coconut oil, you see the successful finish which just slipped out of the pan.  And I must say something about coconut oil. It’s less expensive than a good extra virgin olive oil and does so many things for the body that olive oil or any other oil cannot do, because of its structure which is a medium chain trigliceride while all the others are long chain. Why is this important? It allows the nutrients to go directly into the cells bypassing the other processes the body has to go through with the long chain oils.

 Cabbage Cup
Absolutely delicious
Carefully pealed the leaves from a small red cabbage and tried to arrange them in a cup form. Not so easy until I just laid the leaves on top of each other. Fried in coconut oil: onion, garlic, red cabbage, bell pepper, tomato, thyme, oregano, salt, soy sauce,
With the yellow goat cheese on top. And if I had thought of it: grated ginger.
At the end, cut up the left over leaves and together with other vegetables, made an omelet.

 View of Cabbage Cup With Goat Cheese


The last 7 days on self imposed diet for supposed diabetes 2.
All right, 7 days have passed. And how did I fare?
The basic idea is no sugar and no grains
no sugar (brown or otherwise) normally using Stevia now anyway
98 drops of Stevia as against 294
49 cups of green tea without milk as against 75 cups of coffee with milk (I hate tea in principle which is why I drink less and make do with glasses of water)
1 chocolate chip muffin as against 6
1 pancake as against 7 (almost did it with no pancakes, but I felt bad from something I ate and needed something to put cinnamon (that anti-everything) on, so made a pancake with 1 1/2 tablespoons of whole spelt flour, and 1 cap maple syrup.
1/2 roll as against 7 full
1/8 wholewheat bread as against 2-3
0 cookies as against 12-16 and perhaps even a whole box of date bars
0 noodles or spaghetti dishes as against 4
0 raisins as against 160
0 milk as against 2 quarts
0 rice as against 1 rice

And since I mentioned it, here is the pancake

Lots of pecans, almonds, walnuts, cinnamon, 1 capful of maple syrup on a whole spelt pancake with one egg and lots of coconut oil. Perfect as a respite.

Other than that, what am I eating? Eggs and vegetables, avocado and nuts. Yes it can be done. with a respite here and there, like the muffin and the pancake. Is it pleasant?
No comment
Walking every day about 4 km, doing exercises of arms and legs/feet, full sun at noon for 15 minutes on a good part of myself when sun is out which was 6 days.
The result: I have not had a reoccurance of the instigator. I basically feel the way I felt before the incident, so to really get rid of this thing, I am going to have to remain on the regimen quite a bit longer.
Also, using a lot of fresh ginger on 2/3rds of my meals, about 5 teaspoons of coconut oil a day. This, everyone should do, but I know no one will.  

Books and Interviews on HOW TO CURE DIABETES
Two Books Which Look Very Interesting
which I have not purchased yet but definitely will.

1. An extremely interesting interview with Suzy Cohen, pharmacist and holistic health author, who has a new book “Diabetes Without Drugs.” It explains how to overcome diabetes using natural, non-pharmaceutical remedies. “Learn how to reverse (and prevent) diabetes without drugs, how to block sugar from destroying your body using just vitamins, how to save your vision, how to burn off fat faster (with or without exercise), how to lower blood sugar with nature’s superfoods, vitamins and even chocolate!”
Her new book “Diabetes Without Drugs” is sold by 14.60, bargainprice 9.60 
Her website is

2. A book written by DeWayne McCulley, a man who almost died from diabetes, was told that he had to have his legs amputated, and recovered totally on a diet which he describes in the book: Death to Diabetes.  
Here are some of the reviews of the book on Amazon  The book can also be purchased from the original publisher and with it many other additional books for buying through them. Amazon is a tough competetor. And here is an interview worth watching.
ABC TV: Engineer Beats & Reverses Type 2 Diabetes

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The Universe Is Wired + Alzheimer’s and Diabetes 2

December 21st, 2011 · No Comments

In this post: a lot of my culinary experiments (single meals) without comment, what to do about diabetes 2 when it hits you hard at 2:30 in the night, my friend’s reaction to coconut oil for Alzheimer’s. Check out SquashNoodles and NoodleDessert.

Save what you can
My computer had one of its seasonal breakdowns.
Took it in and found that the disk was corrupted, but most of the files were salvageable – just not the part that had all my writeups for this section. So here I am with some great looking dishes and no commentary. But I’ll show them anyway, and if any one of them piques your interest, make a comment and I’ll see what I can do to remember  and/or write what comes to mind plus what was in it. Remember that you can enlarge the photos.








By the way, I gave a jar of  certified organic, from fresh coconuts, cold-pressed, unrefined, unfermented, unbleached, unhydrogenated coconut oil to my friends, one of whom has Alzheimer’s although they are not quite sure that’s what it is. In any case, outwardly it seems to have many of the earmarks of it. Two days later, I get a call from the husband saying that it is amazing, but it has had an extremely positive effect. His wife is responding, speaking more fluently, more to the point, wants to be in the center of things, is more demanding (well, you can’t have everything), and he’s very excited about it.  To see the story of what started all this, go to

Hummus on Eggplant on Chinese Noodles.
The noodles are flat chinese noodles already partially cooked. While the eggplant is cooking, put the noodles in boiling hot water and just let them sit for 5 minutes, then put them together with the eggplant and add the pre-prepared tomato sauce. Once on the plate, add all the spices (plus some more coconut oil to the noodles if you still have not gotten 6 tsp in for the day, and the humus on the eggplant.

Do not let a true wine connoisseur read the next sentence. Since the cabernet sauvignon is dry as it should be, I add a few drops of Stevia to it. Works great. Would never do it to a bottle costing over $10 but since this one is on the lower end, well, I figure that I can be non-purist about it.

Diabetes? At my age? Thought I had gotten past all that stuff – especially on a vegetarian diet.
Had severe tingling and cold flashes in both legs and feet at 2:30 in the middle of the night
Well, this was unexpected. There I was at 2:30 in the morning, with cats under foot who must have been thinking ‘this is a strange time for him to be up, but who are we to argue, and where’s the food’  sort of thing. You don’t think that goes through their heads – in the language of cat, of course?  So what was I doing up at that hour? I was fixing myself a sandwich with all of the things that I should have been eating, but hadn’t been which are good if you have the possible onset of diabetes 2  with severe tingling of my lower legs and feet and flashes of cold in both feet. I had done an emergency search at 2:35 using the following words:   ‘alternative diabetes control tingling feet’. What I came up with was ‘Diabetic Neuropathy natural treatment using vitamins supplements herbs, alternative therapy and remedy and the role of diet and food by Ray Sahelian, M.D.’ (very good site)
“Many patients with diabetes develop numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in their hands or feet, a condition called diabetic neuropathy which refers to symptoms and signs of neuropathy, or nerve damage, as a result of diabetes.”

And why was what I was feeling possible cause for concern?
The article continued: “There are many other reasons for nerves to be damaged or harmed. An important clue that often distinguishes this condition from other forms of neuropathy is that the nerve damage is symmetrical. This means the nerve damage is similar on both sides, for instance, both feet.  If the nerve of only one side of the foot or arm is damaged, then the neuropathy is likely to be from another source, such as a nerve entrapment.”

I then did a separate search for everything listed using the name of the nutrient or supplement:

1. alpha lipoic
meats and brewers yeast, spinach, broccoli, yeast (particularly Brewer’s yeast), and certain organ meats (such as kidney and heart).

Learn more: Alpha Lipoic Acid: The Multi-Tasking Supplement –
2. acetyl-l-carnitine
Beef steak 3 ounces* 81
Ground beef 3 ounces 80
Pork 3 ounces 24
Canadian bacon 3 ounces 20
Milk (whole) 8 fluid ounces (1 cup) 8
Fish (cod) 3 ounces 5
Chicken breast 3 ounces 3
Ice cream 4 ounces (1/2 cup) 3
Avocado 1 medium 2
American cheese 1 ounce 1
Whole-wheat bread 2 slices 0.2
Asparagus 6 spears (1/2 cup) 0.2
The highest concentrations of carnitine are found in red meat and dairy products. Other natural sources of carnitine include nuts and seeds (e.g. pumpkin, sunflower, sesame), legumes or pulses (beans, peas, lentils, peanuts), vegetables (artichokes, asparagus, beet greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, collard greens, garlic, mustard greens, okra, parsley, kale), fruits (apricots, bananas), cereals (buckwheat, corn, millet, oatmeal, rice bran, rye, whole wheat, wheat bran, wheat germ) and other “health” foods (bee pollen, brewer’s yeast, carob).
3. Benfotiamine  B1
Some of the best natural food sources for vitamin B1 are from:  whole grain products, whole rice, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, egg yolk, peanuts, bananas, sunflower seeds.  The special, fat-soluble, food-form of B1 called benfotiamine is only obtained from crushed garlic, onions, leeks and shallots. 

4. B12 (I had it but was not taking it regularly)
5. Ginkgo biloba (remembered buying but couldn’t find it. It was 2:30 in the morning)

So what did I do?
Being vegetarian, this is what I found: half a whole wheat roll, piled on lots of sunflower seeds, broccoli sprouts, avocado, yellow goat cheese, organic natural mayonnaise. Also found aloe vera liquid for drinking and aloe vera gel to put on the lower legs and feet and went back to bed figuring that I had done whatever could be done at that hour. Slept the rest of the night.  When I woke up in the morning, my legs and feet were like they normally are which is stiff and heavy but without the tingling and cold flashes. And today? I will get the rest of the stuff.  

The universe is wired.
Well, this is the end of the day and I did not get the rest of the stuff I needed. I was able to get about 6 of the list of 40. But, you know that the universe is in your corner when the door bell rings and its a messenger delivering a holiday gift package from your sister who has no idea of your condition (at all), and in the package are five of the things that you have not gotten and do not have the funds to get right now.

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Most of Life and Health Is Conceptual

December 14th, 2011 · No Comments

Included: Not my muffin. Gave it to the cats but no takers, hence the beauty of ginger. Fried eggs: most of life’s greatest moments last but seconds, so art in food is no less important. By this time it’s getting across that coconut oil is good for you, and in fact can be life changing, but how do you use it on cold stuff? And don’t put apples into the best fried vegetable mix on hummus that you might ever make.

Dark Chocolate Muffin This is not mine, but I walk about 4 km everyday for one of them. The owner of this great ice cream parlor in Tel Aviv makes them herself and they are the best muffins (also milk chocolate and apple) I have ever eaten together with a cappuccino. And the ice cream is really fantastic. This is a muffin she gave me because I told her how great they were. She doesn’t know that I photographed it and am putting it up here. If you are ever in Tel Aviv this is a must. Italian Ice Cream at GELATERIA ITALIAN PARK on 67 Yehuda Macabbi Street.
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This will save your life

The photo is of the apple version
The apricots had to be boiled with the oats and quinoa because while I was typing yesterday, I heard a strange noise which sounded like the top of the dried fruits and nuts box (plastic) my sister had sent me. I went to check and there was a cat, from outside, opening the top and taking out the apricots and figs one by one with her paw. Upon seeing me, she leaped down, whereupon I closed the lid tightly. Very interesting: about 20 minutes before that, I had noticed that the lid was slightly opened and had said to myself “I had better close it because of the cat – in my mind I didn’t even specify ‘my cat’, but as with most premonitions, I let it go – otherwise it would not have been a premonition since it would never have happened). Being in a generous mood, I decided that if she was so intent on taking them out, she might want them, so into the cat dish. No takers. Apparently it had been an interesting puzzle to solve or just something new to do. So the apricots ended up being boiled with the cereals. I waste nothing.  And anyway, the cinnamon and ginger (forgot the thyme) are an additional bulwark against whatever – antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-just-about-anything else (for ginger – considered adaptogenic, anodyne, anthelmintic, antiallergenic, antibacterial, anticoagulant, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antifungal, antithrombotic, antiaging…etc.

This site on ginger is very worth taking a look at – you will never not use it again (remember two negatives are a positive). 

This dish will solve all your problems. Just don’t quote me. I could list all of the conditions and illnesses, but that could go on for quite some time and wouldn’t even begin to include all of the conditions we haven’t yet defined.
The quinoa and whole oats are just the carrier for what really does the job: walnuts, almonds, pecans, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, ginger, cinnamon, sea salt, 2 1/2 capfuls of pure maple syrup and two teaspoons of coconut oil, plus two apricots. 

OK, I will mention a few of the conditions which this dish is a step on the way to relieving: diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s (particularly the coconut oil), and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Art In Life

Everyone must have some art in their life. Why not start off each morning with your own version of modern art. The chef could charge extra for one of a kind – soon to disappear, creation. Remember, almost everything of any value in our life lasts but for seconds.

Ingredients: 2 eggs, slices of goat cheese, turmeric, hyssop (za’atar), sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil if I had had it). 

This Is One Healthy Egg
Fried in extra virgin olive oil, and loaded with melted goat cheese, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds, sweet basil, coriander, thyme, sea salt, oregano, broccoli sprouts with organic mayonnaise, tsp of coconut oil in the middle, Olivia’s special tomato sauce which you can’t get anywhere except here, But it has pieces of garlic, tomatoes, olives, soy in an olive oil base… no grains, no sugars, no unhealthy fats, no preservatives, no food coloring, and because it’s made in Israel I am assuming that the soy is nonGMO. In general, I feel much better than I did 1/2 hour ago. Of course, most of life and health is conceptual, and I’m riding a wave. So to be totally good for you both physically and mentally, this dish must be eaten with your eyes open.

Coconut Oil, what’s that?
In fact, in the supermarket where I have to get some things not available in the small organic store I frequent, when I asked them if they had coconut oil, the manager said “‘What’s that? We have olive, canola, saffron…..” The population just does not know about it, and is not demanding it. When everyone finds out how healthy it is for the heart, circulatory system, the rest of the body, and what they are just discovering, the incredible effect it has for those with Alzheimer’s, it will be available everywhere. But it must be pure, cold pressed, undiluted, unadded to, etc. 

How do you eat 4 teaspons of hard coconut oil?

And this was so good that I did somethig I never do. After finishing the first, I made another in order to photograph it, and of course ate that one also.

After three decades of all the experts saying coconut oil was bad for you, new research is showing the exact opposite for it’s positive effects on the entire system, and even that it may be an amazing factor in alleviating the effects of Alzheimer’s. To really be healthy, eat 6 teaspoons of coconut oil a day.  That’s usually two per meal. Which is OK if you have cooked dishes, or put it in coffee or tea which are all hot and melt it, but what about putting it on something cold, since it is hard as nails at room temperature. Well, I had to try it. And this was so good that you see the results, each with 2 teaspooons full of hard coconut oil squashed directly on the roll with a fork. In addition to the coconut oil, there is organic mayonnaise, a slice of onion, slice of tomato, slices of yellow goat cheese, thyme, oregano, coriander, sweet basil, and Olivia’s olive and tomato sauce (the dark stuff there). Any sauce that you like will do. If they are right and coconut oil actually helps you lose weight, I’ll be extra thin next week. But because of what it does for the system, I’ll also be healthier, and far more lucid than I already am.

Vegetables on Hummus 
I’ll tell you what’s in here but warn you not to add the apple slices. A great taste spoiled with the sweetness of the apple. 
Without the apple, which I spent valuable eating time attempting to separate out, this is an absolutely great dish for those interested in a great taste which is also healthy. Many think that’s hard to come by. The vegs: cucumber squash, bell pepper, onion, garlic. The spices and herbs: coriander, basil, thyme, ginger, oregano, sea salt. The sauces: kikkoman soy sauce (why do I specify Kikkoman all the time? Because many of the others are not fermented, and some are soy sauce in name only), and on with the sauces which include coconut oil (one rounded tablespoon), and tahini mixed in with the hummus. This dish sharpens memory. I know because I was able to remember all the ingredients. Fried in extra virgin olive oil.

 The Guardian
This is the dish for guarding against diabetes. Delicious, with no sugars, no grains, and just vegetables (swiss chard, cucumber squash, oinion, garlic), walnuts along with thyme, oregano, turmeric, sea salt, Kikkoman soy sauce, and two teaspoons of coconut oil.
Frying  time (in coconut oil) longest for squash with the chard added during the last two minutes (approx), with nuts rinsed in boiling water from the coffee maker and added after everything was on the plate. Two tsp of coconut oil was put right on top along with the nuts. You don’t see it, but I cheated and included 1 tablespoon of instant couscous (semolina wheat) on the side. “Couscous is among the healthiest grain-based products”. Look under Nutrition at bottom of If you’re going to cheat, do it right.

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The Essentials For Good Health

November 17th, 2011 · No Comments

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My five favorite foods/spices for maximum health are:
ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, walnuts, coconut oil
There’s no order to it – they are all important in their own areas.

Below, I will deal with two of these: coconut oil and ginger

What coconut oil can do:

This is amazing stuff. Do yourself a favor and read this
one paragraph if none other.

In the last post I dealt with coconut oil as potential  prevention of Alzheimer’s and a reversal of most of the effects of the condition. This time, I give a list of the other areas in which it  has an effect.

There are some 50 things coconut oil has been found to do for the body which Dr. Fife, an expert on coconut oil, lists. These are replicated on the  Naturalnews site, but I’ll try to simplify it – or not.

Antibiotic/parasites: expels, kills, or prevents viruses,  parasites, disease causing bacteria including those found in periodontal disease and tooth decay.
Energy and endurance: provides energy and boosts endurance for physical tasks and athletics.
Weight loss: lower in calories than other fats, increases metabolic rate, promotes loss of excess weight
Organ support: helps protect against kidney/bladder/liver infections and diseases, dissolves kidney stones, supports the thyroid, and reduces epileptic seizures.
Reduces disease symptoms: associated with pancreatitis, diabetes, gallbladder disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers, malabsorption syndrome, cystic fibrosis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement), chronic fatigue syndrome, and pain of hemorrhoids, plus protecting against osteoporosis.
Improves digestion and absorption: and bowel function, and the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including calcium and magnesium which are important in the development of strong bones and teeth.
General system functions: improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose, relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body, and improves utilization of essential fatty acids, and protects them from oxidation.
Heart: reduces risk of heart disease by improving cholesterol ratio, and protecting arteries from injury.
Skin: applied to skin helps form chemical barrier against infection, and protects against effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Internally, supports the natural chemical balance of the skin, and softens skin helping to prevent wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, and relieving dryness, flaking, dandruff, and reduces the symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
Immune System: supports immune system, protective antioxidant and does not deplete antioxidant reserves like other oils, reduces inflammation, supports healing and repair of tissue, and protects against free radicals which contribute to premature aging and degenerative disease.
Cancer: helps protect against breast, colon, and other cancers.
Discussion of coconut oil and Alzheimer’s


Reds and Purple
My one chance to put cinnamon and stevia into a vegetable dish..
To my taste buds, when they conjure up sweet potato, that makes sense. And if something doesn’t make sense to your taste buds, as the controlling power to the outside world, you are well advised to heed its hunch. We have all these sensory worlds which are sort of mini empires unto themselves. Sometimes they cooperate and sometimes they don’t, or like the rest of us, mistakes are made, as when the visual doesn’t see because the cerebral has no interest or has set up boundaries. Ah, but the visual saw, and when there is a recall under hypnosis, there’s the object right there slightly to the right but in full view, and ‘we just didn’t see it’.
     In fact, in the interests of survival, internal harmony, justification, isomorphism with knowledge base, and 100 other parameters, we don’t sense and/or remember as much as 80-90 percent of the world around us. Just ask someone else what they saw and remember, and it is as if they were in another world. Where there is overlap, it is truly a miracle. And where there is significant overlap, you have an instant friend. We go around subliminally searching for the person who sees the same world we see.

That was great:
sweet potato
walnuts, cashews, almonds. (There’s one pistachio in there. That took a lot of self control)
5 drops of stevia (or other natural sweetener or brown sugar)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
sea salt (I’m out)
coconut oil
extra virgin olive oil
capful kikkoman soy sauce (fermented which most of the other stuff isn’t)

Boiled the vegetables and quinoa until quinoa ready, dumped the water (strainer), and added the rest. Got one photo before my batteries gave out.

Another breakfast which contains three of the essentials: cinnamon, turmeric, and coconut oil.
What’s important here are the additions to what I used to consider breakfast – fried eggs and toast with nothing on them except for salt, pepper and jam on the toast.
Egg fried in coconut oil and a little olive oil, so I could get it out of the pan, with turmeric, oregano and thyme
Toast fried in coconut oil with additional coconut oil spread on the toast under the cream cheese (organic goat but doesn’t have to be), cinnamon and agave/stevia/maple syrup
The reason for the extra coconut oil will be expalined below.

Eggplant and Basmati Rice with…
The important part is the ‘with‘.
no garlic (I go to the dentist in the morning)

And it had no taste, at least that’s what I said to myself when I tasted it.
So I added 1 capful of kikkoman soy sauce – wow, what a difference. It was suddenly so good, I was eating it out of the pan before the photo shoot.
Now — the no taste ingredients
swiss chard
chopped up pecan and walnuts (1 almond)
basil, oregano, thyme, turmeric, pinch of cayenne powder
All added after the rice was almost ready. Actually it never really was.
And ginger – since ginger is bitter, put it on only a small part of the finished product – not mixed in.
Then, you can eat and get-it-over-with for all the great things ginger does for you.

And Ginger?
So what does it do for you?
The extensive list on the following link gives all that ginger does for you But my favorites in the list are:
Anti everything: Is a strong antioxidant, antimicrobial (bacteria which includes salmonella) , and antiseptic plus anti-inflammatory helping with inflammation and minor burns.
Lungs: Eases asthma symptoms and other respiratory problems, and helps reduce congestion
Down below: Helps in kidney health, cleans the colon, helps against indigestion, and reduces motion sickness (take in some tea 1/2 hour before traveling)
Heart and blood: May help prevent heart attacks, and mini strokes, cleans and stimulates the blood, prevents blood clots, lowers cholesterol levels and is a natural blood thinner 
Cancer: Prevents, inhibits, suppresses the spread of, stops growth, induces cell death, and reduces viability of different types of cancer cells

All the female stuff is sort of out of my area, but if you are, then it’s worth a look at the health benefits source.
Suggests taking 1/3 tsp ground or 1 tsp fresh three times a day and gives suggestions on how to use it
This is one incredible food and the reason it is not used more may be linked to its bitterness. But if people only knew…

Here we go again. This whole-grain spelt is really great. That’s the last of the maple syrup on there plus two teaspoons of coconut oil plus all the add-ons that you see – without and with milk. The milk is true organic milk produced under international organic standards, which I don’t expect anyone else to use because it’s twice as expensive, but that’s what’s available where I have credit. And, by the way, it tastes great. It’s from which says they are the only organic dairy in Israel.    

I cook for two and hence eat for two. Doesn’t seem to make me any fatter.
Weight is really a perceptual thing. Just think thin and live double and you’ll burn off the extra. Plus use coconut oil which actually helps reduce weight (so they say).

This is before I combined the pickle and humus with the goat cream cheese and broccoli sprout/onion sandwich. Not a pretty sight. So, I decided not to show it. But it was great. Sometimes the down right ugly in this life are the real diamonds (in the rough as they say). In other words, always ‘eat’ it before making your decision.

This is a composite dish and hence has no name.
The secret ingredient is a capful of maple syrup, and of course the humus on top.
tablespoon of coconut oil for frying.
sweet potato
swiss chard stems
garlic (have not been eating garlic because I want to go to the dentist for an adjustment which should take about 5 minutes. But I keep putting it off so I’ll finally give in and put only two cloves in which by tomorrow morning will no longer have any residual).
swiss chard leaves
cashews (but almonds and walnuts snuck in because I buy in bulk and put them into the same bag)
turmeric, thyme, oregano, basil, salt
capful soy sauce
capful pure maple syrup
extra coconut oil mixed in
Each part goes in as I prepare them. So, the order above is important with the pieces which need the extra time going first. Of course keeping the pan covered as much as possible. The humus is put on afterwards.

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A Whale Rescue; The Turning Point On Alzheimer’s

November 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment

In this edition: The rescue of a whale and its reaction which is one of the most fantastic things I have seen, plus an amazing story of a recent discovery related to Alzheimer’s which may be the turning point on this disease, and of course, the regular dishes plus special dill pickles.

Absolutely beautiful. It is really worth living – just to see this.

Alzheimer’s treatable? preventable?
We still don’t know what causes it. And 99% of everybody, and that’s quite a few people, say that it isn’t curable and it can’t even be successfully treated – at least not yet. But that appears to be about to change.

Read the following article to get one version of what happened in the real world with one researcher, and the links to others who have experienced similar reactions. It’s amazing. To make a long story short. A medical doctor’s husband had Alzheimer’s and had totally lost his personality, ability to remember, and could not even talk coherently. She heard of two programs which were testing a new drug for Alzheimer’s and since nothing which he was taking was helping, decided to enroll him. They went to the first and after the husband was evaluated, the administrator came out and said that the husband Alzeimer’s was so severe they could not accept him. Totally depressed, she went home and while waiting for the next  interview, ran across something about coconut oil and its possible beneficial effect on Alzheimer’s. So she said to herself ‘why not?’.  She bought and gave him some coconut oil the morning of the second interview. They went for the interview, and since there was no change in her husband she figured that he would probably be rejected again. After the evaluation, the evaluator came out and said that he had done very well on the test (the same test which had been given on the previous interview) and was accepted for the trial. It appears that it takes about 3 hours for the beneficial effects of coconut oil to have an effect on the brain cells and the effect had kicked in during the evaluation. One of the reasons for this effect on the system may have something to do with the fact that coconut oil is made up mainly of fatty acids which are joined together in medium chain triglycerides which the liver matabolizes into keytone bodies which are very easily assimulated as fuel by the neurons in the brain, while almost all other oils we use are long chain. Whether or not this is the reason for its effect on Alzheimer’s, on with the story. So she decided to continue with the coconut oil. One day the husband came downstairs laughing and talking coherently and joking like his former self.  She says that she had gotten her husband back. And the improvements (while not total) have remained over time. She contacted a researcher Dr. Richard Veech at the Natonal Institute of Health (NIH) in the U.S. who could verify what had taken place based on his experiements. The 5 part video gives the details and is really worth viewing. This transformation has also occurred to others, and I include below a video of another couple.

Article summarizing the above:
What if there was a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and no one knew? A case study by Dr. Mary Newport. Especially see drawing of clock at bottom of page.
Available through Amazon

Since I live in Israel, here is an on target article in Hebrew:
שמן קוקוס תרופה טבעית לאלצהיימר? ריפוי בשמן קוקוס

And this interview in 5 parts is worth every minute you spend watching it. An interview with Dr. Newport’s experiences with Alzheimer’s and the use of coconut oil for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s. Also mentioned is the work of Dr. Veech a researcher at NIH.
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Another case of Alzheimer’s and the use of coconut oil
An interview on a different case of Alzheimer’s and the effects of coconut oil and naicin!

A new book by Dr. Fife backed by years of research including a diet which will prevent and even stop the effects of Alzheimer’s, dimentia and other neurological diseases: Stop Alzheimer’s Now
“A must read for everyone concerned with Alzheimer’s disease…the author explains how diet modifications and the addition of coconut oil can drastically change the course of the disease”. –Edmond Devroey, MD, The Longevity Institute
Have not yet read it but it has some very good reviews.

The first question everyone asks – isn’t it fattening?
Well, no and it actually helps the body reduce weight. Listen to the following, to find out why we have been led to think of it as fattening.
Dr. Mercola: Is Coconut Oil REALLY Healthy?
It emphasizes the fact that you should never use hydrogenated coconut or any other type of hydrogenated oil.
Use only virgin coconut oil or other virgin or natural oils.


How to use it? Here is one.
Pure undiluted coconut oil on a biscuit with real strawberry jam. Absolutely delicious!

 Two teaspoons three times a day, and there are so many ways to use it because at room temperature it is hard but melts when you eat it, has almost no taste, and the body apparently loves it. Over the years there has been a lot of research on what it does in the body and how it can help in a large number of conditions, but few had connected it with Alzheimer’s.  See the list by Dr. Fife

Homemade dill pickles
You can have them also. But then, you would have to know my daughter. Of course, you can get them at the super, but it’s not the same.
The important thing here is the fact that the spread, on which the sandwich filling rests, is 80% coconut oil plus a lot of herbs and spices. The story of Alzheimer’s above tells you why that’s important.

The Perks
It’s the perks in life that make it worth all our effort, aside from the survival aspect and fulfillment of goals sort of thing. That smile from friends when they see you, or the smile from the girl in the coffee shop, because you gave her a big tip last time, or because she thinks you are the nicest person in town, well in the neighborhood, or let’s say the shop when you are the only one in there. No matter! The important thing is the smile. It makes it all worthwhile. It’s like the blob of strawberry jam on the spelt and the small piece of goat feta on the egg. They make the breakfast. Try giving some – you’ll make someone’s day. No, not the feta and jam.
By the way, that spelt is great, especially when all the water has dissipated when cooking it – even if it means putting it through the strainer and back into the pan for a last minute on high flame. It becomes an entrée and not mush – very important conceptually. Not that I’m against mush as such, but sometimes mush just does not say anything to you, although  in most cases that is exactly what we need when we have just gotten up. But at other times, it just isn’t enough. The egg was fried in coconut oil, and the spelt was boiled and coconut oil added to ‘moisten’ the drying flakes.  

Basmati Rice
Rice slightly underdone, but who can wait forever. Hoped my stomach would give me some slack. Actually gave it a slightly chewy feeling which was great. Will do it again. Soft rice just has no character, I don’t care where it comes from, or who brought it up.
slightly underdone basmati rice
1 small onion
1/2 bell pepper
1/2 zucchini squash
sea salt
1 capful kikkoman soy sauce
fried in coconut oil
I would even invite someone over for this one.

Vegetable quinoa stew with an egg.
Didn’t think I could get it out of the pan successfully, hence the photo within.
All my eggs have come out with broken yokes, until I decided to use both hands.
There’s a solution for every problem. You just have to find it.


My lunch

A salad as always. I feel that it’s sort of boring, but if I’m healthy who am I to complain.
Nothing new here: romaine, egg, goat feta cheese, bell pepper, spices, herbs, olive oil, Kikkoman fermented soy sauce. But, just to  be able to say that there is balsamic vinegar in there, I had to stand a full 15 seconds with the empty bottle upended to get 3 drops of the stuff. 

Breakfast – The best of all worlds

grapefruit, avocado slices, 2 eggs fried in coconut oil, walnuts and raisins with maple syrup, and the spices turmeric, thyme, oregano, basil, sea salt. Could be fried in coconut oil with a small amount of olive oil to help seal the pan so that the eggs would not stick.

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Beating the Odds On Breast and Colon Cancer

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 Eggplant, squash, chard, cauliflower mash
In hot coconut oil, put the eggplant, chard stems but not the leaves, and chopped up cauliflower. Cook for about 8 minutes and add the squash. After about 2-3 minutes add the chard leaves for another two. Add the spices and herbs: thyme, oregano, basil, turmeric, sea salt, black pepper and as much goat feta cheese (or other cheese) as you want. Mix well. Cover and turn off flame. Let sit for 2 minutes if you can wait that long.
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Spelt-spelt pancake with next bite incentive
Decided that I didn’t want just a spelt flour pancake, but a full grain spelt pancake.
Cooked the spelt first – about 7 minutes – until the grain really opens up.
Mixed up a 2 egg with water and spelt flour batter,
Added raisins, grated ginger and a special pistachio nuts which took some self control not to eat them all before they got into the batter. The other bit of self control came earlier in the day when I ate only half a banana and saved the other half for I knew not what later in the day.
Put the cooked full grain spelt into the batter and poured into a just smoking olive oil and coconut oil base in a stainless steel frying pan.
Had to spread out the full grain spelt because it rose to the top of the batter in the pan.

When one side is done, turn. But this part takes nerves of steel and about 5 previous failed attempts because it must be done as a full platter flip. The cake is eased onto a plate with the undone side up. And then the plate is turned over to turn the pancake, hopefully into the pan. It was a three point landing.

The pistachios are the surprise element – you keep hoping that the next bite will contain one. Just be sure to tell whoever is joining you that they are in there so they won’t think that something fell in by mistake – could be a nasty confrontation.
Top off with Cinnamon
Banana slices
Real maple syrup. Do not use those artificial substitutes. I use only 3-4 capfuls per pancake and it lasts a long time. The other stuff is made up of high fructose corn (possibly GM) syrup which is not good for the system.
Hoped that the last bite would also contain a pistachio but was disappointed.

The Flip Side
This is the under side of what was still a great egg pizza on the face of it. Don’t do other things when you’re cooking.
It was still delicious.
I just imagined the other side, as I ate it with my eyes closed.
OK, how do you make it – other than the burned part.
Put about 2 tablespoons of spelt flour into a jar with two eggs and a small amount of water. Shake. I’m very jar oriented even though I have a mixer, which I never use.
Pour on top of whatever was left in the pan from the previous meal. Fortunately a vegetable dish with an onion ring and bell pepper. I waste nothing and also do not clean up after each meal. Maybe I should really get serious about this other-half business. Not that I’m looking for a cleaner-upper.
Back to the dish. Once burned or not, flip it onto the plate, preferably sunnyside up and add:
goat feta cheese or any other kind will do
grated ginger
avocado slice
sea salt and black pepper
Close your eyes and enjoy

Breast and Colon Cancer Prevention and Vitamin D3
If you are getting the Mercola newsletter, I know that you have noticed the interview of Mercola with Carole Baggerly about the prevention of breast cancer (about 1 hour – very interesting).
I found a 5 minute tape of Baggerly talking about this subject on youtube
Basically the Mercola interview states that we need 40-60 and even higher nanograms per ml liter of vitamin D3 in our blood. And this may be obtained with about 15 minutes of sun a day between the hours of 10am-2pm. But that exercise is also very important. and that mammograms are at best very iffy propositions with much over-reporting as well as under-detection.
The prevention is the key.
So what they are saying is that it is very important to get your vitamin D3 levels tested to see just where you are, because it takes different sun exposure levels, or vitamin D3 supplementation for each individual based on a whole range of factors, but that direct sun exposure is at the top of the list.

I wrote the above to my sisters and received the following back from them:

First sister responding: My doctor has me on 5000 Vit D for 2 months then 1,000/day. I had no idea I was low because we spent so much time in the islands and then here in our garden.

Second sister responding: I now live in the Mojave Desert and have spent the entire spring/summer outside in up to 112 degree weather.  Always with sun.  And still my doc said I needed to add Vitamin D to my daily intake.  So good to know.

Measuring would appear to be all important. At least once, to get an idea of where you are and what you might need to keep it at the right level.
Apparently, you can’t get too much as long as you don’t burn. And don’t use sunscreen during those 15-20 minutes of prime time. And, according to some,  don’t wash with soap afterwards on the premium exposure areas but just the crucial areas, for as many hours as you, your best friend and neighbors can stand (it sits just under the skin until totally used by the body.  One of the best treatment of this subject giving a number of reasons for possible low readings which I have found is Showering after Sun Exposure Lowers Vitamin D Levels and Dr. Iverson’s comments on the whole subject of showering.  The web source for the first part of this article is Shocking Udate Sunsine Can Actually Decrease Your Vitamin D Levels by Mercola

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Best of Both Worlds
Wanted eggs but I had to have something to put the grated ginger on, so I mixed up a bit of spelt flour batter, and that was the only space left over from the eggs. This dish is about spices and condiments and not the backdrop.

2 organic eggs from happy chickens
whole spelt flour
the spices
2 pinches of cayenne
maple syrup cap full
ginger lots of
feta goat cheese
fried in
coconut oil because that was what was in the pan from last night.

My rant for the day
Ginger has been found to reduce the inflammation which is one of the markers for colon cancer Natural News. Note on reference to grams in the article: for those, like me, who need to translate 2 grams into understandable syntax, there are 5 grams of water in a teaspoon. So if you think of the ginger as completely liquefied, I used the equivalent of about 7 grams on this pancake, and intend to use more during the day. I put this link in before, but if you really want to know what ginger can do for you, this is a page to help start the mental search, because it’s astounding Boost-Immune-System-Naturally

It is truly amazing that most of us have some ginger around, but it just sits there waiting in vain to be used. And then we throw it out after 4-5 years. Truly incredible how much we (principally I) do not know about the health effects of most of the foods, herbs, spices and condiments available to us, and the fact that we use so little of it when we do use it. Don’t think ‘sprinkle sprinkle’, think ‘pour pour’ or ‘dump, dump’ some of these herbs, spices and condiments on your plate. In particular, take a look at the take of world’s healthiest foods on ginger for more specific information (and they have  references).  And then I was wondering how else to use ginger and came up with this video on making a cup (actually 6 cups) of Chai Tea



What I didn’t give the cat
That’s the fried egg you see there in the middle. I wrote that line before seeing the photo – you can’t see it but it’s there.
Got home and had nothing to feed my cat Attackit, and if you have a cat, you already know that’s a disaster – as far as they are concerned. To hold her while I went for food, gave her about a quarter of an egg (raw) and some kibble (which she ignored). And the rest of the egg I put into the frying pan and just left there when I started dinner. So, the real name for this is
Squash Spaghetti (chinese noodles) and leftover egg.
The squash replaces the sweet potato in ‘The most delicious nothing…’  below. Also without the nuts but with newly purchased thyme, oregano, and basil.

The most delicious nothing I have ever had
(That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but…)
I stood in the middle of my kitchen, looked around and said to myself
there’s nothing here.
A sweet potato had been sitting in the empty basket for some time. Decided to at least start the sweet potato in coconut oil.
Then decided to add 5 garlic (wasn’t going to the dentist until after the weekend).
Then put the chinese rolled noodles in some boiling hot water on my one plate.
Took out the garlic from the frying pan after about 3 minutes. Didn’t want it to really be cooked and lose some of its nutrients.
Added the rest of the bell pepper left over from lunch.
When potato slices half way done, added noodles with a little bit of the hot water and covered.
When done, added the garlic, 1 tsp turmeric, very small amount of olive oil, 1 cap of kikkoman soy sauce, sea salt, a pinch of cayenne powder and something else which I now forget (maybe coriander).
Added the boiled-in-hot-water-for-count-of-6 nuts and raisins (bulk purchase)



Triple Egg Deluxe
3 eggs
spelt flour
red bell pepper
crimini mushrooms
1/2 onion
goat feta cheese
1/2 avocado
grated ginger (a lot) for its purported effect on cancer
sea salt
sea salt
basil and oregano still do not have them
extra virgin olive oil
coconut oil

It was either use the mushrooms or lose them. When they get sort of rubbery, its past time. So I piled on the anti-everything spices and went ahead. Fried the mushrooms, bell pepper and onion in olive oil, and then added coconut oil just before adding the egg mixture to be sure that the egg would not stick to the pan. Worked perfectly.
The egg mixture is made up of three eggs and about 1 rounded tablespoon spelt flour.
Poured it on the mushroom concoction and covered. When ready, added the spices and herbs, the feta and avocado. Added a lot of cayenne pepper to one part of the finished product. Enjoyed it with 1/2 glass of deep red wine.

This is the new apple cereal
after 1 glass of water (should have been 2 but some days it just does not make it before breakfast, so it has to be after)
And of course after feeding the cat (she always comes first. Her meows (had to look up the spelling on that, and while looking, I ran across the way they say it in some 30 different languages (of course with different accents) are so insistent that it’s difficult to deny her. But in the early morning, if she sees that I’m just not ready to get up she just sits there expectantly without saying anything (she’s a realist).
quarter cup of spelt grain
assorted nuts but especially the walnuts to keep the blood flowing
a grated apple with its skin (organic)
lots of cinnamon
grated ginger (a lot for its purported effect on cancer)
sea salt
real maple syrup
1/4 glass of dark red wine (yes, even for breakfast)

One of the best treatments on the subject of cinnamon is Cathy Wong’s which covers the types, health properties, and safety issues. If you are thinking about using a lot, be sure to check this article out.

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