Bean soup craving…

Pink beansA few hours ago, I realized that I hadn’t made bean soup in a long time.

Initially I thought about making some type of bean soup this evening, but I knew that wasn’t happening…

My nephew is staying with us for a few days. He and my daughter have been keeping me busy.

Even though I’m not making the soup today, I can still prepare right? I decided to soak the beans overnight (even though you don’t need to with a pressure cooker) and pressure cook them tomorrow morning. Soaking the beans will reduce the cook time by about five minutes?

While I’m unsure of the type of bean soup I’ll make I know it’s going to be creamy and definitely spicy. Garlic and ginger will definitely be added to the bean soup, but it’s open season to what else will be tossed into the mix.


The Sound of Silence…

I really love this song by Simon & Garfunkel.


The Sound Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkle

Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come with talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping, left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain, still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone, narrow streets of cobblestone
Neath the halo of a streetlamp, I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light, split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw, ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared, and no one dared
To stir the sound of silence

Fool, said I, you do not know, silence, like a cancer, grows
Hear my words and I might teach you, take my arms then I might reach you
But my words, like silent raindrops fell, and echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they’d made
And the sign flashed its warning in the words that it was forming
And the sign said the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls, and whispered in the sounds of silence

Slowly easing into fasting

heart-waterEven though I’m physically ready for a water cleanse, I thought I’d do a bit more preparation to make sure I’m mentally ready for my upcoming water cleanse.

I’m actually looking forward to the water cleanse. I haven’t done one in a while and I think it’s time. Based on the wonderful experiences I’m seeing with candida, or should I say, the reduced symptoms I’m experiencing now? The white coating on my tongue has drastically reduced. The small rash I developed because of candida is going away. I’ve also seen candida expelled when I have had bowel movements. Much of that reduction I can definitely attribute to the garlic enemas. Naturally, I think I’ll see even more results with a water fast since I’ll be starving the candida.

I’m unsure how long the water fast will be, but this one won’t be longer than seven days. I’m slowly easing into the cleanse by eating mainly raw foods. I’ve taken a few pictures of what I ate, yesterday evening and this morning, hopefully I’ll get a chance to post the pictures some time today. After the raw foods I’ll transition to freshly juiced vegetables and fruits before moving into a water cleanse.

Water cleanses are nothing new to me. A few members within my family, such as my grandmother and great aunt, did them throughout their life.  They’re both dead now. My grandmother died when she was 93 and my great aunt passed away at the age of 98.

One of my friends, when she first met me, was shocked at the amount of alternative things incorporated into my daily lifestyle. She mentioned that most people within Westernized cultures tend to shy away from trying approaches that are centuries old. I smiled and told her that I’m not most people.

I do a lot of research about whatever I do to my body. Additionally,  I’ve have amazing examples of people who actively incorporated ‘alternative remedies’ into their lifestyle.

Cleansing adventures: Thinking of water fasting

The past few days I’ve been thinking about doing a water fast…


And while some will recommend prepping yourself by setting aside days to ‘eat healthy’ before going on a water fast. Well, there’s really no reason for me to wait, since the only things I mainly consume is whole foods.

I’ve done a few water fasts. I don’t do them for weight loss. I’m not overweight. I have found that liquid fasts have been a nice way to give the digestive system a break and in some cases, they’ve been very effective at healing minor ailments. I’ve also read accounts of them used to heal major issues. 



Of course I’m including one of April Goodwin’s videos. She’s very informative and I love her energy.


I’m also including one of lifegenerators videos, not necessarily for his talk about water fasting. I just really enjoy hearing him talk about how he deals with negativity. I agree with him, negativity directed at you can be a chance to grow. I also agree, that at times, we can bring a lot of negativity on us.


Will I be doing enemas while water fasting? You better believe it! Most likely my enema of choice will be a simple water enema. I will add a few teaspoons of sea salt to ensure that my body’s electrolyte balance stays normal.

I’ve done water fasts before, I remember a few times some the third or fourth day wasn’t so great, but afterwards it was smooth sailing.  I now wonder if some of the discomfort I felt could have been eliminated if I’d included enemas into my fasting routine. Enemas would have definitely added my body in flushing out the toxic waste that my body was dumping as I gave my digestive system a break. It’ll be interesting to see if the first few days will be different since I’d be adding enemas. We’ll see…

Will I start a water fast within a few days? Oh, I might… physically I’m definitely ready, I just have to make sure I’m prepared mentally.

Where does your food come from?

Where does my food come from? The majority of it’s grown in our acre garden. Yes, I’m truly blessed.

Anyone that knows me, or checks out the foods I write about online
knows that I mainly eat whole foods. I try to eat as close to a foods natural source as possible.


In many ways it would be much easier for me not to do this, but I figure a few extra minutes is worth the effort. When I watch the video, I don’t view this as ‘progress.’

For the record, I’m definitely not against animal consumption but I do think the level it’s done today is unnatural. I say the same thing about vegetables and fruit. Don’t even get me started on the empty calorie food items that are passed off as ‘food.’ But you know what, for those who want to eat that way, that’s there choice.

I must say that I’m fortunate that I do have the ability to purchase animal products from small local farms.

Our House…

I’ve always loved this song…


It’s been a busy week for my daughter and me. Monday, school began. She’s now in fifth grade! If we’re friends on Facebook you’ve seen the picture I shared of my daughter’s first day of school. Wow, the time has flown by. It seems like just the other day when I was holding her in my arms.

We’re both looking forward to this weekend. My brother, Sister in Law and nephew will be in town. They’ll be leaving and my nephew will be with us for a few days.

Our House by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

I’ll light the fire, you put the flowers in the vase that you bought today.
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me.

Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good.
Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the
Sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you.

Our house is a very, very fine house with two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard,
Now everything is easy cause of you and our la, la, la:

Our house is a very, very fine house with two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard,
Now everything is easy cause of you and our

I’ll light the fire, you put the flowers in the vase that you bought today.

Cleansing Adventures: Coffee enema

Freshy ground coffee beans for enema
Freshy ground coffee beans for enema

I’m not a coffee drinker…

Ground coffee in Muslin cloth_1
Tying freshly ground coffee into cheese cloth

But I regularly use coffee enemas.

I’ve found the benefits from them to be well worth the coffee bean purchase.

Ground coffee in pot
Boiling freshly ground coffee


I do like natural remedies, but like anything else, I’ll research (and in some cases) try them out before making a decision. I don’t blindly believe something works, just because it’s ‘natural’.

But coffee enemas had some validity since it’s been used in Gerson therapy as an alternative way to treat cancer since the 1920’s.

Some of the health claims for coffee enemas are…

  • Aids in eliminating toxins from the liver. This seems to be valid, since endoscopic studies do show that coffee enemas does increase bile output.
  • Aids in healing the colon and stimulating peristalsis.

The “aids in healing the colon” really caught my attention since I had suffered chronic constipation ever since my appendices ruptured (and was removed) in 1992. After the surgery (even while eating a high fiber diet) it wasn’t uncommon for me to go weeks without having a bowel movement. That definitely wasn’t normal!


I tried herbal laxatives but those weren’t always effective for chronic constipation relief. Also, I had to take way more than the recommended dose to get my bowels to move. If the recommended dose was two I would be taking at least six.  You want to know something?  Within a few weeks after introducing coffee enemas into my natural health routine, I started having normal bowel movements. I don’t take them as often as when I was trying to get my digestive system back on track but just like the garlic enemas,  I take them a few times each month.

I included the above video done by April Goodwin of  I Keep Smiling. I love this women’s positive outlook on life.



Scientific Basis of Coffee Enemas