Mother Nature is Medicine

Mother Nature is Medicine
MOTHER NATURE IS MEDICINE. The Creator has given us everything that we need. It is all here on this Earth and in the Universe. It can be found in the Earth, in the Sky, in the Waters, in the Air. Often times, we, as humans, tend to view nature as something that is "apart" from ourselves. We talk of spending time "in nature." We, in a sense, distance ourselves. In reality, we ARE "a - part" as well. The Great Spirit put us here and blessed us and our ancestors with this beautiful earth. Embracing the Creator and the natural blessings is food & nourishment for the body, mind, and soul. Nature is medicine. ~Peace and Blessings~

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Feeling Beautiful Clay Mask - Avocado and Oatmeal

So far, I am finding the Freeman Feeling Beautiful masks to be very cleansing and purifying. Over the years, my skin has improved considerably, before I used these masks, but the mask did not cause any break-outs or dryness, which I was very pleased with. The Avocado and Oatmeal mask package says it "purges pores" and I feel my skin felt rather clean afterwards. The mask is a minty green color, very thick, with a slaty smooth clay texture. This mask goes a long way and one package can be used twice.
Whenever I do masks, I always use it on my neck, not just my face. And whenever I put anything on my face, I always smooth the product with an upward motion.

In the little green jar lies vaseline, very moisturizing for my lips. When my face is all stiff with a mask on, I hate to have dry lips, so I rub on vaseline or Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula stick.

Fajita Chicken Vegetable wrap

Since I started college (this year), I have not been able to cook as I normally like to. Now that I am home for the holidays, I can take over the kitchen! Campus food isn't always the best, so I am glad I can finally make something the way I want and like it to be, including wraps.


Plain white medium-size tortilla
'Baby Greens Salad' (baby leaf spinach, lettuce, shredded carrots)
Romaine lettuce
Sliced green pepper and sliced onion
Tyson Grilled and Ready fully cooked Fajita Chicken Breast Strips
The Spice Depot salad seasoning

Heat cooked chicken with green pepper and onion in skillet.
Once heated and a little browned, place in a separate bowl.
In the same skillet, heat the tortilla on both sides, browning it.
Take tortilla out of skillet and spread a little bit of ranch on the tortilla, then add the green lettuce, chicken with green peppers and onion, sliced tomato, and sprinkle seasoning on top. Fold and enjoy.

It's Christmas It's Christmas

I made almost the WHOLE Christmas meal by myself! Everything except for two things. Helpful hint: start making some of the dishes the day before, the ones that do not need to be made fresh. This saves a lot of time, trust me.

Stuffing (Turkey and Cornbread stuffing with Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage, chopped green peppers and chopped onion, chopped green apple)

Cook the sausage with the green pepper, onion, and apple
 Turkey with gravy
Kale (cooked in fresh water with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle of salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar) We usually have collard greens, but decided to go with something else equally delicious.
Homemade Potato salad
Ham (I know, pork - just for the holiday. Check my blog post about my no pork for 30 days
Nancy's Petite Quiche swiss and bacon (I know! :)
Green bean casserole
Sweet potato soufflé
Devilled egg
Cranberry sauce
Homemade macaroni and cheese

Store-bought quiche for hors d'oeuvre

Frozen Chocolate Pretzel treats for Christmas


Pretzel Rod sticks
Toll House Nestle Dark Chocolate chips/morsels (or whichever you prefer)
Toll House Nestle Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate chips/morsels
Smucker's Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge
Smucker's Magic Shell Cupcake (it looks white with colored sprinkles in it)

Place the pretzels rods on parchment paper in a rectangle-sized bowl that will fit the pretzels in nicely so they lay flat. Drizzle lots of both the Magic Shells onto the pretzels. Then drop as many chocolate and peanut butter chips as you want. If you want, you can add different sprinkles or drizzle caramel on top.
Place the bowl with the treats in the freezer for about ten minutes. It will not take long for the Magic Shell to harden. A nice combination of salty and sweet. Enjoy!

Afterwards, you can store the pretzel treats in a Ziploc bag or container in the freezer.

Cheese ball Roll-Ups for Christmas

For an appetizer/ hors d'œuvre, or a snack, these roll-ups are delicious with a lot of flavor. You can dip it in salsa as well. Chill and serve! I made one cheese ball and cut it in half and used half for the roll-ups.
Recipe for the cheese ball:

1 bar of Cream Cheese
Chopped Green Onion
Chopped Green Pepper
Crushed Pineapple
Crushed Pecans
One teaspoon of Seasoning Salt (I didn't have seasoning salt this time so I used Soul Seasoning)

 Make sure the cream cheese is soft before adding everything together, that way it will be easier to mix. And drain all of the liquid from the pineapple can before mixing. Mix it all together, roll the ball in extra crushed pecans and let it chill, then serve!

Click on this link to see what the cheese ball looks like and typical Thanksgiving food my family makes!

I made the roll-ups for a Christmas hors d'œuvre this year, using the other half for a cheese ball with crackers.

Take a plain tortilla, or any flavor tortilla that you prefer and any size you prefer. I used a plain white medium-sized tortilla and spread the cheese ball mixture on top. Be sure to spread the mixture all over to the edge of the tortilla because you will be using the whole tortilla.

Begin slicing your tortilla into 1-inch strips. Then roll each strip, plain side on the outside of course :)

So easy and simple and quite delicious. Serve cold and store in the refrigerator afterwards.
 To save time and tummy space :)  make the appetizer/ hors d'œuvre for Christmas Eve. After our Christmas breakfast, we were too full for appetizers and waited till the main Christmas meal to eat again.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ramadan Mubarak: Quick, healthy meals

At the salad bar...

Contrary to what you might believe, but salads are not always healthy. These, however, are!
Spinach mixture of leaves, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, Balsamic vinaigrette, and the second one has one boiled egg and salad seasoning. Toasted wheat bread with peanut butter is yummy also.

Cascadian Farm, along with Kashi, is one of my favorite "natural" brands. It is soo flavorful, crunchy, sweet, nutty, and organic.  This granola cereal complements yogurt and would also work with on top of a salad. Or eat it as just a small snack. I ate this during suhoor.

Sandwiches . . .

One of my favorites is onion bagel with cream cheese and lots of lettuce. So quick and simple.

More from the Veggie bean burger on a bagel with lettuce, tomato, sauerkraut, and mustard. I'm trying to stay off some of the ketchup as it has too much sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

I would really like to make a mango lassi sometime and some Indian chicken curry. Check out some Middle Eastern recipes to try for Ramadan.

Ramadan Mubarak: A couple more snacks



Kerry Gold cheese is well known. This one was definitely a "distinctive taste".
These crackers or wafers are very crisp and very very flat.

More from Wholesome Goodness. These sour pineapple raisins are raisins with a pineapple flavor. A good pack of raisins if you want to try something different.

Ramadan Mubarak: More Snacks!

More yummy and healthy snacks!

These are absolutely delicious! Cinnamon is the bonus! I've tried the regular Apple one and the Pineapple one. They are all good. This one says it's gluten free, vegan, and kosher - another bonus!

Dried plums that don't taste dry! They come in little individual packets and are slick and juicy.

I like my Luna Bars. Lots of vitamins and delicious crunchiness! My favorite so far is the Chocolate Peppermint Crunch.

I just "discovered" these Wholesome Goodness tortilla chips in Grilled Vegetables. They're chips made from other vegetables and they taste very good. This goes great with hummus!

You might be losing some fiber or not getting enough during Ramadan so if you must, take a fiber bar. These are not disgusting, it's chocolate fudge brownie after all!

Cranberries have antioxidants and these are tasty sweet!

Rice Cakes are crunchy and these aren't too sweet either. They were one of my favorite snacks as a child :)

Break your fast with dates and water. I feel so refreshed and not as hungry when I eat a date and drink water at iftar.

Ramadan Mubarak: Healthy snacks for Ramadan!

Some of you might already know but from about July 20th to August 18th is the holy month of Ramadan! If you don't know what Ramadan is, check out my post on my other blog and there I give a simple, easy to understand definition

The first few days of Ramadan, I wasn't eating too good like I knew I should, but once at the store, I knew exactly what I should get and what is good for me. I always read the Nutrition Facts and ALL of the INGREDIENTS. Yes. This Ramadan, I wanted to keep up with a healthy, well-balanced diet, or shall I say lifestyle. I admit, I do snack on this and that, but nowhere near as I did years ago.

Anyways, I thought I'd share with you some goody snacks and foods I like to eat, or have begun to like, and perhaps this will give you all some ideas (I know it's late, the last 10 days of Ramadan, but you can eat this all year round if you want!)

Going clockwise:

Snapea Crisps - For some reason I thought these would be like fresh crunchy veggies, but they really are crisps. I didn't get a photo of what they look like but you can find lots of pictures of these little green things on the web hehe. They are not very greasy or salty. They have a crisp, peculiar taste, but it tastes good. The texture is like Cheetoh Puffs, just without all the cheese. By the way, I don't like Cheetoh Puffs, I choose the crunchy kind. But these Snapea Crisps were delicious.

Smoked Whole Almonds - I'm just going to say it - I don't like almonds . . . unless they're dipped in chocolate, like my favorite Almond Joy candy bar. But these almonds weren't too bad. If you like almonds, then that is great. I would suggest you trying these. Even though I do not like almonds, I still try to eat them every once in awhile because I know it is good for me. That's one of my things: I still try to eat something even though I do not favor it much, but because it is healthy and good for me. I guess that is a good thing! But mind you, not all things that are healthy are nasty and I do eat 'unhealthy' things too. Almonds can be very filling and can make a good little snack at iftar or suhoor.

Ann's House Chocolate Nut Antioxidant - A mixture of almonds, cranberries, raisins, and dark chocolate pieces (yay!). This mixture makes it easier for me to swallow the almonds! And it's really delicious too. This one is more on the sweet side.

Little Debbie fig bars - Not as good as fig newtons but still filling and tastes pretty good. They are little, and not too sweet.

Goya's Maria Cookies - We always get these cookies.  These cookies are very thin and they are also not too sweet.

Remember: Don't over indulge. Eat in moderation and stay well!

Ramadan Kareem brothers and sisters!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Morning Star Veggie Burger

My second time eating a veggie burger! The first time I had one was at a hospital and there wasn't even any vegetables on it. It was kind of dry and tasted like there was uncooked rice in it!
Someone recommended these to us. We also tried the veggie sausage patties which were all right. It almost tasted like real meat, but different. It can be an acquired taste but it wasn't nasty. It would do good to add some peppers to it to give it a nice kick like Jimmy Dean's hot sausage.
Today I had this bean burger. I saw Dr. Oz mention a bean burger on his show and was anxious to see what this one tasted like. Before I added all the veggies to my burger, I tasted the pattie first. It was different. I don't know if I can give a good explanation for you but I could kind of taste the black bean in it and the brown rice which was in it also. What I noticed first though was the smell. It must have been the spice, but it was strong, really strong. Similar to cumin, in a way. Some people might find the smell offensive, hehe, but that's only right after I heated it up. After that, it was fine. I think I could get used to this one, but of course, nothing is the same as a real beef burger. That's obvious.
The person who recommended this said they like to eat it when they don't feel like eating meat. I can sort of agree on this one. I don't always feel like eating meat so it's a good thing that there are foods out there that people can get that are almost equivalents to it. As I said earlier, getting off the meat can be a good thing for your body.

It's funny to me though that even though some people don't like meat and don't want to eat it, they still want something equivalent to it and enjoy that taste of 'meat'. A person I know who is a Vegan hated meat (more because of moral reasons), but they still wanted to eat "fake" meat and wear faux fur and faux leather. Even though one may not like meat because an animal gets killed by it, one still likes the 'taste' of meat and the style of fur and leather. Not everyone of course. So there is still that human thing inside of us that makes us want certain things, I guess in terms of animals and nature... Perhaps our society and culture has something to do with it, or our own history - humans have been eating animals for centuries. Or perhaps it is the nature vs. nurture concept.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Salmon Cakes

I hadn't made Salmon cakes in a long while and was really wanting to have some today for dinner. Salmon cakes, patties, whatever you call them, they were delicious and I'm sure there are many ways to make them. I'm not a master chef or cook and I don't usually measure out everything. I'm used to just going by sight and taste. So I can only give an exact recipe for a few dishes that I make. But it still tastes delicious!

I used two cans of Alaska Salmon and I separated all of the bones, spine, and skin that was in there. Salmon has very tiny bones, but as long as you get out as much as you can, it should be fine. I didn't taste a single bone.

I mixed the Salmon with celery seed, chopped scallions, chopped green pepper, about 1-2 teaspoons of minced garlic, a dash of white pepper, a tiny dash of salt, and one egg to keep it all together. I even mixed in a little bit of the bread crumbs.

Roll it into a pattie and roll it in Italian bread crumbs.
Fry it on medium-low in olive oil.

Until it cooks to a beautiful warm brown, or darker.

Scrumptious with fresh lettuce and raw carrots!
 This was very easy to make and it didn't take long at all. In fact, picking out the little bones took me the longest. I definitely prefer raw carrots instead of cooked ones and the lettuce gave it a nice fresh crunch.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Vegetarian Day 2 and counting

Alright, I'm really liking this 'Vegetarian day' thing and it's not been hard to follow. I realize that when I was in school, I had been doing almost just that. For breakfast, I usually had cereal or waffles and sometimes for lunch I would have yogurt or yogurt and a salad. Anyways, here's what I had today.

Breakfast: I just had some Corn flakes with raisins (and Organic milk). Sometimes, I might have corn flakes plain, but if I'm not sprinkling it with sugar, I add raisins. Raisins are sweet and tasty and are a good replacement for sugar. And then I had a little bit of orange juice.

Lunch: I really liked my lunch today. I first ate a peach that I cut up and sprinkled cinnamon on top. Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices.
And I ate it with my own homemade potato salad. Of course, it doesn't compare to my mom's but it was a good try!
And also something I haven't tried before - toasted wheat bread with peanut butter on top. A healthy and tasty replacement for regular butter.

Dinner: This was something different too. I had some steamed 'Spring Vegetables' - squash, zucchini, peppers, onion, asparagus, and carrots. I had Spaghetti pasta with it but instead of using spaghetti sauce, I made my own. First, I sauteed cut onions and minced garlic. I added it on top of the Spaghetti with cut black olives and tomatoes, drizzled over with olive oil. Be careful not to put too much olive oil or it will take away from the flavor of the meal. Add some ground black pepper, parmesan flakes, and after I decided to add some Italian seasoning.

Have a happy Saturday, Everyone!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Organic Milk

I know of organic berries, organic tomatoes, organic granola bars, but I never thought much about Organic milk. I had heard that regular milk that most people probably buy actually may contain blood and pus from the cow's udder because the cows from those large farm 'corporations?' are treated badly. Those farms want to get the milk out as fast as they can and sell sell sell, that they neglect the proper treatment of the animals. It's awful. People claim organic milk is better because organic farmers are more likely to treat their animals kindly. I've never seen the workings of cow farms in person and I'm not claiming I know everything about this issue, but one cannot go blind to all of those who are speaking out against this. There obviously is a problem. In one documentary I saw, they showed what goes on the inside of these animal cruelty farms and it was horrible. The poor chickens were living in the most horrible conditions.

A Vegan I know always gets on the non-vegans for eating meat and drinking milk saying that we're drinking the blood and pus of cows. But you know, it's probably true and just last week it really hit me. It's expensive to live a healthy, organic lifestyle in the U.S., but we started to buy organic milk and that's what I have been using in my cereal as of now. It cost about $2 more and it smelled kind of funny, but taste fine. We still get the 1% kind of it.

Blood and pus! Imagine! It's disgusting, right? People don't know what they're eating or drinking. We need to research more about what we put into our bodies that will benefit our well being. I am not a Vegan, but I do not condone animal cruelty. Animals should be treated with respect and should be treated kindly. That's what I like about Kosher or Halal food - they kill the animals to limit as much pain as they can to the animals and they treat them humanely. Humans may be above all animals and plants, but we should still strive to protect the earth.

In some places, adults don't literally drink milk at all, they consider milk only for babies or young children. When you think about it, it makes sense. A mother's breast milk is only meant for her baby and when the baby grows, milk is given to him/her to give them calcium to strengthen their bones and teeth. When we get older, do we really need cow's milk? Tell me. If a human's breast milk is for human babies, shouldn't a cow's breast milk be only for cows? And a goat's milk only for baby kids? I like the taste of milk in my cereal and with yummy cookies and of course I use it in baking, but perhaps drinking milk will stop altogether someday. Right now, I don't know. Organic milk seems to be okay and I'll continue to use it unless some other revelation comes to me!

But Blood and pus? Ewww! Now you see how important it is to treat animals kindly.

Do We Need Meat?

On my first post of this blog, I wrote how the earth has so many resources that we don't need certain things because the natural earth provides it all. Can this idea be the same for meat also? Although animals are part of the natural earth, do we really need to eat them to gain nourishement and all the vitamins that we need? Those who don't eat meat would say no, of course not. Meat does provide protein but so do other foods like beans. I heard one person say that we really "don't need to eat meat more than three times a week". When I weighed the possibilities and considered the things that I have heard and read over the years, perhaps she is right. One reason is the one mentioned above.

The second reason is that meat takes so long to digest. Fruits and vegetables go through the digestive system easier and faster. Sometimes it can take days for some steak to digest fully through your body. Imagine what your insides look like as this happens. It's pretty gross. While you're eating your salami sandwich, the big hamburger that you ate two days ago is still trying to digest. According to Dr. Oz, a show that I really enjoy, that can be a cause for indigestion. They said that when you're eating a meal, eat the fruits and veggies first before you eat the sandwich. We tend to eat the sandwich first, but when we do that the meat goes down slower and creates a block, not allowing the other good foods to go through. If we decreased the amount of meat intake, we will be giving our bodies more time to work properly and we won't feel so sluggish either. My family in general, doesn't eat a lot of meat. For one thing, it can be pretty expensive. We eat it with our meals, but not a lot of it. Nevertheless, we eat some at least twice a day. I've been considering it and I am now trying to not eat meat everyday. I'm not on some diet and I'm not doing this forcefully as some kind of fad. I'm doing this because I want to and I want to live healthy and take care of my body. Of course I get that taste for a juicy vegetable topped hamburger or a beef enchilada. I like those things, but I know that I need to get in those vitamins from my vegetables.
I'm always learning and if we know everything, then why try to change something in our lives. I don't know everything but I am learning more in how to treat my body how it should be treated. My mother always says "We only have one body" so let's treat it right.

The third reason is what you might have heard about recently - the now famous "pink slime". Apparently, the major beef companies, after cutting the beef that we eat, have been mixing the leftover 'stuff' of the cow that nobody wants and have mixed it creating this pink stuff that looks like slime, "pink slime" as they call it. Excusez-moi? Ewww! Now, it's not in all beef products, but it was probably in the ground beef that we bought at the store not too long ago! Imagine, all of those times I went to the restaurant or the store and ate that... It makes me cringe. Seriously? Could something like that be the cause of all these health problems that Americans face? Sometimes you can never know what goes in your food. The cook may not have washed his hands after going to the bathroom. Not everyone wears gloves or hair nets. Flies buzzing. Low health rates of the restaurant. Don't be rude to the cook, they just might spit in your food. How will you know? Well, at least we now know of this slime. All of these things makes me want to only eat at home, where I know what the cook is doing!

Yesterday, I chose to eat Vegetarian and I felt good about it. I didn't feel the need to eat sausage or turkey or beef and I was fine. Do what feels right for your body. Listen to your body.

Nature has its laws, maybe we have forgotten it and need to listen to it again.  :)


Green peppers and onions are my staple vegetables when it comes to cooking tasty food. Many meals I make end up having peppers and onions and that's what I like with my eggs too. Last week we had some hot dogs (We generally only buy the 'all-beef' hot dogs) and we still had some lonely peppers in the fridge. Great, add some veggies to the meat!

I cooked the franks on the stove, drained them on paper towels and then added the sliced peppers to the same pan to get all the juicy goodness! I sauteed the green, yellow, orange, and red peppers with about two teaspoons of minced garlic. The combination of all the peppers was delicious and so easy. You can even add rice and onions to the mix. The next day I used the leftover peppers in my scrambled eggs.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Goodness Milk

Recently, I tried rice milk. I've heard of almond milk and soy milk, but not rice milk. I tried the Wholesome Goodness Organic Rice Drink in Vanilla. You can probably find it at your local grocery store or supermarket.
This rice milk was kind of like the almond soy milk I had before which I did not like at all. The rice milk though was tolerable, definitely something I would have to get used to. It was a cream/tan color and very watery. I'm kind of used to "watery" milk because I drink 1% milk. I like the fact that it was very healthy and contained many vitamins but this rice milk was too sweet for me, perhaps because of the vanilla, I don't know. I mostly used it for cereal. Here is a milk drink for all you vegans out there!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Vegetarian Day

Well, I was meaning to post this earlier (on Thursday), but I got caught up in other things. And I am still up so I thought I would post this now. Yesterday, on Thursday, was my Vegetarian day. My sister and I have started this thing where we have days that we only eat in Vegetarian style. Once I start attending university with my sister, we are going to set a few days of the week where we only eat Vegetarian. For me, I'll most likely do the Vegetarian that allows dairy - eggs, cheese, butter, and milk. I did it today and it was quite easy. In fact, earlier I did a month where I eliminated all pork from my diet - which actually ended up being about 40 days. The details are on my other blog. Since then, I have had lesser desires for pork.

Without further ado, for breakfast, which was more like brunch, I had some cinnamon waffles with berries and maple syrup. I drank hot tea of course - Strawberry tea. I was still a little bit hungry so I had some pineapple afterwards.

Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries
 If the waffles didn't have cinnamon in it, I would have added it on top. Cinnamon is one of my most favorite spices. I add it to waffles, ice cream, pie, some cereals, toast sometimes, oatmeal...

For dinner

Egg sandwich with lettuce and sliced tomato. I actually ate only half the sandwich and added lettuce to it. Sliced tomatoes taste good by itself. The egg had cheese, onions, and green peppers with a little bit of salt and pepper. Instead of toasting the bread, I spread a little bit of butter on the bread and put the whole sandwich (without the lettuce) into the oven to bake.

We also had some macaroni and cheese with whole green beans.
I don't think I ate too bad today, so I had a Klondike bar.

Nature and Food

I have always enjoyed learning Natural health remedies and natural and organic foods that are delicious and good for the human body. I am still learning for there is much to learn from this beautiful and complex earth. I admit, I like to eat good food. I think most people do. And I also love to be in nature - taking long nature walks, dancing with the wind, observing the bees suck nectar from the precious flowers. And listening to the song of the birds and the conversations of the trees. I love trees - they seem to be my favorite object for many of my paintings and drawings. Nature makes me feel so alive, calm, adventurous, and romantic all at the same time. What can I say, I am a 'hopeful' Romantic.
I believe God provided humans with all the necessities that we need right here on earth. Nature has so many varieties that it doesn't seem that we really need anything man-made, synthetic foods, medicines, etc. You can look at Eastern medicine and see all of the natural substances that they use to treat various ailments. In reality, I admit, we probably don't even need to eat animals either. We can get protein and other nutrients from plant sources. Soybeans are like a miracle plant. I am not a Vegan or Vegetarian, but I am going to start having days where I eat only Vegan or Vegetarian food. For an Omnivore, eating Vegan or Vegetarian food is no big deal. As an Omnivore, I can eat almost anything. It sounds funny - omnivore, but it is what it is! And I mean 'no big deal' as in 'I can still eat this or that', but it can be a big deal in 'finding what I CAN eat'. I already have been reading food labels for a long time and it seems to become a habit of mine to read the ingredients too. I cringe at some of the ingredients! And yes, I read the serving size too. I don't believe myself to be a "health freak", I eat sweets and salty snacks here and there, but I try to eat in moderation. Some days are easy, others difficult. But I struggled with my weight like some kids do starting at around age 10 through age 15. I am 18 now. And since then, I have lost most of my objected weight. I am not overweight, but I still want to get rid of those remaining 15 pounds and tone my body. I never was obese but I did feel a difference in my body after I lost weight. I felt light and I could easily run and jump, twist and turn. I can't wait to find a good tree to climb!
But in terms of moderation, I think that is one of the biggest problems people have. Most people that are overweight or obese don't eat in moderation. I know I didn't and that is what greatly contributed to my weight gain.

I believe God has given humans many natural nutrients and elements of the earth to use for all sorts of things. I am sick and tired of all the processed and fake substances that is injected in our food. I believe that is a major problem in the world today contributing to bad health. In terms of the U.S., the life expectancy is greater than it used to be, but there are so many health problems arising, including obesity, which seems to be the talk all across the news.
Nature and food go hand in hand. If being out in nature can make you feel alive, can not its fruits give you life as well?
I don't eat all organic foods all the time as I would like. I wish the healthier foods was more affordable than the 'junkie' foods. It's pretty sad to me. In some other countries, the lower classes eat a healthy diet, but in the U.S., the lower classes are left with high-calorie, high-fat, high-sugar food. What helps our body should come natural and affordable to all.

I don't think I have a favorite food/cuisine, but I love to eat Cuban, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese food. I am part Native American, Cuban, and Italian, so perhaps that has some influence on my food tastes...yes, of course it does!

I wrote a lot about food on my first blog Candle In The Corridor, and decided I should create a blog just for this. As I mentioned in my profile, I will probably mention natural health remedies, herbs and spices, oils. I come from a family that LOVES herbs, spices, teas, incense, candles, and perfume oils. And witch balls - I just had to throw that in there!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I pray that you stay and share your "thyme" with me with your own natural remedies, favorite foods, and how you make use of Mother Earth!