Posts Tagged ‘Health’

I found this recipe several years ago on one of vegetarian forum

We need:

  • 2 cups millet
  • water
  •  about 2 lb potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • little wholemeal flour (you can also use bread crumbs)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil

Rinse millet in cold water (using mesh strainer). Put into a pot, pour 4 cups water and cook slowly until grain will be soft and you will not see water in a pot. Boil the potatoes and puree, chop onions and saute. Combine all ingredients together, add a little oil, salt and pepper. Shape into patties and coat in flour. Bake at 350 F until golden brown on both sides. Of course you can fry, add the herbs and spices – whatever You like.


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Ghee is made by first making butter, and then clarifying it. Ghee has therapeutic properties (unique among other saturated fats) and has a very long shelf life. Clarified butter balances the hormonal system, accelerates wound healing and gastrointestinal inflammatory conditions such as ulcers or colitis. Often recommended to patients with lactose intolerance. According to Ayurveda, it is also the best fat for cooking. Dr. Rudolph Ballentine believes that the clarified butter, containing butyric acid, exhibits antiviral and anticancer properties (the acid in the body increases levels of interferon-a natural antiviral substance). For the preparation of ghee, it is better to use organic  butter because the milk fat containes pesticide residues in food for cows). My ghee, unfortunately I did with regular butter. I recommend anyway, because I still think that better than refined oils, or regular  butter for frying. Freshly made ghee is a nice, slightly nutty flavor.

In a saucepan heat the butter (normally I do with 2 lb – This way I don’t need to do more often), bring to boil, then reduce the heat. Butter is slightly bubbling. After some time on the surface of the foam begins to accumulate. Smart books say to collect foam, I follow the advice of my friend and I leave the foam (this is easier anyway for me). After some time, most of the scum sinks to the bottom of the pot. When the butter stops bubbling, turn off heat (I have electric oven) and wait a little. Then using a dense mesh and cheese cloth I shed to clean and dry the jar (it’s important that the jar was dry, otherwise the mold can grow). When completely cool, turn off the jar. When I do two jars I usually a hold one in the refrigerator, the other on the kitchen counter. Currently, my ghee (all poured into a large jar) is at room temperature and is doing well.

Side effects: because it’s tasty, easy to overdose – make your bottom growing wide 😉

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Millet is one of the healthiest and oldest grain in the world. Came from Asia 7000 years ago.

This is about what Paul Pitchfrod wrote about millet in his book “Healing with whole foods”:

“Healing properties:

Cooling thermal nature; sweet and salty flavor, diuretic; strengthens the kidney; beneficial to stomach and spleen – pancreas; buildts the yin fluids; moistness dryness; alkalizing – balances over-acid conditions; sweetens breath by retarding bacterial growths in mouth; high amino acid (protein) profile and rich silicon content; helps prevent miscarriage; anti – fungal; one of the best grains for those with Candida albicans overgrowth.

Also useful for diarrhea (roast millet before cooking), vomiting (millet soup or congee), indigestion, and diabetes. Soothes morning sickness – eat millet soup or congee regularly. Millet is known as “queen of the grains.” Due to its alkali – forming nature millet is often cooked with little or no salt. Sprouted millet can be used for digestive stagnation caused by undigested starch , for checking lactation, and other applications similar to sprouted .

Caution: millet is not recommended for those with signs  of very weak digestive functions such a consistently watery stools.

Cooked millet:

  • 1 cup millet, soaked
  • 3 cups water
  • A few grains sea salt

Place millet and salt in a pot of water. Cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minuter or   pressure cook 20 minutes.

Variations: Toast millet in a little oil before cooking. For softer millet, add more water.”

I really recommend Paul Pitchford’s book and millet. This book will help you heal your body. There are plenty of easy and healthy recipes.


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… probably a virus. Adam didn’t feel very well from morning.  Probably has the same virus his brother had. Dominik felt sick on Saturday and Sunday. Anyway, he still has a cough etc., but without fever. Adam has a fever. One of the measurements showed 106.8F (41.5C). So what am I gonna do at 8 p.m.? He got medication, a cool shower, I applied something on his chest for easier breathing (runny nose). Even his long hair dried faster, though not for long, because now he is sweating like a mouse. Poor thing, I’m going to keep him company in bed and be close in case he will need me. I hope me and rest of the family will stay healthy.

Good night Everyone

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As I mentioned yesterday I am interested in health. Time goes so fast and we are getting older every day. I am OK with that, but I want to be healthy and strong. I want to have a lot of energy. I usually don’t buy junk food, I read labels and choose product without sugar, corn syrup, artificial colors and preservatives. On the other hand I use to take medicine, a lot of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Relpax, supplements, allergy medicine (antihistamine and steroids). Some time ago I took a lot of antibiotics and medicine for overactive thyroid. I realized it’s very bad for my liver. I used tons of cosmetics, and even if I tried to choose the best ones (I mean, organic without propylene glycol, parabens, aluminum etc.) I still applied a lot of chemicals on my skin. I decided to change it.

Probably I will mention about this book again, because it’s worth of it. “Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition” by Paul Pitchford is may favorite book about health, nutrition.This is what I found about this book:

Healing with Whole Foods contains a wealth of information on health, diet, alternative medicine, natural food presentation, and recipes, researched by an expert in the field. Readers will learn how to apply Chinese medicine and the five-element theory to a contemporary diet; treat illness and nervous disorders through diet; and make the transition to whole vegetable foods. The most detailed source book yet published on preparing food and eating consciously, Healing with Whole Foods includes complete sections on Ayurvedic principles of food-combining; the treatment of disease conditions through meals; transition from animal products to whole vegetable foods; micro-algae; selection of waters and salts; the extremely complex varieties of oils, sugars, and condiments; vitamins and minerals; fasting and purification; food for children, food presentation and proportions; vibrational cooking; the physiology of nourishment; color diagnosis and therapy; consciousness in diet changes; plus descriptions of the nature and uses of various grains, legumes, miso, tempeh, tofu, seaweeds, nuts and seeds, sprouts, and fruits. Also featured are sections on chutneys, relishes, pickles, different milks, rejuvelac, yogurt, salads, and desserts.”—Midwest Book Review

What I read: “If you used a commercially available soaps, shampoos, body lotions, deodorants, different types of makeup, etc., it is best to avoid products containing solvents, chemical and synthetic additives, as they are directly absorbed through the skin and interfere with immunity. Even so-called “natural” cosmetics for washing often contain harmful chemicals health. Should apply the general principle of avoiding rubbing the skin of any substance which would not have eaten. You can always turn to alternative products – such wholesome unrefined oils are excellent […], body lotion. If you want to smell nice, you can ad pure essential oils, such as lavender or rosemary to enrich lotion for their aromatherapy properties. ”

For last month I applied on my skin and face first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil only (as a face cream and body lotion). I am delighted. My observations: the pores are smaller, the skin is smooth and soft, looks healthier, feels healthier. Very powerful cosmetic. At the beginning I was afraid I will smell like french fries 😉 (I didn’t use essential oils, because I do not have), but the fragrance was very light (my daughter said it smell yummy ;-)). Now I am going to test sweet almond oil.
Generally, I recommend!

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Health is a very interesting topic to me, mainly because I am not quite healthy (yet) and I know many people who have serious health problems. I read a lot about this and try to improve my health, physical condition. Besides fall is coming…You know…viruses, bacterias etc. Some time ago I bought a book: “The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating”, by  Rebecca Wood.
There are some information from book cover:

from Acorn to Zucchini, Aduki beans to the tropical Zapote fruit—The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia shows you howto select, prepare, store, and use medicinally morethan 1,000 familiar and unusual foods. Americans are becoming increasingly aware that food quality determines our health, and many cultures have long understood that food is often the best medicine for what ails us.

REBECCA WOOD, a nationally known whole foods authority, is just the person to bring this wealth of knowledge together in one volume. Since 1970, she has been teaching whole foods cook­ery to thousands across North America and Europe. An educational consultant to the natural foods industry for the last seventeen years, she also co-founded and directed the East-West Center in Boulder, Colorado, and runs the Be Nourished Cooking School. Her most recent book, The Splendid Grain, won both a James Beard Award and a Julia Child/IACP Award.


  • Tips on how to heal with Ayurveda, Western nutrition, and traditional Chinese medicine
  • A complete index, organized so readers can research treatments by ailment as well as the food itself
  • Line drawings illustrating unusual foods so readers can recognize them in stores O A glossary of medical terms
  • A list of resources for hard-to-find foods .
  • A fully cross-referenced format, with sidebar recipes throughout

This cough syrup is an absolute hit in my house:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 1 cup honey

Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat. Add thyme, cover, and seep until cool. Strain. Stir in ! cup honey. Store in a covered glass jar, refrigerated, for several months. (One teaspoon taken every hour will relive a cough).

I do not know if you can reduce the amount of honey without loss for health benefits, then you also probably need to reduce the amount of water. Generally works, tested on my family, even in the past few days. Dominik looked quite miserable on Saturday morning, he had such a deep cough, but one day later he was better. This is easy to do, probably it is cheaper than the commercial  and has no preservatives or artificial colors. Generally recommended.

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I looked for a moment to mention something here. Yesterday was a marathon:

1. I woke up at 6 (Dominik was playing too loud with his metal cars)
2. At 9 I dropped  Julia, Dominik and friend’s daughter at school
3. About 11.40 I picked up Dominik
4. At 1.15 I went to school (and had no space to park, I should walk), because Julia was supposed to get an award from the principal ( for reading and writing, they mentioned that Julia is bilingual and can read and speak in both languages). When I started taking the video, Adam gave me such a great hug that the entire recording is jumping.
5. After 2 we were at home but at 3.22 I was at school again to pick up girls
6. At 5.3o I drove Julia’s friend to the ballet school (imagine four loudy children in one car).
7. I dropped little girl in her house around 7 p.m.  and we were kidnapped for a dinner (yummy). We came back home about 9.40 p.m.
8. In the meantime: laundry, cleaning and cooking.
Today Julia had an appointment with oral surgeon. He removed her two baby teeth and something teeth – like – structure from the gum (Julia’s  friend said that it looks like popcorn.)

Julia was brave, did not move. Many adults do not keep calm as Julia. I can’t be more proud. She was scared, but she did not want the doctor to know it (doctor said that if he sees that the child is afraid, he will refuse to do surgery without general anesthesia).

Tooth Fairy (usually the mom,  this time – daddy) gave Julia, two new petshops.

Now my daughter with daddy are watching Lord of the Ring. It is almost midnight, morning will be “five more minutes please” 🙂

Adam just woke up (noise), so I have company 🙂 He came check whether the monsters are downstairs. Dominik is still sleeping. Good. Tomorrow he will be the only one who feels rested.

I will better take a shower and go to bed. Tommorow will be a long day too.

I hope my English is not so bad.

Good night.

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