A Journey Toward Optimal Health

PTSD and Vitamin Suppliments.

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I’ve been a believer in supplements for over 30 years. I’ve had some issues though. My struggle has been with stress. PTSD has dominated my life from the age of 16 on. Progressively it got worse and worse, but recently I’ve had a breakthrough that has been remarkable.

I recently heard that Double X vitamins are the finest quality organically grown, phytonutrient-rich, multi-vitamin on the market. Phytonutrients are the natural nutrients found in plants. They offer broad antioxidant protection and provide many other heath benefits.

I’ve been taking these for about 2 weeks now. For the first week, I was a little confused because my energy level was not up to par. Then for the past few days I’ve had a steady supply of energy.

Yesterday, I felt great. I knew I would have extra activities that I would need an extra boost of energy for, so I complimented my supplements with an XS energy drink.  4900% DV (daily value) of B12 went into my body. Then something unusual and scary happened. I went downstairs to get into my truck and saw that it had been broken into! Normally this would have thrown me for a loop. The tears would have started flowing and it would have ruined my day. But not yesterday! I think I hit on something, finally that can beat the PTSD thing! I DIDN’T EVEN MISS A BEAT! Did it upset me? Yes. But I didn’t go into a total freak out! That’s what’s amazing.

I can not accurately tell you that these are the answers to PTSD nor would I suggest that they are. I can only tell you that this iw what I personally experienced and these are the products that I am using. Anyone who struggles with PTSD knows how vulnerable you feel under stress. Yesterday I felt like Super Woman! To me this is enough credence to begin some further investigation. I just got so excited I wanted to share.

Vision is a very powerful tool in helping us realize our future .

I’ve come to understand that what we focus on we empower. God gave me a revelation one day that showed me just what vision does to us. He showed me a horizontal line with a dot on the left end and a dot in the middle and a dot on the right end. He than told me that the left dot represents all past, sin, sickness and sorrow in my life. The middle dot represents now/present. The right dot represents future, faith, His promises, health and prosperity. Then he showed me as we stand in our present we have a choice to make. We can either focus on our past and it will pull that past into our present and if we allow it, it will destroy our future. OR… if we will trust Him and focus on His promises of our future and stand in faith, that reality is what will manifest in our present and will continue on to completely destroy our past!

So you decide… what is your vision going to bring into your present?

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Okay… you know those Power Wraps I posted the other day? Well guess what we did with them? We made ourselves breakfast that taste like we were at a fast food joint! Problem is… it’s hard to feel guilty when you know you are eating healthy!

So here is what you do…

Take 3 slices of turkey bacon and cut them in half. Cook them in a skillet until lightly browned.

Warm up 2 Power Wraps in your microwave on power 8 for 20 seconds. Top each wrap with a slice of Fat Free American Cheese.

Then lay 3 strips of the turkey bacon (that should be half of it) on the cheese.

Take 1 cup of egg beaters and scramble it in a sprayed skillet and top the bacon with it when done.

Wrap them up and eat!

This make 2 servings. Each serving has 193 calories, 19 grams of protein, 2 g carbs, 5 g fat of which .75 g is sat fat 0g trans fat, 3 g monounsaturated fat, and 5,143 lignan antioxidants, 385 g sodium

Power Wraps

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I have to say that these are an awesome and extremely healthy alternative to tortillas. My husband and I both love them. YUMMY!

Like tortillas but with ZERO carbs!

You will need:

Cooking Spray

1 1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill Isolated Soy Protein Powder

6 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal

1 tsp Onion and Herb Mrs. Dash

1/2 tsp NOW Foods Stevia Liquid Extract

2 cups liquid egg whites

1 2/3 cup water

In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients and stir to get lumps out.  Spray a large (preferably stainless steel) skillet with cooking spray. Spray both sides of metal spatula with cooking spray. Heat skillet on medium heat for just under 1 minute. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to spoon out 1/4 cup of batter and place it in skillet. Use a rubber spatula or back of a spoon to spread batter out into an 8″ circle. This will need to be done somewhat slowly as not to rip the tortilla wrap. Cook on first side 60-90 seconds and then flip to other side.  Cook an additional 45-60 seconds and remove from skillet. You can freeze the leftovers and use later!

This makes 14  servings. Each serving has 70 calories, 12 grams of protein, 0 g carbs, 3 g monounsaturated fat, and 5,143 lignan antioxidants.

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Do you want to start choosing healthier low-fat, low carb, high nutrient foods to get your family healthy? Well you have come to the right place! These pancakes are packed with proteins and nutrients that our bodies crave.

You can freeze the extras and heat anytime for an easy on the go meal too! Put some peanut butter and a banana on one and roll it up for a wonderful filling meal or high energy snack before hitting the gym!

You will need

Cooking Spray

1 cup of <a title=”Soy Protein Powder” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Isolated Soy Protein Powder, 14-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)""” target=”_blank”>Soy Protein Powder

1 teaspoon <a title=”Aluminum-free Baking Powder” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Aluminum Free Baking Soda — 16 oz""” target=”_blank”>baking powder

4 Tbsp <a title=”Sugar-free French Vanilla Coffee Syrup” href=”Da Vinci Gourmet Sugar Free French Vanilla Syrup Plastic Bottle 25.4oz""” target=”_blank”>Sugar Free French Vanilla Coffee Syrup (or you can use 1/4 tsp<a title=”Stevia Extract” href=”NOW Foods Stevia Liquid Extract Alcohol, 8 Ounce Bottle""” target=”_blank”> Stevia extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)

2 egg whites

1 cup original flavored Silk Soy Milk

1/4 cup water

2 Tbsp <a title=”Milled Flax Seed” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal, 16-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)""” target=”_blank”>milled flax-seed

Combine the protein powder, baking powder and milled flax-seed. Add the sugar-free coffee syrup, egg whites, soy milk, water. Mix batter well.

Mist the tip of a spatula and the inside of a 1/4 cup measuring cup with cooking spray. Heat griddle to 400 degrees. Spray griddle with cooking spray just before putting batter on it. Scoop up 1/4 cup batter using sprayed measuring cup and pour onto griddle. Use the back of a spoon sprayed with cooking oil (or a sprayed spatula) to quickly spread out batter till it makes a 6-7″ diameter pancake. Cook pancake until slightly golden brown on bottom side then flip with sprayed spatula. Second side will cook faster than the first side did. Remove from griddle. Top with 2 Tbsp. sugar-free maple syrup and enjoy!

Per 1 pancake serving (including syrup)

78 calories, 15 g protein, 2 g carbs , 0 g fats

NOW STACK A FEW PANCAKES AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT!

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Nana’s Kahlua Chocolate Mega Power Muffins

This recipes definitely satisfies the need for chocolate! Put some fat-free cream cheese sweetened with a little Splenda or stevia, some peanut butter or a dab of  fat-free sugar-free chocolate or butterscotch pudding on top for a real special treat! Try them with your kids next time you want to make them a healthy alternative to chocolate cup cakes!

3 cups <a title=”Soy Protein Powder” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Isolated Soy Protein Powder, 14-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)""“>soy protein powder

3/4 cup <a title=”Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa” href=”Hershey’s Cocoa, Natural Unsweetened, 8-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6)""“>Hersey’s Natural unsweetened cocoa

3/4 cup <a title=”Milled Flax Seed” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal, 16-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)""” target=”_blank”>milled flax-seed

1 1/4 cup <a title="Sugar-free Kahlua Coffee Syrup” href=”DaVinci Gourmet Classic Sugar Free Syrup, Kahlua, 25.4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)""” target=”_blank”>sugar-free Kahlua Coffee syrup

6 tsp <a title=”Aluminum-free Baking Powder” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Aluminum Free Baking Soda — 16 oz""” target=”_blank”>aluminum free baking powder

1 1/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups liquid egg whites

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin. In large mixing bowl add all ingredients and mix well. Fill each muffin cup to just below the top and bake for 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins. Each muffin (without any extras topping it off ) has 111 calories, 1 g carb, 18 g protein, 5 g fiber, 2 g monounsaturated fat, (8,000 epicatechin & 12,000 Omega-3 lignan antioxidants)

These muffins are delightful. My husband loves them. They remind me of chocolate pudding cake. Enjoy!

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Tuna Macaroni Salad

Ingredients

1 5 oz can white albacore tuna packed in water

1 stalk of celery

2 green onions

One package of ditalini style miracle noodles*

½ of a hard boiled egg

1 T shredded fat free cheddar cheese

2 T fat free mayonnaise

1 t brown mustard

Pepper to taste

Prepare noodles according to directions on package (choose the boil method not the dry roast method) and pat them dry.

Mix all ingredients.  Chill if desired (flavor will be better if you refrigerate for about 1 hour).

Enjoy this alone or serve on lettuce.

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In my quiet time this morning I was contemplating what our responsibility is towards others in what we say, do, and write about.  As writers we can choose to write about anything and everything under the sun. But how many of us truly look at the possible ramifications of what it is we choose to write about? We can choose to write about meaningless thoughts that come to mind. We can write about destruction, we can put someone or some group down, exposing thoughts or feelings we might have toward them. We can choose to write about current events or gossip. We can write books to assist people in empowering themselves, or we can choose to write about positive, inspiring things that fill people with hope and life.

So what are the ramifications of the written word? Or for that matter of words in general?

Have you ever been in a situation where someone lied about something you did or blamed you for something you did not do? What about in a situation where someone said something to you that caused you to doubt yourself? Have you read a scary novel and experienced fear afterward? Or for that matter read about an earthquake or war? Have you ever had someone sincerely compliment you or help you do something that gave you a sense that they really cared for you? How does it make you feel to read about someone with impossible circumstances overcoming all odds?

So, do we have a responsibility for what we say? On paper or out of our mouths? I think we do. Personally, I want to be one of those people who feed others good, life-giving words. I want to be responsible for positive change in a person’s life. I’m more concerned with helping people out of the hole they are stuck in than with being popular, because let me tell you, you will have a bigger audience with putting the destruction and gossip out there. But what kind of audience to you really want to draw?

I believe that to walk in truly healthy lives we need to consider how we are treating others, and how that affects their health as well as creating a well-rounded health in our own lives. Yes, we all have our own free will. We all have freedom of speech, but that does not negate our responsibility to be good stewards of those words. One day we will all answer for what we do or do not do. I choose life. What about you?

A really wonderful book that helped me understand the importance of honoring others is  Culture of Honor: Sustaining a Supernatural Environment

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For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

Matthew 12:37

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 18:21

Culture of Honor: Sustaining a Supernatural Environment

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WARNING!!!!! This is not your ordinary book on Money. This book is not for those looking to posses with Greed. It is for those who truly want to prosper in every area of your life. There is a supernatural anointing on this book!  I read it twice and both time is gave me chills! The revelation of true Kingdom Worship as it related to money is all over these pages.

It teaches the difference between the Poverty spirit and the worship of money or the spirit of Mammon and how to prosper and avoid both!

It is unique! Completely different from anything else I’ve ever read. Truly a gift from God!

I hope it blesses you as much as it has me!

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So many things in today’s world are based upon a philosophy  that hides, covers up or places a “band-aid”  on a problem.

Look at how many people are on medication today to treat “Symptoms” they are having. And then the medications give them side effects that they need more medication to treat the symptoms of the  side  effects. Ultimately this kind of behavior leads to death.

What about behavior issues and addictions? Society has chosen to give labels and place the blame on past hurts. And this has resulted in what? Broken people. Completely broken, chewed up, depressed people who feel no worth at all. They are given the band-aid of a label. Then told it’s okay to blame someone else. Then they are told they can’t be held responsible for their own actions. They never get to a place of feeling like they are worth anything because now they carry a label. They are never allowed take ownership of their own lives or accountability for their own actions.  So they believe the lie that they are worthless.

Where does it stop? Answer… at the root!

The ONLY way to stop this insanity is to start confronting the truth that everything we do, say, think, eat and believe has consequences either good or bad. And until we start making changes from the root, confronting the problem face on and getting rid of the excuses… well, there is no future of hope.

I had someone say to me once that I should just begin to accept people for who they are instead of always expecting them to change. I thought about that for a long time and then I realized that if we don’t offer change, we don’t offer hope!

People are suffering out there. BUT THERE IS HOPE. HOPE that absolutely requires change. I’m not ashamed to offer that, because I am able to see where it will take people. Unconditional love does not mean watching from the sidelines as someone destroys themselves.  In fact, there is NO love in that at all. That is like knowing someone is going to walk off a cliff and refusing to warn them about the ledge. Instead we need to set the example and lead people with an example of uncompromising integrity that steers them away from that ledge

When you better your life and get to the root of things, you get set free. Admitting to the things you did wrong and setting and example for others to do the same is an example of integrity. Sometimes it’s a lonely path to start on. But with time you will find other eagles to fly with. Then somewhere down the line people start to see the truth and make the necessary changes in their lives. Eventually looking back with thanksgiving toward you for that initial example.

Deep down, I think all people are born knowing the truth about what it is that is causing the problems. I just wish there were more people shining light on the answers. Maybe then it wouldn’t be so hard to make changes.