Day 6 of Daniel’s Fast

Hi! How’s it going ya’ll? I am doing well. Do I think about cheese and crackers daily? Yes! However, I have abstained. LOL It is getting easier as each day goes by not to think on these. One other thing I noticed is I miss yogurt and mayonnaise a lot too. Then today, in my daily readings book, Torah for Living it talked about the story of Esau and Jacob and how Esau gave up his birthright because he was very hungry. (Gen. 25: 29-34) Now you would think that’s pretty dumb or at least extreme right? Then it said: BEWARE: Don’t let short-term pleasure trump long-term gain. Don’t put self-indulgence before long-term spiritual gain. That made me think and ask myself, how many times have I let short-term pleasure mislead me? I don’t even want to admit how often now that I thought on it. And it drove home once again how mankind continues to repeat this story Still! So, who’s the dummy now? Esau or Us from not learning from this story.

It also got me thinking about my fast, especially the food part. All these questions popped up in my head: How often do we just eat stuff or “get addicted” to certain foods that are clearly not for our best benefit? Our bodies and health are part of our birthright ya know. Are we thinking through our choices of what we eat and the consequences/ implications of those choices? Is getting what you want in the Moment always what you Need? Are our immediate desires beneficial in living our best life?

After I thought about my answers, I then felt the need to pray: ” Lord, stop me from just feeding my immediate impulses and remind me to Think before I act. I want to live wisely; I want to honor the temple you have given me and love according to your will and plan for my life. Thank you, Lord, for giving me eyes to see and ears to hear the benefits in the story of Esau and Jacob. in the name of Yeshua (Jesus) Amen

Shalom! I’m off to make my Spinach and Kiwi salad with a side of noodle soup

Noodle Soup

Vegetable broth, 1 cup purple onions, 3/4 c. thin sliced zucchini, 3/4 c. carrots, 2 tblsp. garlic, uncooked whole grain pasta, 2 tblsp. soy sauce or tamari, 1 tblsp. dill minced, 1/2 tsp olive oil, & my fav a nice pinch of Herbs de Provence. Oh, and if you don’t want to do whole grain pasta you can spiral your zucchini using 2 whole zucchini and they can be your noodles. I love that little thing!

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One week & our Fast begins

If you are reading this for the 1st time, be sure and go back and read the last 4 posts prior to this one. All January & February 2022 posts are related to our doing a Daniel’s Fast for the 28 days of February.

Today I want to share another tasty recipe so you can see this is not a starve me or awful fast. LOL

Asian Noodle Salad. Yummy!

8 oz. whole wheat thin spaghetti noodles

2 tblsp. canola oil, 1/4 c. chopped cilantro, 3 tblsp. soy sauce, 2 tblsp. fresh Lemon Or Lime juice

1 tsp minced garlc, 1 tsp. minced ginger or 1 drop doterra ginger oil, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. creamy peanut butter, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 Cup peeled, seeded, and sliced cucumber

1 C. sliced snow peas,1/2 c. diced red bell pepper, 1/2 c. pineapple chunks cut in half & dash of pepper

Cook your noodles, drain well (do not rinse), coat in canola oil and set to the side

Combine all your seasonings along with the peanut butter, add remaining items & then toss with your noodles. Let stand for 1 hour at room temp. Stir occasionally for full flavor. Just like that, Let’s Eat! Notice how there is very little cooking involved on this one. Gotta love that.

That one hour wait time would be perfect time to turn on some tunes and get some dance exercise in. Alone or with your hubby and/or the kids. smile Fun, laughter, song, and dance raise your serotonin levels lifting your mood. https://www.livestrong.com/article/22590-effects-exercise-serotonin-levels/

Don’t feel like dancing, it would be a good time to spend in His Word. Maybe memorize some verses. I love 1John 1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. The site below has many good ones.

https://www.openbible.info/topics/choosing_good_over_evil

That’s it for this post. Shalom & Enjoy!

No Cheese!

Ok, so this week I am listing the AVOID foods for our Daniel’s fast beginning February 1st, 2022. As my title indicates Cheese is not allowed. boo hoo! I am a true cheese lover, eating some form of cheese everyday. I hadn’t even thought about it really until I was reading and prepping for this fast. It’s been part of my daily lifestyle for who knows how long. I decided to look into the effects of too much cheese and found answers to some of my minor health complaints. Check this out! https://www.eatthis.com/news-side-effects-eating-too-much-cheese/

I spent a few days thinking I don’t know if I can give up cheese for a Whole Month! Then I heard that still small voice of the Holy Spirit say, ” Really, think back: together we kicked that smoking habit in one day & even bigger – you had victory over a heroine addiction in 30 days & have Never looked back. That was over 30 years ago. Now you are whining about cheese!” Boy did I feel foolish. That was just the kick in the pants I needed. Thank You Holy Spirit! As I stated in my post last week, this is not “just” a food fast. If you “choose” to fully participate in this fast, as Susan Gregory says, “you are entering this experience to draw closer to the Lord and to hear His directions for your life and/or the lives of others.” So today, part of our prep is to begin daily prayers, have a chat with Jesus, ask for strength, guidance, and submit yourself with a committed heart. A Good prayer to start is: Psalms 25: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+25&version=NIV

Now for those foods to AVOID:

MEAT: beef, buffalo, fish, yes I said fish too, lamb, pork, poultry, ALL living animals meat.

Dairy Products: Butter, CHEESE, Cream, Eggs, and Milk. No surprise here, dairy comes from animals.

Sweeteners: Agave, nectar, artificial sweetners, cane juice, honey molassess, raw sugar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, syrups, and stevia.. So read the ingredients on your purchases to see what’s inside. FYI: this one is a bit harder than it looks as SO Many things have some form of sugar. Even though Yogurt is not on our Can eat list. Did you know Yogurt is Full of sugar? Even the non fruity ones.

Leavened Bread & Yeast: ANY breads with yeast. BTW: Ezekiel bread does contain yeast and honey. Actually, most baked goods do have yeast.

Refined & Processed food products: artificial food flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, & white rice. Don’t give up! Wait till you see next weeks post: there are plenty of good foods and enough you won’t starve! I promise.

Deep-fried foods: Now you Knew this was coming. smile No forms of fried Chips, French fries, deep fried ice cream, deep fried pickles, No Fried foods! Check out buying a dehydrator or air fryer maybe cause you can eat potatoes.

Solid fats: Lard, margarine, shortening

Beverages: Alcohol, caffeine which includes coffee & caffeinated teas, carbonated drinks, & energy drinks.

I for one love my One cup of coffee in the AM & my afternoon teas. So right up front, I will not lie, I will be eliminating the caffeinated teas and will drop down to 1/2 cup of my chicory coffee with no cream. That is a huge sacrifice along with eliminating my CHEESE! I still have to work, & giving up my coffee and teas at the same time, I know will result in a headache. No-one wants wo work with Countess Cruella for 28 days. LOL I am not saying I endorse making lots of changes to the Fast. I do not. And I am not. Just this one tweek & I Fully understand if you need this tweek as well. God knows who I would be, so I am trusting He will have mercy on me in allowing 1/2 c. chicory coffee. Like I told my friend yesterday, I am not much into extremism and that is extreme!

Good News: Next week will be Foods we Can Eat and a couple of tasty recipes! Just keep in mind the end results: A healthier Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Shalom!

One with Nature

During these stressful times, a sure way to reduce yours and your families anxiety, depression, and stress is getting back to Nature. Mankind was not created to live tethered to machines: cell phone, computers, TV, and etc. Our bodies, minds, and Spirits are designed to be one with Creation. We are created from the Earth with Breath of Life (God’s Spirit) breathed in us. Nor is it intended for us to consume so much altered food sources. (I will enter into that subject more in September)

As mentioned on this website: https://www.verywellmind.com/gardening-for-stress-relief gardening is a great stress reliever. And not just the gardening but, the creating of the garden. Whether it be large or small or even in containers studies have proven gardening especially outdoor gardening lifts your mood. Another mention is the power of Sunlight. Did you know sunlight increases serotonin levels: your natural mood enhancer, increases vitamin D, and reduces bone loss? Yep, Nature and all it offers was God’s divine design for our well being. Not chemicals, light from computers, and isolation indoors. Now don’t misinterpret my words. I am not saying we should not have respect for the pandemic we are going thru. I fully believe we should were masks & social distance especially indoors. However, it is proven outdoors the virus is not spreading as easily, when you respect social distance guidelines. I say at least 12-20 ft. apart. At the end is another site with some good info on distancing. Notice how outdoors there is less risk? Ya think God is trying to guide us back to The Way that most benefits us? No, I am not saying God has brought a pandemic on us. I am saying, during all this, one sure thing being revealed is God’s design is much more beneficial to our lives in every area of Life. Love heals not division, Sun lifts our moods & too much indoor isolation drags us down, gardening, hiking, camping, star gazing, Earthing, and eating fruits/veggies all give us stronger immune systems and avenues of stress reduction. Here is an “all things work to the good” benefit of the isolation we experienced from March to June: it cleansed the air & water in our rivers/lakes/ocean. (see my prior posts for more info on that) So you see, mankind and the Earth must operate together as One to sustain Life. We must protect Nature, care for the Earth and not allow Greed to strip the Earth of it’s ability to sustain All of mankind. Part of that is getting outdoors and staying healthy so we can then keep the Earth healthy by tending to it as God originally designed. https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Earth,-God-Sustaining

I know lots of parents are feeling overwhelmed right now. Make sure you include some outdoor time daily. Even if it is just take a walk, check out all the things in nature together as you walk. Trust me it will benefit all of you and bring better rest at night. Some of my kids and grandkids fondest memories are our outdoor activities. Going to park, walks around the neighborhood, at the beach, camping in the mountains and hiking. Another nice outdoor activity is Meditating outdoors. Yes, Outdoor activities should be a part of school requirements even when home schooling: This site has lots of fun tips. https://www.buzzfeed.com/mallorymcinnis/let-the-games-begin and living in cold zones is no excuse bundle up and have fun! I know it doesn’t sound much fun but, shoveling snow is good exercise too. LOL It must be done and kids need to learn responsibilities for when they become an adult. https://www.momjunction.com/articles/fun-winter-activities-for-kids_00118588/ You can make chores Fun and you can all do them together. It is done quicker and you can spend some quality time teaching Life skills. Check out these fun tips on bestlifeonline.com/fun-chores. My kids are grown but, I enjoy these too.

So, get out there and enjoy Nature. Grow your own veggies. Not only will you reduce stress your work will produce healthier veggies for you and yours. It’s time to prep for growing Fall foods such as Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, and much more. This site tells you the top 10 veggies to grow in the Fall. everythingbackyard.net/vegetables-to-grow-in-the-fall/ BTW: you can grow these in containers on the patio or in sunny spot with good ventilation indoors too. I am growing a FIG tree indoors!

Ok, I have share a bundle of info and now praying you check it all out and reap the benefits of my posts. My you all stay well and be safe.

Shalom.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/speech-and-singing-might-spray-the-coronavirus-further-than-6-feet-here-s-what-that-means-for-loud-talkers/ar-BB12k90z

https://www.verywellmind.com/gardening-for-stress-relief