Ty and Charlene Bollinger created a storm last year when they released to the internet for free, a 9-part docu-series on cancer, The Truth About Cancer, which was watched by hundreds of thousands world-wide. I watched the whole series too, and learned plenty of new information about what is currently being used in the treatment of cancer over the world, besides chemo, radiation and surgery.
The Truth About Cancer is back for another round this month, in an effort to get the word out to more people. Can I encourage you to sign up to watch for free over the 9 days, beginning April 12th? Get informed about how cancer can be healed, hear the stories of those who have done it themselves, and be encouraged with hope that there is a better way than what you may have been told.
I don’t know about you, but I am so over losing my loved ones to cancer! There has to be a better way! I really do believe Ty and Charlene have done a superb job of bringing together so many experts and so much information into one packed-full series. If you or a loved one is battling cancer, this could be your starting point with moving forward into intentional healing.
Some of you will have been watching Ty and Charlene Bollinger’s series over the last 9 days: “The Truth About Cancer – A Global Quest”. I’ve been studying cancer for about a decade, for my own personal interest, yet I still found stacks of new information in this series including up-to-date research and more recent breakthroughs in preventing and treating cancer. I especially enjoyed the segment on essential oils, which I’m about to finally take the plunge and fill my home with!
The final episode has excerpts from an interview with Jordan Rubin, author of NY Times Bestseller,”The Maker’s Diet”, who shares his story about how he healed his own cancer in 2008. He was told that 100% of people with his cancer will die from it, and was given 3 months to live. I have enormous respect for Jordan, and his book “The Maker’s Diet” is still the benchmark by which I weigh other perspectives on health by.
He set about going after his healing with great intentionality, and was successful in seeing that thing turn on its head. Brilliant!
I came across this testimony of how Jordan journeyed through healing cancer and the 5 keys we can use to unlock conquering faith in all challenges. The talk is called “To Hell with Cancer!” I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.
I thought I’d give you a glimpse into our pantry and fridge, and show you how we eat most of the time. I think it’s fairly simple, just natural, whole ingredients, and organic where possible and affordable. We also have a few specialty ingredients that we use sometimes.
So here’s what our pantry usually looks like after shopping day (photos taken a month ago). Where it’s just way too expensive to buy organic varieties, we try and find the next best thing. Our local supermarket for example has some ‘natural’ range products that are more affordable, and some of these things we use less regularly anyway (eg. almond meal, maple syrup). A lot of things we buy in bulk bags, such as flour, nuts and dried fruit. Also, our dairy produce in New Zealand is grass-fed and so we don’t buy organic dairy or meat (but do free-range chickens).
You’ll notice there’s some things there that aren’t all that healthy (like the bought crackers, which are convenient carriers for healthy toppings!), but we aren’t 100% perfect and aren’t trying to be!
Flour and Baking Ingredients
Gluten-free/aluminium-free baking powder
Coconut amino sauce
Pure maple syrup
Nuts, Seeds, Dried Fruit
Natural raw nut mix (almonds, pecans, brazils, walnuts)
Seed blend (LSAP)
Oils and Vinegars
Extra virgin coconut oil
Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
Red wine vinegar
Fermented soy sauce
Jasmine white rice
Popcorn (always organic)
Millet (used infrequently)
Amaranth (used infrequently)
Canned coconut cream
Canned chick peas
100% bean pasta
Tomato passata sauce
Homemade buckwheat cereal
Large rolled oats
Store-bought oat bars
Organic herbal tea
Dr Mercola Protein powder
Moringa leaf powder
Braggs nutritional seasoning
Various dried herbs
In Our Fridge
This is about the fullest our fridge ever looks, as we have various leftovers in there, some chicken bones to turn into stock, and some bags of flour! I can also spot some blueberries that we picked ourselves, and about 4 jars of sauerkraut. Generally, the staples are:
Double organic cream
Free range eggs
Pesto (maybe once a month for this)
Kombucha mushies (haven’t made kombucha in a while)
Homemade ACV drink
Homemade iced tea concentrate
Meat and frozen berries are in the freezer, also some frozen homemade stocks
Usually we eat naturally fermented sour dough bread, as we can get some amazing artisan bread for a great price the day after it’s baked. But we’re looking at cutting out grains for a while just to tidy up a few health issues that are lingering. Instead I’m making flax bread and keep slices in the freezer ready to go, or using leftovers and making cooked lunches.
So there you go! We’re spending inside the average range for a family of our size: $230-$359/wk (NZ stats for 2013, from lower to moderate range). The weeks I blow the budget is usually because we’ve stocked up on something or bought supplements.
We’re going to make some cut backs on our grocery bill this year but more on that another time. I’d like to get it down to $200-250/wk without compromising our health. That’s going to take some serious creativity!
I just wanted to share this great site with you. Miranda Nelson is a international speaker, model, author, visionary, and all-round beautiful person. She has a range of printed tank tops and t-shirts that I love, as they make identity-affirming statements which I’m all about, and part of the proceeds go to support ‘Project Orphans’ who aim to provide safe homes for children in dangerous situations. If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you will know that loving orphans is really important to me!
Miranda also has a great blog filled with wisdom on health, food, beauty and other things. I encourage you to take a look. You’ll be blessed.
For the past 12 months, we’ve adopted a method of gardening, sometimes called the ‘no dig’ method, and more recently popularised by the super documentary ‘Back to Eden’, which is free to view online.
With summer just behind us and the cooler months approaching, I thought it would be a good opportunity to pass on how we’ve done over the last 6 months.
In all honesty, the weekends have been so filled with other activity since Christmas that our little garden has been somewhat neglected. We just let the summer months roll by, and enjoyed the produce that came from it, when really we should have continued with the relatively small amount of maintenance that it needed to thrive.
So I’ll pass on some things we’ve learned in this process, and the how we’re moving forward from here.
Fresh wood chips
It’s all about the covering, right? What we really needed to continue with, was adding cover on top of the existing wood chips. Because we didn’t start from scratch initially, we couldn’t just heap 6 inches of cover on top of our existing plants. So we put down compost first, then added wood chips on the top but not at a thickness that was going to produce the kind of results we wanted. Decomposing just takes time – there’s no rushing nature!
Our wood chips have been decomposing nicely, but we have needed to keep adding fresh wood chips on the top. The other thing the garden could greatly benefit from is some chicken manure or similar.
Our plan is to source some wood chips locally (we had bought them in from out of town) and keep a supply elsewhere in our back yard. This way, we can keep the garden replenished. We also want to make use of living on the coast and collect up some seaweed from the beach to use on the garden. I’ve been told by a local veteran gardener that it’s the trick to the hugest and juiciest strawberries. Here’s a great write-up on why to use seaweed.
In the meantime, last weekend we put some fresh mulch on top of our existing wood chips, and will keep doing this through the winter months.
Our weeds have definitely decreased significantly. But as we slackened on the cover, there are patches in our garden where there is little cover and some weeds have come up. Because we’ve had the wood chips and it has lessened the weeds, it probably lulled us into a false sense of security as we didn’t feel the need to tend to the garden! We’re paying for it now, as we’re having to put some work in. But we’re happy with getting through a long hot summer with not too much that’s sprouted.
You can see from this photo, we have way too much clay and not enough decomposed wood chips underneath.
Again, because our soil health has needed some attention, namely some manure and/or nutrients, some of our leafy greens were a little woody instead of being juicy with water. The outside leaves particularly, and that is where we had some problems with insects or clusters of insect eggs. The inner, juicy leaves were insect free, even those exposed to the air. It just goes to show that the principles do work if you actually use them.
We enjoyed plenty of summer harvest through the warm months, including different varieties of tomatoes, spinach, squash, and towards the end, pumpkins and butternuts. Next year, we’ll be better at preparing for the upcoming season and planning ahead. We still have time to get seedlings in for the winter, but it will be from seedlings we purchase from the garden store and not our own seeds.
Lessons Learned from Our First Year
Our little garden with the remains of summer’s growth
The soil is a living organism. We need to remember to continue to replenish the cover and check that the soil underneath is damp and rich.
While transitioning our garden to this method, we need to still water sometimes through dryer periods until there is adequate nourished soil underneath our wood chips.
Healthy soil makes for healthy plants, and less weed and insect problems.
Manure and sea weed are great for ongoing soil health!
In 6 months time, I hope to tell you that we’ve found a rhythm to keeping our garden maintained and healthy!
We are currently enjoying the cool of autumn’s arrival, after a long, beautiful hot summer. March is my favourite month of the year.Last weekend’s berry picking left us with just a small bag of berries, as the last of the summer berries have finished.Soon will be root vegetables and casseroles coming out of the kitchen.
On that note, here are a couple of recipes that I’ll be trying soon.
We’re enjoying Supercharged Science at the moment, and I’ll be posting a review next week.This week has been about minerals and genetics.We love our Apologia Science. But I’ve found Supercharged Science has given us a fresh boost of inspiration and new knowledge and perspective that has breathed life into our homeschool.Perhaps we’ll keep doing both for a while!
I enjoyed this really neat music video of a couple’s bump to baby progress. It had over a million views in 2 days.
This month I’ve been enjoying worship from the fantastic Josh and Amberley Klinkenburg, and All Sons and Daughters.Josh and Ambs have released an EP called ‘Our Love’, which you can pick up on i-tunes. And All Sons and Daughters have released a live album available on their site.
Have a listen – you’ll be blessed.
Quote of the Month
And finally, some brilliance from Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding:
“When our passion for God fails to find its expression in joy, it will often find expression in legalism.” Bill Johnson
I hope you find some great things to read, watch and eat on this post.
Have a great week friends!
PS. Due to when the Review Crew due dates fall, you’ll be getting 3 days of nature study posts from me between 7th and 9th, then a science review on the 10th. But then your inbox will have a 6 day break until the 16th. I hope you don’t feel swamped!
I want to share these free online episodes I’ve been enjoying of Dr Caroline Leaf teaching on the connection between our brains with our soul and spirit, and the science behind our thoughts and choices from a faith-based perspective. I believe this is potentially life-changing teaching that will help you take control of your thought life with intention and purpose.
Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology.
I listened to a set of Dr Leaf’s DVDs a few years ago, and so was thrilled recently to see that she is now online for you all to enjoy. As you listen to these, you will hopefully find your awareness of your thought life will increase, and you can work with the Holy Spirit as your Guide to take you into a place of greater freedom and health.
Dr Leaf is currently doing a 13-episode series on TBN (USA) where she is covering her research on overcoming toxic and negative thinking. So take a look and let me know what you think!
I’d love to share a great opportunity this week for you to tune in for free and listen in to some of the best experts in the area around in the area of natural health.
The Nourished Living Summit brings together 69 natural health, wellness, and parenting professionals who are dedicated to helping parents care for their family naturally.
The Nourished Living Summit is a FREE online event and launches 24 March 2014.
The Nourished Living Summit is showcasing 62 presentations divided into 8 thematic tracks including:
Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth
Health and Development for Children Ages 0-18
Natural Health and Wellness for the Whole Family
Care and Nurturing For Mothers
Education for Natural Minded Parents
Beginning 24 March, you will have 48 hours to listen to 3-5 presentations. Each track is divided over the course of two 48 hour periods. Presentations will stream live Monday-Saturday with Sundays off. The Summit ends on 29 April.
IMPORTANT:You need to be registered in order to listen to the presentations. You can register on the home page of the official Nourished Living Summitwebsite.
Anyone else out there feel like the realm of natural health is a vast sea of information, sometimes conflicting research, seemingly ever-changing facts, and everyone from the expert to the blogger has an opinion on what way is best?
I’ve meandered all over the place on this journey, having tried a mostly raw diet, nourishing traditions diet, various gluten and/or dairy-free combinations, and experimented with different wonder-foods and new discoveries in health. And still, I come back to the same place each time. It is much simpler than what many have let this become.
I believe a natural living is simply co-operating with God’s design for you. ‘Natural’ speaks of ease, of rest, of wellness, of wholeness, of belonging, and of a rhythm that is intentional yet without toil. The bible speaks of stewardship, generosity and community, and for us, those are important aspects of how our family desires to live out Heaven’s purpose for our lives on earth.
What do I mean by ‘Natural Living’?
With the above in mind, here are my thoughts on what natural living means to me. The core value that my husband and I have on this is, to live responsibly in a way that stewards our bodies well and that co-operates with God’s design for our lives – as much as we currently can with other limitations and circumstances outside our control. The rest that we can’t do, for numerous reasons, we just have to trust in Him to take care of.
Here’s how we try and live out this idea of natural living:
Parenting from a natural, responsive paradigm where children are valued, included, cherished, prioritised, and raised in a loving and affirming environment. Healthy attachment and relational connection are paramount. This may look different from family to family.
Eating healthy, whole, and usually organic food in its most unadulterated state – that includes being GE-free, fair-trade, and free from harmful chemicals (ie. pesticides, herbicides, fungicides etc);
Seekingnature’s remedies and methods for common ailments, and preventing and curing illness with nature’s best;
Using sustainable practices, such as recycling, seed raising, and composting, and minimising our waste;
Using household and personal care products that are free from harmful chemicals;
Switching to products made from nature, such as glass, wood, and natural fibres (eg. cotton and wool), over those made from polyester, plastic and the like.
If you’re participating in a modern world, the complete removal of everything man-made that is potentially toxic is near impossible. Most of us use phones and computers, electricity and some degree of harmful chemicals. I think we can only move in the direction of more natural living and find some balance in our transition to a way of living that is more in line with how God would have us steward ourselves and our world.
For us, living naturally also means living in loving connection to our Heavenly Father, just as he created us to, and living this out purposefully in the world. It means living and serving within community and reaching out to a lost and needy world.
Diet and Nutrition
On this aspect,I don’t believe in a one-size fits all diet or approach – our occupations vary, our climates impact our diet and health, our individual health needs are different, our local food availability varies, and so forth. The world we live in is constantly changing also. Sometimes it might even mean what worked last year could need to be adjusted this year.
For some of us, changing our lifestyle may be a complete undoing of the only way we have ever known, as well as it being the opposite of the way that mainstream culture flows. Simple steps can help to keep it things sustainable and stress-free.
You may have some certain health needs that will require a temporary and specific diet for a period of time, before you can return to a way of living that is more long-term.
Finding a Path Forward
It’s my hope that you don’t feel like it’s all too hard but that you can see some steps you can take that will set your family on a course that will affect your health for years to come.
Our family is not perfect, and like many others, we’re trying to live as naturally as possible with many constraints and various pressure from different places. But we’re better than we were a year ago. And much better than we were 2 years, 5 years, 10 years ago. We’re on a journey, and like any journey, there are times when we stop and assess where we’re at, and make changes to the direction we’re on as the Lord reveals more of the map to us.
Can I encourage you today to simply sit in the presence with your heavenly Father, and listen to what He wants to say to you? I’m confident that He wants to show us all how to live closely to Him, and find a path to health and prosperity that will bring life to us and those around us.