“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage/journey to Zion.”- Psalm 84:5

Thursday, January 12, 2012

30 Week HEALTH CHALLENGE...Challenge #2 ~ Eating Whole Foods

I have to update you on what I learned. Drinking green tea is included in your water intake for the day. I was feeling discouraged and feeling like I couldn't drink enough but I read this week that green tea can be included as your water intake. I also drink a apple cider tonic in the morning and I do that instead of the lemon water. I am allergic to lemon and this is a alternative to lemon water. I also count that as one of my glasses of water too. [o= By counting them I am reaching my water take goal each day.

Ohhh to clarify I am not vegan. We do eat meat but not tons. We keep it to a pound for 6 people or 1-2 cups in a meal, depending what the meal is.

~ Recipe for Produce Wash:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
Method: Mix vinegar & baking soda in spray bottle first.
Then add water. Make this one with your kids as they'll
love the volcanic action!
Spray on produce & let sit a few minutes before rinsing off.
Always use on non-organic produce!

This is a easy challenge for me this week. I have for many years been working on this and getting better at it as the years go by. Lately I have been discovering a whole new slant on whole foods. I have been learning how to soak, sprout, and ferment my grains and legumes. I have also been tweaking what we will and won't make sure we buy organic. I didn't realize that potatoes were on the dirty dozen. So, we will have to make sure we buy organic ones next week. It is a good thing we only have one or two meals a week of potatoes. I couldn't totally give them up for they are one of my favorite foods and my boys would be extremely sad if I did. I just apply what Teresa Tapp recommends on God Made Days and Man Made Days of foods and breaks in between. Yes, potatoes are God made but they spike the insulin so we make sure there are two days in between having them.

My health has improved dramatically sense I have done this. ( thank you Lord for showing me this in the Maker's Diet) My Adrenal Gland Fatigue seems to be pretty much gone, PTL! I have been very busy in the kitchen trying out all kinds of stuff aka my science experiments. [o= I do promise I will start sharing this coming week what I have been learning. The first thing I will share is my bread recipe. I think I finally nailed it and got it to where I really like it. I will know in 20 minutes when the bread comes out of the oven. It looks so fluffy and and good.

Praying you all are enjoying the videos as much as I am.


  1. Praise the Lord for your healing and knowledge! Great job. Whole foods just make sense and really don't take so much extra time. I enjoy cooking from scratch, even simple foods that I make! I hope you can keep posting these challenges. Helps me a lot! I will make some veggie wash as soon as I find a spray bottle.

  2. I'm sure your bread turned out wonderfully. :) When we run out of homegrown potatoes, we always buy organic. Actually, we always by organic for the dirty dozen although so many items on the list are seasonal. Thanks for sharing your journey to better health with us, Mary!

    Blessings, ~Lisa :)

  3. I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling better than you have in a long time.
    I'm also thrilled to know that green tea counts as water intake.....happy dance. I'm learning to like green tea.
    I need to put the dirty dozen list on my ipod until I get it memorized.

    Have a great weekend, Mary!

  4. Hey, I love that about green tea! I've been drinking it because it's warm as well as for its health benefits.

    We're probably going to expand our garden this year so we can grow our own potatoes. Thanks for the veggie spray wash recipe.

    It's great that you're feeling so well. I'm slowly heading down the sprouting soaking fermenting road too. We'll see how it goes.

    I'd love it if you joined Fit Mommy Fridays. It's very simple to do, and your posts are always so informative! They would bless people.

    Annie Kate

  5. So happy for you!!! Great job!!

  6. Sounds like things are going great for you. Glad the Lord is continuing to show you what your body needs. What a blessing. :)

  7. Hi, Mary,

    I'm so happy all these new health measures are working out for you! We've incorporated a lot of this, also, after doing the Maker's Diet a few years ago, and using "Nourishing Traditions" as a foundation. And how wonderful that you're feeling the results! Praise the Lord. May He continue to give you good success and radiant health.


  8. Hi Mary,
    I'm so glad you're joining Fit Mommy! :)


    Annie Kate

  9. I'm so glad you're feeling the improvement.
    I'm normally pretty careful about what I eat, and the past two days, I have been eating like an alien or something.

    And I can FEEL that already.
    And it's not a good feeling.

    Nipping it in the bud.

    I'm clicking the video now.


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