In Much Need of A Cleansing Fast

English: Apple juice with two apples Deutsch: ...

English: Apple juice with two apples Deutsch: Apfelsaft mit zwei Äpfeln (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s that time of year and so here I go again!

For me the Fall is just the perfect time for going on cleansing fasts. And I turn up the exercise routine a bit with yoga everyday and sometimes I like to join a gym for a few months that hopefully has a hot sauna or I just go exercising in one of those heated swimming pools for the entire fall.

So it’s a time that I try very hard to stick to the fast/cleanse for a minimum of 5 days out of the 30 for at least once a month in the months of August, September and October. And again right after the holidays of overeating I try to do one more cleanse.

I guess it’s just a habit of mine because as a young child my mother used to talk about all the wonderful benefits of doing a light cleanse for a couple of times each year. She would have all of us kids on one each fall with different forms of gentle laxatives and her own home remedies and (I tell you some of the concoctions would either cure you or kill you, LOL!) she would do this yet again right after the holidays and anytime we had too many sweets. Then fill us up with a multi vitamin, vitamin c and nutritious foods before the cold winter weather crept in, to keep our immune systems up to fight off colds and to tell the truth not many of us would wind up with the flu or a cold. She would fill us up with all kinds of nutritious soups and juices.

So I am used to the routine of cleansing and then taking vitamins and eating nutritious meals to protect from getting colds and the flu. But to tell the truth I don’t cleanse as much as I should but I vow to do better. LOL! I also up the ante on pampering by doing more facials and full body scrubs. And if I have any extra money I will include getting a full body massage at least once each month or buy some good massage oils and massage my own body parts in the mornings before jumping in the shower. Now tell me isn’t that the most amazing part of it all! Well you have to treat yourself good when you have to turn down those delicious meals for a few days.

So this time I am trying the “Apple Cleansing Fast” for the first three (3) days. And two (2) days of eating and drinking various vegetables, detox juices, teas and fruit smoothies.

And then on the last two (2) days to ease back into my normal meals and diet by eating something light but something that will stick to my ribs because by that time I am kinda hungry.

I will post recipes for the cheese omelet, vegetables broth soup and my delicious brown rice recipe because I love it when the brown rice is lightly chewy and tasty and not boring. LOL! I also will post about the delicious casserole I baked for my husband while being on this fast. He just cannot go without his normal meals so “No” fasting for him. LOL!

So anyway here’s what my menu’s look like for the next 8 days.

(The day before I started, I had 3 light but fully nutritious meals and a multivitamin.)

Apple Cleansing Fast

For Days: 1 Wed, 2 Thurs, 3 Friday

Breakfast:

1 Apple, a cheese omelet, or a boiled egg with a small piece of cheddar cheese, 1 cup of hot Dandelion tea.

Lunch:

1 Apple, 1 cup of brown rice with broccoli.

Dinner:

1 Apple, huge salad topped with grilled salmon or sardines. (I alternate between the two)

Salad: Romaine/butter head/Spinach, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from a cousins garden, radishes, juice of a half lemon, apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoonful of olive oil or coconut oil)

Snacks: all I can eat apples

Just Before Bed: 1 hot cup of unsweetened tea

Drinks: up to 2 mugs of hot homemade unsweetened apple cider, at least 4-8 glasses of warm/room temperature or hot water, 1 glass of unsweetened apple juice, 2 mugs of unsweetened herbal teas like Dandelion and tangerine.

The evening of the third (3rd) day to take two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

For Days: 5 Saturday, 6 Sunday

Then break this Apple cleansing fast on the morning of the 4th day with 1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice first thing.

Then further cleansing meals:

Breakfast:

Unseasoned/plain cooked brown rice cooked with whole unpitted prunes, nutmeg, ginger (grated), chia seeds, and unsweetened almond milk in a bowl.

Lunch:

Fruit smoothie: Unsweetened almond milk, frozen black berries, 1 frozen banana, chia seeds, turmeric, 1 cup of ice. Blend and drink.

Dinner:

Vegetable broth soup, 1 cup of sauerkraut, 1 sliced apple, 1 cup of hot prune juice.

(The Vegetable broth soup ingredients in a crock pot: 2 diced red onions, 2 celery stalks, 4 cloves of fresh garlic, 1 whole small cabbage, fresh parsley, fresh cauliflower, fennel if I could find it in groceries stores down here, hot peppers, carrots, paprika, turmeric.)

Drinks: Unsweetened pineapple juice mixed with juice of 1 lemon. 8 glasses of warm room temperature water or hot water. Cucumber and celery drink. Dandelion tea.

All I can eat Snacks: celery sticks, cucumbers, carrots, sour pickles, side salads.

Final 2 days:

Day 7 Monday, 8 Tuesday

Breakfast: 1 slice of whole grain seeded toast or cereal and milk, 1 cup of yogurt, 1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice

Lunch: Egg salad on 1 slice of whole grain bread, 1 cup of spinach

Dinner: 1 small turkey pot pie or homemade chicken noodle soup, 1 small salad.

Drinks: up to 4-8 glasses water, teas, warm chicken and beef broths.

Snacks: All I can eat fruits: banana, strawberries, Raisins, dates, peaches, apples, grapes, oranges.

After this I feel ok with returning to my normal daily diet and resume taking a daily multi vitamin and omega 3’s the next day.

Here’s more info on the Apple Cleansing Fast:

http://www.wikihow.com/Do-an-Apple-Cleansing-Fast

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A cooked Marie Callender’s chicken pot pie, out of the box. This example comes from a box of 6 available from a Costco Wholesale club store in Northern California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Microwave Ovens – Are they Safe?

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I just had to reblog this. I now know why I never liked Microwaves.

Originally posted on Life in Russia:

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I haven’t been posting for a couple of days since I’ve been studying for my TOEFL Certification. That is until I came across this very interesting experiment done by a young girl in Sussex, England. As I reflected on it I realized it was important enough to let everyone know what’s lurking in your kitchen. When I’ve finished with my studies I will be back posting, until then I hope that everyone will have a great summer, what’s left of it.

There’s Danger Lurking in your Kitchen

Below is a Science fair project presented by a girl in a secondary school in Sussex.
In it she took filtered water and divided it into two parts.

The first part she heated to boiling in a pan on the stove, and the second part she heated to boiling in a microwave.

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17 Ways to Make a Cheap Apartment a Chic Apartment

Originally posted on Serendipity and Creativity:

Let’s be honest, decorating on a budget is a freaking challenge. Really glamourous decor usually comes with a really dangerous expense. Not to mention those of us on a  budget generally have a smaller living space to work with as well. However, with a lot of long trips to Big Lots and binge Pinterest sessions, I have found a few fabulous ways to inexpensively make your budget apartment look just as outstanding as you know it can be. So I am releasing my findings to all of my fellow decorating divas with some photos from my apartment and a little bit of prophetic wisdom. Enjoy.

Also, if you like what you see, share the love, Pin in to Pinterest and keep the decorating knowledge flowing.

1. Make a coffee station.

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Pencil …. Eraser …

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OMG I love this blog!!!!

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Getting over a painful experience…

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Anger

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So true. We all need to learn how to deal with anger more effectively. I feel it’s basically something from our pasts that is retriggered and causes anger in us to explode. No Good.

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LOVE YOUR OWN DESIGN!

I was talking to someone the other day and they were complaining about every little defect in their bodies. Actually putting themselves down.

It was so painful to hear them not liking themselves. But I had to stop them in their tracts.

Because I believe what God says about us.

So you could be big or small, fat or thin, tall or short, black or white, girl or boy, man or woman, Mexican or Indian, any race, adopted, blind, crippled or look like a perfect model. How ever you are designed, you are unique and beautiful because God made you that way and you are so amazing still!

That’s why I love reading scripture that confirms who I am.

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” that’s who I am. And the truth of the matter is that God makes no mistakes!

For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I Praise You Because I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made….

Psalm 139: 13-14 NIV

HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND EACH AND EVERYONE!

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Had To Share This Recipe!!

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Most Amazing Beautiful Indian Music I Adore: Top 38

I adore the music of Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam, Vishal & Shekhar, Udit Narayan and so many more. YouTube is so amazing because I get to listen to all of this lovely music any time and any day. Come go with me a take a listen and see why I just can’t get enough of beautiful Indian music.

1. Kabi Alvida Nah Kehna (from the movie)

with lyrics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whPKJv_zvs8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsJG62Zm-zs

2. Zindagi Do Pal Ki (from the movie Kites)

K.K

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-XG86T2jNc

English: Indian composer A.R. Rahman opens the...

English: Indian composer A.R. Rahman opens the studios at Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International film school. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Waltz for a Romance (In ‘A’ Major) (from the movie Laagan)

A.R. Rahman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWDBIqKLDa0

4. Ooh La La (from the movie Dirty Picture)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eedLcadTiYM

5. Kuch Naa Kaho (from movie)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNMLO9C2v-Y

Parineeta (2005 film)

Parineeta (2005 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6. Ang Laga De (from the movie Ram-Leela)

Aditi Paul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0mYTXirofg

with english translation subtitles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QpB607FdB4

7. Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte (from the movie)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3P3DSk_ap0

8. Best Songs Of Sonu Nigam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FU_FXb9AWY

9. Piyu Bole (from the movie “Parineeta”)

English: Shreya Ghoshal at X Factor

English: Shreya Ghoshal at X Factor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shreya Ghoshal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLuMqLxR0r4

10. Aashiyan (from the movie Barfi)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_bsDiSkFn0

11. Radha (from the movie Student of the Year)

Vishal & Shekhar, Shreya Ghoshal, Udit Narayan, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZqH9Kfv6BI

12. Titli (from the movie Chennai Express)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPD3H1AZqhE

13. Batameez Dil (from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7k_U1ZXybo

14. Balam Pichkari (from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)

Amitabh Bhattacharya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WtRNGubWGA

15. Ishq Sufiyana (from the movie Dirty Picture)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b50_M2Tttc

16. Chammak Challo (from the movie Ra-One)

Vishal-Shekhar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2f5-hJsX_Q

17. Teri Meri (from the movie BodyGuard)

Himesh Reshammiya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPWRsM1178E

18. Desi Girl (from the movie Dostana)

Vishal & Shekhar, Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bILcP_SmqVY

19. Ghar Aaja Pardesi (from the movie Dilwale Dulhanla Le Jayenge)

Pamela Chopra,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZIDKkh5v64

20. Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna (from the movie Dilwale Dulhanla Le Jayenge)

Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NhoeyoR_XA

21. Mere Khwabon Mein (from the movie Dilwale Dulhanla Le Jayenge)

Lata Mangeshkar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9JvS2TmSvA

English: Udit Narayan at Rampur Ke Lakshman Mu...

English: Udit Narayan at Rampur Ke Lakshman Music Launch. Photo: FilmiTadka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

22. Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane (from the movie Dilwale Dulhanla Le Jayenge)

Udit Narayan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILbAmPbIYlQ

23. Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main (from the movie Dilwale Dulhanla Le Jayenge)

Asha Bhosle, Abhijeet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJEfS2UA9hw

24. O Rey Chhori (from the movie Laagan)

A.R. Rahman, Udit Narayan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV9VYYGwHKU

25. O Paalanhaare (from the movie Laagan)

A.R. Rahman, Lata Manges

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEVzqVhG2M0

26. Ishq Bina ( from the movie Taal)

A. R. Rahman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8736Rn6dQ4

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

27. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (from the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)

Ismail Darbar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LPH9F2vWpY

28. Chand Chhupa Badal Mein (from the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)

Ismail Darbar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcODRM8J_L0

 

 

 

29. Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa ( from the movie Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa)

Ishmail Darbar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jupDDGUVis

Cover of "My Name Is Khan"

Cover of My Name Is Khan

30. Suraj Hua Maddham (From the movie My Name Is Khan)

Sandesh Shandilya, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDmLSuXt-ZE

31. Noor E. Khuda (from the movie My Name Is Khan)

Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Adnan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2oRhnUkEEc

32. Sajdaa (from the movie My Name is Khan)

Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Rahat F..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K54Zgrmlamk

33. Tere Naina (from the movie My Name is Khan)

Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Shafqat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqEDiC4nwn4

34. Khan Theme (Instrumental)(from the movie My Name is Khan)

(Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Ustad R…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iyFo7XT6QQ

35. Mor Bani Thanghat Kare (from the movie Ram-Leela)

Aditi Paul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YLDnXjWThc

36. Dhoop (from the movie Ram-Leela)

Shreya Ghoshal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMY9N4p6csE

English: Sonu Nigam at Rafi Resurrected Concer...

English: Sonu Nigam at Rafi Resurrected Concert 2008, at Royal Albert Hall, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

37. Kal Ho Naa Ho (from the movie)

SONU NIGAM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH7PoxCi6WQ

38. O Re Piya (from the movie Aaja Nachle)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3AfQsHvZVA#t=31

Kabi Alvida Nah Kehna (from the movie)

with lyrics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whPKJv_zvs8

Tum Ko bhi hai khabar (male)

Mujhko bhi hai pata

Ho raha hai judaa

Dono ka raasta

Dur jaake bhi mujhse tum meri

yaadon main rehna

Kabhi alvida na kehna

Kabhi alvida na kehna

Kabhi alvida na kehna

Tum Ko bhi hai khabar (female)

Mujhko bhi hai pata

Ho raha hai judaa

Dono ka raasta

Ho raha hai judaa

Dono ka raasta

Dur jaake bhi mujhse tum meri yaadon

main rehna

Kabhi alvida na kehna

Kabhi alvida na kehna

Kabhi alvida na kehna

ahhhhhh……ahhhhhhh (male)

Jitni thi khushiyaa

Sab kho chuki hai

Bas ek gham hai ki jaata nahi

Samjha ke dekha behla ke dekha (male)

Dil hai ki chain isko aata nahi

Aarzoo hai ki hai angarai (female)

Aag hai kab aankhon se behna

Kabhi akvida na kehna (Male)

Kabhi alvida na kehna

Kabhi alvida na kehna (female)

ahhhhhh……ahhhhhhhhhh (male)

ahhhhhh……ahhhhhhhhhh (female)

Rut aa rahi hai Rut jaa rahi hai (male)

Dard ka mausam badla nahi

Rang yeh halka itna hai gehra (female)

Sadiyon main hoga halka nahi

Halka nahi

Kaun jaane kya hona hai (male)

Hum ko hai ab kya kya sehna

Kabhi akvida na kehna (female)

Kabhi alvida na kehna (male)

Kabhi alvida na kehna (female)

Tum Ko bhi hai khabar (male)

Mujhko bhi hai pata

Ho raha hai judaa (female)

Dono ka raasta

Dur jaake bhi mujhse tum meri (male)

yaadon main rehna

Kabhi alvida na kehna (female)

Kabhi alvida na kehna

Kabhi akvida na kehna (male)

Kabhi alvida na kehna

Kabhi alvida na kehna (female)

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5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 Years Of Love

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THE PRESIDENTS

“5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 Years Of Love”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_5hR6tSOSE

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I guess if each married partner had a mindset to be committed and determined early on to stick together thru thick and thin, it wouldn’t be so easy as it is today to just walk away from a marriage. I also believe religious faith has a big role to play in all of this too.

I can remember how most of my childhood girlfriends, my husband and I, grew up in households where parents did their best to make you feel very secure and they knew how important it was for the children to see both parents living in the home, staying together and loving each other in front of them. Wow how unselfish is that!

Baby Roses

Baby Roses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But I also remember seeing single parent families too, but their children were not so crazy and wild like I see how some are today. I just do not understand how we got from there to here.

Things have changed, I hear people crying out with those same needs, wants and desires in life that we had back then. A lot of people I talk to feel as if something is missing in their lives.

It’s been a long time since I heard this song. It started me to reminiscing, thinking about family and how life was so different and much simpler. It seemed important for families and marriages to stay together. For there was no such thing as a divorce rate being discussed because divorce happened but just not a lot.

I also noticed that we had a lot of family traditions back then and extended families lived closer by. Now it seems as if everyone is living far apart and everyone is extremely busy doing their own thing and yet time is just passing us by and people are not happy.

English: Roses

English: Roses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I read a story in the news about this man who lived alone as an elderly man and decided to commit a crime so that he can go back to jail to be around people once again. Now that is really sad. He had some family members right there supporting him, they even brought the trailer he lived in, so what happened with this story. This should not be.

And I am not saying that there are no close knit families today, thank goodness there are some still around, but it just seems like the percentages were better back then as compared to now.

So back then us girls, we used to dream all the time about meeting Mr. Right and staying married to the same man for the rest of our lives. Could you imagine that? We’d heard songs such as “5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years of love” and got to witness our grand parents being married all the way up to their golden years, loving each other, supporting each other and the idea of breaking apart from their spouses just never occurred to them. Now days like back then things would go wrong but there was more of desire to stay together, to share the warmth of being together.

English:

English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So yes, I can remember as a child and young girl seeing real examples of men loving their wives to pieces! Men loving on their girlfriends. And men sticking with them, working together to create and make a long loving life together.

Us girls used to chit chat about becoming good homemakers, giggling about it, blushing about it and even schools reinforced the idea of teaching girls to be good home makers.

I remember going to school and taking a required course called “home economics” and in that class the teachers taught us how to cook real food! Then when you got home from school mama taught you how to run a household until you were an expert at it.

I remember how it was to come home and find your mom in the kitchen cooking dinner and waiting for your arrival with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and warm milk to give us as an after school snack.

But then somewhere along the line things started changing because you could see how women were getting restless (including my mom) and these woman wanted to go out and work instead of staying at home raising families. You saw commercials on TV and heard songs encouraging women to be independent and what not. Which to me is ok. Be all that you can be I say. LOL! But I think the importance of family and marriage just got left behind in all of the changes. And so the ball got dropped.

I remember how people used to have time to spend with each other and how we were very social then. And when I say social I mean we had sitting areas where family or friends could stop in to sit and chit chat and enjoy each others company for a while. But you hardly see that going on anymore. Front porches are empty.

I just wonder why did we let that all go? Don’t people still have the same needs and desires. One of my friends was saying to me just the other day that she doesn’t see her family anymore because everyone is busy. And she couldn’t even bring herself to say she was sad about it. I know she was. She said the only time they chat and catch up is on facebook.

So although you might still hear of people staying together in a marriage but it’s too few and far between.

I guess that’s why we have picked up on having family reunions every year. Just trying to get back what we lost I guess. I am also noticing a new movement of women going back home. They are being homemakers again and to me that is really so nice. There should be that option for women today along with the option to be all that you can be. LOL!

So I am just hoping to see a turn around in the divorce rate in this country one day. It is my prayer that marriages will heal, people will reconnect, families will live closer and to see people start gathering with their families and loving again. It would be really so nice.

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THE PRESIDENTS

5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 Years of Love

Lyrics to Song here:

http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/the_presidents/5-10-15-20_25-30_years_of_love.html

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THE ORIGINALS

“Baby I’m For Real”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MHJ4H11OPc

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