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Kale for Good Health

Kale is a popular vegetable these days for its outstanding health benefits and rightly so. It is a superfood packed with nutrients  and an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, and copper; a very good source of vitamin B6, fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin B2. It is a good source of iron, magnesium vitamin B1, omega-3 fats, phosphorus, protein, folate, and vitamin B3.

At this time of the year when the first frost had already swept through the garden kale is actually doing very well. It thrives in cooler weather and has a better taste than when grown in warmer weather. I love kale for its health benefits and I also enjoy growing it.

There are many ways to incorporate kale into the diet but today I just lightly sautéed it, poured some of my vegan cheese sauce over it and served it over rice noodles.

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Vegan Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp oil

1 big onion chopped

1 big potato chopped

1 medium yellow squash chopped

3 medium tomatoes chopped

2 tsp salt

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp onion powder (optional)

1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

Instructions:

Saute onion in oil for 2 minutes. Add chopped potato and cook for 5 minutes. Add chopped squash and cook for 5 minutes. Add turmeric and salt and cook for another 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir and cook until potatoes are done. Transfer to the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Simple, delicious, and nutritious!

 

A Healthy Attitude

The relation that exists between the mind and the body is very intimate. When one is affected, the other sympathizes. The condition of the mind affects the health to a far greater degree than many realize. Many of the diseases from which men suffer are the result of mental depression. Grief, anxiety, discontent, remorse, guilt, and distrust, all tend to break down the life forces and to invite decay and death.

Courage, hope. faith, sympathy, and love, promote health and prolong life. A contented mind, a cheerful spirit, is health to the body and strength to the soul. “A merry [rejoicing] heart doeth good like a medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22).

Dwell on the positive
The effect of mental influence should not be overlooked. By the exercise of the will power in placing themselves in right relation to life, patients can do much to cooperate with the physician’s efforts for their recovery. Often invalids can resist disease simply by refusing to yield to ailments and settle down in a state of inactivity. Rising above their aches and pains, they should engage in useful activity suited to their strength. By such exercise and the free use of air and sunlight, many an invalid might recover health and strength.

We are in a world of suffering. Difficulty, trial, and sorrow await us all along the way to the heavenly home. But there are many who make life’s burdens doubly heavy by continually anticipating trouble. Thus they bring wretchedness upon themselves and cast a shadow upon all around them. Let them look away from the dark picture to the benefits which God has strewn in their pathway, and beyond these to the unseen and eternal.

When the sunlight of God’s love illuminates the darkened chambers of the soul, restless weariness and dissatisfaction will cease, and satisfying joys will give vigor to the mind and health and energy to the body.

Overcoming discouragement
We are not to let the future, with its hard problems its unsatisfying prospects, discourage us. Those who surrender their lives to His guidance and to His service will never be placed in a position for which He has not made provision. Whatever our situation, if we are doers of His word, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever, our perplexity, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend.

If in our ignorance we make missteps, the Savior does not forsake us. We need never feel that we are alone. Angels are our companions. The Comforter that Christ promised to send in His name abides with us. In the way that leads to the City of God there are no difficulties which those who trust in Him may not overcome. There are no dangers which they may not escape. There is not a sorrow, not a grievance, not a human weakness, for which He has not provided a remedy.

None need abandon themselves to discouragement and despair. God does not bid us overcome in our own strength. He desires us to lay our perplexities and troubles at His feet and leave them there.

Often your mind may be clouded because of pain. Then do not try to think. You know that Jesus loves you. He understands your weakness. You may do His will by simply resting in His arms.

When temptations assail you, when care, perplexity, and darkness seem to surround your soul, look to the place where you last saw the light. Rest in Christ’s love and under His protecting care. Entering into communion with the Savior, we enter the region of peace.

A spirit of gratitude and praise
Nothing tends more to promote health of body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude and praise. Forgetting our own difficulties and troubles, let us praise God for an opportunity to live for the glory of His name. Let the fresh blessings of each new day awaken praise in our hearts for these tokens of His loving care. When you open your eyes in the morning, thank God that He has kept you through the night. Thank Him for His peace in your heart. Morning, noon, and night, let gratitude as a sweet perfume ascend to heaven.

Encouraging the sorrowful
Often prayer is solicited for the afflicted, the sorrowful, the discouraged; and this is right. We should pray that God will shed light into the darkened mind and comfort the sorrowful heart. But while we offer prayer for these sorrowful ones, we should encourage them to try to help those more needy than themselves. The darkness will be dispelled from their own hearts as they try to help others.

Let the invalid, instead of constantly requiring sympathy, seek to impart it. Let the burden of your own weakness and sorrow and pain be cast upon the compassionate Savior. Open your heart to His love, and let it flow out to others.

The consciousness of right doing is one of the best medicines for diseased bodies and minds. When the mind is free and happy from a sense of duty well done and the satisfaction of giving happiness to others, the cheering, uplifting influence brings new life to the whole being.—E. G. White

Radiant Living by Project Restore

9 Ways You Can Benefit from this Simple Exercise

Walking is one of the simplest exercises that carries along great benefits for your health. It can be done anywhere from shopping malls to the great outdoors and it’s something that almost everyone can do, from the young to the young at heart.

  1. Walking uses almost all of the body’s 206 bones and 640 muscles.

  2. It helps the body lose or maintain a healthy weight.

  3. It improves circulation.

  4. It boosts the immune system.

  5. It helps you sleep better.

  6. It boosts the energy level.

  7. It improves the mood.

  8. It helps you get your fresh air and sunshine at the same time if you are walking outside.

  9. Walking lends itself to socializing. You can make exercise fun by including family, friends, or/and your dog.

So put on a comfortable pair of walking shoes and have a happy walk!

A Healthy Attitude

The relation that exists between the mind and the body is very intimate. When one is affected, the other sympathizes. The condition of the mind affects the health to a far greater degree than many realize. Many of the diseases from which men suffer are the result of mental depression. Grief, anxiety, discontent, remorse, guilt, and distrust, all tend to break down the life forces and to invite decay and death.

Courage, hope. faith, sympathy, and love, promote health and prolong life. A contented mind, a cheerful spirit, is health to the body and strength to the soul. “A merry [rejoicing] heart doeth good like a medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22).

Dwelling on the positive
The effect of mental influence should not be overlooked. By the exercise of the will power in placing themselves in right relation to life, patients can do much to cooperate with the physician’s efforts for their recovery. […] Rising above their aches and pains, they should engage in useful activity suited to their strength. By such exercise and the free use of air and sunlight, many […] might recover health and strength.

We are in a world of suffering. Difficulty, trial, and sorrow await us all along the way to the heavenly home. But there are many who make life’s burdens doubly heavy by continually anticipating trouble. Thus they bring wretchedness upon themselves and cast a shadow upon all around them. Let them look away from the dark picture to the benefits which God has strewn in their pathway, and beyond these to the unseen and eternal.

When the sunlight of God’s love illuminates the darkened chambers of the soul, restless weariness and dissatisfaction will cease, and satisfying joys will give vigor to the mind and health and energy to the body.

Overcoming discouragement
We are not to let the future, with its hard problems its unsatisfying prospects, discourage us. Those who surrender their lives to His guidance and to His service will never be placed in a position for which He has not made provision. Whatever our situation, if we are doers of His word, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever, our perplexity, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend.

If in our ignorance we make missteps, the Savior does not forsake us. We need never feel that we are alone. Angels are our companions. The Comforter that Christ promised to send in His name abides with us. In the way that leads to the City of God there are no difficulties which those who trust in Him may not overcome. There are no dangers which they may not escape. There is not a sorrow, not a grievance, not a human weakness, for which He has not provided a remedy.

None need abandon themselves to discouragement and despair. God does not bid us overcome in our own strength. He desires us to lay our perplexities and troubles at His feet and leave them there.

Often your mind may be clouded because of pain. Then do not try to think. You know that Jesus loves you. He understands your weakness. You may do His will by simply resting in His arms.

When temptations assail you, when care, perplexity, and darkness seem to surround your soul, look to the place where you last saw the light. Rest in Christ’s love and under His protecting care. Entering into communion with the Savior, we enter the region of peace.

Adopting a spirit of gratitude and praise
Nothing tends more to promote health of body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude and praise. Forgetting our own difficulties and troubles, let us praise God for an opportunity to live for the glory of His name. Let the fresh blessings of each new day awaken praise in our hearts for these tokens of His loving care. When you open your eyes in the morning, thank God that He has kept you through the night. Thank Him for His peace in your heart. Morning, noon, and night, let gratitude as a sweet perfume ascend to heaven.

Encouraging others
The consciousness of right doing is one of the best medicines for diseased bodies and minds. When the mind is free and happy from a sense of duty well done and the satisfaction of giving happiness to others, the cheering, uplifting influence brings new life to the whole being.—E. G. White

Radiant Living by Project Restore http://www.projectrestore.com

For a Radiant Life

We cannot be totally well unless every part of us is healthy. In fact the mental, social, and spiritual factors may be even more involved in causing or fighting many diseases than are the physical factors. Many of the laws that were previously listed as governing physical health apply equally well to the other facets of life.

1. Nutrition—It is necessary to eat to live, not only physically, but also in the other three dimensions.

Mentally: If new information and ideas are not fed into the mind on a regular basis the intellect ceases to grow and develop, becoming weak and stunted. Don’t dwell on the trivial, degrading, or useless; these things can be considered mental junk food.

I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble … my loving God. PSALM 59:16

Socially: If love, respect, and companionship are not a regular part of your life, your social capabilities become weak and dwarfed.

Spiritually: Christians nourish themselves spiritually through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and service to others.

2. Exercise—Activity is a law of life that is often phrased this way, “Use it or lose it.”

Mentally: Intellect, memory, wisdom, attitude, and willpower need to be exercised.

Socially: Love, tact, the social graces, communication, and core values grow when they are practiced.

Spiritually: The exercise of faith, prayer, love, and perseverance are essential for spiritual strength and growth.

3. Rest—We need to relax and regenerate after activity.

Mentally: The mind needs to rest after periods of intense mental activity in order to recuperate. In addition, a good night’s sleep gives the mind a chance to reorganize and start afresh.

Socially: A time away in privacy and solitude is necessary after periods of heavy social interaction.

Spiritually: After intense periods of ministry Christ’s servants need to “Come apart and rest awhile” by spending time with Him. Time with Christ is spiritual rejuvenation. (See Mark 6:30,31).

4. Temperance—The basic definition of this law of life and health is to avoid that which is harmful and practice moderation in that which is healthful.

First, do no harm.

Mentally: Don’t do anything that would destroy or pollute your mental faculties.

Socially: Don’t acquire harmful habits or friends, or engage in socially destructive behaviors like gossip, criticism, breaking civil laws, or engaging in risky, degrading, sexual behaviors.

Spiritually: Don’t destroy your spiritual sensibilities by dwelling on spiritually destructive emotions such as hatred, anger, or revenge. Avoid putting yourself under Satan’s power through occult practices or the rejection of the Spirit of God.

Second, practice moderation and balance in things that are good. This involves more than just a balance between such things as activity and rest, logic and emotion, solitude and the multitude. It also consists of keeping a healthy balance between the four dimensions (mentally, physically spiritually and socially). When one of these areas of life becomes all encompassing or is neglected, the result is an unbalanced and unhealthy individual.

Finally, part of being in balance is knowing what is most valuable and important. There will be times when you will have to choose between what is best for one element at the expense of the others. A young person might have to choose between a career in sports or science. You might have time to get either physical exercise or spiritual nourishment but not both. You make choices based on what you value most. Why not make your spiritual dimension the top priority, and base each decision on how it will affect your spiritual life and health? It would be a terrible waste to make physical health your highest priority only to miss out completely on eternal life and the associated radiant health Christ promises. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33).

5. Water, fresh air, and sunshine—These are all useful for cleanliness, which is a principle that applies equally to all segments of life.

Spiritually: We need to open our hearts daily to the sunshine of God’s love, let the pure air of the Holy Spirit flow into our lives, and be washed in the cleansing blood of Jesus, accepting His forgiveness.

Mentally: Likewise, when the mind is polluted and degraded there is help in the principle, “By beholding we become changed?” But ultimately, only by accepting Christ’s offer to create in us a new life can the mind be completely cleansed.

Socially: As Christ changes the life and the person sincerely repents, confesses, apologizes, and makes amends, others will realize that this is a new and clean person.

Christ knows and loves each of us as if there was no one else. He longs for us to accept His offer of salvation. He desires to cleanse us, and make us whole, that we might achieve the happiness and abundant life for which we were created.

The Inseparable Four Dimensions

The four dimensions of life are inseparable and so interrelated that what affects one part of us affects every other part as well.

Physically: Poor physical health can cloud the mind, depress the attitudes, and make it more difficult to keep spiritually healthy. Conversely, good health can clear the mind and improve the mental outlook, promoting enriched spiritual strength and health.

Mentally: Willpower, attitude, and intellect have a decided influence on how we live our lives and apply or reject the various laws of health.

Socially: Both the attitudes that permeate our homes, and the relationships we form, have the power to affect our health

Spiritually: The exercise of faith, love, hope, prayer, perseverance, and dedication to God will bring peace of mind, character growth, and increased physical health.

The study and practice of these extended health principles will make a difference in the usefulness and quality of life. Each of these laws with which we cooperate brings a benefit, but when we cooperate with all of them the rewards are multiplied!

From Radiant Living by Project Restore http://www.projectrestore.com

The Benefits of Parsley

It is fall and most of the garden plants are retiring for the winter. While some do just that, a few are noted to be flourishing. Parsley is one of those garden plants that meet the eye at this time of the year. A wonderful herb with tremendous health benefits parsley is packed with beneficial nutrients, essential oils, and antioxidants which are essential for good, vibrant health.

Besides adding nutritional value to any dish parsley makes it flavorful as well. It is especially appreciated and used in European and Mediterranean cuisine both in its fresh and its dry state. This wonderful herb is high in flavonoid antioxidants, provides beneficial essential oils that fight cancer, acts as natural diuretic, helps to relieve bloating, improves digestion, has antibacterial and antifungal properties, just to name a few among the long list of benefits.

The nutrients found in parsley include vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, choline, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and copper.

If you have any garden space at all and the desire to have fresh parsley at your doorstep, I assure you it is easy and rewarding to grow it yourself. It will do fine in a container as well. Just plant your seeds, keep the soil moist and watch it grow. Then use it fresh in soups, add it to green smoothies, make a tabouli salad, or dry it for later use. Blessings and good health!