Post Revisited

The Thanksgiving Cooking Experiment http://ladywiggins.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-thanksgiving-cooking-experiment.html

Even though this was 2014 Thanksgiving, the info reminded me when my change began and how far I’ve come.

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The Sugar Monkey Is Real

Hi. I’m Pat. I am a white sugar, empty calories, baked goods addict. Yes an addict.

Over the last 2 years my husband and I have been changing our eating lifestyle. We have basically eliminated processed foods except alternative meat products. All white sugar and white flour products were gone. And then Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2018 happened. In my limited wisdom I decided we could have a little of the forbidden foods. Well, we must still be celebrating because that little has grown. We still eat plant-based with the exception of those addicting baked goods. A muffin or cookie here. Hamburger buns there. Cake? Just a small piece please.

It is now March and I am still trying to get free. Next week we begin an intense detox. Hubby’s doctor prescribed it for his heart health. I just need to be delivered. Never thought it would be this hard to walk away from those foods. It was easier the first time.

So to all who want to cheat a little

DON’T DO IT. THE SUGAR MONKEY IS REAL

Not My Job

1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (ESV)
12  For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
13  God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

It seems we do the opposite. We spend so much time condemning people who don’t believe what we believe. We spend so little time calling out the wrong done by those inside the church. We excuse or justify. I guess we are afraid our mess will be exposed.

Well, I have just set you free from what is not your job. God will judge those on the outside of our beliefs if they are to be judged at all. We should focus on “in the house.”

If we do this we will become a light on a hill, instead of the oppressors of God’s greatest creation, mankind.

Looking in Daniel’s Mirror

Every new year many churches participate in some version of Daniel’s fast. This year my church was no different but my fast was. I lead a plant-based dietary lifestyle so I had to sacrifice or do something different. I chose to fast from social media and devote that time to studying the man, Daniel. I thought there would be a long lists of lessons about his character but he was so consistent in his behavior that it is a short but powerful list.

Daniel reminded me what my God favors.

  1. Prayer
  2. Unwavering Commitment to God even into death
  3. Unquestioned loyalty to God and friends
  4. Humility
  5. Continual Prayer
  6. Confidence in God
  7. Care and concern for others
  8. PRAYER

God responded with favor, wisdom and power.

I, now, stand facing this mirror.

After 1.5 years I did it!

I have tried other people’s recipes. I have experimented with my own. Today I accomplished my goal. I just threw ingredients in a bowl. Stirred them and put them in a cast iron skillet. What is it you ask?

Oil-free, vegan, gluten free Cornbread

It tasted good. It did not break-up or crumble.

What’s that? Oh, ingredients.

  1. Gluten-free oat flour 1 cup
  2. Organic cornmeal. 1 cup
  3. Pureed banana. 1
  4. Cashew milk. 8 oz
  5. Aluminum free Baking powder 2.5 Tbls
  6. Puree banana in milk
  7. Bake 375° F for 20-25 minutes

It was great with vegetable soup. I guess the best happens when you are not trying too hard.

Enjoy

Change

I have changed my home page to my current post. ai think it will be easier for visitors to access my random thoughts and I will get a better awareness of the actual visitors and viewers. I hope it will also increase the number of comments. I would really like to hear your thoughts on the different posts.

Hope to hear from you soon. Enjoy your life. Live it.

Death By Hair

When I was a small child my hair in all its nappy glory refused to grow. My grandmothers made it their mission to get it growing. Modear used every concoction circulated in our community. One such solution was Vaseline and mange treatment. I guess the thought was it made the hair on dogs regrow after suffering from mange so why not my hair. Oh it stunk. It didn’t smell, it stunk. My other grandmother, Muh, plaited my hair so tight it felt like she was pulling it out of my scalp. With all that my hair was never longer than shoulder length. The genetic make-up that I shared with 3 of my cousins gave them long, thick hair and I got the legs. I was jealous, Then.

After high school I wore it short and natural. I occasionally permed it. The last time I did, was THE last time.

After I got married my husband requested that I let my hair grow. I don’t know why because it was short when he met and married me. When I say short I mean 1 to 2 inches long. For me 3 inches was long hair. 😊 We made a deal. As long as he did not shave off his beard I would not cut my hair that short. About 25 years ago I decided we would try dreadlocks. I told him if this didn’t work, I was cutting my hair. He said okay. I kept it about shoulder length. Five years ago I didn’t get my annual spring time cut because the person who normally cut it was lying in a hospital bed. As my hair grew, my curiosity grew. How long can I let it get before I get tired of it. Here we are approaching the cut day. Why?, you ask. I dreamt I was being strangled. I awoke suddenly to find my hair wrapped tightly around my neck. My first thought, My hair is trying to kill me.

I never thought I would have hair this long. I never thought I would let it get this long. Cut day is drawing nigh.

It turned on me and it has got to go.

How Did I Gain Weight? I’m a Vegan!

When I was a meat eater, I used to wonder how a person could be a vegan and obese. Those terms seemed to be contradictory but it can happen. My ignorance has been corrected. I am vegan. That is the healthiest choice I have made in my life. But… I discovered this past holiday season that the weight I lost could easily be regained. How?, you say. Too many carbs, too much processed vegan and too much sugar. Oh yeah, the occasional cheating with non-vegan baked goods. Apparently, I succumbed to the muffin and cookie trap.

I also discovered it is harder to give up white sugar sweetened products after renewing that love affair. Had to go cold turkey. The mental withdrawals are worse than the physical. I now have to renew my mind, get back in the kitchen to make my own “meats” and sweet treats. The purchased “meats and cheeses” must be used in moderation.

So to those who wonder why you can’t lose weight on a vegan eating plan check what you are eating. Balance of carbs and veggies is important. More veggies, fewer carbs; Eliminate white flour and white rice. Don’t get sucked in to your weakness with just a little taste.

The Long Way ‘Round

Sometimes I find myself questioning God about Carl’s healing. I know without a doubt that he answered my prayer that fateful night quickly and clearly. He confirmed it every step of the way in the hospitals and rehab through nurses, speech therapists and Carl’s progress. Yet, here we are almost 4 years later and there are still areas that are not completely healed. The brain trauma due to a lack of oxygen caused by the several episodes of ventricular tachycardia still affects his memory sometimes. He says it’s like being in a fog and when it clears he remembers. I guess I didn’t think it would take this long. I asked God why was it taking so long? Was I doing something to slow down the progress?

One day while reading Exodus, I believe I received my answer. In Exodus 13:17,18 God says He led the people along the path of the Red Sea rather than the short route through the Wilderness of Sin because the wilderness took them through the land of the Philistines. The Philistines were large in size and proficient in war.

So it happened, when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearer; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war [that is, that there will be war], and return to Egypt.” But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea; the sons of Israel went up in battle array (orderly ranks, marching formation) out of the land of Egypt.

EXODUS 13:17‭-‬18 AMP
https://bible.com/bible/1588/exo.13.17-18.AMP

It jumped off the page. He didn’t choose the shortest route. They were not ready for what they might encounter. Think about it. They had not needed to war for 430 years. Egypt handled that. He took them the long way so that they could learn.

  • Learn Him and His ways;
  • Learn how to strategize;
  • Learn how to fight;
  • Learn to be His nation

More questions. What had I not learned? I realized maybe it wasn’t about me. Maybe there was more for Carl to learn; maybe for us to learn together. Hmmm…

Thank you Lord for “the long way ’round.”

I’m Back!

I have been away for a while. I had too many random thoughts that it just tired me out or so I thought. Actually, I was just overwhelmed with life obligations and my brain and body refused to do anything that was not absolutely necessary. I couldn’t organize my thoughts. My randomness was random. I realized one morning that I was suffering from a mild depression. It’s interesting how it can just sneak up on you. I’m fine now. Life is good. So much I want to do and share. More random thoughts are coming.