Friday, January 25, 2008

Making Dreams a RealityShaping Your World by Thought

There's no end to the number of motivational speakers and self-help "gurus" who make a name for themselves by re-hashing old ideas. But there is truth to these ideas, and I especially wanted to share one of the ideas from the great-grandfather of self-help, James Allen.Allen's treatise, As A Man Thinketh, was first published at the turn of the twentieth century. His central notion is that our thoughts are under our control, and that they in turn determine our emotions, our health, and even our circumstances."Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations. "And you, too, youthful reader, will realize the Vision (not the idle wish) of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always gravitate toward that which you secretly most love. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts; you will receive that which you earn, no more, no less. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your Vision, your Ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration." This goes hand-in-hand with Henry Ford's wise saying, "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't - you are right." And there is no end to the number of sources that make the same claim - that by dedicated thought and action, you can achieve anything.Movies like "Rudy" and "Miracle" show us the true stories of sports legends who made their dreams come true. "Homeless to Harvard" details the true story of Liz Murray, who went from living on the streets to getting a scholarship to Harvard. "October Sky" follows Homer Hickam's ascent from poor boy in a West Virginia mining town to NASA engineer.I'm grateful for inspirational films and books that remind me of the unlimited potential each of us shares. I hope you'll continue to mentally construct the world you want to live in, and the successes you want to see.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Natural Remedies for Panic Attacks

If you are looking for natural remedies for panic attacks, be sure to check out Panic Away, a best selling natural panic attack cure book by Joe Barry. Joe will show you how you can cure your panic and anxiety attacks with his One Move technique, a technique that has been proven to work with numerous panic attacks sufferers all over the world.

What Causes Panic Attacks? There are diets known to increase anxiety and trigger panic attacks and there are also foods with calming effects that helps prevent anxiety and panic attacks. While there are medications, it is also helpful to keep a healthy diet to control anxiety disorder. Of course it is recommended to consult your doctor regarding your panic anxiety disorder and your dietitian when trying to modify your diet.Keeping yourself hydrated is one way to reduce anxiety. Water has many health benefits and it also helps to prevent anxiety and panic attacks. There are studies showing dehydration triggers anxiety and nervousness since 85% of our brain contains water. If proper hydration is not maintained, our body may respond differently with symptoms like anxiety. It is best to drink at least eight glasses of water daily and keep yourself hydrated to prevent anxiety and panic attacks. Drinking alkaline water is even better for hydration as it has hexagonal molecules which hydrate the cells up to 6 times more than regular water and removes toxins from your body.Alkaline diet is calming and can prevent anxiety and panic attacks. Alkaline diet is more on fruits and vegetables like apple, oranges, pineapple, almonds, broccoli and cucumber. You need 80% alkaline diet to create balance in your body.Watching what you eat and drink will help you prevent anxiety and panic attacks. Eating a well balanced diet and getting all the nutrients and minerals you need makes your body and emotions more stable.

Monday, January 21, 2008


National news announced this morning that Orange County California, which happens to be where I live, plans to recycle toilet and other wastewater into drinking water. Their 3-stage filtration process takes 3 days from toilet to tap. This will be our TAP water. And lest you think that you are safe drinking bottled water instead, we have many, many articles showing that tap water is better regulated than bottled water. AND for us here in Orange County, we have a Pepsi plant which either manufactures Aquifina or Dansi I forget which one. So at that plant will be using Orange County reclaimed toilet water to run through their bottling processes. will soon have a duel filter machine that also comes with an external per-filter that is designed just for you from your county water report and we will be carrying whole house filtration systems. So you may want to look into them if you can't handle the gross factor of washing your hands, body or cooking your spaghetti in former sewage water.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Amazing! Cholesterol Drug Not Effective in Study

The New York Times reports today that after a two-year study, FDA approved drug Zetia, and a pill that contains it, Vytorin, have proven to not be effective! The drug companies that pushed through the original FDA approval and have been milking you and your insurance dollars should be in big trouble. Personally I’m not a big fan of drugs, drug companies or the FDA. I always try to use natural remedies and have found them to be very effective. We do have scientific proof that alkaline Ionized water lowers cholesterol and helps with a host of other health problems because of the way that the molecules are electrolyzed and provide a charge that is the polar opposite of the toxins in your cells which draws them out. I’m transcribing that information from a foreign video and will have the study available soon.
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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Alkaline Water

I heard yesterday that Madonna spends $10,000 a month having special Kabala water sent over from Israel.
And last week I heard that Magic Johnson has special water delivered from Mexico. The thing that all the special waters on the world have (other than blessed water) is that they are very highly alkaline. Alkaline water helps fight aging and medical problems because it combats the acidity in our system. It is one of the first lines of defense that Dr. Robert O. Young leading cancer researcher recommends when he is treating a cancer patient. Madonna and Magic Johnson should save their money and buy a Water Ionizer from Then they could make alkaline, purified and acid water all from their tap. I never talk much about acid water, but it is used as a disinfectant and has many healing properties when used on the outside of the skin. Some people call it "beauty water" because of how it clears up skin problems. Foreign hospitals use it on infections.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Prevent or Treat Cancer with Avocados

Prevent or Treat Cancer with Avacados In 1932, a great scientist by the name of Dr. Otto Warburg received the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering the cause of cancer. In regard to Dr. Otto Warburg's cancer research back in the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's - there is this paragraph in regard to lactic acid production and cancerous cells which have an acidic pH. The crux of his (Dr. Otto Warburg) Nobel thesis was that malignant tumors frequently exhibit an increase in anaerobic glycolysis -- a process whereby glucose is used as a fuel by cancer cells with lactic acid as an anaerobic by-product -- compared to normal tissues. The large amount of lactic acid produced by this fermentation of glucose from cancerous cells is then transported to the liver. This conversion of glucose to lactate generates a lower, more acidic pH in cancerous tissues as well as overall physical fatigue from lactic acid buildup. Thus, larger tumors tend to exhibit a more acidic pH. Even my masseuse confirmed this, when she pointed out that the pain in a certain area of my body was caused by the build up of lactic acid. The above information on the cause of cancerous tissue is important to understand because of the recent developments as follows: Important research developments in regard to the glucose controlling properties of Avocado's by inhibiting glucokinase responsible for glycolysis that in turn retards and reduces tumor growth. Limiting sugar consumption is not the only line of defense for preventing and reversing cancerous tissue. In fact, a botanical extract of glutathione from the avocado plant is showing promise as a new cancer adjunct. When a purified avocado extract was added to a number of tumor cell lines tested in vitro by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at Oxford University in Britain, they found it inhibited tumor cell glucose uptake by 25 to 75 percent, and it inhibited the enzyme glucokinase responsible for glycolysis. It also inhibited the growth rate of the cultured tumor cell lines. The same researchers gave lab animals a 1.7 mg/g body weight dose of the glutathione extract for five days; it reduced tumors by 65 to 79 percent. Based on these studies, there is good reason to believe that avocados and the glutathione extract could help cancer patients by limiting glucose to the tumor cells. Maintaining proper body ph is crucial to your health. Drink alkaline ionized water daily as a first line of defense to properly alkalize your body and protect against disease. By Nedalee Ruiz Nedalee is the author of The Desperate Parents Handbook Nedalee recomends for more articles on health and healing.

Fear of Fat

When I started eating more raw foods, I found that many recipes were very high in fat. I was a little worried about gaining weight even though people professed that I would lose weight. I had just enjoyed a wonderful tasting raw meal when I expressed my fear to my husband who assured me that my body would begin to burn the fat instead of sugar. The words had hardly come out of our mouths when I opened to this quote from Ani Phyo’s book Ani’s raw food kitchen. "Some folks worry about how eating fats affects their weight. Good fats are necessary for our organs and body functions, and they’re good for our heart. The more fats we eat, the more our body lets go of tats, because it knows more will be coming in. The less we drink, the more our bodies retain. The more we drink, the more it lets go of." Truthfully I had also heard this from other sources, but worried how it would work on MY body. Well, in my first 7 days of experimenting with this high fat way of eating natural foods I lost 5.3 pounds. And gained tons of energy.

By Nedalee Ruiz
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Monday, January 7, 2008

Week 1 Diet Results

For Nedalee
Started 1-1-08 at 165.5
Weigh in 1-7-08 results 160.2
Result 5.3 pound loss in one week. YEAH!

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Motivation to Diet

The title Motivation to Diet is deceptive because for me personally, I don’t want to diet, I’m looking for a lifestyle change. I used the word "Diet" because that is what people understand and are used to and also because in the truest form, any eating pattern that we choose is our "diet" regardless of if we are trying to lose weight or not.
I’ve been trying to lose weight for the last four years rather unsuccessfully. I’ve put effort in, and have had various motivations to do it, including wanting to fit into my wedding dress that had to be altered to fit me from the original size I was when it was created.
When I met Ronnie I told him that I was seriously under my normal weight because of grief, prayer and fasting, and not to expect that I would always weigh 120. Since I have gained beyond my normal weight of 138, my husband has hinted at his displeasure about my weight for some time. I have tried to loose it but I don’t think that it was a total priority in my mind.
Quite honestly, I think it can be hypocritical for men to gain weight and then criticize their wives when they do. ESPECIALLY if it’s like in my case, where its Ronnie, bringing the junk food home and in some cases quite literally feeding it to me!
Here’s an example from two nights ago. Ronnie: I feel like pizza, do you want pizza?
Me: No, I don’t want pizza, I’m on a diet and I’d like you to support me on it.
Ronnie: You’ve been doing so well I thought you’d like a "cheat day."
Me: I’ve only been on the diet four days, no I don’t want a "cheat day," I want results.
I’m not trying to rant on my husband there, I’m sharing it because I know that some of you have had similarly frustrating experiences.
What I do want is to share what has radically changed my thinking although that is something that has been in the process for over a year in terms of my health and well being. I’m going to quote from several sections of one chapter in Shaunti Feldhahn’s book For Women Only – What you need to know about the inner lives of men. She surveyed hundreds of men and this quote is from a chapter called The Truth About the Way You Look – Why what’s on the outside matters to Him on the inside. "This chapter is about something our men desperately want us to know, but feel absolutely unable to tell us…The effort you put into your appearance is extremely high on his priority list. Yet the chances that you know his true feelings are extremely low. What I’ve learned about men’s needs in this area has been life changing. It has jarred me out of a dangerous complacency. Call me na├»ve, but I just didn’t realize that the issue of appearance was such a big deal—such and imperative deal---for a guy. Of course, having learned just how visual men are, I should have gotten a clue. But somehow I assumed that if I was out of shape, I was the only person who was negatively affected."
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By Nedalee Ruiz
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Friday, January 4, 2008

Cancer Risks from Eating Meat

Is seems we really are what we eat. U.S. Doctors are now reporting that red meat is associated with an elevated risk for cancers of the esophagus, liver, rectal cancer, pancreatic cancer and lung cancer The researchers studied 500,000 people aged 50 to 71 who took part in a diet and health study done in conjunction with the AARP, formerly the American Association for Retired Persons. After eight years, 53,396 cases of cancer were diagnosed. The study is available on the Internet at
Meats can cause cancer several ways, the researchers noted. "For example, they are both sources of saturated fat and iron, which have independently been associated with carcinogenesis," the researchers wrote. Meat is also a source of several chemicals known to cause DNA mutations, including N-nitroso compounds (NOCs), heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The Bible says that, "We are fearfully and wonderfully made." But it also seems that the old computer adage, "Garbage in garbage out is equally true. How can the FDA approve these chemicals to fill our meat with and us to ingest and then not expect our bodies to react? As always, they are saying that a decrease in the consumption of red and processed meat could reduce the incidence of cancer. Duh. Personally, I have no problem with eating meat even though I have been exploring other diets including the raw food diet. I feel that God gave us meat to eat as referenced several palaces in the Old Testament of the Bible. What I do have a problem with is all of the antibiotics and chemicals that the FDA has approved to be put into our meat. Then they act shocked when they have to report the negative affects found in their studies. I say if you want to eat meat, eat it without fear. Just buy organic meat or Kosher meat that hasn’t been shot up with all of the chemicals. And drink alkaline ionized water to clear your cells of the old toxins that are currently stored up in you body.

By Nedalee Ruiz
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Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Tortoise and the Hare

Well, I've stated eating healthier and making better food choices. Already my energy has increased. So Like the Hair in the fable, I'm out of the starting gate. The holidays have been hard for Ronnie, he seems to have been hit hard by depression over the loss of his Mother. He's putting off his New Year's resolution diet for a few days and comforting him self with food. I saw him eat an entire pint of ice cream last night which is not unusual.

So having lost my guinea pig for the blog, I will have to step in and post my own fat pic.

To summarize some of my last posts for those of you who haven't been following along, Ronnie lost 40 pounds last year drinking alkaline ionized water and eating a more alkaline diet. He gained it back eating comfort foods after he quit chewing tobacco and lost his Mother in the same month. He's vowed to lose it and more this year, but hasn't started trying yet.

My effort will include mild exercise, a more alkaline diet, and lots of alkaline ionized water. I am going to explore Vegan, Alkavarian, and Raw foods, but have not committed to eating them exclusively as I'm still an omnivore who loves Bar-b-que. Like any wise dieter, I will try to avoid the dreaded white foods, Rice, Potatoes, Sugar, Milk and Bread. But again, I not going to say never. As you will see from my food posts which will follow, I had Cream of Ham and Potato soup for dinner the first night of my diet and may have some more since the pot isn't finished.

What I am doing is a very public TEST diet. Raw fooders eat lots of high fat items like nuts and avocados but burn the fat and lose weight. I'm going to see if a fairly inactive over 45'er can get weight loss results.

So here are the current stats:
On January 1, 2008 I weighed 165.5 up about 3 pounds from before the holidays. I swear the new weight feels like it's all in my butt. It feels like I have a caboose waddling after me for the first time in my life. My weight is also up almost 30 pounds from my after baby weight from the second child who is now 23. I kept that weight for almost 20 years.

My weight can fluctuate even if I weighed 3 times a day, so I'll only weigh in once a week or so.

My measurements, (don't tell anybody)
Are a ghastly 41 - 35 1/2 - 38 1/2

What I ate:
Jan. 1, 2008
Breakfast- Blueberry Smoothie
Lunch- Fresh broccoli florets dipped in store bought humus. (Broccoli is high in protein.)
Snack Trader Joes Spicy Ranchero Egg White Salad -Low fat, high protein, low carb, cholesterol free and only 50 calories. Tastes like cottage cheese with taco seasoning. Defiantly not raw, not vegn, not alkaverian. I bet that if you soaked almonds in water and chopped them in a food processor with the other ingredient you could make a vegan/raw version.
Another Snack- Store bought salad
Dinner 2 cups Cream of ham and potato soup.

Jan. 2, 2008
Exercised 20 minutes on a rebounder. (I've worked my way up from only five minutes.)
Breakfast- Blueberry Smoothie I buy my blueberries frozen and organic at Trader Joes for under $4 a pound which will make me about 6 smoothies.
Lunch- Tuna wrap because my last avocado was rotten so I couldn't have the avocado wrap that I had planed.
Snack- Apple
Dinner- Pomegranate Salad- Don't freak out, it's not complicated, the pomegranate seeds were just a garnish on a purchased salad from Trader Joes. It had some goat cheese too so it wasn't vegan.
Snack- Celery with tuna and humus

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Diet, Diet, Diet...Nope

Diets fail. Lose a little, gain it back and then some. Lifestyle changes work. But it can be hard to make changes if you don't have the support of the people around you. My two teenage boys are the perfect example. I've wanted to eat healthier for ages. But they complain when something has the word "organic" on it. In their minds the word "organic" equals "fake." So cooking two meals is a pain. My way around that is that I let them cook and eat whatever they want within reason after they've eaten some of what I made.

Most diets are about depravation. Count your calories, eat less, bla bla bla. My new diet isn't about depravation or about calorie counting. It's about making healthier choices. Choice number one, I will have fresh vegetable juice or a Blueberry smoothie in the morning for breakfast. I've never been a breakfast fan, but I choose to have something now because it is impossible to loose weight on less that 3 meals a day, your body goes into preservation mode. Five small meals are even better than 3 if you want to lose weigh.

Men and women actually lose weight differently. Because of that I'm going to join Ronnie on a very public diet. Have you seen that commercial where the fat cartoon lady is complaining that her husband quit drinking soda and lost 14 pounds and she lost one? I laugh every time I see that commercial because it's so true! Like I said in a previous post, Ronnie lost 40 pounds last year with very little effort. I wasn't as committed and didn't come close to matching his results. This year, I am committed and want to see how far that commitment can take me.

I've packed up the left over homemade Christmas candy to mail to my daughter so it won't go to waste and will be out of temptations way.

I'm going to exercise up to 20 minutes 3 times a week. I haven't done any exercise this past week because all the excess sugar over the holiday lowered my immune system and gave me a bad cold. I'm still sniffling and weak so I'll hold off on exercise for a few days. Most of my work is done form the computer so I lead a very sedentary lifestyle. I've had three gym memberships in the past and never went for more than 5 months and NEVER lost any weight from working out. As a matter of fact, I always gained weight and the trainers would smile and say that was good because muscle weights more than fat.

This post is getting long, so I will wrap it up. I will be posting our starting weights and some pictures soon. The main reason that you should follow along with our progress on the blog is to see how easy it is to lose weight with the methods we will be using.

Because I want increased energy more than I want weight loss I will be adding a lot more raw food into my diet. For people who don't know about raw food, the thing that comes to mind is raw meat or carrots and celery sticks. Let me assure you, there is now raw meat. And while I may choose some carrots and celery sticks from time to time, there is a whole world of great tasting easy to prepare gourmet raw foods which we will explore on the blog.

Consider this passage of scripture from the book of Daniel in the old testament of the Bible. Chapter one verse 8-16.
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, "I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king." So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,

"Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. "Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king's delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants."
So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king's delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

By Nedalee Ruiz
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