Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Joy of Less and The Body Ecology Diet

Library book score again!: The Joy of Less by Francine Jay.
This book is truly a comprehensive guide.  She even teaches her version of a capsule wardrobe.  She has zones like inner space, outer space and deep storage in terms of where/how to place things.  I enjoyed the questions she asked of our things.  "Did I seek you out?  Would I rebuy you if something happened to you?"  We apparently use 20% of our stuff 80% of the time.  That means we could part with probably 4/5 of it--unless we're still pretty enamored on that 20% of the time we like to use that extra.

Consider those time zappers like oil changes, care/repairs, chipped plates, broken vases, mud stains, shopping, cleaners for each type of thing, parts/accessories, dry cleaners etc.

I stumbled a bit onto The Body Ecology Diet.  I needed Donna Gates' site to get some culture starter for veggies as I'm about to make kraut, and I got her book and cookbook to access other ways of doing fermented foods.  I'm in a rut currently that way and my system really needs that support.  In the past, I shopped with Cultures for Health, but an acquaintance was really pointing me towards the Body Ecology stuff so I tried something different.
This book needs to be read more than once, for sure.  I did it once so far.  I'm interested in really incorporating the food combining for optimal digestion.  I read it about it in Healing with Whole Foods, a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective on most of our Western maladies.  I'm eating in accordance with that latter book already and mostly with this new one, The Body Ecology diet.  I am still eating nightshades which seems to be at odds with both of these books.

This books deals with healing yourself from the candida overgrowth that plagues one in three adults.  It deals with the themes I'm tackling with Dr. Cheryl.

She goes into eating for blood types and where she agrees and disagrees with those ideas--all very interesting food for thought.

Monday, October 24, 2016

a couple of books


Marc Lesser's book is very practical for life and work.  It helps to watch how our thoughts go and to key into our assumptions.


You Can Buy Happiness is a catchy title, and I'd heard of Tammy Strobel and her tiny home so I wanted to read it.  It's about her journey towards less, and she has a lot of small actions people can do to simplify and explore simplicity/habits.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Health Update

I started working with a naturopathic doctor who lives in a different city recently and have joined her Candida Cleanse Program.  It's at least 8 weeks, and I'm more than a week through.  The first 10 days are generic cleanse things.  No meats, salt, oil etc. Few grains, almost no legumes.  Lots of fruits and veggies, lots of detox things to do.

But I'm entering Candida Phase 1 of this work next week so we can really get that overgrowth under control.  (Most people have a candida overgrowth, and I think mine is pretty fierce.)  Meats/fats are back in business (which will be odd for me since I've been vegan a while and enjoyed that sans all the beans' gas/bloating).  But essentially no fruit.  Some berries and green apple which is nice, but I'm waiting for clarification in terms of what she means by "fruits."  Also no grains, no potatoes etc.  No prefab anything.  We can do some raw, soaked nuts (except for peanuts, pistachios).

Candida is potentially responsible for so many maladies that I feel really driven to address it strongly.  With my psoriasis/autoimmune issues being so long-standing and so deep, I might have to do this phase longer than other participants.

I do remember that when I ate similarly (but not quite as carefully) that I lost some weight initially.  I was also then eliminating gluten and dairy which was new.  This way of eating was to give my body a break from any inflammation that's typical, and it was a helpful step.  I hope I see a similar drop in inflammation (and weight?).  The psoriasis isn't awful, but my scalp could really use an itch break. :)

She is open to more allergy testing for me if we can't heal my gut this way.

Neufeld Intensive I

I'm excited to be off and running with the Neufeld Intensive I.  I decided last year not to take it, and this year I had come to the same decision almost.  But there was the tug of still wanting deeper tools always to really see our girls and read them, to really understand their needs and how they grow into their greatest potential.  (Neufeld Institute has some great courses this Fall!  The Heart Matters and Anxiety courses, for a couple.)

This is the longest course of theirs that I've taken, and there are actual requirements.  There's more investment here this time.  It's 22 weeks and takes us through March with the breaks in there.  So far, it's fabulous, just as I hoped.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Our Christmas Gift Selections

So the dictum goes, "one thing they want, one thing they need; one thing they wear and one thing they read."  We didn't follow that exactly, but that was our guide.

For the whole family from "Santa"


  • Harry Potter Puzzle
  • Chronicles of Narnia Audiobooks (CDs)


  • Lunar Calendar


For each girl


  • prefered lego set


  • top (Hanna Andersson)
  • sweater (Hanna Andersson)
  • dress (Hanna Andersson)

Girls Flowerful Dress by Hanna Andersson

  • activity books ("color counts" for Z and "color by number" for E)
  • cotton soft sheets (stars, Hanna Andersson)
  • amber necklace (replacement--they have these for pain/headaches)

Hazelaid (TM) 14" Pop-Clasp Baltic Amber Multicolored Necklace

  • picture locket (not real fancy)
  • alarm clock

Equity by La Crosse 70904 Soft Purple Cube LCD Alarm Clock

  • rainbow tattoos

Tattly Temporary Tattoos Rainbow Set

  • kawaii stickers
  • candy of their preference


And that's IT.  It's still a lot.  Quality over Quantity though.

UPDATE 12/23/16: We stuck with that mostly.  We did add a few other audiobook CDs I found used to the Santa gifts that they share--and we kept the calendars for 2017 back until New Years.  I changed the activity book situation when I realized Z really wanted a set of graphic novels--so I got those on ebay and then combined all the activity books (plus a few others I found to be even on the money) for E.

Also, what isn't taken into account here is the little things long the Advent way: we got them some Christmas doggy movies, pajamas, slippers, music CDs and fancy holiday haircuts with hair stuff that cost a pretty penny.

In hindsight, the holiday still felt like too much.  I think Advent will have to be nothing in the way of even small gifts.  When you look at what they received from both sets of grandparents even, they have a LOT.  Then we take into account the family who gave them money plus what they could spend from their allowance--they hit the sales to get more legos and more books after Christmas!  So, while I think Christmas morning was a fairly regulated gift fest, we still haven't figured out this puzzle!