Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mailbag - A little unfinished business

Hello again, my Peeps!

I am very happy that you are enjoying my blog, and gleaning useful information from it.  All I have ever wanted to do since I was a child, was to help people in some way, so if I have benefitted you, am I humbled and blessed!

I am hearing from folks all over the world, and I would like to share some of their comments on my articles, and perhaps answer a question or two.  Keep in mind, I am in no way a medical practitioner, herbalist or crystal guru.  I am just a human being on my own path, just like you, who enjoys sharing information that I find potentially useful and beneficial.  I am definitely not infallible!  Please do your own research, and talk to your own medical practitioner before implementing anything I say. Your milage may vary, and what I do for me, may not be suitable for you.

Now that the disclaimer is outta the way, on with the show...

shamsher khan on 5/5/15 writes:
Good post....thanks for sharing.. very useful for me i will bookmark this for my future needs. Thanks.
From: Feeling Stronger Everyday - Repurposing of Durable Medical Equipment

Dear Shamsher,

Thank you so much for your kind words!  I am so happy that you found benefit from my post.  That was a very interesting and painful time in my life, and once I started healing in earnest, the thought of what to do with the DME we acquired came to mind.  As we dug deeper, a whole new world was opened to us to eliminate waste as well as to benefit other people going through physical difficulties.  While the Durable Medical Equipment companies and insurance companies may not like to lose money from sales (over charging), recycling your used items for the benefit of others is really the way to go.  Helping others: Isn't that what life's all about?

Kholifatul Istikhomah
on 5/5/15 writes:  Obesity can be overcome by implementing diet. Basically, the diet only focus on two things, namely sports and nutrition, rest berketut at the break. Well, for olahraga mengecilkan perut, you can try from the easiest, such as running and walking. Perform routine, then you will see changes.
From: Sunflower Seeds: Major League Nutrition

Dear Kholifatul,

I appreciate your comment, and I can see that you want to help others.  While I agree with you in principle, that what you eat and being active helps in weight loss, losing weight should not the end all and be all goal for someone who is fat. There are a myriad of factors that affect weight gain, and not just what you put in your mouth.  I believe that it is more important to be healthy than to be skinny.  In other words, eating good clean food and beneficial herbs, and eliminating processed and GMO
laden foods from the diet, coupled with regular activity and movement according to your ability and physical condition, goes a long way towards making a healthier and happier you.  The goal should not necessarily be losing pounds and inches, but rather to feel better physically, and to feel good about oneself emotionally. When you feel good about yourself, it affects everything about you including your physical health and your weight.

Diane Cain
on 3/19/15 writes: Hi, what do you do when you get sick?
From: Mosquito Control on Natural protection from Mosquitoes Part 2

Dear Diane,

Wow!  That's a good question.  I suppose it would depend on what I am sick with at the time.  Making a list per ailment would necessitate a long and boring answer. To spare you from this, I'll make this as brief as I can.

When I start to feel poorly, I first assess whether or not I have been drinking enough water.  Then I access what I have been eating lately, in case it may hold a clue to why I am sick.  After that, I go through this basic three pronged formula:

1)Eat a light diet.  I generally avoid eating anything heavy, foods that are complex

in their use of spices, and foods that increase the production of mucous including dairy, which although I love it, has a tendency to make me feel worse.  I go for soups and whatever vegetables I enjoy. (I HATE the word "Veggies."  Just say the whole word!)  They help increase the amount of fluid in the system, and assist in "keeping body and soul together" when I don't feel like eating anything. Any type of fresh juicy fruit helps as well, like grapes and melon, although I prefer them at room temperature rather than refrigerated.  Don't juice it though. Unless your stomach simply cannot process pulp or skin, eat the real thing.

2)Switch out coffee for tea.   I don't just like coffee, I LOVE MY COFFEE!  However, when I feel poorly, the buzz of caffeine is not my friend.  Neither are its diuretic properties which forcefully eliminates the water in my system, or (depending on the brand of coffee) the bitterness.  The smooth nature of most teas make them comforting to drink, and soothing to a sore throat.  Couple that with the beneficial properties of whatever tea I am drinking (my personal favorite is Ceylon, but I enjoy Green Tea as well) along with good clean water, makes it a no brainer anytime, not just when you are sick.  Drink liberally and flush those toxins out of your system.

3)Add beneficial herbs to your diet.   The internet is full of various herbal
preparations for use whether you are sick or not.  Search until you find the most reputable sites, and give them a go.  Keep in mind that some herbs do have risk factors associated with their use for some people.  It's always a good idea to consult your health care practitioner first before you try them.  Used correctly, herbs can be a true boon to getting your body back on track and helping you to feel better.  I personally use cayenne pepper added to soup, as my cold/flu remedy, and a combo of Turmeric, Ginger and Honey (and a small amount of warm milk to help it go down) for joint inflammation.  Hope this helps.

And finally,

JoJo the Clown on 10/17/14 writes:
Can you use polished shungite stones for the water? I bought a half pound for this purpose, but all the photos of shungite water look like they have shards in the bottom. I hope I can use my stones.
From Shungite + Water = Healing? Believe it!

Dear Jojo,

Your polished stones are just fine for making Shungite water.  What I have found out through my own research is that raw Shungite is better for your water than using tumbled stones by about 30%, but as my Grandma used to say, "A little bit of something is better than a whole lotta nothing!"  I myself am currently using tumbled stones until I can find a reputable supplier of raw stones.  The tumble stones still work, and I have experienced a benefit from using them. Now it's time to take a step up.

I also found out that the highest quality or "elite" Shungite is not recommended for use for the drinking water, but rather, is best used to remove electromagnetic smog and impurities from your environment by placing them in your living space near computers and other electronic devices, or carried on your person.   While I suppose some people will use them for water, thinking that if the stones are "elite" that they'll receive more of a benefit, I am not sold on this.  Why pay a premium price for the highest quality stones, when lesser raw stones make great healing water for a much lower cost?

One other note, in spite of what some people say, Shungite should still be cleaned and charged once a month. Crystals are living beings in their own right, even though their lives are much slower than ours.  Even healing stones need a rest from time to time in order to recharge.  Once a month, allow your Shungite water stones a chance to "come up for air."  Use a tiny amount of soap to cleanse away any impurities found on the stones, then rinse them liberally with clean running water, and allow them to recharge in the sun for a few days. Any other practices, including saging the stones or "communing" with them are acceptable, but optional.

Jojo, I wish you the best on your healing journey!

Folks, thank you for your thoughts and comments.  Be well, and live well!



Monday, May 18, 2015

Winter Goddess Products in two new locations!

Hello folks!  Here's what's been happening with Winter Goddess Foods over the winter:

Terry and I are happy to report that two new locations will be carrying our delicious organic products.  Neil, Ray, and our friends at Oxendale's Market have officially opened up a new location at 374 W. Bernard Street, West St. Paul Minnesota.  These wonderful community oriented grocers are carrying Terry's delicious Caramel Moments, and her Oh My Goddess! Butter Crunch Toffee located at the checkout counter of their store.  If you are looking for a grocery that prides itself in carrying the best of locally produced, organic, and vegan products, along with your favorite conventional items, Oxendale's is the place to go!

After a successful start at the giftshop of the Minnesota Historical Society at Split Rock, Winter Goddess Foods products have found their way to another Historical Society location.  We are privileged to also be at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, located at 1620 Lindbergh Drive S.Little Falls, MN.  Come visit this National Landmark, and see the tribute to the man who launched an aviation revolution. Tour his boyhood home, explore the visitor center exhibits, including a "Spirit of St. Louis" flight simulator, and don't forget to stop by the gift shop and look for our Winter Goddess Cranberry Walnut, Banana Walnut, and Sunflower Apple Raisin granolas as well as our sweet and savory Aww Nuts! 

We hope to have our products in other locations as well.  Stay tuned!



Thanks for your Patience

Hello everyone!  The relatively mild winter, (In Minnesota standards that is) has passed away, and we are finally into our lovely but schizophrenic Spring.  Our business is growing steadily, thanks to you, our loyal customers.  With Farmers Market season upon us, Terry and I are excited and happy to share the bounty of the Winter Goddess with you and to make new fans as well.

I apologize for the lack of updates over the last several months.  Due to injuries suffered in an auto accident last year, writing has been difficult.  However, through the prayers and support from friends and family coupled with the mercies of the Great Spirit and my own hard work at Physical Therapy, I am emerging from the darkness into the light.  Terry's support has been invaluable during this time, and I couldn't wish for a better life and business partner!

I am also grateful to all of you loyal readers of our blog for hanging in there with me until my return.  It is very gratifying that folks are reading and re-reading our previous articles and finding benefit to them.  With today's post I plan on adding new articles of interest, information on healthy eating, beneficial plants and herbs and other subjects relating to sustainability, organic eating and wellbeing.  I appreciate your patience with me, and I hope you continue to enjoy reading the articles as much as I enjoy writing them.

Blessings to you!