“Lives are snowflakes–forming patterns we have seen before, as like one another as peas in a pod, and have you ever looked at peas in a pod? I mean, really looked at them? There’s not a chance you’d mistake one for another, after a minute’s close in.” Neil Gaiman
When was the last time you enjoyed having green peas?
They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils… (2 Sam. 17:28b; NIV)
We had our month of vegetables and side dish recipes in February. March brought main dishes. For April, we’ll look at various salad recipes. Some recipes may be rather common and others may be new to your family.
Pea salad is one of those recipes that cause some folks to turn up their noses. They either don’t like peas or the thought of making a salad with them doesn’t cause culinary salivation. When most people think of peas, they remember them as the food that they loved to hate when growing up, yet one that was extremely fun to play with (mixing them in their mashed potatoes) on their plates! There are many varied pea salad recipes, and I make variations of my own recipe depending on what ingredients I have on-hand.
Green peas are a member of the legume or bean family. According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, legumes are plants that bear fruit in the form of pods enclosing the fleshy seeds we know as beans. There are generally three types of peas that are commonly eaten: garden or green peas, snow peas and snap peas. Garden peas have rounded pods that are usually slightly curved in shape with a smooth texture. Inside are green rounded pea seeds that are sweet and starchy in taste. Snow peas are flatter than garden peas. Snap peas, a cross between the garden and snow pea, have plump pods with a crisp, snappy texture. The pods of both snow peas and snap peas are edible.
Abundant with nutrients, green peas offer us good sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Green peas are a good source of vitamin K1, important for maintaining bone health. They also are a good source of the various B vitamins with a key one being folic acid, along with vitamin C.
I never recommend buying canned peas, as the majority of nutrients are destroyed from the canning process, and the sodium content is much higher. Fresh garden peas in the summer are wonderful, however most of us don’t have access to fresh peas. Frozen peas are readily available. I buy organically grown frozen peas and notice a sweetness and flavor unmatched in commercially grown peas. Peas can be added to various salads such as chicken salad or a green salad for a pretty accent. For such uses, I place them in a bowl of very warm water for several minutes, and then drain them instead of actually cooking them.
Enjoy the salad.
Lord, thank You for Your goodness and love for us. May we continue to seek ways to glorify You with every word we speak, every breath we take, and every meal we eat.
Link of the Day
Tasty Pea Salad
Blessings on you as you enjoy some peas this week!
“Shift happens.” From today’s link
How would you describe the changes that are occurring around us at ever increasing speeds?
He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow, red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You are good at reading the weather signs in the sky, but you can’t read the obvious signs of the times!” (Matt. 16:2-3; NLT)
Last week, Sharon and I spent Wednesday through Sunday in Dallas at the annual conference of the wellness company we work with. We learned lots of new things that we’re eager to share, but one presentation we saw that stood out in my mind is the topic of today’s DG.
Most of you know that I am coming up fast on my “mature” years, and even though I consider myself fairly up-to-date with computers, the Internet, and the like, I have to admit that things are happening so quickly in recent days that it is getting harder and harder to keep up. The link today is an incredible presentation on how much things are changing and how fast it is happening.
This is not something that you can just shrug off as not being important to you. If you have children, or grandchildren, if those children are in school, or if you home-educate (as a lot of our friends do), you need to watch this presentation. If you have a business, or a church, or a ministry of any kind, you need to watch this presentation. There are some challenging questions at the end that deserve some serious thought…and prayer.
This reminds me of the old story of the frog in the kettle who didn’t jump out as the water got hotter and hotter because he was unaware of the change that was happening around him. Are you sensitive to the changes that are going on around you?
Lord, thank You for being the Rock among shifting sands. Thank You that we can always know that no matter how much things around us change, Your love for us is ever constant.
Link of the Day
Did You Know?
Blessings on you as you develop a strategy to remain flexible and attuned to the changing times.
“Researchers at two major laboratories found an average of ninety-one industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals in the blood and urine of nine volunteers.” Environmental Working Group Report entitled “Body Burden: The Pollution In People”
How aware are you of the chemicals you use every day?
In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. (Prov. 23:32; NIV)
Can this really be happening? My face was hot, and flushed to a bright red, my throat burning and sore. I was feeling dizzy. I was NOT feeling well. What in the world was going on? Was I getting the flu?
Many years ago, occasions like this began occurring more and more often. The above symptoms occurred when I was cleaning the bathtub with a “common” tub and tile cleaner. As my immune system was breaking down, I became “allergic” or sensitive to more and more common, everyday household products. Dish soaps, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, personal care products, kitchen, and bathroom cleaners all became my enemy! For a time, the only thing I could use for bathing or for any home cleaning purpose was baking soda.
Gradually we began learning about healthier options that I could tolerate. That was over twenty years ago. Even though my body is now healed and restored, I would never return to using commercial or regular cleaning products in the home. I was reminded of this yesterday when chatting with our dear friend and mentor, Dr. Randy Peck. I was telling him about the old fashioned cleanser called Bon Ami. It’s in a gold can and has been available for years as an alternative to the cleansers that contain chlorine. I use Bon Ami to clean the shower stall, bathtub, sinks, counter tops, pots and pans, and even stubborn stains in the toilet.
Modern day homes have become a quagmire of chemical soup with products for everything from glue remover to “fake” air fresheners. All in the name of chemistry! For your own health and the health of your family, I encourage you to become a minimalist when it comes to using cleaners and other home products. More is definitely NOT better.
I use a basic, all-purpose organic liquid cleaner that I add to water for cleaning windows, mirrors, counters, and floors. I dust furniture using cotton cloths (diapers–yes, they’re still available). I’ll often dampen the cloth slightly to help pick up the dust. White vinegar is another healthy alternative to use for cleaning purposes. (And by the way, don’t cook with white vinegar…just use it for cleaning.)
There is a great deal of research now that substantiates how harmful common household chemicals are to our bodies. I just read an article discussing how many common toxins contribute to weight gain! (See link.) Very interesting. There are many good, healthy household products available to use instead of the common toxic ones. I’ve provided some links for alternatives. Begin to become aware of what’s “under your sink!”
Blessings on you as you make note of the chemicals in your home.
“Today’s child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century environment that still characterizes the educational establishment where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns, subjects, and schedules.” Marshall McLuhan (40+ years ago)
How well did your education prepare you for the life you are living today?
This is but one of many traditions they have clung to… (Mark 7:4b; NLT)
Today, I’ve just got a very short note to introduce you to another YouTube video of the same genre as last Wednesday’s DG entitled “Did You Know.” This one actually came to me from Regent University, where I have the awesome privilege and responsibility of serving as an Adjunct Professor.
Obviously, the powers that be at Regent sent this out to encourage their professors to consider the relevance of what they teach and how they teach it. However, I believe, just like “Did You Know,” that this video needs to be seen by more than just university profs. Here again, there are some sobering statistics, and some startling revelations. If you’re a parent or grandparent with young adults in college, you need to watch this. This is what you’re paying for. If you’re an employer, you need to watch this…this is what you’ll soon be hiring. If you’re children are younger, this is the system they are destined to enter unless something drastically changes in the next few years.
Again, I believe these two videos are demonstrating that we’re really missing the mark when it comes to so-called “higher” education. But, then again, how can you put together any system that is equipped to respond to change that is happening as rapidly as we are seeing it occur today. And one thing we know for sure…the rate of change will only get faster and faster as time goes on. What’s the answer???
We pray that you have a better than fantastic weekend!
Lord, we thank You for the dedicated men and women who have given their lives serving others as educators. Unfortunately, it seems that educating our future leaders is not as simple as it once was. We sincerely ask that You would begin to provide answers to those who are in positions of authority that can implement the necessary changes. Grant them the wisdom and ability to make the necessary adjustments.
Link of the Day
A vision of students today
Blessings on you as you reflect on the value of a college education.
“The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.” Walter Raleigh, Sr.
In what ways are you proactive about wellness?
Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. (Col. 4:1; NIV)
Welcome to all our new readers from U-Haul. Allow me to give you a little background.
Last Wednesday evening, Sharon and I had a very interesting experience. A little over a month ago, Sharon had received a phone message from a lady in Phoenix, AZ inviting her to participate in a health-oriented trade show.
As the story unfolded, the lady was with the U-Haul home office, and was part of a corporate team charged with setting up a health fair for all their employees in the Hampton Roads or Tidewater area of Virginia. She had done some Internet research looking for a nutritionist, and found our web site. She was drawn to Sharon due to her RN credentials. So, she called and asked if we would be interested in participating in the event.
The night of the event, I spent some time with a couple of the folks from the Phoenix home office team and learned that U-Haul has been setting up health fairs like this for their employees across the country for the last two or three years. They are part of a home office group of a half-dozen or so folks who do all the leg work to line up a group of vendors, make all the arrangements, travel to the site, and generally set up and run the whole thing. They travel from city to city through most of the year doing much the same thing, but in each case, utilizing local vendors. They do this as a proactive effort to encourage their employees to pay a little more attention to health and wellness.
I also learned that U-Haul is a 60+ year-old publicly-traded company based in Phoenix and employees over 18,000 people. With some 15,000 dealers across the country, Wikipedia appropriately labels U-Haul ubiquitous…a very apt description.
Needless to say, I was extremely impressed with the caring nature of a major corporation who would spend that kind of resources in an effort to help their employees stay well and productive. I believe it is a truly enlightened approach to promote wellness proactively rather than to wait and react to sickness as our culture in general chooses to do. If only more employers would take a similar approach we might begin to see the “out of control” health care system begin to turn around.
Our link today includes a couple pictures from the event. As you can probably see, it took place in a cavernous garage of the regional U-Haul repair and maintenance facility. All in all, it was a very interesting evening.
Lord, bless the decision makers of this company and other companies that recognize that it is a win-win solution to provide guidance to their employees that promote healthy lifestyles…not only among their employees but also among their employees’ families.
Link of the Day
Pictures from Health Fair
Blessings on you as you take steps to be proactive about your health.
“But why should not the New Englander try new adventures–not lay so much stress on his grain, his potato and grass crop, and his orchards–and raise other crops than these? Why concern ourselves so much about our beans for seed, and not be concerned at all about a new generation of men.” Henry David Thoreau
When did you last enjoy an unusual type of salad?
The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. (Gen 1:12; NIV)
Have you noticed how people everywhere are talking about the cost of food? It seems we’re getting less and less food for more and more money. However, there are still many healthy food choices available at relatively low prices. Beans are at the top of the list. Today’s recipe features black beans. Black beans also called turtle beans are one of God’s finest creations.
Black beans are high in fiber and protein. Research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry indicates that black beans are also rich in anti-oxidants. The darker the beans color, the higher the level of anti-oxidant activity. Black beans are also good sources of folate, magnesium and manganese all of which are important nutrients for our bodies.
Black beans are available in the dried form as well as canned. Dried black beans need to be soaked before being cooked. Place about two cups of dried beans in a large bowl and cover the beans with water. Allow to soak in the water overnight. The next morning, drain the beans and then begin cooking them in fresh water. You can add a bay leaf or onions and garlic for flavor. The time required to cook dried beans can vary according to the size and the age of the beans. It may take several hours until they are done. They should be soft but not mushy. Using dried beans is very economical. However for the sake of convenience, organic beans already cooked are available in cans. Today’s recipe uses the cans.
Often times when I mention beans to clients, they make a face and say that beans give them “gas.” Flatulence (or gas) from eating beans is telling us that your body needs some help with digestion. Many people have difficulty breaking down the fiber in the beans. Food enzymes to the rescue! If you have trouble digesting beans, feel free to contact me about what you can do to change that. You don’t have to avoid eating beans, nor do you have to suffer in agony. There is help!
Lord we thank You for our bodies and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank You for wisdom on how to care for our “temples.”
Link of the Day
Black Bean/Corn/Red Pepper Salad
Blessings on you as you enjoy a different kind of salad.
“Everyday is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day, and all the happy memories that I have built up during my life.” The Wise Old Man
When is the last time you chose in advance to be happy?
The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old. (Prov. 20:29; NLT)
As some of you know, Sharon’s Dad and Mom (86 and 84 respectively) have had a pretty rough year health-wise. You may remember Sharon’s “Tribute to a Lasting Marriage” on the occasion of their 62 wedding anniversary (See 3/10 DG). Now, from the extreme of being healthy for virtually all of their lives, we have witnessed a swing to the other extreme over the last 12 to 18 months as they seem to go from one crisis to the next. First one of them, then the other one. We just never know what the next phone call is going to bring.
About a week and a half ago, Sharon and I traveled to Dallas to attend a major international event put on by the company we work closely with. When we got back we called Mom and Dad, only to find that they were both very ill–bad colds or possibly the flu. The next day, Sharon’s Aunt Meg (who deserves her own special tribute on of these days) took them to see the doctor, and he promptly put both of them in the hospital–diagnosis…pneumonia!
Sharon and I drove up to PA this last Saturday and then on Monday, I drove home leaving Sharon there to do anything she could to help with the situation. Dad was discharged, but as of this writing, Mom is still in the hospital. Dad is home, but the medications they used to fight the pneumonia continue to take a major toll on his body. Mom’s recovery is considerably slower and so she will likely not be allowed to come home even when she’s discharged from the hospital as she needs 24/7 care. As you can well imagine…there are some pretty tough decisions that need to be made.
All that is to give you a glimpse of what’s going on in our lives, but also to set up today’s link that was sent by my friend from Denver, Shelley Grieser. (If you’re keeping score, Shelley has sent me quite a few poignant links here of late. She seems to have located my soft spots.) This particular link has a very compelling message for all of us, but you will also see an obvious connection to what’s going on in our lives when you open it and watch it for yourself. (Just a little procedural note: the presentation does not play by itself, you will have to click your left mouse button to move the story forward slide by slide.)
Enjoy the presentation and join us in prayer for Dad and Mom.
Lord, we thank You for the wisdom of maturity and experience. Give us the wisdom to listen to what they have to say. Give us the ability to convey a message of gratitude, love, and respect to them in return. We thank You for every additional day we have together.
Link of the Day
The Wise Old Man
Blessings on you as you deposit all the happiness you can in your bank account of memories.
“Water is the only drink for a wise man!” Henry David Thoreau
How familiar are you with the MSM?
For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie… (Rom. 1:25a; NIV)
If you’ve read even a few of the Daily Grams we post, you know that we are huge proponents of drinking good, purified water on a consistent, daily basis. That is one of the very first things I cover with clients. We talk about how much water they currently drink in a day and then look at how much water they should be drinking and the reasons behind that. Life without water…brings death!
I briefly glanced at the News Target e-newsletter last evening. This headline: “Mainstream Media Attacks Water; Recommends People Drink Soda Instead immediately caught my attention. MSM, or otherwise known as Mainstream Media, has done it again! They are now trying to tell us that there are no known health benefits to drinking water and that we should drink soda instead!
Folks, I can’t tell you the ire this provoked within me! As Mike Adams goes on to say, much of this information is coming from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. These are the folks who earn their living by dealing with kidney problems! Now what better way to have kidney problems than to NOT drink water but drink other beverages instead?
Rather than read my take on this whole thing, I suggest you click on the link and read the very enlightening article. I really believe you’ll be glad you did. Then, when you see these unbelievable headlines…you’ll be forewarned and armed with the truth!
Father, we do thank You that You are the author of Truth, in all areas of our lives. Thank You for giving us the ability to hear Your voice and to sort out fact from propaganda.
Link of the Day
Mainstream Media Attacks Water; Recommends People Drink Soda Instead!
Blessings on you as you seek for Truth, in all areas of your life!
“How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself–so always think positively.” Norman Vincent Peale
What would happen if you were forced at gunpoint to write down a minimum of five ideas to solve that “insolvable” problem you’ve been wrestling with for so long?
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Phil. 4:8; NIV)
The following story came to me recently in a daily email that I receive from Bob Proctor, one of this century’s greatest motivational teachers. I thought it would be a good way to spur some “out of the box” thinking over the weekend. Enjoy!!!
This is a true story about a third generation barber in a small community in the Mid-west. The shop had been handed down from his grandfather and developed not just a hair salon but more of a community center where the farmers and families would come in not only to get their hair done, but enjoy the coffee and donut bar and spend time with their neighbors sharing the news of their farms and families. This shop had grown to include 10 stylists who cut all the men’s hair and all the women’s hair in the community.
The owner’s son came home from graduate school over spring break, to find his father depressed and reclusive. Finally getting his father to share what the problem was, the father confided that there was a new, national chain that had been moving across the country, bringing in cheap hair salons into all of the different communities and driving everyone out of business. And so, even though the community had loved all of the work that he had done, the perms and the haircuts and the styles over the years, right down the street opened up this new shop. It offered six dollar haircuts. Person after person had left to go to the new low cost shop.
The father told his son, “There is absolutely NO way I can compete with $6.00 haircuts. So much of my clientele has now gone to the new shop that I have no choice but to close our shop. After three generations, we are going bankrupt. I can’t pay the stylists or the overhead anymore,” he despondently said with his hands covering his face so his son would not see the tears rolling out of his eyes.
The son said, “You know, this last semester I took a “science of success” program that was offered for extra credit in my marketing class. One thing I learned was something that Einstein said. He said that “The significant problems we face can never be solved at the level of thinking of the problem.” So, Dad, we have to find another way to think about this. We’ve got to find another way to see this. Another one of the strategies I learned may help us.”
So the son left the room and brought back a notebook and a pen. He told the Dad about “Masterminding”, a strategy introduced in the 1930’s by Napoleon Hill who had been commissioned by Andrew Carnegie to study the patterns of extremely successful people.
“Here’s what we do. We let ourselves think of any idea that comes to mind and we write it down. No editing. We get a flow of ideas for 15-20 minutes and try to get as many as possible. No idea is off limits. Let’s go.”
The father said, “Well, the only idea I’ve got is..close the shop!” The son said, “Well, you’re right that IS an idea.” He wrote it down. Then the son said, “Ok, let’s keep going.” Before long the son and the father started getting a flow of ideas and writing down every one of them, even every crazy thing that came to mind. When they finished, one of the ideas absolutely jumped off the page and they looked at each other in astonishment and said, “This just might work!” The son left the next day to go back to college.
The father implemented the idea. Within 6 weeks, not only had his drop in clientele completely returned, but the number of customers was now 11% higher than ever in the history of the shop. Do you know what the idea was that turned sure failure into a new course of increasing success?
The idea was, “Place a BIG sign on top of the shop that read,
“WE FIX SIX DOLLAR HAIRCUTS!!”
Lord, we thank You for the creative minds and great abilities You give each one of us, and repent from allowing ourselves to become lazy and passive in our use of that incredible gift. Give us the grace to begin to exercise and apply that gift fully for Your glory.
Link of the Day
Ten Steps for Boosting Creativity
Blessings on you as you engage in a little “outside the box” thinking this weekend.
“Hope is the power that gives us the power to step out and try.” Unknown
When was the last time someone said to you, “Don’t get your hopes up?”
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy. (Prov. 13:12; NLT)
Who among us hasn’t had some well-meaning person in our life warn us to not get our hopes up? You know, they were really trying to help, weren’t they? They were only trying to keep you from being disappointed or hurt when your dreams didn’t come true.
Well, I would like to suggest that as well-intentioned as it was, the all too often heard, “Don’t get your hopes up,” ranks right up there as a top contender for the world’s worst advice. How can advice given in love and concern end up being so bad?
Well, almost always that word of advice is given in an attempt to manage someone’s expectations…and when I say “manage,” you could easily substitute the word “lower.” In other words, “your dreams are too big. I don’t want you to be hurt when they aren’t realized.” But what they are really saying is “bring your dreams down here with the rest of us.” After all mediocrity is much safer.
I’ve heard it said that to hope is to have expectations. It’s like shining a light in a dark, negative world. So, get your hopes up!!! Keep them up!!! When you don’t see things happening as you would like them to be, hope even more. After all, if you realized what you were hoping for, you would not need to hope anymore. The absence of evidence gives hope the reason to be.
So when someone offers that terrible, dream-stealing piece of advice to you, just smile and thank them very much. And as quick as you can go find people that are filled with hopes, dreams, and expectations. Seek the excellence that God created you for rather than the mediocrity that the world around you is comfortable with. You’ll be glad you did.
Lord, we thank you for the hope that You give us. We thank you that You created us to hope and dream and that You delight in giving us the desires of our heart.
Link of the Day
What is hope?
Blessings on you as you keep your hope up through this new week.