Happiness 101

I was scrolling through the internet this morning, mainly through news sites when I came across a question: how happy are you? I opened the link and while it didn’t assess my happiness, it did give options to increasing it.

They suggested happiness can be increased by nurturing relationships, laughing more, focusing more on the positive and starting a gratitude journal.

Picture from mortgage.com

Picture from mortgage.com

The picture comes from mortgage.com which is a bit of an irony. While you may be grateful to have a mortgage, it can also be a millstone around your neck!  But that is where focusing on the positive comes in. Having a mortgage means you have a house. That’s a good thing.

I think happiness really does begin with gratitude. It’s a sense of positive well-being that rises in your heart and is fluffed up and enhanced when you smile and laugh. Happiness is also made up of peace & love. They go hand in hand in hand.

Picture from dreamstime.com

Picture from dreamstime.com

A lot of times it is hard to find happiness when so much rot is going on around you. I don’t like opening the news sites – so much bad news, sad news, awful violent news – it all makes my heart sink every time, especially when you see our glorious land so rife with evil.

It’s not going to go away. This world is evil to the core. While sin abounds, there will never be a lack of strife on this planet, be it South Africa or any other country.

And so my happiness cannot depend on what is going on around me. It has to depend on something that is inside me – a Power that transcends the grime and cleans the rot and is bigger than the mess that surrounds it. Only God can do that.

We have to trust our lives to Him & cling to Him for any semblance of ongoing happiness. He can lift us out of the miry pit and inject in us a sense of security and peace and love.

And I think the combination of the three – happiness, peace and love culminates in contentment. It’s a learned art. It doesn’t come naturally. I think we have to make a determined effort to trust God in all things; to seek the good; to appreciate all we have; to smile often and reach out to those around us.

Don’t only seek it for yourself – seek it for others as well.

Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

Keep the smile going! :-)

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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Whales In False Bay

You know spring is around the corner when the whales come out to play in False Bay. They say whale season is from August to November and it was Saturday 1st August 2015, when perched high on Elsie’s Peak that I spotted the familiar sight of a spray of water coming out of a Southern Right spout. The view from Elsie’s Peak is nothing less than spectacular…but you won’t see the whale in this photo.

Elsies Peak viewPhotographer Dave Hurwitz captured this priceless photo of three Southern Right whales frolicking in False Bay with a seal for company…this was yesterday…

Whales in False Bay Dave Hurwitz

From Simons Town Boat Company FB page

These three were not the first to be seen. On Friday, the last day of July, a Southern Right was spotted with her calf in tow…

First whale of the season 2015

Photo from Simons Town Boat Company FB Page

According to the Simons Town Boat Company FB page, at birth, a Southern Right calf is 4-6 metres in length & weighs 1.5 tonnes. Mom on the other hand is about 16 metres in length & weighs 60 tonnes.

Not an animal you want to accidentally bump into. That was the experience of a young 13 year old who, yesterday morning, while out paddle-skiing found herself being lifted by one of these wonderful mammals of the sea. She screamed and in order to not capsize, balanced her paddle-ski by leaning her paddle on the back of the whale. That being done, it disappeared beneath her. What an experience! No harm done, but certainly memorable.

According to hermanus.co.za, there are only about 3000 Southern Right whales left in the world. Hopefully, with them now being a protected species and a ban on hunting, their numbers will begin to grow.

The reason for their name, legend has it, that in days gone by they were seen as the ‘right’ whales to hunt. They were slow and visible. Found in the Southern Hemisphere, they became known as the Southern Right whales.

They live about 50 years and a pregnancy lasts nearly a year. Their diet consists mainly of krill, plankton and other tiny crustaceans.

Their primary habitat is in the Antarctic region in colder waters. When the weather cools, they move closer to the equator to mate and give birth, hence their arrival at our waters.  They are also found in the oceans around South America as well as Australia and New Zealand.

We are so privileged to live in such a fabulous part of the world.

Genesis 1:21

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And we get to enjoy it.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

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“Please Forgive Me”

Three words. “Please forgive me.”

They are underscored with the sinking feeling of being in the wrong…of needing to make things right. They are humbling. But once said, they result in liberation. They produce freedom – a fresh start – a clean slate.

This morning I had to say them.

Not to my husband or my friend.

But to my God.

Forgive from musicplusfaith

Once again the power of the Word of God came to the fore in my life. I am doing a Bible school class – a general Bible survey where you read through the Bible in a year and have weekly lectures on each section. I’ve arrived at the end of the Old Testament and today had the last two books to read.

The seldom opened pages of Zechariah and Malachi contain profound, ancient truths that God used this morning to move my heart and once again had me marvelling at the power of His Word. No one can miss the meaning of the message I read this morning.  Penned so long ago, yet so pertinent to life in 2015 and before and after. They never lose their impact. They are valid and relevant regardless of who you are or what you believe. Their truth is consistently woven throughout the Bible, both Old Testament and New.  Their simplicity concise and even child-like.

I first read Zechariah 7:10

In your hearts do not think evil of each other.

Shew. That’s pretty straightforward and to my horror exactly what I have NOT been doing recently.  I have been thinking evil of others. Even when the others are those who share my faith, I’ve been thinking evil of them. Ouch.

That was a tough pill to swallow and gave me that sickly sinking feeling.

“Please forgive me.”

I wrote the verse in caplocks across the top of the page of my Bible.

Zechariah 7 vs 10

I read on, finishing Zechariah and reading Malachi. The next step of the lesson came in Malachi 2:2

…you have not set your heart to honour Me.

Two verses, both on what’s going on in your  heart. God sees the heart. No one else can. It reminded me of Jeremiah 17:10

But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives.

“Please forgive me.”

It’s a new day. A new opportunity to turn my heart fully back to God. To set my heart to honour God above all else.

None of me; all of Him.

Thank you, Jesus for your forgiveness.

I love the Word of God. Powerful to the end.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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Banting Seed Crackers

I was reminded this week of seed crackers. Great for digestion, fully Banting and helpful because they keep you regular. I made them more than a year ago and documented the recipe on my blog. I need to make them again!

They are very moreish. Once you start nibbling, it’s hard to stop, but at least they are not laden with carbs. They only contain seeds and come from the book the Real Meal Revolution. The batch I made came to R70, but you can bring the price down by buying bigger quantities of seeds to start with.  My friend, Riana, who has made tonnes of these and has been an expert adviser in the whole process, says you can get the price per batch down to about R40, which is great!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of mixed seeds
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of psyllium husks
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 500ml tap water

Instructions:

  • Mix the seeds, husks and salt together.
  • Add the water.
  • Wait for the mixture to thicken.
  • Spread on a lined baking tray.
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 150C until brown and crisp (about an hour).

Here’s exactly what I did:

3 cups of seeds. I bought pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds. But you can use flaxseed which is also a less expensive seed.

Basic seeds for the crackersAdd to those, 2 heaped tablespoons of psyllium husks. Mix them all together with between half and three quarters of a teaspoon of salt…

Dry seed mixtureAdd to the seeds, 500ml of tap water…

Seeds soaking in waterVery quickly the psyllium husks start absorbing the water and binding it…it’s amazing. After about 10 minutes, you can stand a spoon up in the well bound, thick, gooey mixture…

Thick and gooey ready for the trayNow, it’s time to smear it out on a tray. I didn’t have wax proof paper so I used tin foil. I sprayed it with spray and cook and using the flat side of a tablespoon I smoothed the mixture over the tray. I tried to get it quite thin…

On the tray ready for the ovenIt was now ready for the oven, which I had preheated to about 150C. In it went. After half an hour, I needed to cook supper, so I took it out and it cooled completely, allowing me the opportunity to cut it into pieces. After dinner, I put it back in and (almost) forgot about it. When they had browned, I turned the oven off and left them to dry out…the end product looked like this…

Seed crackers just out the ovenI also made a smaller tray of square ones…

Square Low Carb Seed CrackersThere were 48 in total. But they are not big. If you go by the values on the seed packets, this batch contained 60g of carbs, so that’s 1.25g of carbs per cracker, which is much better than other savory biscuits! Altogether they were probably in the oven for about 1 and a half hours. Great for lunchboxes and snacks.

So, get cracking!

If you’ve got burdens today, I’ve got the answer…well not me, but the Bible…

Psalm 68:19

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour who daily bears our burdens.”

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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To Bant or Not To Bant…

My opinion is that Banting works best for people who have dieted their whole lives and have yoyo’ed up and down the scale from 150kg to 80kg and back up again. They are chronically ill with obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes (metabolic syndrome). They have desperately wanted to lose weight but have a massive problem in that they are addicted to sugar and can’t help themselves. They are also insulin resistant, which is when the body’s cells become resistant to insulin, so more insulin has to be released to  get the desired effect. Suddenly they try this lifestyle of getting rid of all the rubbish they’ve been eating and they start eating real food…from fresh veggies to free range meat and dairy. The weight just falls off them, yet they are not hungry. The results have been amazing. Just visit some of the before and after photos on the Banting Facebook pages and you marvel at how effective this way of eating is.

Bonanza Banting BreakfastFor me, who is not more than 4-5kg overweight, Banting is more for health. It helps with psoriasis, leaky gut, skin blemishes, arthritis and joint issues….not that I’ve had all of those issues, but I certainly have had some. I have lost a couple of kilograms but have enjoyed the benefits of not eating sugar, feeling alert and energised.

There are also athletes who also have no weight issues and who embrace Banting because it maintains a stable blood sugar level. There are no massive sugar spikes and awful lows, so while training, they are more stable. And they don’t have to be ridiculous and eat only 25g of carbs a day. They can take it up to 100g per day or even 150g if they are burning a lot of calories.

Everyone has to be responsible for their own health and gauge how they feel and what is best for them. This is your body. You have to take care of it in the best way you know how. No one else can feel what you feel or what works for you.

As with all mankind, you can go to both extremes. Traditional ‘low fat’ eaters can binge through thousands of grammes of carbs per day. Just 4 pieces of break is 100g. Their sugar levels go crazy, insulin spikes and then plunges. Afternoon dips cause sleepiness and energy levels go up and down. This chronic pattern is devastatingly bad and contributes to metabolic syndrome..

Then you get the Banters who achieve ketosis and operate off their fat. I haven’t figured out why yet, but it seems a bit extreme. Maybe someone can let me know what the benefits are.

Then there’s me, who eats as few carbs as I can, but I don’t count them. My biggest issue with Banting has been constipation. And I know I am not alone. People write to me about this. The danger is for it to become chronic constipation. Banters need to pepper their diet with fibre. Veggies, seed crackers, psyllium husks and WATER!  I have bran flakes for breakfast – not a lot – only about 20g which with the dietary fire taken off, leaves about 4.5g carbs. It’s worth adding fibre to ensure you are regular. Banting is there to enhance your life and not make it miserable! If Banting is making you miserable, you need to look again.

Then there’s my husband who does not Bant. He is 75kg and has been for most of our 30 years together!  His metabolism is fine. He eats toast and high sugar milk chocolate and never gains weight. But he also goes several hours sometimes without eating. His blood pressure is text book. He’s fit and healthy and thinks Banting is a bit of a craze. But when I show him the pictures of a poor woman who weighed close to 180kg a year ago and today she is 100kg lighter, he too has to admit that there is something in it.

Don’t judge. Don’t judge the Banters. Don’t judge the Low Fat fans. That’s why I wrote the article on 5 Banting Principles Critics Will Agree On. For Banters there is a middle road and I’m trying to be on it. Low Fat fans can also get on it. My emphasis may swing a little towards more fat than the low fat fans, but the fats I choose will be more avo and coconut based instead of a true Banter who will gnaw through biltong fat and choose the fattiest lamb chop. I’m less into animal fat than the purist! And, I’ve discovered that I do better on less dairy, so I’ve cut back on a lot of dairy products.

Both schools of thought should be ditching sugars and sweeteners as much as they possibly can. My treat lies here…

Lindt 70

Best not to judge. I’ve never been 150kg but I’ve seen the unhappiness in the eyes of those who have. They desperately want the ability to change. Banting gives them a change that they can work with and the results have been phenomenal. Their appreciation knows no bounds. They have been given a new lease on life and it has convinced me that Banting is best.

Matthew 7:2

For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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Making Marriage Work – Learn From Others

When our 27 year old daughter, Stacey was about 12, she came home from school one day and told us that only 5 of the children in her class lived with parents who were still married. The remainder of the class of 30 were blended families or with single parents.

Since then the divorce rate has certainly not come down. If anything, it’s gone up. This whole generation of young people are now in adulthood and developing their own permanent relationships. Yet they have no close example to follow.

I came from a broken home, but throughout my teen years and into adulthood, I had a few wonderful friends who were amazing married role models. The couple with whom I had most contact was a dear couple Joe and Wyn Beale. I spent many hours at their home where I observed a long and happy marriage. Married for more than 50 years, they provided the example that I wanted to follow. In fact, “Aunty Wyn” became my main role model in life in general. Her attitude is always positive. An optimist through thick and thin, she led and loved her family with grace and dignity, in good times & bad, in times of plenty and in need. Now in her 90s, she lives in Sydney, Australia, still positive, still looking for opportunities to be of help and encouragement where she can. When I get to 90, I want to be just like her.

Mike too had a major role model outside of his family. Curly & Dianne Cuthbert had a huge influence on his life perspective. Mike once told me he would like to have married into the family, just to be part of it. I’m really pleased he didn’t! When we went to the Cuthbert’s 50th wedding anniversary they also displayed the very characteristics that we aim for. They were soul mates, remained interesting and interested in each other, still laughed together and enjoyed each other’s friendship. It’s worth sitting up and taking note of what has worked in their marriage.

It’s really important to learn from others. Make friends with people who have strong marriages, learn from them and put into practice those healthy techniques they display. Having friends or mentors to emulate is not the only way of learning from others.

From ccc.org

From ccc.org

 

If you have hit a glitch in your married life and need help over a hump, one excellent way to achieve it is to find a mature happily married couple with whom you can chat. Ask them what they did in certain situations. If you are struggling with arguments or raising your children, ask them to suggest ideas that will help you in your situation. Often it helps just to have an outside perspective, to guide you back to being objective about certain issues.

Read about marriage. Make it your special focus and a life-long project. Marriage takes work and reading inspiring books keeps you motivated and energized for when trouble comes. One of the most inspiring books I’ve read recently comes from Dexter Yager and his book entitled: Dynamic People Skills. Our experience dovetails perfectly with what Mr. Yager writes.

He says we all need “Battle Training” and cites three primary sources for it.

1. From Warriors who know how to win. Listen to people who have made it to the place you want to be. They know how to do it. Let their advice guide you and give you wisdom as you deal with the same thing they did.
2. From Battle Reading. Do battle reading in your particular areas of weakness on a regular basis. Read your Bible and positive motivational books…Battle readiness is a mentality, an attitude – plus accurate information.
3. From personal experience. Get out there and practice what you’ve learnt from your mentors. (Pgs 92 – 93)

Books on marriage

If this doesn’t help, you may need further more formal marital counselling. And don’t wait for the situation to escalate to one that is unbearable. If you spot some cracks in the cement, have them seen to as soon as possible.

Proverbs 13:20

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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5 Banting Principles That Critics Will Agree On

 

When it comes to Banting, you want to try and introduce some balance. There are 5 things which every eater can employ. Even the biggest critics of Banting cannot argue with these 5 principles and I think they go a long way to finding the Banting Balance.

1. Cut sugar!

If there is only ONE thing you ever do in your life from now on, let it be this one: cut out as much sugar from your diet as you possibly can. I understand that
Sugar Christmas, Easter and birthdays come around, but let sugar be a HUGE exception to the  rule as to when you eat it. You will not believe how quickly your taste buds adjust to less sugar and you will soon be finding even the smallest amount sickly sweet. No medical critic will argue with this one.

2. Eat less!

Generally, most people reading this, will agree that we all have eaten too much or do eat too much. If this is not the case, obesity would not be a problem in the world…

We all eat too muchWe don’t need the amount of calories that we are used to consuming. Don’t fill your plate so full. Don’t snack. Eat when you are hungry. STOP when you are full. No medical critic will argue with this one.

3. Eat healthy fats/protein.

There are numbers of healthy foods that fit all categories eg.Almondsavocado pear, raw nuts, olives, olive oil,  fish, macadamia oil, free range chicken, ostrich meat.  No medical critic will argue with these. Because you are eating less, you are not eating large quantities of them!

4. Cut out refined carbohydrates and anything with additives in them.

Read the labels of the food you eat and chuck those that have anything added.  It is a known fact that preservatives, corn syrup, chemically derived sugar additives, saturated and transfats, artificial flavouring, colourants and MSG are bad for you and in the long term can cause chronic illness. Every medical practitioner and clinical dietitian will agree with this. Sadly, even the commercially generated bread we eat is refined with sugar added. Cakes, donuts, chocolate bars, sweets, all ‘choc’ full of artificial stuff, that we were not designed to eat.

Read this article for more: –Ten Worst Food Additives and Where They Lurk

5. Know what you eat.

Become informed. Read labels, investigate. The less refined the food, the better it is for you. Pluck it off a tree, pick it off a plant, watch a chicken lay it, catch it in a lake. When you know where it comes from, it is going to be far better for you than if you pour it out a box. No one will argue with this.

Proverbs 15:1

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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Ups & Downs of Life – A Different Perspective.

Life certainly does go up and down. It has swings and roundabouts and it has varying seasons. Sometimes we are on the outside looking in. It’s the difference between seeing an aeroplane flying overhead and being in it.

Aeroplane overhead

It’s an amazing sight being right beneath a low flying aircraft and it’s a fun experience being inside one as it takes off. There’s a massive difference between seeing it and experiencing it.

A person may say a single sentence – eg – “I donated blood”. I reply, “Good for you!” and think nothing of it. Yet that person was telling me because donating blood is a brave event. They take 450mls of blood out of your arm, through a very thick needle. No matter how many times I donate blood, I never feel entirely relaxed. What if I pass out? I’ve never passed out before, but there’s a first time for everything. When I donate blood, it’s personal. This is my arm that you are about to plunge a fat needle into. It’s my blood.

“I donated blood.”

To others hearing it, it sounds like a good deed for the day, but it consists of so much more. Yet, if I responded, “Oh my goodness, how brave – you clever girl – wow! You donated blood. Let me see your arm. Are you okay? Can I get you something to drink? ” – it would be a bit of overkill.

Yet for the donor – it was an event. It’s all perspective.

And so it is with all our life events. Pushing out a baby is a very brave thing to do yet millions of mothers do it every day and it’s just expected that it will be done. Yet, the event is burned into the mind of the Mom. I well remember the pain and every detail of my childbirth experiences. They last just about forever. I remember being heavily pregnant with my Stacey and wondering how on earth I was going to get this baby out in the easiest most pain free way. I walked through a busy part of time and in wonder looked at hundreds of people milling about. They all had to be born. Yet it remains a mammoth event in the life of the Mom. It’s HUGE.

There is much pain in the world today and it may make us sad, but God has created us to bear the pain in small increments – individually. We suffer our own unique pain in a way that only we can do. It’s all a journey we each have to walk on our own or with those closest to us. We can console others. We can be empathetic and caring towards them, but we cannot feel the immense broken pain they feel when they are going through a trial.

That pain is reserved for us, for our trial, for the one we have to walk.

That’s how God has made us. To be able to cope with just enough so we can remain healthy and not all be broken simultaneously. Imagine if we took on all the pain of all the people in the world…we would all be broken.

But ultimately that’s what God did for us, when Jesus came to die. He took on all the pain of all the people in the whole world, so that we don’t need to be broken. He will make us whole again, if not now, in eternity.

That’s an amazing perspective.

2 Corinthians 4:18

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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van Breda Murders Latest

It was with quite a lot of shock that I googled the latest on the van Breda murders to find a story released in the press yesterday to say that there was not enough evidence to make an arrest and that the police have no suspect to charge!

No suspects to charge

Huh?

I was pretty speechless. No suspect to charge? As far as I could see from what I’ve read and heard and had been said to me, I could think of one!

But let’s just say there are really no suspects to charge.

Why then did they not get an identikit from Henri van Breda? After all, he saw the intruder and could explain the order in which the attacks took place. He should have got a good look at the attacker.

Why was there not a manhunt after the murders? They were brutal and if a heartless, violent axe murderer could take down 3 adults on his own, surely he is capable of more attacks. The residents of Stellenbosch should be very worried that there is such a person on the loose.

A top lawyer was assigned to Henri – in fact, according to IOL,  the lawyer who represented Shrien Dewani was hired to represent Henri. This would not be for nothing.

Dewani lawyer for Henri

This morning EWN reported that the investigation is ongoing and that the police did not have enough evidence to make an arrest and neither do they have a motive for the murder. According to reports there will be revision of the case next week and it may then be referred for judicial inquest. I certainly hope it is.

This whole thing just makes people angry. In South Africa, a lot of people point at shoddy police work, but across the world there is injustice every day. Murder and violence takes place – the perpetrators get away with it.

But that won’t be forever.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will have read many times that my perspective is an eternal one. You may get away with wrong-doing this side of eternity, but once you have breathed your last, you will be called to account.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Live your life as an open book. Do not have anything to hide.

For the perpetrator of this barbaric crime, he will live this life in chains, even if he walks free. He will always know what he did and he will have to live with himself. Best thing is to ‘fess up and pay the price.

6 months. Martin. Teresa. Rudi. We remember them.

Picture by Mia Lindeque/EWN

Picture by Mia Lindeque/EWN

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga

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Detoxing

For a while I’ve wanted to get off my mini-dependency on coffee. I wanted to be able to not have coffee for a day or two and not get a fat headache. I weaned myself off it. I cut down to 1 cappuccino a day and then had 3/4 a day and eventually was able to skip a day with minimal side effects. With that success, I could do what is a great thing to do once or twice a year and detox. My last solid meal was Friday evening when I had trout and veggies. Since then, it’s been fluids only.

Herbal tea starts the day and then I have the green juice…

Greens juicedSqueezed fresh and daily from my local Food Lovers, it’s packed with greens…

Ingredients and costSaturday (yesterday) was my first day. I felt good. I kept up with fluids throughout the day and hardly felt hungry. In the afternoon, I had the red juice…

Red juice mainly beetrootThis too is packed with healthy raw veggies – the culprit of the colour lies in its beetroot content. I could drink this ALL day. I love it!

Red juiceFor dinner, I had soup.

By this morning, I was feeling very good. No headaches, alert, energised. No problem. Today, I had more soup for lunch and I’ve had a couple of glasses of the juice with water in between. I felt a bit sleepy this afternoon, so went for a 15 minute walk in the beautiful sunshine. It has just been what I have needed.

I have never properly detoxed. Today is Day 2. Tomorrow is day 3 – I’ll see how I feel after that. I may push it to a week.

There’s lots to be seen online about detoxing and three days seems too little to discover the true benefits. Ten days seems it could be a bit more effective. Daniel in the Old Testament was supposed to be eating ‘royal food’. He spoke to the King’s servant and said,

Daniel 1:12-16
12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

It’s a good time to give it a try!

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga :-)

 

 

 

 

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