Posted by: Nancy H | June 26, 2012

Paleo Ice’cream’ Cake

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So here’s the Paleo Ice’cream’ Cake

Recipe:

1/2 C Ground Coconut

1/2 C Almond Butter

1/4 TBSP Organic Cocoa

2 TBSP Honey

1/2 tsp Vanilla

1/4 C slivered almonds used later with 1 Can Coconut Milk and 1 1/2 C of frozen blueberries.

Mix first 5 ingredients to form a ball of dough. Use a DOUBLED piece of parchment paper to fit an 8 X 8 cake pan. Place the dough between the doubled parchment and use a rolling pin to flatten it to 8 X 8 square. Cut top layer of parchment off and lift the layer of dough, keeping parchment intact and place in cake pan. Sprinkle with slivered almonds.

Next:

In a blender mix 1 can of coconut milk with 1 1/2 cups of frozen blueberries and blend to a smooth mixture. Pour this over the mixture in the cake pan and place in the freezer to harden. Do NOT freeze it solid!!! Just firm enough to cut and place on a plate without it falling apart. 

ENJOY!!!

 

 

Posted by: Nancy H | April 28, 2012

My Path…

I’ve been practicing alternative therapies for a lot of years. I have helped numerous people in the process of their healing or helping them to ‘unstick’ their next step so they can move forward in an ever-changing life. I have taught many people alternative therapy practices so they too could help others.   I have often wondered why, what IS the real purpose’? WHY is all of this such a passion of mine? Why the craziness!??

Ever feel you’re not where you are supposed to be but that you have been brought there by some mysterious force? Ever wonder why you are in certain places at certain times and meet certain people in these certain places? Strange circumstances in strange places. It’s been happening to me for as long as I can remember and I’ve often wondered WHY? Why is it I keep ending up in these weird places, odd situations surrounded by people who seemed to somehow need something from me. I have been in some really bright and light places and some pretty dark, dank places too! Not literally but figuratively, okay… you got me… literally too! In the same sense, I have been in the presence of some pretty bright and light people, those full of innocence, love and compassion and I have been in the presence of dark and dank people, those full of dark, heavy, blah energy.

Just this past year I realized that I again, was in a place where I didn’t want to be but more felt I HAD to be. Turns out it was… once again…. to help someone through a VERY dark time. So, it seems that there really IS a purpose to all of this. It would seem that it is my “job” to go into these dark places and ‘save’ the dark people within or more-so save the people from the dark!! Sounds like a pretty heavy-duty “job” doesn’t it… Actually, the job itself is pretty easy, second nature really. Yet every single time… it surprises me. It’s easy because it is just second nature to me, but it’s hard, even though a great number of people come right out and ask me for help, there are those that I am compelled to awaken from their slumber. I haven’t always known what to do or how to handle things and actually in the beginning I mostly just did nothing. I just let things be and then sat back and watched, horrified at the sometimes terrifying, sometimes deadly results. I mean it’s not logical that you would be able to just walk up to someone and say… hey, I’ve got to tell you …I KNOW you have some sort of issue in your life that you need help with! I have often had to really muster up a lot of courage, perhaps I guess in fear of being ridiculed or shunned or of course just disbelieved… though I can say I have never once come across someone who implied or said any of those things! People have always been open to me and it’s the greatest feeling when as soon as I tell someone who I have this sense, they already know what I’m talking about and are often relieved to hear they do not have to deal with it alone. All they needed was just a little push from the me. Even just having a sounding board is all some people need, sometimes though it’s a prodding process and I need to push a few times.

So I’ve met a lot of people most of whom I will never hear from or see ever again. Then there are those who leave but always return periodically and, thankfully, those who are with me till the end. In the past twenty years I have done everything I can to ‘save’ people. Not only those who have come to me and directly asked with their own tongues, but also those that have had me presented to them by the universe. I’ve had to crawl around in some pretty ugly heads and flap around in a lot of big dark unknown to find soul fragments and bring peace back to many people who had ‘lost’ theirs. Mostly, I’ve helped people to help themselves which is what it’s really all about. I feel it’s sometimes like being a mom… you help your children to learn to walk on their own, process that it is… you pick them up when they fall and then you watch them run away confident that they will come home if they need to…

May your process be a delightful one

Namaste

 

Posted by: Nancy H | February 13, 2012

What’s in Your Pantry??

I grew up in the 60’s in a household that used margarine, vegetable oils and white flour. Why? Because the FDA told us all that these products were GOOD for us… AND an extra bonus, they were cheaper! (…what family could resist staying healthy AND saving a few extra pennies!!??) We lived in a world of packaged and processed foods and everyone thought it was wonderful! Easy and quick to prepare, less time, less effort. Life was pretty good; that is until my father at the age of 48 had his first heart attack. After that happened, the doctor told him he could no longer eat butter, coconut oil (or coconut products) no eggs, whole milk, cream or animal fats including poultry skin, no shellfish etc. Instead he was to use heart-healthy (hydrogenated) margarine, vegetable oils and low fat foods. He followed the diet and started exercising. He lost weight, followed the doctor’s orders and soon he was ‘much healthier’. Then guess what… he had another heart attack! By the time he was 59, he was under the knife being operated on for clogged arteries. The surgeon kept him under for fives hours trying to find ‘good’ arteries in his body as he cut into my father over and over. The doctor was able to replace five out of the seven arteries leading to my dad’s heart,  he told me after the surgery that he actually had needed to replace all seven arteries but could not. He said dad would get another five to seven years of life. For a few years dad kept his eye on his diet, he exercised and retired from his stressful job, but then he started eating eggs and red meat again… oh and coconut and still hlived for twenty years after his surgery! 

Actually now that I look back on it, my dad never ate butter or coconut  when I was growing up! He had ALWAYS cut all visible fat off of his meat NEVER ate any skin of any meat because science said these things would kill you. He didn’t eat shellfish because it made him sick. Instead he ate hydrogenated vegetable oils, processed foods, white flour and margarine.  My mother, who will be 87 this year grew up on the east coast eating red meat, shellfish, butter, whole milk, farm fresh cream and pastries made from pure lard in fact she had 7 brother’s and sisiters that have lived into their late 80’s and 90’s… 

I can’t help but wonder, if my father had spent his life eating the very things that science and doctors told him not to eat, would he be alive today.  … I surmise he might have well lived to see 100! hmmmm…

So I try and keep on top of the things that are in my pantry. I try to enlighten myself, I read many articles and find lots of information on healthy eating. I am however finding more and more extremely disturbing information on the effects that scientific interference has had on our food and food sources and even worse, what is happening even now as I write this blog! The more you try to enlighten yourself about the ‘foods’ that are on store shelves, that you have in your pantry, the foods you are eating and are feeding to your kids or grandkids, the scarier the world becomes!  Take for example this article I just read on Canola Oil…

The Truth About Canola Oil

Dear Editors:

Recently I bought a cooking oil that’s new to our supermarkets, Canola Oil.   I tried it because the label assured me it was lowest in “bad” fats. However, when I had used half the bottle, I concluded that the label told me surprisingly little else and I started to wonder: where does canola oil come from?  Olive oil comes from olives, peanut oil from peanuts, sunflower oil from sunflowers; but what is acanola? There was nothing on the label to enlighten me, which I thought odd.  So, I did some investigating on the Internet.  There are plenty of official Canolasites lauding this new “wonder” oil with all its Lowfat health benefits. It takes a little longer to find sites that tell the less palatable details.  Here are just a few facts everyone should know before buying anything containing canola.  Canola is not the name of a natural plant but a made-up word, from the words “Canada” and “oil“.  Canola is a genetically engineered plant developed in Canada from the Rapeseed Plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants.  According to AgriAlternatives, The Online Innovation, and Technology Magazine for Farmers, “By nature, these rapeseed oils, which have long been used to produce oils for industrial purposes, are toxic to humans and other animals.” (This, by the way, is one of the websites singing the praises of the new canola industry.) 

Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect repellent.  I have been using it (in very diluted form, as per instructions) to kill the aphids on my roses for the last two years.  It works very well; it suffocates them.  Ask for it at your nursery. Rape is an oil that isused as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as an illuminate for color pages in magazines.  It is an industrial oil.  It is not a food. Rape oil, it seems, causes emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness in animals and humans.  Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991, when it was thrown out.  Remember the “Mad Cow disease” scare, when millions of cattle in the UK were slaughtered in case of infecting humans? Cattle were being fed on a mixture containing material from dead sheep, and sheep suffer from a disease called “scrapie”.  It was thought this was how “Mad Cow” began and started to infiltrate the human chain.  What is interesting is that when rape oil was removed from animal feed, ‘scrapie’ disappeared.  We also haven’t seen any further reports of “Mad Cow” since rape oil was removed from the feed.  Perhaps not scientifically proven, but interesting all the same.  US and Canadian farmers grow genetically engineered rapeseed and manufacturers use its oil (canola) in thousands of processed foods, with the blessings of Canadian and US government watchdog agencies.  The canola supporting websites say that canola is safe to use.They admit it was developed from the rapeseed, but insist that through genetic engineering it is no longer rapeseed, but “canola” instead. 

Except canola means “Canadian oil“; and the plant is still a rape plant, albeit genetically modified.  The new name provides perfect cover for commercial interests wanting to make millions. Look at the ingredients list on labels.  Apparently peanut oil is being replaced with rape oil. You’ll find it in an alarming number of processed foods.  There’s more, but to conclude: rape oil was the source of the chemical warfare agent mustard gas, which was banned after blistering the lungs and skins of hundred of thousands of soldiers and civilians during W.W.I. Recent French reports indicate that it was again in use during the Gulf War.  

Check products for ingredients.  If the label says, “May contain the following” and lists canola oil, you know it contains canola oil because it is the cheapest oil and the Canadian government subsidizes it to industries involved in food processing.  I don’t know what you’ll be cooking with tonight, but I’ll be using olive oil and old-fashioned butter, from a genetically unmodified cow. 

Here is more information………. 

Canola oil from the rape seed, referred to as the Canadian oil because Canada is mainly responsible for it being marketed in the USA.  The Canadian government and industry paid our Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) $50 million dollars to havecanola oil placed on the (GRAS) List, “Generally Recognized As Safe”.  Thus a new industry was created.  Laws were enacted affecting international trade, commerce, and traditional diets.  Studies with lab.  animals were disastrous.  Rats developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals, and thyroid gland.  When canola oil was withdrawn from their diets, the deposits dissolved but scar tissue remained on all vital organs.  No studies on humans were made before money was spent to promote Canola oilin the USA. Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare fatal degenerative disease caused by a build up long-chain fatty acids (c22 to c28) which destroys the myelin (protective sheath) of the nerves.  Canola oilis a very long chain fatty acid oil (c22).  Those who will defend canola oil say that the Chinese and Indians have used it for centuries with no effect, however it was in an unrefined form (taken from FATS THAT HEAL AND FATS THAT KILL by Udo Erasmus).  My cholesterol level was 150. After a year using Canola oil I tested 260.  I switched back to pure olive oil and it has taken 5 years to get it down to 160.  Thus began this project to find answers since most Doctors will say that Canola oil is O.K. My sister spilled Canola oil on a piece of fabric, after 5 pre-treatings and harsh washings, the oil spot still showed.  She stopped using Canola oil, wondering what it did to our insides if it could not be removed from cloth easily. 

Our Father bred birds, always checking labels to insure there was no rape seed in their food.  He said, “The birds will eat it, but they do not live very long”. A friend, who worked for only 9 mo.  as a quality control taster at an apple-chip factory where Canola oil was used exclusively for frying, developed numerous health problems.  These included loose teeth & gum disease; numb hands and feet; swollen arms and legs upon rising in the morning; extreme joint pain especially in hands, cloudy vision, constipation with stools like black marbles, hearing loss; skin tears from being bumped; lack of energy; hair loss and heart pains. It has been five years since she has worked there and still has some joint pain, gum disease, and numbness.  A fellow worker, about 30 years old, who ate very little product, had a routine check up and found that his blood vessels were like those of an 80 year old man.  Two employees fed the waste product to baby calves and their hair fell out.  After removing the fried apple chips from the diet their hair grew back in.  My daughter and her girls were telling jokes. Stephanie hit her mom’s arm with the back of a butter knife in a gesture, not hard enough to hurt.  My daughters arm split open like it was rotten.  She called me to ask what could have caused it.  I said, “I’ll bet anything that you are using Canola oil“. Sure enough, there was a big gallon jug in the pantry. Rape seed oil is a penetrating oil, to be used in light industry, not for human consumption.  It contains a toxic substance.  Even after the processing to reduce the erucic acid content, it is still a penetrating oil.  We have found that it turns rancid very fast.  Also it leaves a residual rancid odor  on clothing.  Rape seed oilused for stir-frying in China found to emit cancer causing chemicals.  (Rapeseed oil smoke causes lung cancer) Amal Kumar Maj.  The Wall Street Journal June 7, 1995, pB6(W) pB6 (E) col 1(11 col in). 

Compiled by Darleen Bradley.

 Canola oil is a health hazard to use as a cooking oilor salad oil.  It is not the healthy oil we thought it was.  It is not fit for human consumption, do not eatcanola oil, it can hurt you. Polyunsaturated or not, this is a bad oil.

Now… I don’t know about you but I for one do NOT use Canola Oil for ANYTHING… not even a pesticide, which it apparently can also be used for! What I do use however is olive oil, coconut oil and butter. Yes coconut oil and butter! And shellfish!!!

Until next time… please take care of you and yours, “watching what you eat” has never been a more important statement!!!

Blessings…

The Dragonlady

Posted by: Nancy H | September 28, 2011

Interested in Heelers? What to Expect From any Dog.

Our Blue Heelers, Pluto (back)and Matilda (front)

 

Well… Let me start by saying that we were pretty sure that we were not going to have any more litters…that remains to be seen! We get so many requests and did have a litter this spring because people were putting deposits down before we even knew we would have a litter. Yesterday I had two more emails from people wanting a pup.

Having a litter comes with a great deal of expense, time and dedication. I would not have it ay other way of course which is why we have become hesitant about breeding again. It’s not just having puppies and dispensing them out into the world. The expense is the biggest challenge…there is the care and feeding of the parents, most especially the mom in her pregnancy and nursing stages. Then the proper care, feeding vet checks (some times after hours emergency charges feeding and training of the puppies who stay with us until at the very least 8 weeks which is usually 10-12 weeks. Then there’s the after calls and emails about training issues that come up with the ‘new’ parents, which by the way, I strongly encourage and wholly support. And truthfully if I didn’t need to have a REAL job… Oh what fun I could have!! 🙂

Heelers are by nature just that, Heelers. Bred to chase and nip the heels of cattle to get them to go in the direction they want them to go in. They are bred to work, bred to be physically tired at the end of the day. And you know they MUST have a healthy serving of dominance and stamina to be able to chase around a 600-3000 pound animal and have the nerve to actually bite it as well and MANY times!! But a Heeler can also be a very gentle, extremely loving and fiercely loyal pet! Hard working, they always love a challenge and have a huge need to be busy but will cuddle with you and kiss you and hug you. They do need to have a job even if it’s just bringing you your slippers in the evening.

Some people worry that a Heeler maybe one of those dogs that is dominant will have ‘prey drive’ and therefore may be aggressive, they want me to ensure them that their puppy will not have prey drive, will not be dominant and one that will definitely NOT be aggressive. So let me assure you, there is dominance in ANY and EVERY dog breed, even those little guys, a Chihuahua for example. But note, you will also find submissive dogs in say, the Great Dane breed. Heelers are no different. So in order to survive, in order for there to be order, every breed of dog must have dominant leaders AND submissive followers. The only thing any one can ensure when you get a dog is, that you ARE getting a dog! It is up to you to be the pack leader and reassure the pup/dog you are bringing home that YOU are in charge and all he has to do is have fun for the rest of his days. Not everyone can be a leader and if all were only submissive the pack would not survive. He must be taught that he will not have to protect you, you will protect him. He will not have to hunt for food, you will feed him. He will learn what ever it is you teach him. If that includes fear, uncertainty or the inability to show that you are capable of providing for ‘the pack’ then you will end up with issues! 

Aggression, it is not prey drive. As far as showing prey drive… every breed can show this…that’s what dogs do, in the wild they hunt for prey. Prey drive is an instinct, eat to survive.  Aggression which is most often born out of fear, is nothing more than a reaction to some sort of stimulus… Dog’s mind says: “If I act big and mean I can get out of this scary situation”.  Aggression can be seen as dominance but it is again actually fear: “Damn it…if you can’t take control of this fearful situation then I must OR the pack will NOT survive” and in this case the dog may even show “aggression”/dominance within the pack.. to YOU or a family member. In which instance training is what is needed. It is not necessarily only achieved with a pup either, you can teach old dogs new rules! This is achieved by being the dominant leader. Being firm, reprimanding bad behaviour and rewarding good behaviour. Basically taking charge and letting the dog know what is unacceptable behaviour. Training then is most important it’s not the dog it’s the people! As with any dog, a Heeler can be taught to be a GOOD “human”. He really only needs to be dominant IF he’s in charge or chasing cattle. If you give him neither of these jobs you’ll have a fine relationship.  A lot of our pups live on the mainland in Vancouver area and suburbs. As long as they are kept active, well exercised and given jobs to do they do just fine. The keys are… You MUST be the leader and you MUST be a bigger attraction to your dog than any DISTRACTION that comes along.

Our dogs are fine with some dogs, we have had 5 dogs both sexes at a time running around playing in the yard and other than a minor squabble here and there it’s been fine. There is another dog however that our male does not like and the feeling is quite mutual. Every time they see each other they fight, but yet our female is just fine with him. You could say, as in our world, not everyone gets along with every one else. There are some people who you just don’t like/ won’t tolerate. In the dog world it is fine to bite someone’s face. In our world not so much. But this too is a training issue. Dog’s need to be taught to live by our rules if they are to live in our society. 

I admit, our dogs are far from perfect but the fault lies with us not with the dog OR the breed. We live out of the city and our dogs ‘guard’ our property. They bark when someone/something goes by but that behaviour is our choice as we prefer to not have strangers wandering around. One dog will bark at a stranger going by, but see’s the neighbour outside and will grab the ball and take it over to the fence…’throw’ it through the wire and wait for the neighbour to throw the ball back…our female will bark nip if she has puppies and you come in the yard, but she will also wiggle and squirm and lick or bark and run like hell when she doesn’t…


Heelers can be fearless or fearful, brave or skittish and sometimes ALL the same time!! They can be quite a handful but like fine wine and grow better with age…they are boisterous loud fun and ‘soft’ but definitely, most definitely NOT a dog for the faint of heart!

Posted by: Nancy H | August 11, 2011

What is The Dragonswhisper

I have a lot of thoughts floating around in my head about the subjects I would like to write about… there are words that whisper softly in my mind’s ear.. a dragon’s whisper… Decidedly, keyboard to screen, the dragon will awaken….ahhhhhh tis my dream that the dragon slumbers no more, very much alive and touching minds across the universal web… The background I have chosen for this blog actually depicts the dragon’s body rising up through the ocean, you can see it’s backbone….welcome…

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