The Burden

The burden that I carry is so heavy on my back,

I am stumbling as I try to move forward, it is strength I lack.

Down again I fall as these trials get me down,

If only someone would help me get my life turned around.

 

I cry to the Lord, please help me, but He seems nowhere in sight.

My path is oh so dark, like the blackness of the night.

I cry again for hope, a faint cry that seems so weak.

The lying voice inside my head’s so loud I can’t hear You speak.

 

You say, “be still” and come to Me and lay it at Your feet,

I cannot seem to let it go, I’m afraid my expectations You won’t meet.

Oh how I wish to raise my head and say I will obey

But fear has got me in its’ grip, and on the ground I lay.

 

Get up my child, you gently say.  Get up and take my hand

I will work out all your trials, just not the way you planned.

I wove it all together before you were in the womb.

I paved the way so you’d be free, I even cleared the tomb.

 

So trust my child, I Am The Way.  I will not let you down.

I Am The Truth , it is not a lie,  I can turn your life around.

I Am The Life you seek to know, the path that sets you free,

I want so much to hold you close, if you’d just trust in Me.

Tami Cole April 2018

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Why I Love being a Professional Skincare Therapist!

Check out this poem/song created by me on why I Love being a skin therapist!

https://youtu.be/ymrmToRbSUo

Copper’s Choice Healthy, Gluten Free, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin & BarleyLife Dog Treats

Copper is waiting for his treats!

Copper is waiting for his treats!

Dog treats without any junk in them are either hard to find or very expensive, so I decided to experiment and make my own!  My dog Copper seems to really love them…hope your best doggie friend loves them too!  I researched all the ingredients and they all have great benefits for dogs!  Let me know what you think.

Prep Time 25 minutes          Cook Time 30 minutes         Total Time 50 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • 3 cups brown rice flour, or more, as needed
  • 2 TBS molasses
  • 2 TBS ground flax seed
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp AIM traditional BarleyLife powder ( you can use more as you dog gets used to it)
  • ¼ cup warm water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment,
    Batter will be moist but doesn't hold together like dough with gluten

    Batter will be moist but doesn’t hold together like dough with gluten

    beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs, molasses, flax seed, BarleyLife powder, olive oil &  warm water on medium-high until well combined, about 1 minute. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flours at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.

  • Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces and work on 1/3 at a time.
    Divide the dough in smaller chucks for easier rolling & cutting

    Divide the dough in smaller chucks for easier rolling & cutting

    Using a rolling pin, (I use a layer of parchment paper between rolling pin & dough too) roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.

  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on counter top or flour area with a gluten free flour, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together.
  • Using cookie cutters, cut out desired
    Use your favorite cutters for fun shapes!

    Use your favorite cutters for fun shapes!

    shapes (dipping the cutters into gluten flour flour often keeps the dough from sticking)

  • Place on prepared baking sheets

    My Doggie, Copper is  waiting not-so-patiently for some of these!

    My Doggie, Copper is waiting not-so-patiently for some of these!

  • Place in oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.* Check every 5 minutes after 20.
  • Let cool completely.

NOTES  *Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the treats. Serving size will also vary depending on the desired shapes and cookie cutters used.

Using my small dog bone cutter, this recipe made about 9 dozen (1 inch) cookies.

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Vitamin B2 Riboflavin

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is part of the B Vitamin group.

Good source of Riboflavin Vitamin B2

Mushrooms are a good source of Riboflavin Vitamin B2

The name “riboflavin” comes from “ribose” (the sugar whose reduced form, ribitol, forms part of its structure) and “flavin”, from Latin flavus, “yellow”.

It is best known visually because it imparts color to vitamin supplements and the yellow color to the urine of persons taking it.

It helps to turn fats, sugars and proteins into energy.  Very important for our bodies!  It is needed to repair and maintain healthy skin.  It is important for healthy nails, skin and eyes.  It also helps to regulate the body’s acidity.

Click this link to watch my free webinar on pH: Alkalinity & Acidity in the Human Body http://www.instantpresenter.com/WebConference/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=EA50DE868049

Tops foods containing Vitamin B2:  mushrooms, watercress, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, pumpkin, bean sprouts, mackerel, milk, bamboo shoots, tomatoes, and wheat germ.  Vitamin B2 works best with other B Vitamins & Selenium.  It is best supplied as part of the B complex and taken with food.

Deficiency symptoms :

  • Ariboflavinosis or riboflavinosis is a very painful ,red tongue with sore throat, swollen, chapped and severely cracked lips, and inflammation of the corners of the mouth.
  • There can be oily scaly skin rashes on genital area and other soft folds of skin.
  • The eyes can become itchy, watery, bloodshot and sensitive to light.
  • Due to interference with iron absorption, riboflavin deficiency could cause anemia.
  • Deficiency of riboflavin during pregnancy can result in birth defects including congenital heart defects and limb deformities.  Riboflavin deficiency has been implicated in cancer.

Daily Requirement: RDA 1.6 mg (May vary depending on body weight)

Toxic Levels: Not a concern.  It is water soluble, any excess will be excreted and you may have bright yellow urine.

100% of 6 B Vitamins Plus 6 KEY electrolytes in just 2 servings...NO Stimulants added.

100% of 6 B Vitamins Plus 6 KEY electrolytes in just 2 servings…NO Stimulants added.

Adversaries are antibiotics, tea, coffee, birth control pills, alkaline agents, sulfur dioxide (a preservative) overcooking & processed foods.

Supplement with AIM Peak Endurance…Contains six of the B vitamins important to metabolism – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12  Contains all six major electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and chloride) in proper balance

View data sheet https://www.theaimcompanies.com/datasheets/2/72E.pdf

AND/OR BarleyLife Xtra…a whole food with 2% of your Daily Value in just 1  teaspoon. Find it at AimForBalance.com

Vitamin B1 Thiamine

I am starting a series on Vitamins.  They are SO essential to our immune system and our whole body health.

I will be giving you food examples that can help you get the RDA of each Vitamin, and how the Vitamin best works and what its’ adversaries are.

Should you wish to supplement with high quality products…I will be talking about products from The AIM Companies.  A whole foods, nutrition company based in Nampa, Idaho that has been around for over 30 years.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is essential for energy production, brain function, and digestion. It helps the body make us of protein. It works well with other B Vitamins, magnesium & manganese.

Watercress is High in Vitamin B1

Watercress is High in Vitamin B1

Some good sources are trout, tuna, lean pork, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, wheat bread, watercress, squash, lamb, asparagus, mushrooms,  green peas, lettuce, peppers, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, yeast & beans.

Deficiency symptoms can be tender muscles, eye pains,, irritability, poor concentration, prickly legs, poor memory, stomach pains, constipation, tingling hands, rapid heartbeat.

Daily Requirement: RDA 1.4 mg

Toxic Levels: Not a concern

Adversaries are antibiotics, tea, coffee, birth control pills, alkaline agents, sulfur dioxide (a preservative) overcooking & processed foods.

Supplement with AIM BarleyLife Xtra…a whole food with 2% of your Daily Value in just 1 teaspoon. Find it at www.aimforbalance.com

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe Paleo

Sweet and Sour Chicken Colorful & Delicious

Sweet and Sour Chicken, Colorful & Delicious

This recipe takes a bit of  time to prepare and cook the chicken, (about 25 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook)…BUT SO WORTH IT!  Serves about 4 unless you did what I did and kept nibbling on the crispy chicken pieces 🙂

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup whole grain millet flour, stone ground*
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour*
  • 1 cup almond meal/flour*
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup pineapple, cut into chunks ( Fresh is best, but I used canned in its’ own juice)
  • ½ cup pineapple juice (I used the no sugar added juice from the can)
  • 1 cup sweet bell pepper, chopped (I used a combination of red & green for color)
  • 1 cup sweet Vadalia onion, chopped;
  • 3 tbsp. honey; (optional) (Local is best)
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s)
  • 2 green onions or scallions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chicken stock (Try to find one with no MSG)
  • ½ cup (or so) coconut oil ( I use Wildtree Organic Coconut oil, find it at mywildtree.com/myfatherswellness)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  • In a bowl, combine the flours and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Dip each chicken cube in the beaten eggs; then coat with the flour mixture.
  • Heat half or 1/4 cup of coconut oil in a large skillet placed over  a medium heat.
  • Cook the chicken until brown.  Work in batches and do not over crowd your pan.  You will have to add more coconut oil as you go. Takes about 10 minutes or until cooked through, turn so chicken is browned on all sides.
  • So golden & delicious...I could not resist eating a few!

    So golden & delicious…I could not resist eating a few!

    Set the chicken aside and drain on paper towels.

  • Clean the skillet.
  • Heat some coconut oil again over a medium heat

 

  •  Add the bell pepper and onion, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the pineapple chunks, pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, chicken stock, honey (if using), and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens.
  •  If you want to keep your chicken crispy, after all you worked hard to get it crispy…GOOD JOB!…add the sauce individually to your chicken as you serve it
  • Otherwise…Return the chicken to the skillet.  Lightly mix to coat. Serve warm with green onions sprinkled on top.
  • If you are NOT doing Paleo, you can serve over  brown rice, or Orzo.  
  • *NOTE:  You can use any combination of nut or seed flours (or grain flours if you are not Paleo and/or do not require gluten free).  I like the subtle coconut taste.

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Heavenly Counsel

As many of you know, I am a Certified Nutritional Counselor & Health Specialist.  What you may not know is that I am a Certified Biblical Health Coach too.  I believe that we are not only just a physical body, but a spiritual one as well.  In this blog I write about health related topics, recipes, nutrition facts and Biblical truths.

Today is a Biblical truth.

They do not hurry or worry.

They do not hurry or worry.

I am sometimes so caught up in getting things done, that I fail to ask God for guidance.   I fall into the trap of being too busy, always on the go.  With the constant snowfall we are getting in New Hampshire, I am kind of forced to slow down.  It is good for my soul.

As I sit here and watch the birds in my feeder, especially my favorite, the red cardinal…I am reminded that they do not hurry and they do not worry.  They are provided for.  It is the same with us.

We have a Heavenly Father that has His eye focused on us, on you and on me. If we listen with our hearts and are in His Word…He promises to give us direction.

 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
 I will counsel you with my loving eye on you”. Psalm 32:8New International Version (NIV)

We must align ourselves with His way, His perspective.  When I do this, time seems to slow down.  I get so much more accomplished.  I am not running around in crazy circles.  I am focused… Focused on Him. May you be blessed with His Counsel today.

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Tomato Soup, Creamy & Paleo

It is a cold & snowy New England day and this is the perfect soup!  It really hit the spot after hours of shoveling & snow blowing.  This is so fast & easy to make!

Creamy & Delicious!

Creamy & Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely diced
  • One 28-ounce can crushed or diced  tomatoes (Try to find ones that have NO added sugar or other ingredients)
  • 1 & 1/⁄2 cups chicken stock (Find one with no MSG)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or ( 1 TBSP Dried)
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, and sauté until just about translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sauté for 1 minute more.
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients, and simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  3. Carefully pour a cup or two of the soup mixture into a blender (JUST halfway full) and puree until smooth. Transfer to a separate container, and repeat with the remaining soup mixture, working in small batches.
  4. Serve hot

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Sweet Potato Hash, Paleo

This is quick & easy to prepare.  This version allows the sweet potato to be just cooked through but firm.  It will easily serve 2.  To feed a bigger crowd or to have left overs, double the recipe.

Sweet potatoes stay firm & add color to this easy dish

Sweet potatoes stay firm & add color to this easy dish

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 lb kielbasa or smoked sausage, diced  (I use one with no nitrites, no nitrates, no MSG)
  • 1 tsp or to taste, Greek style spices (See my recipe below) Or spices you like

Directions

  • Heat oil on medium heat in a large skillet, add onions and cook about 5 minutes or until translucent.
  • While this is cooking, microwave your sweet potato until slightly soft but not cooked through.  (You can also partially cook your sweet potato in the oven the night before and use from cold.  This is a great way to use up left overs.  If sweet potato cooks all the way through before adding to the pan, it may be soggy, but still tastes good).
  • Allow sweet potato to cool for 10 minutes. Dice sweet potato into about 1 inch cubes.
  • Reduce heat in pan and add sweet potato, kielbasa and Greek spices
  • Gently toss or stir to cover ingredients evenly.
  • Saute for about 10 minutes or until sweet potato is done or if using already cooked leftovers…until all ingredients are hot.

Greek spice recipe:

Takes about 5 minutes, makes just over 1/4 cup and will keep for about a year (Mine never stays in the house that long!) I triple the recipe because we use it so much.

  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary, ground**
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme, ground**
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • *1 tsp cornstarch *NOTE:  Cornstarch is NOT PALEO…Some people add it to the mix for a more free flowing mix.  I do not  and mine always is okay.  It is up to you.

Add all ingredients except rosemary & thyme into a bowl.

**Mix rosemary & thyme in a spice grinder just until ground.  Mix in with other ingredients.  Thoroughly mix together (You can put them all in a blender/spice grinder and pulse to mix)  Store in a airtight container.

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Chili, Paleo

I was looking for a way to substitute beans in my traditional chili recipe.  My husband went on line and together we looked at a few.  Here is our “tweaked” version.  We added what works for us and took out what didn’t.  All the colors make it a  great visual for the palate too!  This is on the mild/medium spice level.

Full of vegetables and flavor!

Full of vegetables and flavor!

  • 1 lb ground beef (grass fed, if you can)
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 medium sweet peppers , diced (I used 1 red, 1 green)
  • 2 medium/large sweet potatoes, peeled and medium diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 29 oz (2 CANS) diced tomatoes, NO sugar added or 4 large fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar ( I used Bragg’s)
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper (you can use 2 Tbsp chili powder instead for a kick and/or 1 tsp chipotle chili powder…CAUTION, this one is SPICY))
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano or (2 Tbsp fresh & chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • cilantro, for garnish

Directions:

  • Heat  dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and let it brown.  Drain off any excess fat.
  • Add diced onion, peppers, sweet potato and garlic to the pan.  Season with sea salt & pepper.  Let everything saute for about 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  • Add the spices to the pot, stir to cover vegetables. Let mixture saute for about 5 minutes, keep an eye that it does not burn on. This step is important to let the spices roast and combine with other ingredients.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar to the pan, use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom & sides of pan where most of the flavor is!
  • Add the diced tomatoes and stir everything together.
  • ( I transfer all my ingredients into my slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Or you can cover and bring to a boil.  Then reduce heat and simmer with the lid cracked for at least 20 minutes…more time, more flavor!
  • Season with additional sea salt & pepper, if desired
  • Garnish with cilantro, if desired

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