Monday, November 9, 2009

Isn't raw sugar or honey, OK?

Sugar is one of the most common struggles for young families. Ice cream, icing, candy, etc. are often children's favorite foods. But these are treats, not food. You can make these things healthier but the super sweet items should not be eaten frequently.

Some people use a lot of honey or maple syrup think because these are natural, so it is ok to use them. Free use, or LOTS of, is not healthy in any form. We must guard against eating too much of a good thing, lets it becomes not a good thing.

"The free use of sugar in any form tends to clog the system, and is not unfrequently a cause of disease." {CTBH 56.4}

Friday, November 6, 2009

Vinegar and Vegenaise

This is a partial answer to someone questioning my use of Vegenaise (which has some vinegar).

First of all please understand I am a Seventh-Day Adventist.

It is not a question of whether vinegar is good for you, it is not good for you! All vinegars are the same. (Only tradition, folk lore, and natural medicine say apple cider vinegar is healthy.) So, why do I use it on occasion? Because I do not believe it to be a sin, or as harmful as other foods that could be put on my plate.

What about the quote about oil and vinegar in salad? Well, is it the oil or the vinegar or both that create the problem? You see so often we assume things based on tradition.

I believe health reform is progressive, I believe health is more than diet, and I believe we must strive for balance. So, because I am convicted that I can no longer be so strict for my families sake, it is not to say I advocate the use of vinegar as healthful. Merely that I don't believe it to be a sin to use on occasion. I hope this is clear.

Blessings on your journey!!!
Angela Poch

HERE is a bit more on the subject.

There are only 22 quotes on vinegar in the Ellen White data base and 18 of those refer to Jesus dying on the cross. So that leaves 4 - one on the salad quote mentioned above and two in regard to Ellen White’s personal struggle with cravings, and the one below.

"You say again, "They are not educated in regard to the injurious effects of meat eating and of using sugar and vinegar, tea and coffee. That is, they depend for their herb drink on tea from China and coffee from Java. These things are injurious and deleterious to the human system. Tea and coffee are stimulants and poisons, and their effects have been presented before them." {20MR 2.4}

In this quote above, Mrs. White is quoting another person. The person combines meat, sugar, vinegar, coffee and tea, but Mrs. White separates tea and coffee as poisons. They are not given the same weight. With only 4 quotes on the subject, I cannot be as worried about it as other items such as eating too much!

There are lots of quotes on condiments and vinegar is used in condiments - mustard, ketchup, pickles, relish, etc. BUT there is lots of SALT and spices too! So, the choice is up to you. How little or how much you want to do for your own health is up to you.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Chemicals in the Kitchen, Keeping it Clean!

If you're like me you wonder how to keep your kitchen clean without all the chemicals. What is safe, what isn't. How do we prevent bacteria and other germs from getting into our food?

Bleach, right! Isn't that the disinfectant for all disease and germs? Well, not exactly. We've been told by doctors, nurses, and health specialists to wipe with bleach. It's used in hospitals, labs, and restaurants. But guess what? It's not enough. Bleach MUST be in contact with the germ for about 10 minutes to kill it. So the bleach helps kill the germs in the cloth, but it is not disinfecting the counter unless the cloth is picking up every last germ. So what do you do? Pick up every last germ.

No, I'm not kidding. Microfiber cloths are a healthy solution, and the good ones have been shown to pick up 99.9% of all the germs PLUS have no germ transfer (to your hands or other counters).

Many of the hospitals in Norway are going to microfiber cloths (with silver in them). And get this, you don't have to use the bleach!! Hot water and soap will wash the germs down the drain!

So, stay health and clean with water! Isn't God good!!!!

PS: If you are working in a commercial environmental OBEY the law and use bleach or whatever solution they instruct you!!!

PPS: Not all microfiber cloths are created equal. The best in the market that have actually been scientifically studied are by Norwex, a Canadian company.