Wednesday Weekly Smile – (Flowers & DIRT CURE Book Part 1)

After visiting with my blog friend Trent, and seeing his weekly smile challenge, I thought about what has made me smile every day for the last ten days.

This colorful bouquet of flowers:

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This pink carnation broke off (but it was not missed at all – the bunch was pretty full)

 The carnation sure made for a fun photo shoot after I dissected it (because isn’t this what adults sometimes do – play with flowers?)

Linked to city sonnet geranium pink (here)

I have also been wanting to share a few snippets from The Dirt Cure (2016) book (here) by Dr. Maya.

This is a must read book. 

Today I have three little pages to share – and I plan to do a second post later. 

For now – my three takeaways are as follows:

#1

Look at the the “how” the “why” and the “who” when you think about the food item – how and why it was processed or harvested – and how the “who” will benefit or not benefit.

#2

Chocolate (cocoa) is awesome for us – oh yeah – but if you are having your cocoa with sugar (and chemicals) you are NOT helping your organs or your metabolism. Just sayin…. 

#3

Can we please stop demonizing RED MEAT.  Some of “those powers that be” made this type of meat into the bad guy and while some red meat – like the slime – is yucky – other red meat is bueno – like grass-fed red meat is packed with vitamins, minerals, much-needed fats, and so much more. And you might benefit from quality red meat especially if you have Type-O blood; however, we have been brainwashed.  Side note – I might not speak up about this topic every time I see someone slam red meat as if abstaining is this good health choice – and I definitely will not speak up if this is your religious belief – but friends, please just see if you were brainwashed (like many of us were) – because like me, your body might THRIVE from a little life-giving, grass-fed beef.

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41 thoughts on “Wednesday Weekly Smile – (Flowers & DIRT CURE Book Part 1)

  1. What a hoot, that cartoon (more than a nod to Charlotte methinks). And all that very sound food advice too, Yvette. To say nothing of the smile-making bouquet and a bit of carnation dissection. Happy rest of week to you.

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  2. I joined a CSA this year (Community Supported Agriculture – Google it and know that I live in Wilton NH, a name you might see when you do Google it…) Anyway, a super of fresh veggies with no chemicals grown 5 miles from my house – can’t beat that for dinner. Red meat in small portions – also remember the greenhouse and other costs (I love my beef, and will always eat some). Anyway, beautiful flowers and interesting shots of the dissected one 🙂 Off to eat some 75% cocoa chocolate 🙂

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    1. Mmmm – hope you enjoyed your cocoa
      And one of my fav chocolate treats is a drink (Dr Maya happened to share about it in her book – but we knew about it a while ago)
      It is simply homemade chocolate milk
      – unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk – add pure stevia powder – and cocoa powder – blend in power blender and it gets Frothy – chocolaty 🙂

      Your co-op sounds awesome- I bet we will see more of these (hope so )

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  3. Loved the flowers, Yvette. Thanks for sharing their beauty. Thanks also for sharing snippets of the book. Have to head for the library website to reserve it. I buy organic, grass-fed ground beef from Aldi and they have it at a fantastic price, so it’s win-win. CSA’s, as mentioned, can be a great way to get wonderful and varied food.

    janet

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    1. Hi Janet – thanks for wading and commenting – and when you get the book in your hands – I think you will see many things you already know about and share with your readers – for example – page 298 has the “forest bathing” topic you recently blogged about.
      Anyhow – hope you like the book as much as I do –

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  4. Thank you for playing with flowers. I save my bouquets to the last stem and put it in smaller and smaller vases. I haven’t dissected the flowers yet because I usually kept them in the vases until the last petal turned brown.

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    1. Hi – I know what you mean about winnowing down the bouquet – I used to do that too –
      Clean the water every few days – and i would add a pinch of sugar and two drops of bleach for food (if the flower food packets were gone)
      But it sounds like you have a nice system and not one flower goes to Waste
      Flower 🌹 🌺 🌸

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      1. Well I ha e to share that I bought these for myself! Haha – my hubs and I were shopping and I grabbed the bunch and threw in the cart – they were an after Mother’s Day clearance – (ha) but they were not old – I don’t buy brown and wilted crap –
        But the ones they had look just deceived – some flowers still closed and the yellow flowers were still netted – in hind sight I would have grabbed a couple more for my neighbor who just had surgery – but just grabbed one

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    1. Thanks Maggie – and in my second share for this book I will reflect the book content more – in this post it was just three things I liked – but I am sure someone who read the book would wonder why I shared these three tips when there are likely 50 better pints to share from Dr. Maya –

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      1. judging by your three snips, we share similar ideas on health and nutrition – and in terms of vegetarianism, for me it’s more about the proper treatment of our fellow creatures on the earth. I’m off to the library to see if they carry the book – and if not, I will buy it for them.

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  5. A great message about eating ethically, and being nutritionally aware. And Smiling. Smiling is a wonderful art that comes from the heart and we can practise it all the time. ( from my first yoga teacher)

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    1. Thanks for the comment Otto – we just got the book this winter – but it came out in 2016 and I just really agree with so many things Dr Maya purports – hope you get to check it out

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  6. The flowers are beautiful Yvette. I am one who gave up red meat a few years ago, buying into the hype that it is bad for you and because my mom had an arrhythmia and my maternal grandmother and 7 of her 8 siblings died of heart disease. Maybe I need to rethink my decision.

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    1. Hi linda – and oh I am so sorry to hear that – wow – and you showed so much “openness” in your comment – when I was anti fat because I believed the lies – I was a slight “know it all” and even slammed the use of vitamins – I have since learned (god humbled me and brought me to knees to do it – ha) and now I learned to stay open with “reasoned skepticism” to all new things – but I also had a paradigm shift with eating lots of good animal fat – and other fats and oils – and well – besides making us feel
      Full and super satisfied – fats and oils can also “chelate” heavy metals from the body as they nourish skin.-

      Dave asprey from the bulletproof blog (someone I really respect for wisdom with health tips) he reminds folks that if you were not eating meat for a while and then go back to it – your body was like generating less enzymes and less stomach acid and so it might be wise to help it out –
      Further – if some folks have candidiasis in the gut (and it is estimated that many people do) well they will also benefit from enzymes help

      I still sometimes take some enzymes with a little “betaine HCL” and known it helps me get more from meat and all food.
      I like the inexpensive “doctor’s best” brand that has “betaine HCL, pepsin, and gentian bitters”
      Not only does it help digestion (because we are not what we eat – we are what “we absorb” from what we eat)
      And so the “betaine HCL, pepsin, and gentian bitters” can also kill pathogens in the gut –
      And many years ago – humans had way more HCL in their stomach biome – ok – enough for this reply – but again – your comment showed such an openness and another book i will feature this summer is called “Genuis Food” – because we are still learning so much here –

      It

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      1. Wow – that is a lot of information. I just take a multivitamin and Vitamin C 3X a week, but every day in Winter. I know too much of it is bad for you so I take 500 mg. I take a cod liver oil pill in Winter as well. I don’t like taking anything else. I am on an OTC allergy pill from April to 4th of July (Alavert) despite having immunotherapy for grass, leaves, hayfever. Every day you hear something else is bad for you. I embraced the return to full dairy after years of settling for skim or low-fat milk and dairy products, only to find that full-fat was bad for gout when I had the one toe with gout incident. So, I’m back to skim milk, but do have the Oikos Triple Zero Yogurt as it tastes better and nothing bad in it, as long as stevia is not an issue. Here in Michigan we have a Hepatitis A outbreak – several people have died and mostly it is from food handlers not practicing sanitary practices, but I, for one, will not eat anything outside the house, and no longer eat bagged salads and spinach like I used to – there are too many instances of issues with greens, especially bagged greens, cut-up veggies, etc. I should get a Hep A shot but it is a two-part shot for $250.00 altogether and I feel for now, I just don’t eat or drink out. Ohio and Indiana’s tourism bureaus have recommended getting a Hep A shot if you plan to visit Michigan!

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    2. Hi – I had no idea about the Hep A outbreak.
      one item to consider – is NAC – for all liver health.
      I can share more about it later – and actually I am planning a June blog pause but I plan to have scheduled posts – so I will do one with NAC – and link you – I like the Jarrow brand – but recently tried “Doctors Best” NAC –
      when you have time – check out this top supplement –
      NAC supports liver, lung, and brain health and it helps the body make Glutathione (amino acids cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine – that help a person thrive and heal) – during flu season I worked up to five a day – now I am taking one every other day –
      the other special thing is that because NAC helps the body make Glutathione – it is assimilated better – as opposed to taking Glutathione which is not absorbed as well.

      thanks again for sharing – and coming back to reply – appreciate your time Linda

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      1. Thank you for your information too Yvette. It is a scary situation here right now with the Hep A outbreak. On the Saturday of Labor Day 2018, at the annual Renaissance Festival (I think most states have those festivals where people dress in period costumes, eat food from that era, have jousting matches) … anyway, a person with Hep A went to the festival and had breakfast at a small diner beforehand. They divulged this and the media was all over it. The Renaissance Festival put out a warning to anyone who was there – not just people who ate, or drank, but just passed through the gates, touched any surface! They were advised to get a Hep A shot and get tested as soon as possible.

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