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The God of Israel, Your Rear Guard "The Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard." Isaiah 52:12, ESV After having dealt with some deep issues in my past life, and having walked through a process of forgiveness, healing and restoration the Lord spoke to me through this scripture, telling me that He is closing the doors behind me and that He will be the rear guard behind me, the rear guard between me and my past, between me and everything that has happened in my past, but also between me and everything coming down the generational line. And this is true for each and every one of us. It doesn`t matter what`s happened to us, or what we`ve done. When we`ve dealt with the issues of our past in a godly way, the Lord Himself will be our rear guard, our place of safety, and a secure rock between us and our past. Then our past can no longer define or influence our present and our future. Once I heard somebody saying, “My past abuse is not my future excuse.” Sadly for many people their past, with all the wounds and hurts, but also the iniquity coming down the generational line, is still their excuse for many things. it`s their excuse for what`s going wrong in their life today and for what they allow to control their future. But when we deal with our past, and the generational iniquity coming down our family lines, we allow the Lord to become our rear guard. Our present, as well as our future, will change. This scripture also tells us that the Lord will go before us. He Himself will guide us and open doors to the future and the destiny He`s provided for us. The enemy loves to destroy, influence our lives and keep us bound by our past. But he`s also trying to keep us away from the future and destiny the Lord`s planned for our lives. When the Lord promises to go before us, then He`ll surely do this. But are we willing to follow Him on this path, or are we choosing a different way? Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that my past has been covered with the precious blood of Your son, Jesus. I ask You now to become the rear guard between me and everything that`s happened to me in the past. And I choose to trust You to lead me into the future, and the destiny You`ve planned for my life. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen. Written by: Mechthild Walz
Electrolytes We've all heard of electrolytes, but how well do you really know what they are and how they work? Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals, such as sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium, that when balanced, help regulate blood chemistry, muscle action and other processes. Electrolytes need to be replenished regularly because you lose electrolytes when you sweat and when you urinate. It is especially important to stay hydrated and supplement your body with electrolytes when spending time in the heat or when sweating profusely. While water is perfect for maintaining proper hydration, it does not contain electrolytes. If you are concerned about your electrolyte levels, you may want to consider coconut water as an alternative form of hydration for times when you need it most, like after a strenuous workout. Coconut water is sterile when it comes out of the coconut, and extremely similar in composition to human blood plasma - so much so that it has been used as an IV fluid by physicians during war and in remote areas of the world for more than 60 years. It is completely safe and naturally compatible with the human body. For a light sodium boost, try adding a small pinch of natural salt to your coconut water. Olives, seaweed, rye, tomatoes, lettuce, and celery can help you replenish your chloride levels. Oranges, melons, raisins, prunes, bananas, sweet potatoes, avocado, peas, beans, spinach and kale are all excellent choices for a potassium boost. Resources Photo Credit. FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Fluid and electrolyte balance. MedlinePlus.
Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting Do you have something to celebrate? A birthday? An anniversary? Back-to-school? Your health? Now, with this rich, vitamin-packed delicacy you can celebrate without passing on the cake! Hands-on time: 1 hour. Cook time: 1 hour 45 minutes. Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes. Yields: an 8-inch 2-layer cake with about 1.5 cups of frosting. Ingredients For the cake: 2 medium beets 2 cups plain unsweetened almond milk 1 Tbsp cream of tartar 1½ cups raw turbinado sugar (or substitute cane sugar) ½ cup melted virgin coconut oil 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1½ cups oat flour ¾ cup almond meal 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder pinch of kosher salt For the frosting: 2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup maple syrup 2 Tbsp melted virgin coconut oil 1/2 tsp vanilla extract few pinches kosher salt Instructions First, you'll need to roast your beets. To do this, preheat your oven to 400 degrees, chop the stems and tips (if they are long) off your beets and scrub the beets clean. Next, wrap the beets in foil and roast them in the oven until a fork can slide easily to the center of the beet. This should take roughly 60 to 75 minutes. When they're ready, remove the foil pack, unwrap and set it aside until it is cool enough to handle. Go ahead and lower your oven temperature to 350 degrees if you are planning to make your cake as soon as the beets have cooled. Once the beets have cooled, push off the skins and cut the beets into chunks. Next, puree them using a food processor, scraping down the sides as necessary. Go ahead and add a little water if the beets aren't easily pureed. Scoop out 1 cup of puree for this recipe - the rest is leftover. For a double layer cake, prepare two eight-inch pans with a coat of a high heat oil, such as coconut or sunflower oil. Trace the bottom of the pan onto a piece of parchment paper and cut it out, then use it to line the bottom of the pan. Do this for both pans, coat them again and set them aside. (For a single layer cake, prepare one nine-inch pan the same way.) To prepare your cake batter, whisk together almond milk and cream of tartar in a large bowl and let it sit for about five minutes, to curdle. Add beet puree, sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract, then use a hand or stand mixer to beat the mixture until it is foamy. Sift in the remaining dry ingredients and mix it again. Divide the mixture between the two cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until the toothpick test of the center of the cake comes out with fudgy crumbs. Remove the cake layers and let them cool completely in the pans on wire racks. Once at room temperature put the pans in the fridge to cool a bit more. After the cakes have cooled thoroughly, run a knife around the inside edge of the cake pan, then carefully turn the pan over to remove the cake and peel off the parchment paper. To make the frosting, scoop out the flesh of the avocados use a food processor to puree them until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and puree again, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Next, assemble the cake by placing the first layer on your cake stand or serving plate. If the top is uneven, carefully even it off with a knife. Smooth about half of the frosting onto the top of the first layer, then top it with the second cake layer and smooth on the remaining frosting. Now it's ready to decorate and serve! Resources Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting (Vegan and GF). Coffee & Quinoa.
A Healthy Lymphatic System for a Healthy You The key to improving your body's immune function is to nourish your lymphatic system. Sometimes referred to as the body's secondary circulatory system, the lymphatic system carries away toxins and metabolic waste from the body's tissues. The lymphatic system is made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen and the thymus gland, and it helps regulate tissue pressure, immune functions and fat absorption in the intestine. If your lymphatic system is not healthy, toxins can build up and result in lower immune function. Here are 5 tips to help you care for your lymphatic system. 1. Eat potassium-rich foods. Your lymphatic system thrives on potassium-rich foods. Dark leafy greens, broccoli, bananas and seafood, like wild salmon, are some excellent choices to consider. 2. Reduce toxins. Additives and preservatives cause swelling and fluid retention. One such additive, monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG, is often disguised among other ingredients and can have degenerative and deadly effects on the brain and nervous system. Watch out for hydrolyzed anything, autolyzed anything, natural flavor, seasonings and spices, commercial soup or sauce bases, bouillon, broth and stock, and gelatin. All these can introduce toxins to your body that cause your lymphatic system to work overtime.The best way to avoid these is to simply get back to the basics and use all natural, unprocessed ingredients in your cooking. 3. Exercise...breathe. It is no secret that exercise is good for you, but did you know that even light exercise can benefit circulation of both your blood and lymph? Your lymphatic system relies on muscle movements to keep lymph moving through its vessels. Even light exercise such as standing calf raises or a walk around the neighborhood will stretch and contract your muscles, triggering the circulatory function within your lymphatic system. Moreover, deep breathing, which is often recommended as a technique for stress relief and boosting blood circulation, will also help release toxins and increase lymphatic circulation. 4. Skin brushing. Dry skin brushing increases blood and lymph circulation and boosts organ function by stimulating sweat glands and opening pores. It also softens skin and improves the complexion. On dry skin, before bathing, brush with a natural bristle brush gently over the skin. Start with your extremities and work your way to the center of your body, avoiding your face, always moving in the direction of the heart. 5. Lymphatic massage. This therapeutic massage technique, also known as lymphatic drainage, uses gentle kneading motions to stimulate muscles and in effect, lymphatic vessels and flow. Just as with skin brushing, the motion should always be towards the heart (lymph openings). You can do this yourself or ask your naturopathic doctor about arranging for this therapy - whether they do this in office or have someone to refer. We discuss this in greater detail below. Resources Support the Lymphatic System - Your Secondary Circulatory System, Gloria Gilbère, N.D.,D.A.Hom., Ph.D. American Holistic Health Association. Lymph flow dynamics in exercising human skeletal muscle as detected by scintography. Journal of Physiology (1997), 504.1, pp.233-239. Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (1999). Textbook of natural medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Hudson, A. (2001). Lymphatic drainage: Therapy I. Castlecrag, N.S.W: Triam Press.