We rarely consider how much water or how often we use water throughout the day, until it is unavailable or the supply is limited. Water is our most valuable resource.
Our family is fortunate to have a natural source of spring water that is not powered by electricity, flowing into our home. But for most, this is only a dream and not reality.
Tips to help those in the path of the storm prepare ample sources of water and usage now.
Supplies: Water, Buckets with lids, liquid soap, heavy duty paint stick, gallon zip-lock bags, retractable camping clothesline, clothespins
Fill the bathtubs and buckets with water before you encounter a power outage. Place one bucket in each bathroom. Use the water in the buckets to flush toilets. Dip water out of tub or buckets, as needed to use in the sink to wash hands, or take sponge baths.
To wash clothes during extended power outages -
To wash undergarments, place garments in a gallon zip-lock bag. Add water and a squirt of liquid soap. Seal and gently massage the bag, from the outside with your hands. Remove garments and rinse in a bucket of fresh water.
To wash larger items, place clothes in a bucket of water with liquid soap, affix lid and shake, or stir with a heavy duty paint stick! Use another bucket with clean water to rinse. Place a clothes line over the bathtub, (these are available in camping section of stores) wring out clothes and pin on the line to dry.
We pray all those in the path of the storm will be safe!
Deborah Tukua, editor
Journey to Natural Living
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Every autumn, pumpkins are carefully selected and carved into exaggerated comic or grotesque caricatures, evoking a wide range of emotion from humor, to fright or sadness.
Dr. Cara Iovino, a chiropractor in Roswell, Georgia, found inspiration in a famous painting for carving her very first pumpkin, this month. Her rendition is pictured above. Art lovers, can you guess the source of her creative inspiration?
This famous painting, known as The Scream or The Cry was painted in 1893 by Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch (1863-1944). The Scream is the painting that he is most remembered by. Edvard Munch was known for painting subject matter dealing with human emotion. This expressive painting transformed well into a carved pumpkin, don't you think?
Dr. Cara Iovino did a terrific job conveying the emotion of the painting in this artistic, carved pumpkin. Want to carve Dr. Cara's, The Scream Pumpkin? Here's a close-up photo of The Scream. (see photo at left.)
Notice that the carvings made are just deep enough to give shape to the hands, mouth, eyes and nose, but are not cut entirely through the pumpkin, thus lending the reddish glow to the jack-o-lantern when lit. The focus remains on the expressive face instead of the inside of the pumpkin, as it should.
We've posted more photographs of decorated and carved pumpkins and autumn pumpkin displays on our Pinterest autumn page, so please visit Journey to Natural Living on Pinterest, if you haven't already.
Special Thanks Dr. Cara Iovino, for sharing your terrific pumpkin carving photographs with us.
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There is an effective
way to workout to maximize fat loss and an inefficient way to exercise for fat loss. Intelligent exercise for fat loss focuses on intensity, not duration.
For over 20 years, my own personal workouts as well as those I’ve designed for hundreds of clients include an intelligently-designed strength training program and intervals. Of course, a program should be designed specifically to the individual and varied according to each person’s requirements, age, imbalances, goals and other factors.
Twenty years ago outsiders thought I was crazy and it was obscure that I did not include steady state cardio, or as I call it LSD, long-slow distance, type workouts in the programs I designed (see Chapter 4 in The Power of 4). And guess what? My clients always got leaner, healthier, lost more body fat, and more importantly, they kept it off permanently! Of course, aside from the exercise program design, a healthy, wholesome diet along with lifestyle factors such as restful sleep and stress management are always an integrated part of the equation for transformation. It seems as though it’s revolutionary that fat loss is now contingent on intervals and strength training. However, this discovery has never been rocket science, but more a function of understanding and applying certain principles of exercise science to achieve fat loss versus weight loss.
Strength training and intervals are indeed the solutions as far as exercise goes to change your body, boost your metabolism, feel better, look younger, lower body fat composition, and keep your hormones balanced.
The 10-5-5 Workout
Getting back to my intention of this article, I wanted to share one of my own personal workouts with you. To mix things up, one of my favorite workouts is my 10-5-5 program. This particular workout consists of 10 sets of sprinting up a set of 26 stair steps, 5 sets of traveling squat jumps up 26 steps, and 5 one hundred meter sprints.
Including a dynamic warm up and a static stretch cool down, this workout takes no longer than 30 minutes. Talk about efficient and effective! And, if I’m traveling out of town, I can usually locate some stairs to sprint in the hotel or outdoors in nature (my preference).
Forgo the steady state LSD, and give this workout a try. Intensity, not duration equals results!
Always listen to your body! If you’ve never worked out quite this intensely, pace yourself. Never underestimate the importance of a thorough warm up to prepare the body for this intense workout. Perhaps, start with just sprinting the stairs. To optimize your efforts, fat loss and recovery, remember your pre-and post-workout nutrition.
Paula Owens, M.S. is the author of THE POWER OF 4 and FAT LOSS REVOLUTION. She is a nutritionist, natural health practitioner, fitness and fat loss expert with over 25 years of experience. Paula is also the creator of 21 Days to a Leaner, Healthier You, an online exercise and weight loss program. Visit Paula at www.PaulaOwens.com
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Here's an adorable pumpkin candleholder that no kitchen or dining table should be without this fall. Our homespun pumpkin requires no carving and takes only minutes to assemble.
This cute, repurpose craft project makes great use of old canning jar rings. In fact, the rustier the rings, the cuter this pumpkin looks.
(See the next photo
30 standard size, rusty canning jar rings
5 taper candles in varying heights:
(We used 3 orange and 2 navy blue candles)
1 thick rubber band
1 heat resistant plate
1. Thread canning jar rings onto the twine and fashion into a circle while adding. Tie twine into a taut knot and cut off excess.
2. Gather taper candles together and place a heavy duty rubber band around the bottom of the candles to hold them firmly together.
3. Ease the candle cluster down into the center opening. The candles should fit very snuggly in the center, to keep erect. Adjust the number of candles used, if necessary to ensure that the candles stand straight up, without leaning!
4. Place the pumpkin candleholder on a heat resistance plate before lighting candles to catch wax as it melts. Never leave lit candles unattended. Place out of reach of young children when lit.
Displaying your pumpkin candleholder
You can dress up your pumpkin candleholder by placing it on a footed cake stand as shown in the first photo, at the top of this article. It is displayed on a vintage, cobalt blue cake stand.
Set the pumpkin on an enamelware or spongeware plate for a rustic country presentation. (see photo at left.)
--To make this a child-friendly project, instead of using candles, place glow-in-the-dark sticks in the center. Then, you can safely place these glowing pumpkins outside to light the way for your night time guests.
--This pumpkin also looks very cute with cinnamon sticks in the center and burlap leaves, instead of candles, if you prefer. Here's a link with directions. http://sevenclowncircus.com/2012/09/mason-jar-lid-pumpkin-diy-craft.html
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Have you been following the stories about the recent cases of meningitis? According to the latest report by NBC news, 8 people have died and 105 have become ill with meningitis. Unfortunately, the numbers continue to rise. All those affected had received steroid injections in the spine for pain relief.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the spinal cord, and can be caused by: bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. It can be a serious health issue, accompanied by any, but not necessarily all of these flu-like symptoms: headache, fever, stiff-neck and balance problems.
If you are suffering with chronic back pain, wondering what approach to take instead of steroid injections, consider these natural alternatives to reduce inflammation and relieve pain: cherry juice, ginger, curcumin, and regular chiropractic care.
Natural Pain Relief~
Cherry juice eases muscle pain and helps reduce overall inflammation in the body. Cherry juice is rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants. It may also relieve inflammation associated with fibromyalgia, and arthritis. In a study, runners drinking 100% Montmorency cherry juice before and during exercise reported less muscle pain than athletes drinking another fruit juice beverage.
Ginger has been found to relieve joint and muscle Pain. University of Georgia researchers found that taking two grams of ginger daily can reduce pain caused by exercise or other physical activity by as much as 25%. Ginger works naturally as an anti-inflammatory and is reported to be as effective in relieving arthritic pain as ibuprofen or aspirin, but without the dangerous side effects.
Curcumin gives the curry spice, turmeric its bright yellow color. Study results show that it effectively reduces pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and tendinitis.
Consume inflammation fighting foods to reduce swelling in the body and ease joint pain. Include these foods in your diet: pineapple, cherries, green tea, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, ginger, Salmon and other Omega-3 rich fish, and nuts: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds.
Chiropractic care remains the safest and surest, non-invasive course to take for back and neck pain relief. Consumer Reports alternative treatment survey of 45,601 people, found, "chiropractic outperformed all other treatments," for back pain! Better yet, the benefits of chiropractic don't stop at pain relief or merely removing symptoms. Chiropractic identifies the cause of the problem in the spine and works to correct it, restoring proper nerve function, so your body can naturally heal from within, and function optimally.
- Newsmaxhealth.com/health_stories/cherries_anti_inflammator (Newsmax Health E Newletters May 7, 2010 and June 6, 2009.)
-Consumer Reports, Sept. 2011, pg. 20-24
Deborah Tukua is the author of 5 nonfiction books and the editor of Journey to Natural Living Magazine.
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We said goodbye to summer recently and look forward to all that autumn brings, especially the time honored tradition of the county fair.
What do you love about the fair? The thrilling rides? The fresh roasted ears of corn? The cute rabbits? The live music? The tractor pull or motocross races? One of my favorite things to see at the fair are the creative projects. I especially love nature photography. My favorite photo this year was an owl, which won First Place and Best of Show. (pictured above.) My favorite painting was of a Canada goose. Yes, I favor wild birds! The wood crafting projects were incredibly impressive: hand crafted musical instruments, clocks, a ship's wheel and bowls fashioned from exotic woods.
It was most refreshing to see that the lost arts aren't lost in this generation of young adults, in their twenties, carrying on the tradition of growing plants, preserving the harvest, raising livestock, and handcrafting beautiful, and functional items, along side the senior adults that have been participants through the years.
We share a sampling of artistic endeavors and gardening genius from young adults below. ~
The winning pumpkin at the
district fair in middle Tennessee, weighed in at 166 lbs.
and was grown by
22 years old.
Visit your local county fair, bring the kids, take time to appreciate the hand-crafted items and the livestock. Pass along our nation's rural heritage, the importance of organic farming and family agribusiness to the upcoming generation of natural living aficionados.
Are you in your twenties and entered something you grew or crafted in your local fair? If so, tell us what state you're in and what you submitted!
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Could your dessert recipes use a healthy makeover? Finding naturally sweet, yet healthy treats for your family to enjoy isn't mission impossible.
This warm, yet easy skillet cobbler cooks in minutes. It features fresh, organic peaches and blueberries. We love holding onto the goodness of summer's bounty and presenting it in a luscious warm cobbler. Hope you'll love it too!
Fresh Peach and Blueberry Skillet Cobbler Recipe
5 T. butter
5 fresh, ripe peaches
1/8 t. vanilla extract
5 T. unbleached flour (We use Bob's Red Mill gluten-free pancake mix)
pinch of cinnamon powder
1/3 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen
raw, wildflower honey (or maple syrup)
Peel and pit 5 fresh peaches and cut into bite-size chunks. Melt butter in skillet and cook prepared peaches about five minutes until peaches begin to soften. Stir in vanilla extract, cinnamon powder and pancake mix or flour. Toss in blueberries, continue to stir and cook on low heat for one minute. Sweeten to taste with raw honey and serve warm.
Warm fruit cobblers are the perfect fall dessert. Let us know how you like this one!
Note: This recipe was adapted from Wellness Mama. Thanks Katie for the great recipe idea! http://wellnessmama.com/5294/10-minute-peach-cobbler/
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