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Imagine being able to diminish the miserable symptoms that come with allergies:  the sneezing, the sinus infections, the runny nose, the itchy eyes and throat.  
For the very first time this spring, I can attest to being allergy free and I am attributing this miracle to something not so magical:  it's simply about my food choices.

Since I was diagnosed with Diabetes, I've dramatically changed my eating habits.  I have cut out all grains and instead have daily portions of almonds, pecans, some walnuts and Brazil nuts (these particular nuts are low in carbohydrates as opposed to nuts like cashews). Soymilk (unsweetened), tofu, lots of garlic, egg whites are included in my daily diet as well as lots of vegetables (kale, spinach, arugula, chard, asparagus, red bell pepper, jalapeños).  


For snacks, I eat half to a whole apple, berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries), a half of a not-so-ripe banana.  

The amount of sugar/carbohydrates I eat is about 100 to 110 carbohydrates a day.  I end the day with 3 TBLSP's of apple cider vinegar to avoid the "Dawn Phenomenon" which is known among those with Diabetes as a high glucose blood count in the morning.  My friend, David Mendosa, who is a freelance journalist and consultant specializing in Diabetes has written about this (click here for his article) and I can attest to the power of vinegar! (A look through David's website will also inform you on so many aspects regarding Diabetes.  David is also quite strict on carbohydrate daily counts.  He will tell you my 100-110 carbohydrate count can stand for further trimming.  I'm working on that).  

Gentle Reader--I'm writing you about this because I'm completely amazed that for the first time EVER-- I am not experiencing any kind of hay fever allergies right now. Between the beginning of April and the beginning of June--I have horrible allergies here in Lincoln, Nebraska. Some years it's been so bad, I've developed a sinus infection that took two weeks to clear up with antibiotics (and you know how antibiotics wreak havoc in the body as a side effect).  

But this spring, lo and behold, I am allergy free. I am doing the unimaginable: riding my bike, walking outside at this time of year when every year prior to this one, I have kept myself indoors, been on all kinds of drugs, etc.  What we choose to eat is vital to our health in so many ways!! I so wish I had been eating like this years ago. 

My discoveries continually encourage me to question our national diet, our continual penchant for processed foods which contain such high amounts of carbohydrates and processed grains.  Fructose is now in every processed food we buy. 

I also wanted to send you an article that coincides with what I have discovered:
this article (click here) discusses the connections between food and allergies.  


Carbohydrates (sugar, fructose, glucose, etc.) are so very dangerous.  But food corporations will continue to sell us processed foods, will continue to work toward manipulating your palate so that your body craves more sugar all the time.  And once they have you craving carbohydrates, it's hard to stop.  And then you get sick and then your money is going toward medicines, doctor bills.  They want us to be sick.  

Fight it.  I say read David Mendosa's website whether you have Diabetes or not.  Diabetes is genetic (that's why I have it) but Diabetes is now becoming an epidemic.  People are developing Diabetes without the genetic inclination for it. Why?  Because we are exhausting our pancreas with the overwhelming amount of carbohydrates embedded in every processed food you buy at the store.  

Unless you have stopped buying prepared food and are cooking your own food, you are eating too many carbohydrates.  

It's tough to stop eating processed foods.  It's a huge commitment to learn to cook in a much more healthy way.  But it's worth it.  It gets easier and your sense of taste is more alive.  
I send you good wishes for much more healthy eating!

March-ing Toward Spring . . .

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This is what I'm looking for these days when I'm in our still snow-covered yard--the crocus. I'm hoping I see it soon, and then the Iris will follow! Years ago, a dear friend gave me a print of a crocus done by the fabulous artist Corita Kent.  On the print, Corita had written in her beautiful calligraphy, "Flowers Grow Out of Darker Moments."  From the "subnivian zone" to light.  Yes!  

So for this little writing, I kept wanting to find the perfect March poem.  I think this one, entitled "March" (by Mary Oliver) certainly goes along with Corita's quotation because it's about the reality of loving, the reality of living.  So as we enter the month of March, I give you Mary Oliver's "March."


There isn't anything in this world but mad love.  
Not in this world.
No tame love, calm love, mild love, no so-so love.
And, of course, no reasonable love.
Also there are a hundred paths through the world that are easier than loving.
But, who wants easier?  
We dream of love, we moon about it, thinking of Romeo and Juliet, or Tristan, or the lost queen rushing away over the Irish sea, all doom and splendor.
Today, on the beach, an old man was sitting in the sun.  
I called out to him, and he turned.
His face was like an empty pot.  
I remember his tall, pale wife; she died long ago.  I remember his daughter-in-law.  When she died, hard, and too young, he wept in the streets.  
He picked up pieces of wood, and stones, and anything else that was there, and threw them at the sea.  
Oh, how he loved his wife.  Oh, how he loved young Barbara.
I stood in front of him, not expecting any answer, yet not wanting to pass without some greeting.  
But his face had gone back to whatever he was dreaming.  
Something touched me, lightly, like a knife-blade.  
I felt I was bleeding, though just a little, a hint.  
Inside I flared hot, then cold.  
I thought of you.  
Whom I love, madly.  

(from _White Pine_, page 53)


 . . . and then the Iris will follow