Tofu is low-fat, high protein, high in iron, and 100 percent vegan. But the soy-based meat-alternative has a variety of other health benefits too.
The benefits of tofu
Tofu has been given a bad rap throughout the years, but now this soy-based protein is enjoying a new popularity, as health-conscious consumers are turning away from meat and looking for plant-based alternatives to add to their daily meals. Want to love it? Let these health facts convince you to become a fan of tofu.
Eating soy does not increase breast cancer risk, but actually lowers it
Many people mistakenly believe soy can raise breast cancer risk, or impact the recurrence of breast cancer. Here’s why: Soy is a uniquely rich source of isoflavones, the naturally occurring plant chemicals that are classified as phytoestrogens (plant estrogens), and in one lab test on mice, isoflavones stimulated the growth of tumors. Yet there are flaws in assuming that soy creates this effect in humans. “Not only do mice metabolize isoflavones differently than humans, but isoflavones also differ from the hormone estrogen,” says Mark Messina, Ph.D., M.S., president of Nutrition Matters in Pittsfield, Mass., adding that clinical studies show that neither soy foods nor isoflavones increase breast cancer risk and appear to lower it.
A quick on line research into Tofu has shown so many benefits to using Soy. this along with how versatile the food is allows it to be a staple in any good vegan food program.
Tofu has no flavor of its own allowing a versatility in seasoning most foods do not have. Keep an eye on my Cooking Classes as I will show more ways to use this yummy food in simple tasty dishes.
Ingredients: 2- Blocks extra firm tofu (cubed or smashed) Olive oil (coat bottom of pan) 2-tbs Vegetarian Chicken seasoning 2- tsp turmeric ¼ -cup parsley 1 ½ -tsp Sweet Basil 2-tbs garlic minced 2-lg onions diced 1- Green Pepper diced 2-tbs yeast flakes optional ½ – cup tomato sauce optional
Additional Veggies: Mushrooms, Fresh Spinach, fresh cut tomatoes, ect…use your immigration, add what you have it will all be good. I prefer not to mix the fresh spinach with the bell pepper. I normally pick one.
Instructions ❖ In large pan heat oil med heat, ❖ Rinse tofu before using, pat dry, and cut into 1/2 in cubes or smash with potato masher. ❖ Heat tofu in oil until begins to turn golden (about 10 min), ❖ Add seasonings, taking care to make sure all tofu pieces are covered. Mixture may start to stick after adding seasonings, if so add just a little water (a tablespoon or two) to help control this. ❖ Add onions and cook covered until tender ❖ Lift lid and add ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes and ½ cup tomato sauce. (This is optional, it will give a creamy cheesy texture and flavor to the dish.)
Our Zoom Class this week is The Foundational Programs.
Class is at 6:30 PM EST Tuesday , August 17th
Anyone wanting to attend can text me at: 828-287-8787, for a link to the Classroom.
The three parts of the Foundational program need to be established and continued throughout the healing process. Depending on how serious your issues are you can the “Regular”, “Moderate,” or “Intense” programs.
The Class will cover: The Using of Echinacea, why it is so important and how to know how much you need to use.
Bowel Cleansing routines, what you need to know and how to get the most out of your bowel Cleansing program.
The Food program, how to best support the healing program with the best food programs for your needs.
The Bright sunshine flowing in through my window is all but compelling outdoors. Before I can indulge my love of this sunny day I must clear my desk and let you all know that our Cooking Class is on for Tomorrow.
Our Class tomorrow, Tuesday, June 15th, is going to be on the art of Grilling Veggies. Over the years so many have wanted to know what was good to eat. How to fix healthy simple foods. Grilled Vegetables are a simple, delicious dish that never fails to surprise and please the members who stop by for a visit or do to some Detoxing work.
You can Join us either, in person or via Zoom.
Members are welcome to Text me at the Phone Number below for the Zoom Link and passcode.
Class Time: 6:30 pm EST
Class Location: 360 Carpenter Rd, Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Any Questions: Call or Text me at: 828-287-8787
As this is all new to me and many of you too, I encourage you to come and join in the fun and learning. A cooking class on Zoom ought to be interesting.
If you have any questions please let me know. We are here to help!!
Vegan Cooking Class /HEAL Class #2: The Foundational Programs
Our Summer Schedules are so full, it appears there are many conflicts with our Summer class Schedule. I’m so sorry to have missed so many of you last week. We will continue on and hope to see more of you next week.
We have decided to move the Class to Tuesday Night as this seems to be a better fit for several members who are wanting to attend.
I had planned to do a cooking class this week but with the conflicts several of our local members who want to attend, we will start our Vegan Cooking Classes next week, Tuesday, June 15th.
There will be no class this week!! (June 8th)
The Following week, Tuesday, June 22nd, we will be covering the Foundational Programs. This is where everyone begins, regardless of the degree of disease or illness. Establishing the three Foundational programs is key to detoxing the body. To these programs we would also add any Support herb for the specific sick or weak area as needed for each individual.
Handouts for June 22nd Class: The Foundational Programs
I look forward to seeing you on Zoom or in person. I will post the Zoom link to my blog the afternoon of the Class. The Class will begin at 6:30pm EST. Come ready to learn and enjoy just how easy it can be to prepare simple tasty and healthy food for you and your family.
We have had many new members from our local community showing an interest in delving deeper into the Natural Healing Programs and lifestyle. In answer to the need we have decided to offer Our Natural Healing Classes beginning; Thursday June 3rd at 6:30 PM.
We have decided to switch every other Thursday between The Natural Healing Classes and The Vegan Cooking Classes. This week our class will focus on an Intro to Natural Healing. We will discuss the basic foundational programs. In this class we will provide a basic understanding of how to promote health in the body. Our bodies are amazing, in their ability to heal from even the worst lifestyle choices.
The following Thursday: June 10th In Our Vegan cooking class we will discuss the basics of cooking Vegetarian/Vegan while putting together a scrumptious combination of Grilled Veggies. This quick satisfying meal can be tossed together in minutes from whatever you have on hand. So quick, so easy. Husbands are welcome. Come, hangout and visit during the class time. Once the meal is prepared they will be the ultimate critic as to how good the meal is. My cooking classes are a time to fellowship while learning how to prepare and enjoy good simple foods.
One of our wonderful members recently experienced a Brown Recluse Spider Bite. Here is the protocol we suggested and what was done to clear the issue at home using the simple natural herbal remedies
Brown recluse spider bites are usually painless therefore often initially go unnoticed. Symptoms usually develop 2-8 hours after a bite. The actual bite will cause little tissue destruction.
Initially the bite site is mildly red and upon close inspection may reveal fang marks. Within a few hours, the redness gives way to pallor with a red ring surrounding the area, or a “bull’s-eye” appearance. The lesion will often appear to flow downhill over the course of many hours. The center area will then often blister, which over 12-48 hours can sink, turning bluish then black as this area of tissue dies.
As soon as you notice you have been bit apply a generous amount of Infection Salve over the bite area. Spread it out in all directions for several inches if possible. Cover with cotton flannel if possible.
By the time our member noticed the bite the pressure had already built to the place of pain. He decided to lance the bite. He admitted all he got out at this point was blood. No puss was released by this early cut.
As soon as you can assemble the items make the Charcoal Flax Seed Poultice. The poultice needs to be large enough to completely encase the affected area. As example would be, If the bite is on the calf, encase the entire calf in the poultice. You may also want to apply some M&L salve over the area before applying the poultice. This will aid in opening the lymph system to move waste more effectively from the area.
Here is how our member effectively cleared the serious and painful effects of the Brown Recluse Spider Bite.
That first night after lancing the bite to try to release some of the pressure he applied the charcoal Flax poultice.
The next morning after we spoke he began using the Infection Salve alternating between the Charcoal Poultice and infection salve. Leave the Charcoal Poultice on at least 4 hours before changing back to the Infection salve pack for 4 hours.
He also began the Infection Program using the Herbal Antibiotic, Infection formula and Echinacea. Using 1 oz of Echinacea daily and one tsp of the Herbal antibiotic or Infection Formula every 2 hours. It was decided switching between the two formulas every other dose would be a good idea. See more information on the Infection Program in the Infection Info Sheet.
After work he decided to do a Hot Epsom Salt bath. While in the bath the bite site erupted. The Puss that came out looked like Cottage Cheese.
After the bath he applied an Infection Salve pack and did his ELF (Emergency Liver Flush) See pdf for instructions and details.
He changed the Infection Poultice for another Charcoal Flax Poultice at bedtime and left it on all night.
The next day he continued the Infection program and kept the bite encased in the Charcoal Flax poultice or the infection salve throughout the day.
After work is did another Hot Epsom Salt bath. More puss was ejected from the bite site, not as much as the day before.
Applied the infection Salve after the bath and then changed to the Charcoal poultice at bedtime.
This was the Last charcoal Flax poultice needed.
He continued to use the Infection salve as needed. The spider bite was cleared in three days, healing the lance site took several days longer.
Please note a garden variety spider bite will be quickly cleared, usually 24 hours by using the Infection Salve alone. I received a bite several years ago and it took a little more than 24 hours to completely clear the red area from my finger. There was a painful sting as soon as I received the bite. If you have no idea what type of spider bite you have apply the infection salve first. If the bite dose not continue to escalate in swelling and pain it is likely not a Recluse bite and will clear with out much more drama.
Last Wednesday I tripped over the edge of the carpet directly outside my office and fell flat. My left arm caught the worst of the damage. Thank the Lord for BF&C Salve and extract. My arm, though not broken, was too damaged to use. The elbow had been seriously jammed up. The joint was immediately wrapped in a BF&C Pack and I began drinking a cup of the BF&C tea every hour. It was immobilized by holding it tight across my abdomen. That first day it was too painful to even move an inch in any direction. The discomfort was coming directly from the elbow joint. The M&L Salve used for its muscle relaxing properties was a helpful herbal tool for keeping the elbow from locking up.
The BF&C Salve Pack was left on all day and all night. Thursday Morning I was able to, (with a lot of discomfort) lift my arm enough to get dressed. It has been a week since the fall and each day’s healing improvements have been noteworthy. The BF&C formula continues to be one of the best and quickest ways to heal any soft tissue injury. Often for a slight sprang or turned ankle the use of a pack will all but clear the issue overnight. Remember when the worst happens the herbal gifts given us from the Father are still our quickest way out of pain and will also speed the healing process.
My mother used to joke that when puberty hit it knocked me out. She was right. It seemed I could not get enough sleep. On a typical day I’d drag myself out of bed in the morning. Somehow I’d managed to get through school without falling asleep. Come home sleep on the couch until dinner, take a bath and crawl back to bed where I’d sleep until morning when I’d do it all again. Sometime during the fifth grade my parents took me to a pediatrician and discovered my low functioning thyroid. The doctor prescribed thyroid medication, which she said I’d need for the rest of my life.
Life began to get interesting after I woke up. I faithfully took my little pill every day. I noticed even one day without my medication would bring on a brain fog along with the urge to sleep the day away. After giving birth to my daughter the brain fog was more dangerous. If I missed a dose I noticed I did not have the mental ability to keep up with my active toddler. She could wander away from me and I would not even know she had gone until a crash or some other heart stopping noise made me aware of her whereabouts. It began to bother me that I was only me when I took my pill.
Kelp came into my life though the suggestion of a trusted friend. She said kelp would safely provide me natural energy. I was very interested. Several years earlier I had experienced the consequences that follow over dosing on caffeine. The energy needed to maintain life as a single parent / full time student was enormous. I would have done anything short of taking illegal drugs for more energy. My friend shared that she had used kelp pills freely for years. This sounded too good to be true, but also too good not to check out. I began taking four or five kelp pills a couple times a day. Right away I noticed I did have more energy. This was great! I also did not experience the crash that usually followed after hopping myself up on caffeine.
After using kelp freely for over a year I experienced heart palpitations one morning after taking my normal thyroid medication. The emergency room doctor checked my blood levels and found my thyroid functioning within the normal range. This was shocking information; I had understood there was no healing my thyroid condition. At twenty five years old I had taken my last thyroid pill.
Kelp has continued to be an important part of my daily food program. After founding HEAL Marketplace I experimented combining the different kelps until I found a combination that suited me well. We call this our “Super Kelp Blend” a mix of: Iris Moss, Pacific Kelp and Purple Dulse. These herbs are excellent food for a malfunctioning thyroid; it does not matter if the thyroid is over producing or under producing. Kelp is God’s gift, His master herb for the thyroid gland.
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Learning how best to support our glandular system, what foods are needed to provide these internal factories with the needed nutrients for them to produce the hormones needed to maintain our best health. Our glandular system supports, digestion, absorption and utilization of all food elements and the very existence of cells. No physiological or mental activity is possible without them. In their absence the body and its activities would cease to be. Manifestly, the glands cannot pick their required elements form the blood unless their progenitors were previously taken in the foods eaten.
We are going to take a good look at the best herbal supports and foods to support the Thyroid gland, Adrenal glands, and Pancreas Gland.
There is so much I could say about the benefits of these glandular formulas. The Support they have provided in my body and the relief and healing provided to many of our members has been great. I cannot say enough on the healing power of these God Given Gifts. I dare not say more.
The Thyroid, through the hormone thyroxine determines growth, controls body temperature, regulates the metabolism or the burning of food in the body and influences, to a great extent mental and emotional balance. The master herb for the thyroid is Kelp. Whither the thyroid is overactive or underactive, kelp will prove helpful in healing and restoring normal function to this gland. Our info sheet on Thyroid will provide information on how to use the M&L Salve to shrink a goiter or remove cysts from the gland itself.
Herbal Supports for the Thyroid: Super-kelp Capsules or Powder; M&L Salve, and the Glands formula.
Adrenal Glands are absolutely essential to life. The adrenals, often referred to as the suprarenal, are the Creator’s most intricate chemical factories. “it would take acres of chemical plants” to synthetically manufacture “the 50 odd hormones or hormone like substances” produced by the adrenal glands.
Most hypoglycemics have problems feeding themselves, for they crave protein and sugar, yet these substances are wearing on the adrenals, which are often exhausted in hypoglycemics. You need to feed the adrenals with Licorice root and Hawthorne berries, the later being said to produce natural adrenalin.
Herbal Supports for the Adrenals: Adrenal Formula; Licorice Root extract; Hawthorne extract; Glands Formula.
Pancreas Gland, Malfunction can manifest in one of two ways; Diabetes, which is high blood sugar or hypoglycemia, which is low blood sugar. Though they are completely different, they both stem from the same cause, a malfunction of the pancreas, which is what must be supported so it can function normally again. The Master herb for the Pancreas is Cedar Berries.
Herbal Supports for the Pancreas Gland: Pancreas Aid; (ELF)Liver Flushing; (LBF #1)Bowel Cleansing.
Dara D Dietz is co-founder with her Husband of H.E.A.L. Marketplace, a private Natural Healing Association. As a teacher and counselor she has been supporting the members of H.E.A.L. with Natural Healing information and herbal supports since 1998. She continues to maintain strong ties to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since healing her own kidney ailments she has assisted thousands of people in discovering and using natural herbal remedies. Dara has written and compiled numerous articles on a wide variety of natural healing topics. Drawing from her own healing experiences and borrowing from the vast wisdom of natural healers long departed, she continues to provide H.E.A.L.’s international membership with down to earth natural healing wisdom in H.E.A.L.’s bi-weekly newsletters. Dara and her husband currently reside in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.