Mixed Media: Bride

I finished this little bride a couple months ago, but never really liked it! I decided to focus on her face, and am much happier with her overall “tone”:

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Eating an Alkaline Diet

Hey there, I’ve been delving into two new ideas about food that I thought I would share. On my path to optimum health at 50, I’ve discovered these 2 key ideas:

1) eating from an alkaline diet, can begin to shift the body’s pH and pump up the regenerating power of your cells

2) proper food-combining, it pretty key to avoiding acid stomach issues, bowel issues, and post-meal sleepiness

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The standard American diet (SAD) is full of acidic foods like meat, dairy, grain, and sugar products that increase the acidity of your blood.

Recent research suggests that eating constant acid-promoting foods, forces your body to work hard to maintain a healthy alkaline balance. Which increases the work its doing JUST TO DIGEST your food. When, what we really want is for our bodies to be focusing on regenerating cells–the healers of the whole system. Right? You can help negate acid’s negative effects on the body by balancing your diet with foods that promote an alkaline body environment.

Just eat these. Yay.

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Food combining is a whole other effort to avoid eating things that your stomach can’t digest at the same time, causing acid reflux, IBS, slow digestion, etc. The main ones? Eat fruit on an empty stomach, solo, in the morning. Lots of it. And, don’t eat meat and starch together:

meat and potatoes
spaghetti and meatballs
fish n chips
meat and rice

Give it a try!

Mixed Media: Sewing With Paper

I am always in pursuit of nifty backgrounds for pieces, and came up with cutting strips of colorful papers–and sewing them onto butcher paper. IMG_9327

This is a deeply treasured photo of our homestay student from Japan, Atsuko. She and my little son fell in love with each other and were inseparable during her stay with us. Many, many years ago now.

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Here’s a shot of the stitching from the back:

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I moved onto sewing pinks and thought of adding really old photos:

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Mixed Media in therapy: helping children process their lives

My mom and I are working on a little storybook together.

Thinking like a therapist, one goal of the story is to express feeling deeply connected through grief.

Here are some sketches and a piece from the middle of the story. I’ll post more as it unfolds.

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Heal IBS with Natural Remedies

On my path to optimum health at 50, I have been studying under Dr Robert Morse, ND. Foundational to his natural biochemical viewpoint: treat acidosis by eating an alkaline diet, increase herbs for amping up of the lymph/adrenals/kidneys/skin/endocrine systems. I felt different after 3 days with this new focus. The #1 thing I noticed is no more brain fog!

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The SAD diet, standard american diet, is acidic, and causes the conditions/diseases we carry. Most of us have bodies that suffer, one way or another from an overall acidic condition, which creates the environment for toxicity that causes all conditions/diseases. Not to mention tons of reactivity to various foods like meat, dairy, sugar, gluten –even enzymes!

My new focus: regaining an alkaline system that will be supercharged to fight toxicity including all bad gut bacterias, all inflammatory conditions (IBS, mucus, brain fog, aching joints, headaches), and disease. Want to create a system that regenerates every cell in a healthy way. How? Mainly an alkaline diet, with lots of raw ingredients. If your digestion has been comprised, you can’t eat all raw, your poor bod just won’t handle the load. But eat as many alkaline foods as possible (google a big list, its easy to find).

Examples of Alkalining Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach
Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon
Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu
Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt

Consume as much raw as you can, but don’t worry if you need to cook stuff for now. Make warm soups, heat up apple sauce, and I do eat eggs every few days, and baked fresh fish when I want some bigger proteins.  I cannot drink smoothies–too dense and cold for my body to digest. In fact, being Vata, I cannot eat very much raw food at all. (The Doshas in Ayurvedic Medicine, are fantastic concepts that help with knowing you body, your optimum diet, and your nature, but that’s for another post).

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Several other quick tips: get to an herbal store and start taking tinctures for you adrenals and your lymph~major sources for energizing and sanitizing your blood and your lymph. Gotta detox.

If you’re into herbs, be sure to seek out Dr. Morse’s website and his “fab 4” for the lymph/endocrine/kidneys/bowels. Crazy strong, so be ready for rapid shifts.

Don’t be rigid about diet and little bits of this or that. Try having a cheat day once a week, and let yourself indulge–it actually helps release the tension.

Take a 30 minute brisk walk 5 days a week.

Brush your skin for 3 minutes/day with a loofah and bathe every few days in sea salts and mustard.

You will probably feel clearer, with more energy in a few short days. I could not believe how fast things started shifting for me. Our bodies are healing machines and all you have to do is get the junk out via elimination and lymph, and get the good stuff IN–via alkaline foods and herbs. All the best to you!

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Mixed Media: primitive ride

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I’m adoring Minday Lacefield’s “Primitive Portraits” class~ The composition of this piece is lop-sided, a little. I’ve always loved watching people’s connection and affection and emotions when it comes to connecting with animals.

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Odd animal that appeared out of the papers and paint. Large nostrils. And good for riding.

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I like the soft, fantasy effect, despite the clunky shapes of everything.