I’ve Got The Joy…

When I was a little girl, I remember singing that song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.”  It was such a cheerful tune and lighted up my soul as I sang along with all my friends and we clapped our hands in the happiness of the moment.  Can you recall a time like that in your life, when your face hurt because you were smiling  so hard, but you just couldn’t stop?  Or has time erased some of what was once so easy to bring to mind?  It isn’t hard these days to lose sight of our inner child, the one who craves the simple sound of a song.  So here, I hope you’ll find a pocket full of joy to fill your day with just enough of that tune to see you through whatever is your need.  Stop for a moment.  Breathe deeply.  And soon, you may be singing of joy as well.

Wellness Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Made a Spanish tortilla for breakfast. Simply sliced potatoes with chickpea “eggs” baked at 375° F for 45 minutes. Seasoned with garlic and onion powder and kala namak…..black salt that makes it taste eggy. With a side of steamed broccoli it makes a very simple and scrumptious meal. Best part is leftovers! For 4 days….or 2 if hubby helps me eat it.

Dinner was my take on tortilla soup. Dump and go. Cans of black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, frozen corn and onions, garlic, and vegan crumbles. Seasoned with cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, oregano, with a little turmeric, salt and pepper. Added about 4 cups of water and a teaspoon of no-beef better than boullion base. Cooked in my instant pot for 15 minutes. Served with avocado, and cooked some elbow maacaroni to have with it. It was so good!

How have you helped your health today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Scripture Sunday, January 10, 2021

Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection-Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.

And then it shall come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.

And then it shall come to pass, that the spirits of the wicked, yea, who are evil-for behold, they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord; for behold, they chose evil works rather than good; therefore the spirit of the devil did enter into them, and take possession of their house-and these shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil.

Alma 40:11-13

What scriptures are you pondering today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Tonight’s dinner. I almost forgot to take a picture. The empty spot was once filled with collard greens. Also pictured is French-cut green beans and macaroni and cheese featuring my own no oil added homemade no cheese sauce. It made 15 cups! Good thing the sauce freezes well. But I put it on everything. It’s already half gone and I just made it Saturday. It keeps up to at least a week in the refrigerator, too. Sooooo tasty! If anyone wants my recipe, just ask.

What are you eating today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Scripture Sunday, January 3, 2021

And he had hope to shake me from the faith, notwithstanding the many revelations and the many things which I had seen concerning these things; for I truly had seen angels, and they had ministered unto me. And also, I had heard the voice of the Lord speaking unto me in very word, from time to time; wherefore, I could not be shaken.

Jacob 7:5

What scriptures are you pondering today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Well, it’s almost over! I thought I would share with you a little of how I eat. For the most part, I follow Dr. John McDougall’s Starch Solution, with a bit of the Esselstyn’s, Dr. Greger and Dr. Barnard tossed in for good measure.

Here are a few of my meals. Potato and cauliflower soup, the soup over steamed broccoli, saffron rice with Brussels sprouts, and steamed potatoes and broccoli with a vegan creamy Italian dressing.

I like to keep things simple. I love to cook, but with the health issues I have had, it’s hard for me to stand at the counter for long periods of time. It’s good to know I can whip up something quickly that is nourishing to my body and soul If I am still hungry, I can simply have a second helping. And of course, leftovers.

I have been able to regain the weight I needed (up from 98 pounds due to my allergy to animal products) and maintain a healthy weight for over 5 years of eating this way. And my numbers are excellent. As a type 1 diabetic, my a1c has never gone above 7.2. Which is great, for any who understand or care…lol!

As the new year approaches, I encourage you to seek for more healthy ways of caring for yourselves. Mine is just one method. Keep moving!

What are your health goals for the new year?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Somerimes you just have to have a huge bowl of hot,creamy soup! It’s 25° F here at the moment and I’m a little under the weather (no, not the bug that’s going around).

So hubby made this delicious soup. Just potatoes, cauliflower and onions, boiled until tender, and then blended with a block of tofu in our Vitamix. Seasoned simply with a touch of salt. Really hits the spot.

High in protein, low in fat, no oil, and delicious! What more can a girl ask for? And he washes the dishes, too! Sorry, ladies. He’s taken! Lol!

And finally, wishing all of you the merriest of Christmases!

How are you taking care of yourself today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Scripture Sunday, December 20, 2020

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:6-7

What scriptures are you pondering today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, December 16, 2020

I made the most incredible winter vegetable soup a couple of days ago. I added potatoes, carrots, celery and onion as well as turnips, parsnips and broccoli for something green. It took 12 cups of water! I seasoned it with no-chicken boullion cubes and herbes de provence. It was sooo good!

But then there were leftovers. I added great northern beans and had it for lunch the next day. But there were still leftovers. I put 2 quarts in the freezer and was still left with over a quart.

So I decided to add some millet and brown rice ramen noodles, tofu, and green beans to make it a hearty meal. I added tamari and another boullion cube for flavor. It was so good I went back for seconds! Together, hubby and I polished it off.

What a wonderful way to spend a cold and snowy winter day over a bowl (or two) of hot, comforting soup. And all vegan with no added fat! I love eating whole food plant based!

What are you doing to improve your health today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Scripture Sunday, December 13, 2020

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

What scriptures are you pondering today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day