Your judging me for judging? Say what!?

It’s time for some spiritual and mental discussion as I promised in starting this blog. This issue could go in so many ways but I hope it speaks to you in one way or another in making a change with daily thoughts and judgments. I am not perfect and need daily correction but having an eternal mind set does help. I’m mainly speaking to those of us professing to follow after Jesus. Religion isn’t going to save me only Jesus paid that price, its all about the relationship for me. I am also speaking to those who have been judged by other religions because they can be the most judgmental of all. I think the problem is people are mixing judgment for accountability. Holding a person to their actions is not judging, but accountability which is what Godly people should do when each other fall under sin.

This does not mean gossiping behind each others back about each others sins. If you actually read the bible, then you know it says to talk to your fellow friend in Christ about their struggles in offering prayer and accountability towards them in overcoming that sin, not shouting it to the world! Now I haven’t had much problems with people spreading rumors about me because truth is there’s not much to say. Live a life where the preacher doesn’t have to tell lies at your funeral. But this behavior is a pet peeve of mine and the constant correction I have to do to people who are professing believers is becoming redundant.

Try seeing if these examples apply to you or a situation you were once in. I was talking to a friend one day over a couple who just starting dating. I knew nothing about the boy or girl’s behavior towards a relationship, but had nothing bad to say about them and only wished them the best. My friend on the other hand voiced how the girl was a wild child and needed a boy to ground her. Now in my head if you are able to make statements like that, then you must know this person on a different level with facts to back up your statement. This is usually not the case. I ask “why do you say she is a wild child?” The response was a long pause then a “I can just tell by looking at her.” SMH This then states anyone who looks different than you with colored hair, cloths, or make up is always a wild child…please just stop before I put you in your place.

Try giving people the benefit of the doubt, they may surprise you. My friend’s reaction to holding accountability on her words was that I was judging her for judging. No I was holding you accountable for your words, there is a difference. We have to remember what we perceive in life is not always truth. If you spread a rumor about a person and find out its not true then retract your statement to those you told so then the lie doesn’t grow. This kind of negative mind set is killing the Christian culture by making them out to break the own rules they profess to follow. I’m not about the Christian culture but the Jesus culture. Christian culture says you can go to church and only speak with other Christians in getting your free pass to heaven. This is false and without the Holy spirit working through you in making daily accountability changes to your life then you become an empty vessel allowing the world to fill you up instead.

Another situation I found myself in was with two ladies who were taking pictures for prom. There were several girls dressed up and waiting to take pictures. I was in a conversation were one parent and their child were looking at another girl’s dress and the mother voiced how her daughter’s dress is way prettier. What the? I step in and voiced to these people that I condemn any death spoken over that girl. I spoke life over the girl as having a pretty dress and every girl’s dress was lovely in its own way. I explained that there are no winners in comparing. If you compare yourself to a person as you are better than them, then you are putting them down and being creating un-humble thoughts of one self. If you compare yourself to a person as being better than you, then you creative negativity thoughts about one self. There are no winners we are all on different life journeys and should stick on our own paths instead of following others, otherwise you’ll end up as someone or somewhere your not meant to be. I could write many examples like these but I think you get the point.

My goal is to change the way people think about their roles as a Christian in judging as it was intended and how it’s being done. We are not the Judge, God is, we are only to guide and hold people accountable. Jesus said to go and sin no more. He challenged the religious on their beliefs but he didn’t beg them to follow him. Either you choose to be in the kingdom or not, but judging others will not make you closer to God. Realizing how much you have sinned and accepting God’s grace while sharing your new freedom will lead others to Christ. Once you have that accountability in your life with people you trust, then you know when they correct you out of love and their intentions are for you to grow spiritually not bring you down with judgment.

I love learning about different cultures and feel cultured in some respects. Learning about others can silence the voices of negativity that form over the unknown. I have many places to visit and conversations to have before I can be considered cultured but I go with this definition for right now. Being cultured means you have an open mind in that you make no facts in your head about a person who is different than you until you actually have a relationship with that person. All Christians do not act the same, all Muslims do not act the same, all Jews do not act the same and so on. This kind of thinking changes everyday decision for some people on how they live based on how others see fit instead of doing what they think is right. I for instance, like to wear a head wrap. My cultured fashion does not equal I’m a terrorist but that it was raining that day and nobody has time for that. There are many cultures that wear turbans for beliefs such as Sikhs. The key to building the kingdom is speaking life over each other and encouraging each other through life struggles while being accountable were it is due.

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Peace!

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Caribbean black beans and rice recipe inspired by Pompano Joe’s beach restaurant

I was eating at Pompano Joe’s on the beach which was one of the best vaca ever by the way:) but I don’t just want good food while on vaca so I studied my plate and went to cooking!

Here’s a picture of their black beans and rice.

I usually research tons of recipes till I find one most like I'm trying to create then use it as a guide while taking out or adding more ingredients than the actually recipe. I like to think the rest is filled with luv<3 To keep any recipes from getting messed up while cooking I used  one of my mom's magnets to hold it up over the stove where i can see it as i cook:)

I usually research tons of recipes till I find one most like I’m trying to create then use it as a guide while taking out or adding more ingredients than the actually recipe. I like to think the rest is filled with love.To keep any recipes from getting messed up while cooking I used one of my mom’s magnets to hold it up over the stove where i can see it as I cook:)

First cook some old fashion white rice. I luv white sticky rice but if your going healthy you can use brown or wild rice I suppose just can't make any promises on it tasting the same. If you hate white rice then it will prob taste pretty good to you though. Cook as the box says for how many serving you think your'll need. I cook 2 cups worth.

First cook some old fashion white rice. I luv white sticky rice but if your going healthy you can use brown or wild rice I suppose just can’t make any promises on it tasting the same. If you hate white rice then it will prob taste pretty good to you though. Cook as the box says for how many serving you think your’ll need. I cook 2 cups worth.

Now for a short cut as I think of all the ppl out there with children and lives! I use bell peppers for a lot of recipes bc they taste good and are good for you:) This recipe calls for finely chopped bell peppers though and how lucky was I to find this at publix containing all three colored bell peppers already chopped up?! Located by the salad stuff. So if you already have bell peppers use them or you can buy this. The next thing is to get a yellow onion which they provide as well if you don't have one around the house.

Now for a short cut as I think of all the ppl out there with children and lives! I use bell peppers for a lot of recipes bc they taste good and are good for you:) This recipe calls for finely chopped bell peppers though and how lucky was I to find this at publix containing all three colored bell peppers already chopped up?! Located by the salad stuff. So if you already have bell peppers use them or you can buy this. The next thing is to get a yellow onion which they provide as well if you don’t have one around the house.

So here comes the fun part! Thow in the whole thing of bell peppers, chooped onion, and chopped celery about 1 cup each. I use extra virgin olive oil to saute it all. This can be on med heat while your rice is covered staying warm. I like my onion to be almost carmelized while the bell peppers are a tad crunchy, So you can use your own judgement as when to add stuff. Next depending on ur luv of garlic you will want to add just a little or a whole clove. I'm afraid of the garlic taking away from the caribbean taste I'm going for. So I add only a tsp of minced garlic to the pan. Notice how you prob can't see it in the picture bc I want it to flavor it but not over power. So lets review the pan should have bell peppers, onion, celery, and a lil garlic. Just add 1 TBS of oregano to the mix.

So here comes the fun part! Thow in the whole thing of bell peppers, chooped onion, and chopped celery about 1 cup each. I use extra virgin olive oil to saute it all. This can be on med heat while your rice is covered staying warm. I like my onion to be almost carmelized while the bell peppers are a tad crunchy, So you can use your own judgement as when to add stuff. Next depending on ur luv of garlic you will want to add just a little or a whole clove. I’m afraid of the garlic taking away from the caribbean taste I’m going for. So I add only a tsp of minced garlic to the pan. Notice how you prob can’t see it in the picture bc I want it to flavor it but not over power. So lets review the pan should have bell peppers, onion, celery, and a lil garlic. Just add 1 TBS of oregano to the mix.

Lastly add 2 cans of black beans. I use bush's canned beans bc it doesn't have any added stuff like salt or special sauce. We just want black beans in only water if possible. IMPORTANT! This comes from experimenting with cooking. I only made this recipe because I love the black beans and rice I had on vacation last week at the beach. But I don't just want good food while on vaca so I studied my dish to make this taste and even look the same. The goal is to get the mix to soak down into the rice. To do this you must no drain the can just toss the whole thing in there:) cook till the beans have been able to warm up about 20 min. After adding the beans add 1/8-1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. This is going to give it that caribbean kick! So if you can't take hot stuff only put 1/8 of a tsp into this to the mix. Towards then end add 2 TBS of white vinigar also to make it a lil runny if all the liquids are evaporated. you want it to be a lil soupy to put over your rice.

Most would add cans of black beans but my point of blogging is to share health not cancer causing chemicals, so either find a BPA free cans, soak beans overnight. Eden is BPA free!   1620426_10152286462980350_535938943_n

We just want black beans in only water if possible. IMPORTANT! This comes from experimenting with cooking. I only made this recipe because I love the black beans and rice I had on vacation last week at the beach. But I don’t just want good food while on vaca so I studied my dish to make this taste and even look the same. The goal is to get the mix to soak down into the rice. To do this you must not drain your BPA free can just toss the whole thing in there:) Or keep some water from soaking the beans overnight.  cook till the beans have been able to warm up about 20 min. After adding the beans add 1/8-1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. This is going to give it that Caribbean kick! So if you can’t take hot stuff only put 1/8 of a tsp into this to the mix. Towards then end add 2 TBS of white vinegar also to make it a lil runny if all the liquids are evaporated. you want it to be a lil soupy to put over your rice.

Scope a couple spoons of rice then scope the black beans mix over it and wha-la!

Scope a couple spoons of rice then scope the black beans mix over it and wha-la!

Here is a article on BPA free cans and the health risks http://www.inspirationgreen.com/bpa-lined-cans.html

Women to women. Balancing hormones to balance your life

Okay so I promised some advise on making life easier in a healthy way, and one of the things I mentioned that affect us all is hormones. I don’t know what people really know about their hormones but one thing you need to know is if you didn’t have them, then you would die. So to me keeping your hormones healthy is just as important as taking care of your heart or lungs.
Since I’m a women I don’t have much advice to help you men out but I encourage you to research ways on preventing cancer from balancing your hormones, but other wise this post is not for you unless you have a girlfriend who turns into a monster once a month haha Okay so to all the ladies who have search for that magic pill that would make cramps go away, keep you regular, and fight cancer at the same time, I have good news after years of searching with trial and disappointments, I finally found what works with scientific research to back it up. I’m talking about MACA! It’s a root that’s been used for women’s health in other countries for years. My gift is sharing the real stuff with you and not the westernized product being advertised every where. Americas think if some thing is raw, then its better for you. Raw maca is easy to find, but its not as beneficial as cooked maca. Plus the villagers who grow maca don’t eat it raw so why should we? So maca basically makes your hormones balanced by not introducing hormones into your system but nourishing your
hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the “master glands” of the body
The maca root contains natural substances, which are believed to stimulate the pituitary and hypothalamus and adrenal glands to support and balance hormones. Different things in our system produce different hormones for different reasons so need to do your own research for a specific reason your needing to balance hormones but so far I only seen good results from it so it must be going where ever it is needed. There is a Plethora of products that claim to balance your hormones that I tried so just trying to save you time and money. There’s dong quai, primrose oil, omega 3’s, and many others that only introduce plant like hormones into your system instead of actually balancing your hormones. I tried it all and for you ladies that can relate to unbalanced hormones you can relate to why I didn’t give up on trying things. I wasn’t going to accept irregular menstrual cycles, pain, sickness, weakness, and my world having to stand still unless I took dangerous medicines like birth control. If it works for you that’s great but for us girls who only take it for clear skin, and balancing hormones and not the main reason why others take it then that’s a whole other issue. maca’s not going to keep you from becoming pregnant in fact maca actually  helps couples who haven’t even been able to conceive with fertility help.
Like I mentioned my body is very weak physically so my mind and emotions determine more on how I feel physically. For example if I’m stressed like many women that time of the month will start and not stop….I don’t have time for that! and I’m assuming neither do you. I’ve been on Maca, the cooked kind you can find at royal maca company online buy just typing royal maca into google. http://wholeworldbotanicals.com/info_royalmaca

I’ve been taking maca for over two years with no bad side effects. I went from stressful pains that would actually keep me from working and going out and having to schedule events around my menstrual cycle bc I would be feeling I rather get hit by a truck to put me out of my misery then live on. No joke and I know some can relate. Its very frustrating on trying to live a healthy life style and  having problems showing your not completely healthy bc your missing a piece of the puzzle.  The good news is now I barely have a cycle now because I learned how to make it regular, short, painless, and keep my sanity. But that’s not all I found in my research of making things better. Since I was once thought to have PMDD, then I had extra issues so for some the maca may not be enough, but have some good advice for others like me. I had the maca make things regular and better but I was still having pain so I actually just researched what causes cramps in women and guess what I found out?! Studies done on women with bad cramps all had one thing in common, bad estrogen. Yes, there is good and bad estrogen that can make a big difference on your life and even determine your chances at having cancers. This miracle is called DIM and is made with maca from the company I linked earlier. Which makes perfect sense to pair a hormone balancing herbs with one that flushes the bad ones out as well.
Diindolylmethane (DIM, in short) is the principal breakdown product of indole 3-carbinol (I3C), the phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, collards, mustard greens, radishes, watercress, and turnips. DIM, has been shown in scientifi­c studies to reduce the risk of breast, cervical and other estrogen-driven cancers cancer by helping the body to make a better balance of the “good estrogen” (2-hydroxy-estrone) compared to the “bad estrogen” (16-alpha-hydroxy-estrone).*
Royal Maca Plus for Women™ with DIM is an ideal product combining the hormone-regulating effects of maca with the estrogen metabolite regulating effect of DIM. It relieves PMS and painful periods, and alleviates peri-menopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal symptoms. Maca & DIM together help your body make healthy estrogen metabolites and a healthy progesterone level. Progesterone is important for healthy hormonal function and helps provide protection against cell proliferation in estrogen-sensitive tissue. There are many scienti­fic studies which show that indole 3-carbinol and DIM can improve the ratio of healthy estrogen metabolites produced in 87% of women.

So I put this stuff to the test and found it delivers. I thought Really? Really? bad estrogen is the cause all these problems women spend millions on trying to cure with senthetic hormones and there’s a natural alternative with fast results? Something that actual fixes the problem from its source?! Just like it describes from studies, there is bad estrogen that goes through the 16-alpha-hydroxy-estrone which goes back into your system instead of being flushed out which causes cramps and cancer plus other life annoyances.
So there it is ladies a simple breakdown on how making life easier and healthier. The health benefits of maca are enough for anyone to take. Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It strengthens teeth and bones, evens skin tone which I can see a difference in from taking the royal maca brand compared to others taken. I’ve read info on even doctors using maca to treat depression because it gives you energy and well being. It helps with anxiety and has been used in placement of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women. There is just too much good news about this stuff that I can’t put it all on  one post, but hopefully I got you interested enough to research yourself or tell a friend about it.
Okay so lets review and get some important facts down if you are thinking about adding maca in your diet. It comes in powder and a pill form. I recommend the pill form or putting the powder in a pill unless you like a nutty taste. The powder will only mix in with a blender with other substances. I’ve put the powder in pills myself and taken the DIM separate but buying the two in one pill is easier and cheaper. Also important to know DIM and indole 3-carbinol (I3C) are not the exact same thing and from studies on using both they found the indole 3 to have bad side effects and not as beneficial as DIM. So please stay away from it and I’ll share the link on those studies if anyone is curious. Then there’s the amount to take. This stuff is strong and you will feel a difference within a month. You should not take more than 1/4 teaspoon or one pill a day when starting out. The only bad thing I can say about maca is if I over dosed with over 1 teaspoon then my heart would be racing at night were I couldn’t sleep, but nothing life threatening. Then 100-200 mg of DIM should be taken daily. The royal maca pill already has 100mg of DIM with the maca as well.

Maca with DIM has helped me focus, given energy, cure cramps, and improves my mood overall from balancing hormones. Its my lil secret I’m telling the world who haven’t found out for their selves yet. Some may think its too good to be true or I’ll just keep my birth control. That’s fine, but I rather not take anything that is made in a lab to mimic the real thing, because I’m convinced that it can directly cause cancer when taken for too long. Our bodies were not made to adapt to synthetic hormones.  Sometimes being seen as the crazy one is benefit within itself because you think outside the box instead of following the crowd. My belief is God has given everything we need on earth to cure certain diseases, we just haven’t done enough research on tapping into that thought. So if your willing to come to the crazy, hippie, all natural side haha then ask me any questions and give yourself a better value of life.