Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Refreshing Our Faith

I've been doing some reading on healing the past couple of days, and I wanted to post a link to this page. It says what I would like to say about faith, and to a great extent is how I have stayed well for the last 10+ years. Although I always need to take days like today where I just "brush up" on things, and "feed my faith". Let's face it, the world left to itself is going in the direction of sickness, depression, and decay. The word of God is the only thing that offers us any hope.
So here's the link, and I hope it is an eye opener for you, like it was for me.
And here's a scripture from Bible Gateway, which really touched my heart this morning.
Live simply before God, and trust Him.
-Liberty.

Matthew 6:25-34 (The Message)

25-26"If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
27-29"Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Revisiting Hope


Feel free to revisit some of the older posts like My Story. Read parts 1,2,3, and 4 if you never have. And this is one I revisited tonight, and was encouraged by.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Corraling My Day.

Even today as a well, healthy woman, I still have mornings that I need to corral my day. There are still some mornings that I didn't get up as early as I should have, didn't read my bible as much as I should have, didn't get as much sleep as I needed.

There are still mornings that I need to choose to be thankful, choose to remember that the devil is a liar, and I am listening to the voice of the Shepherd.

The uninterrupted fleshly trend of my life would be the negative. My very first baby picture is of a frown on my face. I don't like this about myself, but then I remember that I am not that woman anymore. I have put her off, and have clothed myself with the Lord, Jesus Christ. "Just keep practicing joy, Liberty. You'll get there in time."

So I corral my day, my fleshly negative, pessimistic attitude, and say:

This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and give thanks in it!
I will stay home today, and spring clean again today, and I will do the laundry, because he who loves his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for My sake will find it!
Today I will be grateful and acknnowledge that I am blessed to have a house to clean, and food to cook!
Today I will remember that I am more than a conqueror, no matter how far I have strayed from my schedule! It is not my experience that tells me if God's word is working, it is my faith.

Today is going to be a beautiful day, because He hasn't left me. Today, is His day.

Isaiah 61:1-7 The Message
The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me.
He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken,
Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.
God sent me to announce the year of his grace— a celebration of God's destruction of our enemies— and to comfort all who mourn,
To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes,
Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit.
Rename them "Oaks of Righteousness" planted by God to display his glory.
They'll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage.They'll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new.
You'll hire outsiders to herd your flocks and foreigners to work your fields,
But you'll have the title "Priests of God," honored as ministers of our God.
You'll feast on the bounty of nations, you'll bask in their glory.
Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt,
Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever.
Isaiah 63:7-9 (The Message)
I'll make a list of God's gracious dealings, all the things God has done that need praising,
All the generous bounties of God, his great goodness to the family of Israel—Compassion lavished, love extravagant.
He said, "Without question these are my people, children who would never betray me."So he became their Savior. In all their troubles, he was troubled, too.
He didn't send someone else to help them. He did it himself, in person.
Out of his own love and pity he redeemed them.
He rescued them and carried them along for a long, long time.


Once again, Today is His day. It is a very good day.

Liberty.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Always a Reason to Rejoice


A verse that is very dear to my heart:

Hosea 2:14-17

"But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt. When that day comes," says the Lord, "you will call Me 'my husband' instead of 'my master'. O Israel, I will wipe the many names of Baal from your lips, and you will never mention them again."
He has restored my life, and freed me from captivity and slavery to depression. He has become my Best Friend. There is no one else for me. Lord, surely you have given me a delightful inheritance, I am in awe of what You have done.
Hosea 2:19-20
"I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you Mine, and you will finally know Me as the Lord."
Father, today I am thankful that:
81. I have a nine year old boy who loves to do chores!
82. I have an eight year old daughter to teach the art of bread making to! (I loved to make bread!)
83. there is the sound of brothers rehearsing flashcards together floating down the hallway to me. Sweet fellowship.
84. Elijah is almost done his math for the year, and already done his English! (He likes that part of homeschooling!)
85. I have a home to care for today, and people in it (who love me) to serve. Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be unto me as you have said.
86. it's almost time to plant the garden (the early items) here in Southern Alberta. I love gardening with the kids. They are loving it too.
87. we are 1/3 done spring cleaning! It will look awesome here in a few days, and be such a more organized work space.
Jed is at least 1/2 done cleaning his shop, and is getting ready for another season's planting. We are looking to the Lord for a great year!
88. there was such a delighted look on Jed's face when he saw how Joshua and I had transformed the master bedroom. (Joshua and I have carried armloads of garbage and decluttered junk out to the garbage bin since Monday. It feels very freeing.)
89. family life is so peaceful here now. God is so good.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Post Partum Depression: A Time to Simplify


Well, once again, I am going to try to type fast! I hope I can get this post finished tonight. : )

I thought I'd post on post partum depression, and how to cope with household responsibilities.

I suppose this would be good advice for anyone who is depressed- post partum or not. Life in a depression (or other debilitating disease) is a time to simplify. A time to get our focus back on what really matters.

So tip number one (and these are not listed in order of priority, just whatever order they come to mind in) is (drumroll, please) use paper plates. : )

When I was depressed, I couldn't even do the dishes. I could get some kind of a premade meal onto a cookie sheet, because I didn't want to starve, but even the idea of clearing the counters was just too much for me most days. Using disposable dishes is cheaper than hiring a maid, and more sensible than spending time in the psych ward, so make things easy on yourself, and just simplify. For the post partum mom, this will give you either more time with baby, or more time sleeping! Very necessary.

I mentioned those cookie sheet dinners. I knew nothing about nutrition when I was depressed, so we ate a lot of hot dogs, etc. I am not recommending that. So:

Tip number two would have to be: simple, healthy meals. You are going to have to eat reasonably healthy foods, if you are making an effort to lead depression behind. This would warrant a separate post in itself, but the main idea is: eat simple:

-Eat a piece of all natural whole grain bread for breakfast, with some organic butter.

-Eat a free range egg. It's not too hard to fry an egg!

-Eat raw fruit with each meal, or a raw vegetable. That's easy, because all you do is peel it.

-Reduce foods that take a lot of effort for your body to digest. Fasting is so good for you because every day it takes a great deal of energy for your body to process all the food you put into it. Now, when you fast, your body has vast stores of energy freed up to heal your body! Now if you don't think you can fast, that's ok, but eat less fatty meats. Eliminate processed sugar. Try a small piece of fish instead of beef, and some raw honey instead of sugar. Eat greens- they are good for your brain, and detoxifying for your body.

I know I am probably writing to some moms who have to feed their family too, and often it seems like a big stretch just to take care of themselves. Well, let me say that joy comes from serving. You will not feel as badly if you find a way to keep your family fed. So:

Buy two or three kinds (only) of good quality, whole grain cereal for breakfast, and eat it with some organic milk or soy milk. No sugar please!

For lunch, serve whole grain toast with natural peanut butter, and some pre-cut carrot sticks; maybe a small piece of cheese, or an apple. Drink water!

Now supper! You may have a hungry husband or group of teenagers who will not be satisfied with just toast for supper, so invest in a crockpot. Yes, we are still staying simple here. A crockpot (slow cooker) is simple because you just put something in there, and leave it. I often put a small roast and potatoes; some onions and carrots, and then leave it all day on low. At the end of the day when everyone is hungry, this is very good. Another easy one is: put some small white beans (navy beans) at the bottom of the cooker (maybe one cup), and cover with water. Then place a small chicken over top and sprinkle with seasoning. Cook on low all day. The beans will cook in the chicken juices, and this makes an easy, hearty meal. Add a precut salad, and a low fat dressing.

Time for tip 3: Pare down toys, and clothes. Just get rid of some of what you have. We often had too many clothes in the house, because I would just bring "a few things" home from the second hand store. I actually enjoyed shopping like this more than I enjoyed washing our clothes. But if I had only had 5 loads of laundry in the house TOTAL, it wouldn't have made such a huge, imposing pile. One load of laundry a day isn't too bad.

My kids always had way too many toys. At one point of exasperation, I put away everything except their Duplo (Lego brand). It was actually such a blessing to them (and me). The children didn't wonder about what they would play, or how to get it all cleaned up. They played a different game with eachother every day, because lego is one of those imagination type of toys, where things are different every time. They've been playing duplo for 9 years now. The odd time, the twelve year old will still join in, because they've built such close relationships playing together, and have such good memories of it.

So, throw some out, and give some away. It will take work at first, but then there will be a lot more peace.

Tip number four: Draft any older children available for chores. If you are post partum with your first, or with only toddlers, then this won't work, and you will have to keep thinking those creative, paperplate kind of thoughts. But if you even have a six year old, you have a valuable helper, one to be thankful for! A six year old can wipe the toilet seat with a baby wipe. They can wipe out the inside of the sink with a towel. They can set the table, and clear it. An eight year old can do laundry, if you have a front load. They can sweep the center of a room. : ) They can make beds, and at least make things look more decent. They can dust, and follow around a toddler. : )

Tip number five is appropriate to end with, even though I'm not done: Get enough sleep. Yes, you've heard it before. But I just want to point out that it is EASIER to get out of bed in the morning if you do it at the same time every day. Even if you are being woken up in the middle of the night by a nursing baby, and feel like you will just die if you were to try to wake up early... Let me assure you, you can! I say this as compassionately as I can from the heart of one woman to another. I've been there. I have felt that way too. I survived, and you will survive!

The one thing that got me through those seasons like that in my life was to read my bible. I would drag myself out of bed feeling AWFUL. (I don't have to tell you, if you have battled depression or any other disease, you know.) But I would put that bible in front of my eyes, and I would get up again the next day and do it again. Sometimes that bible reading would really change the course of that one day, and give me the strength I needed- one day at a time. Other times it was a link to a bigger miracle, that God worked over a period of time. Either way, the bible was my life line during those seasons. When it is hard for me to find time to read my bible enough, I will:

Read it in the middle of the night when I wake up.

Listen to it on cd as I'm falling asleep.

Keep worship music playing in the house during the day.

Pray in the Spirit while in the shower, or doing the laundry.

Pray. Get on my knees alone for even a minute, and ask Jesus to be bigger to me than the pressure I feel at that moment. He always is! He has never left me!

If you don't know Jesus, and you need His help, remember that He came to seek and to save the ones who were lost. He came to undo the work of the devil in your life. He came so that anyone who would believe in Him would not be lost. Do you know Him? All who call on His name are saved. Pray to Jesus, and then listen.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Confessions and Encouragements


A link to my other blog- I'm sharing some insights God gave me over a weekend away.

-Liberty.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Learning to Live a New Life, Part 2


As the week has gone by I've sort of mulling over in my mind: just what were the things that helped me to succeed in those months after I received my healing.
Because, you must remember, that even though the Lord completely healed me, supernaturally, I had been a negative, grouchy, selfish, and pessimistic person for a large portion of my life. I was in a habit of thinking those kinds of thoughts! I mentioned in Part 1 of this post, some of the things I did, or learned from during that time, that really helped to set me on the right track, and to leave depression in the dust.
But I remembered something else!
I used to watch Joyce Meyer.
I know when I say that, that it doesn't sound like much. There are plenty of things on TV to be watched. What's so special about watching Joyce Meyer that it would actually make such a difference in my life?
Well, I think there were a few things.
1. Of course, she was teaching on the Word of God. The Word of God changes people. But also, she was preaching the things that I (as an average woman) needed to hear. She was preaching them in a way that I could understand! Joyce Meyer took a book (the bible) that often has been left to the theologians, and she made it real; available; to me.
Of the topics she taught on then, I remember the ones about my mouth the most! It was like my soul (my spirit) was an empty slate, and when I listened to Joyce, I could fill it with something wholesome- something powerful, that I could use to impact my life.
2. I also think that watching Joyce inspired me. Joyce has told her story of abuse in her childhood, and of how God worked in her life to heal her, and to make her a totally new creation. When I watched/ listened to Joyce, I could see myself in her shoes somehow. That my past too, could be redeemed by the Lord, and I too could do His will, and preach His word. Up to that time, I had seen myself as depressed. But watching Joyce Meyer changed the way I saw myself. It gave me hope for what my future could be.
I still watch Joyce. I took a few years off, because Jed and I added three more babies after I was healed of my depression. (We thought we'd never be able to have more children, because my post partum depression after Elijah had been so severe.) Somehow during the daytime hours, there wasn't as much sitting down time as I had had when I only had Elijah! I couldn't seem to make time to watch Joyce during the day, and so I just left it behind. But this year, I have a computer savvy 12 year old (Elijah!), who helped me to download Joyce's daily podcast, and watch it via his ipod, over our TV! Now I can watch Enjoying Everyday Life at any time of day! I love it!
Another thing I did during those days (after the depression) was pray. Whenever life seemed too tough, I would pray. When my stress levels would get too high, and I felt like I would pop, I prayed. Often I would just get down on the carpet, face to the floor, and tell God I needed Him. Tell Him I just couldn't do it without Him. Sometimes I kept my bible in front of me, and read a few snatches. I might spend a minute listening for Him, just being still for a moment, and turning the day over to Him. I strove to hear His voice, to recognize His leading even in small things (like when to go to the grocery store, and such) and the more I listened, the better I got at hearing!
As the number of babies in the house increased (our second and third baby were only 13 months apart), I would sometimes have to retreat to the bathroom for a prayer "time out". But God was always faithful. When I would draw near to Him, He would draw near to me.
I read The Power of a Praying Parent, and the Power of a Praying Wife, by Stormie Omartian. They had prayers written in them that I could read-- it taught me how to pray about certain things. There was also a list of scriptures in each chapter, so for example, if the chapter was about safety and protection for our children, it would have maybe 5 or so scriptures about the Lord's protection of us. This helped my to learn to pray the Word of God.
Now there's a great topic for a post! I hope I get back to that one. : )
Liberty.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Gluten Free Grains; and Small Steps

I know I've mentioned before that when battling depression (and in recovering) you may need to change your diet. I think diet played a big part in what left me open to depression in the first place! Too many french fry suppers with M'n'Ms for dessert!

Well I've been experimenting with gluten free baking, and have a tip on how to make this a less expensive endeavor. Try the Asian supermarket! I had previously only thought of visiting the health food stores, and bulk foods stores, but even so, any gluten free grains were very expensive! And not always fresh. But the other day I stopped in at the Asian supermarket in search of buckwheat noodles, and made some great finds! They had:

Whole grain cornmeal,

Buckwheat flour,

Brown rice flour,

Potato starch, (which was pricey if I bought the Bob's Red Mill, in the little package)

Cassava flour (Tapioca flour)

Millet flour

Quinoa grains

And a bunch of other stuff that I'd never even heard of!
wasn't looking for chickpea flour (garbanzo bean flour), because I had just picked some up in our grocery store, in the ethnic foods aisle. It was very inexpensive there as well.
At this particular Asian store (a mom and pop store, not a chain) they buy their flours in bulk, and repackage, to pass on the savings. It was a fun find; and I mention it for those who are already on a gluten free diet.
For those of you who have come to this page because you really are seeking help in your depression, I want to remind you that small steps are all that's necessary! You don't need to start doing all your own baking, or sign up with a raw food coach. Just make a small adjustment to your diet, and you can see big changes! For instance, if you've been accustomed to picking up a chocolate bar, or stopping at the donut shop, you could try a Lara bar instead. The raw nuts contain enough good fats to make you feel satisfied, and the dried fruit contains enough natural sugar to give you a pick me up.
Start using whole grain bread instead of white. Switch to green tea, instead of coffee. Substitute raw honey for refined sugar. Don't take it all on at once: you probably know which area you need to work on first. Make small changes in that area, and give your body the break it needs.
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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Learning to Live a New Life


I thought I'd spend some time this evening listing things that have helped me the most on my journey. It's probably good for me to take a stroll down memory lane, and remember Who it was that set me free, and what has helped to keep me that way.

1. If you've done any reading here, you may know what this one will be! Of course, it is daily bible readings. Reading my bible every day brought rock solid stability to a mind that hadn't been sound. The word of God has the power to transform your thinking, and to lift you up out of the muck. When I was depressed, my fleshly mind would naturally gravitate to anything negative, pessimistic, and miserable. Now as a well woman (who wanted to stay that way) I had to learn a new way of thinking. The bible is truth: it was the only thing that had spiritual power to change my mind, my brain, and my body.

2. Words. Interesting, isn't it? When I was healed, I had never thought of praying aloud, or that if I did, that it would be any different than if I just did it in my head. But that was one of the big revelations I recieved then: that to say words out of my mouth carried a different degree of power than if I just thought them. At that time I was reading Living Free in Christ, by Neil Anderson. Each chapter had a truth-revealing message, and a prayer or renunciation at the end. I would say these aloud, and I found that this was really setting me free. Not just to tell God that "I was sorry" for my sin, but to RENOUNCE it- to commit to turning away from it completely.
I also found that I could change the way I felt, or what was going on in my life spiritually, by SAYING THINGS. I would talk to myself outloud, and tell myself who I was: "I am God's friend", "I will live; I will not die", "I am not among those who shrink back, but among those who believe", "I am NOT CRAZY!" And so on. I found that by speaking the truth to myself this way, I began to grow stronger in how I believed it. I read something in the BVOV magazine recently (in an article by Charles Capps) saying that we are more inclined to believe what comes out of our own mouths, than what someone else may tell us. He said we will certainly benefit from someone else telling us the word of God, but when we say it ourselves, out of our mouths, we believe what we say. After all, it's US.

3. I changed what I listened to. So, so far we've done what I was reading, what I was saying; now what I was hearing. The bible says that faith comes by a person's hearing. Just so, I had been developing my faith, but in all the wrong things! Watching X-files will not give you the faith you need to be healed. It will give you fear. In a similar way, I had to turn off all the old melancholy songs I had listened to all my teenage years, and throw out dozens of cd's. I changed what I watched on TV. --I'll be honest, this was the hardest one. It was easy to stop bringing home movies like "Scream", but it was still pretty alluring to just sit on the sofa every evening with a remote in my hand, watching sitcoms. I actually think that TV can be more attractive to someone who is depressed, because it releases all kinds of stuff in their brain that they are deficient in. This, however, does not mean you should watch TV! It seems that all that inactivity just leads to more inactivity, and it trains the brain to get a buzz off of watching a screen, not going out for a walk with your family. The TV isolates.
So I weaned myself off the TV over time. Now I often watch the Miracle Channel in the evenings, and lately Jed and I have been watching Creflo Dollar (Changing Your World) podcasts on the TV in the evenings. I sometimes watch a Joyce Meyer podcast when I'm on the treadmill. They're free, on I-Tunes. Elijah (our twelve year old) lets us use his Ipod, and he has a cord that plugs it right into the TV!
I had to change who I was listening to. Once I was healed, Jed and I made sure we never missed a church service, or a bible study. We started listening to older, wiser counsel. There were voices in my life that I had to distance myself from. It was for my benefit in the long run, because I couldn't have that weak, depressed, dependant message in my life anymore. I had to get up and walk.

Well, now for some tips on the resources that have helped to shape me over the last 10 years.

1. The Message, by Eugene Peterson. This is a paraphrase of the bible. I needed something simple at that time in my life, my brain had been so taxed, and drugged. I couldn't read anything more complicated, but I read the Message New Testament over a period of 6 mo., and it was revolutionary for me. The second bible I read was a Life Application Study Bible, in the NIV translation. I did find it harder to understand, but I found that as I read it, my intelligence, and my ability to understand was actually increasing! I've heard people say that depressed people should exercise their brain, well this was the best exercise I can imagine. That experience changed me; it changed my brain's capabilities!

2. One of the first books I read at that time was Living Free in Christ by Neil Anderson. I had been saved when I was 14, but I knew almost nothing about being a Christian, and this book opened my eyes to what Jesus had really done for me, and what was the authority that I had in Him. It also helped me to leave behind the old sinful patterns and beliefs that had been imprisoning me in depression. I also had a workbook by Neil Anderson, called Steps to Freedom in Christ, and working through it helped me to turn my back on sinful, occultish activities that had plagued my life.

3. I didn't find Kenneth Copeland's teachings for another 4 years, but again, this was a pivotal moment in my life. At that time, I had felt like I was sinking in fear, but I "just happened" to see one of Kenneth Copeland's programs, and he was preaching on fear. I ordered the cd's, and to hear God's Word preached that way was something I'd never encountered before. It began something of an addiction for me (listening to preaching cd's), because I felt like I'd found the answer I'd been searching for all my life. I had known before that God and His word were my answer, but when I heard Brother Copeland preach, it was like I could see the bible in a whole new light, and realize that I had not known God very well up to that point. Besides that, I had been believing things about Him and His word that were not true. I had grown up hearing teachings and ideas that were based in tradition, and not on true knowledge.
One of the first things I remember hearing from the Copeland's teachings was that God is Love. This meant that wherever in the bible I saw the word God, I could substitute the word Love, and it would mean the same thing! As I did this, I began to see that God's only motive toward me was loving kindness! He wasn't a big, scary Daddy who would fiercely punish me if I got out of line. I saw that He had taken the punishment on Himself, and now He wanted to show me how to live free.

I hope I can do a post like this again, because there's just so much I need to add here. Feel free to comment if this connects with you. : )
Liberty.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Healthy Eating Made Easy


Healthy eating can seem like just one more thing on the To Do list, but often all we need to do is make a simple adjustment. Not much more cost or time are necessary.

For example, just start eating your fruits and vegetables raw! This is not as tricky as it seems; you will not need a raw foodist cookbook. All you need to do is:

1. Pick up whatever fresh fruits and veggies you know that your family will eat. Don't get too exotic, and waste money on avocados if nobody likes those. Do get a few things that are used up right away (like bananas) and a few that will last (like apples).

2. At snack time, make a raw fruit available. Leave a bowl of apple wedges on the table, or some banana thirds. Keep a bowl of fruit on the island for bedtime snacks, and when you would normally have used canned pears/ peaches/ pineapple, now use fresh. Some things will cost more, but not outlandishly. Buy in season, and freeze a few things. Strawberries and bananas can be frozen and used in smoothies.

3. At meal times, serve a raw side dish. There are probably vegetables that everybody in your family likes, like carrots, or cucumbers. Serve those! Raw vegetables are so much better for your health than a can of corn or whatever else can be served. When food is eaten raw, all of the enzymes and nutrients are preserved. All of the food's vitamins are in their original, accessible state. With a little creativity, something raw can be included at every meal, and your health, and your family's will benefit.

4. Include raw foods in your traditional dishes, to help your family get accustomed to vegetables, if they are not in the habit of eating them. For example, if serving a stir fry, just leave a few of the vegetables raw (like diced green peppers) and sprinkle them on as a condiment. It's really tasty, and crunchy. Once you get used to it, you'll want raw vegetables in your sandwiches, under your mac and cheese, and inside your tacos! Just keep a few raw vegetables chopped and in the fridge to sprinkle over salads or casseroles.

So eating healthy doesn't need to cramp your style. It just takes a small adjustment, and a little getting used to!
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