These marvels of nature deserve their reputation for keeping the doctor away when you eat one a day.
First of all, they elevate your blood glucose (sugar) levels in a safe, gentle manner and keep them up longer than most foods. An average size apple provides only 81 calories and has no sodium, saturated fat or cholesterol. So the key is eating dark, rich, high-fiber breads such as pumpernickel, whole wheat, mixed grain, oatmeal and others. There’s good reason for this traditional diet food to be a regular part of your diet. It’s rich in natural galacturonic acid, which adds to its potency as a fat and cholesterol fighter. Try the hot, spicy kind you find in Asian import stores, specialty shops and exotic groceries. Peppers are astonishingly rich in vitamins A and C, abundant in calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium, high in fiber, free of fat, low in sodium and have just 24 calories per cup. A cup of cooked rice (150 grams) contains about 178 calories – approximately one-third the number of calories found in an equivalent amount of beef or cheese.
Slice three large onions, three carrots, four stalks of celery, one zucchini and one yellow squash. I knew none of this when I first met her at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival a couple of years later, then again at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. In early 2011, How Can You Not Laugh at a Time Like This?, Carlaa€™s book about her survival and victory over illness, was published. Our phone interview spanned almost two hours and contained more than we can cover here, but wea€™ll do our best.
Carla started classical guitar lessons with a woman down the block when she was 8 years old.
Carla still wanted only to be a classical guitar player, so the other teacher was not an option.
Carla majored in music at Brevard College in North Carolina a€” at that time, a two-year school. Carla got an Associate in Fine Arts degree from Brevard and then got a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (both in music). Carlaa€™s first steady gig was at a restaurant a€” four hours with only eight songs in her repertoire! After Carla met Joe in 1996, they stayed in touch through lengthy middle-of-the-night and holiday phone calls.
Carla still had her life down south and moved to Atlanta in 1998, a few miles from Eddiea€™s Attic. Carlaa€™s first CD, Her Fabulous Debut, was released in 1999, the same year she won the South Florida Folk Festival Song Competition. An acupuncturist in Florida shea€™d used before heard about the strokes and offered to treat Carla every day for a a€?couple of weeks.a€? When that wasna€™t enough, Carla lived in her house for a month and then found another place to stay while she got treatments. Joe would make up hybrid joke costumes for Halloween, like a€?Felix the Cat Stevensa€? and a€?Gumboa€? (Gumby and Rambo). Once in a while Carla would do concerts where shea€™d conduct talks about alternative medicine and people taking responsibility for their own health, getting well and beating the odds. Carla got an Associate in Fine ArtsA  degree from Brevard and then got a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (both in music). These foods go a step beyond simply adding no fat to your system – they possess special properties that add zip to your system and help your body melt away unhealthy pounds.
This type of fiber prevents hunger pangs by guarding against dangerous swings or drops in your blood sugar level, says Dr. You’ll also get the added health benefits of lowering the level of cholesterol already in your blood as well as lowering your blood pressure.
Researchers compared white bread to dark, high-fiber bread and found that students who ate 12 slices a day of the dark, high-fiber bread felt less hunger on a daily basis and lost five pounds in two months. Studies show it can help you burn more calories than normal, perhaps up to 10 percent more. The additional benefit here is assistance in the battle against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and the development of heart disease. Maybe not the canned varieties from the store – but old-fashioned, homemade soup promotes weight loss. Also called soybean curd, it’s basically tasteless, so any spice or flavoring you add blends with it nicely.
When Carla got on stage, she told jokes and used the weight of her arm to thump around on the bass strings. While I was not immediately sold on her comedy, it was just a matter of time until I would discover and appreciate her complete array of talents and remarkable will. Her parents listened to NPR and records by Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie, so a seed was planted. She found classical guitar study to be a€?very, very uptight.a€? Body position, fingernail length and musical selection were tightly controlled. After the first year at UNC in Greensboro, she spent a summer at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, Calif. Many songs were instrumentals but some were humorous songs about annoying teachers and fellow students that she never showed to anyone. Carla would sign up for open mics during college, but would leave before her name was called. Without enough students to pay the rent, she switched to sales, teaching just one day a week.
She would start over, follow her dream of playing music and a€?build a new castle.a€? Compared with staring death in the face, stage fright was a non-issue. You should be playing it!a€? Carla finally understood that she could combine her love of humor with her songwriting.
She pushed herself relentlessly, teaching in guitar camps and gigging around the country, traveling too much on too little sleep and forgetting to stay away from caffeine and junk food. Carla wanted people to know that they can affect their own well-being, that their choices do matter.
After one show, she sat with Preston Reed, a respected guitar virtuoso, and told him a true story about getting rejected by an egotistical guy who wound up on a TV dating show, then bombed horribly.
At the same time Carla was in Florida, Joe had lost the use of his left hand due to nerve impingement and tendonitis. These incredible foods can suppress your appetite for junk food and keep your body running smoothly with clean fuel and efficient energy. Charles Klein recommends consuming more that that, if you can believe it – 1,500 to 1,800 calories per day. Bjarne Jacobsen found that people who eat less than two slices of bread daily weigh about 11 pounds more that those who eat a lot of bread. Others who ate white bread were hungrier, ate more fattening foods and lost no weight during this time.
Jaya Henry of Oxford Polytechnic Institute in England, found that the amount of hot mustard normally called for in Mexican, Indian and Asian recipes, about one teaspoon, temporarily speeds up the metabolism, just as caffeine and the drug ephedrine do. Add three cans crushed tomatoes, two packets low-sodium chicken bouillon, three cans water and one cup white wine (optional).
That hadna€™t gotten better and she thought, a€?Ita€™s the lupus kicking in again.a€? Nevertheless, she set out on the hour-and-half drive from her apartment in Athens to her gig at Eddiea€™s Attic in Decatur, just outside Atlanta. Inside the covers, I found a brilliant writer who maintained an earthy sense of humor about even the grimmest aspects of her health struggles. When she was 4, her aunt Pat Brothwell, who had a degree in classical guitar, visited the family. At the end of sixth grade, the woman told her a€?I only teach beginners, so youa€™ll have to find another teacher.a€? It was a small town and the only other guitar teacher taught rock a€™na€™ roll. In the eighth grade, she got John Denver and Eagles songbooks and played every song in both of them. It was an a€?old schoola€? music store and it meant shea€™d have to wear business suits to sell pianos and pipe organs worth thousands of dollars.


Shea€™d be gone for nine weeks at a time.A  Finally, the stress took its toll and in 2002, she suffered the strokes and kidney failure mentioned earlier.
They commiserated with each other by phone, bonding even more over their mutual loss, like two people stranded on their own island. He says you will still lose weight quite effectively at that intake level without endangering your health. Add only skim milk to it and try doing without sugar – many people learn to love it that way. An average sized grapefruit has 74 calories, delivers a whopping 15 grams of pectin (the special fiber linked to lowering cholesterol and fat), is high in vitamin C and potassium and is free of fat and sodium. The peppers’ metabolism- raising properties worked like a charm, leading to what Henry calls a diet-induced thermic effect. John Foreyt of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, found that dieters who ate a bowl of soup before lunch and dinner lost more weight than dieters who didn’t.
Rich in iron, beta carotene and vitamins C and E, it supplies most of the nutrients you need. Afterward Carla was told shea€™d had two strokes, the first affecting her left foot, the second, her left hand. Amid the advice to sufferers of autoimmune disorders, there is also advice to others whose negativity affects those afflicted.
Theme songs for shows like The Love Boat, The Brady Bunch and Gilligana€™s Island were like the miniature art on the bottle caps she collected. She gave in and got through it and managed to play a couple of coffeehouses before she graduated. She told me a€?I thought I had to save the world with every song.a€? She also realized that funny people get respect, too. Once more, she thought it was lupus, which she had fought off since it had first struck her in 1991. These included clarinet, xylophone and tuba, besides the piano lessons she took outside of school.
During the half-minute intro they were played, a€?They all seemed to tell stories, set the scene and pull you in.a€? She laughingly recalled, a€?Roots music?
It was a nice balance-out from the whole fear-based, think-inside-the-box approach.a€? When Carla got back to Greensboro, she played guitar for eight or nine hours a day. This eventually resulted in an all-parody album of humorous medical songs, Sick Humor, released in 2004. It was a nice balance-out from the whole fear-based, think-inside-the-box approach.a€?A  When Carla got back to Greensboro, she played guitar for eightA  or nine hours a day.
With different varieties available, the firmer tofus are goof for stir- frying or adding to soups and sauces while the softer ones are good for mashing, chopping and adding to salads.
Her mantra to her parents from then on was a€?I want a guitar, I want a guitara€¦a€? So they got her a a€?fine musical instrument at J.C. Her condition worsened and the music store fired her in 1993 when she became too sick to work. And you cana€™t leave until I LICK YOUR FACE!A A  Later, reconnecting with her recorded work, my impression of a witty, acerbic chronicler of human foibles was fully established. Marching around the field under the instrument, she looked like a a€?tuba with legs,a€? and that was what they called her. 9:15: "And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride-chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? Carla went to the library, checked an encyclopedia and got scared reading about the side effects, so she didna€™t take it.
Maybe her next book will just be one healthy persona€™s sharply funny observations about how crazy this world is. We should fast because fasting was a part and parcel of the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ (Matt.
Her weight fell to 80 pounds and she lost most of her hair and was too weak to take care of herself.
She agreed to take the prednisone, but once she was well enough, she researched diet and alternative medicine to resume life without it. Fasting enables one to become a conductor of spiritual power for either blessing others or for bringing blessings to himself.A 7. When unable to pray (like David,) it enables one to be so anointed that his prayer reaches through to God.
Fasting intensifies the power of prayer many times so that even short prayers bring results.A 10.
Fasting is the greatest faith producer because the fasting and the faith organ are one and the same . Fasting is more closely related to faith than any other Christian work, and, in fact, is the very gateway to trust and have faith in God after conversion. Fasting enables one to transcend the natural and takes one quickly into the spiritual realm.
There is more judgment pronounced upon those given to food addiction than to alcoholic drunkards (in the Bible). Sin is sin whether it comes under the good name of "food" or under some more insidious term. Most Christians are unknowingly bound to the sin of "habit hunger" (actually food addiction).
A protracted fast will break this yoke in as little as three daysa€™ time, and will keep an individual free with temperate eating.A 22. Fasting will undo all sins of intemperance (after Jesusa€™ blood has first washed away our sins).A 23. Fasting will crucify the flesh and all unnatural desires associated with lusts of any appetite gratification.A 24. Fasting places our natural appetites into a dormant condition, thus physical pleasures are not enjoyed while our flesh becomes sublimated. A revival spirit comes about inside us, along with the proper burdens that we should carry for others.A 28. Fasting will change a life of defeat into one of victory and will bring healing and new life to both body and soul.A 29. Fasting, when properly entered into, is the surest method of consecration and sanctification.A 30.
Fasting develops the fruit of the Spirit and enables one to grow into maturity, with matured fruit.A 31. Most Christians, like the children of Israel, are wasting forty years of their lifetime (even with speaking in tongues) without deeper spiritual gift manifestations and without the fruit of the Spirit, just because they fail to fast as they should.
Fasting brings one into the misery and sufferings of the fleshly nature in such a manner that he can see himself in the same light that Jesus sees him. Fasting will always enable one to obtain the direction and anointing needed for the work to which he is called.A 37. Fasting will give a well-size or even unlimited capacity to enjoy the riches of heaven, immortality, glory, honor, and power. Fasting and its related terms of expression are mentioned one third as many times in the Bible as prayer. To every two sermons you hear preached on prayer, you should hear a third sermon on fasting. The author asks the reader this question: How many times has he ever heard a sermon on fasting in his lifetime? It is truly deplorable that author asks the reader this question: How many times has he ever heard a sermon on fasting in his lifetime? It is truly deplorable that such a major doctrine in both the Old and New Testaments has been so neglected, ignored, and disrespected.A 39.
The present-time impartation of the continuous healing fire is being presented today with ever-widening enthusiasm to those who heed this reformation message.A 40 Physical Health Reasons(See Isaiah 58th Chapter)A We are again discussing why we should fast, only this time we are considering the subject from the scientific physical standpoint instead of the spiritual.
Bear in mind that any person, saved or unsaved, can receive the secondary physical blessings of fasting, but only the consecrated child of God can receive the full spiritual blessings.When we go into food abstention, we give the stomach a vacation and vacate into the Spirit.
Nothing can clean up the house of the Holy Spirit more effectively and quickly than giving the stomach a holiday.


If the physical benefits were all that were received, they would be worth fasting for, and people would live 25 to 35 years longer (according to some authorities). Many of Goda€™s people are committing "Slow Suicide" by being continually on a three meal a day stuffing habit, not satisfied with stuffing God and faith out of their lives, but stuffing out their own life years ahead of time as well. Fasting rids the body of practically all the unwanted poisonous filth of autointoxication.A 45.
It even cleanses the blood vessels so that the blood circulates all through vessels that may have heretofore been clogged up. Fasting gives the overworked stomach a vacation as well as nearly all other parts of the body.A 50. Oftentimes the very disease itself is turned into food fuel for its own destruction, any value in it being utilized for nourishment.A A 51. Fasting quickly heals simple diseases such as boils, skin blemishes, indigestion, dyspepsia, constipation (although at first the fast seems to aggravate the condition), rheumatism, fever, anemia, asthma, change of life and irregular periodical functions in females, restoring to normal and healing other diseases. Major fasting will also cure most other major diseases caused by impurities in the system.A 53. Fasting improves the mental faculties, making it easier to think, study, remember, and concentrate.
Fasting eradicates mucous, stringy, ropy fecal material and floating food particles within the body.A 55. After ten or fifteen days of fasting the individual usually becomes stronger, physically, day by day, after the initial cleansing of the body takes place.A 56. Fasting will remove ordinary headaches and the coffee or caffeine headache, along with the overuse of coffee or any other abnormal habits.A 58. Fasting will also eradicate tobacco, drug and drinking habits in as little time as three days, water only taken during the fast, with temperate eating habits after the fast. Some of these are poisonous, contaminated, rotten food particles that have been on the walls of the stomach for months.
Some doctors have said that dehydrated food and even worms were found impacted in the walls of the intestinal tract for more than 15 years. This very condition invites disease and demons, and with fasting they are starved out.A 60. Regular fasting prolongs life from twenty to forty years, depending on how much and how properly the fasts are entered into.A 62. Fasting will remove tumors as large as watermelons, also ulcers, cancer and goiters, and will revitalize the glands.A 63. The weakness felt while fasting generally disappears after the worst poisons and pollutions are removed by the house cleaning process. Fasting, after two weeks, more or less, causes the breath that was so foul during the first of the fast to become clean and pure like that of a child.A 65.
Fasting will so purify the skin that often the complexion becomes rosy and like a young persona€™s.A 67. The older a person becomes the more often he should fast, though shorter fasts should be taken. History and the Bible show us that the men and women who fasted the most lived the longest. Fasting develops patience, aids temperance, and enables one to have proper spiritual growth as well as physical prosperity.A 70.
Fasting draws the intestinal tract up and into its normal size and overcomes and prevents colitis and piles.A 72.
Thin persons might not realize that they need to fast, in some cases even more than a heavy person. The thin individual has so many times overworked his organs by overeating, that he is incapable of putting on weight. I have seen many an underweight person fast from two to three weeks and weigh more after breaking the fast properly than he weighed before fasting. At first an automatic blood transfusion is set up within the body by the blood remaining from the weight that is lost. This excess blood goes through the body to bathe the organs and it enters into the head causing sleeplessness for a time.
This, in turn, causes habit hunger (lust hunger) which is entirely different from true hunger. Actually, when folk have great difficulty in fasting, they are under bondage to the food addiction habit in the same manner as those who are under alcohol, drug, tobacco, or other types of bondages.
Fasting should be frequent, to clean and keep clean the temple and home of the Holy Spirit and to keep from food addiction habits.A 80. Couples having family difficulties and discord oftentimes come together in a new understanding with new love and success after a major fast (see I Cor. When we (really and truly) possess the experiences of both bodyfelt and heartfelt salvation, we have no more sickness, tiredness, or sin, ever, just as long as we continue serving Jesus, the giver of these blessings.It was never intended for man to always be on a two, three, or more meal a day stuffing program. By obtaining the above double blessing experience of getting our body saved as well as our soul, we, then, by fasting become loosened from the food-addiction-bondage.
After we become weaned away from the food bondage and food slavery addiction appetite, our attentions are focused to the new menu of eating from the life giving menu of the Lorda€™s everlasting body.
We, then, lose our natural appetite for things that are corruptible, carnal, temporal and earthly. Franklin Halla€?Have Faith As A Grain Of Mustard Seed And Nothing Shall Be Impossible Unto You By Prayer And Fastinga€?(St. This was `habit hunger`A  --- but real, true hunger demands food to nourish the body and is necessary. His very Life was an example of fasting and prayer.A  Fasting is called a pillar of the Christian religion. Jesus stressed fasting in His Sermon on the Mount in the same manner in which He stressed `giving` and ` prayer` (St.
When the Christ goes away, they were to tarry in Jerusalem and He would give them the Comforter (St.
Let all of us obey His Commandments and Teachings;Let us follow our Jesus all the way through to see results.
Fasting would give them the FAITH so they too, could go out and do everything that Jesus had done (St. John 14:12) and because Jesus fasted often and, also, He fasted forty days, then Jesus went out, with all FAITH, to undo the works of Satan. Jesus said they would do even greater things than He had done but, however, not without fasting because proper fasting brings out the glory of the Spirit and the power of Faith.A Again in St. Matthew, chapter 17, given at the beginning, we are given a great revelation as to WHY JESUS FASTED.He fasted so that He, too, would have the FAITH that removes mountains. It is the power of prayer amplified many times: Prayer that reaches beyong ordinary prayer. Prayer That Sees No Defeat!!A One explanation why the average person who has very little faith, cannot understand why fasting gives faith, is for the simple reason that FASTING IS TOO MUCH LIKE FAITH ITSELF. We do not go by sight when we go by faith, and fasting is so much related to FAITH that it is the very threshold of FAITH itself. FAITH IS ILLUMINATED LIKE ATOMIC ENERGY THROUGH FASTING!!A A person without the `fasting faith` is like an automobile without sufficient power to climb a hill.
The car will run on the level, but where great power is required, it becomes a failure, like the powerless disciples were, when they had not fasted.A The very weakness that one develops, through fasting, is the building of faith. When one seems to be groping around in the dark and accomplishing nothing during a fast, that is actually the building of faith.
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