About money consciousness

Do you ever think about why you have the income you have? Are you happy with what you get? Are you able to save some and give away some and still have a good life and make ends meet?

To be honest, I’ve struggled making ends meet most of my life. I was a single mom with two kids in a private school and no nest egg. We always had food on the table and a roof over our head, long summer vacations, great Christmas parties and fantastic birthdays, so I must have done something right, but I remember worrying about money a lot.

I got my children while I was studying German and Chinese at university and got a divorce before I finished my studies. That meant I had to work quite a lot and started translating before I got my title. It didn’t really mean anything, I think that over the course of my 30 some years as a translator maybe 5 customers have asked me for my diplomas, and the only projects I really would need them for are things I have no interest in working with, like law and EU-projects.

I have very loyal customers and I get new customers all the time without advertising or even looking for them, but not having any official papers about what it is I can, has always kept me from asking for a higher salary.

Then over the last five or six years I started listening to some of those “The Secret” gurus and reading other “Think and grow rich” stuff, and say and write affirmations, and little by little I started feeling a difference.

Then I listened to an interview in a radio show with a lady called Marilyn Jenett, who is working with people’s money consciousness, and she said that if you’re struggling with money for no apparent reason, it’s a good idea to start blessing all the things that are giving you problems.

For some reason that appealed to me, and since at that time I had a customer who hadn’t paid me for several month, had stopped answering my calls and for whom I had found some bad reviews on the internet, I started blessing that customer, my work for him and my bank account.

One day later he finally paid me and I was intrigued. Was this just a coincidence?

I bought a program by Marilyn Jenett and followed her for a while, and my finances actually improved.

Then I started taking a closer look at my customers and said goodbye to some I didn’t like to work with and others who asked for a lot of work with very little pay. Instead I got some new customers, who pay what I ask for and give me longer deadlines.

In my work there will always be times when I have lots of work and other times when there is no work at all. That’s just how it is, and four – five month ago, when I had lots of work, I decided to fire the one of my last two old customers, who asked for a lot of work for very little money.

Shortly after I came into a slow period again, and since the old customer kept sending me requests all the time, I reconsidered, but decided to stick with my decision.

Then some weeks ago the customer started calling me several times a week, and every time I explained to them that their prices were too low and that I would not work with them anymore.

This customer is a really big global company, one of the biggest, and you know what they did today? They called me to let me know that if I would come back to them, they would more than double the price for all translations they would offer me in the future.

That made me think. My translations haven’t changed that much, they are not twice as much worth as before, and the only thing I can see has changed is my own feeling of what I am worth and what my work is worth. That’s it.

I know now that I want my customers to treat me well and pay me well, and if they don’t, I don’t work for them anymore, and that’s all there is to it. What a difference!

“I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” ― Albert Einstein

Do you remember the time before computers, tablets, mobile phones and apps? How much time we in reality had on our hands back then? How we could have conversations with strangers at a bus stop or in a train, bus or airplane?

People, and especially young people don’t talk to each other any more like they used to. We all have our mobile phones with earplugs and apps, and often those things replace our interactions with real people.

We’ve all experienced or at least seen a group of people sitting around a table, where nobody is talking, because they all sit with their phones. All of us also know those updates on social media, where a person is writing from a party or concert or something like that, telling that it’s so great, fun, interesting, but still felt a need to pick up the phone in the middle of all the fun and tell us about it.

What is that about? If I went to some event that was so fantastic, I would maybe take a picture, but I would certainly not waste my time on sending updates before I was back home.

As I told you before, I am a translator, and I remember the times, when a translation could be done on a mechanical typewriter with two fingers and delivered on a sheet of paper. Back then I wasn’t so keen on getting a computer, because I had the idea that it would influence my life in a negative way, and I actually first got my first computer 20 some years ago.

Today I must admit that I love my computer. In my line of business I could not be without it, and I use it many hours every day. I am aware though that a big part of that time could be spend better doing something else. Like today.

I’d accepted a translation project for a customer and decided to do the work in a terribly expensive translation software I invested into a couple of years ago.

So I opened my computer and found the project and opened the program and got an error message that didn’t make any sense to me.

Now, I don’t have a tech guy in the back office, and I’m not really technically gifted, so I began to google what the problem could be, and I found lots of answers and ideas about, what I could do, only to find out that the different programs looked totally different on my computer, than the pictures I found of other peoples computer screens.

It took me hours to find out that my computer did hide some files from me and how I could make it show me those files. After that it took me several more hours to find the solution for my problem, and finally around 4 PM I was ready to use my program again and start my working day, which meant I had to work until midnight, to be able to meet my deadline tomorrow.

It’s days like today that make me long back to the olden days and to doing more of the things I actually like to do.

 

How to get more vegetables and make them fun to eat

Until recently I’ve always looked at the vegetable squash or zucchini as being rather boring, something to use in fat free cookies or in stews, a vegetable that tends to be over cooked before you even put it in the pot or pan.

Spiralizer A spiralizer (not my picture)

Then I ordered a so called spiralizer, a dream machine which cuts a zucchini (or carrot) in long curled stripes that can be used as a really tasty, fun and interesting substitute for spaghetti. After that I’ve eaten many meals consisting of zucchini and a sauce made from one or two avocados, some garlic, a squeeze of lemon juice, a little salt and some good olive oil, all mixed up in a blender. It’s absolutely delicious.

Now I’m on the Low Carb High Fat diet I’m replacing the avocado sauce with a good fat meat sauce with lots of butter and preferably with lots of cream as well.

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Today my daughter Julie prepared dinner, and instead of spiralizing the zucchini she cut it into slices and baked it in the oven with a lot of cheese on top, and it was delicious.

The war on cancer makes me sick

I think I told you before that I don’t watch television. It just doesn’t appeal to me. When I want to watch a movie or even a television series, I put on a DVD or watch it on Netflex. That way I don’t have to see advertising on end or parts of other television programs like docudramas or soap operas I have no interest in.

Having moved in with my oldest daughter, her boyfriend and one of their girlfriends, I must admit though that the television in the living room is more often on than off when we are all at home.

These days the Danish version of Dancing with the stars is running on Fridays, and since the girlfriend loves that program, we mostly watch it during dinner that day.

Today was no exception, but since this week stands in the sign of winning the war against cancer, the whole Dancing with the stars program was about collecting money for the Danish cancer society.

During the program people call in and donate money and get the chance to win a car or some traveling money, or to talk to famous Danish people like football players, singers, actors, and then those famous people tell the viewers, when they’ve heard an especially touching story about somebody having cancer.

I really do feel sorry for the people who suffer from cancer and for their loved ones, and I do believe that people donate money because they have a good heart and want to help, but still this kind of program makes me angry.

It is 43 years ago that former president Nixon declared the war on cancer. Since then billions and billions have been spend on research and development of drugs and many millions all over the world have suffered and died from the disease, or even worse, they died from the treatment, which made the time they got left even more miserable and shortened their life span.

Compared to Nixons time many more people get cancer today, despite of all the money we collectively put into research, and it tells me that we are doing it wrong.

The entire medical establishment still does the same as they did 40 years ago and all they have to offer a cancer patient is operation, radiation and chemotherapy, while more than 80 % of all oncologists according to an American survey would not opt for either radiology or chemo for themselves or their loved ones if they got cancer. Imagine! But that’s what they offer you, if you get cancer.

Big pharma has no interest what so ever in finding a cure for cancer. If nobody had cancer anymore they would be out of business, and so they keep on funding our universities, influencing our physicians and lobbying in our governments to keep things the way they are.

Cancer is big business, and now the prediction is that one out of every two or three of us will get cancer at some point in our lives. For the pharmaceutical companies we are a lot more worth with cancer than without, even when we die from the treatment, because they have immunity and cannot be held responsible for people dying from their “therapies”.

How did we ever get here?

Four new young hens in the coop

Since we started eating LCHF, we’ve eaten enormous amounts of cheese (full fat), cottage cheese, cream cheese, cream, butter, olive oil, coconut oil and eggs.

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Some of all the eggs we eat come from our trusty 4 white Italians, which my daughter saved from getting destroyed (the farmers actually just throw the living animals into a meat grinder) after they had done their duty as battery hens.

Those four ladies have laid 4 eggs a day since spring, but we expect them to take a brake sometime soon when it’s getting colder and darker outside.

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We’ve discussed whether or not to give the hens and chicken artificial light during winter, but decided not to. The hens channel a lot of the nutrition they get during a day into those eggs, and even so we give them extra grain and sunflower seeds, we find that they are very thin and probably could use a rest.

When the egg season starts again in spring we could use more eggs though, because right now we eat about 3 or 4 times as many eggs as we get from our animals, and so we went out and asked people if they had some hens we could buy from them, and at the organic farm where we get lamb and beef we were lucky and they were willing to sell us some of their Danish country hens.

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Danish country hens are the only breed that originated from Denmark, and they stem from the first hens that came to Denmark more than 2,500 years ago in the migration time. This is one of the only pure country breeds in Europe.

The hens are lively and require a lot of space. They are good egg layers and the eggs are white and weigh 55-60 g. The animals are resistant to diseases and the hens are good at looking after their chicken. The hens are found in different colors and in a normal size as well as in a dwarf size.

 

Having not a lot of experience with chicken and hens we were a little nervous about how to introduce the 4 new hens to the others, but it just went so well.

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We picked them up in the early afternoon yesterday and brought them home in a box with some straw in the trunk of the car, and we left them there until it was time to put them together with the white Italians, the 1 Sussex chicken (which we now believe is a rooster) and the faverolles chicken which all are roosters as well.

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We decided that it was best to wait until all the others had entered the coop and had gone to sleep, so we sneaked in there all four of us with the box and set the four country hens free one by one.

The white Italians were already sitting on their perches and the young roosters on nest boxes, and there were more free perches and also nest boxes, but the country hens just took a quick look around in the dark before some of them decided to sleep with the other hens and some wanted to sleep with the roosters. They just jumped up and declared that this was where they belonged, and after only the slightest amount of turmoil they all went to sleep.

This morning I was the lucky one to let the hens out again. They still were the best of friends all of them, and when I opened the ledge, the hen I think is the oldest of the new four went out with the other hens and the roosters as if she had done that all her life.

The other three hens where not quite as brave, but I helped them find their way.

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Normally our hens and chicken run where they want to, but to make sure the new ones would stay where they belong, I had closed the chicken run and spread lots of small snacks for all of them all over the place, so they had a kind of treasure hunt.

During the day I went out there several times to see if all was well, and now I really appreciate how well the new hens fit into the Danish landscape, especially in autumn. Compared to the white Italians and the faverolles the Danish country hen is almost invisible, which means the fox will have a hard time to find it.

Dansk landrace høns  Not my picture

I’m glad it wasn’t me who had to let the birds into the coop again tonight, because one of the new hens had opted for a branch 15 meters up in a tree, and my son in law had to climb up there to get her down.

We still have room for many more hens in the coop, and who knows, maybe we are going to get our own baby chicken in spring.

 

Filling our house with good food

Autumn is the time where most organic farmers slaughter animals for the winter, and for the last few weeks we’ve been around to buy meat that hopefully will last us till next spring.

Grass fed organic meat is different from conventional meat, because it comes from happy animals who have been living outside, eating grass, leafs, roots, worms and so on, sun bathe and dust bathe and do what’s natural for them. They don’t eat food that’s been sprayed with all kinds of poison, and if they get sick, they cannot be slaughtered before they are healthy again.

Their meat has a better omega 3 to omega 6 ratio than conventional meat, and that’s good for us.

A few weeks ago I went out and bought a freezer and since then we’ve bought organic grass fed meat and wild birds, and now the new freezer is full. We bought half a lamb, a fourth part of a pig, 10 kilos of minced beef, several organic chickens, partridges, pheasants, wood pigeons, mallards, a duck, minced chicken meat and different kinds of sausages. As I said – the freezer is full.

It is a good feeling to have a large depot of good food in the house. We’re still keeping an eye out for a good supplier of fish and other kinds of seafood though.

The others in my household have been on the Low Carb High Fat diet for a couple of weeks, while I only started last Wednesday, but we are all very excited about the really delicious food we get and about how easy it is to cook and eat this way.

We get very tasty food every day and there are so many healthy and good replacements for bread, pasta, bread and rice, so we don’t miss it at all. Yesterday we got raw squash cut with a spiralizer, a good sauce with minced meat and butter and cream, a lovely guacamole and lots of grated cheese. The day before that we got pizza, where the crust was made out of eggs, cheese and psyllium husks, and today we got filled pancakes with shrimps, meat sauce, mayonnaise and salad. And for dessert we got a really delicious, rich chocolate mousse – made from cream, eggs and a good dark organic chocolate – with French licorice.

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Because the biggest part of our calorie intake is fat we don’t need nearly as much food as we used too. And we’re losing weight. All in all I’ve lost 7 kilos over the last 4 weeks.

I think that we all agree that this is a way of eating we very much would like to hold on to, and today my daughter emptied the kitchen cabinets for everything that isn’t compatible with the Low Carb High Fat diet, like sugar, flour, pasta and rice, and she filled all of it into some nice boxes we’re going to give away.

The truth about cancer

These days I’m listening to a documentary series called The Truth About Cancer (thetruthaboutcancer.com). The series started on October 13th, is continuing until the 24th and the different parts can be screened for free one day at a time (sorry about not telling you earlier).

The series is created by a man who realized that more and more members of his family die from cancer in an ever increasing speed, and that his chances of getting cancer and dying of it are big. That’s why he went out to talk to people who know something about what’s going on, what’s the reason for this huge problem and what we can do about it.

I haven’t had the time to listen every day, but what I’ve heard so far has been very interesting and really eye opening.

There have been interviews with physicians, who talked about what cancer is (they all agree that cancer is not that lump you feel, but it’s a symptom of something going wrong in the body); what we can do about it (most of them agree that the biggest part of cancer patients who officially die of cancer, in reality die long before their time from the side effects of the treatments (operation, radiation, chemo)); that it’s possible to live with cancer for many years; and that we should change our diet before we even consider letting our doctors cut, burn and poison us.

This is intelligent reasoning, and I think that it is huge that the people talking about the terrible failures of conventional medicine are in fact physicians, doctors and professors. Well done!

You still have time a few days to go and listen to the last parts of the series, and if you have somebody in your surroundings who is fighting cancer, the whole series can be bought for 49.50$ I think.

It really is good information, and I will make sure to buy the series and keep an eye on these filmmakers.

About the blessings of Low Carb High Fat

WP_20141016_10_50_08_Pro 1  On LCHF you’re not only allowed but supposed to eat lots of fat like butter and cconut oil

When on a diet I’ve often found it difficult to eat as often as I was supposed to and eat 3 to 6 meals a day whether I felt like it or not.

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We’ve been told over and over again to eat breakfast before we leave the house, but if you think about it, do you think it’s natural? Do you think that our ancestor the cave man ate a hearty breakfast before he went out to hunt? Or do you think that he went out to hunt because he wanted something to eat?

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When eating low carb high fat you don’t have to eat when you’re not hungry, and when you eat, you eat until you’re not hungry anymore before you stop.

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When you eat only or mostly protein and fat, it means that your blood sugar doesn’t spike and fall. You have less mood swings, you have less chance for developing diabetes, your body has to use fat for energy and will lose weight. You also have much better chances to not develop cancer in the first place or starve your cancer if you got it.

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The healthy cells in your body can live on carbohydrates, fat and protein, but cancer cells can only live on carbohydrates (sugar and starchy foods), which means that fat and protein are the safer choices.

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Since I started eating Low Carb High Fat 3 days ago, I went all in, and so far I’ve tried bread and breakfast rolls without any kind of flour but made from eggs and nuts and coconut flour, been fries and pizza made entirely without flour. The crust is made from grated cheese, eggs, potato fiber, oregano, salt and pepper, and baked without topping for 10-12 minutes. Then you add the topping and bake the pizza for another 5-10 minutes. It tastes absolutely delicious.

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Living the life with LCHF

Switching to Low Carb High Fat is heaven.

In case you’re not familiar with LCHF, it’s a kind of paleo diet with the exception that on LCHF you eat a lot of fat.

The idea is that fat makes you feel full sooner so you eat less, and because the food doesn’t contain a lot of carbohydrates, your blood sugar doesn’t rise and fall, but stays where it’s supposed to be. That means your body does not make a lot of insulin, which means you don’t gain weight but lose some instead.

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Cooking LCHF is quite different from normal cooking, but it’s absolutely delicious. Like for instance the coffee I get in the morning, which I make from

2 large tablespoons coconut oil or butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 pinch vanilla

1 cup full strong coffee

½ cup hot water

1 egg

If you like your coffee sweet you can add some coconut sugar as well

Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend for a minute or two on high speed. Pour the coffee into a glass and enjoy.

I could easily get used to this!

Part one of my experiment is over

Since last time I wrote about my Alma Nissen drinking cure here on the blog, I’ve stopped following it.

While I felt great during the first 2 weeks of the cure, I gradually began not feeling so good later on. A week ago – last Thursday – I got a sore throat, and Friday I got a headache that reached from my shoulders over my neck and skull to my eyes. I never ever have headaches, and though this was not a really bad one, it was unusual.

There had been a cold going around, and everybody I know had had it already, so I guessed that this was it, but then again – my head, neck, shoulders and throat kept on hurting. If what I was doing was so healthy, shouldn’t I get over this cold quite fast and easily?

I began eating raw garlic as prescribed by Alma Nissen, but very soon found that it wasn’t for me. I continued eating the potato soup though until Wednesday evening, when my eyes started hurting. That was it.

I was in the middle of preparing a new batch potato soup, when it hit me that I wasn’t able to do this anymore.

My oldest daughter Julie had just made a low carb bread, and she cut two slices for me and put brie and blueberry jam on top of it, and what can I say? After only eating potato soup for 3½ weeks the bread tasted absolutely divine, and 15 minutes after eating it my eyes stopped hurting and my headache disappeared.

Since then I’ve eaten food with a high content of fat, and I feel so much better now.  I still cough and my throat still hurts, but that too will pass.

What I’ve learned about the Alma Nissen cure by following it is that while it is good for your joints, blood pressure and stomach and gives you a clear mind when you follow the cure for a short while – let’s say 2 weeks – it is probably too restrictive to be healthy if you follow it longer than that, since the potato soup only contains limited amounts of vitamins and minerals and absolutely no fat at all.

If you want to follow the cure for longer than 2 weeks I suggest you at least take a good multi vitamin and add 1-2 tablespoons full of a good raw oil like coconut or olive to each of your meals.

If you don’t necessarily want a vegan or vegetarian diet, you could also cook your soup on marrow bones from grass fed beef. In that case the bones have to cook for many hours – say 4-5-6 hours – for them to release the good stuff into the soup. Only add the vegetables and potatoes for the last 30 minutes.

The Alma Nissen cure is cheap and easy to follow and good if you only want to follow it for a short time. If you want something you can follow for a longer time and you can spend a little more money on your food, I suggest you try juicing. It gives you large amounts of most of the vitamins you need and has been proven to help against health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and many more.

I myself continue on the so called Low Carb High Fat diet, which is a kind of paleo diet, where you get your calories from proteins and fats and only very little carbohydrates.

In Sweden, where this diet comes from, LCHF has been used for several years and is now the official recommended treatment for obesity and several diseases.

 

 

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