Wednesday, 05 August 2009

Posted August 5th, 2009 by IP

With health being such a hot item in the media for some time now, I would like to share some tried and true things we’ve done over the years to keep healthy and stay well.

Two of my childhood wishes were to live to see world peace and to live to 100! I’ve passed the halfway mark on the second wish and hope that if I should be blessed with good health to live to 100, than I’ll also see the first wish become a reality.

Both Isamu and I have been blessed with good genes as so far, we’ve had no serious illnesses and from what others tell us, do not look our age…whatever that means these days! Insofar as diet, we eat rice almost every day. With one native born Asian in the family, that’s a given! Recently we switched from white rice to brown because we got a bargain on two 50# sacks of brown rice.  I have to say, I prefer the brown rice.  We use a Zojirushi rice cooker and it turns out wonderfully.

Currently, due to living in Mongolia, we only have access to chicken and beef.  We tried local mutton once – never again!  Fish is a rarity.  Mongolia is a land-locked country and fish is imported frozen from different countries. We’ve tried some New Zealand fillets, but as you can imagine, anything that’s traveled that distance, is rather tasteless, so we don’t buy it often.

We buy our meat in the Mercury Market from one of the many market women.  Mostly we purchase chicken drumsticks and strips of beef steak in bulk.  Once home, we divide the chicken into meal portions, bag and freeze.  We grind, slice, or cube the beef and freeze in meal sized portions. We eat as many vegetables as are available, with an emphasis on carrots, potatoes, eggplant, cabbage, and onions.  We regularly eat salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and radishes.  We buy fruits in season: pears, bananas, grapes, mandarines, and sometimes mangos.  Good avocados are very rare.

This year we planted salad, shiso, corn, squash, chives, tomatoes, and watermelon.  So far we harvested lots of lovely lettuce, chives, shiso, and three ears of corn. The tomatoes and squash have not yet produced any harvest, but we hope to get something before the first snow falls in October.

This is pretty much how we eat…not much in the way of junk food or sodas. Mostly we drink water with lemon juice and barley or green tea.

We regularly take supplements that are ordered through Vitamin Shoppe.com : Solaray multi vitamins for the guys, and a mix for me.  We don’t like taking medication, but will if necessary: antibiotics or Motrin being the only ones taken in recent memory.

When we feel like we are coming down with something, I pull out our herbal arsenal.  This now consists of: Bee Propolis, Garlic capsules, Oregamax, and Oreganol P73.  The latter two by North American Herb and Spice have been used for just over a year, and the others for many years.  So far, we have managed to ward off colds and flu.

One of my favorite natural remedies is banana peels for treating planters warts.  I discovered this while in Africa back in the 80s. I developed a painful planters wart on my foot. There was no topical treatment available and the doctor said he could cut it out, but could not guarantee it would not grow back. I poured over my natural healing books and discovered that Israeli doctors successfully treated planters warts using banana peels.  After discussing with my doctor, we agreed it was worth a try.  After all, bananas are bountiful in Africa!

Here’s what I did, and also had Jesse do two years ago.  He used imported bananas with the same success. This can be a messy process, but trust me, it’s worth it.  Cut a portion of banana peel large enough to cover the affected area.  Place the inside of the peel over the area of the planters wart. Hold in place with surgical tape (this is better than adhesive tape as you will change it frequently and pulling off the tape can (will) become a bit painful).

Change the peel once or twice a day.  I did it twice a day;  Jesse did it once a day.  Relief from pain will be felt almost immediately. Continue this process for up to six weeks. The area will look pitted after two or three days…no worries, cover any part that looks pitted with more banana peel held in place with the tape and persist. In both Jess’ and my cases it totally cured the warts…no chemicals or surgery needed.  And you can eat the bananas or make lots of lovely banana bread!

Another natural remedy we all love is Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment. This magical tin of green cream will heal bruises, cuts, and sooth bug bites.

‘Made in Thailand or Taiwan’ Tiger Balm is another tried and true remedy that works well for aches and pains as well as sore throats and sinus problems.

Exercise should not be ignored, either!

Hope you all live long, happy, healthy lives!

4 Responses to “Wednesday, 05 August 2009”

  1. Jeff

    Glad you’re eating more healthily. :)
    Something I should work on (eating more veggies) but at least I don’t go for any junk food!

    Funny, I did the wart cure earlier last year but got lazy and only kept it up for a week or so – however even that was enough to get rid of the wart!

  2. Margie

    I stumbled upon your blog while daydreaming today – I love looking at maps, and for some reason decided I wanted to see what Ulaanbaator looked like. One thing led to another, and there you go, found your blog. How neat that you’re able to live in such an amazing place!

    Hope you don’t mind a total stranger stopping by :)

  3. IP

    Hi, Margie,

    Thanks for your comment. I don’t mind at all your visiting my blog. :) I read some of yours as well and what an amazing story you have! I’m so happy for your family. Personally, I think mixed cultural families are one of the best ways to overcome distrust and prejudice. You and your family are blessed with big hearts and wide-open minds and are doing something really special to contribute to a better world. All the very best to you. Peggy

  4. Margie

    Thanks, Peggy, for stopping by, I really appreciate your comment. And I love reading about your experiences – thanks very much!

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