Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ezekiel Flour and Bread, Diet and baby Jesus Blankets

Many of you know I have changed my way of eating to the 'Rice Diet Solution' way of eating and it is working so well for me. (here is the book with all the info!)

I have actually been a thin person most of my life, skinny even as a kid and teen and young adult. However, when my husband and I were losing our little grocery store, had to declare a business/personal bankruptcy, and things were so stressful, the weight started to slowly creep, and then pile on!

I was at my heaviest back in 2003... 187 lbs, size 16-- I am 5' 7".

I gave up processed sugars out of necessity since they were giving me migraines and depression, and over the course of about a year I lost 35 lbs. I was good for about a year or so. Then 2 years ago Mike was diagnosed with a 95% chance that he had lung cancer. The weight started back on... His surgery showed that is was not cancer, so that was an immense blessing from our l0ving Father in Heaven!! In spite of that blessing and healing, I had gotten into some bad habits and I kept on eating-- semi healthily, lots of veggies but too much cereal, chips etc!!

Now, just last year, Mike's job became extremely stressful on him, and so on me. He has been a wonderful. honest, caring, grocery store manager and worker for 32 years! He loved his work and the customers, but it wasn't enough. He was sent to Richfield, Utah to learn to be a 'better manager'...

I was left here with the kids, trying to sell the house for over 3 months. The weight piled on even more. I was a wreck in so many ways. I ate.

Mike quit his old job right before Christmas 2006 and become a 'Farmers Insurance Agent'. WOO HOO!! If you live in Nevada anywhere he will happily look at your numbers (just click on that link!) and see if he can save you and your family money in any area of insurance. He's really good at saving people money, and at his job. =) More blessings.

I like to think that before we came to this earth, I promised Mike I would struggle with him through anything just so we could be together. We have wonderful kids and we have a deep love, it's not a perfect love and we have struggles like everyone, but what a great blessing Mike is to me.

Well, I was back up to 176 lbs and needed to do something. My friend Bobbi started this 'Rice Diet Solution' thing, and I could see it was helping her, so.... I bought the book at Amazon - see above.

I have lost 30 lbs now and am back down to 146 lbs... I want to lose about 6 or 7 more lbs. I am wearing size 8 pants-- down from tight 14s! And I feel so much better inside and out. I can move more, am out walking - and have been swimming every weekday in the summer, I am not in so much pain from the fibromyalgia, or MS.

Bobbi has lost close to 100 lbs doing this! She feels better too. =)

I wanted to share a really healthy recipe and info on Ezekiel flour that I got at our Stake Wooden Spoon meeting last week.

How to make Ezekiel 4:9 Flour
I case you are wondering what Ezekial 4:9 flour is; in the Old Testament, Jehovah (Jesus) gave Ezekial a type and shadow of the seige and famine that shall befall Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 4:9
"Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof."

It is a highly nutritious, high protein and vitamins flour.
Here is what you need:
Equal parts of ground up: wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and fitches (or spelt)

Well I didn't have millet or spelt, so I substituted flax seed (ground) - for beans I used ground up navy, red, and black beans. I have a hand-wheat-grinder that the kids and I use. Here is the hand grinder I have and I absolutely LOVE it!

We all take turns and each ingredient goes into a clean ice cream bucket or empty rolled oats round box. I then took an empty oats container and put the ingredients in for the Ezekial flour and marked it as such.

Ezekiel Bread (a quick bread- not a yeast bread)
1 1/2 cups Ezekiel flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup of olive oil (I am working on sustituting applesause for the oil)
1 TBsp honey
Throw them all in a bowl and beat together. Pour into greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 450 F dregrees for 25-30 mins or till done.

It is SO good and good for you.

Ezekiel Pancakes
2 cs Ezekiel flour
2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 c olive oil

Beat together and cook as usual.

You can serve the pancakes with fresh fruit for even greater health value.


This week I have been working on knitting mittens for LDS Humanitarian as they NEED them. They also have a PRIORITY NEED for quilts of all sizes.

My daughter Katie is still working on her 'Baby Jesus Blankets' project and would love if you could make and send a handmade blanket or 2 for this. You can read about it on this page. She is hoping to get 207 blankets to donate to LDS Humanitarian and to our local Cappalappa Center who help families locally here in Moapa Valley area by Christmas time. She has 25 so far, so she has a long way to go!

Bev Q


Anonymous said...

I too am struggling with my weight. Right now I am 189 and 5'8" wearing a 14. I have lost 9 pounds so far on the weight watchers point system. We have struggled financially, too. I guess I'm saying I can totally sympathize with you and your situation. Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all.

Anonymous said...

Bev~I think we all just need to get the focus off of ourselves and how we look and get focused on our blessings and what is right with our lives. Telling others about our problems only makes us all feel worse. Everyone has challenges, and with the Lord's help we can overcome them all.

bevq said...

Hi Anonymous
You are right of course and I am going to edit a tad. Although my total purpose for sharing is to help others who are going through the same or similar troubles, as we sure all do have problems! Many much more severe than mine!

But, I only share when the ending is happy and when I am coping, in the hopes that someone will read who is suffering similar problems, and they know there is great hope. =)

In this case, I ate because of stress which many people do, but... with the Lords help and with changing my eating habits to match the Word of Wisdom, I have been able to overcome the weight thing.

'The Rice Diet Solution' way is actually a Buddhist lean, but it also matches the LDS Word of Wisdom which is terrific! =)

Thanks for reading my blog and for posting a response. I love to read the responses =)

Have a wonderful, light-filled day! I am off to work on Christmas gifts for my kids!

Dee Rettig said...

Hi Bev ~ :) Kudos to you for ALL that you have done and are doing! Not that you expect or even want them, but you never-the-less deserve them! I am truly enjoying your site and this page is like the frosting on the cake! MMMM ... maybe I shouldn't have used that cliche', lol! :)

I too am LDs ... a convert 4 years ago. :) I am currently 282 lbs. I just found out from my Dr. today that I had actually lost 10 punds, though I feel like I have gained 20 or 30. I am very bloated. However, I am still good, because where I came from was even worse, though I did get down to 262, I had gotten up to 347 pounds 2 years ago. It doesn't matter how or why I got there, but, it is hard to come off. I have been wanting and planning to get Trudeau's newest book, "The Weight Loss Diet" Things they don't want you to know about losing weight (or something like that.). But, maybe I should get the Rice Diet Book if it is working for you. But, how long ago did you lose the weight? I mean Treudeau (sorry, can't remember his first name.), lost 45 pounds 2 years ago and is keeping it off and yet, claims he is eating anything he wants to. He claims there is a product accessible to us all and inexpensive that helped him and thousands of others. (It is listed in the book.) Anyway, my point being, I want to be able to keep it off and I do want to eat healty. But, do you have cravings with your new way of eating? how long since you have lost your weight?

What does th 390 days on your side mean in that scripture? And what is it signifying?

Well, it is really late here and I really need to get to bed. I have volunteered for a Primary Quarterly Activity in the morning and so I had better get some sleep. :)

I just recieved my new calling, which is, Compassionate Services Co-Ordinator. I know I am going to love it. One of my first callings was Humanitarian Aide Consultant. :) I now also am a Family History Consultant. I don't have a vehicle right now, so instead of doing a regul;ar VT calling, I have a letter route. But, I love it and have actually had one of the ladies contact me a couple of times. That is really rewarding! Okay, I will come back, but, Blessings for now ~

Sisterly Love,
Dee Rettig ~ Big Rapids, Michigan

YIM (DeeRettig)