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Gradual Health Growth

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

The people that need to change the most can handle change the least. A great example of this was a nice lady from church. Her husband had just come away from having a stint put in. He had a blood oxygen level of 78 before surgery. They wouldn't put him under because of such a low blood oxygen saturation level. The doctors only gave him a local anesthetic and did the surgery.

I was discussing breathing exercises with him. His wife kept saying she couldn't do things because she had had neck surgery. They were already breathing. Sometimes people will put reasons why they can't do things, instead of looking for how to improve. Even gradual improvement makes a huge difference!

By carefully listening to my church lady, it became obvious that her excuse really had a positive intent. What she really was saying was that she was afraid of more pain. So it takes open curious conversation. Doctors aren't allotted time for detailed conversation by insurance companies to get to the bottom of things. After 30 minutes of consultation, many insurance companies don't cover extra time. So this is where health and life coaches come in.

People really need specific details. Just telling them to prone out, lie on their stomach on the bed, to stretch out their lungs may not work. They may not be able to get up and down well or have physical injuries. Then there's just not wanting to change. It's always easier to think it can't be done than to try to modify it to be achievable. Having a coach to help you make step by step changes can make a huge difference! I've seen it happen in my clients.

Another difference is how you eat. What you give your body to use to heal matters. Healthy foods like fresh pesto can be perfect. I've made pesto out of several fresh vegetables. Broccoli leaves can be used, but it is going to seed this time of year and doesn't taste good. Basil, the traditional ingredient for pesto, isn't fully grown yet. The best ingredient right now is nasturtium leaves.

Certain foods contain extra nutrients that we need. Even flowers like nasturtiums are edible. Their leaves and flowers can be used to add vitamin C to your diet. There really isn't enough scientific information on nasturtium. It has a spicy, peppery taste; and the flowers definitely have a distinctive horseradish like flavor. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, hold off on trying this recipe. It may cause kidney problems, issues with stomach ulcers, or stomach upset. It isn't recommended for children either. Herbal additions to your diet should be done in moderation and caution.

Source: "Nasturtium: Overview, Uses, Side Effects, Precautions, Interactions"



  • 30 - 40 nasturtium leaves

  • add 3 fresh nasturtium flowers for bite like horseradish (optional)

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 2-4 cloves of garlic

  • 1/2 cup of parmesan

  • 1 tsp lemon

  • Salt to taste


  1. Put olive oil, garlic, & pine nuts in a food processor and blend until a nutty paste forms.

  2. Add nasturtium leaves & flowers, lemon juice, parmesan, & salt. Blend until completely mixed.

The bed of noodles pictured is made from zucchini processed with a Veggie Bullet spiralizing attachment. Add 1/2 tsp of butter to 1/2 cup of noodles and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Next top with your pesto and 1 flower.

Now the tomatoes, cucumbers and coriander are producing. It's time for me to go off and harvest everything. Before you know it, I'll be canning again. Meanwhile let me know what you think. Please comment, like, share, and come back next week for more recipes, ideas, and tips. Subscribe to the website, if you would like weekly email reminders to add more recipes to your recipe book.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but a compilation of research from medical sites. Make sure to see your doctor and have up to date lab work.

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