Monthly Archives: July 2017

Depression treatment

The Rwandan prescription for Depression: Sun, drum, dance, community.

“We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave. They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better, there was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again, there was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy, there was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again. Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.” ~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.

dance community

From The Moth podcast, Notes on an Exorcism. http://themoth.org/stories

Found on underthebluedoor https://underthebluedoor.org/2014/08/18/the-rwandan-prescription-for-depression-sun-drum-dance-community-we-had-a-lot-of-trouble-with-western-mental-health-workers-who-came-here-immediately-after-the-genocide-and-we-had-to-ask-some/amp/

RECIPE: No Bake Cookies

Family favorite recipe from God knows where.  Good in the summer–you have to boil the mixture 5 minutes but no oven!  Continue reading

Groceries delivered

Here are some of the ways I’ve  been trying getting groceries delivered to my house:

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  • ThriveMarket.com – My sister will get some cash back. Why sign up?
  • Instacart  or use referral code: RERNST6121  I will get $10.
  • Frontier Co-op.  Free Shipping only with $250 order, but what I do is order a couple of times per year and stock up on some basics. The prices really are the best you can get, rivaled only by ThriveMarket.com.
  • smile.Amazon.com with my Prime Membership – I use this when the other sources don’t have what I need.

In the Minneapolis-St. Paul area: 

  • Urban Tails pet supply delivery. The best quality foods.  I use frozen, raw dog food chunks.  Northwest Naturals and there’s another brand that is even better AND cheaper–I ask for the 10 lb. bag of Turkducken.  Go into the shop first and get set up. There are deals to be had with their frequent buyer programs – get the 12th bag free and such.

 

Salad dressings

Since I cannot have dairy or yeast and some other things, salad dressings can be a challenge.

The two on the left are dairy. Drew’s is a great brand all around. Dairy based dressings are good because you are replacing crap oils with a more natural product (milk or cream).

The two on the right are my favorites. Brianna’s Homestyle Real French Vinaigrette doesn’t indicate that it’s non-GMO and that’s the main flaw. But, the flavor is fantastic. Marinate some summer squash and grill it!

Drew’s Thousand Island, good for a quick turkey lunchmeat snack, a Rueben or Rachel sandwich, burger or a salad. This is my creamy dressing.

I’ll be trying out some of the Primal Kitchen dressings from ThriveMarket.com

Mayan bowl tips

This is how I made some easy Mayan Bowls* on a moderate temperature summer day.  In the evening I started two Chuck roasts in my instant pot:

1. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and brown on the sauté setting. Brown all four sides of the two roasts.

2. Slow cook 6 hours with a can of tomato sauce, layered with sprinklings of ground Cumin, powdered onion, dried onion flakes, garlic cubes and/or granulated garlic, paprika.

3. After six hours it should be falling apart. Pull it into little pieces and put it back in the sauce. [You probably have too much sauce left over. You can freeze extra sauce with all that good flavor in it and use in either enchilada sauce or as a base for some veggie soup–put a little bit of the beef in there too, maybe some barley, and don’t forget your green beans.]

Wash and spin dry chopped fresh curly kale or kale of any kind.  Massage well with light olive oil and salt. You can use any leftovers of this for salads or put into a bag in the fridge and keep for leftover Mayan Bowls

Chop or smash avocado with lime and salt. Or you could go with some prepared guacamole from the store.

I like to cook my canned black beans extra because I like them a little soft. I drain a can, add some water and cook for another 10 minutes or so with a little extra salt.  [I know some people eat the beans straight from the can.  Some brands may be softer than others.]

Cook some quinoa, wild rice, brown rice or the Trader Joe’s Organic Superfood Pilaf shown below (from the freezer section).

Assemble bowls with whatever ingredients each person wants adding extra lime juice on top of the kale and be generous with it.

Toss tortilla chips, especially Garden of Eatin’ red-hot blues or Costco Kirkland organic tortilla chips.

Some people might like salsa on there for a more Mexican-style bowl.

Top your bowl with some crispy shallots. You can substitute crispy onion rings. Or perhaps some kind of toasted nut or pumpkin seeds with garlic on them.


Easy addition to Mayan bowls. Cook according to package directions, about 10 minutes.