Sunday, October 25, 2015

Encouragement (in song)

This has been a very rough couple of months and my little vacation is still more than a week away.

I've been playing this on repeat and it's so much what my soul needed. So I thought I would share the video and lyrics. Somebody out there needs to hear this as much as I do.

Lyrics are from Metro Lyrics

God's On Your Side Lyrics

by Mississippi Mass Choir

Verse I:
Listen, Some Days are weary
Choir: Some Days you're weary
Soloist: And you can't see your way
Choir: And you can't see your way
Soloists: Some nights are lonely
Choir: Some nights are lonely
Soloist: With no one to say
Choir: With no one to say
Soloist: It's Only a Test
Choir: This is Only a Test
Soloist: You can take it
Choir: You can take it
Soloist: And don't you think nothing less
Choir: And Don't you think nothing less
Sop & Altos: So wipe the tears from your eyes
Tenors: (wavering) Eyes
Sop: (Wavering) Eyes
Choir: God on your side
Chorus: 2x's
Choir: Hold On Don't quit, Gods on your side
Choir: He can handle it, Gods on your side
Verse I:
Choir: Some Days you're weary
And you can't see your way
Some nights are lonely
With no one to say
This is only a test
You can take it
Don't you think nothing less
Sop & Altos: So wipe the tears from your eyes
Tenors: (wavering) Eyes
Sop: (Wavering) Eyes
Choir: God on your side
Chorus: 2x's
Choir: Hold On Don't quit,
Woman Soloist: Hold on don't quit
Choir: Gods on your side
Woman soloist: Gods on your side
Choir: He can handle it,
Woman Soloist: He will handle it
Choir: Gods on your side
Repeat Chorus: woman soloist adlib
Woman: He's on your side Listen
Hold on
Woman Soloist: Hold on
Choir: Hold On
Hold On.. o.. on...
Hold on Don't, Quit, Gods On your side
Repeat 5 x's go up 5th -7th time
[Choir Repeat bridge while soloist adlibs]:
Soloist: Hold on to Gods unchanging hand
He'll never leave or forsake you
He will be there in the midnight hour
Look to the hills from whence comes your help
Your help comes from the Lord
Don't you get weary
He will
Can I tell you how to hold on
I'm a living witness that god will
Anybody know god will
I can do all things through Christ can anyone do all things through Christ
Look at your neighbor and say god will
Choir: Gods On your side (repeat till end)
Woman soloist adlib throughout

Good night, friends.


**REVIEW** Greens Plus Superfood Raw

When I mentioned that I was finally getting some energy back and would try catching up on reviews, this is something that I believe helped a little bit:

I got it because I want to get rid of some of this "sad weight" I've put on. I actually should calling it "saddage weight" since it is from mood and age! Ha!

Greens Plus Superfood Raw was a bit of an impulse buy. I was strolling through the local Carrs/Safeway store's health food section, trying to find something that would help with the whole "I seriously need energy" thing. When I saw the GPSR, I recalled reading something in a forum about such "superfood" blends helping with the immune system. Another benefit I could use. With a $25 dollar price tag, the GPSR should probably come with a blender and some utensils...

I googled to see where else the product might be available locally for cheaper, and... No such luck. Since I haven't really done anything frivolous with the recent PFD money I got, I went ahead and splurged. Because I will return for refund if something I buy doesn't work for me.

What almost made me return it was what it looks like.

Yuck, right?

What made me give the first taste a try was remembering how yucky my wheat grass powder also looks. It's not as yucky as it looks, so...

Let's check the label one more time to see if I might be able to use this stuff:

That's a lot of stuff - green and otherwise. Of course, I had to Google most of the ingredients.

Whenever I read an ingredient list like this, I realize how little I have lived, travelled or hung out with people who read nature magazines. 

You can check out the links to the various ingredients - or at least the links I found interesting - but I can tell you about the taste of this blend. It is not bad. Not bad at all. 

I'm pretty relieved about the taste because I read some of the Amazon reviews and, boy, some people went in!

While the taste is not bad, I hate the slight grit. Maybe if I blended the powder into a smoothie, it would be better, but I don't really have my own kitchen so that's kind of a hassle. I simply add the powder to about 8 ounces of any juice with a strong flavor of its own. Apple cider works best, but I also use regular apple juice. Yesterday, I added some to one of those sugar-laden aloe drinks and that didn't work out so well. For one thing, the powder clumped up with the aloe pulp. For another thing, too much sweetness. Ick. I will stick with the apple ciders and juices.

I think that blending this would help with the grittiness. For now, I just add a touch more juice to thin out the dregs. The taste would be pleasant if not for the grit. 

The suggestion on the label is to do 1 scoop,3 times a day. The first couple of days I stuck to that, but I forgot the third scoop until late last night. There does seem to be a bit of an energy boost - or maybe that's psychosomatic? - so I didn't want to use the powder so close to bedtime. However real the energy boost is, I will say that I don't feel so hungry all the time. 

My feeling is that this adds a lot of nutrients that I'm not getting (when I let my eating habits go downhill) so my body is not craving as much. Basically what I have been doing the past week is fixing a pot of pinto beans with seasoned ground beef and, throughout the day, eating four or five small servings with corn bread. Beans are fiber (filling), meat is good protein (and flavorful), and cornbread is, well... cornbread is just delicious.

I have just about 10 days before I travel. I'd like to not look like a half opened can of biscuits. My bloating is down (in spite of the beans) and I stay full longer.

So, if you are wondering about this product, I can tell you that it's really doesn't taste bad. It's probably yummy in simple smooties. Matter of fact, this might be great for when you only have some liquid and one fruit but want a smoothie as a meal replacement. ~shrug~

Finally, there is one HUGE negative I  see with this (other than the grit) is that it's sold by weight. I was  very disappointed at the cost when I opened the container and saw that almost  a third of it was just air. I mean, why the deception with the too-big container? That's something that will make me look around for a different brand next time.


P.S.: I didn't link to this brand because I am put off by the packaging. When I see a can that big, I expect more product for the money and the brands know that!