We took advantage of Bettina Network Hedge Schools and stayed at a house where we wanted to know the wife’s beauty secrets. We’ve seen her for years and thought she was at most 60 years old. When we discovered she was actually 79 we almost flipped out so we immediately made reservations and said in the process that we wanted to spend time talking with her about her lifestyle.
We didn’t say we were going to share it and didn’t intend to, but it was so ‘out there’ that we just couldn’t resist. And, sharing on Bettina’s Blog information about a Bettina family should not be forbidden.
- The first thing we discovered is that she uses no soap and thinks soap is what makes wrinkles. Well, we asked how do you stay clean? By showering or soaking in a tub of hot water. What else do you need? God created water to wash you clean. Man created soap to take away your money. Why would you follow that? There are side affects to what man makes – and the side affect of soap is wrinkles. Well, with that I knew this was going to be an incredible three days. What does she use when dirt won’t be washed away by plain water? Well, organic powdered milk, of course, and to my amazement it works beautifully. – And listen people, I discovered she does have “correct” language and when she says “man” she means “man”. That is not a sexist ‘men’ being a term which is inclusive of everyone on the planet. If she didn’t mean “man” she would have said “human” or some other word in that politically correct lexicon of hers.
2. OK! Recovering from that we wanted to know more so we rose early – something difficult for us – and discovered she’d been up for hours. Well, whatever affect that has we just left it alone because no beauty or youthful look is worth getting up at 3:30-4am. She doesn’t say “youthful looking” by the way. It is “looking healthy”. Ageism, you know.
3. The first thing she does is have a cup of one organic lemon with the juice squeezed into a cup of very warm water and drinks it down like medicine. I thought that was great and I could modify it a bit with the addition of sugar, but that was forbidden so I tried straight lemon juice. Not bad, but it takes a lot of getting used to.
4. Then things got a bit rough. No smoking – we don’t smoke so that’s alright. No alcohol of any kind. Well, what is wrong with alcohol, I protested. It causes wrinkles, she said. Well – this is not going to be the walk in the park I anticipated.
5. I searched the refrigerator and the food cabinets and found only organic foods. No nothing else – even the spices and coffees and teas were organic – everything was organic. Water was in a pitcher with a filter and she apologized because she didn’t know how to get purer water.
This is going to take time – especially since that means also – no prepared foods even if they say organic and no gluten free prepared foods – they are just as bad as everything else. So as I re-searched the refrigerator – looking at things on a different level, everything was food – real, unprocessed, food “the way it comes from its creator”.
Now that to me was impossible, there must be cheating someplace here, so I watched closely and they ate only those real foods. Milk, eggs, butter, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers (which were actually there for beauty reasons rather than food for eating) chicken, beef, lamb – all organic products. Oh, this is going to be hard. Her response was – this has to be a lifestyle that you feel is good, right and easy. Oh, and the bread – organic whole wheat flour and home baked – if they haven’t had time to bake bread, you get fresh out of the oven biscuits. One day we even had croissants. Those were several days in the making because she doesn’t have that much time to bake croissants straight through.
I was amazed – this was better eating than I’d done in years and watching a cake being made while breakfast was being prepared was amazing. The cake took maybe ten minutes total to be prepared to put in the oven. More time processing – for example – she put sugar (organic turbinado) in the mixer with organic butter and let it beat for what seemed like forever. She ignored it until she had time to add the rest of the ingredients with a little more beating and then into the prepared pans for baking. I am going to try this because it is 1-2-3-4 and even I can remember those ingredients. Even when I can’t remember what is one cup and what is three cups – common sense gets into the mix and I know one cup must be butter because we want butter to be the least of the ingredients and two cups must be sugar because we want medium sweet and three cups must be flour and four must be eggs.
6. Exercise is a part of her day. But – and this is a big but – I exercise daily, jog, etc. but that is not a part of this exercise regime. She exercises parts of the body I don’t even think need exercising – your eyes for example (and she wears no glasses at 79 years old), and your toes, and your fingers. No jogging, she’s never liked that and the incredible exercises I do she thinks is a waste of time and energy. She suggested I wash the walls, or shampoo the rug or do some gardening outside in the sun without sunscreen.
7. Make-up doesn’t exist. Vitamins are the skin care products – vitamin A, E, liquid C and for those aches and pains a good soaking in organic apple cider vinegar switched off with epsom salts.
I could go on because that is the tip of the ice berg. However, I should say, since I left I understand this is not hard at all. It takes re-doing your lifestyle and ignoring what the cosmetic and other marketeers have trained us to think is absolute, essential and all the money spent on such is going to result in results.’ I knew that last part wasn’t true – I spend about $200/ month on cosmetics and at 57 I look older than my host family looks spending money only on foods.
Her biggest health purifier comes from the fact that she hasn’t been to a doctor in over 50 years and doesn’t expect to see one any time soon. Right thinking – giving to others – being aware of the messages your body gives out – those are the things important in that Bettina Hedge School.
Totally the reverse of everything I was ever taught.
Thanks for the experience. It is one I will never forget.
Bettina Hedge Schools rock. I am not sure where I am going next, but I think living with a classical pianist for a few days while I go to meetings, etc. to give her time to do her thing without me hanging around, sounds like a good deal for both of us.
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