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Energy

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Energy– everyone wants it but few have it. Let me tell you a little story about my energy level changing over the past few years. There was a time when I went to bed late, got up late and couldn’t make it past 2 pm without taking a nap. I struggled through the day, everyday. Always hoping that one day it would change. I became a coffee drinker. Loaded with lots of Carnation creamer, I had hoped my coffee would give me that extra boost I needed. It gave me a boost but only for a short time and the creamer made me gain weight. I resolved that gaining weight and decline in energy was just a part of getting older.

I can’t say for certain when the change took place but I began to look around and seeing my 30, 40 & 50 yr old friends developing heart conditions, disease and other serious health problems. It really scared me. Was this my fate? Should I just resolve that my health was going to decline and I was going to get fat?

The idea of not finishing my life well scared me so much that I decided to make some changes. I began researching and found that my diet was worse than I had previously thought. After all , I didn’t eat junk food ALL the time! 😉 The transformation took a couple of years but now I go to bed early, wake up early, drink a cup of tea (occasionally I’ll have a cup of coffee because I want it but not because I have to) and I have energy that usually carries me through the day. And if I need a nap, I take one. I changed my diet, get adequate amount of rest and sleep and get my exercise through my farm chores and horseback riding. It’s naturally induced sustainable energy. Its energy that doesn’t require caffeine to keep me going. I have more energy than I’ve had since I was a kid.

If it is your desire to find naturally induced energy then start now by beginning the process of resolve. Resolve in your mind that you don’t have to follow the American norm. You don’t have to develop health problems and gain weight. And if you already have, most health conditions can be reversed or at least improved by changing the way you care for yourself. And the weight can always be lost. The great thing about energy is, if you loose it somewhere along the way, you can always find it again. Most importantly don’t be hard on yourself. I have found it takes more energy to allow my thought patterns to tear me down than it does to remind myself of truth. So start by meditating on this truth: You are a loved creation of God. He has great plans for your life and wants what’s best for you. 

It may take you years to wrap your mind around changing (like it did me). But the change is worth it, trust me 🙂

Why We Choose to Eat Organic Whole Foods.

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Over the past year I have transitioned from purchasing some organic foods to purchasing mostly organic foods. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought nor was it as heavy on the pocket book as I thought it would be. I had to learn to make adjustments, that’s for sure, but I was determined to make the switch. Right now I would say about 80-85% of the foods in my cupboard and frig are organic. I thought I would share with you why I choose organic and what I currently purchase that is organic.

In a past post I shared with you what is in my pantry and things I buy on a regular basis. If you look at the list you will see that there are things I don’t buy. I don’t buy processed or very many prepared packaged foods. The items I do purchase on a regular basis that are packaged are usually organic.

  • Semolina Pasta
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Raw Cheddar Cheese (not labeled organic)
  • Butter (not labeled organic)
We also choose to buy organic fruits and veggies. With the fruits and veggies we purchase more like 90-95% organic. Of all the things I want to be organic, fruits and veggies on the top of the list. Most of my flours, beans, seeds and nuts are also organic. Thanks to Azure Standard, I was able to make this transition without going broke.
The most difficult switch was purchasing organic chicken and grass fed beef. The reason being, it’s so stinkin expensive compared to the non-organic/non-grass fed meats. So what’s the solution to the high price of organic chicken and grass fed beef?  Eat less of it. Yep, that’s what we did. It may not be the answer you were hoping for but the reality is that we really don’t need to eat as much meat as have become accustomed to. Eating meat is important, don’t get me wrong, it’s just most portions sizes are WAAYY to big. Read the rest of this entry »

…and then it becomes second nature- Keep on the Path

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When does something that was once so difficult become so natural or normal? This happens only when you keep on the path and you allow time to pass. There was a time I didn’t think I could give up Pepsi, or eat whole wheat bread. There was a time when I thought change was too difficult. But then, my mind started to change. And then, my eating habits started to change. And then, my tastes for food changed.

As my mind, habits and tastes changed so did my family’s. What first started as resistance to healthy eating turned into appreciation for healthy living. My son was away at camp last week with my husband. My husband told me that he heard my son say, ” I miss mom’s cooking”. My husband said the taste of the food at camp wasn’t bad so he interpreted what my son said as he himself acknowledging how he missed healthy good food. Read the rest of this entry »

The First Day of Spring!!! Journey Toward Healthy Living Challenge

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It’s the first day of spring! I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since I first posted about the Journey Toward Toward Healthy Living . Time flies when your having fun, right? My hope is that my journey has been one of encouragement and not too overwhelming. If all my talk about fermented foods and homemade recipes has overwhelmed you, please don’t give up. I just happen to be one of those people that jumps in with both feet and sometimes forget others need more time to adjust to the change.

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