An Experiment in Clean Eating

Strawberries

I’ve been noticing a trend on social media…

People everywhere are trying to lose weight. While this particular trend is not new, what I find particularly interesting, is that the more popular means to try and lose unwanted pounds is to either drink liquids, take pills or use wraps.

While I’m not devaluing these popular options, I can’t help but wonder, whatever happened to using wholesome foods and exercise to lose those unwanted pounds?

An unacceptable Doctors visit…

In my own life, I had been eating very little… the reason… poor digestive health.

My body does not digest foods like the average person… therefore, I find it difficult to eat foods without getting pain in my stomach.

In desperation, I started reading a book called Digestive Health with Real Food.

It started with me eating only a few foods that were easily digestible, yet highly nutritious. The result, was that I lost a total of 77 pounds.

While this sounds fantastic… the downside was that my already high blood pressure went up even more, due to the daily intake of salt required following this plan. Although my doctor  was pleased with the weight loss, he wanted to increase my blood pressure meds.

I found this highly unacceptable!

Today, I start an experiment with eating clean…

The plan is that I will be eating 5-6 small meals a day. Meals consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

I also plan on getting in some ‘loving movement.’ In other words… exercise.

I’m not exactly sure what I will do for this part of the experiment. But, I will figure it out…

Even though I live on my small farm and there is a bit of ‘grunt work’ that keeps my muscles active, I basically live a sedentary life…

Because I’m really out of shape, I don’t want to overdo the exercise thing. I want to begin with something easy… I thought I might begin with a mix of pilates and yoga… or I might simply start out with a bit of walking each day… what are your thoughts?

~ Sheri

Its Official…

Lone Robin

‘It’s official… our homestead is ‘unofficially’ up for sale… the right buyer… the right price… we’re gone!’

This is the status I posted today, on social media…

I couldn’t believe the responses I’d received!

Some were well wishers, congratulating us, having been forewarned that we were praying for wisdom as to whether we should or shouldn’t move… However, I got the impression that they expected us to be leaving our little homestead tomorrow!

Most were shocked… they couldn’t believe that we would even consider such a horrid act!

‘What about your dream of homesteading? What about being self-sustaining? Are you giving up?

To that, the answer is a resounding ‘NO!’

Our 5 bedroom farmhouse, which was built in 1890, has been our home for almost 3 years now…

It sits on just under an acre of land, which allows our brood of chickens to frolic happily each day… not to mention, we also have plenty of room for a nice size vegetable garden!

In addition to our home, we have a 2-story barn… and a detached 2 car garage… however, the garage currently houses our brood of 14 chickens…

The previous owners had at least one cow and a couple of sheep in the barn, so they turned the garage into a coop… they had chickens, turkeys and pigeons… just to name a few…

We kept the garage as a coop, because, well, basically, because it’s virtually predator safe for our flock! Although, it wouldn’t take much to turn it back into a proper 2 car garage.

Our home does need some TLC, but overall, it has ‘good bones.’ It’s perfect for someone who is interested in ‘dipping their toe’ into a homesteading, country life!

And, for the person who loves the outdoors… there’s a trail that runs alongside a railroad track… perfect for walking, jogging, bike riding and horseback riding… and, just in case you were wondering… no, the track is not used for trains anymore… although we do have a dozen handcart sized carts that go past on holidays and weekends during the summer…

Yes, there is a lot to keep me from getting bored here… and even though the trail is quite active during the summer, it’s still very peaceful and quiet… and I couldn’t have asked for nicer neighbors! On many occasions, they have helped this ‘city chick’ figure things out with life on a farm — including how to butcher a chicken!

So, why do we want to leave?

There were many factors that came into play for our decision… but the 3 main reasons are these:

First, is health issues… mom has troubles with her knees… our 3-story home has too many steps for her to manage easily… and then, there is the issue of my back… I can push and pull, but lifting is an problem… between the two of us, we equal one full person in strength and stamina…. {{{sigh}}}

The second reason, is that, we didn’t know there were things we should ‘ask for’ when it came to our homesteading needs… like having a source of water in addition to a well… a spring or creek… something that our livestock could use for drinking…

Besides the creek or spring, we desire to have a ranch style home… having everything on one floor would keep mom from having to deal with steps…

Since mom is now on the first floor, I’ve had to move my office upstairs… this is not exactly appropriate, since I don’t like the idea of clients being taken upstairs to the sleeping quarters for my food business…

And finally, I need to have a workshop… somewhere I can work my secondary business… flipping furniture… lugging heavy furniture up and down stairs is not something my back can take…

Yes, it’s true that I could turn the barn into a studio… but then, we come back to the number one reason we are looking to move…

Moms knees… 

So yes, we are looking to sell our home… I don’t expect it to happen over night… we have a lot of ‘mucking out’ to do… it’s amazing just how much stuff we have accumulated in such a short amount of time!

I have loved my time here on our little homestead…

I will miss it…

But, life happens and things change, so yes, our little homestead is ‘unofficially’ up for sale…

With the right buyer, and the right price, we’re outta here!

In the mean time, I expect to be putting in full days just trying to sort out what we will be keeping, selling, or donating…

~ Sheri

Who is the Modern Day Homesteader?

Pretty Place for Chickens to Relax

WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU HEAR THE TERM ‘HOMESTEADING?’

Do you imagine living in a little wooden house on a prairie? Does your mind conjure up images of giving up all modern conveniences, like running water and electricity? Maybe you even picture having to give up your car and start riding in a horse and buggy…

Well, let me dispel the myth…

Homesteaders come in all shapes and sizes… from all walks of life…

We live in the city… we live in the suburbs… we live in the country on a acre of land… or even on a hundred…

SO, HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE MODERN DAY HOMESTEADER?

Well, you just might be a modern day homesteader if you:

  • grow tomatoes, lettuce and basil on your apartment balcony
  • have your favorite herbs growing on your windowsill
  • find kneading bread dough relaxing
  • drive 20+ miles out of your way to buy milk and eggs from a farm
  • learn about home remedies for healing your family
  • dehydrate your favorite foods
  • make your own jerky
  • have your cupboards full of your homemade preserves
  • know how to ‘cook from scratch’
  • find it amazing that your chickens feed you breakfast every morning
  • enjoy finding dirt under your fingernails after working in the garden
  • enjoy breathing in the smell of ‘fresh country air’
  • hang your laundry out on the line
  • make your own soaps and salves
  • enjoy spending time with your chickens — because it’s better than therapy!

So you see… wherever the modern day homesteader can be found… we all have one thing in common… we want to get back to the basics… we have a deep seeded desire to grow and raise our own food… to do things the way our ancestors did…

If this is how you feel, then you’ve come to the right place.

Welcome to my homestead!

~ Sheri