I’m Not On a Diet…

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What I’m doing is not a quick fix.

Its not even a weight loss program… Although, I could do with losing a few pounds…

No. What I’m on, is the journey of a lifetime! An ambitious, all-important transformation in how I think about food… how I view and think about my body… my life… and what I want out of the time I have left on this earth!

Big changes like this are always hard.

Changing the way I think about food is hard.

My relationship with food is an emotional one. Food is my comfort, my reward… a trusted friend…

I’ve got food habits and traditions that go back to my childhood.

Will I be able to give up foods that for so long have held an emotional bond?

My goal is to improve my health, my sleep, my energy levels, my mood, my body composition, my self confidence… even my quality of life…

Will the food I eat be able to do all these things?

I am told that by eating whole foods, it will initiate a healthy chain reaction through my entire life, giving me a sense of control, freedom, stability and confidence that will inspire me to take on other personal development goals both big and small.

The theory is that by eating healthy, whole foods, I will feel better. And, because I feel better I will want to do more.

I guess I can accept this theory, since when I feel bad, I eat eat junk food. Which makes me feel worse. So I eat more junk food. Its a vicious cycle!

I don’t expect this journey to be easy… I don’t expect to be perfect…

Real change takes time.

I plan to celebrate even the smallest of victories.

I’m going to do this one day, one meal, one bite at a time.

Why?

Because I’m doing it for the most important and worthwhile cause on this earth — me!

Here’s to good health,

~ Sheri

An Uncertain Future…

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With expenses much, much higher than our original research lead us to believe, we were facing an uncertain future.

What were we going to do?

Our finances were dwindling fast!

The blessing of a kind stranger, allowing us to boondock on his property was a God-send! But, with everything costing so much more than we originally planned for, we found ourselves unsure of what to do…

Going back to the farm was not an option… even if we could have… we would have wound up freezing to death!

Heating fuel for our 6 bedroom farmhouse had been costing us anywhere from $800 to $1800 each time we needed to fill our tank! With the freezing temps we were having before we’d left, we would have gone through thousands of dollars in fuel in a few weeks time!

No, even though we were struggling to find our way in our newest adventure, we were right to leave the farm…

But what to do next?

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What was meant to be only a few days on this kind strangers property, turned into a two and a half months stay!

So, we put the time to good use…

We were stuck in South Carolina, but we were not chained to our little homestead! However, wanting to watch our pennies, we looked for things to do that didn’t cost a lot of money…

My cousin took us to a number of tourist attractions and shops… but with monies tight, we only ‘window shopped’ our way around town!

To our surprise, we’d found a nice little place to visit that was right up our homesteading alley… it was only a few minutes away, and, it would only cost us the price of fuel to get there!

So, with camera in hand, we climbed into our truck…

Till next time,

~ Sheri

A Life In Limbo…

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“I’m not exactly sure what to do…”

With plans of getting a camper and traveling these United States put on hold, I am struggling to find my way…

All packed up and ready to go, we were looking forward to hitting the road!

I couldn’t wait!

A yard sale was had, to sell off any unwanted items… and we started looking for homes for our chickens…

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Mr Wattles moved next door to our neighbors place. He now has two lovely hens all his own! No sharing in that coop! His name is now Harold…

We don’t even have a fall garden… We didn’t plant anything… so there’s no garden to tend… We didn’t expect to be here…

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I could probably plant some garlic and radishes… But the question remains… will we be here for the harvest?

Things are still up in the air as to whether we’re staying or leaving…

I hate not knowing what to do… I like to have a plan and having something to do… But, until I know if we’re going or not, my life is in a state of limbo…

However, I guess its true what they say… ‘All things work together for good…’

Although our plan is to travel, we did expect to stay in the area while my niece got herself sorted.

However, the campground where we planned on staying doesn’t have any openings till November, or later….

So, all in all, even though things aren’t going as planned, I know that I can trust God completely, because He knows what is best for my life.

Since I don’t know what to do… And I do like to have a plan… I’ll just plan to throw some burgers on the grill, make some popcorn and have an unexpected movie night!

Until next time,

~ Sheri

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I’m Not On a Diet

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After a disappointing showing of our home, and spiraling down the rabbit hole of disappointment, I ate my way through a box of doughnuts and a gallon of ice cream!

The result – that old familiar stomach pain!

What was I thinking?

Now its back to the beginning… A fresh start…

What I’m doing is not a quick fix.

Its not even a weight loss program… Although, I could do with losing a few more pounds…

No. What I’m on, is the journey of a lifetime!

It’s an ambitious, all-important transformation in how I think about food… how I view and think about my body… my life… and what I want out of the time I have left on this earth!

Changing the way I think about food is hard.

My relationship with food is an emotional one.

Food is my comfort… my reward… a trusted friend…

I’ve got food habits and traditions that go back to my childhood.

Am I willing to give up foods that for so long have held an emotional bond?

My goal is to improve my health… my sleep… my energy levels… my mood… my body composition…my self confidence… even my quality of life…

Can the foods I eat actually do all these things?

Absolutely!

By eating whole, farm grown and raised foods, a healthy chain reaction is initiated through my entire life. With it comes a sense of control… freedom… stability… and a confidence that inspires me to take on other personal development goals – both big and small.

The theory is, that by eating healthy, whole foods, we will feel better. And, because we feel better, we will want to do more!

I accept this theory, because I have noticed that when I feel bad, I eat junk food. Which makes me feel worse. So, I eat more junk food. Its a vicious cycle!

The journey to good health isn’t easy… I don’t expect to be perfect…

Real change takes time.

As I get myself back on track, I plan to celebrate even the smallest of victories.

I’m doing this one day, one meal, one bite at a time.

Why?

Because I’m doing it for the most important and worthwhile cause on this earth — me!

Here’s to your good health,

~ Sheri

FARM Cooking = Good Medicine

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HOW MY JOURNEY TO HEALTH BEGAN…

I think I’m having a heart attack!

That’s how it felt, as I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance!

Yet, after a weeks stay in the cardiac unit… various tests – including a heart catheter to see if there were any blockages… I was given a prescription of antacids and sent home.

Diagnosis – a severe form of Reflux!

With medicine in hand, I went home, but continued eating the way I always had – with every bad habit I’d learned since childhood! 

Let me explain…

I grew up in a family that didn’t drink alcohol or smoke, but all food — no matter how unhealthy — was considered okay.

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Most of my childhood memories – both good and bad – centered around food.

When we had something to celebrate, we celebrated by going out to eat.

When we were sad, we consoled ourselves with comfort food.

When I got home from school, milk and cookies, or some other sweet confectionary, was a ‘tide-me-over’ until dinner.

As I got older and moved out on my own, I rarely exercised, and ate junk food constantly. I paid little, if any, attention to my health.

FAST FORWARD TO 2014

After dad passed away, mom decided she wanted to move to the country… to raise chickens, and grow our own food…

But even then, my bad eating habits and my love of sweet confectionery foods continued…

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However, after my third trip to the hospital, and second stay in the cardiac unit – once again told that it was my digestive system, I knew drastic changes were needed!

I began educating myself with different eating plans… Yet I was still having severe pains in my stomach, which now included pain in my gallbladder!

My digestive track was under attack!

In August 2016, I began a severe elimination diet. The purpose – to eliminate the pain!

I was only eating 4 veggies (carrots, zuchinni, spinach and green beans), chicken, and homemade bone broth.

Amazingly, within 24 hours the pain was gone!

The only problem – I quickly became bored with my ‘diet!’

I needed to find a better way to eat. A food plan that would allow me to eat without pain!

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That’s when I stumbled upon an eating plan that helped me understand my relationship with food and how it affected my health.

Unfortunately, as good as the plan was, its wasn’t meant to be a long term eating plan…

I needed something that would carry me through this journey we call life!

That’s when it hit me… The foods I was growing and raising on my little homestead was providing me the nourishment I needed for good health!

Henceforth, ‘Farm Cooking’- eating whole fresh foods from the farm, equals good medicine!

Here’s to good health!

~ Sheri

Testing… The Strengthening of Our Faith

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So much has happened since my last post. I’m not sure where to begin…

After dealing with flooding, twice in 10 days time… sorting and packing for our new adventure… planning a yard sale… making plans on earning an income on the road… it came as quite a disappointment when we showed our house!

Disappointment is an understatement!

So many doors had opened for us! Including my finding work as a photographer.

It was a hard pill to swallow when the only offer we had was $20,000 less than what we still owe on our mortgage!

All our hopes of traveling – gone!

The loss of a potential new income was devastating to me! I’ve always wanted to travel and follow in my fathers footsteps as a photographer.

In Proverbs 16:9, it says that man plans his ways, buy God orders his steps.

Was God saying ‘No?’

After spiraling down the rabbit hole of disappointment, and eating my way through a half dozen of doughnuts and a gallon of ice cream, I decided to pick myself up, dust myself off and figure out the next step!

In a sense, each day is a test of our relationship with God.

To every person comes seasons of special joy, or adversity.

Both present opportunities for trusting that the Lord knows what He’s doing.

This type of testing is not like taking a classroom exam, where God is watching us, with grade book in hand, waiting to ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ us.

No, this testing comes through the circumstances of our lives. Its through this testing that we become more aware of our own hearts – our thoughts, our attitudes and emotions!

Through this self awareness, God shows us where we must still yield to Him in trusting obedience.

For me, I realized I still struggle with emotional eating, and that I wasn’t really trusting Him to take care of me…

Well, today is a new day! I will get myself back on the wagon of healthy eating. And, I will trust that whether we are on our little homestead a few days or a few years, He knows what is best for me!

~ Sheri

With Mixed Emotions…

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It seems odd… the idea of leaving our small farm!

Wasn’t it me who fought the idea of leaving the city and moving to the country?!?

And wasn’t it me who kept arguing with God, “This couldn’t be the life You had planned for me?”

Yet today, as I was sorting through our belongings, it hit me like a ton of bricks – we’re leaving our little homestead!

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As I was taking pictures of the flooding behind our barn, I was watching our chickens. I realized just how much I’m going to miss them…

I will miss the simple act of collecting their eggs each day… and the way they great me each morning, chirping happily as I feed them their grain…

This idea of leaving our homestead is much harder than I thought it would be!

After making the announcement that we’re selling our homestead and hitting the road, we’d received mixed responses…

Some were well wishers — congratulating us on our decision, knowing before hand that we were praying for wisdom as to whether we should or shouldn’t leave…

Some were shocked…

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

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

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Our 5 bedroom farmhouse, which was built in 1890, has been our home for 4 years now…

Sitting on just under an acre of land, our brood of chickens frolic happily each day… having plenty of room for a nice sized veggie garden!

The previous owners had at least one cow and a couple of sheep they housed in our barn, and had turned the garage into an over-sized coop, where they had chickens, turkeys and pigeons…. just to name a few…

We kept the garage as a coop because it is virtually predator proof! Although, it wouldn’t take much to turn it back into a proper 2 car garage.

It’s true, our home does need some TLC, but overall, it has ‘good bones.’ It’s a nice little ‘fixer upper’ for the person who is interested in ‘dipping their toe’ into the homesteading life!

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For the person who enjoys the outdoors, the trail runs alongside the railroad tracks… perfect for walking, jogging, bike riding and horseback riding… however, a train enthusiast would be disappointed since they no longer use the tracks for trains… only a dozen or so handcart sized carts go past on holidays and weekends during the summer…

Yes, there is a lot to keep me from getting bored here… yet it’s still very peaceful and quiet… and I couldn’t have asked for nicer neighbors! Many times they have helped this ‘city chick’ learn new skills — 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 main reason is wanting to travel while mom still has her health.

There are places we would both like to visit… like Niagara Falls… the Grand Canyon… Mount Rushmore… and of course, there are family members we would like to visit…

Selling the farm and buying a camper seems like the least expensive way of doing this…

I haven’t always enjoyed my time here on our little homestead… but, I have come to love it here… and so, I will miss it…

With mixed emotions,

~ Sheri