Potato sausages are making my heart sing.

As we speak I am cooking up some potato sausages that I actually had to cut apart from eachother. Real, honest to goodness, homemade sausages cased in real intestine! They are steaming on my stove right now and they smell so good.

Is it weird to be excited about the casing on your sausages?

The best part about these sausages is that my dad made them! In his home! With a meat grinder! Using his own elk meat!

Doesn’t that just make you want to don an apron, pick up a chicken, twirl around and sing like Cinderella out your kitchen window complete with a pie cooling in the window?? No?

Yeah, me either.

Last weekend I visited my Dad. We made a delicious dinner and rhubarb strawberry pies with the overgrown rhubarb picked from his yard.

He showed me the latest happenings in his garden and his plans for the mossy appletree in his yard. He let me take the food from his fridge that was going to go bad since he is going to be in Seattle working on a boat this week. This included two packages of wild Alaskan smoked salmon. SCORE!

And yes, I ate it all already. It was all mine since I’m the only real fish eater in my house.

Which is weird because one would think my husband, a manly-Finnish man from a small town on the Columbia River whose dad, grandpa, and self worked in the fishing industry would be a fish lover. But, no. I am the one that must eat all the fish. Poor me 😉

When I spend time with my Dad like this it becomes clear how I have come to be the person that I am. This happens when I am with my mom too but alas, I did not get to see my mom last weekend (tear…)

My Dad is someone I would describe as charismatic, quirky, hard-working, curious, and completely capable of all things. He has the largest hands you will ever see in your life. And his fingers are all wacked-out from breaking them and not getting them properly set. He has a hot temper. He cares about this country. He fears God. He loves to cook and always has. His weakness is chocolate chips cookies. He’s perfected his recipe. It’s dangerous. He hunts, fishes, grows a garden, can fix anything, can build anything, and always has a new adventure to talk about. Since high school he has been a commercial fisherman who went on to ultimately live his dream when he bought his very own fishing vessel, Dreamland, and became it’s hard-working Captain for years to come.

My dad's hands. Hand model?

My dad’s hands. Hand model?

He used to have a shirt that said “At the mention of my name, fish tremble.” Bah ha!

And this year he will go to Alaska for the 23484987th time.

This is not to say that I am as hard-working and capable as my dad because the Lord knows I am not movin’  and shakin’ at the pace of my Dad. (Which by the way, makes me feel very lame because for goodness sakes I am 27 years younger.)

All I’m sayin’ is it’s no wonder I’m such a cool person. Ha ha ha…I’m totally kidding.

But seriously, it’s no wonder that I get excited about the casing on my Dad’s homemade potato sausages. It’s no wonder I feel my hot temper rise when I read articles and learn about all the destruction of freedom going on in this country. It’s no wonder I daydream all day about our future homesteading goals and living off the land. And it’s no wonder I have the fear of God always with me.

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I do wonder though, why I have such a serious case of sea-sickness when I so much as watch a boat in a movie on the ocean. That doesn’t fit the pattern.

This is not even to mention all of the things that make me like my Mom. I could go on about our poodle fetish (Standard Poodles, to be exact) and relentless need to put a bow on everything given as a gift. (Is not a gift without a bow, right!? Back me up here!)

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I wanted to talk about sausages but this turned into a post about my dear ol’ Dad.

Thank you blog for allowing my thoughts to wander aimlessly.

I love my Dad. And I love my Mom. And I love these potato sausages.

My parents camping. I'm here too but you can't see me because I'm in the womb ;)

My parents camping. I’m here too but you can’t see me because I’m in the womb 😉

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Homemade Cinnamon and Wild Orange Lip Plumper!

lipplumpHello Natural Beauties!

Would you like to attain luscious and naturally voluptuous lips without the harsh chemicals that store-bought plumpers contain? Look no further! I have created a citrusy-cinnamon lip balm that will wake those luscious lips up!

Back in my high school days I was obsessed with the very popular lip gloss called Lip Venom. Have you ever used it? It works great! But the problem is this:

Hydrogenated Polysobulene, Jojoba oil, Natural Essences, Propylparaben, D&C Red #6.

Yup, those are the ingredients of Lip Venom. Not really sure what hydrogenated polysobulene is but I’m pretty sure it’s  not something I want to eat. And I definitely don’t want to be eating propylbaraben and D&C Red #6. Thanks, though! Not to mention, it goes for a whopping 20 bucks! Um, hello, I can make something just as good for a fraction of the cost!

Without further ado, here are the ingredients you will need:

7-8 drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil (if you have sensitive lips you may want to use less–this stuff can burn but it sure works! 😉

Note: I experimented with different things for the plumping effect. I tried peppermint oil, clove oil, cinnamon powder, cayenne tincture, etc. Nothing works as well as cinnamon bark oil. Peppermint oil won the runner up position so if you do not have cinnamon bark oil, try peppermint!)

5-6 drops of Wild Orange essential oil (you can experiment with your complimentary oil…I thought cinnamon mixed well with orange)

1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or enough to fill the size of your lip gloss pot, whatever that amount may be)

an empty/clean lip gloss pot

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Directions:

In a small bowl mix melted coconut oil with essential oils.

Pour or spoon carefully into emptied pot

Let the mixture dry–I set it in my freezer for a little while so that it could harden.

REMEMBER: The point at which coconut oil melts is 78 degrees. Be very careful with putting this in your purse or pocket as it may melt and spill when you open it. Keep it in a cool place so that it doesn’t become a mess!

Viola! Apply that and pucker up! I’m sure your sweetheart will love it too!

This post is a part of Thank Your Body Thursday! Check it out!

Day 23 No Shampoo!

Day 23 No Shampoo!

Hair lookin’ good, eh?

I’ve stopped using Apple Cider Vinegar for the time being. I started to think it was making my hair harder to brush. My hair feels more manageable when I don’t use it which is sort of weird.

I can go 2.5 days until I feel like a grease head. Everything is going really well so now it’s time to try to spread out the washing. It seems like this is the hardest part since I have to simultaneously look like a well-groomed person for work everyday.

I need a vacation so that I can not wash my hair.

If you want to see my other blog posts on going shampoo free here they are:

http://lifelibertyhealthiness.com/2013/01/28/day-8-no-shampoo/

http://lifelibertyhealthiness.com/2013/01/22/the-first-day-of-hair-detox-no-shampoo/

Portland’s Fight for Fluoride-Free Water

The pristine, gorgeous Bull Run water.

Last September, the Portland city council voted 5-0 approving fluoridation of Portland’s Bull Run water supply after a 7-hour hearing from resident’s on both sides of the aisle.

As you can imagine, the decision upset many Portlandians and the clean water (anti-fluoride) community rose to the occasion. I am so impressed with the hard work and dedication of so many Portland residents. The Clean Water Portland organization accumulated over 43,000 signatures and marched them down to city hall. This secured the decision to be put on the ballot for the residents to decide.

The time is almost here for the vote in May. Now it is up to the grassroots to campaign for a beneficial outcome. If you are opposed to the fluoridation of Portland’s water supply I urge you to attend the Campaign kick-off meeting for the Clean Water Portland campaign

TONIGHT!

Wednesday, January 23rd at

1125 SE Madison #112 Portland, OR 97214.

An Argument Against Fluoride:

Not that I think you should be basing your ideas on anything that Mel Gibson says but there is a great part in one of my favorite movies, Conspiracy Theory, when Mel Gibson’s eccentric taxi-driving character says,

“You know what they put in the water don’t you? Fluoride!  Yeah, fluoride, on the pretext that it strengthens your teeth. That’s ridiculous. You know what this stuff does to you? It actually weakens your will, takes away the capacity for free and creative thought, and makes you a slave to the state.”

Could Mel be right?

One of many recent studies done in China on the connection between IQ and fluoride consumption concluded that,

“The mean IQ of the children living in the area with a high-fluoride level in
drinking water was significantly lower than that of the children living in the
area with a low-fluoride level in drinking water.”

“The children were life-long residents of two villages of similar population size which differed in the fluoride
content of the drinking water. Using a random cluster sampling method,
60 children were chosen from the high-fluoride area with 3.15 ± 0.61 mg/L
(ppm) of fluoride in the drinking water and 58 children were chosen from the
low-fluoride area with 0.37± 0.04 mg/L of fluoride in the drinking water. Children
affected by congenital or acquired neurological disorders were excluded.”

There have been 42 studies done on this same topic, mostly in china (If I remember correctly 28 out of 42).

Out of the 42 studies, 36 drew the conclusion that Fluoride does in fact effect intelligence. (source) <—- click to view other studies.

As if negative effects on the brain aren’t bad enough, fluoride has been shown to cause

Arthritis

Bone Fractures

Cancer

Cardiovascular disease

Diabetes

Endocrine Disruption

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Hypersensitivity

Kidney Disease

Male Infertility

Pineal Gland disorders

Skeletal Fluorosis

-Thyroid Disease

Dental Fluorosis

Acute Toxicity (at high doses)

Fluoride toothpaste is now required to carry this warning label:

“WARNING: If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”

It carries this warning for a good reason:

Did you know that a typical family-sized 7-ounce tube of toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a 20-pound child?

I didn’t either until a few days ago. That means if a child drinks enough tap water (in places where the tap is fluoridated) they could die from fluoride poisoning. Great.

Let it be said that I have no qualms if pro-fluoride folks want to brush with fluoride or add it to their water. But PLEASE do not force everyone in Portland and surrounding areas, to ingest fluoride against their will. Fluoride is the hardest thing to filter out of water. So please, Portlandians, think about freedom as you vote in may. Would you want someone forcing you to ingest an substance you were not comfortable with?

This post is a part of GNOWFGLINS Simple Lives Thursday

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Why We Don’t Have to be Sheep: Motivation for Self-Sufficiency

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Aw, but they are so cute!

Testing…Testing…1, 2, 3…Are you awake?

Let’s find out:

Have you heard of Executive Order 10998? It authorizes the government to take over all farms and food resources if they deem it an emergency.

Have you heard of Executive Order 10995? It authorizes the government to seize and control the communication media if they deem it an emergency.

How about Executive Order 11000? It gives the government power to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision (Think: concentration camps), once again if they deem it an emergency.

How do you feel after reading this information? Is your blood boiling? It should be. If it’s not, then you might want to check your pulse–or move to North Korea.

The federal executive granted itself these powers to implement only during a “State of Emergency”. The problem is that it is THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT that determines just exactly what constitutes a “State of Emergency.” The Executive Branch of our government granted itself these sweeping, extreme powers to use at its own discretion. No oversight. No vote. We the people did not ask for this. Most don’t even know these Executive Orders exist. Seem fishy? I agree.

It is hard to understand how anyone could consider any executive order constitutional in the first place. It is a power, given to the president, that has little (if any) justification in the Constitution. The executive branch claim to executive orders comes from Article II, Section I, Clause I of the Constitution which reads,

“The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows”

I see nothing there that says they can make laws without Congress. Do you? In fact, if they have read Section I of the Constitution it specifically says no legislation can be established unless passed through Congress.

Despite evidence to the contrary, let us presume for a moment that the government has no intention of abusing the power it has vested in itself. Let’s just say the vast power of these executive orders has been granted to a completely innocuous, innocent cabal of do-gooder bureaucrats who simply worry about what will happen to their flock of citizens if the worst were to happen.

Even in this fantasy realm of benign federal government, it is still an unfortunate society that must rely upon the shepherd of government to rescue it from disaster. Where has the self-reliant American spirit gone? Is everyone okay playing the role of the damsel in distress? I am proud to be an American because we are supposed to be different. We are a strong, independent, tenacious people. We don’t accept tyranny, we never have. That’s why we do not sing “God Save the Queen,” and our neighbors to the north still do. We bought our freedom from English tyranny at a heavy price. Should we now, 200 years later, allow it to slip through our fingers?

We made it easy for the federal government to assume the position of shepherd. Our quest for convenience in all things and consequent lack of self-reliance has turned us into sheeple (sheep+people=sheeple). We are quivering, afraid of the world and afraid of independence because we shirked our freedom and now realize what getting it back entails.

Our modern lifestyles have turned us into sheep. Most cannot do for themselves anymore. Most of us wouldn’t know how to milk a cow, make butter, ferment cream, grind grain into flour, bake bread, filter water, raise chickens and livestock, make chicken stock, butcher a cow, butcher a chicken, collect eggs,  make clothes, make soap, know which herbal remedies are for what ailments, know how to use a gun or bow, or anything else if we couldn’t buy it or pay someone else to do it for us. We all go to the store to collect pre-made, packaged foods, toiletries, and prescriptions to help us get through the week. The horrifying part about this is that your local grocery store has only enough to feed your neighborhood for 3 days if something happened and they could not receive shipments. How is that for emergency preparedness? Not much.

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But you don’t hear many politicians recommending you start learning to be self-sufficient. Instead, they pass laws that make it easier to take advantage of your dependency. Think of how insignificant the government could be if the people spread out a bit and started homesteads in the country rather than crowding all together in the cities. Rather than relying on modern conveniences what if everyone relied on old-fashioned survivalism? What if we all made a point to not be so pathetically dependent on things outside of our control? Fortunately, there is a way we can regain some modicum of control over our lives, and it starts with accepting responsibility for our fates. Yes, even city dwellers can do it.

I am not advising you to become a doomsday prepper. The point of becoming more self-reliant is NOT to ensure you can survive a national disaster–that would definitely be a plus–but that is not the main reason. Another reason is that it is better for the environment, but that too is not that main reason. The ultimate reason for becoming self-reliant is because it is good for the soul. Self-reliance doesn’t leave room for us to be victims of our own design. And it decreases the opportunity the government has to swoop in and “rescue” us. The more local and independent your life’s business is the less chance given to someone else to gain control. It requires us to take hold of our freedom and maintain it. Or, bring it back, since it is already gone. It ensures that We the People are in charge of our lives, with no need for a government shepherd. As Joel Salatin, proprietor of PolyFace farms and sustainable farmer, said in his book, “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”:

“Farms and food production should be, I submit, at least as important as who pierced their navel in Hollywood this week. Please tell me I’m not the only one who believes this. Please. As a culture, we think we’re well educated, but I’m not sure that what we’ve learned necessarily helps us survive.”

I couldn’t agree more. And if you need some inspiration from an expert on self-reliance I really recommend Joel’s book.

It’s not necessary that everyone go out and purchase land and 20 cows. It can be baby steps with the intention of surviving. There are things you can do even if you live in an apartment in the city. My husband is in school and we live in an apartment in the city. As soon as he is finished with his education we can really implement our full plan on becoming independent and self-sustained. Until then, we can only do small things that make a big difference. Sometimes we just have to do what works, like stocking up on cans of soup to get us through the week. There are big things you can do if you have the ability and there are small things you can do that make a big difference.

The first thing you should do to increase your independence is to learn how to cook–with simple ingredients, knowing how to prepare nutrient dense foods from scratch. If a disaster strikes and you have no access to frozen or canned foods would you know how to make them into a meal? Also, would you know where to find food? We should support our local resources. Local farmers, dairy producers, and butchers are the most environmentally and economically sound choice besides growing/raising it yourself. Even if you are eating organic, it could be traveling 4,000 miles to get to you and that is not sustainable, neither does it make your community independent.

That will lead you to become familiar with your local resources for produce, dairy, eggs, and meat. If you are living in a city, then you probably do not have the ability to grow your own garden or raise your own chickens. But you can still support your local, independent economy while eating nutrient dense food. Kill two birds with one stone! If freedom is our goal, it is crucial that our food sources be diverse and local, not centralized and far off.  In addition, we can limit public expenditures on roads and transport because we won’t need our food shipped in from a mega-farm thousands of miles away.

Abandoning the principles of self sufficiency has not only made us susceptible to an over-reaching government but it has made us unhealthy. Simple foods and cooking from scratch can improve your health ten-fold. If we commit to being proactive with our health and aware of what we put in our body, we can lessen the need for doctor visits and prescription medications, and eliminate the “need” for socialized health care.  As a sickly nation, the panic of massive unhealthiness has pushed people to beg for government assistance and subsequently freedom has been sacrificed. The question people should be asking is why are we going to the doctor so often? I know people aren’t scheduling appointments, thinking, “I am completely healthy but I’d like to see my doctor anyway.” It’s more like, “Why am I always tired? Why do I have anxiety? Help doctor, I’m constipated!” Take your health into your own hands and perhaps having expensive health insurance that covers hospital trips for each and every sniffle won’t be so important to you, freeing you to buy more cost effective insurance for medical emergencies.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I take great offense at the argument that we need government to be our shepherd. I don’t want to be the government’s sheep. I don’t want any American to be the government’s sheep. We, as individuals, can fend for ourselves and our liberty. We shouldn’t be herded into a pen when the storm comes.

For more homesteading and self-sufficiency tips check out these great blogs:

http://www.familynaturally.wordpress.com

http://www.polyfacefarms.com

http://www.modern-pioneer.blogspot.com

http://www.gnowfglins.com

Seriously, you guys the internet is loaded with great advice on self-sufficiency. Learning how is right at your fingertips.

What the Founding Fathers Would Want You to Know.

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It is appalling that something as essential to our liberty as our 2nd amendment is under attack. The Bill of Rights is not something that is up for debate but The Obama Regime doesn’t see it this way. Obama plans to annihilate this essential liberty through Executive Order. To hell with Congress. To hell with the system of Checks and Balances. To hell with Freedom.

I find it even more appalling that The Obama Regime is using a tragedy as terrible as the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting to further their agenda. Never let a good crisis go to waste though, right? Legislation through fear…scare the people into gun control. Make them feel unsafe without it. That is the role of The Obama Regime. As you hear the media throw around rationalizations, skewed perspectives, fear tactics, and false intentions of the 2nd Amendment please do not lose sight of what is really at stake: our freedom.

Mark Levin made a great point the other day:

“If this or any president can restrict the 2nd Amendment by executive order doesn’t that mean this or a future president can do the same to the 1st?”

Here is the text of the original 2nd Amendment passed by Congress:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Here is the 2nd Amendment that was ratified by the states:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

As our nation prepares to go into political battle over our 2nd Amendment rights, I find it fitting to talk about the framers of our Constitution. Let’s take a look at why the 2nd amendment is so important. I can’t think of a better way to discover the true intention than to look at the actual words from the Founding Fathers:

“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that 
 it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; 
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Thomas Jefferson
letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.

“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
Alexander Hamilton
The Federalist Papers at 184-8

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
Thomas Jefferson
to James Madison

“They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ben Franklin
American Statesman

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence 
 from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable 
 the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
George Washington

“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; 
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Samuel Adams
quoted in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, August 20, 1789, “Propositions submitted to the Convention of this State

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
George Mason
Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

I hope this provides you with some intellectual ammunition to fight the cause for our liberty. I don’t think we can fathom how much is at stake here if the Obama Regime is successful in implementing it’s agenda on gun control.

A jumble of thoughts to ring in 2013!

I feel like my first post back on the ol’ blog should be a big one! I fell off the face of the earth and now I’m back. Woo hoo! Well, not really, I have a better excuse than that for neglecting my blog and her three, okay maybe 4, readers…

We moved!!!

We now live in The City! Portland, OR. Foodie and Hippie Capital of the world. It’s lovely. I am already impressed with how much better Portland weather is than Astoria weather. Like today for instance, the sun is out! Albeit, it is 35 degrees, you would never see the sun out in Astoria during this time of year!

This is the lovely bridge in our neighborhood we get to cross on our way to school/work.

This is the lovely bridge in our neighborhood we get to cross on our way to school/work.

But I work in Beaverton…not so lovely. Not that the job itself isn’t lovely…just Beaverton. You can’t drive anywhere without needing a crocheting project to occupy your time while you spend an hour waiting at every. single. stoplight.

Which brings me to my next topic….

I have discovered the most magical activity in the world…besides eating fat and drinking wine…It is the perfect antidote to compulsive spending, fidgety-ness, ADD, anxiety, stress, and restlessness.

It is….CROCHET!

It is the perfect activity to be paired with my paranoia about the economic disaster looming and/or in case the Illuminati unleash their terror upon our poor souls. If we are wandering nomads trying to escape the evil reigning in power…how will we clothe ourselves?? Crocheting of course! How will we stay warm when they steal our blankets? Crocheting of course!

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This is my ultimate crochet goal. A 1970’s cape pattern.

These are my cute but crooked boof cuffs I made.

These are my cute but crooked boof cuffs I made.

Well, if you didn’t know, now you do. I am a mental doomsday prepper. But I limit it to fantastical scenarios merely in my head.

I’m sorry if I scared you off…please come back. I won’t bite. I don’t even have a bunker!

My wise husband has calmed my paranoia about such things by reminding me that we need to put our trust in God. If we are prepping for disaster, how is that trusting that God will provide for us?

I, in turn, make fun of this by saying he has poured too much coffee in his cup and he is not trusting in God to provide for his needs of the rest of the cup. he…he…he…what is wrong with me!?

I am so mean.

He is right. It’s right there in the Bible if you don’t believe him.

God forbid you don’t have a Bible, I’ll post the scripture for you.

““Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. …”

Matthew 6:25-34

Anyway, It’s really great to enter blog world again. I hope you stop by again as I have some interesting posts coming your way.

I hope everyone has a GREAT 2013! Happy New Year!

Me and my sweet hub on New Years eve :-) ...my eyelashes aren't usually so big.

Me and my sweet hub on New Years eve 🙂
…my eyelashes aren’t usually so big.

Day 1: No Coffee Video Blog

Are you exhausted all the time?

I know I am!

After years of stress, poor coping skills, caffeine, malnutrition, and even diet pills I got me some adrenal fatigue! I hope this can help other people too and maybe take the mystery out of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Both of those may very well be symptoms of adrenal fatigue. And there is a way to reverse it! Watch my little diddy then read below some other things I am going to do to heal my adrenals.

Here’s what I am going to do to slowly heal this God forsaken exhausting thing.

1. Get to bed early. On days that my alarm goes off at 5 am I want to be in bed before 9 pm! On days that I can sleep more I want to be in bed by 10 pm!

2. No coffee. I am going to transition with yerba mate which I really like. It contains theobromine rather than caffeine as the stimulant. Theobromine is less taxing on adrenals.

3. Decrease stress.

4. A well rounded traditional foods diet of saturated fats, protein, vegetables and healthy carbs.

Stay tuned for updates!

❀ Olivia

“Fresh”: A Movie Review.

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Now THESE are some happy pigs. And they know how to exfoliate.

I am so glad we had the pleasure of watching the documentary “Fresh” last weekend. I can’t give a high enough review. I want to watch it again!
While exposing the depressing reality of the current food systems and industries, “Fresh” manages to still keep it light and uplifting. At the end of the movie, I wasn’t hating factory farmers for their dirty deeds. Instead, I wanted to garden and buy 12 cows and chickens. And pigs. And goats.
I read a quote recently that said something to the extent of…”Don’t spread hate for something bad, spread love for something good.” I think I butchered it. But you get the idea.
And let me tell you, this movie spread the love! All the clips of Joel Salatin (my favorite farmer) with his cowboy hat, tan arms, and sexy glasses walking through the pastures of his farm in Virginia made me appreciate life a little more.
When it came to the interviews held with “Mr. and Mrs. Fox”, “traditional” farmers, and their depressed poodle, I really noticed a drastic difference in attitude. These farmers had no passion.
From Freshthemovie.com “Joel calls himself a grass-farmer, for it is the grass that transform the sun into energy that his animals can then feed on. By closely observing nature, Joel created a rotational grazing system that not only allows the land to heal but also allows the animals to behave the way the were meant to — as in expressing their “chicken-ness” or “pig-ness”, as Joel would say.”

“Cheap food is an illusion. The real cost of the food is paid somewhere.”-Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemna

This is probably the best quote to epitomize the movie. It isn’t a win-win situation when we walk into a supermarket and purchase a cart full of meat and dairy to last for days with just fifty dollars. It isn’t a win-lose situation either. It’s a lose-lose situation. Why? We are not only destroying our health by eating cheap, chemical-ridden, artificially raised meat, dairy, and produce. We are also destroying our resources. Soil depletion is a huge concern regarding the vast amount of corn, soy, and wheat production without soil replenishment. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (or, CAFOS) are producing an ungodly amount of toxic waste. If these cows were on pasture, their waste wouldn’t be toxic and could be used for manure to replenish the soil. “Fresh” explains how nature’s different assets are meant to work together. Animals, crops, dirt, and grass. It is a system. Without mother nature’s system we are destroying the earth. And thus, are ability to produce food. “Chemical Agriculture is a drug trip. It takes more and more every year to get the same kick.” -Joel Salatin, Folks, This Just Ain’t Normal

Don’t take my word for it…go see it! Let me know what you think.

Here’s the trailor:

Weird But Good Wednesday: Just Say No to Showers.

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It has been my goal for about the last month to take as few showers as possible.
Don’t worry, I do cleanse my bod, just not in the shower. I take hot baths on a regular basis.( I leave the no bathing up to my husband! ;))
It has been quite a journey, this no showering business. I have to think ahead a little more and plan my time accordingly. Why, you ask, do I put so much effort into avoiding the shower?
I avoid showers for a few reasons. I have a de-chlorinating device for my bath water, but not for my shower head. Chlorine is extremely harmful to the body and is absorbed epidermally in large amounts during regular showers and baths. It is also in our tap water. You would think ingesting the stuff would contribute to the bulk of our chlorine over-dosage but that is not the case. The average person has a body chlorine content that is 64 percent due to skin absorption. This means showering, hand washing, and bathing, etc., are harming us more than helping us. Chlorine is an excellent disinfectant. If it were a healthy thing to routinely exterminate ALL of the critters (i.e., bacteria) in our guts, then chlorine would work nicely. But as scientists have known for decades, many of the bugs that grow inside us are not only beneficial, but also necessary for the proper functioning of our digestion. In addition, chlorine chemically bonds with proteins in the hair, skin, and scalp making hair rough and brittle. Skin is also targeted and can dry out with itchy, flaky scalp occurring. And if that weren’t enough it’s also linked to respiratory damage and cancer. In short, chlorine is poison to our bodies.

The second reason is so that I do not strip my skin and hair from natural oils. This goes along with the drying effects of chlorine. By constantly scrubbing and scraping you can induce a dry, flaky, malnourished skin. Since saying no to showers, I have noticed improvement in the texture of my hair. It is usually a massive poodle-like fro if I let nature take it’s course and air dry it but it seems to have been slightly tamed by baths.

Baths are relaxing! It is so nice to climb into a hot tub and de-compress. You can add essential oils for the ever-lovely touch of aromatherapy. I like to add a few drops of tea tree oil…so fresh and so clean. My other favorites for the bath include eucalyptus, juniper, lemon, and lavender.

Had a rough day? Pour in some epsom salts to relieve pain from soreness, inflammation, and bruising. I must warn you though…maybe it’s just me but epsom salt baths have an appetite increasing effect like NO OTHER! I always emerge from such baths feeling like I haven’t eaten in days. (Magnesium has this effect on people I hear)

Create your own oasis…bring your book. Bring your wine or tea. Bring some Enya, Jack Johnson, whatever you fancy …reflect on all that you are grateful for. Be calm 🙂
a quiet night alone\