My Heartland Wilderness RV

My blog is about natural healing, wellness, holistic care, food, ultimately the human process of living a balanced life.  So, why a post about my Wilderness trailer by Heartland RV you may be wondering. Well, its quite simple in terms of the peace and serenity it gave me that I needed to heal, but complicated in the way of learning something so out of my realm on my own when I was so ill.

1 year ago ~ July 30th 2015

A year ago today I picked up my brand new travel trailer from the GM dealership and drove it home to the rental we had only 4 more hours left to be in and loaded it up with everything I needed for comfortable living at that time, everything else was already in a storage unit waiting to decorate another home in the near future. I had a blue Dodge Hemi lifted and decked out with a very loud exhaust that sounded beautiful to me! I loved that truck but it was a lemon and put me in debt, I had more debt caused by that truck alone than I had ever had with anything else.

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1 year ago today

I set up house at a campground near by and lived there for one month and one week. I loved it there it was peaceful, relaxing and not far from my work. The owner was great he helped by backing the trailer into the campsite and showed me how to set up and make sure I was good to go.  I had enough of that town/city and wanted so desperately to be done with it once and for all so I moved an hour away and again set up house and loved living there as well. It was treed like the last place but had more area to walk.

August 2015

Although I felt safe at the start it quickly changed. I moved there on August 6th 2015 and left January 8th 2016. I picked the spot I wanted, got into a groove of driving 2 hours to and from work, it was a 15 minute drive to town for groceries and other amenities.  Found a great doctor and planned to permanently move to this new town/city, actually that was in the works for a couple of years but I was finally putting it into action. I went to the library once a week, cooked or baked once a week and was enjoying myself very much. I was feeling the best I had in a very long time at this point and thought I was on the mend.

I had to do something about my money sucking truck so I bought a brand new brownstone 2015 Chevy Silverado LT, and again fell in love with my very own, very first brand new truck. Since I can remember I had wanted to have my own Chevy truck, finally I have one!! I was very proud of myself to have reached that point in my life to be able to buy a new travel trailer and truck in the same year.

October 2015

The months passed and the cold fall temps took hold and for some reason the owner of this campground didn’t ask me to move to a different spot ahead of time but he came to my trailer one night and asked if I could move right now! Other people needed that spot and he could put me somewhere else.  If he had of told me in advance I would probably have moved on to a different campground because I didn’t like any of the other spots he had available.  For some reason he changed his mind that night as he got held up doing something else. I had taken the past 2 hours to get the trailer in moving mode for no reason I thought.  He contacted me the next day while I was at work to tell me he would move my trailer to a spot during the day while I was away. I didn’t like this once so ever but had no choice so he said everything would be done by the time I got home and laughed when I was unsure of it all.

When I got back my trailer was moved, nothing was hooked up, it wasn’t leveled and my poor cat was scared and hiding, took me two and half hours to find her.  It was a horrible spot as the neighbour left for work anywhere between 3 and 5 o’clock in the morning and her truck was parked two feet from my bed. She would start it up and of course it was a duly which are very loud and she would open and close all the doors and the tailgate. This went on for two weeks until I complained I couldn’t take it any more. So the owner said he would move me to another spot once he had the hook ups installed.  This took another two and half weeks, by this time I was ill but in a different way and knew I could not move to another campground and still be able to work and make food for myself I was already struggling more than necessary to function. At this point my gut and digestive track were slightly working better and my crohns and colitis symptoms were rearing their ugly heads!

In hindsight I should have asked for help and moved on up the road! But hindsight as we all know is 20/20. This is where it all went wrong. Allowing him to control me when he moved my trailer was a big mistake, he knew I was sick and took advantage of that, but this was only the beginning. As I look back I realize he was interested in me, but I had no idea because I was so sick and struggling to stay a float, literally speaking!!!!! Plus I didn’t care for many reasons one being I was not interested in him as I didn’t find him a nice person or attractive and two the most important, he’s married! Seriously, what the hell is wrong wrong with people. I didn’t want his help, I never asked for his help he would force it upon me and I had to be nice for fear he may do something because by now I had a bad feeling about him, I was getting bad vibes I didn’t pick up on before. There was no where for me to go. I was already driving 2 hours for work and to move at that point was not an option as I knew I couldn’t do it physically.

November 2015

I prepared myself for winter and skirted the bottom of my trailer for insulation and put an outdoor heater under or rather inside the cozy walls of my “basement”. It was -19 to -22 degrees by now as I had to wait for money from my CP contributions as I was no longer working. I put the skirting on one side myself and the back and he helped me finish up the other side and the front. I couldn’t find heavy pieces of wood to secure the silver heating skirting so he brought some for me. This was nice of him but they were railroad trusses which would have been heavy enough to hold the skirting down plus I told him I didn’t know how long I would be staying.  Never the less he used railroad nails to hold the wood down by hammering them into the frozen ground. When he did this to the first one I said “oh that doesn’t need to be done, I’ll put the wood down on it’s own tomorrow myself.” Believe me I didn’t want his help and I could do it all by myself in bits and pieces so that it was done my way, on my terms so that I could remove the wood and leave when I wanted to.  He insisted and hammered ever truss so that I couldn’t get them out on my own.

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Silver insulation skirting ~ Ready for winter!

December 2015

We are now into December and the Christmas season and all I want to do was SLEEP!!!!!!!  My last day of work was November 13th I was sleeping 12 – 14 hours every night and wanted to sleep all day but knew I had to get up to get water, food and natural medicines into me. The water lines froze a couple of times under ground so he would come and fix that and I would be without water for a couple of days. On Dec 16th I didn’t have water again but had been without it for a couple of days already but it worked for a half a day. This time it was on my end that the water slightly froze in my pipes but nothing major, his fuse blew and the heater was off for about 2-3 hours. Neither of us knew this at the time so he came to fix it again and made a major error, one that not even I would make being a female and all, he used a damn wrench on my brand new trailer and brand new heated water hose and busted the water connection on my trailer!

I sensed something was up when he knocked on my door so quickly and agitated so I  got my boots and coat on and ran outside to see what he was up to, as I walked to the other side of the trailer he was standing their with the wrench on my connections with is eye so wide open and he mouth gaping and asked “Do you have a wrench?” And I said for the 3rd time as he had asked me before “No, I don’t have a wrench, you have one in your hands.” He then showed me that the water was running in the hose just fine and to wait a bit until thing thawed. He plugged that damn water hose back onto my trailer and turned the water back on and left. He didn’t tell me he had broke my water connection. That my friends is what you call a weasel, a selfish no good human being that is a coward!

There was no leaking inside or outside of my trailer and by 3 am the water had thawed and the leaking began. It made a huge ice chunk on the outside of my trailer and flooded the inside of my trailer.  That bastard who was knocking on my door at any time of the day at any given hour and disturbing me needlessly for the past 4 months became a ghost, he was nowhere to be found, not once did he come knocking on my door after that, not once did he offer to help me, not once did he drive past to see what I was doing looking for a reason to come over to talk to me. I never once saute him out! He knew what he had done, cowardly and sheepishly made himself scarce. He never fessed up to damaging my travel trailer even when confronted.

January 2016

As soon as the RV repair staff where back from Christmas vacation which was January 4th 2016 I struggled with lack of energy, weakness and mental capacity to do everything that had to be done an tow my trailer 20 minutes west to get repaired and move into a different RV resort as far away from crazy wrench owner. This town is the place I was being pulled to for the past 6 or 7 years long before I moved to Alberta. I’m glad to say that no one has bothered me since and I found nice managers and owners at the first, third and fourth campgrounds I resided in.  I am staying here surrounded by beautiful trees until I am ready to move on, on my own terms!

I was very lucky that Alberta had one of the mildest winters on record this past year or I know I wouldn’t have made it living the RV lifestyle this long, simply because I was not prepared nor had I done enough research to prep for the winter months.

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Today ~ 1 year later 🙂

June 30th 2016

Some people may not understand but to live in an RV for 1 full year is a huge accomplishment and I feel I weathered the experience with success! If it wasn’t for that one campground owner messing with my trailer nothing would have gone wrong!

Wilderness RV’s are a great choice and I’m so glad I own a Heartland! It has been the best year of my life living in my RV by myself (and my cat Lucy) in terms of healing and learning about myself, absorbing the peace and serenity of remote places, being close to the mountains and nature which, to me, doesn’t get any better this!

I wanted freedom and I found it in my Heartland RV! Cheers to RV living for 1 full year!

Happy Camping Everyone!

~Andrea

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Whole30

I think it is very important to know what is going in your body when choosing foods, asking yourself questions like where does it come from, is it local, is it a dirty dozen and clean 15, how is it raised, are there hormones, pesticides, and other unhealthy chemicals I will be digesting and making myself feel less than healthy. Read the labels and know what is in the food you are eating. I prepare foods the whole30 way! I love that they give you a new way of viewing foods and the reactions foods can have on your body. Food combo switch up, meal swaps and interchangeable food ideas.

Whole9Life & Whole30 have the information you need to start and complete the program.

Books: It Starts With Food & The Whole30: 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

Against All Grain has a great link that showcases the recipes that are in her books and food blog that are Whole30 compliant or can be tweaked to be in accordance with this program requirements. aag whole30 compliant

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I am not healed yet so I have not done a Whole30 challenge but would like to later this year starting in September when my body is balanced and my gut is healthy and equipped to handle more changes to my diet. I have come a long way and spent thousands of dollars to heal naturally, so I don’t want to upset the balance I am trying to achieve which is finding remission. Being in a Crohn’s and Colitis flares is serious and I have found what is working for me finally so I will stick to this routine until I find full recovery.

I have to admit I do make a lot of the Whole 30 recipes now and for the past 6 months and enjoy them very much, I like the meal plan, their simple to the point explanations and how gratifying it is to whip up a delicious meal and leftovers because anybody who has and IBD will testify that energy to make food let alone feel hungry is sometimes non existent!

I have eaten whole foods all my life, that’s the way I was taught since my parents were raised on farms. I went even more religiously into whole foods shopping and eating out of shear necessity in 2000 when I found it impossible to eat certain foods without feeling incredibly sick, tired, exhausted, lethargic, being gassy, constipated, having cramps or diarrhea and fevers.

I found that if I eliminated certain foods I felt better and as I did this I found some foods that didn’t bother me and stuck to eating that way for a decade at least. BUT eating bland foods was making me unhappy and unsatisfied. I was so glad to find all of these different ways of eating using whole foods and I have learned that even the meat in the supermarket was affecting me with the antibiotics and chemicals growers use on their animals and then I found organic as a great source of whole food eating that I can tolerate and have been eating that way for  a couple of years.

 

The whole30 is a program to get you to make healthy conscious food decisions. To eliminate certain foods for 30 days so that your gut has a chance to be cleaned out so that for the next month or so you can slowly add in common trigger foods to see if they are trigger foods for you. I`m sure there are more foods I should be avoiding and will figure it out by the end of this year for sure!

Here is another link to my blog about organic foods and the difference for gut sensitivities and gut health.

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Cheers ~ Andrea

 

Healing properties of bone broth

Roast or cook in crock pot a whole pasture raised chicken then take meat off the bones. Put the bones with enough water to cover everything add in onion, carrot, celery, apple cider vinegar, pepper, sea salt, clove of garlic, herbs like bay leaf, thyme, parsley, etc for 3-10 hours, the longer the better the healing qualities of the broth. Beef, bison or turkey bones can be used in this same manner. While cooking the bones you are getting the vitamins and minerals needed for gut health, and so many other benefits for your body. Stock another name for broth is a flavoured liquid preparation. It forms the basis of many dishes, particularly soups and sauces. Read more here.

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I make sure to do this with a fresh chicken, turkey or whatever meat so that I can freeze the meat for other meals and freezing the broth allows endless meal opportunities. This way the prep is already done.

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I don’t have a picture of chicken bones cooking in a crock pot but you get the idea!

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Drink up, heal & enjoy!

~Andrea

Dental health

A healthy body requires all aspects of your health to be cared for and that includes dental health. There is a lot of talk about mind-gut connection, mind-body connection, but there is one that is being overlooked and that is mouth-body connection! It is important to have your teeth cleaned once every year to keep up with bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. Making sure to brush your teeth 2-3 times a day and floss every day to avoid gingivitis, don’t forget to bush your cheeks and tongue too. Keeping on top of dental health can also prevent other diseases manifesting in other parts of your body.

I had all old mercury silver fillings (amalgams) and wondered if my health issues were a direct result of them leaking into my body so, one day I decided it was time to slowly replace as many as I could especially the deep ones with the new porcelain filling. I have a heart murmur so I was prescribed antibiotics and not knowing at that point that I had CD or UC I started on this pursuit of dental fix up phase one, two and three.

Phase one exchange silver fillings with white fillings, phase two root canal, phase three teeth cleaning. After a couple of years just before I went to my first homeopathic appointment I had successfully accomplished it all.  Unbeknownst to me I was creating a perfect potion for my CD and UC to flare, and FLARE it did! I not only took antibiotics that are a trigger I took it sporadically for two years with each visit for fear of bacterial endocarditis. I was not aware of probotics and their role in  gut health after taking antibiotics.

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I am glad I got the old fillings replaced and maybe that was the way I was suppose to find out that I had CD and UC. The antibiotics gave me such an uncontrollable gut infection that I was not absorbing anything into my body. What a scary thought!

One last thing I am doing for optimal mouth care is Invisalign to help with a bit of crowding I have so that my teeth can be cleaned better and I will be so happy to have the mouth to body connection taken care of too. I continue to have my teeth cleaned and checked once every year.

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Oil Pulling – holistic cleansing of the mouth

~Andrea