Back to basics

I am write this new blog post and adding a new category to my blog this week called “Back to Basics” because I think it is time to get back to the basics. I have wanted to live on a farm since I was a small child and have been talking about living a sustainable lifestyle since I was 21 years old. That is a long time to be dreaming of something and not accomplishing it. Jump on board with the thousands of people who have homesteads and farms so that you too can live a happier, healthier lifestyle by getting back to the basics.

The basics I am referring to are growing your own food in your own garden for starters. In the next year my goal is to have a garden, buy a horse and build a big barn.  I want cattle, chickens, a dog, a couple of amazing mousers (I already have my cat Lucy who rocks at mousing) and of course room to grow and to expand the variety of living things I may want in the future! Like goats and sheep…

To me self-sufficiency and living a sustainable life is by far the healthiest choice a human-being can make! Viewing the direction the world is going for the past couple of decades, the ones who choose this lifestyle will survive and be the remaining few.

Growing your own garden

In growing your own garden you know what is in the earth, fertilizer used and how they were grown. I’ve chosen herlium seeds and will save seeds when I harvest the fruits and vegetables I grow. You are in control of what goes in your gut. Using natural ingredients to tame weeds and get rid of pests that way you know your family is safe eating every single food item you put on the kitchen table from your own garden.

Growing a homestead

I want to have the best homestead I can create and already have plans under way for this amazing next phase of my life. I am very excited and want to bring my experiences and learning to you to inspire you to do the same. When living with autoimmune diseases the way you have to eat can get very expensive and this is a great way to save money, working on bettering yourself in so many ways and being outside in nature is just an added bonus.

Growing a new lifestyle

What you set your mind on doing you can accomplish. Start with a plan and work towards it. If you want it bad enough and run your own life the goal is attainable. To me self-sufficiency and living a sustainable life is by far the healthiest choice a human-being can make! Viewing the direction the world is going for the past couple of decades, the ones who choose this lifestyle will survive and be the remaining few.

 

In the Kitchen: Sweet potatoes (alkaline)

Sweet potatoes are alkaline based food. I believe that we need to eat majority alkaline foods. But I also believe that a variety of foods is what is needed for a balanced life.

This link has an extensive list of alkaline to acid foods. Very beneficial!

Types of Sweet Potatoes

Jewel

SKIN – Orange/copper. I find it really hard to tell garnet and jewel sweet potatoes apart because their coloring is fairly similar both inside and outside. To me, it seems that garnets are slightly more redish in color on the outside.
FLESH – Deep orange.
TASTE – Mildly sweet and fairly firm inside.

Purple

SKIN – Deep purple.
FLESH – Deep purple.
TASTE – Not very sweet, and pretty dry inside.

Japanese

SKIN – Purple and fairly smooth. Generally more round (“fatter”) than the Stokes purple sweet potatoes, which are more elongated.
FLESH – Whitish flesh that turns golden when baked.
TASTE – Very sweet and fairly firm inside.

Hannah

SKIN – Cream colored and pretty smooth.
FLESH – Cream/whitish colored that becomes yellow when baked.
TASTE – Pretty sweet and fairly firm inside (Hannah sweet potatoes are considered a dry or firm sweet potato meaning that the flesh is pretty firm and dry when cooked).

Garnet

SKIN – Redish/Dark Orange.
FLESH – Orange.
TASTE – Mildly sweet, and pretty moist inside.

My favourite for eating whole and plain on my diner plate are the dark purple sweet potatoes. I precook a couple for the week so that I have them on hand for easy pull together meals. I cook them in the oven for 40-50 min at 400 degrees.

I also do this with jewel and hannah sweet potatoes but I use them in salmon cakes and soups. If I don’t use them in a couple of days I will freeze the rest for later use.

Google paleo sweet potato recipes and you will find tons!

Have a great week-end!

~Andrea

In the Kitchen : Homemade

I am starting a new category on my blog…In the Kitchen! For quick meals, if I’ve lost track of time, or I was too busy to prepare something during the day sometimes supper ends up being non nutritional and I make bad food choices. Which always makes me feel unsatisfied. To remedy this I have come up with a few fool proof ways to make sure each meal is healthy. I plan for a full week of meals! I organize what I am going to eat, figure out what I already have and what needs to be bought. I make a grocery list, go shopping and make one recipe that day. The next day I make a couple of recipes so that I have quick meals I can grab for a couple of days then I do it all over again.

I like to have a loaf of bread, apple sauce, broth and one main dish always made and ready to eat or heat and eat. This way I have something to fill my stomach to feel satisfied along with other food items I have on hand like honey, sunbutter, goat cheese, fruit, meat or vegetable; raw or roasted. The main cookbooks I use are Against All Grain & Whole30. I find it easy to prepare, freeze and plan a week and even a month ahead with these recipes.

Breakfast

Danielle Walker from Against All Grain has a load of recipes on her blog. I think I have eaten almost everything on this page for breakfast and sometimes snacks. Easy make ahead, freeze or pantry foods. Melissa Hartwig is Queen of Whole30 Breakfasts….Check it out. Have you ever had soup for breakfast….MY FAVOURITE!

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Frittata

I love Frittata’s and make them each week. It makes enough for four or more meals and can be warmed up and plated with something else like bacon, salad, fruit or any vegetable side. Here is a link from Whole30 

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Crock Pot Meals

I am a sucker for one pot meals! Seriously, I try to do this as much as possible. It’s easy! Throw everything into one pot or crock pot, set and forget until ready. What could be better than to work all day and come home to the smell of a meal waiting for you! Check AAG Crock Pot Meals


Spaghetti Squash

I always have a spaghetti squash, a jar of tomato sauce and a package of frozen sausage which can easily be pulled together into a meal, sometimes I plate with another vegetable. The trick to baking the spaghetti squash is to coat the outside with olive oil as well.  Coat the inside with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on inside before turning hollowed part face down on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake for 40 min at 350 degrees. Scrap out and top with tomato sauce, meat and goats milk cheese.


Against All Grain has a great page full of her Whole30 meals.

~Andrea

 

 

The journey continues…

I have shared my soul searching journey with you in hopes of giving at least one person hope, knowledge and peace in the uncertain time of feeling lost, unbalanced and confused in the months that follow receiving a diagnosis such as IBD.  If you look back at my posts you will see a pattern, a path, some answers, honesty, hope and a variety of ways to help your body adjust to and heal IBD naturally. That’s right Naturally! That means NO prescription drugs, NO over the counter medicines and NO surgery! Not ever, not for the treatment of IBD!

Healing, Remission & Recovery

I needed this outlet (blog) to share what I have learned, the course my life took to find balance and the search and research I have completed to find myself and heal! The people, ideas, health information, cookbooks and positive attitudes in an uncertain time I found along my way were inspirational, helpful and healing. I will keep all of this with me as I move forward in my ever changing life. I am grateful for the hope, peace and my true authentic self I found while healing, finding remission and now recovery over the past months.

Looking back I see how I’ve slowly healed naturally, with homeopathy, holistic medicine, biofeedback and a change in diet. I have to admit it can be done and it is absolutely amazing to say the least.  Watching the transformation my body has taken in the last twenty two months is beyond what I expected.

There is grace in healing naturally!

How life has changed for me in the last couple of months

A couple of weeks house hunting, secured a rental townhouse, moved out of storage into a one bedroom home, winterized my travel trailer an got it safely to storage. Researched accredited colleges, applied, was interviewed and got accepted. I’m going back to school to become a Homeopathic Practitioner. It’s the power of the mind, manifest what you want. Six months ago it never crossed my mind that I would be at this place in my life.

On my way….

This leads me to my next entrepreneurial and website endeaver. I am beginning a new adventure, an entrepreneurial venture that I am extremely excited about. Now that my colitis and crohns are in remission I am starting my dream career. Woodlands Tree Farm!! It’s seasonal but being outdoors and running my own company has been a dream of mine since I was in my 20’s and the time is finally here! I’m jumping in feet first!

Woodlamds Tree Farm start up is in a couple of weeks, going to get people thinking about Christmas! I will be selling Pine, Spruce and Fir Christmas Trees.

Woodlands Tree Farm on  Twtter and Faceook; website will be launching soon.

Stay tuned for more of my recovery and beyond! You can find me here at http://www.OneGutsyLady.com, on FacebookTwitter & Instagram

-Peace-

~Andrea