It was the Best of Times…

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I have had so much going on around here lately. Most of it is good, with a sprinkling of not so good in the mix. I stated in my last post how much better I am feeling since weaning off most of my medicines and going to supplements and dietary changes. The result so far is really amazing. I feel as close to “normal” as I have in years. I am outdoors gardening most days. I wear my hat and garden in the morning to avoid the worst of the sun and heat. I have a chair to sit in if needed. I am just amazed at how much “earthing” is helping me as well.

Earthing is the term that covers getting dirty, walking barefoot in the grass, and basically just touching the earth. No shoes. Natural. There is even a web page about earthing. I have copied from their page the following:

“Being isolated from the Earth by non-conductive materials such as rubber and plastic (our shoes), wood, plastic, laminate, and asphalt (flooring surfaces).

See what happens when we

ConnectWITH THE EARTH

When we re-connect with the Earth, balance is restored!

Animated illustration FPOWhen we make direct contact with the surface of the Earth our bodies receive a charge of energy that makes us feel better, fast.”

From http://www.earthing.com

I didn’t know about this until recently.  I have always been a barefoot type of person. Shoes are confining to me. However, gardening barefoot and weeding, planting and reaping combined have helped me. If you add the supplements into the picture, well, I have felt alive again. For years I have been on so many medications, as you lupus folks know for sure, and up to fourteen at one time. I was taking medications to counteract other medications. It had become like the proverbial hamster running on his wheel. I was getting no better. I was reclusive and stayed home most days.

My paradigm has shifted now, and it started with weaning off my medications, with the exception of two. I use my hands in the dirt, with dirt under my fingernails most days. I walk barefoot while in the garden as long as I am not using a tool which could hurt me. I now have a compost pile. I am learning about gardening techniques. I have harvested quite a bit from my garden and have either given it away, canned it, dehydrated it or used it.

I have canned spaghetti sauce, salsa, pickles, tomato juice, stewed tomatoes, banana peppers, and zucchini pickles. I went to Ohio last week with my car loaded down with jars of stuff for my kids and grandkids. I came home with four empty jars which were consumed by them. My family loves pickles. I dehydrated zucchini chips and then ground them up to make zucchini powder. I harvested cilantro and hung it up to dry. I allowed it to flower to get seeds for next year.

My beans are just starting to come in now so that is next on the agenda. More canning. I know canning is work but my goal is to be as self sufficient as possible and use methods of storage that do not involve refridgeration. I want shelf stable foods that I know are non GMO and grown organically. I truly believe this is helping me as well.

I am learning about fermenting now too. Fermenting foods is a great way to put good bacteria into your gut. I am in the process of learning about this. I also planted my fall garden last week. I planted carrots, green onions and spinach. I have lettuce growing in pots on the front porch.

I think this is all helping me. I am interested in being more healthy. I want to enjoy my life that is left. On the positive side, I am also losing weight. In two months I have lost 6 pounds. I have not tried to lose weight, it just is happening. I will take it!

The things I have done only required time to research, implement and make the necessary changes. I am not saying you all should do this. I am just saying that this stuff has helped me. I feel that your healthcare is just that…YOURS! Do your own research if you want to change. Talk to y our doctor. Be informed. As a postscript to doing this, I saw my doctor on Monday and guess what? She started using one of my supplements after researching it with me. No kidding. She said it is helping her too. I will not say what it is but she was so impressed with her own research that she decided to try it for herself.

I hope you are all enjoying this summer. I sure am and while it remains to be seen, I am hoping to enjoy winter too. Remember, never give up! Keep learning, keep researching and keep living life to the fullest!