While it’s important to rest, and have time specifically for relaxation, there are a few things I would like to share about making the most of ‘now’.
Everything you do now is something you don’t have to do later. The more you put off your chores, or your dreams, the more they pile up and tend to seem impossible. Just recently I worked two very long days in a row. The first day I came home, fed my horses properly, prepared buckets, and made my lunch. Heck I even washed the bathroom sink! The following days chores went much smoother, but I was tired from all the driving, so I used this as an excuse not to prepare for the next day. It is now two days later, and I am still behind because of this poor decision. Skipping a step in the preparation for tomorrow tends to lead to what I call the ‘crash and burn syndrome’, and instead of enjoying my set time to relax I’m playing catch up with chores not to mention once again putting my dreams on hold.
The next thing I knew my children, lead by my husband began stomping around the house chanting “Don’t trust mom.! Don’t trust mom!”.
They have threatened me with with spy cameras ever since that day, but I still try to get as much healthy stuff into them as possible.
The first thing to keep in mind when you’re trying to get more vitamins and minerals out of your diet is to buy fruits and vegetables that have more vitamins and minerals. Our modern cultivation practices have cut their nutritional value down drastically. Organic produce contains higher amounts of essential nutrients due to better soil management practices.
We also need to keep in mind that there is no one plant source that can replace your multi vitamins - you must include many plant sources. Eat the rainbow, not in candy form however, in fruit and veggie form. Vitamins are chemical compounds made up of elements from the periodic table for example vitamin C is ascorbic acid C6H8O6, table salt is sodium chloride or NaCl, water is H2O, you get the picture. Minerals are elements found on the periodic table, for example magnesium Mg, and calcium Ca. If you remember from chemistry class colour was an indicator of an element, or of chemical change. Everytime you eat a different coloured food you're ingesting different nutrients. My personal favorite is beta carotene, used to make vitamin A, because it’s bright orange. Including many different colours in your family’s diet will help insure a wide range of nutrients. If you have fussy children you may want to get them involved in growing a rainbow garden that includes veggies and berries from all the different colours of the rainbow.
Ever since I was a child I’ve struggled to keep things clean and my imagination didn’t really help. The entire time I was supposed to be cleaning my room I was really thinking about how cool it would be to have a magick wand to clean up the mess. I pictured flying around like the fairies off of sleeping beauty waving my wand and asking the mess to dance around and sing songs while it put itself away, just like Mickey Mouse in the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Needless to say I spent more time fantasising than cleaning. In fact I probably still do.
The mess never did clean itself and I struggled with it for 30+ years. Slowly over time I began learning to conquer it one little piece at a time. Recently I’ve been able to make giant steps forward thanks to 'super cleaner concentrate' recipe. These giant steps have helped me to realize how much the mess was holding me back. Every room in my house now feels good to be in, and for the first time in my life I can relax in my own house. It was as if the clutter and chaos made me claustrophobic and I couldn’t move.
Body Fat. Most of us have it. We all need it, and not only if there is a sudden shortage of food and we have to burn our fat stores. We also need it to cushion and protect our organs and deeper tissues. Fat is there to protect us, to keep us warm, and help keep us healthy. This ridiculous idea that being super skinny is a good thing, is just as preposterous as considering a person with a large amount of excess body fat, to be healthy as well.
Hi, I'm Cyndi Bird, hobby homesteader, aspiring writer, amature photographer, art and craft enthousiast and wanna be cook.