Starting a healthier life

While I was making another blog I just started to think about this. Starting a healthier life. Some people know exactly how to start a healthier life, some people have no clue, most people never thought about it or try to ignore it.

I am on this world already for over half a century and I have done thing to destroy my health but also to get a better health. I didn’t really learn it from my parents how to lead a healthy life. I learned to eat my vegetables and eat fruit. I learned to go to school, to get an education and to learn to take care of myself. Get married and get children (or not). And after a long time your life will end. That’s it. The circle of life. Just do it. Don’t think about it.

Looking around I can see that the way people live is getting worse every decade. More and more people get allergies. More and more people are overweight. More and more people are depressed. More and more people have all kind of diseases like asthma, cancer, etc. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe I just hear more about it because of the present technologie, social media, internet in general. I don’t know. Still I think that humanity is spiralling downward fast.

I hope I still can teach my children that they can always start to improve their life. Starting with Young Living products was for me one of the steps I could make. But of course it’s not only essential oils. Looking after what you eat is important too. Moving more is another one. Gaining muscle and loosing fat.

My father used to be a vet and when he got another dog patient with HD/arthritis in the hips he always gave the same advice. No you don’t get painkillers yet because the dog won’t feel the pain anymore and he will make it worse. First get that dog moving. Get on your bike and have him run next to you. Or start running yourself with the dog. No sudden movements, just straight lines. Just to gain muscles and lose weight. Both will take of the pressure of the joints. And they are good for the dogs’ boss too. People should get that advice too from their doctors.

So what can you do about your food? Eat vegetables. Do you eat 200 gram a day? That is a lot. Do you eat 2 pieces of fruit a day? I normally spread it out over the day and when I finish my lunch and diner I am stuffed. Another one is to start with reducing the amount of meat you eat. Better for the environment too. Years ago I heard that 75 gram of meat a day for somebody who doesn’t excercise is more than enough. So eating that bacon in the morning is fine, eating that sandwich for lunch with ham or beef is fine. Eating that hamburger as diner is fine. Just not all at the same day!! 

Is there more you can do about your food? For sure. Try to avoid the processed food like ham, bacon and cereals. Try to reduce the amount of food where farmers used all these chemicals to have it look beautiful and to keep it looking like that while in the stores. I know it is not always possible to do financial, but be inventive. Eat organic once a week instead of everyday. Go to markets. Go talk to a green farmer. Look around and see what your options are. Reduce your chemical intake.

And then that last dreadful thing. Working out. Did you know you that most people don’t even really have to start working out to lose weight? Go for a 20 minute walk 5 times a week and you are well on your way. And I mean a real walk, a constant walk. A walk which makes you feel warm and even maybe sweat a bit. That would be a great start already.

I know I am not perfect either. I love to run but get busy with other things and it starts to slip. I also love my glass of wine, my chips once in a while and that lovely cookie. I know I am still overweight but I also know that I made a lot of small changes over the year. Changes which not only made me lose 20 lbs, but also keep it off and gain energy. Energy to start my business. To do fun things. And I know, just like starting a business the beginning is difficult. But you can make changes to start small. Bit by bit.

The most important part is that you have to believe in yourself.

Young Living can help you with removing the chemicals out of your cabinets and to eat healthier and get more energy. They helped me to start the change. My health is more and more important to me now I am getting older. I would like to be in my own house till the day I die. Taking care of myself. Instead of living in a nursing home. You should think like that too!

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Diamond

Diamond came to us together with her mom Royal (a papered quarter horse) as a 2 month old foal. Royal was brought to an auction very pregnant and would have been bought by a meat buyer if Bear Valley Rescue had not stepped in. Thinking about it, Diamond would have probably been born at a feedlot and died within a short time. Or slaughtered as horse veal.

Diamond was born within 2 weeks after arrival at Bear Valley Rescue and was named Diamond because of the little diamond she has on the side of her neck. Her birth went very quick thanks to the experienced mom (she used to be a broodmare for 6 years) and Diamond was a healthy foal.

I decided to foster them because that way my foal Cornelia could grow up with a playmate instead of with a couple of older mares and grumpy geldings. And it  is also better for their mental development. It’s kind of like having a child grow up with a couple of grandparents without the contact of children who are the same age. Of course they will grow up anyway but it’s better for their mindset to be with other kids. Same for horses.

Because Diamond was a foal other people started to be interested in her, to adopt her so I decided to adopt her myself so the two of them could stay together. And I am also a sucker for not wanting to take them apart. Just hate to see horse looking for each other for weeks. Calling out for eachother.

Now they can stay together till the day they die and I have an extra horse to ride in the future. Although she will probably be way better in barrel racing then dressage. And in that case we have to find somebody who likes to ride her, because I am too old for that kind of fast-paced sport :-).

Diamonds’ character is great. She is very sweet and easy to handle except with her legs. Two summers ago she got stuck in the barbed wire and ripped open her hind leg. Good thing it was old wire because it broke and didn’t rip her tendons too but is was close. Yes, I am replacing all the barb wire and keep them away from the parts I haven’t replaced yet with electric fence. Unfortunately my mare Gracia has a very high pain level and doesn’t care at all about the shocks she gets. The grass on the other side is greener so she just goes through it. Almost every day I am repairing and replacing the lines.

So her legs are a big no no for people. I had to be very careful to keep the wound clean and twice the vet had to come to sedate her for a big clean up. After weeks the wounds were healed but her idea that we would do something to her legs not. Despite the many touches of her leg she still doesn’t allow it. Lifting her front feed just ends up in her dropping on her knees to get out of my grip.

But we will succeed one day. And then she can finally have a good trim by our farrier.

For now we keep trying and she also will start her training this summer so it will come. She will be one of these golden pony when older which can be handled by everybody even small children.

 

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Becoming a holisic vet

Years ago (it feels like a totally different life) I started an 4-years eduction to become a holistic vet. Together with a friend we signed up and started our first year. Every Tuesday morning we stepped in our car and drove 2 hours to our classes.

For a couple of reasons both of us ended the first year but decided not to finish this education.

  • We learned a lot but also had a good laugh. After a class about herbs with a professor raising his hands to the sky telling us how the flowers of a plants sang to the sun every morning, we couldn’t stop laughing and had to leave the class halfway. I still after 12 years have to laugh about it. At that moment we knew we were not the kind of people to finish this. Don’t get me wrong. We both believe in the abilities of plants, herbs etc. We just not see them laughing, signing or feeling. Maybe the way we think is too logical.
  • Second reason was that I would not be able to finish anyway because we decided to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Because it wasn’t very cheap to follow these classes it was no use for me to continue and my friend had no intention to do it alone. I have been looking around a bit to see if anything like that is offered here in Alberta but never really found something appropriate. Or it was ridiculous expensive.
  • For me, last reason was that I didn’t saw myself as a holistic vet working in Canada. Knowing that a lot of educations were not accepted in Canada (even my husband had to redo his exams as civil  engineer) why bother. I also knew that I had to be there for my kids for at least the first year to make the move to Canada work.

So no new career for me in that field. But working with herbs, oils, Bach, TTouch and horses was never forgotten. For now my new career is Young Living though.

Helping horses and dogs with holistic treatment will follow over time. 

I am working on it.

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Young Living Seed to Seal

Young Living is started by Gary Young in the USA as an essential oil marketing company. In the last 2 decades it is expended from just essential oils to essential oil blends and oil infused products. For me it is not only important that the oils are natural but how they work still, after all these years, surprise me.

The oil-infused products gave my family also a change to help to find our health back. All the products are natural, no chemicals added. I not only use their essential oils and blends but I also use their household cleaner (really great stuff), dish soap, laundry soap, toothpaste, shampoo, face scrub… do I have to go on? They have so much products nowadays.

I already was familiar with the essential oils, herbs, Bach and the holistic way of living but moving to Canada it all went to the background. After a couple of years I realized I was using so much ibuprofen and coming pass a post about becoming a distributor for Young Living made me think. Besides that I could use some extra money I also could use some different approach of the way I was living at the moment.

So I started to investigate. Looking around to see what Young Living is and if there are better companies. It didn’t took me long. Not only because there are not much companies in North America who are selling quality essential oils, but because they were around for a long time already, they are all over the world and they have their guaranty that their products are as pure as they say they are. So I made the choice to sign up and order their starter kit and try it. And I never regret it.

So what is the guaranty Young Living is giving their members? Years ago Gary Young decided to start his own farm and doing his own distillation. So he knew for sure that no chemicals were used while growing the crop. He knew how the harvest was done. He knew what happened during distillation.

Over the years he expanded the farms all over the world. As a Young Living member it is even possible to visit these farms or help them to bring the crop in. A unique experience for sure.

Because of this way of “making” the oils he knows that “nothing extra” is added.

If you like to know more about this Seed to Seal process just visit their website. www.seadtoseal.com

If you like to know more about Young Living and their products and how they can help you to bring a bit more health into your family just contact me. It doesn’t matter which country you come from. You can always use their products.

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Consistency

Consistency is extremely important if you want to make it as an entrepreneur. Especially when you just started your business. It doesn’t matter what kind of business you have. If you advertise or are on Facebook pages people will only remember you when or if they see your name on regular basis. Which means you have to be out there. Every day at least once.

If you are not out there, if you are not consistent in bringing your name out, people will forget you. In my case if I am on a Facebook page once in a while to advertise my oils nobody will remember my name. Simply because it is not a common name, which makes it difficult to remember.They will remember my products and as soon as they decide to try an oil or if they like to sign up, they will find someone else.

So post something. Every day, at the same time. Like my blog. And as soon as it is published I have it appear on Twitter and Facebook too. So if I don’t make a post on my facebook page, I still have something. It doesn’t matter if it has anything to do with my business. They will see my name.

I know it is difficult to keep up with that. When I started I just had no clue what to write about. But for some reason I seem to find a subject every day. Or more once a week. Because that is the nice thing of all these social media platforms. You can schedule posts. When I am on a roll I just keep going. And you don’t have to make essays. Just an inspirational quote or something you just did or experienced is enough.

But I am not perfect and like last week I just lacked the motivation to do something. And before you know it a week has passed. Waste of time? Yes. But don’t beat yourself up over it. Pick up yourself and start again. It won’t be the last time something happens like that. It will happen over and over again.The time in between will just be longer and longer. And that is what you need to achieve. That is what you need to keep going. Especially in that dreaded first year.

So have fun with your business. Write about it. Post about it. Tell everybody what you do, how you do it and what your product(s) are. Success will follow!!

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Bear Valley Rescue

Bear Valley Rescue is a registered rescue located just south of Sundre, north of Cochrane. They preliminary rescue horses but also pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits and more.

A couple of years ago I heard about them when I was looking for a reliable place where my horses could go in case something happened to me. I liked what I saw and after a year or two I started to do some things for this organization. I noticed that not a lot of people were familiar with Bear Valley so I went for the “raising awareness” challenge by signing up for some  local fairs, handing out brochures at a couple of pet and horse stores and I arranged a weekly pick up of the left over bread and sweets from our local bakery Cobs. At the end of the day all the left overs will be thrown out. Some days of the week schools and other organizations pick up the bread but not all days. Together with a volunteer also living in Cochrane we pick up and deliver the bread to Bear Valley. As Kathy, the owner of the rescue said, it saves her at least $50 dollar a month if not more. That money can now be used for other things like medicines and feed for the other animals. I also put aside money from my sales to donate. And that should be more and more over the next months and years.

Bear Valley is also the place where two of my horses came from. Royal and Diamond, mom and daughter came to us almost 4 years ago. Meanwhile I adopted Diamond (the foal) and mom just never left and is a permanent foster. And as long as I am able to take care of her she can stay.

If you are a horse or an animal lover and like to know more about them please visit their website (www.bearvalleyab.org) or find them on Facebook. They are always looking for donations (money-wise or tack or feed or …), sponsors, fosters or adopters and volunteers. They also have auctions on regular basis or other fun things.

Unfortunately the stream of animals coming to Bear Valley will never end. Take care of your animals please. Think about what it will cost you not only short-term but also long-term.

Choosing an animal is choosing responsibility. You don’t get rid of your child after a couple of years, right? Try to think the same about your pet. Way too much horses are shipped to the slaughterhouses (the faith 5 of my horses were waiting for), too much dogs and cats are put down.

Just an (occasional) side step from essential oils and my business but for me also important.

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Cornelia

Cornelia is one of our two “foals”. You can’t really call them foals anymore because in June she will be 4 years old. Time to start her training.

She didn’t receive much of a training yet. For several reasons I didn’t do much with her which has not been very smart from me. These are the reasons why:

  • First one is that because she had to grow I just left her in the field. We can catch her and put a halter on and for me that is the most important thing.
  • Then she is mean. She has her mom’s character. Breeding her mom with a sire which had a 10 plus for character, and it is a sweetheart, didn’t help.
  • She has also not much respect and thinks she is the boss over everybody, also her mom. We always have to keep an eye on her to be in time to put her back in place when she attempts a coop again.
  • She thinks she can solve all her problems with kicking. No problem as long as you are at the front but getting to her back legs I have to do it with extreme cautiousness.
  • She is also huge!! She is already taller than her mom. Her mom is 16.2 hands, her dad 17.2. She has her dads build.
  • Last one and the most important reason is swollen joints of her back legs.

When she was 10 months old her joints in her back leg started to swell up. Weaning her slowly and taking her off the mothermilk didn’t help. There was not much more I could do to bring the swelling down. She was outside 24/7 so she could move around. She only got hay. Not more she needed. Supplying her with even more nutrients would mean she would even grow faster and that was the last thing she needed.

I used some essential oils on her to reduce the swelling and the pain but even that I could not use that much. Take away all the pain and she will overuse the joints and make it worse. The only option was to let her grow and hope for the best.

Now she is almost 4 and her legs look a lot better. The swelling is almost gone. So this summer I will start her training. Riding her I will postpone till next summer or even the summer after that. Joints of horses grow till they are 6 years old and starting to put extra unnecessary weight on them isn’t a great way to give them a long life.

I just start her with teaching her the basic commands. Learning to accept a saddle, bridle, blanket,  etc. just anything on her back. Learning to stand still to be brushed and to clean her feet. Learn to follow me and accept me as her leader. That will take a summer for sure because it doesn’t look like she is one of the smartest horses around. But that is alright. I am not in a hurry.

Eventually she has to become my dressage horse. Time will learn.

 

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