It has been almost 50 days since we were waiting anxiously for our pig to farrow. Checking the camera often and watching her behavior change, I had a rough idea what to expect but didn't expect things to go the way they did. Expecting this glorious birth of little pigs to come into the world but ended up with anything but. Morning of January 10 found me having to go and pull a stuck piglet. A massive one at that and of course the first one to be in the birth canal. Having no experience with birthing pigs, I went on by guidance of a local pig farmer, who ended up being a huge asset throughout all of this. After getting 12 piglets out, I thought I was out of the woods. I had 11 live pigs and one mummy, which is to be expected but she had not passed her after birth. This found me back in shoulder deep, extracting a stillborn piglet. A few hours after that the sow passed, I'm chalking it up to a rupture and hemorrhage. She passed minutes after I called the vet to get input from them and someone out to see her because things were just "not right".
What made you want to be a massage therapist? Short answer, I enjoy helping people heal themselves in a holistic manner. Much to the same focus that I raise my animals. If we treat our bodies well, they will help us lead a life of wellness. I've always been one to push looking into natural solutions before running to the doctor to put a band aid on the problem. Not that western medicine doesn't have its place, I just feel it doesn't always find the root cause and treat it there instead of always treating symptoms. This can be as argumentized as grain fed beef vs. grass fed beef. I, like many, definitely like to indulge in a heavily marbled ribeye cooked to a medium rare perfection but in the back of my mind its mostly corn. And though, corn is great and has many purposes, it has also been so overly processed that literally everything we consume has corn of some form in it. I believe our diet and the diet of what we consume fuels a lot of the things that go on in our health. So, getting my license in massage therapy gave my one more direction that I could offer the goodness of healing oneself holistically. Though, I am quite lucky to work in a clinic that offers not only phenomenal chiropractic care but also nutrition testing, hormone testing and a plethora of other things that help us heal. If you are local to me, I highly recommend checking us out at Long Chiropractic and let us help you start your wellness journey.
*in no way is this telling someone how or what they should eat but instead this is how we here at Cedar Creek Ranch eat
They are everywhere, the next trend the next how to lose weight fad. Some of them make sense and if they work for you, do what works as long as you are meeting all of your nutritional needs, by all means do it. I honestly, never had to do any "diets" but I give a lot of that to the fact that we eat very seasonally and very little processed food. Processed foods are the devil, yet I'll eat a pack of Oreos just for kicks every now and then. It is all about balance, after all. Me and my house though, eat very seasonally and without extensive knowledge in the nutrition world I feel this is something everyone should strive for.
Let's take a step back in time. How did our ancestors eat? Before the age of refrigerators and processed foods that last abnormally long on a shelf. They ate by the seasons, Winters were heavy in starches, meats and other vegetables that could be kept good in cold storage. Squash, potatoes, even apples if in the right environment can handle being stored in a root cellar. I still practice much of the same, canning what I can to have some of that summertime goodness in the cold months and storing what I can in the root cellar. Cold weather months we consume more meats and animal proteins, but history would tell us that it was the same much before. It was a lot easier to keep meat good in the cold of winter then summer. Thanks to refrigeration that isn't much trouble anymore. Summer and the growing season months our diets change to pretty much what is ready in the garden. We eat a lot of vegetables and greens all year but much more so in the summer when all I have to do is walk outside and decide what to eat. Also ends with me sitting between rows of peas stuffing my face with them. We don't consume much of anything that isn't grown in my climate. I love citrus and will take it when I can get it, but it is not something that we eat regularly.
Besides vegetables grown here, our "fruits" come from local berry farms and apple orchards. We do have our own tree that produces gorgeous apples, many of them go into jars as apple sauce and pie filling. I highly encourage everyone to try to eat as seasonally as possible. There are several ways to accomplish this if you don't have the space for a garden or places to raise animals. Farmer's markets and joining a CSA will give you options on what is seasonally available in your area. This is also the most sustainable because you are helping your local farmers and not supporting big stores. Which benefits your local economy more in the long run.
Hi, I am Mandy Onesti originally the author/blogger of Ponytails and Cow Trails. Which I had started to bring people closer to the life on the homestead. Running two websites, a house full of kids and a small farm, made me decide to conjoin my websites. I have a lifelong background in Agriculture and have worked on everything from rotational grazing organic farms to large scale dairy farms. I now run a small herd of beef cattle and strive for a sustainable lifestyle. Thank you for joining me.