Hello and welcome to Moose Head Homestead! This blog is to share the adventures of a simple homestead in the Midwest. I share about real food, homesteading, prepping, outdoor activities, getting back to basics, encouragement, God's beauty, and of course Miss Daisey Mae! Thanks for stopping by! 🐔🐥🐾🦋🌿
Unfortunately, the medicine I was started on for my Rheumatoid Arthritis has caused a reaction--itchy, small rash, etc. so I had to stop taking it. I cannot take most of the other treatments for RA, so we decided to go natural and try that. With conventional medicine or natural, RA will still be there. It's getting the inflammation to stay at bay. So, because I seem to react to most conventional medicine, I started using food grade DE (Diatomacous Earth) for my RA. If you've been around a farm at all you will know what that is. :) I used it for my chickens when I had them, dusted them and the coop and added it to their feed. I also use it for my dogs. I won't go into all the benefits of food grade DE, but I encourage you to google it (make sure it's food grade) and see what's great about it. It is 85% silica and that's what is beneficial for the RA. Instead of going to the health food store and buying silica to take, this is MUCH cheaper ($37 for 50 lbs) and I only take a tablespoon a day. The DE also has other benefits to it that the plain silica doesn't. So there you have it. :)
It has given me more energy and less pain so far. Yesterday, I felt fantastic. (other than my everyday annoying weakness from the MG) I really felt like God had breathed life into my body yesterday. It was so welcomed!
I have also come to the realization that I will always be in some kind of pain. The doctors have said they can lessen it, but it will never be gone. Soooo, now that I know that and don't wake up every morning over and over thinking that the pain will be all gone, I can deal with it and move on knowing that it's just the way it is and I can function with it the best I can. (Wow...that was a long run on sentence lol)
I just wanted to update you all and thank you for your prayers. I'm feeling better than I have in a while and am looking forward to the new life of Spring and taking it all in. I love the smell of Spring with it's budding trees and blooming flowers and a new freshness in the air. I am getting wiser in taking it easy even when I feel good and not to overdo. I will be easing into raised bed gardening this year and look forward to fresh food from it. :) Thanks again for your prayers. It has helped with the LOAD I have felt lately. :) Many blessings to you!
These are a tasty treat when you need a boost of energy! Packed with protein from the peanut butter and oats, these will help you power through a workout. The fiber in the oats and the good fat in the peanut butter will keep satisfied until your next meal. Give them a try! As always, use organic ingredients when possible. Peanut Butter Power Balls
2/3 c organic peanut butter
1 t vanilla
2 T raw honey
1 c quick oats
1/2 c mini chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life if dairy free) Shoot for dark chocolate.
Add peanut butter, vanilla, and honey in a bowl. Mix well. Add in oats and chips and mix until well incorporated. Use a small cookie scoop and roll to make small balls. Makes about 18. Enjoy!
To change it up, you can replace 1/4 c of the mini chocolate chips with dried cranberries and dried apricots. So good!
I love the flavors in this bowl! It is one of my husband's favorites and it doesn't even have meat in it!
I hope you give it a try and love it as much as we do. You can adjust the heat by adding a bit more cayenne if you'd like. Remember to use organic as much as possible, especially for the corn!
Elote Sauce 4 T dairy free plain yogurt 2 T vegan mayo 1/8th t cayenne 1/2 lime zest 1/2 lime juice pinch of salt & pepper to taste Mix and set aside
Bowl cooked rice of choice (I like jasmine) 1 can chickpeas 1 can corn 1/2 lime zest 1/2 lime juice pinch of salt & pepper radish pumpkin seeds cilantro
Thinly slice radish and chop about 2 T of cilantro. Add lime zest and juice into a small bowl. Heat skillet with a bit of coconut oil and crisp the chickpeas. Cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl with lime zest and juice and sprinkle with a pinch of salt & pepper. Add corn to hot skillet and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until blackened in spots. Sprinkle with salt.
You know the slogan. Milk does a body good. Well, no, not really.
Dairy has been shown to have a negative affect on endothelial cells. This cell layer is a one cell thick lining of all of our blood vessels. Endothelial cells manufacture a protective molecule of gas called nitric oxide, which protects our blood vessels. It keeps our blood flowing smoothly, it is the strongest dilator of our blood vessels, it inhibits the formation of blockages, and it inhibits inflammation.
Dairy, along with all animal products, damage that layer of endothelial cells in our blood vessels. Without that functioning layer, nitric oxide cannot be produced. Without enough nitric oxide, the plaque blockages build up eventually creating heart disease and strokes.
Dairy is loaded with hormones. Even if you buy organic milk without recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), it will still have high hormone levels. Why? Because dairy cows are always kept pregnant so they have lots of circulating hormones that pass to…