Friday, April 8, 2016

Keep Steppin'

We started this blog 6 months ago with the adage, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.  So, can I get personal for a moment and ask, “Have you taken a step”? 

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Our goal with this blog is to define again (NOT Re-Define) health as being free from physical and mental ailment WITHOUT the use of man-made drugs.  This is what ‘health’ has meant for most of history—using natural aids to support normal function.  Like so many other areas of life, the very definition of health is being twisted these days.  Many people, healthcare professionals included, now define health as a state of controlled disease processes within acceptable limits through the use of pharmaceuticals.                                                                                            

We began with the endocrine system and attempted to give a broad brush stroke of the organs, glands, hormones, and their inter-related functions.  It reminds me of looking at pictures of the solar system—it is truly awe inspiring. 

Next, we looked at how healthy digestive and excretory systems work together to use the food we consume and eliminate the toxins we all accumulate.   

Then we saw some of the outward signs of when toxins are not eliminated, nutrients are not absorbed, and the body is not supported with the integumentary, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

Over the next few posts we will look at the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and immune systems.

But, today, I want to challenge you to take a step.  It could be as simple as reading a book or article about healthier living, natural health support, or a health challenge you have identified as something you don’t want to become your ‘normal’. 

It could be making a deal with your family about your food budget, meal plan, and menu choices.

Maybe it’s a commitment to a daily quiet time, exercise schedule, or fast from an unhealthy habit.

Whatever it is you feel led to, go for it!  One thing is for sure, “if you change nothing, nothing will change”.   This is especially true in our health.

Here is an update on our little ‘Victory Garden’ in the backyard.  We let our hens till this bed in the fall, then planted and covered it in plastic at the beginning of January.  In about 60 square feet we’ve had never-ending salads of heirloom radishes, romaine lettuce, and arugula for the past month.  

Beets and carrots will soon be ready for the pulling—if we can restrain the kids that long.  The frame is light enough our 11 year old son can lift it for ventilation as the days grow warmer.  A lot can come from a little good dirt.

Little chilly still for our tomato starts, but they'll be hardened off well in a few weeks.  They outgrew the windowsill.

We’d love to see your ‘Victory Garden’!  Post a pic in the comments, and remember—all it takes to gain momentum is that First Step.

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