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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

ramblings


some random ramblings

  • i can't believe it is already august. to me this means summer is nearing it's end and that is a depressing thought. 
  • brock and i have a 2000 piece puzzle layed in our living room. we have been consumed with electronics (computer, gaming and the like) lately so this was our effort to pull away from it all and spend some non electronic time together. 
  • i gave up on the cleanse =( i think i made it like 8 or 9 full days. but it is HARD and i don't have as much willpower as my super human husband.
  • i am looking forward for him to be done so i can start making some yummy vegan recipes i have found
  • we are down to 5 chickens from 7 =( sadly we had to get rid of both our silkies because they ended up being roosters. they have an adopt a rooster at IFA so i know they will go to good places. that was a sad day though.
  • i listened to phantom of the opera the other night. it was the first time i had listened to it since we saw it in NY, and i think i am forever ruined. the music is just so much more consuming in real life, that now when i listen to it at home, its just not the same as it once was. i told brock we HAVE to go see it if/when it comes back to SLC.
  • i cleaned the house on saturday morning and it is already a disaster. how does that happen. im going to need to learn a thing or two before we have kids making it even harder to keep clean!
  • speaking of babies, we have a new baby niece! we can't wait to meet her!
  • sometimes brock will email me in the middle of the day and say things like, "remember when we were on our honeymoon watching fireworks, and that yummy coke we had" or " remember when we went and saw phantom in NY" i love it when he thinks of past memories, and then brings me down memory lane with him. so sweet!

and there you have a glimpse inside my current state of mind.

oh. and p.s i love this boy


Monday, July 30, 2012

4th & 24th of July


I have been a bit of a blogging slacker.
so a little catch up is in order.

the 4th and 24th of July are by far my favorite holidays of the year.
why?
first off they are smack dab in the middle of the best season: summer
without fail, family gathers and bbq's are had. 
usually (not this year though) a pool is involved.
the parades and carnivals (and yummy corn on the cob!)
and then there are the fireworks. 
one of my all time favorite things. 
they are just so magical.

last year over the 4th we were on our honeymoon watching fireworks over the gulf of mexico. not to mention the little beach firework show we got to watch from our hotel room! 
(not THOSE kinda fireworks, cmon guys! ;)

annnyways, i LOVE everything about these two holidays.

for the 4th we headed to bountiful for the day. we watched the west bountiful parade from my grandmas house, then got our volleyball on. 
we had a bbq and then headed to the sugarhouse fireworks. 

sadly i only got one pic from that day. 
waiting for fireworks

the 24th was a similar situation naturally.

we headed to the bountiful parade. it was fun to have brock there because this is the parade i spent all my years going to.


this year they had a special entry in the parade. they had 2000 men and boys from around davis county representing the stripling warriors. it was really a neat site to see.


then we headed to the carnival for some corn on the cob. YUM.

after the carnival we headed up to mueller park for fireworks. 

this was BY FAR the BEST firework show i have ever seen. they went all out. not only were the fireworks amazing, and i saw many that  i have never seen, but it was really long! i was very impressed to say the least. 

and what else is one supposed to do while waiting for fireworks to start ?
(besides play on the ipad (which we do not own) like everyone else was doing)......

take pics of course





we.are.cool

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New Phone Number


Hey everyone, 
I don't have a way of contacting some of you (email) so I just wanted to let you know we have a new phone number. It is a house phone (we are in between cell phones) so email me and I will give you our new number. You can put it in your phones so you know its me when I call ;) 

This would be much easier if we had facebook, but alas, we do not.

ashlee.nps@gmail.com

Thanks!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's not a diet, It's a lifestyle: 28 day cleanse



 this is part three of a series of posts about our health journey.
brock and I started a 28 day cleanse today. 

we figured since we have made great changes in our eating habits, and cut out a lot (see here)
we needed to cleanse our bodies of all the harmful stuff that we were putting in it before. 

this cleanse is a digestive track cleanse, so it cleans all the organs along the track. 
the main purpose of the cleanse is to eliminate the mucoid plaque that has built up in these organs caused by unhealthy eating and processed foods.

we are nervous and anxious for the cleanse. it's a pretty hard core cleanse that lasts 28 days. 
we will only be eating fruts and veg that are on the approved list for the cleanse. 
the last week of the cleanse is a juice fast, so that should be interesting. no solids, just juice.

we are looking forward to the benefits of the cleanse and hoping to feel lighter, healthier and happier with how we treat our bodies. 

we are doing daily vids throughout the process so check out our youtube channel (here) if you want =)

and for your viewing pleasure... this is what the mucoid plaque looks like that lines all the digestive organs. this is caused by eating processed foods, and prevents our organs from absorbing vital nutrients.
sections of plaque as large as 2-4 feet long are not uncommon! yikes. 


you're welcome

Friday, July 13, 2012

you can call me the (crazy) chicken lady...





i realize i post about birds alot....
chickens, eggs, peacocks, 
but that's what happens in our lives!

this isn't the only place i do this....
luckily there is somewhere that people understand my chicken love...

i have a forum on backyardchickens.com
yes there is such a thing, and if you ever get chickens (and i think you should) you will definitely want to join this site. 
it has been very helpful for us in raising chickens for the first time.



Thursday, July 12, 2012

Vlog


 brock and I started a video blog.
our youtube channel is 


you can click that link above and it will take you there.

i have to be honest, until a couple months ago i probably used youtube twice in my life, 
but have come to find it is pretty useful and you can learn alot.

brock has yet to do a vid, but he will be sure enough.

alot of what i will be putting on my 'vlog' will probably be here, only in written form with pics. 
if you have a youtube account then go subscribe to our channel for updated vids =)

i think my next vlog vid will be my yard sale score from last weekend...
stay tuned!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

bloggin buddy


the other night i decided to go outside and blog. 
it cooled off quite a bit after 8:30 so i let the chickens out and sat in my chair out back.

before i knew it i had a chicken on my lap!
actaully on my laptop..which was on my lap.

i guess she just wanted to see what i was doin!
(don't worry, i washed my keyboard after this!)






Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The peacocks are back


the peacocks showed up again in our back yard. here are the vids i took the first time they came through our back yard
i actually found out why there are peacocks in our neighborhood, so here is the story..

a couple weeks ago we had some friends over from our ward for a game night. i had told them about how the peacocks came into our back yard and one of the couples told us how the peacocks were actually raised in the house that they bought. i guess the lady that lived there before raised them in her back yard, and when she died her kids just let them all out, so now they just rome the neighborhood. 
kinda random.
i guess there is a lady a couple blocks down that feeds them sometimes. 

anyways they showed up the other day again and i was able to get some better pics of them so i thought i would post them here. 
i just think these things are so cool and fascinating. 
also brock found a peacock feather in our back yard which has become a part of my bedroom decor...





it is hard to see in that last pic, but its there and i love it!





Pallet Chicken Coop Update!!


COOP UPDATE!


Here is update #1
and update #2

we finally got back to working on the coop this weekend. a couple friends came over to help us out in the scorching heat. so nice.

we put walls up inside and worked on the drop door. 
we also got some of the linoleum down but we did not have enough so we need to get the rest of it.

we had to buy the plywood that we put inside so our budget of $50 got met this weekend, so paint will put us over our goal, but I think we did pretty good. we just need to get the rest of the linoleum down then we will paint it and get the run done!

we need to get them to their new home so they have a proper place to lay!!



Here is their little chicken door

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The people door! We need to put a nice handle on it.

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The linoleum on the floor. We ran out so are waiting for more.
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We put walls waist high inside

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This is the pulley drop door. We are still working out the kinks to this. We want to be able to pull it and lower it form outside so the rope will lead outside.
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Next Up: Paint!!

We hit our budget of $50.00 exactly. The only thing we have left to buy is paint so that will put us a little over our original goal, but we are happy with what we have been able to make for so little cost!!


Monday, July 9, 2012

It's not a Diet, It's a Lifestyle: Detox Symptoms


In the first post about our lifestyle change I mentioned that my body went through some detox as I changed my diet.
Like I did, you might think that starting to eliminate sugars, meats and other bad things, and replacing them with more nutritious fruits and veg, that your body would soon be showing the benefits. But our body has to eliminate those things first. It does this in many different ways. Here are the few that I experienced:

The first thing I noticed was acne
I have NEVER had acne problems in all my life. I guess I was blessed with good skin, because I rarely get pimples and if I do, it's a sure sign of 'that time of the month'.
One morning I woke up with acne all over my upper chest and neck. This was about 2 weeks into our change in diet. This lasted about 2 weeks. 
At first I didn't realize what it was, and started worrying, trying to figure out what might have caused it.
I started thinking about all the things I use, shampoo, lotion, makeup, laundry soap, thinking that maybe I was having some sort of reaction. I hadn't made any changes like that, so none of those things made any sense. 

The next thing that I noticed was that I was bloated pretty much every day for a few weeks. 

I did have headaches as well, but I get headaches no matter what, so I don't know if they were detox symptoms or just my normal headaches. But headaches are definitely a detox symptom when you change your diet or eliminate something that your body was reliant on. I am hopeful that my new eating habits will eliminate or severely lesson my normal headaches.

As I mentioned in the first post of this series, I also lost quite a bit of weight in the first few weeks. This is another detox symptom. I lost 11 lbs in 3 weeks.

The next thing that I noticed was my nose was more runny and I was excreting more mucus by sneezing a lot. That lasted a week-ish

All of these things happened in the same week, so I started thinking that maybe my body was trying to eliminate the bad stuff. I wasn't sure if this is was it was so I googled detox symptoms of diet change and sure enough, these were all things that people have experienced when eliminating the things that we have.
Not everyone will have detox symptoms. It just depends on your body. For example, Brock had no detox symptoms. 

All of these symptoms are caused by toxins that are trying to leave your body. All the chemicals from the foods that I was eating before were trying to make their way out of me and this is how they did it.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Look what we came home to today.....


our first eggs!!!!



we aren't sure whose they are but here are some pics of our little ladies



never thought we would be so excited over eggs!! =)

It's not a diet, It's a lifestyle. part 1



It's not a diet, It's a lifestyle
Brock and I have  got a lot of flack for certain choices we have recently made in our eating habits. These choices are the effects of a lot of information that we have learned in the last month or two. 

This blog post is an attempt to answer any questions we have had from people, to explain what it is we are doing, to inform and share what we have learned, and to hopefully end teasing, mis-understanding and negative comments. (The last one probably won't fully disappear, but at lest we can get our side of things out in this post)

Many people do not understand what we are doing and why. This is an attempt to combine months of research and learning. Originally we were going to try to do this in one blog post, but there is just a lot of information and we don't want you to get too bored =) so stay tuned for more in depth information broken down by subjects.

If you want to know how we have 
lost a combined total of 25 LBS 
in less than three weeks, 
then keep reading!!! 

It all started when we watched a documentary called "The Beautiful Truth". Brock came across it while watching "20 Lies Every American Should Know".
 (Another really good video we suggest watching. You can watch both for free on youtube).
The Beautiful Truth really got us thinking about the things that effect our health. Things that can make us sick that we have no clue about. The documentary talks about so many important things, and about Dr. Max Gerson, that proposed a direct link between diet and the cure for cancer. It talks about toxins in foods, processed foods and the dangers of each. It talks about the Gerson Therapy, which consists of an all natural diet. Eating fruits and veg and no processed foods. For more information on the therapy, watch the video. Not only has this therapy cured many many cases of terminal cancer, it also prevents disease and cancers. 
This was enough to get us started on this path. 

ORGANIC


We decided that we immediately needed to start eating only organic food .
Not only was this a health decision, but a LARGE financial decision. For us, it is more expensive. Quite a bit more expensive actually.  But once the decision was made, that was it.
We feel that what we are spending now on food, will be much less than what we would spend in the future on healthcare if we didn't do this. 

After we made this decision, the rest of the changes quickly snow balled. 

We told Brock's brother about The beautiful Truth as well, and after watching it he decided to go Vegan.
I'll be honest, I thought that was a little dramatic when I initially heard that, but my opinion quickly made a 180 after more learning and research. 

After I watched The Beautiful Truth, I realized that people care about money more than they care about life. The people who appear to be helping, by trying to find a cure for cancer, are making millions and millions of dollars. The people who treat cancer are making millions and millions off of those that are ill. The pharmaceutical companies are making millions and millions of dollars off of sick people. Why on earth would they want to find a cure? To them, that is an end to their wealth. (Don't get me wrong, I do believe there are some good people out there that want to find a cure, but the cure might be right outside our doors....in our gardens!!)
The crazy thing is, Dr Gerson had many of these answers and guess what....he mysteriously died of arsenic poisoning after his notes and discoveries were stolen...
We are all led to believe one thing, when in fact that may not be true. We need to open our minds and step outside of what we are originally taught sometimes, to find the truth. 
To me, a natural diet made sense.

PROCESSED FOODS

After a couple weeks of organic, we made the decision to eliminate processed foods from our diets. We felt that even though we had made a step towards better food choices, it was not enough. Processed foods are a huge, if not the biggest, culprit to health problems, disease and obesity. 
I am not going to discuss the dangers of processed foods at this time (post to come), but we encourage you to find out about the things we as a society are choosing to put into our bodies. It is crucial that we educate ourselves.

SUGAR

At this time we decided to drop all sugar as well. This was tough at first because we literally had to (and still do) check every label of everything we buy to make sure it does not have added sugar in it. 
Like I said earlier, it is definitely a lifestyle change. Oh, and did I mention NO MORE COKE FOR ME... yikes.

MEAT


From there we decided not to eat meat or dairy anymore. Brock had heard a newscast talking about levels of radiation being found in meat and things from Fukishima that have made its way over here.

With all of these things we had been learning, and all the changes that we have decided to make, one morning for our scripture reading we decided to read the Word of Wisdom (w.o.w).
We were immediately stunned and shocked.
We as mormon's know that the word of wisdom says that we should not drink alcohol, hot drinks, no tobacco and we live by that. But do we really know what it says about other nutrition? Meat for example...
Here is a link 
Starting specifically with vs 12, the revelation says that flesh of beasts and  fowl can be used SPARINGLY.
It then goes on to say that it is "pleasing unto me that they not be used, only in times of winter or cold or famine"

Now, some people say that it is how you interpret this. And I agree. People start to argue the placement of the comma after *used in vs 13. We have prayed about this, and we feel that we are being told that we should only eat meat in times of extreme freezing cold winter when there is famine. I do not believe that we have experienced such an occasion in our lifetime.
This is our belief, and we do not judge anyone who does choose to eat meat. We are were HUGE meat lovers. To us a meal wasn't a meal unless it had meat. It was the staple of our meals. But then our hearts and minds were open to the w.o.w and we have made the decision to not eat meat.
We do however urge you to read the w.o.w and decide for yourself. Pray about it and study additional scriptures about eating of meat. (there are many)

DAIRY
Source
The dairy descision was also made at this time, and since then we have done more study on the negatives of drinking milk and consuming other dairy products. 
There is also a lot of information out there about this (post to come)

So what do we eat? you ask...
Oh my, the possibilities are endless. The food that we have on our earth is so delicious and beautiful. Once you start looking into this kind of lifestyle you see that there is no end to the abundance of beautiful food we have to eat. One question we get is how will you get enough protein?
There is so much protein in plants if you eat the right ones! We can get all the nutrients we need by eating plants! Fruits and veg! Grains, nuts and seeds!!! And it is all so delicious.

One huge benefit of this that we were not expecting was immediate weight loss!!
In the first three weeks, Brock lost 14 lbs and I lost 11 lbs.
This is a big deal to me, because I do NOT lose weight easily. I have to work very hard for every pound I lose....until now!
We haven't stepped foot in the gym since we have started this.
We are going to start exercising though, because that is something our bodies need even if we are losing weight.

Source
So are we Vegan? I guess if you have to put a label on it, that is the closest thing, but we do eat eggs (since we have chickens) and most vegans do not eat animal product mainly because of animal rights. Which is great. But this is not what drove us to no more meat or dairy. Although, the suffering that the animals go through is seriously depressing (maybe we will do a post on that). Also some vegans still eat processed foods. The vegan cheeses, tofu, those types of things are still processed. If what you are eating can't be pulled from a tree or picked from the ground and eaten in that same state, it is processed. We do consume SOME processed foods, but we go by a rule of 5 ingredients or less. If it has more than 5 or has ingredients that we can not pronounce, or do not know what they are, we do not eat them. 




But don't take our word for it! 
We encourage you to do this research for yourself. I am a born skeptic, so when I am presented with new information, I'm alwys asking questions to prove the 'other side'. 
After we watch these documentaries and read these things, we research the other side. You can't always believe what you see or read, so you need to take it further and research different sides of the information you have been presented with, or just try this lifestyle for yourself. Try slowly dropping some of these things and see what a difference it makes in your life.



p.s 
Our bodies are so used to the crap that we put into them, that when we change that for the better, by eating natural, our bodies might go into shock mode. For me personally, I had some detox symptoms. Whether it be from eliminating sugar, or the meat, whatever it was, my body was detoxing from what I was choosing to feed it before. I will do a post about the detox symptoms and what to expect....