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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My daily Kefir Breakfast

A good friend of mine introduced me to Kefir.  For those who have never heard of Kefir (like me until a few weeks ago), Kefir is a tart drink that taste like yogurt.  It contains beneficial yeast as well as probiotics that your body needs, like those probiotics you buy in the store or find in yogurt.  Kefir contains natural bacteria and yeast.  It has great health benefits when consumed regularly.  It's loaded with valuable vitamins, minerals and easily digestible proteins.  

You can make Kefir in your own home by starting with Kefir grains.  You can get the grains from a friend and I've heard you can buy them online.  I would recommend that you get them locally, from a friend. 

Here is a great video on youtube that shows how to grow/make Kefir and the benefits.  This youtuber is very informative and says that it helped cure her from Crohn's disease.*

This is my daily kefir breakfast:

I use Phood, by Plant Fusion.  I buy this on Amazon for around $38. It comes in vanilla or chocolate caramel.  (I didn't like the caramel one, just thought I'd throw that in.)  It has several vitamins, high in protein and no soy, no animal products, no gluten and no dairy.  I also use raw, local honey.  I get this from a few bee keeper friends and it is wonderful and yummy!  Then, the Kefir.  I use about one cup of the refrigerated Kefir and add some ice to the blender as well.  Blend together and drink.  If I have bananas, I put one in there.  You can add any fruit that you'd like.  You can add flax seed or chia seeds too if you'd like.

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Here is the label on the Phood in case you are interested.

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I don't claim to be a health nut.  I eat my share of junk food.  My fault is candy!  I love candy!  But I try to limit myself and try to eat as healthy as I can.  

Since I started Kefir, I have felt like I had more energy and I don't have to take my daily stool softener anymore. I have to say that when I heard that the Kefir helps with digestion, I was sold and willing to try.  There are so many health issues that all stem back to your gut health.  I've only been drinking this for about a week and a half.  I plan to continue.  

So if you have health issues, you may want to check into this.  :)

* Disclaimer:  I do not claim this will cure Crohn's or any other disease.  I only blog from my experience and help spread the word on what health benefits others received from this product.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A 1200 lb. pet? Yikes!

I did it.  I'm a horse owner.  Well, we had Cinnamon, our mini horse.  (I knew I wanted a riding horse, so we got the mini a few months back.)  Anyway, I found a nice trail horse.  I have to say, I prayed, and prayed, and prayed for the perfect horse for me.  I wanted the 1200 lb. animal to be the right fit for me.  My order wasn't small either.  I wanted a good trail horse.  A mare with a huge amount of patience and well behaved.  I wanted no bad habits. One who was trained and gaited.  I wanted a horse that would bond with me and our personalities match.  Well, my prayers were answered!  

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She really only has one bad habit and that's is that she reaches over our fence to eat the grass in our yard.  The grass is literally greener on the other side of the fence.  Due to the low amount of rain, our grass isn't that great anymore.  I've been feeding her grain, minerals, salt and of course hay.  LOTS of hay. 

Took her trail riding several times and she is doing great!  She is gaited and she even knows how to beg.   Which I didn't know she was begging until our Farrier told me what she was doing.  Someone spent some time with her.  She's 12 years old and she is gentle and I love her already!  

Cinnamon gets along with her very well.  They had it out a few times in the beginning, but it's all good.

I am new to all this horse ownership stuff, but I do have a great mentor.  My friend Marilyn has helped me with choosing a horse, trail riding, safety tips, health tips, etc.  She is an angel.  :)   I would highly suggest that anyone wanting to buy a horse to first find a mentor.  There is a lot of responsibility that goes into this beautiful creature (and well worth it I may add), and it wouldn't be fair to the animal to get into horse ownership without being prepared. 

So, this bad habit she has (reaching over the fence for greener grass), any suggestions on how to correct it?  My husband is planning on putting electric fence on the top.  The fencing we have now is goat/sheep fence, which is very strong, good fencing. We have sheep and goats so we already had this type of fencing and knew it was strong.  Well,........not strong enough to hold a 1200 lb. horse from bending the top over.  lol.    Any suggestions?