Monday, January 14, 2013

From the Garden - January 14, 2013

I can hardly believe I'm posting a garden update in January, and a substantial one at that! One goal I have for 2013, is to increase the amount of food we produce on our property. And with property being limited, the real answer is to produce year round.
In early August I seeded a whole bunch of Miyashige Daikon Radishes. At the time, the garden was full of promise and there was no room to be found, so they were seeded in deep 4" pots and transplanted to the garden in late September. They did very well in the pots, and being transplanted.
We ate the greens regularly and the radishes in soup until the ground froze hard a little over two weeks ago. I thought for sure what was left in the ground would only be good for compost, or good for only next year's seed.
The weather was really mild yesterday and today, melting all the snow and ice that's hung around since the last storm. We pushed the leaves aside and saw the most beautiful snow white roots pushing up out of the ground!

This harvest of 8 1/2 pounds has certainly put us off on the right foot with our goals of winter gardening!

The smaller radishes were left in the ground....just to see what will happen next. At the very least, I'll see them through for seed and continue eating the greens. Very yummy in soup, by the way. The buns enjoy them too! 
In the kitchen, the radishes were scrubbed, sliced thin, and put in fermenting jars to be preserved. 

Husband made these fermenting jars for me. Pretty cool, huh?
Later this week, I plan on seeding some more of this radish in our cool sunroom. We'll see if the early spring harvest is as tasty as they are this winter. I'll keep you posted!
Enjoy the day-

Detox/Raynaud's Update - January 14, 2013

Some days I'm just dog tired!

This is one of those posts that I've been dragging my feet on - which has made me drag my feet on all the fun stuff I like to blog about too!

Here's the bottom line on my detox program. I quit. Well, not totally. Sorta.

Detoxing the metals out must continue. Especially since I feel like a ticking time bomb walking around with all these metals. I'll be seeing my doctor soon to go over more natural options. Options that will take the process long and slow, but right now that's a lot better looking scenario. Here are my reasons for stopping the DMSA:

New Pain
I managed to complete five DMSA cycles and things started to get a little scary for me. Pain. Very deep in my bones that I can't really explain. I just knew that it wasn't good and it didn't go away between cycles.

Dumber Than Dirt
Sigh. I'm not the same person I was when I started, but am hoping that as time goes by, things will improve.

Pig Pen
The house was a disaster. You can't really expect a teenager to keep up the pace of maintaining a house for very long. My in-laws have helped (and continue) to run errands, pick up groceries and stuff like that. Our church family helped tremendously with meals when we needed them most, but I could never ask for help with the dirty work around here.  You know, laundry, toilets and things like that. My own (extended) family has been busy with their lives and over the last year I've gotten the occasional call. Probably to make sure I was still alive!

Burn Out
Husband and Daughter really had enough of not having the "normal" me. The word never came out quite like that, but the heavy sighs and mumbling  when the sock drawer's been empty or meals not on time....well, enough is enough. It was time to to get back to some kind of normal.

The Good News
While I continue with periods of exhaustion, poor digestion, foggy thinking, systemic candida, periodic liver pain, leaky gut, and extreme chemical sensitivity, there is good news. The good news is, the Raynaud's is FINALLY under control. Here is it the middle of winter and my feet are almost normal. No black toes. No open sores. AND I can actually walk. EVEN walk outside! I'm still not normal, but far better than a year ago.

Moving On
I've spent a considerable amount of time researching detoxing and all the methods out there and I think I've got a much better understanding of how the body's own natural detox system works....or doesn't. Currently, I'm using Bentonite Clay once daily, Chlorella, Garlic and Probiotics. I plan on using some sort of natural chelator, but in the mean time, I've been working with something that has helped tremendously.

And that. I'll share. Tomorrow!

Enjoy the day-