Do you have a love/hate relationship with food or yourself?

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I hope that the time you spend on this journey we call life is a great one for you. One that’s filled with much joy, love, happiness and most of all peace and acceptance with who you are.

 

Last week I shared my story of a young girls’ deepest desires to be accepted and loved and most of all to feel valued!

 

What I’ve learned throughout my life is this….we all need to be cherished, acknowledged, valued and loved. With all of these ingredients, we feel love, accept love and love ourselves.

 

When these things are missing in some way, we tend to look for ways in which to self-medicate, if you will. Whether that’s in the form of self-destruction through alcohol, drugs, sex, food or the wrong relationships.

 

What is it for you? Do you find you have a love/hate relationship with food? Or have you been a seeker of love in all the wrong places? Have you gotten to the place where you say enough is enough?

 

In my many conversations with clients, friends, family, colleagues, the underlying reasons are always the same. We want what we perceive we can’t have. We aren’t being fulfilled in certain areas of our lives.

 

How do you change this? First of all being willing to admit there is a problem, and then being willing to do the work.

 

The work comes in the form of creating an intention, a plan of action and doing the work.

 

Let’s use the example of stress eating. I find that when I’m stressed, I do one of two things, I don’t eat OR I tend to eat all the wrong things. I will find myself raiding the cupboards or refrigerator in search of something, anything, even if I’m not hungry. Do you do this? Have you ever made a run to the store or the drive thru just to satisfy this so-called, “need?”

 

There are definitely tricks and tips that I can help make you aware before you stuff your face, things like mental and physical triggers.

 

Last week I also challenged you with Hour of Health. How many took me up on this? In case you missed it, we were agreeing to spending the first hour of your day on something health related for 3 days. Things like…

 

Preparing a proper breakfast using whole foods

 

Working out (that means breaking a sweat)

 

Meditating

 

Reading something that will improve your health

 

Taking action on a goal that you set for yourself to improve your health

 

So, the big question, how did it go for you? And even bigger, did you keep going past the 3 days that I suggested?

 

When you can set simple goals for yourself AND achieve them, it certainly sets you up with the confidence to push yourself further and set more goals.

 

I’ve always talked about taking baby steps in any new endeavor; this ensures that you are more likely to stick with the new habit that you are attempting to form.

 

So what are you thinking about now? Does any of this resonate with you or with someone you know? Often times, I might not see an immediate problem because I’m too close to it or what about the infamous victim mode.

 

You know what that is right?

 

  • I eat because I’m bored and he/she bought it anyway
  • I just drink in the evenings because I need to unwind from my job
  • My spouse/significant other isn’t on board, so I can’t eat healthy most of the time
  • My childhood was horrific, so it’s not my fault that I eat when I’m stressed.

 

The list could go on and on and on. But I think you get the idea. This is one of those areas that get tricky because often times we don’t know that we’re playing the victim.

 

When we can learn to identify it, we can be well on our way to recovery.

 

I will leave you with this….If I touched on a nerve or you identified something that I said in yourself, and you’d like to make a plan to get unstuck and out of your current situation, let’s chat.

 

Together we can come up with your triggers and an action plan for attacking them every single time they come up. Not only that, but what to do if your partner isn’t very supportive.

 

What’s one thing you know you need to change, but it just seems like you are climbing a mountain and it’s impossible for you? Leave your comments below.

 

To your health,

 

Kellie

 

Holistic Health Coach

 

PS: Click here to chat with me if you’d like to create your own personalized plan to identify and overcome.

 

When are you going to quit lying to yourself?

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This week I have talked to quite a few of you all with the same questions…why can’t I stick to my goals….I really want them?

I always make the statement….”we only do what’s important to us.” I then often get the reply, “It is important.” No it isn’t.

It’s about changing habits and habits are hard to change, especially when we “don’t really want to.”

It’s about change period. There’s a saying that goes, “In order for things to change, I must change.”

A primary reason people hire a coach is to change the way they are doing things, including me. That’s why I have a coach.

I need to change certain behaviors; habits and I need accountability to do the things that I might not necessarily do, if left to my own devices.

You see, we are all human. We say we want certain things, but do we really?

If I were to ask you, how badly do you want to reduce your stress, get better sleep, balance your hormones, lose weight, lower your diabetes meds or anything else that might be of interest to you, what would you say?

If your answer is I want it bad, then you have to be willing to do the work. In my last email, I talked about our society wanting the magic pill and we want everything now. Including our health. I’m here to tell you, it takes work.

Nothing in this life is worth having without some skin in the game, which is your hard earned money, your time and your will to take action.

Without those ingredients, you’ll fail every time! It’s the truth. If I hadn’t invested in my coach, I wouldn’t know what I know today, I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I certainly wouldn’t have hit the goals that I had set for myself.

If you hire a coach and continue to do things the same way, you’re wasting your time and money.

I have the ability, the tools, the knowledge, the accountability that you need. You just have to finally want it. You have to be at the place where you say enough is enough. I’m worth it. There is no price you can place on your health.

I propose to you this: I want each of you; that are up for a challenge, to do the following for just 3 days. It’s called the Hour of Health!

I want you to make the 1st hour of everyday a priority for you and your health. What does that mean? Well, anything like:

Preparing a proper breakfast using whole foods

Working out (that means breaking a sweat)

Meditating

Reading something that will improve your health

Taking action on a goal that you set for yourself to improve your health

You get the idea. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that what you’re doing is a productive use of this important time, if for example you tell me, well I got up and I walked to Dunkin Donuts and bought some coffee and a small snack (which was healthy) and walked home.

Sorry….that wasn’t productive use of your time. If you don’t walk, then partially ok.

I want you to really plan a healthy breakfast. Make it from whole foods, not a snack, especially if you skip breakfast to begin with.

Fuel up, burn some calories, take quite time to recharge your body, your mind and your spirit. Doing this first thing in the morning will charge your system up like nothing else will.

So are you ready to implement your own Hour of Health?

1. Commit to 1 hour every morning for the next 3 days. I’m taking you into baby steps so it’s manageable and you don’t lose your focus on this.

2. Spend the first hour 100% focused on your health. This means exactly what it says, no skimming Facebook or Twitter, just focus on your health.

3. Set your alarm an hour earlier if you need to in order to make this a priority

4. Keep track of what you accomplish over the next 3 days during your Hour of Health.

By starting your day with these activities that add value to your health, you’ll be amazed at how quickly things can (and will) change. Be completely honest about what you’re doing, no fudging.

If you think that you might not stick to your plan, find a buddy to help hold you accountable. Are you still not sure? Then perhaps you’re not serious about wanting things to change and you’d rather just keep lying to yourself.

Where do you find yourself lying about how serious you are about your health? What needs to change for you?

Comment below or hit the little purple box on the right side that says “Let’s Talk”. Either way, I can’t wait to hear from all of you! See, I’m giving you choices too!

To your health,

Kellie

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Do you feel you are letting yourself down?

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I just got off the phone with a woman that realized that she needed to take additional action to heal her leaky gut. By implementing just one of the suggestions I gave her, here’s what she said…

 

“I can’t believe how much of a difference this actually made. I have more energy and I feel better, in only 3 days”.

 

I am so super proud of her!!!

What’s also great about this; is she actually followed my advice and the personalized plan that we created just for her. It was a mindset adjustment and a willingness to try something new. And she’s COMMITTED and DOING the work.

How many times have you said to yourself, starting on Monday,  “I’ll start eating better” or “I’ll start exercising again” especially after a round of let downs and expectations that didn’t come to fruition. It seems we are forever beating ourselves up and starting over.

In order to free yourself from checking out of your life and overindulging in others, you must first…

Stop choosing to check out and make a choice to live a new lifestyle!

  1. Become present and AWARE of what is your check out trigger. Ask yourself this, “Even though I’m uncomfortable with my current health status why do I self-sabotage? What is it that I am avoiding or resisting in my life?”  Write it down in a journal and if you don’t have a journal – start one! If you are unclear how to define this feeling that makes you not care in weak moments, this feeling that is keeping you in stuck mode, that keeps you reaching for all the wrong foods – next time, STOP, BREATHE and then ask yourself “what can I do instead of eating junk? What healthy pattern can I put in its place instead?”  Something simple and calorie free…
  2. Acknowledge the emotion when it is triggered and recognize it for what it is – it isn’t really hunger so no need to eat an entire box of cookies or whatever else you might devour unconsciously, right…?
  3. Once you discover what your emotional trigger is – work on healing THIS pain, THIS hurt, or do a pattern interrupt instead (what is a pattern interrupt? I can teach you!). When you heal this problem, chances are you will not feel the urge to try and find comfort in food anymore or whatever you’re seeking out for comfort.
  4. As you are going through this process it really helps to drink a big glass of water, breathe through that 3-5 min craving cycle or go outside for a quick walk. The more you make healthy lifestyle choices the easier it gets!
  5. Most importantly don’t beat yourself up for the choices you have made in the past! Let’s work together, re-commit and let’s move forward together all right? Remember, you are not alone. We will work through this if you let me help you!

Do you want help to discover what your triggers are and have personal support in healing? How about ridding yourself of emotional eating or any other habit that you can’t seem to break? Then click here for help!

I know its June and you are still struggling with your health and the main reason is; you haven’t been willing to make the necessary changes or you have no idea where to begin or whatever you are resisting in your daily life!

You know if you made the choice to step up and make better choices it would completely change your body and your life in so many ways!

So, I’m going to give you the opportunity to take control of your unsuccessful lifestyle patterns and I am not going to charge you a penny.

I’m going to work with JUST 7 people – 100% free to help you discover how to make the necessary lifestyle changes when your emotions are challenged so you can finally have sustainable success and feel great once and for all!

Here is how you claim your free spot.

 I’m going to take the next 7 people who Email Me.

Email me now and I will gift you with a Lifestyle & Daily Living Plan PERSONALIZED just for you!

Kellie

 

 

 

Do you want to feel like a million bucks?

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Good day….I hope this finds you well. I asked the question….do you want to feel like a million bucks? I bet you answered a resounding YES!!!

Great….because it’s possible. You see, I believe what we believe all starts in our minds. What we think about, who we spend our time with and what we always put our focus or attention on.

This last week I’ve been purging my life of all kinds of junk. Why in the world do I think that I need to keep some of the stuff I do, I’ll never know.

Old habits die hard. I’ve been in some serious spring cleaning mode, which included giving things to my daughter Amber to put in her garage sale, others things are being donated  and yet others will be given to our local trash collector. Poor guy!

It feels good to get rid of the clutter that has slowly been taking over my life and my space, which isn’t all that big to begin with!

Do you ever feel like you’re surrounded by stuff? Old habits, old beliefs, and just plain starting to feel old! I know that this morning before I got out of bed, I was stretching and feeling some soreness in my muscles from all the bending and additional movements from cleaning.

What would happen if we felt like that every single day….having no motivation, no spunk, aches and pains prevented us from enjoying this incredible life we’re supposed to be living?

I think that slow creep is often times what does happen to many of us. Before long, we’re wondering how we ever got things done.

How did we go out and play and live life? Sometimes it seems like only yesterday. Wait, maybe it actually was. The reality is you’re only 30, 40, 50, 60, what, how young am I? Time flies when you’re having fun or am I having fun?

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, know you don’t have to settle for living a life less than it should be. I know the possibility might seem remote, but it actually is out there.

The burning question….how bad do you want good health? Is it worth fighting for? I am a fighter by nature and that does give me an advantage. You too can have that advantage. And you deserve to have it. You just have to want it…..and want it badly!

Have you ever heard that the best things in life aren’t free? Well, I think that’s partially true. I also think that if we had everything given to us and we didn’t have to work for them, we’d not appreciate them nearly as much, if at all.

How many times have you said that you’ll practice being grateful every single day for something and before long, it slips your mind just that one time and then all of a sudden you can’t remember the last time you actually said the words or felt the feelings of gratitude.

It’s the same for our health and what we often times take for granted. We assume we have been given the right to have it all….including feeling like a million bucks.

I’m here to tell you that if you’re not up to par and not feeling well, you can help your body heal….and if you’re feeling okay, but want to be proactive; awesome….we can do this together.

Hopefully, as this point you’ve seen the other two short little videos that I put together for you surrounding this very topic….Here’s the 3rd one in my 3-part series. These were intended to give you food for thought and some things you can do to start the journey of better health.

What do you want to see happen with your health? Leave your comments below or shoot me an email at support@livelifeyearsyounger.com. I can’t wait to chat with you.

To your health,

Kellie

 

Heal thyself….how important is this to you?

Yoga and fitness

Have you ever asked yourself what it would feel like to be pain free, have an abundance of energy, be at optimal weight and not have all the stress that comes with not feeling well?

I have and that’s why it’s been on my heart to share the information that I know regarding our amazing body’s ability to heal itself.

When you allow the body to be free of all the “junk” that we are told is good for us by the “food” industry and the “big ag” industry and supply our bodies with good wholesome nutrients, it’s really amazing how the body knows what to do.

It’s not my accident, it’s purely by design. I’ve often thought about an architect and their abilities. They envision what something will look like in their mind and then design the outcome. I believe our bodies were created in much the same way.

Everything is “designed” to work seamlessly together and it doesn’t let us down unless we let it down. Do you understand what I mean by that?

For example: when I eat foods that I don’t normally eat, like commercial potato chips and overly processed foods that are either greasy or sugar laden, I know it. Why? Because my body wasn’t designed to be fed these things and it’s objecting to the fuel source.

Another way to think about this is to think about your car. It has an engine that obviously makes it run, whether it’s fueled by fuels or electricity, it still needs fed. So if you a put in the wrong kind of fuel, it’s not going to perform as you’d like it to.

Yet another way to think about this is the fuel filter in your car. The purpose is to filter out all the dirt and debris that would otherwise stop your engine from functioning. This is kind of like the purpose of your liver. It’s the filter for our bodies.

So, do you see how if we continually feed ourselves bad fuel, that our liver gets overworked, clogged and overtime our bodies can’t do the functions that they were designed to do?

In other words, it rebels against us. Often times it shows up in the form of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, auto-immune diseases, arthritis, etc., etc., etc. Do you get the idea?

So, what are you feeding your body? Is it the proper fuel needed for optimal efficiency or are you feeding it cheap fuel that’s just breaking it down over time?

I know it’s not easy to always eat the right things. I’m not perfect either. I love sweets and pizza and my wine and beer. The key really is moderation AND making better choices.

An example, when I make sweets, I use better choices for sweeteners and really reduce the amount of sweet needed to pull it off and still be satisfying. As for pizza, well, yes I sometimes enjoy my favorite pizza place and I buy organic wine and the beer, it’s just nice on a hot summer night after you’ve worked hard all day.

The idea is to not punish yourself. I would love for you to get to the 80-20 place. What do I mean by this? 80% of the time you’re putting in great fuel, no processed foods, sugars and pops, etc. and foods that actually help your body heal, like bone broth, fermented and cultured foods and consuming sourdough breads instead of white and most wheat, as examples.

The other 20% of the time, leaves you open to the human factor, which is we’re all accustomed to eating fast food, buying packaged foods and when you eat out, the food quality isn’t always top notch.

Do you think that if you had a plan to get you to 80% you’d follow it? What if you were recently diagnosed with a serious illness or disease? Do you think you’d be able to ditch all the “crap” you’ve been putting in and seek out the help you need to allow your body to start healing itself?

If this interests you, I’d love to hear from you, as I have solutions and my kitchen is brimming with healing foods. Use the contact me box on this page and I’ll get back with you soon. Please feel free to share this as well. We’re here together.

I’m in this for you and your health and I have soooo much to share! From my kitchen to yours!

Kellie

Are you being good to yourself?

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These last few weeks have been very trying, to say the least. Have you ever noticed that when you go through hard times how you react?

Do you find yourself blaming others for your situation? Do you sink into an abyss that seems to be bottomless? Do you get depressed?

For me, I think I went through all of the above and then some. Life isn’t supposed to be smooth sailing, we are never guaranteed that. By experiencing the speed bumps of life, it strengthens our characters, it builds upon our knowledge of right and wrong and it allows growth of our most innate human emotions.

I do realize that while in the thick of the experience it’s hard to see the good through it all. It’s truly easier to blame others for what happened. In the end, we have to look in the mirror and love the person looking back, which means we can’t live in victim mode.

Anger, hurt, and depression are all a part of the grieving process too. Have you ever thought about grief in any other sense than the loss of a loved one? For me, it was the loss of a longtime career that I took in order to help someone else grow their business and their dream. It also allowed me to grow as a person in the process.

We all make choices and decisions that affect us both positively and negatively. In the end, no one is the judge of us but our divine creator. We will all stand and hear our deeds and our flaws.

The big ah ha from this is the following: learn from your mistakes, listen to what your spirit is telling you and then act upon it. In terms of going through it, I’ve always equated this to taking my “10 minutes” to scream, kick, cry, and any other emotion that comes up! Get it out of your system, stand back up and brush yourself off.

Learn the lessons you were to learn, say you’re sorry, if need be, ask for forgiveness and above all else, learn to love yourself and allow yourself to dream again.

We all tend to be really hard on ourselves and not want to let go of the beating ourselves up process or the “grieving” process. It certainly is different for everyone, and the sooner you can reflect, learn, and move forward, the better.

Spring and Easter for me are the signs of a renewal of life. We each get the opportunity to re-invent ourselves if we choose to. Each fall and winter, things die off and are reborn in the spring. Have you ever thought about yourself in this process?

We can be much the same, if we allow the old things of ourselves that aren’t serving us well die off and replace them with positive, uplifting thoughts, and allow ourselves to regrow the self that needs to.

It’s like pruning a tree or plant. It allows the main portion of the tree or plant to become stronger and produce bigger and better fruit. Have you allowed yourself to go through the pruning process lately? While it can be rather painful at the time, the end results are well worth the temporary process.

I invite you today to join me in the pruning process. Let’s remove the old dead shoots that aren’t serving us well and care for the main body to allow new growth and a stronger sense of being.

If you need to ask for someone’s forgiveness, do it! You’ll experience the joy of letting go and moving on. If you need to forgive yourself, do it now, so you can become all you were created to be.

Easter and spring are our new beginnings! What’s something you can do right now, to shed something that’s been holding you back and allow you to move forward?

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

To your health,

Kellie

Deadliest diseases caused by this, do you have it?

Inflammation

 

This is the definition of inflammation, so what exactly is it and is it bad for me? Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably heard the word inflammation thrown around quite a bit. You might even think it’s a bad thing.

The body truly is a miraculous healer. Inflammation plays a critical role in this manner, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. The body does know how to take care of itself.

Things like heart disease, obesity, depression, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, insulin resistance, etc. are all linked to inflammation in some form or other. I get that most people think that it’s really bad right?

As I mentioned earlier, it’s there for a purpose. Have you ever cut your finger or sprained an ankle? What happens? It gets red, swollen, and hot and it hurts right?

What this means is that our body is telling you that it intends to tackle this problem, it intends to take care of the source of pain. All of which is truly magical when you think about it and if you didn’t have the pain indicators, you’d continue to damage your body further and its absolutely necessary for the injury to heal.

Acute inflammation is the initial body reaction to some kind of trauma, like being hit, kicked or cut. There is also infection, sun burns, or skin burns, frostbite, allergic reactions and chemical exposure.

Symptoms of acute inflammation are increased blood flow that causes a warm sensation and it turns red, which brings leukocytes that are like the cleaning crew and oversee the healing process. Swelling typically occurs because extra fluid like plasma and leukocyte is brought in for the cleanup. Pain is another necessary symptom; otherwise you’d likely injure yourself further. Also losing some of your previous functionality happens too, just so you can heal properly.

So, if the body’s natural healing is inflammation how does it also play a role in heart disease, obesity, depression and the other things I mentioned?

When we have constant chronic and systemic inflammation, which is now beyond an acute immediate response and becomes turned on all the time and fully engaged, huge implications and problems happen. The whole process of the inflammatory process is supposed to be short lived, like several days or less. This isn’t obviously meant to be turned on all the time.

A lot of what the healing process is doing is breaking down the tissue and targeting damaged tissues and invading pathogens, before it starts to build it all back up, this same response had the ability to also damage our body. This normal system approach of healing is specific, targeted and short term and for this reason, we don’t want it getting out of hand and targeting healthy tissue, which is exactly what happens when our inflammatory system is turned on all the time.

There are many “stressors” that cause inflammation to get out of hand. Below are some of the problematic causes, which are reason for concern:

  • High sugar, high processed foods, bad fats (highly commercialized), high gluten coming from processed foods
  • High omega-6 and low omega-3 levels. Omega 3 is a really big part of the inflammation response. Our typical diets are typically too high in 6 and not high enough in 3.
  • Poor sleep or lack of sleep is another big problem. You know who you are.
  • Sedentary lives and not enough activity cause low-grade inflammation. We don’t even get out and walk like we should.
  • Chronic exercise also causes inflammation. If you run high mileage, your body is taking a pounding and you become chronically inflamed.
  • Poor gut health is another culprit because up to 80% of our immune system health comes from our gut and this also then control your inflammatory system.
  • Lack of down time and just being outdoors. Have you ever thought about how your senses come alive when you just unplug and enjoy nature?
  • Let’s not forget about stress and chronic stress. We all have some stress, but the real problem arises when we have repeated high, chronic stress with no release or lowering mechanisms in place.

So, I’ll end this segment with this. Now you know what inflammation is, what it does, why you don’t want it long term and what causes it.

In a future article, I’ll share some ways to help your body return to its normal inflammatory response mode and foods that will help this process!

Have you been diagnosed with heart disease, depression, obesity, auto immune or any other chronic illness or disease and what are you doing about it?

To your health,

Kellie

Do you believe in Hope, Health and Healing?

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This week has been incredible. I was privileged enough to have gotten to spend some time in San Diego, CA with some amazing people who are fired up and living the life of their dreams.

Have you ever stopped to consider what would be possible if you just allowed yourself the time to dream? What would your life look like, really?

Would you aspire to have more energy, less stress, more time, a life filled with love, joy and a body that allowed you to do pretty much what you wanted?

You do know these things are possible for most, right?

It’s really within your reach if you choose it. You see, everything we do, say or think really is a choice.

These last few days really have allowed me to step back and evaluate my dreams, ambitions and what I really want.

Are you ready to receive that?

I want to truly make a difference in each and every one of your lives. You might be asking how I would do that. Simply by providing you with the best of me. When I am allowed to be my authentic self, I can and will serve you above and beyond what you ask.

I am determined to bring you absolute truth, healing, and your authentic self.

I know that for many of you, there has been some settling that has occurred. By that, I mean, you’ve settled for less energy, being stressed, having high cholesterol, have pre-diabetes or full blown diabetes, or anything else that is going on with you.

Do you know that there is a whole other life out there that doesn’t have to include these illnesses and diseases?

Our society today is taught today that when we don’t feel well, we go see our doctors. What typically happens? You are probably subscribed some kind of medication to relieve the symptoms that you’re experiencing. Sometimes these work to help and often times they cause other side effects that you weren’t experiencing before, so what happens? Different or more drugs.

I hope that you realize these drugs and regimens aren’t helping your body heal, they are just covering up the symptoms of your illness or ailments.

Our society has been taught that this is the normal path to take. What happened to the ability to seek out the assistance of your body to heal itself?

That’s completely possible and that’s what I’m here to bring to the table. Many of you may have heard some of this before and some of you may be new to the concept of healing naturally.

If you decide this journey of discovery is worth it to you, welcome. If you’re still unsure and seeking, welcome. You see, when we’re at least willing to explore options, we have hope and healing can and will occur.

I’m so glad you’re here and I can’t wait to serve you on this incredible journey of hope, health and healing.

Kellie

PS: If you’d like to have some time with me, it’s super easy. Use my scheduler  to reserve your spot. It’s that easy. Also, what’s your biggest challenge in regards to your health? Leave your comments below.

Are you harvesting for later?

CYMERA_20140301_134757 Hello and welcome to a brand new week. The seasons are moving along quite nicely. It’s already the beginning of March and with that comes many things, like longer daylight hours for many, slightly warmer temps and the thoughts of what are we planting this season and how much.

I have two daughters, one with a family and one about to begin a new family. With that come thoughts of how do I properly take care of my family and not break the bank.

Ashlie, my oldest, just came to me this past week upset that she’d not been feeling well and had to go to the doctor for some answers. In the past she’s had issues with her gall bladder and it had been well until last week, when her symptoms reared their ugly head.

She’s telling me the protocol that’s being subscribed and we then got into the conversation about deciding what’s truly important to her and I asked her several times to make a decision about how important was her health and that of her family.

She wants my help, which I’ll gladly do, BUT she needs to want the changes in order to make this work. I can’t certainly do everything for her. I can lead her, but she has to “drink the water”, if you will.

All this circles me back to reason for sharing this story. Both of my daughters and I have had conversations about the garden this year.

The crux of this is we’ll expand the garden space to accommodate feeding a couple more families. I feel especially blessed that we are able to do this. We of course, will require their help with this, in the form of planting, care throughout the growing season, harvesting and storage for later. This is my family, what’s your big reason why?

Not only will we all benefit from the fresh produce grown without pesticides and herbicides, we’ll gain time together as a family, get the children and grandchildren involved in growing their food, and deepen their respect for the land and the blessings we have in being able to do this.

For those of you who have dreamed about such a space, last week I shared how you could literally start with a 3×8 or 3×10 space and use two soil bags as the basis.

You can also container garden and I foresee writing about that more in depth in upcoming weeks.

This week, I’d like to share some great seed resources if you’d like to take a gander and shop for seeds to get started. There are many reasons to start your own seeds, and I’ll share one of the biggest is cost.

This list isn’t exhaustive, but as Organic Gardening quotes, when the favorite catalogs are all dog eared and worn, those are the favorite.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
2278 Baker Creek Road, Mansfield, MO 65704
417-924-8917

W. Atlee Burpee & Co.
300 Park Ave., Warminster, PA 18974
800-333-5808

Fedco Seeds
PO Box 520, Waterville, ME 04903
207-873-7333

High Mowing Organic Seeds
76 Quarry Rd., Wolcott, VT 05680
802-472-6174

Johnny’s Selected Seeds
955 Benton Ave., Winslow, ME 04901
877-564-6697

John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
PO Box 638, Bantam, CT 06750
860-567-6086

Nichols Garden Nursery
1190 Old Salem Rd. NE, Albany, OR 97321
800-422-3985

Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply
PO Box 2209, 125 Clydesdale Court, Grass Valley, CA 95945
(888) 784-1722

Renee’s Garden
888-880-7228
(no print catalog)

Seed Savers Exchange
3094 N. Winn Rd., Decorah, IA 52101
563-382-5990

Seeds of Change
PO Box 152, Spicer, MN 56288
888-762-7333

Territorial Seed Co.
PO Box 158, Cottage Grove, OR 97424
800-626-0866

The Cook’s Garden
PO Box C5030, Warminster, PA 18974
800-457-9703

Tomato Growers Supply Co.
PO Box 60015, Ft. Myers, FL 33906
888-478-7333

Happy shopping! If you have a favorite that’s not listed above, won’t you consider sharing with the rest of us?

Kellie

Care to dream with me?

Sunrise Good morning…assuming you’re reading this in the morning. Maybe though it’s good afternoon or evening! Whichever it is, I’m glad you’re here and we’re sharing some time and space together.

It seems that most conversations lately have been about being sick and tired of the cold, dreary winter and when is all the snow going to stop and when is it ever going to be warm again.

At times, it seems like all we are doing is complaining. The reality is we’ve been spoiled a lot by the last several very mild winters we’ve experienced.

So, when we’ve been hit by extreme cold and lots of snow, I don’t know about you, but I’m really kind of done with it all. The flip side, hard, extreme cold, kills of all kinds of pests that affect our environment.

Today, as I’m writing this, the sun is shining brightly and I can see a few patches of ground that aren’t actually covered by snow. Yippee!!!

Guess what that does? It gives hope for warmer days and being able to get outside and play in the dirt; whether it’s in our numerous flower beds, or herb beds or our garden spaces.

This is definitely the time of year when the dreaming begins. I mean, we all need a bright spot in the cold dreary depths of winter, right?

So, I propose to you today. Let’s dream a little shall we? If you could grow anything, what would it be? Would you start from seed on your windowsill? Or, perhaps you’d just buy the plant. Would you have a pot to start with and cultivate it to be your lasagna garden pot or something different?

Perhaps you have a small patio space that you could turn into your little garden oasis, what would it look like and what would you plant in it?

Maybe you’re fortunate enough to actually have a small space to plot out a new garden bed. You do realize that you don’t need a lot of space in order to do this, don’t you?

One idea I saw that was brilliant; actually starts out with bags of soil. The concept is to use 40-pound bags of organic topsoil or tree and shrub planting mix.

So, as an example, if you only have a really small plot of ground to work, start with two bags. This will take up about a 2’wide x 3’long section. I would remove about another foot or so of grass on each end of space. So ultimately your new space would be approx. 2’wide x 8’long. Again, if you have more or less space, plan accordingly.

So to start, cover the ground with 4-6 sheets of damp newspaper or a single thickness of well dampened cardboard to deter weeds. The weight of the bags will hold the paper in place.

If you are adding a small space to either end of the bag space, dig up the sod or ground to either remove grass/weeds or loosen the soil up. Depending on what the soil is like, depends on what you should add to it. I would start with a couple handfuls of a good organic fertilizer and mix that in.

Next place the bags on top of the newspaper. Cut the plastic from the top of the bag. I would leave about a 2 inch rim around the top of the bag to help keep the soil from spilling out and it also helps it to retain moisture.

Depending on what you’re planting, you’re all set. If you need a trellis for higher items that need support, put that into place.

See how easy it is to have an instant garden space. The imagination is limitless. Until next week, happy dreaming. What will you take on this year?

Kellie