Snoring: the not so silent killer…

When you almost lose family, it’s no longer a joke.

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How dramatic!? Right? It sounds like the most boring novel ever.

But all my home remedies and DIY fixes aside, I have here a very serious subject. Sleep Apnea. Believe me now when I write: Although I may link things for people to buy or just to give them a better idea of what to look for, and I will do the same in this article, I CANNOT stress enough how important it is that you understand the devastating effects of snoring and sleep apnea.

There will be no quasi guru bullcrap in this article. I will state only what I’ve seen, experienced, and had to helplessly live around for years.

I have been more than fortunate to not be a snorer or suffer from any form of sleep apnea. I almost sleep too well. As long as I stay away from things like extremely mentally stimulating things like… well… nerd moment, but DBZ Xenoverse video games or something of that sort. For some reason I can’t get that out of my head at night back when I had time to play.

Anyways, while I was growing up, me and one of my brothers had to share a room. If you know anything about snoring, you know what I had to deal with. Later I became so used to it that now I require a sound machine to help me sleep. That’s pretty funny, you gotta admit.

When we were younger, we saw cartoons and shows where people would be snoring and all you knew was that they were ‘sleeping hard’. At times, some of these people seemed like they could fall asleep whenever they pleased – like some narcoleptic insurance incident waiting to happen.

That seems all well and fine. Though, it turns out that this is actually interrupted sleep. These people can’t even fall into a full REM cycle due to the constant vibration coming from their nose and throats. Their breathing is rapid or nonexistent.

My brother did this for years. When he was asleep – you knew it! As his life grew busier and busier, weight seemed to be an issue. Don’t get me wrong, this guy is built and strong as an ox. But weight it weight. And lack of sleep is just that – a weight on you.

Here’s how that cycle begins. Your body lacks energy because you aren’t getting into your REM cycle. Without going super technical and having to quote every article I read on this, and every sleep study exam I’ve had to go through: Without deep-true-real-REM cycle sleep, your brain cannot produce the right chemical drip that heals you, nor the ones that keep you sane.

Your hormones become thrown off over time. 10 years of a bad habit, no matter if self-induced or not, finally (on a broad average) leads to problems surfacing.

When you lack energy, you eat for energy. You do things to help this, like with fats and carbs. If you’re unlucky, and you despise water (which traffics our insulin), then you end up also a diabetic along with all these other wonderful host of problems.

So, over eating leads to weight gain. You can’t get rid of your internal (fat stored) water, so you get to look extra fluffy and trap extra toxins. Men’s biology is one that even commercials make fun of when it comes to men and women trying to lose weight. The guy usually wins because he has these high-t levels that keep him and his weight in control. If he does just a small attempt to lose weight, he rocks it!

It is unfortunate and true, however. What my brother started lacking was the proper t levels because his body wasn’t producing the proper chemicals. How are lymph nodes and vital organs supposed to do their jobs when they aren’t being replenished after the simple abuses that come from the day-to-day diets.

How can your body handle the carbs that you SO crave? So, weight gain is just one-single-issue. Without proper sleep, expect weight gain and plenty of fluid.

How you handle stress

How you handle stress when you don’t have proper sleep? Well, this one is obvious. We’ve all had the ‘wake up on the wrong side of the bed’ experiences, haven’t we? Imagine waking up on the ‘wrong side’ every day! That’s what these people experience.

Even the most mild-mannered of people can only go so far with do-wellers and well-wishers, even if they are so. This doesn’t mean that they only take out their frustrations on you – it means that they may repress even that and take it out on themselves. Here comes a cycle.

Lack of sleep – agitation – anger – depression – food – weight gain – actual bad health.

Now, we aren’t knocking the healthy ‘I got a lil weight on me’ people. Nope, not me. I am one of those! For my body height, I am supposed to weigh something like 136-143lb, I weigh anywhere from 148-154 (156 on holiday).

We’re talking obese here. The medical term. Not the ‘i don’t date thick chicks’ douche. Being obese is tolerable, fixable, workable, and you can knock that out all you want! Until you can’t. Until it catches up to you.

I practice moderation with most things, and some things I don’t. I will pay for these things later on and already am paying for my at one time LOVE for soft drinks. Not just one a day, more like 8. Not to get off track, but thanks to my reduction of these, I’ve kept my weight down and am now destroying my teeth much less.

But even if someone with sleep apnea practices moderation, their bodies still can’t handle things the ways our’s usually will. It is a retention game that they just can’t seem to shake.

Your immune system suffers

Without proper sleep, your immune system begins to tank. The vitamins you take in, even with supplements, begin to help less and less. It’s kind of like how Rocky drank the eggs instead of cooking them. Drinking egg yolks provides maybe a quarter of the benefits of a cooked egg. You get less out of what you got.

So what vitamin C you take in is basically 3/4 thrown to the toilet. A, and B are already a little harder of vitamins for some of us to get in every day at times, so you know they aren’t getting enough of that if their body can’t process it the same as it should.

Finally, goes your health

It can happen all the sudden. After years of this, when it does happen, it seems like ‘all the sudden’, but secretly, its been building up for this horrific crescendo that is your health fading.

My brother runs a business, was attending schooling, also working on a side job to complete his schooling. Running a business properly means you already have no life, to speak broadly (but for business owners, you know how it is…). But taking on a new job as well as a mental education. Draining is a word that comes to mind.

With his health secretly, stealthily failing him, then came sinus infection season. Well, what chance did he have of fighting it? Our family is odd in a way. We have great immune systems but horrible sinus issues. We rarely get the flu and all that junk. If we do get a bug, it is so gone within a short time, we consider it just a quick bout of feeling like crud. However, this also gives you a false sense of invincibility to the commons and not so commons of health issues.

With the infection in high gear, lack of sleep, weight suddenly barreling out of control, passing out in his vehicle when he was parked in a few parking lots, his wife sprung into action and forced him to go to the doctor.

The first diagnosis

Well, at first it was an onslaunt of medicines to help with the obvious and then some tests. The tests are rigorous and reveal that he has pounds of fluid around his heart. His blood sugar and blood pressure we absolute crap. Worst of all, to some doctors this appears to be just a person who is sick and doesn’t take care of themselves. “why he must eat two sticks of butter a day!” His answer: eat a salad. Get hungry again? eat another salad.

Na, it’s a bit deeper than that, doc. After finding another doctor who was ready to do some deep investigation, one of the tests he wanted to run was a sleep study.

Here comes the uplifting part

I know, i know… If you’ve read this far, you’re probably like, “when does this get better? Did he die? this is depressing me!”

No, no, it does get better, trust me. So thankful it got better.

Sleep studies are considered one of the worst things to have to do. People have to go and stay at some medical hotel hell where assistants to higher assistants probe you the entire time they want you to ‘try to sleep’. It’s unnatural y’hear!

However, technology and medicine once again prove that with the correct thinking, that they can make a machine that does all that work for them over the course of multiple nights! Relieved? So was my wife when she had to do her sleep study. Yet another victim of sleep apnea, but that’s another story.

The results of this take home test showed that of the 3 nights, he gained only a few hours, if that, of REM cycle sleep. Basically, no matter how much plus or minus, mistakable evidence, possible errors, that could have occurred, he fell into a region of sleep deprivation that no one should be near.

Running around being Mrs or Mr 100% all the time, best worker, rocking their job and still somehow maintaining a healthy life outside of work, just seriously sometimes is not realistic. Here’s a funny statement though: in the business world, appearances ARE everything. People invest in you, the idea of you, they evaluate you constantly. You are their leader at times! If you are not on you r A, B, or even C game. You will lose. And not just petty people, but your health and your family.

Taking care of you

I can’t begin to tell you (but I’ll try) how many things changed after his evaluation. The sleep study company worked with the doctor and hooked him up with a machine with all the right settings, and wi-fi capable readings and the ability to basically just e-mail your codes to the doctor. That’s pretty friggin sweet there.

Within three weeks my brother went back to his original doctor and totally shocked the fella. It’s like he was looking at two different people’s charts. One was near heart attack zone (seriously). The other was called a word that most don’t hear with larger body weights, “healthy”.

I had never seen my brother get to the point where he was having to nap in between his jobs during the day up until that point. After his CPAP machine took hold, I never saw it again either.

Not to give too much of his personal life away, his t-levels increased and so did certain counts, to the point where those counts were called ‘super’.

It is enough, if you know someone in this kind of situation, to make you cry. I love medicine (of any form) that shows real, true effects. Not ones that have to off-set everything else just to make one thing improve for a moment.

One note, his hair will never be the same. LOL. The masks have drawbacks, yes. They make getting rid of the strap line a little hard, but it’s either that or a horrible life of not knowing your potential and early death. Easy choice.

If you feel like you want to test and want the ability to test others and keep the machine, instead of having to be on a waiting list or pay dearly, take a look at this: http://amzn.to/2DJjrWp

There are some much easier-going tactics, such as nose strips, plugs and hoses that have proven to help those with partial apnea: http://amzn.to/2BDgGEj

I won’t get into quality sleep right now, nor trying to link you with studies or products, but I just want you to know, that no matter what you got out of this read, I hope you understand now how dangerous the snore is. It’s not just an irritation – it is a sign.

Bless you all and take care of yourselves.

When you can’t grow all the time…

Know when you can, grow when you can.

Depending on how busy your lifestyle is becoming, you DO indeed have options.

Even the wp-1488479329443.jpggets caught up in life every one in a while, and I become the busy person that I never cared to be.

People get sick, bills stack up for a lil while till you can pay them down or off. Work hours increase with responsibility sometimes being more laid on you.

Last year I started doing my own little experiment of getting a head start on my growing season by starting those little buggers inside the house! Making the good home purchase that I did (no gloat but gloat) I ended up with exactly what I wanted- plenty of room!

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Rooms to be exact and a basement to match. Within that basement came the perfect space and outlets needed to do something I had thought about for years. Growing plants indoors.

For me, this didn’t work out exactly the way I wanted. If I could have controlled the humidity a bit more (increased constantly) then I might have had a chance to do more with it. However, in the end, it became an awesome starter room for all my plants.

Here’s the problem… If I was starving, a few seeds aint gonna put dinner on the table. And no big offense to Wal-Mart, but while I am there it becomes increasingly harder to check out what companies are carrying what. Local groceries fall under the same heading as a problem for me.

Not to be captain activist or anything, but I like to know where my products come from. If I am in a bigger store, I have to jump on my phone, google the brand, see what they are about and if that’s something I would enjoy.

I’m picky and hypocritical about my foods at times, but I am who I am. I like choices and I like information. I like options!

Most importantly, I like the time to be able to investigate the company I purchase from. I have two temporary solutions to my problems at this time. I have a local grocer and 3 stands that I pass (depending on season) that receive verifiable and awesome tasting foods: meats, veggies, and fruits.

Other than going to every single one of their farms, I am able to get some fine report on these individuals.

When it comes to a bigger choice, and something that can actually be brought to you in the situations I mentioned above about being busy… There are Wal-Marts that allow you the choice to look online and build your cart (as well as check the brands), and one that I’ve been interested in lately, AmazonFresh.

After going through the reviews, I’m not dissatisfied with the service. But before I push anything your way, let’s consider what will make it worth it to YOU (the awesome reader).

  1. Do you already use Amazon services?

2.  Do you order enough to make it worth your while for the free delivery?

3. Not every brand you want will be there, is that okay?

4. Food will be showing up at your doorstep, will it be safe?

5. Are you ready to get rid of the garbage that comes with every order (cardboard, bags, etc)?

For me, #1 is fine. Prime is right up my alley. #2 I feed me, my wife, and family members and cook in large amounts to store at a time. Plus, it isn’t just food they deliver. #3 I can settle, for the most part. #4 Camera system, dogs, guns, and living in the country, should be fine. #5 I like near 3 county dumps/landfills on my way to and from work, so this isn’t a problem.

Well, sounds like I have myself sold at least. There are conveniences and inconveniences with every product you buy in life. It is best to weigh your options with any purchase.

If you are picky, BE PICKY! If you aren’t, then you have just that many more options. Take advantage of what benefits you and your limited time.

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Lentils sprouts – super treats for chickens

Sprouting lentils for your chickens! Too easy to fail.

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Lentils: something I really don’t eat. However, my chickens can’t get enough of them!

Vitamin packed and so easy to grow, that if you fail at this… nope, na! You can’t, just trust me.

Scroll down to the bottom to watch a quick video on how to get these going.

Lentil sprouts are nutritious and worth while to grow for your animals. As I never eat the things, I will not just randomly recommend them for humans, but I hear good things other than the nutrition side.

You see, like a basic straight-up pinto bean, we can’t just throw one in our mouth, chew without expecting some problems, and then reap a ton of nutritional benefits. We have to cook or sprout these veggies to even enjoy them.

Just like drinking egg yolks provides you with so much less protein than cooked eggs: same goes for lentils.

Your body spends so much time and calories working on digesting this food, that in the end, you will end up passing the foods through your digestive track and they’ll be mostly undigested.

If anything, you’ll hurt and be gassy.

To counter that, we cook, or in this case, we sprout!

Here’s what you’ll need

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Besides the jars, you’ll need some kind of mesh-like material. I have used old potato sacks, holes made in plastic lids, and lately marble nets? Yep, I keep it cheap.

Warning: Do Not Over Fill These Jars!

Start the first time with three table spoons full of lentils.

1: Put lentils in jar

2: Fill with water, about half of jar.

3: Let them sit for about 24 hours

4: Cover with mesh material

5: Use the ring and lock down the mesh material (store lid wherever you want)

6: Pour out old water

7: Rinse once more and place on a strainer. No sun required

8: Wait 12 hours and then rinse, repeat step 7

Do this for about 4-5 days. Every single day, you’ll see the tails get longer and longer. I don’t recommend going much further than that, because the tails start wrapping around each other and by this time, you’ve gotten the nutrients unlocked and multiplied for your needs.

Now, it is up to you. Feed these directly to your chickens or store them. Either way, you now have an awesome way to sprout lentils. After that? Start ding multiples. That way you’ll end up with plenty of jars in different stages of growth to feed to your animals and will never run out of supply.

This isn’t a main source of food, but it is a much more natural way to feed the chickens between whatever you buy them, scraps, and grazing.

Nutritional benefits: Contain vitamins A, B, C, and E. Zero fat, protein, folate and potassium, some healthy carbs.

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Introducing chicks to the mix

Alright so I haven’t been able to post for a little while because I’ve been busy with super fun work and real life. However, the best part about it is in between I am growing a ton of plants indoors getting them ready for outside and we have baby chickens!

There’s a link to let you take a good look at what we have been so busy with. Besides the grow room and the chickens we are busy building the chicken pen and Coop.

It takes a lot to be somewhat self-sufficient but the rewards are awesome. The calories lost are great. And the positive mood that you get from working on something that will help your entire family well that has an unknown price tag.

Losing Weight Outside the Cocoon

Increasing weight loss by a small percentage adds up! You don’t have to be a recluse to do it either.

Tip of the day: move that unused treadmill to the room where you are in the most!

If this is the bathroom, reconsider the second most used room….

If you require privacy, then you need to dedicate one area for YOU, however…

Let’s get back to the first option!

Treadmills: we usually transform these things into clothes racks in the end. STOP THAT. Build yourself a simple shelf if you need to – buy a rolling closet – but DO NOT use the treadmill as a replacement for your unorganized items!

Keep in mind, there a billion and one ways to get a light workout. You don’t have to associate losing weight automatically with this machine. But let’s stay focused on this one, single workout tool first before we get into the other billion…

 

The reason I say move it to the room you are in the most (let’s just call this the living room), is because in your main room, you reside the most and fail the most.

Fail the most?

Yes! This is the room that you sit down and watch T.V. This is the room where you get on your phone. This is the room where you kick back and say, “we’ll do it later.” When it is relax time, then it is relax time! Although, if this room keeps holding you back, we call that failing. Call it for what it is! Don’t sugarcoat it: sugar is how we got here!

Let me say this, a treadmill isn’t pretty. It won’t add to your living room’s feng shui at all!

But neither does your heavy breathing going to the mailbox. That’s not a putdown whatsoever, and I would never fault anybody for trying or simply having weight.

This is YOUR life and YOU are very important. You have so many potential to help others and do great things for you and your family. If you don’t like the way your weight looks, if you don’t like how it feels, if you are suffering from the side effects of weight on your joints and blood related levels: this is one step in working on just that.

I want this workout tool to be unsightly! I want you to be able to get rid of it one day. One day, you’ll be walking down the street and feel comfortable in your clothes and in your own God-given skin!

One day, you’ll be selling that workout tool online or giving it to someone else who is facing your same challenges.

One day, you’ll be able to keep up with your kids and all that beautiful, hidden potential will shine like a candelabra amongst tea lights!

Bless you on your journey towards a healthier you. We here at Cody Homesteader are here for you and selling you absolutely nothing. There is no powdered supplement that replaces willpower. If you have any questions, please ask! Use an anonymous name if you want – We don’t care about names, shapes, or colors – we care about YOU.

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