Fat Farmers No More

| 1/15/2014 4:58:00 PM

Turn the Paige HomesteadersIn 2013, we moved from the city, gave up our gym membership and moved to the country to establish our homestead and raise fresh produce and our own meat. Although we finished a lot projects, we also gained some extra weight because we thought we were burning more calories by working so hard. As it turned out, we ate our way out of our most comfortable jeans and put our health at stake. It could happen to anyone! Our new year’s resolutions not only includes completing the projects we didn’t get to in 2013, but also getting back to a more healthful lifestyle so we can literally enjoy the fruits of our labor longer and be physically able to keep up with all there is to do on a homestead.

Life on a farm can make you fat. As with most of the earth’s population, staying fit and healthy is as much of a challenge on a farm as it is in a city. When you have livestock that requires daily feeding and cleaning, as well as tending to gardens, fences, household repairs, and other unexpected emergencies or occurrences, you can burn a lot of calories and expend huge amounts of energy. It also creates a healthy appetite for the honey and eggs you collected, the beef, pork, or chicken you raised, and the wonderful comfort food that we identify with on a farm or ranch.



The calorie count can quickly get out of control and turn our hard-working body into a pudgy round-shaped creature that you don’t want to see in the mirror. We still drive to our office job during the week (for a few more years) and although our jobs don’t require a business suit or dress, our daily attire might consist of very comfortable jeans and a stretchy shirt. What it doesn’t mean is that we have to keep buying a large size every year. Some days the only eyes that will see us belong to four-legged creatures, but we won’t let that keep us from watching our own weight. With access to fresh produce and high quality meats on a farm, our cooking skills can create a wonderfully healthy and delicious menu. We’re thinking of it as a numbers game that can be won by keeping score. Although we try not to keep track of our calorie count every meal, we’re aware of how much food we are actually consuming and how many calories are being burned in our daily activities. It’s also a good way to avoid buying a bigger size every year if you enjoy baking and frying like we do.


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