Three Years Later? Life Happens…

This may take a while, so get comfortable. Since the craziness of the Spam-Demic, life has been upside down and wonky here. How about for you?

A few years down the road from then, I’m guessing we’ve had the opportunity to take a closer look at many things. I know I have. I physically couldn’t participate in the local farmer’s market as I was unable to manage the process of loading in and setting up my canopy, grid walls, tables and more to set up my booth. My wish for a “roadie” never came true. So I opted to be grateful for the opportunity to continue displaying at the Brownsville Art Gallery and for the occasional order generated through my website. My physical condition did not improve. Challenges that come with aging were on the horizon for me.

Mid 2021, I started actively volunteering at a local nonprofit in Sweet Home, providing administrative and managerial guidance and work. I was putting in way too many hours for volunteering. For health reasons, I stepped down from that in May of 2023. My morning glucose was crazy high, nearly 200. My A1c hit 8.0 in March 2023. Everyday was physically difficult and it effected everything I tried to do. I had to take a time-out. Regroup, as they say.

My first objective was to get my insulin resistance under control. I decided to take a second chance on the KETO way of eating, because I knew it would at least help get my glucose number down by reducing carbohydrate intake. My previous KETO attempt failed miserably as I quickly learned I was a total carbohydrate addict! Can you relate? This time, I took a slightly different approach, knowing I had to be successful this time. I literally cleaned out everything that I should not eat from my fridge, freezer, cupboards, etc. I gave it all away to a dear friend who raises chickens and told her I’d like to begin buying eggs from her.

My next step was to begin learning all I could about insulin resistance, the KETO way of eating and why I was never able to lose weight, no matter how strict I was with my diet. I wound up starving, feeling weak, tired, short-tempered and glucose levels wouldn’t budge. My hair started falling out. For the first time in my life, I felt desperate about getting my health back in line. About 10 weeks into KETO, I lost those nagging cravings for carbs. Brain fog? GONE! I began to sleep better, which has always been a challenge. I even lost a few pounds. It became easy for me to slide into KETOVore, which loosely translates as consuming no more than 10 grams of carbohydrates per day. I became curious about the role proteins and fats play in our nutrition. I stumbled upon what is referred to as the Proper Human Diet, as defined by Dr. Ken Berry. Like many of you, I thought I was eating properly following the USDA recommended Food Pyramid Guide published in the 70’s. The more I learned about how our body processing the nutrition we give it, the more I began to question that Food Pyramid Guide. My conclusion was that way of nutrition would GUARANTEE you would become obese, insulin resistant, diabetic, have heart trouble, kidney failure, brain impairments and more. GUARANTEE!

After about 8 weeks on the KETOVore way of eating, I found myself not even to wanting to eat the meager 10 grams of carbohydrates per day! I decided I had nothing to lose, other than more unwanted weight, by eating Carnivore. So that’s what I did mid-October. My A1c dropped from 8.0 in March to 5.7 in September! That alone convinced me I had finally discovered a way of nutrition that worked FOR ME instead of against me. I found Dr. Ken Berry, and others, offering more information on the Carnivore way of eating. Interviews with researchers provided even more reason why the Carnivore diet was working. It was HEALING my body from damage done by eating according to that stupid Food Pyramid Guide. HEALING MY BODY! The weight loss was just a bonus.

As of today, since I began this journey in June 2023, I’ve lost 48 pounds, 4 dress sizes, and an unbelievable number of inches of fat. I’m only 5′ 1 1/2″ tall. So that’s a significant amount of weight on my small frame. I have another 40ish pounds to go before I reach the proper waist-to-height ratio. I’m convinced Ketogenic nutrition is a lifelong thing for me. I’ve also learned the only vegetables I eat must be either fermented or pickled. If you look into that, you’ll understand why I say it that way.

So there’s your update for the past 3 years. I’m still here. I’m feeling better. I’m still hoping to secure a small storefront for Flat Earth Herbs in my little rural town. I’m determined to get my website updated with my new formulas for herbal teas, magnesium sprays, etc. I am committed to make my 35+ year dream of silver smithing come true this year. I look forward to resurrecting my creative side, Red G Designs.

If you read to the end of this update, thank you. Love to hear from you. Email me here.

Important Update

The BAD news: I got very sick the beginning of June 2021. Very sick. I was unable to communicate with my customers or fill existing online orders. Last week I was finally able to sit upright at my desk and began refunding all open orders and letting my customers know what was happening. I also changed the status of my website pages to “Private” in order to prevent more orders from being placed until I was well enough to begin filling them again. So, don’t despair, I’m on the mend and the website should be functional before the end of June.

The GOOD News: As of today, I am closer to a full recovery. As my health continues to improve, my plan to is to make inventory this weekend to get my inventory up and resume accepting orders before the end of June. I’m sorry this has inconvenienced so many of my loyal customers, and I appreciate you hanging in there while I recuperate. I pray you and yours are well and thank you for your support. As my way of way of saying “thank you,” I will pay for shipping on all orders placed by July 17th. I will add a new BLOG when you are able to begin placing orders online again.

Brownsville Art Center

Tomorrow morning I will be installing a selection of Flat Earth Herbs products in the Brownsville Art Center‘s gallery as they begin putting their holiday displays away for another year. For now, you’ll find 911 Butter, your favorite lip balms, and a nice selection from the aromatherapy line. I’ll be making those amazing therapeutic cold process soaps in time for an early spring debut. You’ll find some lovely things from my Red G Designs collection, too. PLUS, you’ll find an amazing collection of arts and handmade items in numerous mediums from our local artists. Be sure to check their website for open days and hours. If you let me know you’re stopping by for a visit, I might be able to meet you there to say hello. Just send me a note.

The Emporium, Veneta

You can find Flat Earth Herbs at this amazing venue, The Emporium, Veneta, through December 24th. It is located in the old church building at 88170 Territorial Highway, Veneta, OR. You have to check it out. It’s pretty amazing. They even offer optional shopping choices, such as Virtual Shopping, local porch delivery, curbside pick-up and private shopping by appointment. (Tell them Flat Earth Herbs sent you) And, thank you all, for supporting your local handmade crafters and artists during this crazy year. Your support means more to us than words can ever express. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Best kept secret for holiday shopping this year! Bring your friends. They’ll thank you later.

Corvallis Indoor Winter Market

This marks my fourth season vending at the Corvallis Indoor Winter Market. If you’re ready for some fresh produce during this dreary month of February, you’ll find some incredible produce at this market. If you’re ready for some home grown, locally raised meats, you’ll find a fine selection of lamb, beef, pork and other meats, sold to you by the ranchers themselves. There’s food carts, hot coffee, baked goods and more. You’ll find a nice selection of hand made items like the perfect wool hat for our Oregon climate from Tobacco Road Hat Works. How about beeswax candles by Honeystone Candles. Looking for local CBD products – find Bubba Hemp Company at this market. Need more yummy treats for your dog, you’ll find them here. Looking for the perfect shopping bag, yep we got them, too. I can do this all day because this market has just about everything you can think of, including Flat Earth Herbs and my Red G Designs. Stop by on Saturdays, 9-1pm. Bring some friends and share the fun. See you soon.

Find us at Guerber Hall