You know when you visit a new website and click a link or placeholder and see “Under construction”? I feel like I need to slap a sticky tab with that message on my forehead for all to see.
My life is undergoing a major change that must be lumped into the category of ‘under construction.’ For the past decade I’ve been wrestling unsuccessfully with complications from celiac disease, which made me feel like my health was under destruction. Extreme chronic fatigue, massive joint pain, unbearable brain fog – these were my constant companions. This often made me feel like a complete hypocrite with a blog title starting with I Feel Good. It should have read I, ‘Feel Like Death, but my horses feel good.’
I wasn’t a complete hypocrite, thanks to the attraction-based positive reinforcement training. Even though I could barely lift a hoof, I always new that they felt validated, confident and rewarded by our interactions. And I in turn felt some relief seeing them in state of relaxation and joy, in spite of the fact my health was spiraling into a deep pit.
As of three months ago, the angels of the Internet tossed down a lifeline. I found a new diet that is totally reconstructing the devastation that years of incorrect diet wreaked on my poor body. This diet is called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and is designed for those suffering from Celiac Disease, Crohns, Irritable Bowl Syndrome and even symptoms relating to Autism.
It goes way beyond the traditional gluten-free diet, (which I had been very faithful to, with little improvement) into the healing properties of eating ‘specific’ monosaccharides and eliminating the complex carbs that laid waste to my ability to digest foods.
So far this diet has brought me back to the land of the living. I can almost speak in complete sentences since the brain fog has lifted. I can even open jars again! Yay! I haven’t needed massive infusions of caffeine to stay focused. I’ve literally been leaping out of bed instead of needing a front loader to haul me out.
Because of this major reconstruction, I’m taking what may be a permanent break from creating paintings with my horses. It’s been seven years of joy and discovery. It’s as if this amazing cycle is coming to a close and a new one is beginning. Hopefully one where I can honestly say, I FEEL GOOD!
I have no idea what the new cycle holds. It’s a bit terrifying (maybe exhilarating), actually, because for the first time in my life I’m starting a new cycle with zero vision, except to see clearly and heal.
Meet Peggy Hogan
Although I will not be selling paintings, I’d like to introduce you to a phenomenal trainer who is. I’m thrilled to introduce you to Peggy Hogan and her website, Clicker Training Horses. She currently has two miniature horses delighting audiences everywhere. Take a look at ‘Handsome as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer.’ It looks like there is no place he’d rather be than with Peggy and performing.
And then see ‘McKee’ in action as he paints. Of all the horses I’ve seen paint, I’d be the most thrilled to have a painting by him. Each stroke seems to generate such enthusiasm and joy that, without a doubt, a painting by him would most certainly fill your home with the same!
Thank you for all your past purchases of paintings, your support of my blog and in sharing the journey of attraction-based training. If the brain fog stays away, I hope to expand this blog to areas of healing through diet, my musings on both dog and horse training and the mind blowing power of positive reinforcement for all!