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It was 6 years ago that I decided to make a drastic life change.  For most people that means quitting a habit or committing to a workout routine.  For me it was a little more heavy...  I moved my family from the postcard neighborhood we were happily living in to a rundown house on property in Central California.  The reason... Get back to the healthy way of living that I dreamed of.

I come from a farming family.  There was 6 generations of farmers before me.  Although I moved away from the family farm at age 5, I felt the pull of my calling throughout my life.  My high school years were filled with Future Farmers of America and time spent on my friends ranches.  Even know my parents had hope I would choose different interests, I had decided that I wanted to make my life in farming and ranching.  

Well, life happened and plans changed.  While attending college as an Ag Business major, I started to work as a seasonal firefighter.  I quickly learned that it would be easier for me to make a living as a firefighter than as a farmer.  Life continued with marriage and children, and that life was good.  But I still had a calling back to the farm.  In 2012, our family decided to chase that calling and start our own ranch, from the ground up.  This journey was quite the adventure filled with multiple ups and downs, but within a year, we were raising our own food.  

This new chapter in our life came with so many benefits, but the biggest was the healthy food we were growing.  I never realized how the quality of food effected ones health.  It quickly became evident that the freshness of our produce and purity of our pasture raised meats was making us a healthier family.  Life was good.  I had lost weight, and gained energy.  My family seemed to be experiencing the same results as well.  Needless to say, life was going well until the train derailed about 6 months ago....

I'll save you the lengthy story, but in November of 2017, I fell off the "Homegrown Diet".   It started with a 7 day trip to Mexico, quickly followed by the largest wildfire in California history (21 days), followed by a 14 day illness, and followed by a devastating mudslide (10 days).  Basically, I went from eating top quality foods, everyday for 5 years straight, to less than 2 months of eating crappy foods, and the results were drastic.  I quickly gained weight and my energy level dropped.  The weird thing was, I kinda craved the crappy food.  Even though I realized my health was in decline, I kept eating like crap!  Even crazier, I went in for a routine physical and the results were scary.  My blood pressure was up, cholesterol was up, and testosterone was done!  I had to get back on track...

Starting tomorrow, I will be making a huge change for the good.  I have committed to a 6 week lifestyle of only eating/drinking what comes from our property.  Yep, no processed foods, beer, breads, etc.  Exercise will consist of a daily workout at "The Pit MMA" and ranch chores.  Let's see if 6 weeks will break the chains of my crappy lifestyle.  

Wish me luck!

-Matt