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by Erin Weaver

Good health is something that you owe yourself. Barring any outstanding physical and mental health issues, you deserve to strive for wellness in body and mind, even when it might seem difficult. While many of us have to try hard to stay healthy, some people just seem to find it simple. There are truly healthy women among us – you probably know some – who maintain naturally balanced good health without even trying. Try integrating some of these habits into your routine to move towards an achievable form of good health.

They Value Good Sleep

Healthy women understand that six to eight hours of restful sleep per night serves them well physically and mentally. Sleep helps to keep your emotions in check and your energy levels high.

They Follow Medical Advice

When you’re sick, the best thing to do is visit a doctor and follow their instructions until you’re better. Similarly, make sure to keep up with recommended checks like smear tests and breast cancer screenings.

They Don’t Drink Their Calories

Sticking to water instead of soda, coffee, or juices is much better for your health, keeping calories and sugar intake low. Healthy women tend to gravitate towards water throughout the day.

They Don’t Compare Themselves To Others

The truly balanced among us know that there’s no point in comparing themselves to others. You never really know someone else’s life anyway, so what’s the point in unhealthy comparisons?

They Aren’t Emotionally Attached To Food

By cementing the idea that food is for sustenance and enjoyment rather than comfort, healthy women easily maintain a balanced diet and say no to guilt about their eating habits.

They Prioritize Stress Management

Busy but thriving women understand that controlling stress levels helps them function better, even if it requires a bit of extra time. Meditation, pros-and-cons charts, and mindfulness are part of their routine for a reason.

They Find Exercise That Works For Them

Healthy women aren’t beating themselves up at the gym or struggling to get ready for dreaded workouts. Like them, you should find exercise you enjoy, whether it’s walking, horseback riding, or weightlifting, and embrace it.

They Treat Themselves

Small self-indulgences help to keep your spirits high, so healthy women make an effort to treat themselves on a regular basis. Even small, inexpensive or free treats will remind you of your worth.

They Quit Bad Habits

Truly healthy women don’t persevere with their bad habits. They quit smoking, they stop binge drinking, and they lose the crappy boyfriend.

They Practice Gratitude

To be healthy and at peace in mind and body, healthy women are grateful for the good things in their lives. By reminding themselves on a regular basis of the positives, they are better able to deal with anything that’s going badly.

These healthy habits will stand you in good stead throughout your life, so why not make them a part of your daily routine now? Who knows, you just might end up being one of those naturally healthy women too!

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The Pros and Cons of Raising Guinea Fowl

This article is a followup to a recent discussion in the Forums about raising Guineas. I thought we’d shed a little more light on these fascinating birds. Learn why you should experience them for yourself – or not.

Guinea Fowl may be a little gray, but there is no gray area when it comes to people’s reactions to them. They are a love ’em or hate ’em kind of bird with no in-between.

The Cons

The first thing anyone, even their most devoted fans, will tell you about Guinea Fowl is that they are NOISY. They chatter and cluck, they chirp and squawk, they screech and they scream. They are not a quiet bird.

As for their other not-so-positive qualities, there are a few to be considered:

  • Guineas don’t understand or care about property lines and borders. They are vagabonds and wanderers. For the most part, they will stay on their home turf if there are enough weeds, seeds, and bugs to occupy them. But don’t be surprised if your new “fresh from the city” neighbor calls in a panic about the “giant chickens with horns” that are invading her backyard.
  • Just like their ancestors in Africa, Guineas are seasonal layers who will hide their eggs. If they are confined so you can collect eggs, don’t expect them to be deposited in a nice nest box. In protest, they’ll drop the egg on the floor, in the middle of the path, or wherever the nest box is not. If you want eggs, you’re going to need to be a detective.
  • Baby Guineas aka “keets” are delicate for the first few weeks after hatching. Guinea Fowl hens are mostly neglectful mothers. They abandon the nest once a few keets are hatched and are immediately back to their wandering walkabout ways. The little keets can’t keep up and become lost or chilled as mama goes about her business.
  • Guineas hate to be confined. They become nervous and destructive and will terrorize any other birds penned with them. They are best being out and about and busy. When the birds are young or new, you may have to initially coax them back into their shelter after they’ve been out for the day. They can usually be bribed with mealworms and chicken scratch aka treats.
  • Don’t expect your Guineas to become pets like chickens or turkeys. They are a standoffish bird who doesn’t care if you’re there or not, unless you’ve brought them goodies.
  • Seedlings and young plants can be destroyed by the incessant scratching of Guinea Fowl. They are notorious diggers so you will want to keep them away from new or sensitive plantings.
The Pros

Fortunately, there are a lot more pros to keeping Guineas than there are cons. These cool birds have a lot going for them. One of their most highly touted benefits is their insatiable appetite for ticks and other bad bugs. Guinea Fowl are one of the most efficient and natural forms of bug removal available. Other pests they search out include ants, spiders, beetles, tomato worms, grasshoppers, flies, wasps, snails, etc. If it moves, they’re after it. Other reasons people raise Guinea Fowl include:

  • Guineas are mostly self-sufficient and low maintenance. They prefer to forage for their own creepy crawlies and weeds rather than depend on you for food. Treats are a completely different issue though. Keep in mind they do need to be supplemented during the colder, bug-free months. They are also a hardy bird that is far more disease-resistant than other poultry.
  • Comic relief and entertainment are a side-job of these unique birds. To see them run after a butterfly or mouse is hysterical as they stick their wings out with their heads down and run as fast as they can – while squawking of course.
  • Guineas are appreciated by many farmers and ranchers as they discourage venomous snakes and rodents. They will also flush out destructive birds in orchards or vineyards.
  • Similar in taste to pheasant, Guineas are a great source of meat. They mature quickly and are considered a delicacy in some countries.
  • Just like livestock guardian dogs, Guinea Fowl will act as the protectors of chickens and other animals in a mixed flock or barnyard. They are always on alert and vigilant to anything new or dangerous. They’ve been known to go after predators in a large, noisy group.
  • You don’t have to worry about people (or your own family members) sneaking up to your property. The guineas will sound an alarm and often run out to meet the intruder or resident. They will greet your own truck in the same manner as they greet a car they’ve never seen. It’s all the same to your Guineas.

So what do you think? Will Guinea Fowl be your next addition to the homestead? Let us know!


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