to to see some of the topics to be covered in the next 180 Days in our 180 Degree Lifestyle Change


We are Jim and Rhenda Wilson and this is our story.


We are a Sixtyish couple on a limited budget, living on a homestead and producing our own food while remaining physically and mentally healthy.


This was not always the case. Here is where we drew "Our Line In the Sand" 



As the video tells you, when we realized the path we were on, we reversed our direction 180 degrees.


We knew too many people who had successful careers and very poor health. We wanted a better life.


That was nearly 9 years ago. We eat really well yet sometimes we falter. We can tell immediately when we eat something that is harmful to our bodies.


No matter where you are and who you are, you can begin again. Join us.


I am an Registered Nurse and the saddest thing I see is what our elderly population are forced to eat when they go to the hospital, nursing homes, assisted living homes and even high class Independent Living communities. We watch them get fatter and sicker from the day they come in. We are still figuring out how to change that but we can change ourselves and we can help you change.


We invite you on our journey and perhaps along the way we can inspire other baby boomers and to realize that starting again and living their dream is not too late.


While trying to start a business during the last year, we have incurred some debt. Why do we share that personal information? We want you to know you do not have to have money, land, and everything going for you to make this journey. 


We have several goals. 


We want to be debt free.


We are committed to eating healthy and taking care of our bodies and minds.


Every business we have explored has returned our thoughts and desires to our Heartiness Approach principles which includes eating REAL food, producing our own food (Homesteading), exercising for health and fitness, and maintaining our emotional wellness. 


We believe that our lifestyle can also be a source of our business because the solution for our situation is desperately needed by multitudes of other people our age. We believe that most of the common illnesses such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and dementia, can be avoided and eliminated through improved lifestyle choices. 

We live on land in west central Oregon bordering the South Santiam River. We are renting our land and home long term and use about 2 acres of the 40 acres we are sitting on. We have a dozen Delaware Layers, 22 Rhode Island Reds which just starting giving us their golden eggs. We also raised Freedom Rangers for meat chickens, processing 66 of them for sale and our own food.


Because we live near the river, we have river rocks in our land and must use the broadfork to loosen the soil and remove the rocks by hand. It is a long process.


Last year we only had two 4 foot by 40 foot beds. This year we are preparing five 30 inch by 60 feet rows, plus an 8 foot by 60 foot section for squash, cucumbers and melons. We will also have a covered area for our nightshades.


Proper food and an active lifestyle and residing where we can provide for ourselves, gives us the opportunity to share our information and knowledge along with our success stories and learning curves.

Our four areas of emphasis are: 

  1. Nutritional Science & Real Food Preparation and Application
  2. Proper Exercise and Fitness
  3. Homesteading to include Egg and Meat Chickens and Nutrient-Dense Gardening
  4. Stress Management for Emotional Wellness.

The contents of these four areas create a balanced, sustainable even regenerative, lifestyle.

Our website Heartiness Approach is an online-magazine full of information to back up our choices, help teach proper application of nutrition, exercises to follow, homestead progress, and stress reduction ideas. 


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