My Thoughts on Passions and Healthy Eating
We all have our passions and sometimes I wonder if my desire to feed my family and nourish my body, inside and out, with real foods and without chemicals is really something I need to passionate about. After all, there are so many souls out there who need Christ and so many Christian women who need encouragement. Shouldn’t I be focusing all my thoughts and efforts on those things?
But when I look at all the beauty that God has placed around us and think about the land He gave us to nourish our bodies and lead healthy lives as much as we are able, it encourages me that maybe it is a noble passion after all.
My passion for health the way God intended is a good thing. My love for Christ and His desire for me to love others who need Him is a greater thing. But the two can co-exist.
Taking Care of our Family’s Health
One of the most basic and caring ways to serve our families is to nourish their bodies every day with the best foods available within our budgets and time constraints. Every household is different and I will not push an agenda, so you may exhale now.
Since I do believe that feeding our families and ourselves is a very important part of what we do on a daily basis, I want to devote a part of this blog to talking about healthy foods, unhealthy foods, skin care, recipes, and how it all affects our overall health.
For now, I will keep it a small part of the blog under this Menu and the Recipe Menu. I will periodically post links to some of my favorite recipes under the Recipe Menu, so please check it for new recipes every now and again!
The Way I See It
Here is a brief explanation of the way I tend to think about food and body care so you can know where I’m coming from.
A few years ago, my husband was on blood pressure medicine and I was having regular headaches. I was living in a depressed state of mind where most of the meals I managed to get together consisted of jars, boxes, and fast food drive-thrus. I decided that something had to change so I started reading books recommended by the homeschooling community at the time and learned that real foods, the kind God created for mankind to eat, were healing foods. Also, many of the current beauty products and toiletries we put on our skin, hair, and teeth contain questionable ingredients. I took all that to heart and today, after lots of years of reading and studying and learning new ways to cook and make my own products, my husband is off all meds, my headaches are few and far between and nothing like they used to be when I do have one, and our recent labwork for life insurance renewals afforded us triple the coverage we previously had for the same monthly premium. We’re 55 and 62, by the way.
As I began researching better ways to eat and cook, the books and sites that spoke to me the most were the ones that pointed to the way God intended our bodies to be nourished. I do my best to serve my family “real” foods which I define as foods as close to their natural state as possible, grown in healthy rich soil, without pesticides when feasible. And I’m not a big fan of the GMO.
I buy organic fruits and veggies when not cost-prohibitive and try to err on the side of caution using the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Lists when making my produce decisions. If I can’t find organic grapes, strawberries, or potatoes at reasonable prices, I don’t often buy them.
We are fairly new to vegetable gardening and hope to be able to amend the soil this year enough to get a small one to produce a few tomatoes and peppers (and okra and…) I’ll let you know how that goes.
I do drink raw milk and eat real butter. I buy grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, free-range chicken, and bacon from free-range foraging pigs when I can afford it.
One of my main cooking goals is to begin making fermented foods and to start making bread again. I strongly believe that the health of our guts is of utmost importance and if you’ve never heard the term “leaky gut”, well, you will now. We aren’t gluten-free here, but we have contemplated it for my daughter who thinks it might be a good idea for her to try it due to some issues she’s been having.
I know the last two paragraphs moved me into the realm of the cuckoo, but don’t leave! Bear with me and give me a chance to explain my reasoning in future food posts. I have been feeding my family along this line of thinking for several years and I am excited to see that it is actually becoming more and more acceptable in the mainstream. I call it a huge score and victory for those of us who have been benefiting from it for a long time now.
Sometime In The Future…
We will discuss how to eat as healthy as possible on a budget by stretching meat over the course of a few meals and by using foods like beans and rice as fillers. I make homemade bone broth, one of the most healthy foods EVER, especially for our gut health, and it costs practically nothing. I don’t cook full freezer meals, but I do cook beans, rice, broth, and more in bulk and freeze those items to have already made and handy to put together a quick evening meal.
Over the years, my kitchen procedures have changed and then changed back again. Life gets busy and hectic and then it gets less crazy. With the ebb and flow of life comes the ebb and flow of food preparation. I look forward to walking the road of healthy cooking with you as we all journey our own lives in our own homes. And lest you think I’m a food snob, I will assure you that periodically, if you look real close, you will see me in a fast-food drive-thru with the rest of America just trying to get food on the table that night.
It’s a balancing act, I tell ya.
God has given us all hands ~ hands to serve. Let’s use them to serve Him well.