I am so sick of food, the food that has been the staple of my diet for years. I have been sick of it for years, too, it never seems to appeal to me. I have recently found out why. The food I have been eating is useless, devitalized, processed chemicals, and refined sugar laden cardboard. I have always tried to eat healthy, but mostly it never satisfied me. I have been on diets and basically felt starved and never able to keep them up. So, when I read Nourishing Traditions By: Sally Fallon, I was SO excited to find out that not only could you eat good, real food, but that in doing so it would make you healthy, not just physically but mentally, too!!!
The setback for me however was the radically different preparation techniques and difficult(more so than stopping at the grocery) to obtain ingredients. However, I am determined that I am no longer going to be enslaved to the junk that they call food anymore. I have been overwhelmed trying to figure out how to begin, and I finally just decided it can’t be done all at once, but then when I looked I couldn’t find any resources on where to start step by step so I am going to record it here for others like me who want to do something about it but don’t know where to begin or are too overwhelmed, as step by step and simplified as possible. This is where I am at right now:
I have been reading a lot
- Have an open mind and be informed, buy the book- Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. By: Sally Fallon. I bought mine off Amazon.com for around $18 in April and finished reading the whole thing about two weeks ago. It blew me away.
I found a local support group
- Check out the Weston A. Price Foundation website. On this site you will be able to find a foundation chapter in your area, these chapters are a wealth of information for finding real food locally. This site also has numerous articles of information about food and health, siting hundreds of scientific studies. I found my local chapter was around the corner from my house. It got me so motivated to have a resource so close by!!!
I am starting to weed out the junk food and replace it with real food
- Buy Organic fruits and vegetables, I just started doing this. We have a huge garden that we will be getting a lot of our produce from, too.
- The fastest way to provide nutrient rich food for your family: Find farm fresh, raw milk and eggs from a local farmer in your area who can provide it for you if at all possible. I found a place near me that I can get some and am just waiting until the budget allows me to go ahead and make it happen. The way it works here is you usually will purchase either a cow share or herd share, I am getting mine as a herd share for $50 dollars (lifetime, some places may do yearly) then after that I pay $22 per month for a gallon per week. If I need more milk per week it [the prices] are double or tripled for subsequent gallons. So the cost for 3 gallons per week would turn out to be $150 one time fee and then $66 per month. Expensive yes but worth it in the end, when you don’t have to pay the cost of medical bills for umpteen illnesses down the road.
I am and have (for the sake of necessity a lot of times) been working on decreasing my dependence on and trust in the institutionalized establishments of the systems of this world, as in: industrialized food, the medical monopoly, the propaganda media machine, education, government, the green myth, and misled/ misfed church flocks.
- I have for a long time had an interest in Herbal remedies, and have found many things that have worked for me and others I know, (for various ailments over and above what the medical community had done for them and myself). I being among the uninsured have found it necessary to rely on this more so than on medicine, not just due to financial constraints but also due to the fact that I had an ER visit for an urinary tract infection a few years ago that ended up costing me $1300, which reoccurred a month later and I ended up clearing it by taking probiotics and drinking profuse amounts of water, cranberry juice, cranberry tea and nettle tea, among other situations similar to this, I have chosen personally to avoid being treated for minor ailments, and may even go as far as to say that if a major ailment afflicted me I would rather fall upon the mercy of God than trust the medical community with my treatment. Some great sources for Herbal information can be found at the Bulk Herb Store they also sell very informative books including Nourishing Traditions.
- Test the cultural, societal, and world climate- have a plan in mind for your future, where you will go, what you will need, how you will handle it. Being prepared is wise whether due to natural disaster, or terrorist attack. In the past ten years there have been huge and horrible disasters in a very short period of time, just this year in the U.S. there were 600 tornadoes in the month of April when typically there are only 150, there is a horrible drought in many states and record forest fires are ravaging Arizona. Check out this site here for other interesting information on disasters.
- Buy local, and when I say local, I mean local- meaning if you have a neighbor three houses down that makes rugs and you need a rug, well put 2 and 2 together. Not only are you supporting your local economy, you are taking money away from the big whigs who are lining there pockets on the backs of children in foreign countries, you may be helping a family make ends meet, what is in the rug is probably better for you than what is in the rugs at the store, you will likely appreciate it more because it will cost more, and being handmade the quality is likely going to be better and therefore it will last longer.
I have a 15 minute philosophy, and though I don’t live up to it the way I want sometime it is a life saver for me
- In housekeeping it can keep you so on top of things, check out the Flylady website and set you timer.
- If you are anxious or worried about something take 15 minutes and pray about it and then set it aside and let God handle it. If you cannot handle it in 15 minutes then do the next thing.
- Time-wasters like that book that you cannot put down or the TV, or internet, or whatever. Set you timer and do what you have been putting off.
- When you start something on the timer, you will be surprised when it goes off by how much you have gotten done and how much more you WANT to keep doing, it is an awesome motivator.
I am trying to stay centered
- Read God’s Word
- Memorize and/ or meditate on something God has shown you from His Word.
This is something I have been meditating on:
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:12
I am planning to post once or twice a week (as time allows) specifically on these subjects and to take the next steps on this journey, I am hoping you will join me as I do so, I hope that it helps you and me to take the steps needed for a more fulfilling, productive, and peaceful life. And if you are already there, I am hoping you will join me and encourage and pray for those of us who aren’t, as we undertake this journey together.