I don’t do much now-a-days except sit in a chair to feed and rock my new beautiful, sweet, precious, amazing, little boy. In doing this, I have alot of time to think. Lately, something’s been weighing heavily on my heart. It’s the fact that I feel like I need to defend myself, in a way. Whenever I speak about how I eat, I feel as if I get strange looks. I don’t know if it’s because people think I’m rigid, weird, or obsessive compulsive. You see, I DO NOT eat well so that I can live a long life. I could die today, by reasons other than health and well-being. The length of my life is not in my hands. My aunt, who lived very healthily, eating the right foods and staying very active, got cancer and died well before she ever saw her children get married, have their own kids, and become “Grandma”. (I do believe, however, that our western way of life and eating correlates strongly with disease.) I eat well, not so I won’t get cancer and die. I have other reasons.
one. When I eat well, I feel well. When I eat crap, I feel like crap. I have a long history of headaches, fatigue, etc. Ever since I drastically changed my diet, I’ve noticed a change in the way I feel in the present. I feel energized. I get more done in the day. I’m able to serve others better. I fulfill my responsibilities. I have a better sense of well-being. I am in a better mood. This list could go on forever. Why did I have such an easy pregnancy? I believe most of it had to do with my diet. When I start to become sluggish in my eating habits, my body follows suit. I’m not able to serve others to the fullest. I feel tired and depressed. I get alot of headaches! A clean diet promotes a better quality of life for me.
two. When I eat the way I do, which includes making most things from scratch, eating ethically raised and grass-fed meats, drinking raw and unpasteurized milk, making bread from traditionally prepared grains (soaking and/or sprouting), making and eating fermented foods full of probiotics, staying away from processed foods full of additives, staying away from toxic fats and oils, and buying and eating produce that has not been drenched in chemicals (eventually eating our fresh produce from our own garden!), I feel a strong connection to God and this earth He created. It’s very spiritual for me. If I’m not being conscious of what goes into my mouth and where it came from, then I feel out of touch with God. That may sound weird to some, but it’s how my soul operates. So it’s very personal to me. I’m not saying if someone else doesn’t eat the way I do, then they’re out of touch with God. I simply believe God knew what He was doing when he provided food for us. Why change up His system with highly processed, unnatural foods?
three. To eat this way, I have to buy certain things, and not purchase others. I love this! I love supporting the farmers that take special care and consideration for their animals and crops, and I love NOT supporting those companies that abuse and mistreat their products and the land. You’ve heard it said before, but we “vote” with our dollars. I still have a long way to go in this area, mainly because of finances. This is one reason why we are trying to grow and raise our own food. This will really cut down the costs!
four. I do it for my child and future children. Nathan talked recently about how our children get no say in what happens to them in the first few years of their lives. It’s all up to us. I want to give them the best start in the years when they get no choice. After that, they can do as they please. This is why I spent the entire pregnancy trying to eat clean and taking care of myself. I’m nursing now, so I’m still trying to go at it strong.
five. I won’t elaborate too much, because this is somewhat controversial. I believe that eating and preparing foods this way is better for the environment and this world in an economical sense. I believe that I’m supporting farming practices that can help heal the earth.
six. I want to be a responsible steward of the body and family God has given to me.
I do hope that eating nutrient-dense foods helps bring me a long and healthy life. But this isn’t the main reason and it’s definitely not the most important one. And honestly, I haven’t been able to prepare, eat, and buy foods like I want. It’s been very hard! Unfortunately, this kind of lifestyle takes time, which I don’t have. I have a beautiful baby boy who doesn’t sleep much and whose favorite hobbies are to eat, cry, and be in his momma’s arms. 🙂 I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time with him, but I really miss being in the kitchen. I really HATE to admit that. So I haven’t done everything I want to do with food. But that’s okay in seasons like this, or especially when I’m someone’s guest and they want to serve me. I’m not turning away something made for me with love. But when I’m in my own home, I want to do my best to put only whole, unprocessed, organic, local, in season, and natural foods in my, my husband’s, and childrens’ mouths.
Of course, eating a healthy and conscious diet means something different to everyone. If you would like to know what I think the best way to eat is (not perfect yet…baby steps!), then check out these links: