I Want to Save the World… But How?

There are a lot of things in this world that are really, really wrong. People who are killed, families torn apart, children who are starving. So many of us seem set on promoting violence and war instead of peace. How many millions have died because we couldn’t get along and show love to our neighbors?

Then there are all of the problems that have come with industrialization and modern things. The great power of science is being used for profit instead of the good of the people and the very future of humanity could be at stake (antibiotic resistant illnesses, GMO’s, global warming caused by plastics and so many other things, polluted air and water, chemicals in our food and everything around us).

It’s a lot to take in, and once you have taken it all in, you’re left wondering, “Well… what now? What can I do?” More

GAPS: A Deviation in the Journey & How I Got Here

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have a lot of health issues. I have syndromes and allergies and asthma and… stuff. In 2011 I discovered a healing protocol known as GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome). It is a 1-2 (on average) year diet plan developed by a British doctor who used to heal her son’s autism. I don’t have autism, and neither do many other people who have benefited from following the GAPS protocol. The diet’s purpose is to provide healing and resealing of the gut through foods that will starve bad bacteria but promote the health of good bacteria. No sugar, no starchy foods, and no grains are few of the big things on the banned list. Lacto-Fermented veggies, cultured dairy, juicing, and lots of bone broth are big players on the approved list. Fermented/cultured foods are full of probiotics, which will help boost good gut bacteria. Bone broth is full of gelatin and other nutrients that will aid in healing and sealing the gut. Juicing helps the body cleanse and heal itself (and is tasty!). More

Nutrition, Real Food, and Planning for Health

Health and food are really important to me. I tend to view health as a very, very complicated math problem, with variables like genetics, nutrients you get from food, your environment, etc. Studying up on what the body needs to work properly is a hobby of mine, but my favorite part is discovering what foods best provide those nutrients and then trying to implement them into my diet. I went through one of my favorite cookbooks recently, Nourishing Traditions, and wrote down recipes that sounded good and not too difficult or expensive. There are so many good things in that cookbook! More

In or Out?

Aha! I remembered what I wanted to write about.

My dad offered me some cash so that I could take the two year old and get some breakfast on the road so I wouldn’t have to go home and cook. I didn’t want to get breakfast on the road. I wanted to go home and eat. That’s kind of a big deal. Growing up, it was a special treat to go out and eat, so for most of my life I’ve seen eating out as something special. Now, I’ve apparently reached a point where I’m not sure what to think about eating out.

Eating out at the average restaurant no longer excites me. Instead, I feel guilty about it. ¬†Eating out means paying for crappy food that will most likely upset my body and have a negative impact on my health and the health of those I love (Honey and the two year old). Every bite I take, my mind is thinking about all the chemicals and other ingredients in that food that I don’t want to be eating. Even though fast food can taste really really good, to me it’s no longer worth it. I’d rather go home and put the love and effort into a home-cooked meal. I know I’ll feel much better for making that choice, and that is a great motivator.

I plan to continue home-cooking this year and can’t wait to see how it impacts our health.