This article gives a good overview of our farm.
Spring 2001, we are a family of four including two young boys ages 5 and 3. Enter the topic of food. So what? Our family eats three meals a day just the same as most folks we know. Hey, we live in America so of course we eat the standard American diet! (SAD)
I am intrigued listening to a radio interview with Dr. Rex Russell the author of What the Bible Says About Healthy Living. I want to know more. Upon reading the book I am convicted that we were made by a loving Creator who designed a plan whereby we could nourish our physical bodies. Following this plan was not a means to obtaining salvation, but a way to experience a better quality of life that was in alignment with eternal principles. To paraphrase, the three guiding principles as stated by Dr. Russell are:
- Only eat food that was created to be eaten.
- Eat food in as whole and natural state as possible.
- Do not let any food or drink become an idol.
Wow. This advice was so simple, but our family was not eating in alignment with these principles. Where should we start?
Enter prayer. “Lord, show us how to nourish our bodies in a way that is in accordance with your Word. Give us wisdom and discernment. Allow people and resources to come across our path that will shed further light on this subject. Open our eyes!”
Our eyes were opened to ingredient lists. Just the right books came across our path, new contacts and friendships were formed. Elimination and replacement; one-by-one the items which stocked our larder were changed out. Nutrient-empty dead calories replaced by nutrient-dense, life-giving real food. I learned new food preparation techniques. I learned by studying the past, and implementing those methods while benefiting from modern preparation tools. Traditional cultures which experienced vibrant health did things like soak their seeds, nuts and grains. These people consumed cultured fresh dairy products, lacto-fermented vegetables, fresh fruits, mineral rich soups made from bone stock, and grass fed meat. These people groups were virtually free of the ailments and chronic diseases which are so prevalent in America today.
Fast forward to spring 2013. Our family now includes five children ranging in age from 17 to 4 years of age. Enter the topic of food. So what? Our family eats three meals a day just the same as most folks we know. Hey, we may live in America, but we no longer eat like most folks we know. Our passion is nourishing our bodies in such a way that is in alignment with biblical principles, backed up by current unbiased scientific research, and utilizing food preparation methods which have been in place for thousands of years. Guess what? We feel so blessed to have been convicted in this area of our lives. Our family is experiencing a general state of physical and emotional well-being that seems to be lacking every time we turn around in society.
There were no diagnosed medical issues with us. Therefore, our journey has been slower than some who make the decision to completely clear and restock the cupboards in one weekend. It has been at a pace that is right for us. As our family continues to learn about nutrition and other complementary tools, which facilitate health and wellness, we readily admit that we have so much yet to learn.
Where is your family in regards to nutritional awakening? What will be your next step? First, start by asking for divine wisdom and then proceed as the way opens.