Whole Living

I've decided at the end of the day, whether you frequent the local McDonalds or the local Farmers Market— we all desire to be healthy, and we all want to feel good —we may just not know where to start or that what we put in our bodies affects everything.

Up until a few years ago, I was addicted to Diet Coke, processed food and had no idea how to cook a real meal more than throwing a bag of this and a can of that together. My knowledge of nutrition was all based on "nutrition facts" on the side of the box and had nothing to do with what was actually in the box. I struggled with low energy, fatigue, acne, and depression.

When I had Jacob, I took a step back and realized (through a series of events with his health) that what I was eating and putting into my body really did matter. I went pretty all natural/organic/no toxic products in our house overnight. It was a little extreme at first, but I really started seeing results in all 3 of us and we felt so much better.

I started reading a ton and researching about things I had never heard of—Who knew garlic can be like a natural antibiotic? Who knew my low-fat yogurt was doing more harm than good? Who knew that I needed a lot more fat in my diet? Who knew that my smelly good detergent was pretty toxic? It was a whole new world!

I have become pretty passionate about teaching myself about natural living and feeding my family real, nourishing meals. As I began talking to others about it, I realized that people were very interested, but didn't know where to start—that's why I started writing more about that here.  I am by no means an expert, but I hope that I can be an encouragement to a few people as I walk through and figure out ways to be a good steward of what the Lord has given me.

Health and Natural Remedies

I am former nurse who comes from a uber medical family. I am so thankful for the knowledge and experience I have, but have recently started learning that what we eat and how we live has way more to do with health and disease processes than the medical field acknowledges.  I started realizing that I was always treating symptoms and very rarely questioning or trying to fix the root of the problem (in our own life, not my patient's, but it goes for them as well!)

There really is a pill for every ill, and there are times where I am grateful for that (if other natural routs do not work)—but for the most part, I've thrown out most of my former medicine cabinet and filled it with natural remedies that I feel way more comfortable giving my family. I have experienced first-hand what eating well can do. I no longer struggle with depression, fatigue, or acne. Crazy.
  Regarding Health and Nutrition Posts:   
1. I have done a lot of research and take what I write about on these topics seriously. That being said, when in doubt, do your own research. I am not an expert, doctor or nutritionist. These are my opinions taken from my own research. Any statements on this site regarding food, supplements, medicines, remedies, or any other information found here have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

2.  I promise I will not judge you if you choose not to live/eat the way we have chosen. That is not my intention, but I also don't want my issues with pleasing others or not offending anyone to keep me from sharing. 
3. We do not eat like this 100% of the time. We are not purists and we don't do everything right. We're still learning ourselves. Our goal is 80/20. (eat well 80% of the time... it should probably be more like 90%, but we'll get there...)
4. Jacob (my toddler) does eat well, but not all the time. It drives me crazy, but I don't want his childhood to be marred with me trying to force him to eat perfectly and not enjoy meal time. I do take what he eats very seriously and try my best.
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