I never imagined that a bottle of baby shampoo could change our lives.
After the birth of our son (our first child), that all too popular shampoo sent me in a lurch. I read an article mentioning all the horrible chemicals contained in this hospital-friendly soap — which my son had been lathered in day after day since birth.
And I cringed. What was I putting on my child?
After hours of research and reading, my thoughts from there spiraled — what was I putting in my body that was nourishing our child through nursing? What was I feeding my husband who was the head and protector of our family?
So much questioning began.
For our family, traditional foods did not enter the picture right away. They came eventually, after other changes led the way.
One Thing Led to Another…
We began purchasing organic everything, from food to toiletries, which seemed the wisest thing to do at the time. Our purchasing and consumption of organic goods continued for a while until the focus changed to more locally grown, pesticide free goods. I also began to make more and more of our own food instead of purchasing pre-made, processed meals.
We then had our first taste of raw milk and shared a day in the life of friends who were trying to live sustainably off their land. Our hearts and lives changed again. We no longer wanted to purchase raw milk and produce raised by the sweat of others, but hoped one day to raise our own food, from the work of our hands.
From there, our first taste of true traditional food lifestyle came from my husband’s prodding and my frustration with commercial yeast. Our affection to sourdough was born (well after a time of miserable attempts and failures making a sourdough starter).
Soon after, fermentation began, as well as soaking and sprouting. My kitchen became what my husband called a science lab — something new always bubbling and burping on the counter. I was experimenting constantly!
And then, we were there. We had found (and embraced) a tradition of preparing food, focusing on stewardship and using the foods to their greatest potential and maximum benefit.
For us, it's more than a faddish diet, it's a way of life. We look at food and nourishment as a worthwhile and miraculous endeavor to be enjoyed and shared by everyone in our family.
I reflect upon the past year, full of blessing.
By the grace of God, our family enjoys good health and our new blessing, Amos Thomas.
Our friend’s son who was diagnosed with leukemia is now testing consistently cancer-free.
All this leads me to thank the Lord for this way of life and our enjoyment of His food. Food which can be prepared and used for the goal of strengthening our bodies and mind in service of Him.
What About You?
I've lived our story. I've lived through the days of changing and evolving into a traditional foods way of life. It all started with that conventional baby shampoo.
And now I wonder, how did you come upon traditional foods?
What was your catalyst — your “bottle of shampoo” — that triggered an avalanche into a new way of nourishment for you and your family?
How has eating traditionally prepared foods changed your life or your health? How has it changed your enjoyment and appreciation of food? What have you learned along the way? What challenges do you face (or have you overcome) in learning traditional food preparation? What new insights have you gained?
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