for family of 10
I was raised on healthy food but in my late teens and early twenties, I fell off the healthy wagon and began eating the standard American diet. I bought the typical food products on my weekly trips to the grocery store: bread, jelly, cereal, cookies, muffins, granola bars, cake mixes, can goods, salad dressings and many many other processed food. It took my 6-year-old daughter’s allergy to MSG at the time (she is now 18), to really make me stop and realize what we were putting into our bodies.
I began by reading every ingredient label to make sure it didn’t have MSG. But then I found out that MSG is naturally occurring in many foods and so it could still be there but not in the ingredient list. This is when I decided we needed to make everything from scratch to ensure that we didn’t accidentally feed her something with MSG in it.
We started by making our own salad dressings which are still the easiest recipes to make. We then moved on to making our own bread, jam, peanut butter, pie, cereal and anything that required more than one ingredient. What we found was that we actually loved this food! The taste was delicious and I felt better knowing that this food wouldn’t hurt my daughter.
A few years went by and I ended up getting an ulcer, having nothing to do with my daughter’s MSG allergy. 😊 This is what lead me to Dr. Norman Walker and his book “Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices.” I healed that ulcer by drinking fresh vegetable juice and aloe vera juice rather than go on medication. Through continued research of eating healthier, I came across the book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Dr. Weston Price. Both of these books are excellent reads and just may change your life!
With that said, our family doesn’t follow one diet. This is because our bodies are all so unique and individual that what may be beneficial to one of us, isn’t always beneficial to all of us. For example, I have allergies and sensitivities to many fruits and vegetables. Yes, a very odd intolerant because when anyone thinks of produce, they think healthy. Not always in my case. Beets will have me throwing up, consuming sweet potatoes will cause me extreme pain and the smell of tangerines or cantaloupe makes me nauseous. There are more but I’m sure you get the point.
Because of all this, our weekly grocery shopping is filled with a variety of one-ingredient foods. The majority of us go heavy on fruits, vegetables, dairy and eggs, in the middle with meat and light on the grain. We have ALL had bad reactions to grain, especially wheat. This is why I believe the wheat of today, whether because it’s a hybrid wheat that is mass produced or because people are simply not soaking/souring it before consumption, is why so many in the world suffer from celiac disease, gluten-intolerance and other complications.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the video!