Dear Nourishing Our Children,
After reading the last Portrait of a Nourished Family, I thought about sharing ours to encourage others that maybe are unsure about this way of life in today‘s society …
Christmas 2004, my husband had lost his job that week and much of our church family was stricken with some awful flu. We now had no health insurance, so I turned to the healing power of herbs — something I previously knew very little about. Our family did not get sick that winter. By late spring, I had been introduced to Nourishing Traditions from a list of books at an online site of where I bought some of our herbs. I ordered it and devoured the book from cover to cover. Everything made sense. The margin studies and stories fit into what I had come to believe (and observe) as our family moved closer to a healthy and proactive life-style. Sometime that summer I sat my family down, educated them a bit, and informed them that we were diving into this “NT life”. We went cold turkey — making lots of recipes in the book, adapting family favorite recipes to fit NT principles, and avoiding the Standard American Diet (SAD).
Fast forward to Jan. 2012. Below are some highlights of how we live the Nourishing Traditions way:
- We eat out only about 3-4 times a year
- We have a small garden for fresh produce and a couple of grape vines and raspberry bushes
- We visit a produce auction throughout the summer in order to can (either by water bath or fermentation) or dry additional produce
- We visit a local farm once a week for raw milk, free-range eggs, free-range chicken that I stock pile in the freezer, and occasional bacon
- We are blessed enough to have a cattle farmer near who raises only Grass-Fed (not finished) Kobe beef. We buy mostly burger and meat bones (for soups)
- I make a 4-loaf batch of soaked bread once a week
- We drink kefir every morning and Kombucha at lunch (our big meal)
- I sprout, dehydrate, and grind wheat berries for our “quick flour” used for sweets, quick breads, thickenings
- I soak, sprout, or toast all grains and nuts/seeds
- Our new “packaged foods” are the 25lb. bags of organic beans, or the 1lb. bag of carob that we get from the bulk-food purchase I do monthly (through a local health food store)
- We use only evaporated cane juice (like Rapadura), stevia, molasses, or local honey for sweetener
- Our 2 dogs eat a nourishing homemade diet too (I make weekly)
- My general motto is “If I can’t make it, we don’t eat it”. BBQ sauce, dressings, dill and sweet pickles, mustard, syrups, nut butters and desserts included
- Our 3 children are healthy and have not been to the doctor for illness in years
- Unfortunately, our two oldest children were subjected to the “no/low-fat lie” and have poor teeth alignment. Our youngest, however, was raised on “full-fat” and has perfect teeth. | See related article: The Teeth Tell The Tale
- We are not overweight — even while eating plenty of healthy fats, and having dessert daily (we do exercise too).
- We do all of this and more for about $900 a month for a family of five! I figured it up a few months ago and it turned out to be $6-$7 per person per meal. Not bad!
- We live in a small Mid-Missouri community, home school, and run a home-business (johnsjava.net). I did much asking around and research to find the awesome suppliers that we have, but it’s been so worth it. The NT life can be done!
Kudos to Nourishing Traditions and the Weston A. Price Foundation. Keep On! — Heather Wormsley