Monday, January 28, 2013

Everybody's Gotta Start Somewhere!

Are you feeling overwhelmed about how to make healthy decisions for your family?
I just attended a seminar on the GAPS diet.  I have been pretty familiar with this book and diet for several years now and it was amazing to hear from a practitioner about how much success she has had in treating patients with so many different symptoms.  My husband has started to introduce GAPS after being on a way-too-long round of antibiotics...that let me mention in the end, he had a pinched nerve not an infection...but antibiotics are routinely given.  I'm going to stop there before I start a rant on the stupidity of the modern money medical industry.   That's not why I sat down to write this.
I have had a couple of conversations in the last week or so with moms who are newbie's on their journey.  They have a ton of questions.  Where do I start?  How can I do this on a budget?  What if my kids hate the food?  What if my husband thinks I'm nuts?  I must step back and say, I'm here today, but I was not here yesterday, or last week or a year ago.  So I guess what I would say to these ladies, is to step back and take a deep breath.  (In fact, I did say that to a commenter the other day!)  You can do one thing at a time, and I'm going to give my advice on where someone might want to start.

#1 Get a copy of Nourishing Traditions.  (I know books?  Can't I get it online?, you cannot find all of the info online in one place like you can in NT).  Besides being a great cookbook, this book has so much information on tricky food labeling, where ingredients come from, and the history of the decline of American health.  It is priceless!

#2 Get in the Kitchen.  And just cook.  From Ingredients you can pronounce and your kids can pronounce.  Even if you just use butter, garlic and salt, you will be successful most of the time.

#3  If you are here, welcome!  I hope I can be of an encourage you that it is well worth it to your health and your family for you to embark on this endeavor.  From my blog, these are staples in my kitchen and could be in your's too with a minor amount of effort.

Taco Seasoning:  I use it in Chili, tacos, fajitas, anything tex-mex.  I keep it pre-mixed in the cabinet, being able to make all of these dishes w/o any packets from the store goes a long way!  And already having it mixed means dinner can be quick and effortless!

Milk Kefir: This is especially important if you aren't able to source Real Milk.  You can ferment store-bought whole milk and then use it to make whey...but again, don't get overwhelmed right now.  Start with the kefir, make a smoothie and enjoy the health benefits of this ancient fermented beverage.  You can get Milk kefir grains from here.

Mayo: This is always in my fridge.  It is much easier than it looks and it makes amazing Ranch Dressing.  I also keep that Ranch powder in the cabinet, there are a lot of simple "crap" food recipes that call for a packet of ranch, so that gives you the power to quickly recreate something without much thought or extra $$.  With Mayo, you can also whip up all kinds of other sauces and dressings.

#4 Last I would say try to buy a whole chicken and roast it.  Shred the meat, and use the bones to make broth.  If you have never done this, it may seem a little gross.  But I think by doing it, you will feel empowered and strong.  It is also very economical.  With your shredded meat, you can make Chicken Salad with your mayo, or Soup or any dish that calls for diced or shredded chicken, even casserole.

I'll leave it there, so not to overwhelm you.  I'll write another post on picky eaters and pleasing kiddos.  But for now, I must say YOU can do it!!  I welcome any questions you might have in your journey.  Blessings to you on all of your endeavors 

Love and Butter,


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