Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Why Am I So Passionate About Nourishing My Family?

I believe that we, as keepers of our home, have a great responsibility to nourish and train our children in the area of “diet”. When I look at my children, I don't just see them, I see their children and their children’s children. What I put into them today will have an effect on their children.

I am a perfect example of a woman whose heart is to serve the Lord, to yield her body to bring forth as many seed as He desires, to have strength to raise the children He has given her, but have been handicapped, at least in part, because of health related issues that are a direct result of 'diet'! I want to shout, all that I have learned in the past several years, from the rooftop! I wish more than anything that I had known then what I know now. God has given me a passion to let others know before it is too late, or at the very least, so that they can effect the next generation and turn things around.

My children's health is affected by what I ate growing up, what I ate while pregnant and what I feed them today! Their children's health is affected by the same and on it goes. Brian and I are first generation Christians and we want nothing more than to change forever the spiritual direction of our family. Same goes for health and diet. We desire this generation to be the one that it all got turned around and turned back towards the way the Lord intended it!

I also believe we have been lulled into eating things that aren’t fit for human consumption. Our diet is filled with chemicals and adulterated foods that do nothing to sustain us in a healthy way, never mind build strong disease free bodies.

Yes, we live in a fallen world and there is just going to be sickness, but, I do not need to give into the fact that obesity, diabetes, cancer, depression, hormone imbalance, autism, ect., are just a part of life. This is a lie! These are all relatively new diseases, and if not new, new is the fact that these diseases have reached epidemic levels and are now seriously affecting children. I mean young children.

It is not a fluke or a fallen world, it is our diet! Talk about lambs led to the slaughter! We need to wake up and see what is going on. Stop accepting the diagnosis, popping a few pills and hoping to hang on till Jesus comes.

Start questioning why so many people are sick. Question why, if the powers that be have the answers, why are we only getting sicker? Start reading your labels. Find out what is in your food. Find out how the meat you eat is raised, what it is fed! Stop eating chemicals.

So, why am I so passionate? Because it is so important and about so much more than what I put on the table tonight for dinner. It affects my future children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so on, should the Lord tarry.

While the Lord has given me a passion for this area, I regret I don't have the 'professional' blogging ability with perfectly presented thoughts. Sorry. I am just going to do my best letting my heart spill out, and try and provide lots of links so you can search out what the Lord would have for YOU, and your family. Please, do not rely on me as some expert, I am only sharing what I believe and have learned. Take everything to the Lord and your husband, please. This is not about me trying to get my agenda accomplished, it is about encouraging others to do their very best and do what the Lord calls them to.

One last thing. I don't for one second believe that we somehow 'control' our destiny and that there is no place for faith and reliance on Christ to be our health and strength. I am merely addressing the things we can and should be doing in the natural to take care of this temple of the Holy Spirit.

I once heard a Christian comedian joke about this saying, "Dear Lord, please bless these Cheetos on the way down and turn them into a carrots, in Jesus Name" That's kind of what I'm saying, we can't eat junk and expect the Lord to make us healthy and strong.


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

LOL! You gotta love Tim Hawkins!

Anonymous said...

Michelle, thank you for taking the time to share your passion. It takes a lot of effort to do the research and then try to put it together in a blog post. That takes a lot of love for the Body of Christ, in my opinion. If you didn't care for us, then you wouldn't bother, right?

My husband and I have watched documentaries about our corrupted food system, Monsanto and GMO foods, etc. There are many who benefit from the population being sick and diseased (think "big Pharma")

We don't eat processed food and we're doing our best to only put healthy foods into our body. My problem is that from time to time, I will yield to temptation and eat something sweet (dumb). The effect on me is amazing: I become sluggish, cranky, and often develop a headache. Why? Because sugar is a drug! It's an eye-opener to research the ingredients listed on processed food labels. For example, calcium chloride is in road salt! Yum, I'd like a bowl of that! Sorry about the sarcasm, but it makes me angry to think of what these big food corporations are trying to pass off as food. Well, that's my two cents worth, today :-)

September said...

Michelle~ Your post was perfect! Thank you for sharing all you have been learning... and what is on your heart. We, too, have taken this journey,,, and it is a slow, tedious journey.. yet, so, so rewarding.. especially to a big family.
What a difference feeding our bodies nutritionally wholesome food makes.
Thank you for such lovely posts. I love stopping by here.
We will have to share big-family natural eating tips with one another.
( Btw- stop by sometime today or tomorrow... my very first blog giveaway! )
Love ya!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I am looking forward to what you have to say...especially after watching Food, INC. Eye opener, eh?

Trisch said...

Michelle, you are so right!

When I read Weston Price's book, there was a picture in there of an islander boy taken in the 1930s, whose narrow dental arch, crowded teeth and even incisors back in the roof of his mouth looked *just like* my 18 yodd's mouth before starting her orthodontics!!!

She is 18, has been in braces on and off for 10 years and is very cavity prone. I ate horribly during my pregnancy with her due to a stillbirth before her (can we say, "emotional eating"?! :( )

Another dd who is now 10 is also a bit cavity prone, and is the second "worst" orthodontically. I tried to think what was different during that pregnancy--and remembered I was eating "low fat" due to having had my gall bladder out!

Made a believer out of me! I preach it ALL the time to my girls! LOL!

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge"--I realize that speaks mainly to spiritual issues, but how true literally! Knowledge of healthy ways to nourish our bodies!

Thanks for sharing your heart!



Kari said...

Love Tim Hawkins! :) Can't wait to see him at the Cincinnati homeschool convention in April! Thanks for your post! :)

Aylin said...

I've been wondering lately if the expensive butter, cod liver oil, grass fed meat, etc are worth the expense. You've encouaged me to continue, especially with the thought of our diet today helping our children and further generations!

AntfarmMom said...

I can't wait to read more!