I’ve long been aware of how backward our commercialized food is, but it’s only been the last few years that I’ve really started yearning for changes in our home beyond food.
As the world would see it, my family eats “healthfully,” but I’m still not satisfied. I was absolutely disturbed to watch Food, Inc. several years ago – especially to learn how controlled commercialized corn is. I was saddened to have my suspicions confirmed about commercial cattle and chicken operations. It left me further appalled by the FDA and other food management organizations and itching for change.
We have implemented many changes over the last few years, but I always feel like I can do better.
We have already changed our cleaning products, feminine hygiene care (though, since fighting breast cancer and having my ovaries removed, I am menopausal), I am currently using the Curly Girl shampoo free method of cleaning my hair, we use essential oils, supplements, other natural remedies for most minor illnesses and to keep our general wellness level high, grow some of our own produce each year, eat at home, and a host of other things that are natural and healthier for our bodies and environment.
Some additional changes we’ll be making (NOT all at once):
- I’ll be searching out a source for, hopefully local, grass fed beef
- When we lived in Ohio, we had easy access to organic, free range chicken from a friend’s farm. Since moving to Alaska, this has been much harder to procure. I have been occasionally buying it in stores, but will now start purchasing this full time and stocking up when I can find it for a great price.
- Returning to local, free range, farm fresh eggs when attainable. Otherwise, the best commercial substitute I can find.
- I’m undecided on milk so far due to state laws, cost, and the availability of raw milk in Alaska. For our years in Ohio, we had a raw cow’s milk herd share and I truly miss it. For the time being we are alternating between commercial dairy and alternative milks like almond and rice. Also, understanding fully that we don’t “need” milk, so we are using less of it.
- Pick up where I’ve slacked off on a few of the homemade items I use to make – bread, bone broth, snacks
- Experiment with natural, non-chemical laden cosmetics
- Buying locally when possible
- Supporting hand made shops when possible
When we carefully choose what and from where we purchase our food, and health and beauty products, we are casting a vote. That vote counts toward many things. It tells the producer that we value their product, but it also tells the commercial big guys that we don’t desire their products.
I want my dollar votes to count in a way that is pleasing to the Lord, supports a small government system of free enterprise, and helps others who are really trying to make a difference that I believe in.
Will you join me in putting your dollars to work for the things you truly believe in?
PS – I’m not perfect, and you should not think for a moment that I am. We occasionally eat fast or processed food, I actually don’t use 100% whole wheat in my baking (just one of those things…), I don’t think soaking and sprouting grains is realistic for me at this point, etc.
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