Croupy coughs? A thing of the past. Fevers? Can’t even remember those anymore.
We used to get sick all the time. I mean ALL the time. There were days when I used to bleach the whole house the second I heard news that my neighbors had caught a stomach bug.
I was truly a paranoid parent. A disinfecting queen. A big time germ-a-phobe.
Now, I embrace all those germs, and we go through each season of without any illness whatsoever. It’s now been a good four years with no sickness.
Why does my family NEVER get sick? It’s simple. We do 3 things…
1. We focus on eating a REAL FOOD diet with an emphasis on properly prepared grains.
We eat primarily real, whole food, and cook from scratch. Real food has nourished people for literally thousands of years, and is something your ancestors would recognize. Ironically, a typical grocery store carries only 10% real food and most is found in the produce department. The rest is highly processed and shouldn’t even be considered food.
We eat a balance of all the food groups, and very rarely eat processed food. This means you won’t see any soda, juice, cookies, any kind of crackers, chips, snack packs, etc. in our pantry.
But we aren’t perfect. I’m a firm believer in the 80/20 rule. We don’t meticulously write down everything we eat—we just enforce this rule by not bringing any processed food into the house. However, when we’re outside of the house we chillax a bit. We eat food that our family and friends prepare/provide and leave it at that. We also go out to eat once a week and consider that part of our 20%.
We also try to focus on preparing our grains properly. This means that we either soak, sprout, or sour leaven our grains. Preparing grains is what our ancestors did prior to eating any of their grains. So, that’s what we do.
I first learned about this technique from a book called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price. In the 1930s, Dr. Price traveled all over the world to study different cultures and their diets. He found that the cultures who prepared their grains properly had the best overall health. They had high fertility, straight teeth, no cavities, and amazing strength and vitality even into old age.
We now know that when we prepare grains properly by soaking, sprouting, or sour leavening first, we unlock the nutrients inside of grains and disable the anti-nutrients (namely phytic acid). All of these traditional recipes are delicious, not as hard to make as you might think, and are a heck of a lot better for you! I’ve got the perfect recipes to get you started:
- Soaked Whole Grain Donuts
- Soaked Whole Grain Biscuits
- Soaked Whole Grain Cornbread
- Soaked Whole Grain Tortillas
- Soaked Whole Wheat Bread
- Natural Yeast Donuts
- Sourdough Bread That Doesn’t Taste Sour
- Sprouted Flour Brownies
- Sprouted Flour Cookies
- Sprouted Flour Pancakes
- Sprouted Quick Rolls
- Soaked Granola
2. Our “SUPER FOODS” are different than most people’s.
While most people think of broccoli and blueberries as super foods, we have a completely different opinion in our family. While broccoli and blueberries are definitely part of our diet, we also consider some other not so common foods ‘sacred,’ like our ancestors did. We make it a point to incorporate grass fed liver, grass fed butter, and raw grass fed milk into our diet.
I’m not a big fan of supplementing with cod liver oil anymore, so instead we get our fat-souble vitamins from liver & the good ‘ol outdoors.
3. We eat homemade probiotic-filled foods like nobody’s business.
Store-bought probiotics aren’t nearly as effective as homemade ones. Probiotics are there to help your gut’s health. And honestly, your gut health is EVERYTHING. Every process in your body depends on your gut digesting your food properly.
This is why we eat plenty of homemade probiotics to keep our guts healthy. We brew a weekly batch of kombucha and sip it up. After drinking kombucha for a couple months, we all cured our seasonal allergies (woot woot!). We also incorporate cultured dairy products like homemade yogurt and kefir. Probiotic veggies like fermented carrot sticks, pickles and sauerkraut also made the grade. We also really like our homemade soda, which happens to have great homemade probiotics in it!
On top of homemade probiotics, we also welcome germs! We love ’em! Learn why germs are so important to developing a strong immune system.
Trust me, it IS possible to get your family healthy and ward off sickness!
All it takes is a few changes to the diet and the natural healing powers of food will make a huge difference in your family’s health! You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to plan ahead and learn how to enact some old-fashioned principles that our ancestors treasured. So, what are you waiting for? Get cookin’ and get healthy!