So you've decided that you want to go more natural and you heard the hype, tried to research it and you instantly became overwhelmed and gave up. Sound familiar?
It happens a lot and I'm hoping that maybe I can help you out some.
I can go on and on about why do many things in modern medicine and the food system today are not beneficial for you and your family and there is so much out on the internet today that I couldn't even begin to get to it all in a single blog post. And honestly - I don't want to. What I want to do it help you get started in moving away from modern and getting back to nature.
First - start with your food. This in itself is a very hard one to switch. It's hard to move away from your favorite brands - you know the ones you've used your entire life? Well you NEED to. Our food system is NOT what it was 10, 20, 30 plus years ago. Today's food is filled with nasty stuff (that's not even food!) Let's take a look at ketchup from one of the top ketchup manufacturers - their ingredient list is as follows: tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder, natural flavoring. Now take a look at an original recipe of ketchup (you know the kind your great-grandmother made from scratch) - . Do you see the difference? Don't even get me started to what's in "natural flavoring" because it's not even natural. It's a gimmick.
Anyway - I know you are already thinking - I can't afford to buy organic and natural food. YES YOU CAN, You can't afford NOT too. Start small. Don't overwhelm yourself. I suggest you start switching your condiments over. Sometimes you have to try a few brands before you find one that suits you. It's HARD to give up what you've always known and loved. But let me tell you - I've found new brands and new tastes that I adore! And because they have pure ingredients - I find that we end up using LESS and therefore save money. I don't go to the grocery store for all our food anymore. Actually there's very little we get there to be honest. Monthly - we order the majority of our food from a company called Azure Standards. It is a co-op. You order your food by the deadline each month. The following week the food is delivered by semi to a designated point. You simply show up, collect your boxes, and go home and put your groceries away. The trucks are refrigerated and frozen. You can buy single items or in cases. It's ultimately cheaper than the grocery store. You aren't buying nasty products from China. There are other places that we order from as well, but a lot comes from Azure. We buy singles of things until we find a new brand and then we buy cases of items that keep well. We have a "store" in our basement where we store it all. Ketchup runs out in the fridge? No biggie - just go downstairs and get another one.
This last year we started making a lot of our own items too. I'll be honest with you - a year ago I'd never canned a thing in my life. Didn't have the slightest clue. I started with jam. Super simple - and everyone loves it. In 2 hours I had a years worth of raspberry jam. Granted - I had to go to the my friends farm and buy the awesome raspberries - but STILL - It's PURE food and so incredibly simple. I made pickles too - in another 2 hours we had our pickles for the year. Boom. Done. Once less thing to buy and it cost me pennies on the dollar. Tomatoes - I have an entire massive shelf filled with tomato jars for this year. Tomatoes that grew from TRUE heirloom seed, on this farm. They never left here. IT WAS SIMPLE.
So you don't have time to grow things? NO BIG DEAL. Just go to your trusted farmer and buy what they grew! Take it home and CREATE WHAT YOU WANT!
Don't tell me you don't have time - I work way more than full time here on the farm. I run a successful real estate rental business as well. I have a high needs father. I am a mother to 2 very active children. I'm a wife. I have a house to keep up. If I can make it work - so can you. And you know - get your kids involved too - it's amazing how much they want to learn and do and the more they get involved in the process- the more good foods they want to eat. It's pretty cool!
I am happy to help guide you in you are serious about changing your food from the ground up. I can talk to you until I'm blue in the face - but it only works if YOU will put in the effort for you and your family. It's not going to happen overnight - but there are simple ways to get started where you are not overwhelmed. I'm more than happy to help you get there.
Next blog post I'll talk more about natural remedies in your home for cleaning and for your health.
Rising Phoenix Farm
14093 Madison Pike
Morning View, KY 41063