Live Fruitfully focuses on food and faith ~ two of my favorite topics to discuss, especially in how to apply both to achieve greater health and freedom, physically, mentally/emotionally and spiritually.
My husband Don and I have tried a myriad of diets trying to resolve our personal ongoing nagging conditions, including allergies, digestive issues, psoriasis, and others, while also maintaining mental and physical health as we age.
We consumed natural, whole and minimally processed foods, however we added or subtracted them according to the 'research' available to us at the time.
Specifically we added or subtracted dairy, grains, beans, nuts, seeds, animal foods, sugars, fruits, wheat, and meat. We tweaked our macros ~ trying higher or lower protein, fat, and/or carbohydrates.
After years of mixed results we began to study the Bible and eliminated the unclean foods mentioned in Leviticus and elsewhere throughout the Bible. We added in foods ~ like bread/grains ~ that are mentioned as staple foods. We figured if Jesus and all His disciples ate bread, why should we avoid it?
Many health coaches and nutrition 'gurus' point the finger at sugars or carbs, or wheat or gluten or dairy as the dietary villain.
Some believe all animal foods are bad, others believe plant foods are the problem.
Still others blame the polyunsaturated (PUFA) oils in the diet.
Who is right?
Are many health issues a result of eating too much or too little fat? Too much sugar? Or is it possible it's something else?
Everything began to click when Don reordered Salt and the Seven Deadly Ills ~ a book he had read years prior.
Perhaps the dietary saboteur was what was on the food, rather than the food itself!
Humans have historically consumed much more potassium-rich foods. Potassium is essential for life. (Ever read the ingredients in fertilizer? N-P-K. Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium. Notice what's missing?)
The potassium (K) to sodium (Na) ratio should be at least 6:1, K:Na, if not much more, however, in our modern diet, this ratio is reversed. And this could be the primary culprit to so many modern diseases and premature degeneration and decline.
As a result, we've been eliminating added salt from our diet. We are also updating our Meats & Sweets recipes to reflect what we've been learning.
However, food and faith are cornerstones to improving our mental/emotional and spiritual health, not just our physical health, all key to enjoying a more fruitful life!
I've found scriptural versus to be helpful for overcoming negative thoughts and insecurities as well.
Food and faith can potentially transform your life!
I have always loved preparing healthy, natural foods.
I spent many years working in restaurants and catering, prior to returning to school to study Chinese medicine, followed by a myriad of other healing practices.
I gravitated towards holistic healing to help me overcome my challenges ~ both physical and mental/emotional ~ and wanted to avoid being dependent upon prescription medicine. In fact, I prefer to avoid hospitals all together.
I've witnessed many people succumb to declining health that seemed to me could have been prevented.
More recently (in early 2019) I became a born again Christian, something that I never saw coming.
Hence my focus is food and faith. And forgiveness, which can be quite liberating in and of itself!
Potassium is life promoting, while salt (sodium chloride) consumed continually in excess may be undermining our health in ways you can't imagine! Salt is in EVERYTHING, and it can be quite corrosive, something that's been known for a long time!
We were never meant to get so little potassium and so much salt in our diet!
Hence, all my old recipes will be getting revamped, while new ones are being added that are savory and sweet, potassium-rich and salt-free, like these:
God created us to be healthy, strong and fruitful, not sick, weak and unproductive!
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