It was a Saturday in January 2011, and I was on a massive grocery hunt. My friend Sidra, who had taught me about the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet, was taking me to the places she had found best for healthy food shopping. I had already gutted my pantry--who knew there was high fructose corn syrup in so many items?! Pretty much everything in a jar or a box had to go. We had eaten up most of the fresh items, so my refrigerator and freezer were ready for the loads I would haul home.
When all was said and done, I had spent over $750 total at Dorothy Lane Market, Natural Grocers, Trader Joe's, and Meijers. Not only did I buy food (which I didn't think would last more than a week, with 5 kids plus my husband and myself to feed), but also I had needed to get some specific kitchen tools, to include a giant stock pot (for homemade chicken broth) and an immersion blender. And just like that, I plunged into a different world, one that included things like:
- grass-fed beef
- organic everything
- raw milk
- coconut and almond flours
- homemade sauerkraut, yogurt, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and more.
It's been a long time since that long, difficult, yet incredibly educational year we spent on the GAPS diet. I am thankful we do not HAVE to be on such a strict eating plan long term. And yet I am also grateful for the knowledge I gained--reading product lables, choosing our foods carefully, and being aware of what we put in and on our bodies. We've been on an intentional health journey ever since, one I will pursue for life! I'm not leaving the state of my overall wellness to chance, nor am I beholden to any genetic codes. My daily choices matter. And so do yours!
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For me...it all started with food. What was the catalyst for YOUR health journey?