After we moved to NYC, many of our lifestyle choices changed. Some people may get the impression that we’ve simply joined in the city’s fads – become a “health fanatic” because it’s the popular thing to do here.
We do buy a significant amount of organic food, make our own nontoxic cleaners, encourage breastfeeding when possible, etc. It’s just a coincidence that we lived in the city when we made certain changes.
For those who have read the last few posts, you know that poor choices regarding both diet and environment nearly destroyed my health. I was 22 yrs old, newly married, and hardly had the energy to clean our 1000 sq ft apartment. It was draining physically, emotionally and spiritually. Would I ever have the energy to be the wife I wanted to be? Exposure to black mold, chemical cleaners, eating only cooked and processed foods, birth control pill – all of these contributed to my toxic overload.
For us as Christians, it’s more than just a better life. We seek to know and live by God’s Word. Jesus said that “to whom much is given, much is required.” The more we know, the more responsible we are to make appropriate choices. (*see note below*)
After years of health problems, doctor visits, new solutions and research… here is what our family knows**:
- Eat Fresh: Our bodies require 50% fresh food (live enzymes) with each meal to benefit from the nutrients. Otherwise our bodies respond to the cooked food as they would to an enemy.
- Cut Out Sugar: Sugar has negative side-effects: those who consume sugar age faster, have more difficulty losing weight, tend to have more difficult labors & are more likely to tear at birth. Sugar can also be addictive and feeds candida which can lead to many other problems. (Fatigue, headaches, ear pressure…)
- Eliminate Toxins: Chemical cleaners and cosmetics contain ingredients that have been linked to several different cancers.
- Rebuild Your System: Live enzymes, nutritional supplementation and probiotics play a significant part in rebuilding the digestive system.
- Eat Organic: “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children eat organic whenever possible.” – Dr. Herzog, Board Certified Pediatrician. Exposure to certain pesticides have been linked to significant problems later in life. Higher amounts of pesticides are found in fat (butter, yogurt). Pesticides also soak into several fruits and vegetables – “The Dirty Dozen” – meaning washing the skin will not protect you from consuming multiple pesticides.
Apathy and ignorance nearly destroyed my health and with that, the freedom to serve my family.
No, this isn’t a trend. It’s a belief system. It’s a new way of life.
*Note: We certainly can’t control everything about our health; but we are responsible to be faithful with what we can control. (I’m still working on this….) For example, we can’t always control how we feel physically or emotionally. I may feel overwhelmed or discouraged, and that is okay… but I choose how to handle those feelings. I can feed those discouraged feelings by focusing on all my problems or I can choose to cultivate a grateful heart for what I have. I can also support my body physically, which in turn will help emotionally.
**For sake of brevity, I’ll cite research in the following post. For those who are overwhelmed with pursuing a healthier lifestyle, I’ll also share some basic tips to help you get started.
***Nothing in this post or blog is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.***