Several years ago, when I was a new homeschooling mom, I had a little boy who had lots of energy. And not only did he have lots of energy, he was very sensitive–to everything. His socks bothered his toes. The peculiar smell at the Jelly Belly factory was unbearable. He couldn’t stand wearing pants or long sleeves (he still only wears pants to church), because he was always hot. As he grew older, he had trouble learning to read and write.
I was at a loss.
I didn’t know if he just needed more discipline. Maybe I wasn’t being consistent enough. Or maybe I just wasn’t good at homeschooling. I read and researched and tried all kinds of things, but they just weren’t helping.
At the time, we ate the typical American diet minus the sugary cereals. I really felt that because I only let my children eat the healthy cereals, we were doing good. Little by little, I started reading about eating a “whole foods” diet. I learned the benefits of grinding my own grain and drinking kefir. Most importantly, I learned how sugars and dyes that are so prevalent in foods targeted at children, actually affect their developing neurological systems. Many of the behaviors I was seeing in my son were a direct result of the foods I was feeding.
Over the next year, I begin to cut out as many processed foods as possible. We replaced the Kool-aid with all-natural water. We bought our milk and eggs straight from the farm and ate our veggies out of a garden (unfortunately not my own…still working on that one). I learned to bake bread, and yogurt, even experimented with kombucha.
The results were dramatic. My little man calmed down (to a normal little boy level), things didn’t bother him quite so much, he learned to read, and I realized the importance of feeding our kiddos (and ourselves) a nutrient dense diet.
I guess that is why I am so passionate about eating healthy. I have seen both sides. I have experienced first hand, the benefits of eating foods that are wholesome.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still struggle to stay away from the sugar. Eating healthy is not always easy. It is not always the cheapest. It is not always what I want to do.
I still need encouragement in this area of my life.
That is why I am sooo excited about this upcoming conference!!!
There are so many AWESOME speakers at this conference!
Nancy Campbell is going to be there. Her book Be Fruitful and Multiply really helped me see that children are a blessing from the Lord. I can’t wait to hear her wisdom and her love of helping women in God-given roles.
Michelle Duggar will be speaking. I think my girls are more excited about seeing (possibly meeting) her than I am. I just want to thank her personally for living out the example of a meek and quiet spirit, modeling it for those of us who need that kind of encouragement.
Kim Coghlan from Life in a Shoe. I really wanted to meet her at the film festival. I saw her on the last day of the festival. She was busy talking to someone else and I didn’t want to interrupt. But when I turned around, she was gone. I didn’t see her again, but I hope I will this time!
Joel Salatin…as much as I am excited to hear the ladies, I am really excited to hear Joel Salatin, of Polyface Farms, speak. He is a wealth of information and I would love to have a farm like his, with all my kids working together, growing our food.
The Good News Gets Even Better
If you couldn’t tell, I am thrilled that I am going to be able to go to this conference. But I am even more thrilled that I am going to get to take one of you with me!
I have a pass for 2 (you and hubby can go!) to the Vision Forum The Reformation of Food and the Family Conference!
The conference will be held July 12-14, 2012 in San Antonio, TX.
Who Wants to Join Me???
To enter to win a pass for 2 to The Reformation of Food and the Family conference,
leave a comment below telling my why you would like to attend
share this giveaway (either on your blog, facebook, twitter, or with your neighbor).
I would ask that only those actually able to attend would enter the contest (I don’t want to give the pass to someone that can’t attend when there are others who are able to attend that would love to).
I will be drawing (via random.org) a winner next Monday, so please enter by Sunday, June 25th at midnight.
Can’t wait to find out who will be joining me in San Antonio!