My name is Amy, and I am a 30 year old woman that loves the Lord. A native to the Midwest, I am no stranger to the farm, even though the city is where I lay my head. Nothing would be more satisfying to me than to have an acreage and to live off of the grid! I’m a bit artsy, love to cook, will try to do almost anything from scratch at least once, and teeter on the line of OCD when it comes to organization and cleaning.
I have been blessed with, by far, the best husband in existence. Steven and I have battled so many things together in our young lives, and he has stuck by me through it all. In June 2009 I began a battle with the demon of Multiple Sclerosis. It tried to take my life in January 2010, but by June, God had rejuvinated my body and it was functioning lesion free! I had gone from not being able to feed myself, to cooking up a storm again and looking for new projects to tackle.
In December of 2010 MS began to bear its ugly teeth again, and by February 2011 I was back in the hospital on a rapid downward decline. By April I was totally bedridden and unfunctional. However, something was different this time…
The first thing was the fact that NONE of the medicines helped me. I left the hospital worse than when I had went in, and they basically had thrown up their hands and just sent me home to die or get better…whichever came first.
The other difference was, this time I had some guidance on a starting point. We had found a licensed MD who was practicing natural medicine…one who was interested in addressing the root of health problems and not just the symptoms. She explained to me the laundry list of things that were potentially going on in my body that would form the root of all my suffering. It all made so much sense! And so my research began! So, now I’m on the long journey of tackling each of those things in pursuit of a more extended period of health and happiness.
Why I’m Here:
I love food! And as much as I love food…the food that I grew up on, the stuff I indulged in all of my adolescent and adult life to this point, was what helped make me sick. I, of course, didn’t know that at the time. The sad part is, most of us don’t. We have been so brainwashed into thinking that all of these “food” choices we make every day are good for us, that we never stop to question it. And even if we know they aren’t all that good for us, we don’t really think it’s THAT big of a deal…I mean, it’s JUST a soda…right?
I am here to share with you my current life experiences with food. Being a lover of food, it wasn’t something that I was just going to GIVE UP! So I knew, there had to be a better way. If all the stuff that I knew about food was the problem, then what was the solution?? I mean, God didn’t want us to starve, right!?
So I started thinking…did a TON of research (and still do every day)…and came to this conclusion…common sense has been far overlooked for far too long! There are so many things that tell us what to think…”this is good, no wait…it’s bad”…”don’t do that, it will kill you…oh wait, it might help!” It’s just ridiculous and overwhelming. It’s no wonder we pass everything by and just treat it as a grain of salt…if we actually tried to process it, it could push us to the edge of insanity! But here is what I have found true…..
Common sense works wonders! Sounds like a cop out, doesn’t it? But it’s not. Think about it. If we’re putting something into our body, and we’re not sure what those words on the ingredients list are (or if we can’t pronounce them! ), it would stand to reason that they might not be the best thing for nourishing all of those little cells that make up our bodies. Right? So go with that! We need to eat WHOLE FOODS, REAL FOODS! Eat the ones that God created, not the ones that man made. Processed foods are at the root of a lot of our health issues in this county.
All that said, this “common sense” solution brings on another problem, my current problem…but I LIKE the bad food! It tastes good! And being the foodie that I am, there is no way that I want to sacrifice taste! That’s now where my mission rests…to show you and ME that real whole foods CAN taste good! That there are still brownies and biscuits and salad dressings, and anything else that’s yummy, that are GOOD to eat and NOURISHING to these temples that the Lord has given us! That is what you will find here. Ways to Nourish Your Temple, but with a joyful heart and good flavors! Ways to see nourishing food choices, not as sacrifices, but wonderful alternatives!
(updated March 8, 2012)
**And of course, here is my little disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, I’m not claiming that I can treat or cure you of any disease. I am just sharing my own personal experiences in hopes that it could maybe help someone else in their struggles. Â So ya, no cure/treat/prevent any diseases and all that crud the medical community says I need to say.
Here is a more thorough way to put it:
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