The first blog post…WOOO!!! Who knew it would be so ridiculously difficult to just start typing?!?! I’ve written this post a million times in my mind. When you have something light a fire inside you it’s really difficult to rein it all in and procure something that anyone else can follow. So I’ve decided to stop trying to make sense and just tell our story, maybe not from the start, we’ll get there eventually, but from the moment we realized this beautiful, bigger-than-us, plan was being set into motion.
In January of 2014 my (now) husband, our two dogs, and I returned from one hell of a road trip. We put on over 4700 miles in 16 days making our way down Highway 101. We started from Washington State, beach camped our way through Oregon and California, headed over to Arizona, and looped back up through Yosemite National Park and back Home. To say it was fun would be a complete understatement. We had the time of our lives, as we normally do when it’s just us, the open road, our pups, and our sleeping bags. But this fun would come with the oddest of blessings. The natural stresses of a beach camping road trip…being away from home, less than awesome sleeping on an air mattress that couldn’t stay inflated, long driving days, and just overall, out of your element, everything is new, type of stress…took its toll on me. What I thought at the time was an out of nowhere health crisis, has turned into the most dramatic, fork in the road, life transition.
The exact details of my initial flare up that came on the week before we returned home from our road trip are a little fuzzy now, two years later with so many physical and mental changes behind us (and to come), but what I remember for sure is that my body was inflamed, BAD. I had rashes, welts, and dryness everywhere. I immediately went to my dermatologist for help. He happily prescribed me meds and steroid cream and sent me home with the confidence that they would surely do the trick. The medication he prescribed was of such a caliber that it was normally prescribed to people preparing for organ transplants as it shuts down the immune system from attacking itself or a foreign body. I was required to get a blood test every 2-3 weeks to ensure my white blood count wasn’t high as my body wouldn’t be able to fight off infection or even the “common cold” whilst on this medication. I thought nothing of it; I just wanted the inflammation to go away.
Being a rather “healthy” person, when I did have health issues, I‘d promptly go to the doctor, take my medication and everything would be all better, I’d never ask a single question. It wasn’t until the meds didn’t work and everything didn’t just get better that I started searching for answers. What I found was this whole wide world of people with seemingly unexplained flare ups and health crisis’ that took their health into their own hands and were healing themselves. It was incredible! Acne, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, allergies, diabetes, PMS, infertility, rheumatoid arthritis, crohns, IBS, IBD, multiple sclerosis, depression and so much more, all dramatically made better or completely put into remission through a change of diet and lifestyle. I was amazed, intrigued, and empowered that I could take my health into my own hands.
And take our health into our own hands is what we did. I switch from singular to plural tense throughout this post because although the health crisis at that time was mine, my husband is so much a part of my healing journey and so much a part of the crazy direction our lives have taken. We are a team in everything we do and he has never wavered, embracing whatever new, different, and sometimes quite out of this world thing I researched that day to try (think cricket protein bars, eating all the liver, and learning how to use every bit of the animal). And, well, he’s one hell of a cook! Even though I will be the scribe, the recipes and sustainable life hacks I plan to share on this blog are just as much influenced by him and his own transformation as they are by me.
And here we are….two years later, reassessing our budget to prepare to quit our jobs, sell all of our belongings, travel the country learning farming techniques, and eventually find a spot to settle down and raise our own animals for meat, grow our own veggies, and live a more sustainable, self-sufficient life. WHAT?!?!
Too much of a leap? Stick with me here, I have so much to share! The fact is, what we found on our journey to health were broken food and healthcare systems, and an insatiable desire to become shepherds of this land and do our part, however small in the grand scheme of things, to make this world a better place and do what feels right in our hearts. We have found a passion we could have never guessed existed within us and it feels so good! To realize your purpose and begin setting in motion a future that lights you up from the inside out is something we wish for everyone.
I intend to have this blog be an outlet for me to share our musings, information we are learning along the way, and of course our FOOD (ohhh the food)! Because none of this would have come to be if not for learning about the magic that is delicious, healing, nourishing, healthful, REAL FOOD.