So let me tell you a little bit about The Grain Girl. I am extremely passionate about real food. My journey began about 9 years ago as I was searching for some answers to a health issue in my family and came across some information about partially hydrogenated oils. Immediately, I began eliminating this fake food from our diet. I discovered the book, What The Bible Says About Healthy Eating by Rex Russell and really related to his three major points about eating: 1) Eat only things that God created to be eaten as food, 2) Eat them as closely as possible to the way He created them, and 3) Never become addicted to any thing. My husband and I really related to this philosophy, and things took off from there. Soon I purchased my grain mill. But it was the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon that really changed my life. It was here where things really hit home for me. While her book isn’t necessarily christian, it helped me to see just how far we have strayed from the foods that God created. And just what those foods are (and aren’t). And how vicious the food battle in our culture really is.
When God takes you on a journey, it often has more than one destination. As I have learned about real food – God’s food – my heart has been turned to a new passion. Families. I loved my family already, and was already committed to homeschooling, but my interest and focus in life has changed as I understood more and more about how this philosophy of food fits into all other aspects of life. It’s intentional. It’s natural. It’s normal. It’s also an awful lot to try to explain in a simple “About” post.
So my life is drastically different today than it was 9 years ago. We were in the suburbs on less than a quarter acre in a big house in a restrictive subdivision. We used to eat out all the time. I drank nothing but diet Coke and had fast food several times a week. My husband was a doctor in a huge practice and was never home. NOW we are in the country on 23 acres. We have chickens, a clothesline, and a garden. Our freezer is filled with locally raised meats. I can’t remember the last time I had diet Coke, and some of my children have never had fast food. My husband is still a doctor, but he’s home much more and is much more relaxed. He has even had time to learn how to use a chainsaw and chop wood. But the best part of all of this is that I have two more children than I would have had we never started this wonderful journey.
I started this blog as a way to encourage the many people I talk to about food. Now that I have moved to Word Press, and now that we are real homesteaders, I hope to include more about our every day country life in addition to the food. And also I would like to share thoughts about family and children from time to time.
One final note: don’t let the phrase “graingirl” mislead you. It is a nickname from the early days of the grain mill years ago. Since then our diet has changed dramatically from heavy on the grains to hardly any grains and lots of butter. And lard, and coconut oil. Maybe “AnimalFoodsGirl” would be more appropriate, but it just doesn’t have that ring to it. 🙂
Happy Eating and Enjoy the Blog!