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The Truth About Cancer – FREE global screening

The Truth About Cancer

Ty and Charlene Bollinger created a storm last year when they released to the internet for free, a 9-part docu-series on cancer, The Truth About Cancer, which was watched by hundreds of thousands world-wide. I watched the whole series too, and learned plenty of new information about what is currently being used in the treatment of cancer over the world, besides chemo, radiation and surgery.

The Truth About Cancer is back for another round this month, in an effort to get the word out to more people. Can I encourage you to sign up to watch for free over the 9 days, beginning April 12th? Get informed about how cancer can be healed, hear the stories of those who have done it themselves, and be encouraged with hope that there is a better way than what you may have been told.

I don’t know about you, but I am so over losing my loved ones to cancer! There has to be a better way!  I really do believe Ty and Charlene have done a superb job of bringing together so many experts and so much information into one packed-full series. If you or a loved one is battling cancer, this could be your starting point with moving forward into intentional healing.

Let me know what you think after you’ve watched it! Here’s that link again: The Truth About Cancer.

In good health,

Victoria

 

  • Episode 1: The True History of Chemotherapy & The Pharmaceutical Monopoly
  • Episode 2: Cancer Facts and Fictions, Breast Cancer, Hormones, Skin Cancer & Essential Oils
  • Episode 3: Cancer-Killing Viruses, Cancer Stem Cells, GMOs, Juicing & Eating the Rainbow
  • Episode 4: Excitotoxins that Fuel Cancer, Nature’s Pharmacy and Healing Cancer with Sound & Light
  • Episode 5: Cancer Causing Blindspots, Toxic Vaccines, Homeopathy & The Power of Emotions
  • Episode 6: The NOCEBO Effect, Healing Vaccines, Advanced Detoxing & Going Inside A German Cancer Clinic
  • Episode 7: Heal Cancer with Clean Electricity, Unique Water, Natural Sunlight & Combining Superfoods
  • Episode 8: Cannabis, Nature’s Epigenetic Switches, Peptides & Healing with Micronutrient Therapy
  • Episode 9: Cancer Conquerors & Their Powerful Stories of Victory

PS. The above link is NOT an affiliate link – but it IS my own referral link, which means Ty and Char will be kindly sending me some DVD’s to say thanks for my help in getting the word out. 🙂

Jordan Rubin: A Testimony on Healing Cancer

A testimony on healing cancer

Some of you will have been watching Ty and Charlene Bollinger’s series over the last 9 days: “The Truth About Cancer – A Global Quest”. I’ve been studying cancer for about a decade, for my own personal interest, yet I still found stacks of new information in this series including up-to-date research and more recent breakthroughs in preventing and treating cancer. I especially enjoyed the segment on essential oils, which I’m about to finally take the plunge and fill my home with!

The final episode has excerpts from an interview with Jordan Rubin, author of NY Times Bestseller,”The Maker’s Diet”, who shares his story about how he healed his own cancer in 2008. He was told that 100% of people with his cancer will die from it, and was given 3 months to live. I have enormous respect for Jordan, and his book “The Maker’s Diet” is still the benchmark by which I weigh other perspectives on health by.

He set about going after his healing with great intentionality, and was successful in seeing that thing turn on its head. Brilliant!

I came across this testimony of how Jordan journeyed through healing cancer and the 5 keys we can use to unlock conquering faith in all challenges. The talk is called “To Hell with Cancer!” I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.

In good health,

Victoria

PS. Here is a list of the 9 episodes of “The Truth About Cancer”, which I also encourage you to purchase:”

  • Episode 1: The True History of Chemotherapy & The Pharmaceutical Monopoly
  • Episode 2: Cancer Facts and Fictions, Breast Cancer, Hormones, Skin Cancer & Essential Oils
  • Episode 3: Cancer-Killing Viruses, Cancer Stem Cells, GMOs, Juicing & Eating the Rainbow
  • Episode 4: Excitotoxins that Fuel Cancer, Nature’s Pharmacy and Healing Cancer with Sound & Light
  • Episode 5: Cancer Causing Blindspots, Toxic Vaccines, Homeopathy & The Power of Emotions
  • Episode 6: The NOCEBO Effect, Healing Vaccines, Advanced Detoxing & Going Inside A German Cancer Clinic
  • Episode 7: Heal Cancer with Clean Electricity, Unique Water, Natural Sunlight & Combining Superfoods
  • Episode 8: Cannabis, Nature’s Epigenetic Switches, Peptides & Healing with Micronutrient Therapy
  • Episode 9: Cancer Conquerors & Their Powerful Stories of Victory

A Glimpse Inside Our Pantry

pantry post

I thought I’d give you a glimpse into our pantry and fridge, and show you how we eat most of the time.  I think it’s fairly simple, just natural, whole ingredients, and organic where possible and affordable.  We also have a few specialty ingredients that we use sometimes.

So here’s what our pantry usually looks like after shopping day (photos taken a month ago). Where it’s just way too expensive to buy organic varieties, we try and find the next best thing. Our local supermarket for example has some ‘natural’ range products that are more affordable, and some of these things we use less regularly anyway (eg. almond meal, maple syrup).  A lot of things we buy in bulk bags, such as flour, nuts and dried fruit.  Also, our dairy produce in New Zealand is grass-fed and so we don’t buy organic dairy or meat (but do free-range chickens).

You’ll notice there’s some things there that aren’t all that healthy (like the bought crackers, which are convenient carriers for healthy toppings!), but we aren’t 100% perfect and aren’t trying to be!

Flour and Baking Ingredients

  • Coconut flour
  • Almond meal
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Wholewheat flour
  • Gluten-free/aluminium-free baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Shredded coconut
  • Coconut chips
  • Cacao powder
  • Coconut amino sauce
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Rapadura sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Raw honey
  • Cacao butter
  • Carob powder

Nuts, Seeds, Dried Fruit

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Natural raw nut mix (almonds, pecans, brazils, walnuts)
  • Walnuts
  • Goji berries
  • Raisins
  • Dates
  • Seed blend (LSAP)

pantry 1

Oils and Vinegars

  • Extra virgin coconut oil
  • Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Plum vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Fermented soy sauce
  • Wholegrain mustard

pantry 3

Dried Legumes

  • Lentils
  • Chick peas
  • Buckwheat groats
  • Brown rice
  • Jasmine white rice
  • Popcorn (always organic)
  • Quinoa
  • Wild rice
  • Millet (used infrequently)
  • Amaranth (used infrequently)

pantry 4Other

  • Rice crackers
  • Canned coconut cream
  • Canned chick peas
  • Cacao nibs
  • Maca powder
  • 100% bean pasta
  • Tomato passata sauce
  • Homemade buckwheat cereal
  • Large rolled oats
  • Store-bought oat bars
  • Organic coffee
  • Organic herbal tea
  • Chlorella powder
  • Dr Mercola Protein powder
  • Moringa leaf powder

pantry 2

Seasonings

  • Cinnamon
  • Braggs nutritional seasoning
  • Himalayan salt
  • Sea salt
  • Sweet paprika
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Coriander seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Turmeric
  • Vanilla powder
  • Various dried herbs

In Our Fridge

This is about the fullest our fridge ever looks, as we have various leftovers in there, some chicken bones to turn into stock, and some bags of flour!  I can also spot some blueberries that we picked ourselves, and about 4 jars of sauerkraut.  Generally, the staples are:

  • Raw milk
  • Double organic cream
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Coconut water
  • Sauerkraut
  • Cream cheese
  • Almond milk
  • Jam
  • Cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Free range eggs
  • Pesto (maybe once a month for this)
  • Kefir
  • Yoghurt
  • Kombucha mushies (haven’t made kombucha in a while)
  • Liquid whey
  • Seed powders
  • Homemade ACV drink
  • Homemade iced tea concentrate
  • Ginger root
  • Meat and frozen berries are in the freezer, also some frozen homemade stocks

pantry fridgeUsually we eat naturally fermented sour dough bread, as we can get some amazing artisan bread for a great price the day after it’s baked.  But we’re looking at cutting out grains for a while just to tidy up a few health issues that are lingering.  Instead I’m making flax bread and keep slices in the freezer ready to go, or using leftovers and making cooked lunches.

So there you go!  We’re spending inside the average range for a family of our size: $230-$359/wk (NZ stats for 2013, from lower to moderate range). The weeks I blow the budget is usually because we’ve stocked up on something or bought supplements.

We’re going to make some cut backs on our grocery bill this year but more on that another time. I’d like to get it down to $200-250/wk without compromising our health.  That’s going to take some serious creativity!

Have a great week!

Victoria

Admired Apparel

admired apparel

Hi friends,

I just wanted to share this great site with you.  Miranda Nelson is a international speaker, model, author, visionary, and all-round beautiful person.  She has a range of printed tank tops and t-shirts that I love, as they make identity-affirming statements which I’m all about, and part of the proceeds go to support ‘Project Orphans’ who aim to provide safe homes for children in dangerous situations.  If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you will know that loving orphans is really important to me!

Miranda also has a great blog filled with wisdom on health, food, beauty and other things.  I encourage you to take a look.  You’ll be blessed.

Visit Admired Apparels Store and blog, and leave a comment or two to encourage Miranda in what she’s doing.  She’s fantastic!

Have a great week.

Victoria

 

 

Our ‘Back to Eden Garden’ Progress – One Year On

 

Back to Eden Garden pin

For the past 12 months, we’ve adopted a method of gardening, sometimes called the ‘no dig’ method, and more recently popularised by the super documentary ‘Back to Eden’, which is free to view online.

With summer just behind us and the cooler months approaching, I thought it would be a good opportunity to pass on how we’ve done over the last 6 months.

In all honesty, the weekends have been so filled with other activity since Christmas that our little garden has been somewhat neglected. We just let the summer months roll by, and enjoyed the produce that came from it, when really we should have continued with the relatively small amount of maintenance that it needed to thrive.

So I’ll pass on some things we’ve learned in this process, and the how we’re moving forward from here.

Soil

Fresh wood chips

Fresh wood chips

It’s all about the covering, right? What we really needed to continue with, was adding cover on top of the existing wood chips. Because we didn’t start from scratch initially, we couldn’t just heap 6 inches of cover on top of our existing plants. So we put down compost first, then added wood chips on the top but not at a thickness that was going to produce the kind of results we wanted. Decomposing just takes time – there’s no rushing nature!

Our wood chips have been decomposing nicely, but we have needed to keep adding fresh wood chips on the top. The other thing the garden could greatly benefit from is some chicken manure or similar.

Remember how Paul suggests you put in a garden? Newspaper first, then compost, wood chips and manure on the top. Have a read and watch of this on the Back to Eden website on covering.

Our plan is to source some wood chips locally (we had bought them in from out of town) and keep a supply elsewhere in our back yard. This way, we can keep the garden replenished. We also want to make use of living on the coast and collect up some seaweed from the beach to use on the garden. I’ve been told by a local veteran gardener that it’s the trick to the hugest and juiciest strawberries. Here’s a great write-up on why to use seaweed.

In the meantime, last weekend we put some fresh mulch on top of our existing wood chips, and will keep doing this through the winter months.

Weeds

Our weeds have definitely decreased significantly. But as we slackened on the cover, there are patches in our garden where there is little cover and some weeds have come up. Because we’ve had the wood chips and it has lessened the weeds, it probably lulled us into a false sense of security as we didn’t feel the need to tend to the garden!  We’re paying for it now, as we’re having to put some work in. But we’re happy with getting through a long hot summer with not too much that’s sprouted.

Plant Health

You can see from this photo, we have way too much clay and not enough decomposed wood chips underneath.

You can see from this photo, we have way too much clay and not enough decomposed wood chips underneath.

Again, because our soil health has needed some attention, namely some manure and/or nutrients, some of our leafy greens were a little woody instead of being juicy with water. The outside leaves particularly, and that is where we had some problems with insects or clusters of insect eggs. The inner, juicy leaves were insect free, even those exposed to the air. It just goes to show that the principles do work if you actually use them.

Harvest

We enjoyed plenty of summer harvest through the warm months, including different varieties of tomatoes, spinach, squash, and towards the end, pumpkins and butternuts. Next year, we’ll be better at preparing for the upcoming season and planning ahead. We still have time to get seedlings in for the winter, but it will be from seedlings we purchase from the garden store and not our own seeds.

Lessons Learned from Our First Year

Our little garden with the remains of summer's growth

Our little garden with the remains of summer’s growth

  • The soil is a living organism. We need to remember to continue to replenish the cover and check that the soil underneath is damp and rich.
  • While transitioning our garden to this method, we need to still water sometimes through dryer periods until there is adequate nourished soil underneath our wood chips.
  • Healthy soil makes for healthy plants, and less weed and insect problems.
  • Manure and sea weed are great for ongoing soil health!

In 6 months time, I hope to tell you that we’ve found a rhythm to keeping our garden maintained and healthy!

Finally, whether you’ve watched Back to Eden or not just yet, have a read of this great article on ‘How to Grow a ‘Back to Eden’ Garden’. Tell me what you think!

You might also be interested in my other posts on No-Dig Gardening.

Tips, Treats, Topics and Treasures (March 2014)

Tips, Treats etc, monthly round up March 2014 We are currently enjoying the cool of autumn’s arrival, after a long, beautiful hot summer. March is my favourite month of the year.  Last weekend’s berry picking left us with just a small bag of berries, as the last of the summer berries have finished.  Soon will be root vegetables and casseroles coming out of the kitchen.

On that note, here are a couple of recipes that I’ll be trying soon.

In the Kitchen

I really like the sound of these sweet and sour meatballs from the talented Danielle Walker (Against All Grain).  

And same website for these gorgeous 7 layer bars .  Don’t be scared off by the many layers – most have just a couple of ingredients each.  Yum!

What I’m Reading and Watching

Have a watch of this music video where the singer is photo-shopped in real time.  You’ll never look at magazine images the same again!

I’ve been wanting to read this book the moment I read the Amazon preview.  The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization by christian philosopher Vishal Mangalwadi.

And this one: Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most by Brooke McGlothin.  Read the Amazon preview on this one too!

An article on ADHD that you’ll find interesting.  I’ve been reading this for years, and read a particularly great book by Phillip Day that said similar things.  

New Discoveries and Great Ideas

Food Matters TV is here!  Head over to their site and watch over 300 health and wellness videos on demand.  

How to Remineralise Your Teeth Naturally (an article at Wellness Mama):    And if this interests you, purchase Ramiel Nagel’s book ‘Cure Tooth Decay’ for extensive guidance on healing your teeth naturally.

On the Homeschool Front

We’re enjoying Supercharged Science at the moment, and I’ll be posting a review next week.  This week has been about minerals and genetics.  We love our Apologia Science. But I’ve found Supercharged Science has given us a fresh boost of inspiration and new knowledge and perspective that has breathed life into our homeschool.  Perhaps we’ll keep doing both for a while!

I found this a really great read from All About Spelling (the spelling curriculum we use) on Why Copywork Doesn’t Always Work’.    They also have this free ‘Phonogram Sound App’ for all 72 sounds taught in their spelling and reading programs.

Hidden Treasures (great reads in the blogosphere)

I love what Heather has written about learning the Word with her children, and also putting their efforts towards bible translation work: End Bible Poverty

A great read on what really matters: When You Can’t Give Your Kids Disneyland 

A few of my favourite things

I enjoyed this really neat music video of a couple’s bump to baby progress.  It had over a million views in 2 days.

This month I’ve been enjoying worship from the fantastic Josh and Amberley Klinkenburg, and All Sons and Daughters.  Josh and Ambs have released an EP called ‘Our Love’, which you can pick up on i-tunes.   And All Sons and Daughters have released a live album available on their site.

Have a listen – you’ll be blessed.

Quote of the Month

And finally, some brilliance from Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding:

“When our passion for God fails to find its expression in joy, it will often find expression in legalism.” Bill Johnson 

I hope you find some great things to read, watch and eat on this post.

Have a great week friends!

Victoria

PS. Due to when the Review Crew due dates fall, you’ll be getting 3 days of nature study posts from me between 7th and 9th, then a science review on the 10th.  But then your inbox will have a 6 day break until the 16th.  I hope you don’t feel swamped!

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Switch On Your Brain – Understanding the Brain-Faith Connection

Switch on Your Brain

I want to share these free online episodes I’ve been enjoying of Dr Caroline Leaf teaching on the connection between our brains with our soul and spirit, and the science behind our thoughts and choices from a faith-based perspective.  I believe this is potentially life-changing teaching that will help you take control of your thought life with intention and purpose.

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology.

I listened to a set of Dr Leaf’s DVDs a few years ago, and so was thrilled recently to see that she is now online for you all to enjoy. 🙂  As you listen to these, you will hopefully find your awareness of your thought life will increase, and you can work with the Holy Spirit as your Guide to take you into a place of greater freedom and health.

Dr Leaf is currently doing a 13-episode series on TBN (USA) where she is covering her research on overcoming toxic and negative thinking. So take a look and let me know what you think!

For more information on Dr Leaf, visit her website.

Simple Steps Towards Natural Living

Simple steps towards natural living

I’ve written for Lindsey again this month, this time on Simple Steps Towards Natural Living.  I hope you’ll have a read – let me know what you think!

I hope you’ve managed to listen in to the first day of Nourished Living Summit this week – so much great info for free!

Have a great week,

Victoria

Nourished Living Summit – FREE Online Conference

I’d love to share a great opportunity this week for you to tune in for free and listen in to some of the best experts in the area around in the area of natural health.

The Nourished Living Summit brings together 69 natural health, wellness, and parenting professionals who are dedicated to helping parents care for their family naturally.

Nourished Living SummitThe Nourished Living Summit is a FREE online event and launches 24 March 2014.

The Nourished Living Summit is showcasing 62 presentations divided into 8 thematic tracks including:

  • Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Health and Development for Children Ages 0-18
  • Natural Health and Wellness for the Whole Family
  • Care and Nurturing For Mothers
  • Education for Natural Minded Parents

Beginning 24 March, you will have 48 hours to listen to 3-5 presentations. Each track is divided over the course of two 48 hour periods. Presentations will stream live Monday-Saturday with Sundays off. The Summit ends on 29 April.

IMPORTANT: You need to be registered in order to listen to the presentations. You can register on the home page of the official Nourished Living Summit website.

Speaker Line-up

Pregnancy

Infertility and Preconception Health
Donielle Baker
Natural Fertility and Wellness

Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding
John and Sheila Kippley
Natural Family Planning

Birth Choices
Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH
Sista Midwife Productions

Carrying and Parenting Multiples
Trisha Gilkerson
Breastfeeding Place

Preventing Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies Before Conception
Jill Baumann, BS, NC
Guided Path To Health

Herbs and Oils for Pregnancy and Birth
Jessica Aveni
Natural Health and Prevention

Eating For Two
Courtney Hillis
THRIVE: Natural Family Living

Family Oriented Bonding
Guggie Daly
The Guggie Daly

Breastfeeding

Supporting and Boosting Milk Supply Naturally
Diana West, BA, IBCLC
Low Milk Supply and Mahala Lactation and Perinatal Services, LLC

Building Blocks To A Healthy Breastfeeding Relationship
Dionna Ford
Code Name Mama

Back to Work Breastfeeding
Renee Beebe, M.Ed., IBCLC
The Second Nine Months

Breastfeeding As A Source of Joy
Christine Poirier-Brotchie
Momzelle Nursing Wear

Donor Milk
Emma Kwasnica
Human Milk 4 Human Babies

Nutrition and Breastfeeding
Becky Webb, NTP, CD (DONA)
Rooted Blessings

Inducing Lactation – One Mother’s Story
Millie Copper
Real Food For Less Money

Tongue Tie
Jennifer Tow, B.F.A., IBCLC
Intuitive Parenting Network

0-3

The Vaccine Decision – What Parents Need To Know
Jessika Bailey
Natural Mother Magazine

Gentle Sleep Solutions
Elizabeth Pantley
The No-Cry Solutions

Baby Led Weaning and Starting Solids
Kate Tieje
Modern Alternative Mama

Co-Sleeping
Laura Schuerwegen
Authentic Parenting

Newborn Decisions/Newborn Care
Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D
Author of The Business of Baby

Proper Care of Your Intact Son
Jennifer Andersen
Our Muddy Boots
and
Larissa Black
The WHOLE Network

Cloth Diapering
Miriam J. Katz
Author of The Other Baby Book and Intuitive Life Coach
and
Megan McGrory Massaro
Author of The Other Baby Book

Elimination Communication
Marija Mikolajczak
EC Wear

Babywearing
Jennifer Wenzel
True Confessions of a Real Mommy
and
Julie Mangan
A Little Bit of All of It
and
Shannon Riley
The Artful Mama

3-6

Autism
Dr. Jay Gordon, MD FAAP
Dr. Jay Gordon

Childhood Development Disorders
Dr. Jamie Oskin, N.D.
Arizona Natural Health Center

Chiropractic For Children and In Pregnancy
Dr. Staci Borkhuis, D.C.
Cornerstone Chiropractic

Children’s Dental Health
Will and Susan Revak
OraWellness

Extended Breastfeeding and Tandem Nursing
Lauren Wayne
Hobo Mama

Potty Training/Learning
Robert Edwards
Squatty Potty
and
Moorea Malatt
Savvy Parenting Support

Fostering Healthy Independence
Ariadne Brill
Positive Parenting Connection

Children and Reading
Elaine Krishnan
Usborne Books and More 
and
Jana Kemp
Jana M. Kemp

6-18

Puberty
Dr. Sherrill Sellman, N.D
What Women Must Know with Dr. Sellmen

Adrenal Health For Children
Michael Smith, N.D. BHSC
Planet Naturopath

Teen Health
Lydia Shatney
Divine Health From The Inside Out

Posture Makes Perfect: The Benefits of a Physically Balanced Life
Elizabeth Eckert
Word Cures

Parenting Without Stereotypes
Paige Lucas-Stannard
Parenting Gently

Raising Your Children To Know Where Their Food Comes From
Abbie Walston
Farmer’s Daughter

whole Family

Common Childhood Illnesses
Dr. Mary Bove, ND
Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic

Skincare for Families
Jennifer Saleem
Hybrid Rasta Mama

Food Allergies
KerryAnn Foster
Intentionally Domestic

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Joy Moeller, BS, RDH
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

What Every Parent Needs To Know About Gluten
Joe Rigola
Wellness Punks

How Candida and Parasites May Be Harming Your Children’s Health
Amy Love, NTP, CGP, CILC
Real Food Whole Health

Environmental Toxins
Andrea Fabry
moms AWARE

Kombucha for Families
Hannah Crum
Kombucha Kamp

mama care

Preventing Postpartum Depression
Amanda Rose
Rebuild From Depression

Herbal Support for New and Overwhelmed Mothers
Carol Little
Studio Botanica

Self Care For Moms
Lauren Luquin
Spiral Elixir

Healing from Trauma and the Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation
Stephanie Brandt Cornais
Mama and Baby Love

Getting Centered
Amy Phoenix
Presence Parenting

Mommy Tummy and Diastasis Recti
Bethany Learn
Fit2Be Studio

The Babywearing Workout
Kelly Stewart
The Babywearing Workout

Parent Empowerment

Managing Anger and Overwhelm as a Parent
Dr. Laura Markham
Aha Parenting

Attachment Parenting: Creating a Foundation for Healthy Child Development
Kelly Bartlett
Author of Encouraging Words for Kids

Becoming Aware of Possible Toxins Around your Children; Choosing Safe Products for Your Children
Dawn Lorenz
Raising Natural Kids

Holistic Fathers – Engaging and Including Dad
Billy Bradley
Holistic Dad

Creating a Natural Medicine Cabinet
Rosalee de la Foret
Herbal Remedies Advice

Sneaky Nutrition
Lisa Herndon
Lisa’s Counter Culture

Real Food For Families
Kimi Harris
The Nourishing Gourmet

Finding Community
Chara Shopp
Stitching Hearts Together
and
Judy Tyler
Living Healthy ‘n’ Happy

REGISTER HERE

I am all for getting equipped to live a life that co-operates with how we were created.  There’s a number of these that I’m going to listen in to myself.

I hope to see some of you there!

Victoria

{Shared at Teaching What is Good}

What is Natural Living? – A Faith-Based Perspective

What is Natural Living

Anyone else out there feel like the realm of natural health is a vast sea of information, sometimes conflicting research, seemingly ever-changing facts, and everyone from the expert to the blogger has an opinion on what way is best?

I’ve meandered all over the place on this journey, having tried a mostly raw diet, nourishing traditions diet, various gluten and/or dairy-free combinations, and experimented with different wonder-foods and new discoveries in health.  And still, I come back to the same place each time.  It is much simpler than what many have let this become.

I believe a natural living is simply co-operating with God’s design for you.  ‘Natural’ speaks of ease, of rest, of wellness, of wholeness, of belonging, and of a rhythm that is intentional yet without toil.  The bible speaks of stewardship, generosity and community, and for us, those are important aspects of how our family desires to live out Heaven’s purpose for our lives on earth.

What do I mean by ‘Natural Living’?

With the above in mind, here are my thoughts on what natural living means to me.  The core value that my husband and I have on this is, to live responsibly in a way that stewards our bodies well and that co-operates with God’s design for our lives – as much as we currently can with other limitations and circumstances outside our control.  The rest that we can’t do, for numerous reasons, we just have to trust in Him to take care of.

Here’s how we try and live out this idea of natural living:

  • Parenting from a natural, responsive paradigm where children are valued, included, cherished, prioritised, and raised in a loving and affirming environment.  Healthy attachment and relational connection are paramount.  This may look different from family to family.
  • Eating healthy, whole, and usually organic food in its most unadulterated state – that includes being GE-free, fair-trade, and free from harmful chemicals (ie. pesticides, herbicides, fungicides etc);
  • Seeking nature’s remedies and methods for common ailments, and preventing and curing illness with nature’s best;
  • Using sustainable practices, such as recycling, seed raising, and composting, and minimising our waste;
  • Using household and personal care products that are free from harmful chemicals;
  • Switching to products made from nature, such as glass, wood, and natural fibres (eg. cotton and wool), over those made from polyester, plastic and the like.

If you’re participating in a modern world, the complete removal of everything man-made that is potentially toxic is near impossible.  Most of us use phones and computers, electricity and some degree of harmful chemicals.  I think we can only move in the direction of more natural living and find some balance in our transition to a way of living that is more in line with how God would have us steward ourselves and our world.

For us, living naturally also means living in loving connection to our Heavenly Father, just as he created us to, and living this out purposefully in the world.  It means living and serving within community and reaching out to a lost and needy world.

Diet and Nutrition

On this aspect, I don’t believe in a one-size fits all diet or approach – our occupations vary, our climates impact our diet and health, our individual health needs are different, our local food availability varies, and so forth.   The world we live in is constantly changing also.  Sometimes it might even mean what worked last year could need to be adjusted this year.

For some of us, changing our lifestyle may be a complete undoing of the only way we have ever known, as well as it being the opposite of the way that mainstream culture flows.  Simple steps can help to keep it things sustainable and stress-free.

You may have some certain health needs that will require a temporary and specific diet for a period of time, before you can return to a way of living that is more long-term.

Finding a Path Forward

It’s my hope that you don’t feel like it’s all too hard but that you can see some steps you can take that will set your family on a course that will affect your health for years to come.

Our family is not perfect, and like many others, we’re trying to live as naturally as possible with many constraints and various pressure from different places.  But we’re better than we were a year ago. And much better than we were 2 years, 5 years, 10 years ago.  We’re on a journey, and like any journey, there are times when we stop and assess where we’re at, and make changes to the direction we’re on as the Lord reveals more of the map to us.

Can I encourage you today to simply sit in the presence with your heavenly Father, and listen to what He wants to say to you?  I’m confident that He wants to show us all how to live closely to Him, and find a path to health and prosperity that will bring life to us and those around us.

For further information and links, please see Natural Living Guide, Simple Steps Towards Natural Living, and Natural Health and Healing.

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