How do grains affect your system? All this week I’ll be sharing grains anecdotes from various people that demonstrate the health and wellness differences between various kinds of grains and preparation styles (white vs. whole, soaked vs. unsoaked vs. sourdough).
Today’s story is from Amy, a KS reader:
Seven years ago, my husband and I lived our life like most everyone around us. We ate what most people ate and did things most people did in this country. We had fruits and veggies with our meals. I was the queen of supermarket coupons. I could buy a lot of cheap food for very little money. But I thought I was feeding my family healthy. I read the labels; we canned veggies and fruit, etc. What changed, why did we change, and what is our life like now?
Seven Years Ago: Family Health Situation
At 35, my husband had borderline high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Where he had broken his neck and jaw were more often than not sore and his jaw was always popping out of place.
I, at 28 years old, had just had my cervix frozen and scraped due to the beginnings of cervical cancer. I could not get my period without intense PMS and then would have it for ten to fourteen days. It could come every two weeks to every two months. I was never regular. Afterwards, I would be so exhausted from the heavy bleeding. I would get canker sores every PMS cycle like clockwork.
Leading up to all of this, I had had mono twice prior to marriage. The second time that I had a relapse ended me in the hospital.
I took fertility drugs to get pregnant. I had one miscarriage at sixteen weeks. I was not able to miscarry on my own. If I stood for very long my feet would fall asleep. I always had bruises on somewhere on me. My eyesight was continually getting worse every year plus so many other little things.
Elizabeth, our oldest daughter who was 7 years old then, was born with a bicuspid aortic value. When we took her to the pediatric heart doctors, they would tell us her value was narrowing and not widening as it should. Her EKG tests were never normal. They talked to us about eventually replacing her heart valve. They said we would really have to watch her from ten on up due to hormones and rapid growth during puberty. Her teeth were coming in sticking out in the wrong direction.
Our daughter, Laura, who was five, had one baby tooth that came in completely sideways. We started taking her to the orthodontist at about 7 years. He wanted to wait a few years until all her baby teeth came in before pulling teeth and putting braces on.
She definitely had some kind of compulsive disorder. She at such a young age of five was obsessed with not touching certain things. I thought it was one of the strangest things I had ever seen.
Katherine, who was two, never cried at birth. All her other vitals were good but she just stared and never cried. By the time she was two years old, her nose constantly ran with clear snot. She was always very thirsty. She never could get enough water. The doctor told us we needed to have her tested for allergies and diabetes. I kept putting it off (I know, mad mom!). She was only two at the time and I prayed she would out grow it. She showed some mild autistic symptoms.
My Anna was six months old and had already been on antibiotics due to ear infections. She was born after my cervical cancer. My birth canal was so messed up, that I was getting a lot of infections and had some sort of strep. So I was given a mega antibiotic via IV during her birth. It really did something to her guts having all those antibiotics.
All the girls would get some small red spots all over their bodies after bathing. They were constantly getting the flu, ear infections, strep throat, or some other virus. I was always tired.
Is Everybody Sick?
After writing this all down, it sounds like my children, husband, and I were walking health disasters. I did not see it like that. I saw us as a normal family with normal health problems. Everyone I knew that had children were always dealing with one sickness or another. However, I was getting tired of it. In the mean time, I was researching some other things on the internet and kept coming across organic food articles.
I, at first, did not glance at them. I had no desire. I had no need in my mind to explore them any further. I kept thinking of organic as something weird. It was what I thought of as tofu and yoga (two things that I could do without). Nevertheless, the more I researched the more articles I came across on organic foods. I finally started reading them. What amazed me is that it is just normal food that had not been sprayed with chemicals, has no preservatives, artificial colorings, or flavorings! I was surprised to read that it was that simple. It was what Kurt called “old-fashioned” food that your grandparents grew up on.
In the meantime, we had met a family that we hit it off with. They invited us to their home. Come to find out, they were organic farmers. How ironic! We realized that they were pretty normal. Kurt was so impressed with his fields and yields and such. We decided to research organic foods a little more.
Big Changes Come Quickly
It was at this time that I stumbled upon the Weston A. Price Foundation. This foundation changed our life for ever and for the better! I really do not know where we would be with out it. After studying all of their information and many other ideas in this arena and then praying about it, we started eating organically and the way the Weston A. Price Foundation promotes because it made so much sense to us. We realized we needed to feed our children and ourselves more nutritious food.
It was difficult at first. I changed everything overnight. I would not recommend that to anyone. I would recommend one or two things at a time. We eliminated white sugar, flour, and processed foods from our cupboards. We had no more pop, candy, potato chips, or anything of that sort, only nutritious and chemical free food for us. We all take a teaspoon of codoil every night before bed.
I started making things from scratch using all organic foods. I joined an organic coop where I could get anything and everything I needed. I started shopping at the organic store nearby. I joined the local Weston Price Group where they have a meeting every other month to teach us on to cook and eat properly.
That was something I needed. I grew up not knowing how to cook from scratch. I knew how to make Betty Crocker potatoes from a box and I knew how to open cans. For me to cook like I do now was foreign before. It was a struggle the first few years but it is normal now.
Today: Family Nutrition Situation
This is what a today looks like for us. We drink our own raw milk from our own cow. If we have no raw milk, we do not drink milk at all. We raise our own grass-fed beef. Our cattle are all raised on grass and hay bales. We supplement with sea salt and kelp for their minerals. Our beef is very good and very tender.
We grow our own eggs and chickens as well. They are outside most of the time and have access to all the bugs and grass they want! We supplement them with organic grain that my husband grinds himself and kelp, sea salt, and oyster shell. The rest of my groceries come from the coop and organic store.
My children love eating pizza, lasagna, tacos, steak, mashed potatoes, and all the other things I grew up loving to eat. We just use organic and whole foods. We eat a ton of veggies with a lot of butter, nuts here and there, and meat daily. We have fruit here and there. We do not eat a lot of grains. If we eat any kind of seed (grain), it is soaked or fermented.
We have eggs and toast every morning for breakfast along with a glass of Kombucha. I do supplement my children, husband, and myself with cod liver oil, raw whole food B complex vitamins (the vitamin we all are low in), and probiotics every couple of days. We do not drink pop and we have very limited sweets. The Easter Bunny does bring the best organic chocolate around. But that is a once a year thing.
I also got rid of all household/personal items that contain harmful chemicals. Only natural/toxin free products in this house are used.
People tend to think that organic food tastes different then conventional foods. We have found that to be untrue. In our opinion, they usually taste better. I actually enjoy cooking for others now. I love how they rave about how good the food is. I just smile!
People worry about the price difference. We have no doctor bills and we have no medicines to buy. That is a huge savings that can be applied to the food. Actually, since I make most meals from scratch with no processed food and no longer eat out, the grocery bill/eating out bills are not much different then in our previous life. We also prayed about and then let our health insurance go.
Today: Family Health Situation
What is our health like today? It is amazing. Anna has never been to the doctor for any illness since she was six months old. She is seven years old now. Though she seems to be gluten intolerant and allergic to processed dairy, food colorings, preservatives, and almost all chemicals, she has no problem with raw dairy and can now occasionally have grain products if properly prepared. We did use the GAPS diet with her and that really got her moving quickly in the right direction.
Katherine, within three months of changing our diet, no longer had any symptoms of allergies or diabetes; no more running nose or goop in her eyes. She has never been to the doctor either in seven years for any illness except for this past Easter when she was hospitalized for E-coli poisoning. That is a lesson to me in staying away from feedlot cattle. She recovered more quickly then most children do and I contribute that to our diet. She has no signs of autism for many years.
Laura’s teeth have all straightened out. The orthodontist could not figure out why her jaw had widened and her teeth straightened out without braces. She has not been to the doctor in seven years for any illness. Within a few months of our diet change, she no longer had her compulsive habits.
Elizabeth’s heart value has widened and has kept pace with her growth. Her EKGS are normal now even through puberty. There is barely a trace of her heart murmur. The pediatric heart doctor told us these things do not happen. She was really impressed and wanted to look into our diet. Her teeth are beautiful!
I have my period down to less than seven days and it is regular. My PMS is basically gone. I have not had a canker sore in seven years except when my family was poisoned by aerial spraying this past summer. No cancer cells to be found on me either. I feel better then I ever have.
My husband at 42 has never taken any medication and his blood pressure for his DOT physical was 120/84. The doctor told him he was in excellent shape and whatever he was doing to keep it up. He no longer has pains in the bones he has previously broken. His jaw has not popped out of place once in seven years.
Oh, none of my girls have ever had a cavity in their life and Kurt and I have not had one in our adult/married life.
We will once in a blue moon get a sniffle or stuffed nose but it usually lasts no more then a day. In short, it has been nothing but miraculous! We were blessed to have stumbled upon this path. It has been amazing journey for us. We have learned so much. We have enjoyed watching others who are doing the same things benefit as we have. It still amazes me that restoring our health was as simple as getting the most nourishing foods into us and avoiding as many toxins as possible.
That is our story. It has been one grand adventure. Praise the Lord for He is good!
I’m looking for more! Although this story was more comprehensive than just soaking grains, it was so good I couldn’t leave it out. If you have a soaking grains anecdotal evidence story about improved family health, please email me (kitchenstew at gmail.com) or leave it in the comments here. If you’re a blogger, I’ll link to you!
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