Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine," two-and-a-half thousand years ago. I am married to a current-day physician, and thankful food isn't our only choice when it comes to medicine for our family. Cecelia, our youngest, had a lymph node removed this week. She is such a brave little thing. When she got her kindergarten shots, she gritted her teeth and said, "That hurt!" When we told her we needed to get the bump on the back of her head taken off she asked, "At the hospital where Daddy works?"
There are lots of times we rely as a family on western medicine, but as a whole, we've shifted quite a bit on our philosophy about it. The days of running for a prescription every time a kid gets an earache are long gone. Grabbing a tylenol or ibuprofen for each little ache are over too. Mostly our change has moved from treatment of symptoms philosophy to a preventative one.
When you look at the medicine cabinet of pretty much anyone over 65, it is amazing. Most people upon retirement are taking 4-5 different medicines a day! I don't want that for my future. I don't want it for the future of my kids. I don't want to go to four different specialists to find out what is wrong with my body.
Part of our learning curve in Modern Homesteading is relearning how to take care of our family's health. Some of this has to do with various herbal remedies. Some of it has to do with lifestyle. Taking time to pray or meditate, getting enough exercise, decreasing stress, stepping off some of our "ought to" treadmills are all a factor. But central to the whole thing is food.
Some of you followed our health journey over the past year. When you start to see the body as a whole, when you start to see the symptoms as a result of all the things you put in your body (or all the things you don't), food becomes central to the entire picture. It is the cornerstone of our health and quality of life, and yet, so often an afterthought in our culture.
"Im hungry, I've got to grab something to eat!" What kind of culture do we live in where food has been relegated to gas station shelves? What kind of results are we getting from a food culture that values fast and cheap above all else? How far back do we have to go to find a food culture that values health, wellness, and food for what it is - one of the most important focuses of our time and energy?
These are some of the themes we will focus on this fall at the Homestead as we move toward our Fall Retreats and Workshops. I am so lucky to have accidentally surrounded myself with people who make their live's work about finding, preparing, and teaching about quality food. They are the teachers at the Homestead. Slowly, but surely, their wisdom is rubbing off on me, an avowed hater of cooking.
Marion Sansing, will be teaching Nourish - A Traditional Foods Weekend Retreat, in September. We have our Primitive Skills Weekend in October for those of you who want a unique experience in providing. Lindsay Wilson will be co-teaching Cleanse, Restore & Reboot in November. Watch for some great information on these topics coming out in the next month.
Hope you have a good day filled with good food.