Thank you for taking the time to come over to Reviving Traditions!
Let me start out by telling you about this journey of mine.
How Did Reviving Traditions Start?
I’ve always lived a pretty “healthy” lifestyle: ate whole wheat, avoided high-fatty meats, spread peanut butter for protein, and stayed away from parabens. That is…until one day my sister told me about a book she was reading. That’s where I was first introduced to this:
1. Our bodies need animal fats
2. Butter is a health food
3. High-cholesterol diets promote good health
4. Saturated fats protect the heart
5. Rich sauces help you digest and assimilate your food
6. Grains and legumes need special preparation to provide optimum benefits
7. Enzyme-enhanced foods and beverages can boost energy and vitality
8. High-fiber, lowfat diets can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies
About the time I was starting to learn about traditional food prep, my husband was suffering from incurable heartburn (it started after 8 weeks of high-dosage antibiotics and was going on into year #2). By incurable I mean he went to every doctor imaginable, took every test imaginable, and no one had any answers. So we decided to try out a few things. No gluten, no fake-stuff (ie, GMOs, preservatives), and lots of fermented goodness (ie, yogurt and sauerkraut). He ate only real and wholesome foods. His heartburn went from 24/7 (not kidding) to several times a day to once or twice a day. This process of eating real foods took a number of months, but it has been the only thing that’s worked. It’s true, food can be our medicine. It’s not always easy to do, but it’s worth it when it comes to health.
This isn’t just another natural-living blog. My desire is that you would be inspired to REALLY live a life free of toxins, carcinogens, GMOs, Mons…, and other scary monsters…just like back in the day when Laura Ingalls danced in the prairies.
These are the core values of Reviving Traditions
Traditional Food Prep
My mama taught me how to make pickles and sauerkraut, as did her mama and the mama before that. Before there were modern preservatives and Monsanto, there were nutrient-rich foods that naturally worked towards helping people to maintain good health, i.e. little to no heart disease, little to no acid-reflux, hardly any thyroid “isms”, and healthier hair/skin/nails/teeth. Our ancestors used food prep methods that were passed down from one generation to the next. Our ancestors who kept to the straight and narrow path of “everything in moderation” but still ate butter, whole milk, and meat fat were relatively free of modern diseases. How you may ask? Simple. They let real-food be their medicine.
My husband taught me simplicity. I grew up an immigrant in the US…so naturally I wanted what we couldn’t afford. My husband taught me to live within our means. In 2013 we paid off $140,000 in student loans, will continue to live debt-free, and will save up so that we can be a blessing to others and leave an inheritance for our children. We choose to live within our means, eat home-made foods, enjoy God’s creation, and find fulfillment in relationships and community. Simple living is making need>>want choices today so that we can have less stress tomorrow.
The bible taught me how to value people and live with morals. The essence of what the gospel of Jesus teaches is to love God and love people. I believe when we do that, everything is in proper order: our marriage is stable, our kids have sound emotional health, and the community we are part of is blessed not cursed. There are no formulas for good marriages or good kids. Love isn’t a formula.
Using Modern Advancements
It would be foolish for us real-food, natural-living bloggers to deny the benefits of modern technology and advancements. There are many advancements in the areas of medicine, research, and industry that have contributed very positively to our well-being as humans. Though there are lots of bad things out there, there are plenty of good things too. This website is about sifting through the bad to restore the good.
Reviving Traditions is my journey into the good ol’ days of fermenting, pickling, and living off true, real and natural ingredients. I post creative ideas, real-food recipes (no fake stuff), DIY, and all sorts of interesting tidbits.
My promise to you: no fake stuff. 🙂
So take a look around. Try a few recipes. Change the recipes or ideas up a bit. Feel free to make them your own. Again, welcome and I am so glad you are here! This site is for you.
PS…Want a good place to start? Try my Soaked Oatmeal Coconut Bars recipe. That’ll get you in the spirit.