Traditional eating and real food on a budget – really?
While I have always considered us to be a healthy family, it was not until I was introduced to the GAPS diet and my results were so amazing with the dietary changes, that I really put two and two together. There is a definite correlation between what we eat and our physical health. Our health is directly related to our gut health – specifically the “good” gut bacteria. (If you are overrun with “bad” bacteria in your gut, they release toxins which can cause a host of physical symptoms.)
I am now dedicated to traditional eating of real, whole foods, not processed or fake, but the real stuff – butter, raw milk, pasture fed meats, pastured chickens, olive/coconut oil, and honey…
You may be wondering how more traditional eating fits into frugal living and money saving. There are frugal ways to eat real foods that nourish your bodies.
We have our own family milk cow, drink raw milk and make our own cheese, we garden and raise as much of our own food as possible (hopefully, even more when the greenhouse is completed!), have our own chickens and raise and butcher our own pasture fed beef.
Others have access to farmer’s markets and can freeze/can their own food. Kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and fermented carrots are all very economical sources of probiotics for your family which you can make in your own kitchen. For others, it is is a matter of saving in other areas and spending as necessary for nutrient dense foods. After the pain relief and return to health that I have experienced, as well as, the behavioral changes in our children that have occurred as a direct result of our dietary changes, we can’t afford NOT to continue with this new way of eating!
I know life is expensive no matter how frugal you are. But, with a large family, I have found there is much I can do at home to nourish my family and still stay within the allotted budget. I hope to encourage you to do the same as we share our family’s adventures together from our vineyard to gardening and from building our new home to wholesome eating!