I really like reading blogs. My most sought after for the last 4 years or so have been health and nutrition blogs. My favorites have been: Wellness Mama, (Probably my most frequented blog. She is an awesome Catholic, homeschooling mom of 6 young children who has loads of health info and fabulous recipes) Health Home Happiness, (a friend of mine who has helpful tools to help you navigate the GAPS diet) Nourished and Nurtured (has terrific recipes and writes about her journey into homeopathy) Nourishing Minimalism,(My real life friend who teaches simple living) Healthy Home Economist (a great blog about traditional foods), Food Renegade,(I have purchased her ebooks to help me teach my kids about real food.) Real Food Forager(this gal is a chiropractor that eats and teaches how to live grain free. She has awesome research articles discussing health and wellness) Mommypotamus (a mom of three young children that has great DIY recipes for personal care products) Kelly the Kitchen Kop (has great links to health related issues going on in the world) and Chris Kresser (a natropath physician who’s very research based and is my go to blog when I need help with health problems.
I have also always been interested in blogs about; homeschooling, big families, and adoption. But sometimes when I read these blogs it is agonizing because the writers don’t know the power of food. They talk about their struggles with their children and I want to yell from the roof tops, “FEED THEM REAL FOOD AND THEY WON’T ACT THAT WAY!!” Because I am drawn to adoption blogs, I often read about the difficulties that parents face when dealing with FASD and the effects of in-utero drug use. Out of our 11 children, I know with certainty that 7 of them were exposed to high amounts of drugs and alcohol during their time in utero.
At times, when I am teaching my children their homeschooling lessons, I wonder if their learning struggles are related to this exposure. When I get frustrated, I have to remind myself that they are possibly dealing with deficits as a result of this exposure (not to mention the extreme lack of nutrients from poor food choices). This reminder will often give me more patience. However, I believe that many of the struggles adoptive parents are contending with are not just due to drugs and alcohol. I think some of it is due to poor gut health which can cause extreme behavior and health problems.
I have to tell you, that for the most part, our kids are doing AWESOME!! I attribute much of that success to taking 3.5 years out of our lives to focus on healing their leaky gut and gut dysbiosis. From the depths of my being, I believe that if we would get rid of the onslaught of toxins that go in and on our children’s bodies, they wouldn’t regularly wig out with behavior problems, suffer from anxiety and health problems. Believe me, I know that there is more to raising children then simply feeding them well. Teaching them about God’s love, allowing them to have their feelings, surrounding them with a safe, loving environment, are also part of the equation. But if their little bodies are fighting a toxic load and are unable to absorb their nutrients, then all of our love is going to fall short in helping them to be the people that God intended.