How did I get here? I was a new mother at 41 years old, falling apart, and paralyzed with fear. I was sick with diabetes and suffered from high blood pressure. I also had a brand new premature baby girl in my lap. I knew that I was in trouble and I desperately needed help. I begged for help. I wasn’t living any more. I was merely surviving and getting through the days.
“I can tell my story and It doesn’t bring up any pain. Now I know for sure – that I am healed.”Donna
One afternoon I cried out, “God, please help me! If you help me, I promise I will help others.” This was the promise I made, and I meant it. When you are sick and don’t feel good, it is hard to be spiritual and feel the joy and excitement in life. You are simply existing and not truly living. I tried to comfort myself every day, talking to myself in the privacy of my own head. I told myself things like, “The answers will come to me. I know they will. I was not meant to live this way. They will come. They will come and help me.”
The answers did come, and they were tailor-made for me. They came in a form and fashion that spoke volumes. They came to me in the form of food. However, it wasn’t the kind of food that most are accustomed to. These foods were fermented, or as I call them cultured foods. They are similar to foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, but are teeming with billions of probiotics and good bacteria. They changed me in an extraordinary way. I’m talking about foods like kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables. Not only are these foods delicious, but they also have the extraordinary ability to speak to the cells of my body and change me from the inside out.You and I are 100 trillion cells of bacteria. It’s who and what we are. For thousands of years, people ate and consumed cultured foods. Sadly, we have forgotten about them. We have become a society that is obsessed with speed and convenience. When we get sick, our first thought is to reach towards the medicine cabinet. We don’t stop and try to figure out what the true source of the problem is.
When I started eating cultured foods, every ailment I had went away. I watched as these foods healed my tiny baby. Then they healed my older teenager from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and food allergies. I was astounded as these foods worked miracles in my friends and their children. Problems like ulcers, asthma, food allergies, and digestive issues were going completely away.What were these foods and how were they changing everybody? I’ve spent over ten years researching them, learning how to make them, and teaching others. They have changed my life. I’ve become filled with such a sense of wellness and joy that I can’t contain it. It just spills out of me. I’m no longer struggling with sickness and disease, but am so well that I feel reborn twenty years younger.
It was from this place of wellness that the most wonderful thing happened. My spiritual life grew by leaps and bounds, and I connected to a part of my life that dwelt with me in a way I had never known. I discovered what I had been searching for my entire life: The real me, the part that was spirit. My world changed dramatically.
My body was trying to get my attention. Sometimes pain is the only way we can learn and change who and what we are. Then we can connect to what we truly desire. We yearn for a connection to the divine expression of God within us. It is so interesting to me that as my body repaired through the foods I was eating, I began to listen, really listen, to that still small voice inside. It knew that this was the way to reach me. I had forgotten who and what I was. It made me remember that I was here to serve, love, and live a life of joy. These foods healed me and made me well. The gratitude I feel has become my driving force. This force within me drives me to teach others how to heal their own bodies and become the joyful people they were meant to be.
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”C.S. Lewis
I went from lying on the couch to living life like never before. This is the journey I took, and I am so thankful for the pain that led me here.
So you see for me . . . food is one of the most spiritual things of all. It led me home.
“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.”Yoko Ono