Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.Winnie the Pooh
Life changing events
Each day, you’re headed down a certain path knowing for the most part how your day will unfold. Then suddenly an event takes place that rocks you to your core. A whole series of powerful events changes your trajectory and in the process can change the focus of your mind, your heart, and the rest of your life. This happened to me and changed me so profoundly that my life took a whole new direction and I never looked back. Getting pregnant at 41, when I thought I was done, was quite an event in itself, but that wasn’t what changed me. It was pain. Pain I brought upon myself by my unhealthy lifestyle, causing me to deliver my baby almost 8 weeks early. Watching her suffer because of me almost destroyed me. I was pretty much a mess. I had a lot of health problems, felt awful, and knew that if I didn’t change, that little 4 pound baby would suffer even more than she already had. She wouldn’t have the mother she deserved and I would die early. I would not see her grow up if I kept going on this path. It was a mother’s love that changed me. I did it for her and not for myself or I would have already done it and not be suffering the way I was.
Kids were suffering and I had answers
I found this special drink called kefir and began to give it to my baby every day. She changed and become so healthy that I drank it too, and one by one my whole family got better as they began drinking kefir. Then I started making other cultured foods and watched us receive even more benefits. I would stay up late at night and look for research that supported what I was seeing, but there wasn’t much to be found. I knew I had found a gift that was given to me to help heal my family and I was so very thankful. I told a few people about what I found, but they told me I was crazy and could hurt my family. “Leave things on the counter for days to ferment – are you nuts?” they would say. “Donna, who else does this? It’s only you, so I don’t think this is a good idea.” These were the things well-meaning people would say. But I knew . . . I had found a treasure, and maybe it was only for me; but I would cherish it for the rest of my life and be grateful, no matter what anybody said. I also decided to not tell anybody what I was doing anymore. I’d just keep it to myself. That didn’t work out so well.
I was at a drama class with my daughter, sitting at a lunch table with other moms and their kids. One little boy was coughing so hard I thought he was going to lose a lung, and the other little child had sores all over her mouth caused by food allergies. She was on a strict diet and she looked so sad. It broke me. Those kids were suffering and I had answers that had helped my family. I couldn’t hold back anymore. The dam broke loose and the words were spilling out of me. I couldn’t stop myself and I don’t even think I took a breath. As I told the mothers what I had learned, I talked fast and furiously lest they interrupt or stop me. I had to at least try and help these little kids. And much to my surprise, they listened and embraced it. They started adding cultured foods to their diets and the kids got better and then they started telling others. It began to grow and snowball and before I knew it, I was teaching classes and helping so many people that it became my life’s mission.
I mostly did it to help the children
This is how it all started for me. I mostly did it to help the children and it turned around and healed me, too. So this blog is for the children who opened up my heart. They helped me find my true path and help thousands of people become well. I needed these little ones to give me courage. I will be forever grateful.
Here is a kid-friendly recipe to help the little ones who helped me.
Check out my Pinterest board “Cultured Foods for Kids” for all the recipes I think kids will love, organized in one place.