It's March 18th, 2020, and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has everybody staying home and worried about the future. This day also happens to be my 60th birthday so I'm making my own healthy birthday cake (made with Quinoa, recipe soon) and baking a loaf of sourdough bread. I can't believe I'm 60 years old and I am grateful for the journey this life has brought me. I love that every time things appeared to be really scary in my life and the odds looked clearly stacked against me, things would always begin to change; and what appeared to be seemingly harmful to me turned out to be the greatest blessing. This has happened to me so many times that I now am starting to look for things to turn around when they appear gloomiest. I want my life and site to be a place of hope and healing and believe that the body knows how to heal itself if it's given what it needs.
I believe in wellness and following your guidance from within, so I do things differently. You won't see a bunch of flashing ads on my site. I just can't do it, although people contact me constantly trying to give me lucrative deals. I want to be different and not follow the crowd. I hate ads so I don't want to do that to you, there just has to be a different way. And such is the case with this virus that is scaring the bejeebers out of everybody. I truly believe we can use this time for something good. We're all in this together and we need each other. We will get through this despite the fact that it appears like the odds are stacked against us. It's really a wakeup call. As I walked in the grocery store yesterday, I noticed the salad and produce sections were bare. Everybody Is trying to stay healthy and this can be a really good thing!
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Looking For Hope
Nineteen years ago I was in despair and looking for hope. 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 anymore. I was merely surviving and getting through the days.
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."
I can tell my story and it doesn't bring up any pain. Now I know for sure - that I am healed.
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 almost two decades 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 I am so well that I feel reborn and decades 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. 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.
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 and it is my strong desire that it can help you too.
I get hundreds of emails each week. Contained within those emails are often questions and a yearning for wellness. But almost without exception many of them contain the answers that they're seeking from me. You often just need reassurance that you're on the right path and you're wiser than you know!
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I'm praying and believing for an epidemic of wellness. This virus can't last long. They always fade away but in the meantime, let's get you healthy and confident in your body's ability to heal you. The cells and bacteria of your body are constantly working on your behalf to keep you well and they don't get enough credit, that's for sure. I have a lot of Health and Wellness topics on my site and you can learn so much during this time of being home. I also decided to give everybody my most popular members eBook Cultured Foods for What Ails You, which has lots of recipes for specific ailments that will strengthen your immune system and fight pathogens! Don't be afraid, we're all in this together and we can win this fight if we just stay strong.
Love Your Guts Quite Literally! Donna