Everyone needs reminders that the fact of their being on this earth is important and that each life changes everything. ~Marge Kennedy
I get a lot of emails telling me how cultured foods have touched and changed people’s lives. Often, well almost always, they will make me tear up as I read them. You see, it was 12 years ago that I was one of the people who was sick and desperate to feel better. I thought my body had betrayed me with sickness and disease and I was on a never-ending quest to find the answer. One day, with tears rolling down my cheeks, I prayed and made a promise. If I could receive healing for myself and my family, I promised that I would tell others. The answers came swiftly and in a way that surprised me. The answer revealed itself to me in food I had never heard of – cultured foods. The despair and health problems my family and I had experienced lifted. The suffering was replaced with joy, gratefulness, and well being.
At first I was hesitant to tell anyone about these special probiotic foods I made. When I tried, I got comments like, “You make them without canning? Do you think that’s safe? How come I’ve never heard of these foods and nobody’s doing this but you? This sounds crazy, Donna!” It looked like I was doing science projects on my counter, not making power foods that could change your life. These foods are one of the safest ways to preserve and protect your foods. The good bacteria dominate and protect the foods from harm; it’s science, but how do I tell others without sounding like a nut? These foods had made me well and I felt such gratefulness and I had promised to tell others. I just had to find a way.
I started with a couple of friends. Their kids were sick with food allergies and asthma and they were constantly sick. It broke my heart. One day, sitting at the table and watching my friend’s little boy wheezing and coughing I broke. I started telling her how I thought these foods could help him. I started talking and couldn’t stop. It was like a dam inside of me broke and I just remember not wanting to take a breath for fear that she would stop me and tell me I was crazy. But instead, she listened. She started making kefir and cultured foods, and a few months later she told me her little boy wasn’t using his asthma inhaler any more. It was so powerful that her little 6-year-old boy knew that he had to have his kefir to keep his symptoms away. She told me once that she had stopped feeding him kefir for a month and one morning standing in the kitchen he demanded that she feed him his kefir. He knew his body needed it because his symptoms were returning without it. The other friend listened, too, and started feeding her little girl cultured foods, and I watched as her food allergies healed. It was the start for me. When we would get together, all we could talk about was cultured foods and then others accused us of having a food cult. It was pretty funny. But there was no denying what was happening. People were getting well all around me and it started to grow and spread like crazy.
I never wanted to teach a class, but people kept asking and then when I did, the stories really started growing. People were getting better, food and seasonal allergies were healing, ulcers were going away, acid reflux was disappearing, and constipation was a thing of the past. Blood sugars were getting better and high blood pressure was lowering, and the list kept growing. I would well up inside when they would tell me these stories. I could see what a miracle they thought it was, and I was so grateful that I was using my own life lessons with purpose.
I hope you can feel the heart of who I am. I want to share with others and help them because I am so thankful for the life I have now. You really can feel good every day and live the life of your dreams. I cannot begin to express to you what has happened to my life since I started down this road. It has touched every part of my life. It started with a cultured food named kefir, which sat upon my counter and was infused with probiotic cultures. When I consumed it, I was made well. So simple and inexpensive, and these cultures grew so I could share it with my friends. It was the perfect answer for me, for my friends, and for you, too.
I have gathered some of these stories and made a page on my site called Lives Touched. The stories below are just a few of the amazing life stories my friends have shared with me. To see all of them, go to Lives Touched. I hope these stories will touch your life, too. If you’d like to know more about these foods, you can go here. Three Foods That Can Change Your Life.
For, you see… I still have a promise to keep.
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