Eating living foods is one of the most important steps you can take in ensuring your family’s health. Years back, I read a phenomenal book called, Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimal Health by Jo Robinson. Her work spread awareness of how truly dead the majority of foods are that arrive at our grocery stores. In our bodies there is a constant balance being struck between oxidative stress and the antioxidants that we consume. For those antioxidants to work, they need to still be ACTIVE! A clock starts ticking the minute that carrot is pulled from the ground. Did you know that those pretty bagged organic orange carrots have been sitting stored for ~6 months? The antioxidant activity they have is zero by the time you eat them. Even the best, most expensive supplements cannot change this. Nothing can replace eating real, living foods. So what do we do?
There is an amazing woman in our community named Beth Parks. Many of you guys know her. Many of you are already members of the Farm Connection. I was super late to this party. But I AM HERE NOW!!!!! I want to admit that there are times in my life when I get down on capitalism. There are times I feel like I am being manipulated into buying things I don´t need and simply fed ideas that don’t source me. The Farm Connection has become my antidote. Eva Bunker, my business coach noted how Beth´s business is the perfect example of how the beauty of entrepreneurial spirit can add value to our lives. When we see a need, figure out a solution that only we can figure out, that also adds value to all involved; this is capitalism at its best. Beth did this. She figured out a way to link the consumer and the farmers directly, benefiting all involved. If you are already hitting the farmer’s markets and getting fresh food, my hat is off to you. If you are like me and struggle with the time and the space to make it all happen, The Farm Connection may be the answer. As the Farm Connection has grown their ability to deliver has as well. I can now have farm fresh foods that I choose delivered right to my door. (If you like the culinary challenge of the random bag of produce typically delivered by CSAs they have that too!)
Eating real food has been one of the most important first steps in my own healing process and working with others. Inflammation and oxidative stress are very intimately related. Each and every living food we eat is healing because we live in a world teeming with oxidative stress. Eating beautiful living, local food is both pleasurable and truly medicinal. If you have local family or friends to buy Christmas gifts for, I would consider a membership to the Farm Connection. It is truly a gift to our local farmers, community and to our own bodies. I am so grateful to Beth, her family and her staff. Also Eating on the Wild Side is available at the San Antonio Public Library or Amazon. A worthy read indeed!