With all the news stories, studies and controversy surrounding our food supply, I've definitely been more attuned to better foods grown or produced more organically. Life expectancy has increased in the United States but I can't help but wonder if we'll start to see a decline due to the various factors that are in play in our food, our water, the atmosphere and other things we inject in ourselves or take. The "greatest generation" and they are that, were raised on more natural foods and remedies and are reaching 90's and even 100's.
When the opportunity from MamaBzz came up to receive a complimentary copy of Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food, I couldn't resist. I'm trying to educate myself for not only a healthier future for myself but for my children as well. Their health is first and foremost and if I can set them up for a bright future of good habits and knowledge, I've won half the batter.
About the Author:
Jessie Hawkins is, by definition, a wife, mom of four and the Executive Director of Vintage Remedies. More specifically, however, she is a speaker, an author, an herbalist, a holistic wellness professional, an amateur real foods chef, a natural living professional, an advocate for informed birthing choices, a teacher of sustainable lifestyles, a hobby gardner, a gentle parent, an avid researcher, a lifelong student and a satisfied mommy.
While Jessie’s childhood was filled with dreams of living a natural and basic lifestyle, her reality was the conventional processed food, plastic and artificial lifestyle so common decades ago. Jessie’s transition to healthy living did not begin until her college years, as she craved more information about environmental health and real foods. Long before green living became trendy (and before there was even an organic certification!), Jessie pioneered the way for the average family to live a more natural and healthy lifestyle. She made this transition to a healthier lifestyle as an adult, so she is familiar with the learning curve and can relate to the uncertainty of adding new foods and habits to the home.
Having now spent a decade as a professional in the field, Jessie combines her vast and varied training - both formal and informal - in the fields of herbalism, midwifery, childbirth, environmental health, medical anthropology, naturopathy, food history, nutrition, holistic health and so much more, to pass along to others in a usable and practical form. This led to the formation of Vintage Remedies in the early 2000s and eventually the Vintage Remedies School of Natural Health in 2007, where she teaches individuals around the globe how to understand the modern scientific research in the field - and perhaps more importantly, how to implement that knowledge practically into the modern home. During this time, she has also written over a dozen books and textbooks on the subject of healthy and natural living and has provided numerous articles and interviews for national magazines on the topic of healthy living.
It's really a wonderful resource that breaks down the science into easy to understand language such as:
A protein is a long strand of one hundred or more amino acids. Some of these amino acids are not produced by our bodies, thus they are essential to the diet. With little exception, animal foods are the only sources that provide all of the essential proteins in one place, preventing deficiencies from occurring. However, plans contain an array of amino acids, and as long as the diet is varied, vegetarians have no trouble obtaining sufficient protein and essential amino acids from plant sources.
The five sections are indexed logically starting with Why We Eat, What to Eat, How to Eat, Let Your Food Be Your Medicine and finally Resources. It's really a practical guide on choosing to live a healthier life and is a great resource for those just beginning the journey. Ms. Hawkins' background and experiences shines through each section with great learning material, healing foods, recipes and much more. It's truly a fascinating book that I would recommend to anyone to read at least once if not more to capture the extreme amount of information she provides.
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