Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Health by Heidi

You deserve to feel great!

Heidi's World

Heidi's World

Heidi's food evolution

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 7:25 PM

Growing up, I remember my mom canning and freezing fresh produce all summer long to prepare for winter.  We lived in a very small town in Wyoming (at 7000 feet elevation, with nothing but wind, antelope, and sagebrush as far as the eye could see...a miserable place) and our access to fresh fruits and veggies outside of the two-month long summer season was nearly zero.  Each week in the summer we would drive into town and go to the produce truck that drove up from Colorado.  Ma would buy cases of tomatoes, peaches, pears, and anything else the man had to sell that she could freeze or can.  She didn't do it because it was trendy.  She did it because it was cheap and it was basically our only source of produce for the year.  We had a modest garden that produced a bit of food, namely shell peas, carrots the size of my little finger, and buckets of kale and chard.  I should note that the kale was not in fact grown for us to eat (who on Earth would eat such a tough, bitter green?) but was instead raised for the chickens to eat to supplement their grain.  My mom baked fresh bread often and cooked every meal from scratch, because again, in the tiny town where I grew up there were no fast food joints or big fancy grocery stores with pre-packaged, ready to eat meals.  I never thought twice about the way we ate because I didn't know any differently.

When I went to college, I first decided to give up red meat.  Next came poultry.  Then went the fish.  I was a full-blown vegetarian.  I lived in Southern California at the time, when it seemed like everyone was vegetarian or vegan or something of the sort.  Produce was ample and cheap.  There were all these fancy, new fangled products in the grocery stores that I had never seen before, and marketed directly to vegans and vegetarians like me, products with names like "soy cheese," "tempeh," "tofu," and even "tofurky."  You could buy "bratwurst" made out of soy!  You could buy "deli meat" made out of soy!  It was like hitting the jackpot!  I diligently bought my meat-replacement products each week at the store to make sure that I was getting my daily allotment of protein.  My whole reason for becoming vegetarian was that I didn't want to eat meat again unless I knew exactly where it came from.  I was learning about the atrocities of feedlots and slaughterhouses, of the horrible and inhumane treatment of animals, and of all the hormones and antibiotics the animals were receiving simply to keep them standing upright.  I wanted no part in it.  Yet, the longer I continued down the "soy road," the more I felt like something was off.  It wasn't physical.  I felt fine.  It just seemed to me that I was replacing one "problem" food (meat) with a heavily processed meat-like substance.

Then I moved to Montana and married a hunter.  The time was at hand.  I went antelope hunting with him, holding true to my word that If I were to eat meat again, I had to know exactly where it came from.  I wanted to learn about the process from start to finish, from the harvest to the gutting to the processing.  I had and have no interest in hunting myself, but I learned about the respect my husband has for the animals that he harvests and his appreciation of them for providing us with food.  So I started eating wild game meat; deer, elk, antelope, pheasant, grouse, basically anything that he brought home from the forest.  About the same time, a good friend of mine recommended that I read the book, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by Barbara Kingsolver.  I had also read a few books by Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin, all regarding food, growing your own food, what's in the food that we eat, etc.  We put in a big garden and a year later put in a greenhouse.  Now I grow nearly all of the vegetables and about half of the fruit that we eat in a year.  Just like my mom, I freeze, can, and dry the produce for use in the winter.  What I can't or don't grow myself, I purchase at the farmers market in season.  My husband hunts for all of the meat that we eat.  Between the two of us, we provide nearly all of our own food with our own two hands. 

As I sat down to my delicious lunch today, I started thinking about where everything came from that was on my plate.  The tortilla was from the lady at the farmers market.  The deer burger was from last hunting season.  The cheese was from Lifeline in Victor.  The pico de gallo I had just made, and was made from ingredients from my own garden and from West Naturals in Corvallis.  The juice I made fresh with Flathead cherries frozen from last year and kale that I had just cut yesterday morning.  It was scrumptious, and I felt good about eating it.

I look around at all the chronic illness in our world today and can't help but think that we could cure nearly all of it if we just simply changed the way we eat. Stop buying stuff in packages with ingredients lists.  Get back to the way our great-grandmothers cooked.  Eat real food.  Know where it comes from.  Know how it was grown and harvested.  I realize that I am very fortunate to have a garden and to have a husband that hunts for our meat.  I know not everyone can or will do that.  Yet, we all can shop at farmers markets.  We all can grow a few pots of tomatoes or lettuce.  Small steps lead to great things.  I truly believe that it starts with food. 

Categories: None

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply air jordan shoes
2:40 AM on October 24, 2021 
I would like to express my thanks to the writer just for bailing me out of this type of scenario. Because of surfing throughout the world-wide-web and getting suggestions which are not beneficial, I figured my entire life was well over. Existing minus the solutions to the issues you've solved as a result of your entire short article is a crucial case, and the ones that might have badly damaged my career if I had not come across the website. That training and kindness in controlling the whole thing was vital. I'm not sure what I would have done if I had not come upon such a subject like this. I can also now relish my future. Thanks a lot so much for the reliable and amazing guide. I won't be reluctant to propose the sites to any individual who needs and wants assistance on this topic.
air jordan shoes
Reply yeezy
2:39 AM on October 24, 2021 
My husband and i got quite ecstatic when Edward managed to carry out his inquiry by way of the precious recommendations he discovered using your weblog. It is now and again perplexing to just continually be giving freely guidance that many men and women might have been making money from. And now we discover we've got the website owner to appreciate for this. The type of explanations you've made, the simple website navigation, the relationships your site help promote - it's most astonishing, and it's really letting our son and our family do think this theme is cool, and that's extremely pressing. Thank you for the whole lot!
Reply nike off white
2:39 AM on October 24, 2021 
I simply needed to appreciate you once more. I do not know what I would've done without the type of creative concepts shared by you concerning my industry. It seemed to be the hard concern for me, nevertheless viewing the professional manner you treated it made me to cry for gladness. Now i'm happier for this information and then pray you really know what an amazing job you are accomplishing instructing many people thru a site. Probably you haven't got to know any of us.
nike off white
Reply golden goose
2:39 AM on October 24, 2021 
Thank you for all of your work on this web site. My niece enjoys getting into investigation and it's obvious why. Almost all notice all regarding the powerful tactic you provide both interesting and useful tips via your web blog and even foster participation from other individuals on the concern while our own daughter is actually learning so much. Enjoy the remaining portion of the new year. You are conducting a powerful job.
golden goose
Reply lebron 18
2:38 AM on October 24, 2021 
I wanted to type a small note to express gratitude to you for these splendid hints you are giving on this site. My time consuming internet research has now been recognized with reputable facts and techniques to write about with my friends and classmates. I 'd admit that most of us readers are very lucky to exist in a useful community with many brilliant individuals with valuable tips. I feel very grateful to have come across your entire webpage and look forward to really more entertaining times reading here. Thank you again for everything.
lebron 18
Reply curry 7 sour patch
2:38 AM on October 24, 2021 
I would like to express my thanks to you just for rescuing me from this type of problem. After exploring throughout the the web and getting solutions that were not powerful, I assumed my entire life was over. Being alive devoid of the answers to the problems you have fixed as a result of this guideline is a critical case, as well as ones which may have negatively affected my career if I had not discovered the blog. Your primary skills and kindness in handling all areas was excellent. I'm not sure what I would have done if I hadn't come upon such a subject like this. It's possible to at this moment relish my future. Thank you so much for the skilled and amazing guide. I will not be reluctant to endorse your web blog to anyone who wants and needs guidance on this situation.
curry 7 sour patch
Reply chrome hearts
2:38 AM on October 24, 2021 
Thanks for your own efforts on this web page. My niece takes pleasure in managing research and it's simple to grasp why. I notice all about the lively way you make insightful guidelines on this web blog and therefore boost response from other people on the idea then my child is undoubtedly being taught so much. Have fun with the rest of the year. You are conducting a great job.
chrome hearts
Reply jordan shoes
2:38 AM on October 24, 2021 
I happen to be writing to let you be aware of of the impressive experience my wife's princess developed reading your site. She figured out several issues, which include what it's like to possess an ideal giving mindset to have most people very easily fully grasp a number of tricky subject matter. You truly surpassed my desires. I appreciate you for displaying those essential, trusted, educational not to mention fun tips about the topic to Gloria.
jordan shoes
Reply kyrie 7 shoes
2:38 AM on October 24, 2021 
I precisely needed to thank you very much once again. I am not sure what I might have sorted out in the absence of the smart ideas documented by you directly on such a field. It previously was an absolute frightful matter in my circumstances, but being able to see a new expert strategy you processed that forced me to weep for happiness. I am thankful for your advice and as well , hope that you recognize what a powerful job that you are accomplishing educating people today all through your webpage. I'm certain you haven't met all of us.
kyrie 7 shoes
Reply kobe basketball shoes
2:37 AM on October 24, 2021 
I precisely had to appreciate you yet again. I do not know the things that I might have carried out in the absence of those aspects shown by you regarding this area. It had become an absolute challenging situation in my opinion, but discovering your well-written strategy you processed that forced me to jump with happiness. I will be thankful for your assistance and then believe you realize what a great job you are undertaking teaching people today by way of your blog post. I am certain you've never come across all of us.
kobe basketball shoes
Reply chrome hearts online store
1:07 AM on October 22, 2021 
I simply wished to appreciate you once more. I do not know the things I would have used without the type of creative ideas contributed by you over such area. Completely was a very frustrating concern for me personally, but coming across a professional tactic you resolved the issue made me to weep with joy. I'm grateful for your support and wish you realize what an amazing job that you're doing teaching people today through your web blog. Probably you have never got to know all of us.
chrome hearts online store
Reply supreme hoodie
1:07 AM on October 22, 2021 
I have to show some thanks to you for rescuing me from this problem. Because of checking through the world-wide-web and obtaining basics that were not powerful, I thought my life was gone. Living without the presence of strategies to the issues you've solved all through this short post is a crucial case, as well as ones which might have in a negative way affected my entire career if I hadn't encountered your site. Your own personal understanding and kindness in taking care of every item was valuable. I don't know what I would have done if I had not come upon such a stuff like this. I can now look ahead to my future. Thanks a lot so much for the professional and effective help. I will not think twice to recommend the website to any person who should have assistance on this matter.
supreme hoodie
Reply supreme clothing
1:07 AM on October 22, 2021 
Needed to compose you that little remark just to thank you very much yet again on the wonderful secrets you have documented here. It is certainly incredibly open-handed of you to allow publicly exactly what a few individuals could have sold as an ebook to get some cash on their own, primarily considering the fact that you could have tried it in case you considered necessary. These advice as well acted to be the fantastic way to understand that the rest have similar passion like my personal own to know very much more concerning this problem. I think there are a lot more pleasurable occasions ahead for folks who looked over your site.
supreme clothing
Reply off white nike
1:06 AM on October 22, 2021 
I would like to show appreciation to you just for bailing me out of such a incident. Because of looking out throughout the online world and meeting methods which were not powerful, I figured my life was well over. Existing without the presence of strategies to the issues you have resolved as a result of the short article is a serious case, and those that would have adversely damaged my entire career if I hadn't discovered your blog post. Your skills and kindness in taking care of all the details was crucial. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't come across such a solution like this. I can also at this point look ahead to my future. Thanks a lot very much for the high quality and amazing help. I won't be reluctant to refer your blog post to anybody who requires recommendations about this problem.
off white nike
Reply kawhi leonard shoes
1:06 AM on October 22, 2021 
I intended to send you the tiny note to be able to thank you so much once again with the spectacular principles you've shared above. It's quite surprisingly open-handed with you to deliver unreservedly what a few individuals might have offered for an ebook to make some profit for their own end, most importantly considering that you could have tried it in the event you decided. The good tips additionally worked to be the great way to recognize that most people have similar keenness much like my personal own to understand a good deal more on the topic of this matter. I am certain there are lots of more pleasurable periods in the future for people who looked at your blog.
kawhi leonard shoes
Reply bape
1:05 AM on October 22, 2021 
I happen to be writing to make you understand of the superb experience my child undergone reading the blog. She figured out some issues, including what it is like to possess a great teaching mood to get the mediocre ones just learn about several specialized topics. You really did more than people's desires. I appreciate you for delivering such valuable, safe, revealing and in addition unique tips about this topic to Gloria.
Reply supreme clothing
1:04 AM on October 22, 2021 
Thank you so much for giving everyone an exceptionally superb chance to read from this web site. It is often so pleasant and as well , full of a lot of fun for me personally and my office acquaintances to search the blog on the least 3 times every week to see the new guidance you will have. And of course, I am just always fulfilled with your mind-blowing hints served by you. Some 1 facts in this post are without a doubt the most impressive we have all ever had.
supreme clothing
Reply moncler
8:59 PM on October 20, 2021 
I want to point out my passion for your kind-heartedness in support of individuals that really want assistance with this content. Your special commitment to passing the message across was particularly useful and has in every case enabled men and women much like me to attain their goals. The informative hints and tips means this much a person like me and substantially more to my mates. With thanks; from all of us.
Reply curry 8
8:57 PM on October 20, 2021 
I precisely had to appreciate you once more. I do not know the things that I would have taken care of without those techniques contributed by you regarding this subject. Certainly was a very intimidating issue in my position, but witnessing the specialized way you resolved the issue made me to cry with happiness. Now i'm grateful for this support and in addition pray you know what an amazing job your are getting into training many others through your web site. Most likely you haven't encountered all of us.
curry 8
Reply yeezy boost 350 v2
8:57 PM on October 20, 2021 
I in addition to my buddies were actually reading through the good techniques on your web blog while unexpectedly developed an awful feeling I never expressed respect to you for those secrets. These people are already totally glad to study them and have unquestionably been taking advantage of them. Thanks for really being so helpful and then for pick out these kinds of brilliant information millions of individuals are really desirous to be informed on. Our sincere regret for not expressing gratitude to earlier.
yeezy boost 350 v2