On the rocky road to sustainable living

The struggle is real!

I am not a registered dietitian, professional chef or organic expert by no means.  But I have been a family nurse practitioner for over 5 years, with specialties in Oncology/Hematology, Neurology and currently working in Endocrinology with Diabetic patients.  Behind that 5 years as an FNP, is 12 years additional years of critical care nursing.   And I am a working wife and mother of 3.  So, what I share with you is from my own personal and professional experiences.

 I fall somewhere in the middle of the pendulum between “natural healing medicine” and “traditional medicine”  and “organic farming” and “traditional farming.”

I do believe that the key to optimum health is a balance between mind, body and spirit.  Exercise your body and exercise your faith.  Make wise lifestyle choices. Make wise food choices.  Reduce your carbon footprint.  Reduce the chemical load on your body and eliminate processed and chemically altered foods. Eat locally grown products as much as possible. Drink plenty of water, get adequate sleep and reduce stress.

Sounds simple right?? Believe me, I know how challenging this can be!

As I write this, I am cooking supper.  If you are like me, you have a twinge of guilt when you serve your family pasta from a box with jarred-store-bought sauce that you doctor up.  Oh, how I wish I had the time and energy to make homemade pasta and Alfredo sauce that was Instagram worthy!  But my reality is a 15 year old, a 10 year old and an 18 month old, all who are hungry right now and all with different tastes, cooking in my small non-professional kitchen with ingredients limited to what is available in rural Southeast Georgia, all while I must multi-task the million other things that us Mommas have to do.  And even better than that, as I write, my starving toddler is eating SpagettiOs (gasp!) and my husband is eating Krispy kreme doughnuts (processed sugar! oh the horror!).  But we are real, and we are honest.   And this transition to sustainability is not easy.

 So what do we do?  Eat produce from our chemical-free garden, gather cage-free, vegetarian feed eggs from our chickens.  Buy the best possible ingredients we can find and can afford. Read labels. Use hormone-free chicken, grass fed beef and local and organic products as much as possible. Work towards becoming more self-sufficient and reduce our dependency on convenience.  Enjoy and protect this beautiful and sustainable nature that God has blessed us with.

Mostly, we stopped trying to keep up with everyone else.  We ignore traditions, trends and people’s opinions.  We started doing what we believe is best for OUR family.  And we are becoming happier and healthier in the process!