Mark and I have been on a path of healing literally since we met, which began with me dealing with being abused as a little girl. There are so many components to the abuse that occurred and with the abuser, that it could possibly be a lifelong journey of healing. Being mentored by a great woman of God began my healing of me as a whole woman. The journey of looking at my past began the healing of the emotional, mental, spiritual, and also the physical. The reason I bring up my abuse is that when the spiritual, mental, or emotional part of a man/woman is wounded, it is not enough to change one’s diet. It is critical that the whole person is treated to find optimum healing and optimum freedom in the inner and outer man.
Mark has struggled with gut issues since I met him and over the last three years, they have begun to get worse. What heals Mark’s gut messes with Marks allergies and vise versa. This sent me on a quest to discover a physical healing path. What I have found is that the reason healing paths are so hard to find is, that one size does not fit all. We have tried the gaps diet, the gluten-free diet, we have tried fermented foods, tonics, and tinctures. The tinctures and tonics have actually done Mark’s gut more harm than healing. It has been a journey of learning how to make beef and chicken broth and learning how to make soup and stews taste succulent. It has been a path of praying and searching out grass fed, free range animals raised for the butcher to sell to buyers like me. It has been a journey to seek out the best food possible for optimum healing for our family.
Healing for our family looks like dappling in the gaps diet, while borrowing from gluten-free ideas, but not exclusively, it looks like whole organic meats, vegetables,
grains, and anything else we put in our mouths. It looks like meat, veggies, and a grain at our meals. We have to have a grain or a starch because my families metabolism is simply too fast and will absorb too quickly, making for a rough die off, thus they need something to soak up what they just ate in their guts, slowing the die off symptoms. Our journey may lead us to take out dairy in our diet, but I have not looked into this exclusively until we can find a consistent raw milk source.
It has taken us three years to mentally get to the place were we embrace whole heartily the path we need to take for healing. It has also taken us three years to be able to financially be able to invest in our food. We are still seeking sources for poultry/eggs and for lamb, but thankfully this year we have found our pork/beef source. I am praising the Lord for bringing these sources to us.
But, I do want to make sure you know one thing and that is healing takes time, being able to afford healthy eating takes time, being able to find your consistent sources takes time. Also, don’t get caught up in someone else’s eating journey, because someone else doesn’t have your genetic makeup and what works for them may be the complete opposite of what your body needs. The one main thing someone suggests you take out may be the one thing your body really needs. So, my advice is this pray for your healing, breathe, and let your journey be just that, your journey. It takes time to figure out which foods trigger which symptoms and it takes time to tweak and jive with the right foods.
I also want to restate that healing of the physical is only one element of healing. It is important to also heal the mental, emotional, and the spiritual aspects. If you have emotional, mental, or spiritual things to combat, then healing the physical will only be a band-aid. True healing must encompasses the whole man. Only then, will real, whole healing take place.