Does it really matter what we eat? What do you think? We might want to hide our heads in the sand and pretend we can put any old thing labeled as “food” into our mouths and think it will nourish and sustain us. But the truth is that we are living in a world tainted by sin, and what we put in our bodies affects our bodies, either for good or bad.
This isn’t just something for “foodies” to pay attention to, but it’s wise for everyone to eat as healthfully as their time and budget allows. This is also an important reason for us mamas to be home–so we can provide the most nourishing meals as possible for ourselves, our husband, and our children. Of course, we should do this with love and joy in blessing our families, and with the understanding that we won’t always be able to put the best food on the table. But we should try our best with what we’ve been given.
Today, I am going to show you, in pictures from real life, how what we eat affects us.
Here is an example of the difference in egg nutrition. On the left, we have a yellowish egg from Veg-A-Fed (one of the local brands where I live) and on the right is a pretty decent orange-colored egg from Lori Farms (another local brand). When you buy eggs, you want an egg that is orange-colored–this shows its nutritional value and vitamin content. YES, it really does matter what your chickens eat! I wanted you to see by the color. A truly free-range chicken will have access to grasses and other real plants and will actually be eating bugs, which is something good for them to eat. This makes the eggs very healthful for you. Many chickens are fed soy feed which in turn gives you soy (which is not good for you.) With this first example, we can see that it even matters what a chicken eats–if the chickens eat their normal, nourishing food that God gave them to eat (bugs and real plants), they produce really lovely colored eggs that are in turn good for us.
A “supermarket” egg (which I didn’t photograph) is usually even more pale yellow in color than the one on the left. A yellow, thin-shelled egg is evidence of a poorly-nourished chicken, and therefore, the eggs won’t be very nourishing for you. But good eggs are extremely high in vitamin content and are sooooooo good for you!
By far the best eggs I’ve ever had were the ones from the farmer where we get our milk. The yolks were so orange! I wish we could get them all the time, but we just can’t afford them on our budget. But if you have a local farmer whom you can ask what he feeds his chickens, you are blessed!
Our next example will be butter from two different sources:
The butter in the top picture is regular, supermarket butter. As you can see, it almost as white as the stove top. That means it is devoid of nutrients. The cows that made this butter were probably fed M&M candy waste (really, I have seen a video of this being done with cows).
I wish I had the 2 different butters side-by-side, but I don’t want to purchase any more supermarket butter to show the difference in color. Hopefully you can still tell that the bottom slab of butter is a much more yellow color. This is Organic Valley’s butter and comes from pasture-fed cows and is high in vitamins. Yum!
So, just from these two illustrations, we can tell how what an animal eats affects how it produces. Just think how what we eat affects us. This ought to be motivation for all of us moms to do our best to put healthy meals in front of our families.
If you don’t know where to start, begin by eliminating processed foods from your diet. Do your best to use foods in the form that God made them, not processed in a factory. This will make a big difference in your family’s health, if not immediately, then definitely in the long term.
If you want to dig deeper and learn more (at your own pace), I recommend getting the book Nourishing Traditions. This book was an eye-opener several years ago for me when I was looking for answers for my family’s health. And I just learned that there is now a Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children. This looks like a very worthwhile purchase which I hope to get some time!
I hope this was an eye-opener for you all! Our families are counting on us to feed them well. Let us count it all joy to do so!