The ABCs of Homesteading: N is for Nutrition Management

| 3/6/2018 10:25:00 AM

Tags: Tasha Greer, North Carolina, nutrition management, healthy eating, dehydration, local food,


This is the thirteenth post in the ABCs of Homesteading series. Click here to read the rest of the series.

Even before I started homesteading full-time, and raising and growing my own food at home, I lived on a diet of mainly local, farm fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and other products. I almost never ate packaged foods and I exercised regularly. Yet I still wasn't healthy. In fact, I was sick all the time from asthma, allergies, stomach ailments, headaches, and back pain.

When we first moved to our homestead, it would take me whole day to dig a few holes to plant grapevines or to prepare one row of our garden. And I had to rest frequently to get it done. Now I can easily dig 10 deep holes, install a fence, and prepare several rows of our garden beds in half a day's work. Then I can milk goats, haul hundreds of pounds of water around our homestead, toss around 50 pound feed bags like a Scottish Highlander hurling trees, and more. My asthma symptoms are even infrequent now.

I have more energy, strength, and stamina as a homesteader at 42 years of age than I did as an athlete at 18. So what changed?

Part of the dramatic improvement in my performance is simply that I have become more skilled in the years since we moved here. I also get a whole lot more exercise throughout the day, as a homesteader, than I did working in an office so I am more physically fit. But there are also less obvious, but equally tangible reasons why my health is so improved. I attribute quite a bit of it to some basic dietary changes that have happened as a result of homesteading.

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