Small Steps to Big Changes {New Series}

Small_steps

Big Man and I have been making some big changes to our family’s lifestyle! While some of the things we want to do (like raise chickens) will have to wait until we move to our “homestead,” there are quite a few changes we’ve already incorporated. The two biggest areas we’ve been focusing on are DIY projects and food. Most of the DIY projects have been small, like replacing store-bought things with homemade versions. The food changes have been more substantial, including seriously challenging our perspective on food: what it is, where it comes from, how to produce our own, and where to buy what we cannot make ourselves. We’re moving toward a (mostly) Real Food diet, and choosing to buy our food from places other than the supermarket. It’s been an adventure, and we’ve learned a lot so far. I know there is still so much more for us to learn.

Honestly, researching self-sufficiency and real food can be intimidating and discouraging. There is so much information (and mis-information) out there, and everyone has an opinion. My goal with this series is to chronicle our adventures as we change our lifestyle choices. I’ll be writing about information we find, changes we make, things we find that are worth it (or not!), and helpful resources for anyone else interested in following a similar path. I promise that this series will NOT: make any sort of medical claims, tell anyone how they should be living, or judge people for the choices they make. There are plenty of sites out there that will do such things; tell you that you are a terrible parent for feeding your kids such & such, or that the only way to be a good Christian wife and homemaker is to cook exclusively from scratch and eschew modern “conveniences” like washing machines. This is not one of those blogs. I have no authority or desire to tell anyone else what they should be doing. That’s between them and God. My responsibility here is to make the right choices to my family, and this blog is merely meant to recount our progression on this journey.

If you decide to pursue self-sufficiency and/or real food, you may feel (like I did) that it’s a scary prospect. It’s a big deal to change where you shop, to have a list of “bad” foods to avoid, to feel like buying an item instead of DIY-ing it makes you a failure. To think about throwing out half the food in your pantry and replacing it with new ingredients that are far more expensive. To start reading labels and realize how hard it is to avoid non-food chemicals and GMO’s because they are present in practically everything. It’s tempting to become overwhelmed and give up. I really think the key to making lasting changes is small steps. Try changing one small thing and see how it works. We’ve been picking individual things to change/improve and once we feel comfortable with each change, we move on the the next one. This journey has already been a few months long and I know we still have a long way to go. But it’s been a successful adventure so far, and I’m excited to see what’s to come.

Each post in this “Small Steps” series will focus on one small change we’ve made, why we did it, how it worked, and if we feel it was “worth it.” I hope our experiences will encourage you to become informed, challenge the cultural norm, and be open to making new choices if God calls you to. I’d love to hear your experiences with self-sufficiency, real food, living off the grid, homesteading, and pursuing a life of simplicity, so please join in the comments!

Here are the topics we’ve covered so far!

Healthier Cooking Oil

Read the Labels

Stock the Pantry

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