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Real Food Timeline

My Real Food Timeline

I started this Boholistic Mom website in 2013 to reach out to my friends, family, and any of those who were interested in real food like I was.  Yet my real food timeline and journey started many years before that point.  So many people get bogged down and frustrated when they think about all the different changes they could made and maybe should make, but when you realize that life is a process it isn’t daunting . . . it’s about learning and growing.  Walk with me through my life and how I changed and grew into the Boholistic Mom I am today.

1992-1998Inhaler: My Real Food Timeline | Boholistic Mom

  • Suffered with asthma and allergies


  • Realized I was lactose intolerant after having problems every day at 1 p.m. after having milk at lunch


  • Had vaccinations containing heavy metals before college and before going on a trip to South Africa

2006Boxed Meal: My Food History | Boholistic Mom

  • Married my husband, James
  • Picked up my husband’s Diet Coke habit
  • Started “cooking” for our family . . . by box and by freezer meals


  • Diagnosed with IBS by a Gastroenterologist
  • She never was asked what I was eating or drinking . . .
  • Began to cut out high fructose corn syrup

2008Soda: My Real Food Timeline | Boholistic Mom

  • Gave up Diet Coke
  • No longer had IBS
  • Became pregnant with my son
  • Began to eat organic foods
  • Stopped eating MSG and Trans fat
  • Used Peppermint Oil in a stick to combat any asthma while pregnant
  • Suffered from nasal infections from allergies

2009Whole Foods: Real Food Timeline | Boholistic Mom

  • Gave birth to my son
  • Made frequent trips to Whole Foods in New Orleans
  • Began to go to the farmer’s market
  • Grew our own garden
  • Discovered that trans-fat was hiding in so many products but didn’t have to claim it if it was under 1 gram

2010 – 2011

  • Realized that gardens in Mississippi die Lady Bugs: Real Food Timeline | Boholistic Mombefore August (It’s HOT!)
  • They also get eaten by lots of bugs
  • Bought some lady bugs to eat the aphids on our tomato plants
  • They all flew away . . .
  • Learned that fresh eggs from the farm are ORANGE!!!
  • Learned that large factory farms give antibiotics to cows before they need them and give them a growth hormones
  • Started drinking milk from a local source

2012Italy: Real Food Timeline | Boholistic Mom

  • Received more vaccinations and more heavy metals
  • Moved to Italy
  • Had culture shock, ate random food on base for a few months upon arriving
  • Moved into our new home
  • Found out stress is worse than eating bad food
  • Realized that Italian restaurants in Italy only serve REAL FOOD
  • Dealt with depression and sickness

2013Making a Bone Broth | Boholistic Mom

  • Committed anew to eating real food and calming down
  • Stopped buying any packaged breads
  • Only shopped around the outside aisles of the commissary/grocery store
  • Bought fresh fruit and vegetables from out in Italy
  • Began to make Bone Broths
  • Made sauerkraut
  • Made kefir
  • Threw out all harsh cleaning products
  • I use vinegar, borax, Young Living, and baking soda now.
  • Tried washing my hair with baking soda and vinegar . . . unsuccessfully
  • Then switched back to an “organic” shampoo
  • Started making our own toothpaste
  • Started drinking raw milk from Rome (Even with a lactose intolerance I could drink raw milk because the raw milk still had the enzymes needed to break down the lactose)
  • Stopped using soap all the time
  • From 2012-2013, I lost 11 pounds

2014River Cottage: Real Food Timeline | Boholistic Mom

  • Went to England to a cooking class at the River Cottage
  • Made my own bread, scones, biscuits
  • Made our first batch of kombucha
  • Found a raw milk source closer to Naples
  • Tried washing my hair with a natural shampoo bar . . . somewhat unsuccessfully
  • Then did the unthinkable, I’ve been washing my hair with an egg yolk . . . SUCCESSFULLY
  • Threw out almost all of my chemical based makeup
  • and now I’m trying Arbonne
  • I haven’t needed an inhaler for over a year
  • I haven’t used antibiotics in over two years
  • I have not had a serious illness since February 2013 (it was a three week cold, yuck!)

A Tradition of Nourishment

And guess what . . . it’s only August of 2014.  I have so much more time in my year to learn and grow.  I don’t have to do everything now.  My lip balm containers and beeswax will wait until I get to them.  Most importantly, I am actively trying new things, learning new things, and expanding my mind.  I’m not satisfied to remain behind my American blindfold that is mass produced by every large company wanting to jam non-food products down consumer’s throats.  I don’t want to fall for marketing that claims a product is “organic” and yet isn’t healthy.  I want to learn and educate myself so that I can provide for my families health in a real way.  My Real Food Timeline . . . is my life.  These are ways I’ve grown in the past few years that have shaped the way I live and the way that family is nourished.  I choose to cultivate a tradition of nourishment.  Nourishing hearts, minds, souls, and bodies.

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