We started praying and asking the Lord to help us see where we could make changes. I was introduced to true whole wheat bread. Way back in the old days people got their flour milled daily. I love to look to the Bible for wisdom in this area. It talks about our daily bread. I think there is a reason for that. Once you crack a kernel of grain open the nutrients in it start to oxidize. Within about 72 hours most of them are gone. You can slow it down a little bit by freezing it, but overall it starts to die. We bought a grain mill and started grinding our own grains. We do not do this daily, although that would be ideal. That was the first big change we made, but we saw a difference right away. My health improved and I just felt better. We started to sell the grain mills and mixers and in the end we ran a huge co-op. People were wanting to take charge of their food. I used to have a neat little set of vials that showed the different aspects of the wheat kernel. It was lost in our move, but I recently purchased another one. Here is a picture of it. On the far left are whole wheat kernels or they are sometimes called berries. Going in order from there to the right are bran, middlings, wheat germ, wheat germ oil and then white flour.
When people used to have their flour ground daily they got all of the above ingredients. A kernel of wheat is chock full of nutrients that our bodies need. Here is what the Montana Government (Montana is a big wheat growing state) says about wheat.
Wheat provides natural health benefits. Complex carbohydrates provide endurance and energy. Amino acids, essential to nutrition, are contained in wheat protein. Fiber aids in digestion and is being studied as a way to prevent type 2-diabetes. Furthermore, wheat’s folic acid prevents certain birth defects and may lower the risk of heart disease, strokes, and some cancers. Phytonutrients contain an assortment of antioxidants and phytoestrogens. In addition, 100 grams of whole wheat flour (baked value) provides:
Folate – 22 mcg Iron – 3.88 mg Magnesium – 138 mg
Manganese – 3.80 mg Phosphorus – 346 mg Potassium – 405 mg
Selenium – 70.70 mcg Zinc – 2.93 mg
It’s little wonder then, that wheat has long been considered the staff of life.Then large roller type mills were invented. They would take that same bushel of wheat and mill it. However, they would sell the bran, middlings and some of the wheat germ as animal feed. Some of the wheat germ and its oil were sold to the health food industry and then the left over dead white flour was given to the people. It was such a change at first that people started getting diseases from it. I know that beriberi was one of them. So to counter that after taking out 28 or so nutrients, they added back in about 4 (enough to get the beriberi to disappear) and call it enriched. The animals were eating more healthy than the people.
I realize that not everyone can buy a mill. God knows that and our health is ultimately up to Him. Maybe you could find someone and share theirs. I have done this for several people. You get so used to what I call "real" bread that when you don't have it you hunger for it. When we moved up here from Florida, all of our stuff was in storage from September until December. I would get so hungry for my bread. There was a place in a nearby town that sold all sorts of bread and they ground their own wheat for some of it. We would go and buy about 3 loaves (they were expensive) and by the time we got home, one would almost be gone.
We are not purist by any means. When I got so sick with meningitis 2 1/2 years ago, we went a long time with store bought breads. It is just recently where I have truly tried to go back to not buying any store bought bread.
Wheat is also a lot easier to store. They actually found some wheat in a Pharoah's tomb. It was called Kamut. Here is what they say about it...
"When Dave Sandoval (owner) learned about this ancient, Egyptian Kamut wheat, he was fascinated. He met a gentleman who had originated Kamut wheat and propagated it and did the scientific research and proved that it
was literally an heirloom seed and that it was over some 2000 years since it was used in any type of known civilization. It was stored in a tomb in an Egyptian burial site in … "The Valley of the King" and during an excavation, some of those wheat seeds were stolen. They found their way back to Montana in 1949 to be exact. Different types of wheat, won every prize, every ribbon for different strands of wheat. This scientist learned of it as a young boy and later decided to study it and found that this ancient wheat really had come from a tomb in Egypt, and that it really did have unique qualities, and it really was the father of all modern wheat grains. In this major achievement for agriculture, it was re-introduced into the food system after 2000 years."
I hope to be adding more posts about eating choices and our journey in that area. I also might start sharing snippets of our journey from city slickers to farm life. As my Mom would say, we were real messes. =)
I would love to try and answer any questions you have or hear anything you would like to add.