Happy New Year!

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Here we are, in 2010! I have been turning my mind toward personal, family, and blogging goals.

A Promising 2009

Before I share some brief goals for 2010, I’d like to recap 2009, a promising year for GNOWFGLINS and its readers. Thank you all for helping GNOWFGLINS spread the message of embracing God’s foods. (Remember, God gave food for the body AND soul.)

In 2009, our family made the switch from a whole food and gluten-free diet to a Nourishing Traditions style diet. In a nutshell, we incorporated traditional food preparation methods, such as soaking, fermenting and sprouting, to our already whole food diet. This change allowed my daughter to eat gluten again, and allowed my previously allergic son to eat eggs again. Also, we started raising our own dairy goats, which gave us dairy foods for the first time in years! For more about all these changes, read Why Nourishing Traditions and We Reversed Food Allergies Through Nourishing Foods.

Also in 2009, just the other day in fact, we completed many months of work and iterations on the Defining GNOWFGLINS video. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. The video shows the ideal for which we strive, because we love God and desire to honor His design. In the video, we show what God’s foods are, and we hope to inspire you to embrace them.

In 2009, and in spite of shifting our diet, GNOWFGLINS readership continued to grow. Currently, GNOWFGLINS receives 30,000 page views per month, more than doubling from 13,000 page views at the beginning of 2009. And, 774 people are subscribed to GNOWFGLINS via the RSS feed or the newsletter. Thank you to all who read, comment and share GNOWFGLINS. We are thankful for each of you!

Top 8 Posts of 2009

In 2009, the top 8 viewed posts were:

  1. Recipes
  2. Sprouting Beans: Lentils, Mung Beans, and Chickpeas (Garbanzos)
  3. Sprouting Grains for Bread
  4. Beyond Sugar: Overcoming the Withdrawal Symptoms of Going Without Sugar
  5. Reheating Foods Without a Microwave
  6. Cooking Dry Beans
  7. Lacto-Fermented Turnips and Beets
  8. Basic Easy Artisan Bread (with Sprouted Grains)

What’s In Store for 2010

I’ll share some of the goals we have for GNOWFGLINS and our family (as it relates to food) in the coming year.

  • raise our own chickens and possibly ducks for meat and eggs
  • raise a grass-fed Jersey cow for milk and cream
  • help more people embrace God’s foods – GNOWFGLINS
  • create multi-media educational materials for subscribers of GNOWFGLINS
  • develop nutritious portable meals or meal components, like jerky, pemmican, energy bars – survival food, hiking food, out for the day kind of food
  • continue to update the recipes to make them Nourishing Traditions friendly – this is a huge task! (anyone want to help?)

What Do You Want for 2010?

How was 2009 for you? Have you been thinking about what you want to accomplish in the coming year? What is God doing in your heart with regard to His food? How can GNOWFGLINS help you?

Sylvia @ The Christian HomeKeeper wrote a wonderful article on the difference between resolutions and goals. She points out that goals are permanent, because they include action steps for achieving them. Give the article a read; it may help you with your goal setting, whether for the New Year or anytime.

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Comments

  1. says

    Wardee, I am a new follower of your blog. I am so enjoying reading all your materials – and am especially interested as my husband has a wheat allergy and a few other issues that I am hoping we can address dietarily. I loved your addition on the difference between goals and resolutions, and the author clinched it for me with the ending of Do The Next Thing – one of my very favorite poems. God bless 2010 for you and yours.
    .-= Shyla´s last blog post… Countdown of Changes =-.

  2. says

    I am very much looking forward to the year to come, and what is in store with your site. And REALLY grateful that I am able to meet like minded people online. Sometimes it is very difficult to be “different” from those around me, especially family members.
    I am just wondering if you or any of your readers have any advice for dealing with negativity in regards to how you(I) choose to feed your(my) family. Most of the time it is easy going, but once in a while I feel like people around me are trying to sabotage what I am working so hard at, in feeding and teaching my family about real food.
    I guess I am just looking for a little support right now, it was sort of a bad day.
    Thanks!

  3. says

    Shyla – Good to meet you! Be sure to let me know how the dietary changes are going for you – especially with regard to the wheat allergy.

    Tiffany – I’m sorry you had a bad day. It is hard for me to imagine that people would be negative around you – don’t they know your history and the miraculous healing from Crohn’s, facilitated by good food? But I guess I can understand that this tends to happen – we’ve faced similar negativity even though it was clear that good food was helping us. Your question gives me a good idea for a post, so watch for it soon.

    Sonya – Thank you, friend!

  4. says

    Wardee, I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog this year. It is refreshing to read about treating food in a way that respects the source (Earth and all God’s creatures) and us (our bodies) as well. The reasons behind the actions are also great for me, as I tend to remember what I understand more than simply “this is what you need to do” with no further explanation. So thank you!

    Tiffany, it is interesting that many people will criticize others for the way they choose to eat. It does not matter if it is for special health reasons or environmental or no reason at all beyond not liking a certain food. We all identify closely with our food choices and sometimes it feels like a personal attack when someone says ” I can’t/won’t eat what you’re offering me ” or if they notice you won’t eat what they will and vice versa. Sometimes it seems very close to religious beliefs in how important it is to people. It helps me to remember this when my own food choices and needs are criticized or ignored. They are taking care of their own needs so you take care of yours!
    .-= Rainy Roamer´s last blog post… Review: Day Hiker’s Handbook by Michael Lanza =-.

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