Making Healthy Eating – and Living – a Priority
by Becky Weck Miller
I’m currently 52, and about two years ago, we went on this massive vacation up the West Coast of the United States pulling our “bed” behind us in a small retro camper. While we were in Washington, we met with my husband’s old friends. This couple had so much more energy than we did, and here’s the kicker, they are in their 70s! He’s 75, and I’m not sure her age. I think the reason for their energy is the way they eat.
We stayed with Bruce and Ruth for about four days, and I got to know them for the first time. Bruce boxed up his produce, and then went around the area dropping it off at different friends’ homes while Ruth was busy at home canning and making jam. They were both outworking us, and they are 15 to 25 years older than we are!
I thought this was an isolated incident until, later in the trip, we ran across two other couples who were in their 70s and still pastoring, which is a lot like running a family business. The pastor in Arizona had various animal heads mounted around his living room from hunts he’d been on. His side job is taxidermy. They also had a garden in their backyard. With all the hunting stories we heard, they were sure to have plenty of organic meat in the freezer.
I grew up in the 1970s, and both my parents hunted. If Dad didn’t bring home the dear, Mom did. We also had a garden in the backyard. For a time, my family had a one-acre garden, chickens and a donkey.
These days, I generally shop at the local grocery store. I have found a local farm market with fresh produce, but it’s only open three days a week. This spring I’ve been fortunate enough to grow my own spinach, kale, and green onions. I’ve also planted some cucumber and tomatoes that I hope will give me some more produce. I’m experiencing some health issues, but I have taken strides towards wellness through a low-carb-diet and exercise.
As a writer, I get a lot of desk time. Lately I’ve been using my elliptical in spurts throughout the day, and jumping on a mini-tramp (rebounder) on occasion. I also have my favorite seated chair exercise video. I get tired of the same old exercise routine and like to change it up. I also have access to a swimming pool that I’ll be taking advantage of as soon as it warms up a bit.
Once we get our chest freezer cleaned out, I plan to buy meat at the local butcher shop. I don’t think I’ll ever be toting a gun over hill and dale, but I do think I can make better choices than I have in the past.
I’m currently working on the final edit of my book, due to come out June 1st, 2019: Jimmy & Me: Christian Orphans Pre-Teen/Teen Brothers Adventures in Holy Spirit Living, Living Green, and Gardening.
God bless you, and happy hunting!
Becky Miller’s first book, Jimmy & Me: Christian Orphan Pre-Teen/Teen Brothers, is due out in June 2019. Connect with her on Facebook.