Who we are
Picture a young German woman who grew up with all the modern day conveniences, foods, and education system. There is no lack of money, conveniences, programs, medical care or entertainment. What is lacking greatly in her life though is, meaningfulness, love, undivided attention from her parents, guidance, support, and faith.
Now picture a young African man who grew up self-sufficient on a large family-owned land. He is also the son of the local most influential and sought-after Christian minister. He enjoys good health despite lack of access to modern medicine. He learns to grow, make, build, hunt and find all he needs for life. His parents don’t work outside the home, but spend their life shaping their family, serving the community and investing into the land. One thing they lack: money. With that comes the lack of ability to provide Western education.
Now you have a good idea of where Paul and I come from. We both decided to leave our families and travel into the world to find answers, meaning, resources and life.
When we first met, we were both heavily into consumerism. Owning and acquiring things made us feel we had arrived, we were somebody. We worked hard to get more and more education, accumulate more and more stuff and we ate whatever pleased us – as long as it tasted good.
But over time, we got sick, tired and we were overweight. No matter how many items we bought, they did not bring happiness. And the spiral of having to buy more things and therefore having to work more and more just to pay for them did not make any sense to us.
Through changing our diet (over a period of several years), we were able not only to reverse infertility, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, and chronic fatigue. We were also able to heal from leaky gut syndrome, depression, many skin related issues, joint pain, PMS and stopped having cavities. We learned to listen to our body, have a relationship with it, heal it naturally and strengthen it by fueling it with the right foods.
We balanced our weight out (without dieting) and learned how to prepare an easy, affordable, nourishing and satisfying diet as well as raising our now 4 kids to eat and embrace healthy food. Neither Paul nor I came with the knowledge of cooking or baking a variety of meals. (This actually hurt me really bad the first two years after leaving my parents: with no knowledge and almost no money to buy food, I ended up eating literally white flour mixed with water and heated up in the microwave … when I was lucky I had sugar or butter to go with that … Needless to say, I was severely malnourished after this; part of the reason I ended up having several miscarriages before finally healing through super nourishment and being able to have children.)