Frontier Food
9 December 2011

Howdy pioneers. Does it ever bother you that the modern world has devolved the human animal into an utterly helpless consumer of poison-laden foods, all for the sake of convenience? It was not always the case that a man had no recourse but to buy preservative-soaked fast foods just to feed the family before going home to watch t.v. at night. The abandonment of American agrarianism has not only cost us our nutritional self-reliance, but perhaps also our basic instincts for healthy eating.

Not everyone fits that mold these days, thank God. Our friend Megan is a shining example a modern family mom, who's returned to traditional ways of thinking about food. She buys most of the staples for her household from local organic co-op producers, and she and her husband have even worked to make room for a small subsistence farm at home, complete with chickens, crops and even honeybees.

They have adopted a nutritional lifestyle that allows them to take back the ability to dictate what goes into their bodies. No chemicals, additives, preservatives or non-natural ingredients come in unless a specific and rare exception is made to their standards. Her husband calls it the Megan1800 diet, because he no longer has to eat anything that your average 1800's frontiersman wouldn't have had available. Reasonable portion sizes and a common-sense balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates have made for some truly clean living.

They're healthier as a result of the effort, and very well positioned if the normal flow of goods in this country were ever to be disrupted. It all comes back to sustainability. For all of our "advancement" in the field of nutritional science over the last 100 years, we're fatter, sicker and more ignorant of how to feed ourselves than those pioneers were when this land was still the Wild West.

Megan knew that this philosophy would need a lot of explaining in order to propagate, and she found that most people were turned off by the perceived difficulty of supporting a natural diet. However, having taught herself how to do it all from scratch, she's learned a lot of simple ways to make it work, and she's documenting it all on a new blog:

Megan manages to balance a new baby, a house (and small farm) and the usual 21st Century family obligations with this new paradigm for traditional living, and she aims to share just how it can be done in any home with simple recipes and tips each day. We'll be parroting a lot of the good stuff she shares through RevivingRealFoods on The Lone Star and through our Twitter feed (follow @ReviveRealFoods to get the unmediated scoop).

Congratulations to Megan, and good luck to YOU! Hopefully you'll learn how to recapture your nutritional independence along with us. Here's to a brighter future, thanks to the lessons of the past.