I was raised by a hunting family and I’ve been a hunter since I was nine-years old, so I understand the fill-your-freezer way of life. But after a series of life events, I realized that in addition to wild game, I also needed to get nutrition out of other natural foods, too.
I started looking at the food I ate and the products I used on my body in a whole new way. It’s all connected: the nutrients, the pollutants and the soil, air and water — and me. And it’s all either part of the problem or part of the solution.
For example, when I go into the woods, I want to be scent-free so I can avoid spooking game. But, I also want to be scent-free in everyday life, so I’m not spreading around chemicals that are going to end up in food and water, or in the air I breathe.
So “WildThrive” is my philosophy of living well, of living from the earth as closely as possible to how God intended. It’s about being close to nature and as self-sufficient as possible. And it’s about giving my body healing foods, while protecting it from harmful substances.
The bottom line is this: I’m a locavore (as much as possible, I eat food that’s locally grown). I kill and eat animals. I eat wild food. I love nature and the environment – it’s where I hunt. And I want to be as healthy as possible.
I think there are other hunters and hunting families who might be interested in this way of life, too, so I created a Facebook page and blog dedicated to this philosophy, and will be contributing to The WON on a regular basis. You can expect things like the following in my new column:
I am honored to be a part of The WON family and look forward to sharing and discussing ideas at my column, WildThrive!