Thursday, May 11, 2006

Eat Healthy and Make Extra Cash

I have been involved in network marketing for years and have made a good deal of money, and lost a good deal of money. I have found that the most profitable opportunities usually have a start up cost that is beyond the reach of a typical one-income homeschooling family, and that "free" opportunities are free for a reason and not worth the time you would spend promoting them.

The opportunities listed in the margin run the gamut expense-wise, but I wanted to take a moment and highlight a FREE program that is actually worth investigating. The company is called The Wholefood Farmacy, and the healthy products they sell are exceptional. Best of all for the homeschooling family, there is no start up cost.

From their website: "The Wholefood Farmacy opened it's doors in March 2003 with a Mission to Educate and Inspire people to embrace the “7 Principles of Life” and to reach their true potential by attaining Physical Health, Emotional Health, and Financial Freedom.”

The 7 Principles of Life!

1. Fresh Air & Sunshine

2. Water

3. Whole Foods

4. Walking

5. Loving Relationships

6. Passion

7. A Good Night’s Sleep

To that end, The Wholefood Farmacy offers healthy, convenient whole food based meals & snacks, non-toxic personal care items, and a website dedicated to "self-care" and a preventative based lifestyle.

All of this, combined with a simple, generous, Referral Rewards program, Free Membership, Free Websites, and "world class" customer care, combine to offer you a one-stop-shop for all things healthy and uplifting."

I suppose it depends on what you consider "all things healthy and uplifting." WFF is not a Christian enterprise, and in fact, makes no statement of faith of any kind. I have found everything else they say about their website, their world class service and the quality of their offerings to be absolutely true. I think that it meshes nicely with my Christian worldview.

Most people overeat for reasons other than physical hunger. But the other "hungers" that we try to satisfy with food can only be satisfied by God. Furthermore, most people don't have any idea what it feels like to be truly hungry or politely full. We eat because we think something will taste good and then stuff ourselves until we think we will burst! The idea is to retrain your body to eat only within the parameters of hunger and fullness. Within these parameters, "all foods are clean" in moderation. No more denying yourself a piece of cake, or real butter, or Alfredo sauce, or whatever. You can actually eat whatever you want. Needless to say, the multibillion-dollar weight loss/health food industry doesn't want this to catch on!

But there is a catch. You have to admit that it is idolatry (!) to run to food for comfort or whatever, that only God can give. In our culture we eat when we're celebrating, we eat when we're sad, we eat after a funeral, we have potlucks at church, we eat when we're bored, angry, lonely, you name it. We should be looking to God for our every need. I had some success with the hunger and fullness part, but not with the "looking to God for your every need" part. Trying to do this on my own, I did lose some weight, but I put it all back on in just a few months.

You may recognize some of these principles from the Weigh Down Workshop, which is where I first discovered the depth of my own idolatry. Food, and a number of other things, were/are idols in my life. It is all too easy to spend more time watching television, pursuing hobbies, exercising, getting on the computer, reading, compiling Creative Memories photo albums or almost anything, than it is to spend time feeding on God's Word, or spending time with Him.

Even homeschooling can become an idol in our lives when we become obsessed with competing with the government schools - cracking the whip over little Susie or Stevie to spell


so they can win the Scripps-Howard spelling bee, staying up all night creating lesson plans, lamenting that they are "only" in the 92nd percentile on the Stanford Achievement Test, making sure we have covered every single subject every single day, and ferrying them back and forth to music lessons, Scouts, AWANA, dance lessons, youth group, field trips, Toastmasters, etiquette lessons, choir, soccer, Little League, and all the things we enroll them in to avoid the dreaded allegation that they are not sufficiently "socialized." Puhleeze.

This is not the worldview that The Wholefood Farmacy is coming from, but I believe the two are complementary.

If you click through to the home page you will find five videos that are very eye opening about the state of our nation's food supply, and some of the hidden reasons that people are eating too much.

Gluttony notwithstanding, you may be surprised to discover that it is not all your fault if you are drawn to unhealthy food in unhealthy quantities. Food is big business in America and around the world, and there is a hidden agenda on the part of some of these companies to keep us eating their cheap snack foods and making them big bucks. One of the best ways to "shut off all the switches" that trigger your cravings for these fake foods is to discipline yourself to enter into a 13-day wholefood cleansing. I suppose a case could be made for the idea that The Wholefood Farmacy wants to make big bucks promoting these foods as well. But my experience with the wholefoods is that it was worth every penny.

There are a number of sampler packs and ways to investigate this company without breaking the bank, and you can join for free and purchase wholesale for yourself without any monthly autoship obligations.

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