Welcome to Real Food Recovery, a positive site about changing the future for orphans with; hope, natural remedies and good food. Hopefully, our efforts to have fun and find better health will encourage families in their own homes as well as change the food programs for foster homes.
As a child I wanted to adopt a child. Learning that there were over 400,000 children in Foster Care was unthinkable! The dream developed deeper with the knowledge that these children were very sick.
Real Food Recovery emerges out of the loss of a child we fostered and loved dearly along with our birth children. A pattern developed with each child coming into the Blume home. Each child became stronger, despite the trauma and health issues. We faced children with; cancer, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, severe allergies, gum disease, and more. Observing improvement in each child, we realized the importance of; love, boundaries, and good food.
Unfortunately, when the children would leave, the health would decline. This seemed too obvious to overlook. Jim and I would sign as beneficiaries to the children through relationships with the birth parents. Consequently, we become the backup plan for these children.
Our company, BLUMESTONE, renovates; homes, hotels, restaurants and more to make them more beautiful. We soon realize the parallel and great importance of renovating our bodies. Renovating buildings requires good materials. Similarly, renovating bodies requires good ingredients. Choosing local, whole, real food, and the least processed food improves the fun and health of life. Because of this, Real Food Recovery began. It is the non-profit and passionate arm of our business.
Currently, Mandy, as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, partners with a local orphanage/ Foster Group Home. By creating a less processed menu, the hope is to inspire other institutions to follow. Creating this more vibrant menu with a Registered Dietician’s review, great changes are happening for these orphaned/ fostered children. Mandy holds weekly classes with the kids which introduces new tastes and nutrients for the next week’s meals. Enlisting the Cook, the Managers, and the Staff to join our efforts has been rewarding.
The staff, outside therapists and teachers are recognizing; better behavior, healthier growth, and better grades; all from using the right ingredients for growth!
– Mandy, B.Sc., NTP, NRT, author, wife and Mommy. Renovating Homes and renovating bodies.