Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I am so happy you are here. My name is Amanda Walljasper-Tate. Faith and food describe my two biggest passions in life! What I love about these two things is they are both life-changing and an ongoing journey! God has given us this life to bless others and continue to grow and learn. This blog will be an honest look at faith and food and how it continues to impact my life. For a number of years now, customers and friends have told me I should write a blog and finally, here it is.

Faith has been an important part of my life much longer than my healthy eating habits.  I accepted Jesus at the age of 13 when my parents were going through a divorce. To this day I am very thankful for the couple who took me to church every Wednesday night so I could explore my faith at a time when I really needed it. So from that young age, I had faith God was sovereign and had plans for my life even if I did not understand them. Like so many people as I got a little older and went to college, my spiritual life was put on the back burner. Though I have read the Bible most mornings for the last 12 years or so I was still not growing in my walk with the Lord like I wanted. Several years ago, my husband-to- be and I started attending church. This has been an awesome journey for us as a couple. In 2013, I helped start Wellspring, a bi-monthly devotion group for women in the community and writing the devotions for this group has been a blessing. (You will have the chance to read those devotions here on my blog.)

So now where does healthy eating come in to play? I started my professional career as a graphic designer and journalist and when that no longer kept my interest I returned to college and became an elementary Spanish teacher. After teaching for 4 years, I took a leap of faith and purchased the locally owned health food store in my small rural town from a 93 year old woman. (And yes, she was still working each day in her store.)  What, why would someone with two college degrees and a master’s degree in teaching leave her career and buy a small business? That is the same question my friends and family were wondering when I purchased Schafer’s Health & Gifts five years ago. You see I have developed a real passion for natural health because it helped me overcome several health issues.

Fourteen years ago, I was about 30 pounds overweight and lived on a processed food diet high in carbs. I was addicted to artificial sweeteners and sugar, just like so many people today are. I began to change my diet and take vitamins and supplements. Gradually I lost weight and had so much more energy. These lifestyle changes were a process and the healthy lifestyle journey continues still. Then 3½ years ago, I figured out I was highly allergic to gluten and wheat. I knew this is what was causing my health issues from working in my health food store but I was in denial for a long time and refused to change my diet. Finally, when I got a horrible rash that would not go away I knew food had to be the culprit and I committed to trying a gluten free diet. I was just sure back then that I could take the right supplements and heal my body and be able to eat wheat again. As I began to research (I love to research because I am always a skeptic), I quickly realized, “Why would I want to eat gluten and wheat?” I discovered that so many serious health conditions can be caused by diets high in processed foods. Now I want to help other people realize this and begin to make healthy changes.

Follow my blog and learn more about my faith and food adventures! I look forward to learning and growing with all of you!

1 Corinthians 10:31-So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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