Once upon a time, there was a land called Harmony where Peace reigned supreme. In this land, everyone treated their neighbor as they wished to be treated. Though not everyone agreed on all things, kindness was a virtue that everyone there chose to express. Humility and forgiveness were also virtues that the people who lived in Harmony valued and each displayed them willingly. Many who lived far from this land heard about it but believed this to be just a fairytale. Yet for the few who dared to believe and search out this land, the truth was found in the person of Peace. And they lived happily ever after in Harmony.

I can’t help it, in the midst of this extreme tear-down-cancel-everything culture, I still want to build. I want to create and grow a community of like-minded individuals who believe expressing their opinion is important but no more important than listening and learning from others’ opinions and experiences. We don’t need to agree on everything to show kindness and respect.

I know you expect to find recipes and posts about fermenting when you come here. Let me assure you that mostly that is exactly what you will find. The thing is, while we’re all about good gut health because we know how important it is to live well, we’re also focused on good mental health. Good mental health can be even more important. Your gut health has a huge impact on your mental health, but also it’s scientifically proven that family and friends, the community you surround yourself with, is even more important.

Did you know that loneliness leads to a weak immune system and inflammation in your body? The side effects of these will be flu-like symptoms at best and suicide at worst. On a side note: I personally think the very things we are being told to do to slow the spread of the Coronavirus are the exact opposite of what we should be doing. But I’ll leave that subject for now and get back to our dire need for community.

I’ve been busy working on a mobile app for The Fermented Table. I want to make it as easy as possible to connect during this chaos. If someone is in need or lonely I want them to feel connected. Let’s encourage each other locally and start some healthy habits together too. My heart breaks for the people who have watched far too much television during the global shutdown because there was nothing else to do. Many felt that they should obey every single guideline from their government as though it was law. They believed that they were doing it for the greater good. But governments around the world are proving to be sketchy AF. So they are now finding themselves confused and lonely.

Contrary to popular belief, the mainstream media is not keeping you informed; it is just keeping you in fear. It’s their modus operandi. It keeps you coming back to hear more. It keeps them in business. It is just a business, after all.

I believe good health matters. I believe close family and community are imperative. I believe truth and wisdom will guide and protect us. I believe that we are all one human race with differences that make us each unique and beautiful. I believe that God will keep His children safe and that it’s far more important to do whatever He says than what the government says when those directions differ. I believe that faith expresses itself in our obedience to our Creator and that our obedience to Him no matter the cost is proof of our right relationship with Him. And I believe we are all stronger together.

I’ll make an announcement when the app becomes available. Until then, hug someone close to you. Smile at everyone else. Do everything with the over-arching belief that we need each other.

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Lauren

I'm on a mission to create and promote gut-friendly food that is nutritious and delicious. Making food taste good is rarely difficult but making food consistently healthy and crave-worthy, well that takes effort. Food isn't neutral. Either it's helping or harming us. My goal is to create a table filled with real food that helps build a happy and healthy community.

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