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Connecting the dots
Eric and Leanne on vacation The Fuchs
Eric and Leanne Fuchs together in a vacation picture in the West.

My awakening to food quality and farming techniques

City girl grows up, marries farm boy, blends a new knowledge base

By Leanne Fuchs

I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and then at the age of 2 my family moved to Lexington, Kentucky. To this day I figure this is about as close as you can come to God’s country.

I remember as a little girl growing up in Lexington a simple, carefree life full of running barefoot across my neighbor’s grassy front lawns, eating brown beans and corn bread and playing with my friends.

Every morning I would get up, eat breakfast, do my chores -- either cleaning my room, mopping the floors or going outside and working in our quarter-acre garden -- and then going out and playing with my friends for the rest of the day until my momma would call me in for supper.

Our suppers consisted of fresh veggies from our garden that we handpicked, a meat of some sort and usually fresh-baked homemade bread. My mom was a really good cook. Moreover, she was a wonderful teacher. She educated me on the importance of eating healthy nutritious foods. Of course, when I was young I was not as enthusiastic to be eating all those "healthy" foods, but now as an adult my body craves hearty, living, nutritious foods.

When I was 14 we left Lexington and moved up to Illinois where we did not have a garden and we veered sharply away from my grassroots upbringing. At the time, I thought to myself, "This is great! I can eat all the junk food I want. Yea!"

But something began to change. I began gaining weight and I didn’t feel as good as I used to. However, I didn’t connect the dots at that time that what I was eating was making me sick.

I continued this way of life until I graduated from chiropractic college and began seeking alternative ways of eating and feeling better. After 16 years in practice I discovered Nutrition Response Testing and the rest, as they say, was history. I latched onto these principles wholeheartedly. I became inspired to help myself and others recover their health and wellbeing. I'll write more about Nutrition Response Testing in the future.

Then I met my wonderful husband Eric, who just happens to be a farmer, and whom is very conscious of giving back to our land what we take from it. He has not used fertilizer for 15 years and as a farmer he uses herd rotational grazing to manage his land and grasses naturally.

I was fascinated at how his farm flourishes and prospers, even without the touted synthetics, fertilizers and so forth we've been led to believe are necessary. I was amazed at how tall and abundant the grasses in his pastures were and I wanted to know more ... a lot more. So I began studying about soils and regenerative farming and found that what I do in my clinic and what he does on the farm marry quite harmoniously together.

This is what we'll try to draw together in our blog, sometimes together and sometimes separately.

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