So you either know me or you just happened to stumble across my little space here…either way lucky you, thank you, and welcome:) I have no idea how to start this blog so I’m just diving right in, right here. To learn a bit more about me or my vision for this blog please visit my About page.
LET’S START WITH FOOD: we all have to eat and we all do eat but a million things (tastes, philosophies, attitudes, accessibility, skill, knowledge, location…) impact the what, why, and way of that simple, or not so simple, task.
Eating is a journey and there are lots of way to look at it. The below is just my view.
MY FOOD PHILOSOPHIES: I’ve always loved to eat; I love trying new things, and I’m not a picky eater. I really enjoy dining out. I will never give up the eating out part of our lifestyle, however we try to eat at least 3-4 main meals at home a week, pack our lunch/breakfast, and make these meals cleaner.
I say cleaner not necessarily healthier because there is a lot of debate on what is healthy – dairy is deadly, pasta is making you fat, bread is poison, etc, etc. I’m not saying that these are necessarily true or false (though I did make them up), just that it makes my head spin trying to keep up with it all. One thing I can count on is that you are not being harmed by cutting out chemicals. I’m pretty sure you aren’t going to find out you need Yellow 5, propylene oxide, pesticides or any other chemicals in your diet to survive/be healthy. Do your own research and just start somewhere. It doesn’t have to be everything at once. We started with cutting soda out, which felt like a big step towards cleaner. My philosophy on moving towards cleaner is “Is there an alternative with less chemicals and/or less ingredients?” It’s really not going to hurt you to cut out chemicals, so why not just do it?
Our other shift in food philosophy is organic, local, and pasture-raised. I’ve always enjoyed going to the farmers market and buying local but it became more of a focus after reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I highly recommend this book to really make you think about eating and food. It is not preachy or overly judgmental. It is information laid out to make you think and may make you want to look a little closer at your food choices. Do I still buy meat at the grocery store? Yes, but not all…and this is a step. I am more aware of where my food is coming from and try to make sure my money is going towards sustainability and local not mass farming.
Eat Wild (find farms near you)
Local Harvest (farmers market directory)
Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I thought a good starting point was to understand a little about my thoughts and where I’m coming from on FOOD…particularly for my future home recipe posts. Eating out is a whole other story 🙂 …or maybe not always. A lot of the time the places we love most are those that source local and focus on more simple preparation…funny how it all lines up.
BTW….I was having such a hard time thinking about how to start or what to start the blog with. P gave me my inspiration with his text today :”Just wanted to tell you how happy and proud it makes me to have such good homemade food for lunch at work.” Change is so much easier when you have great support 🙂