So here goes a rant - just so you know ahead of time what you’re getting into ;) The point of the whole post is followed up in the next blog, just for people to skip to who don’t want to hear my personal story behind it all!
So I grew up the daughter of a pastor and SO many people in our church were very into “healthy” diets. My mom learned how to cook after she got married from the combined efforts of a french chef, my italian grandmother, as well as my southern grandmother (on the other side). Needless to say, my mom was an AMAZING cook. Every time someone mentioned their healthy food served at home my siblings and I would try not to grimace or grin. Our views of healthy were a protein, a generous portion of veggies and salad, lots of water, lack of sodas, no MSGs, all homemade desserts, few snacks (explanation coming), and very limited pre-packaged foods. My mom didn’t believe in preservatives, but she also didn’t believe in fads. A lot of what we saw in our peers diets were fads. The snacks we ate were usually sneaked from the garden - fresh tomatoes, peaches, my sister’s personal favorite: sugar snap peas. All raw of course.
My siblings and I rarely were sick growing up out there on the goat farm. I always say I’ll never have goats because I hated it, but honestly, walking around, barefoot, living the farm life is probably what kept me healthy. We’d look forward to dad splitting a cow with the neighbor, summer time for the fresh veggies and homemade ice cream. We ate real foods, not that gritty, tasteless, sugar-free “delights” our friends enjoyed.
When I moved to North Carolina, I got super lazy with my cooking, and therefore my eating habits. Because I worked 100+ hours a week during the night, I slept most of the day. I didn’t feel like baking bread, shopping for zucchini, and cooking quality meats; especially for only one person. Now that I’m married, and live near so many farms, and about to have a baby, I need to get back into that habit my mom worked so hard to instill in me.
Who’s not on pinterest?
If you have a board for foods, I’m sure you’ve seen the vegan trends, the qunioa meals, and the paleo recipes. (HA! Paleo isn’t even a word yet!) They claim to send you back to eating the way your ancestors did, but I’m not buying it.