(The following blurb contains incomplete and run-on sentences, readers should be aware. I'm kinda ranting but not at anyone, just jotting it all down.)
Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, omnivore locavore, paleo, gluten-free, avoid dairy, nuts, eggs, or soy. You might follow a Mediterranean diet, a Western diet, Ayurveda, eat clean, eat "green", eat the rainbow. You eat for your blood type, eat to lose weight, eat to gain weight, eat to combat heart disease, stress, depression, hair loss or for your sex drive. You eat whole food, raw food, processed food, free-range, fast food, slow food, organic, support sustainable farming, urban farms, wild food, local, fair trade, eat only fruit, avoid all fruit. You avoid chemicals, things you can't pronounce, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and "BHT added to packaging to maintain product freshness". You avoid extra packaging (my theory has always been that if it comes in a crinkly, noisy packaging, it's not good for you - then they started wrapping broccoli in plastic, go figure!). You eat fish on Friday and you carry David Suzuki's fish guide in your wallet, you avoid the "dirty dozen".
It's inevitable that most days, you will eat. Unless you're a breatharian.
We have to make every bite matter for our bodies and our environment.
I have ensured the meals I serve matter. I have made a small effort to ensure the snacks mattered. Now I have to look at the big picture. If I don't stock it in my kitchen, we won't eat it. But if I do, we will. I have the responsibility of feeding several growing bodies and brains. I want us to be the best we can be and if we are what we eat, then I want to eat the best.
What that is is hard to figure out. We have no known allergies or medical conditions to work with, we are lucky that way. The variety of information that is available to us is mind-boggling to say the least. How on Earth do you decide what path to follow and to what degree?
I think I've got it. For now. For us. I had a bit of a revelation around this topic. Cheesy, I know, but that's the best word I can think of to capture the feeling.
We will embrace more and more vegetarian, vegan meals. Snacks are better for us than ever. Treats will be sweetened with date purée or brown rice syrup. Honestly. This feels right. I'm hesitant to choose a title and a path, I'd rather flit from one to another as our needs grow and change.
We will eat meat, sometimes. We will choose it wisely. Most meals will be bean, grain and vegetable based, most already are. We will reduce the white sugar, white flour and cow's milk in our diets. I will help them, we will do it together. There will be resistance, but resistance is futile (I read that somewhere and I liked the line). But, change will happen gradually or it will not work. It has to become part of me and I'm ready.
I will still want chocolate cake. I will still make chocolate cake. I will still eat chocolate cake. I can use avocado, coconut oil, and / or honey. Even the fats will be good, useful fats.
We'll eat out and choose what we want. We eat the vast majority of our meals at home so the vast majority of the time, we're covered.
I've wanted to start a food blog for quite a while now. I didn't really know what was driving the desire but I thought about it often. I still don't quite know. I do know I'm really enjoying it. I do know I love youre feedback. Even once I got started, I felt there was more for me to do here and that has not quite revealed itself to me yet. I do feel it's close, near to the surface. If you're still reading and you're not weirded out by what I just expressed, then let's keep going and we'll just have to discover it together!
Here's what I'm asking you to do: send me your ideas, links, cookbook titles, recipes and / or menus. What kind of "eating plan" do you subscribe to? Is there anything you'd like to change or add to your diet?