I’m pretty sure that I occupy my mind by cooking… good thing I enjoy it so much.
I’ve always loved to cook & I test my skill level more & more as the years go by. Since Keely’s diagnosis, however, my love to cook turned into the product of tons of research & reading on Americans, cancer, the FDA, the foods we consume & how it affects our health, etc. I’ve read many books, asked tons of questions, & done countless hours of research on how I can do my best to take care of my family by way of the foods I give them. Ideally, that would ensue going back about 60 years. Back when hardly anything was packaged, eggs came from your own chickens, meat was delivered locally, & the only thing people ate from a can was something they canned themselves. I realize that those days are gone & simply unattainable, but there are ways to eat cleaner & more wholesome. I want to know where my food comes from as often as possible. Which means work & time on my part. But since I’ve been doing it, I’m amazed at the things we buy & don’t even think to just make ourselves… being able to pick the ingredients & where they come from… not to mention, the omission of preservatives! I’m not practicing this in order to maintain a super fit lifestyle, my goal is not to “cut calories”, but to actually get down to the basics… eating in accordance with the food pyramid.
I have always been really particular about what my kids eat, but over the past 6 months, I have really buckled down, planning meals to ensure that they have a full variety of healthy & wholesome foods throughout each day. I always joke that they probably hate my strict eating guidelines, but the truth is, they don’t ever complain! & I have actually started to explain to Keely the reasons why we eat this way & I have been amazed at how on board she is & the questions she asks to further her knowledge, like, “what’s the healthiest thing on my plate? & what’s the next healthiest?…” She actually wants to be involved with taking care of her “temple”. She has a reverence for the body that God has created. I don’t completely deprive the family… trust me, we splurge, but it’s just that… “a splurge”, a treat… & it’s so much more of a treat when they only have it once & a while.
I had the idea to blog about this after a friend asked me to help her to make some changes in the way her & her family eat by listing some of the ways I had changed the way I cook, what I buy, what I avoid, etc. I sat down & prepared the list of choppy thoughts that I jotted down as they came to me, & was overwhelmed at how long the list of just some of the most basic things that I could think of came to be. sheesh. So my desire to list my findings on what things to avoid that are in many foods (that the FDA has approved for our country!), the things I try to always prepare from scratch, the things I make in bulk & freeze, the way I have learned to incorporate the food pyramid, etc., was squashed. The blog would run way too long to keep anyone’s attention. A book that I would recommend for every mother & grocery shopper in the family, is “The Unhealthy Truth”. It’s a fast way to educate yourself!
I did however, want to share a couple pictures of some of the things I make regularly…
Sautéed squash & zucchini… from the Farmer’s Market of course.
This is one of mine & Cale’s favorites… homemade peanut butter granola bars. I get to pick the ingredients & it’s made with local honey which is excellent for you & especially good for people with allergy problems (like our middle child).
Another one of my favorites, that I don’t have a picture of, is homemade creamy chicken noodle soup… made with chicken broth from my own cooked chicken, not from a can, egg white & whole wheat noodles, & fresh carrots… along with some other stuff. It’s delicious & I can make it in bulk & freeze it!
Food should be a means of fueling & caring for our bodies, not destroying it. I hope to create balanced & wholesome eating habits for my children & to pass on a legacy of keeping foods as homemade & as fresh as possible.