Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Healthy Eating Part 1
In my attempts to declutter my little world and enjoy each day a little more, I'm beginning to realize the things that mean the most to me. Besides my family, I can pretty much sum up my favorite pastime in one word - FOOD! Some may think that's silly and that's just fine. Different strokes for different folks. I love to cook, read and search for recipes, and most importantly, sample. I've learned a lot over the course of developing this love and I decided I wanted to share that with you. We'll see where this goes but one of the many thoughts rolling through my mind right now is to do a series of "Healthy Eating" posts. I'm not sure where it will lead or how long it will last, some will be of interest to you, some will not. I just want to share my passion with you.
This all hit me this weekend when Colin and I attended another childrens cooking class. We sat with a mother and son who were learning more about healthy eating because of a recent discovery about behavioral food allergies. I'll get into that more later but the part that struck me was when the mom said, "I knew we should be eating fruits and vegetables but processed foods were just more convenient, easy, and normal for us."
Those words haven't stopped replaying in my head ever since. Eating healthy is not a new phenomemon, it's one that has gotten swept under the rug with our hectic lifestyles, but it's all our grandparents and great grandparents knew. I don't expect everyone to revert to the olden days but I would encourage you to model your eating habits off our pre-cancerous, longer-living great grandparents.
The following are some of the topics I hope to talk about in this series:
1) "If it was good enough for my grandmother, it's good enough for me." - the basics of organic foods and costs associated with them
2) The Search is On - deciphering and selecting recipes
3) Meal Planning 101 and Grocery Shopping 101 - an in depth look at weekly meal planning and formulating grocery lists to prevent waste
4) Kids can cook...and eat! - learn about kids involvement in the kitchen and their ever changing taste buds
5) Eating to Live - the importance of nutrition
I know more topics will come to me as I go along but these are the basic foundation for eating healthy through my eyes. I don't expect everyone to agree with everything I write but I do encourage you to read with an open mind (and an empty stomach!).