My father in law had a saying..”you catch a lot more flies with honey, not vinegar”. The idea behind this was that kindness goes a lot farther than bitter, sour dispositions. I never could figure out why we were trying to attract flies when my job at family reunions was to end their lives quickly with loud obnoxious slaps of a swatter. But, I got the general idea. Be nice. Mean people don’t have true friends, just lots of scared people who talk to them.
Well, if you know me, you know I think weird. I REALLY saw this saying as honey is subtle, almost sneaky but in a good way..vinegar is strong, blaring it’s flavor. Sometimes the sneaky subtle way gets more results. I’m living proof of that.
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. ~ Michael Pollan
This made a huge impact on me, but it was very gradual. I remember reading that in his book, but I never finished the whole book then and the idea got shoved into the “time to get healthy” file in my head. Little did I know that 4 years later, my lifestyle would scarcely resemble that day I read that profound statement. But that statement is what started the ball rolling.
It’s been few days since I’ve posted and I greatly appreciate the emails and comments asking about me. I just needed a break.
Now that I’m going through the pictures I’ve been taking and food I’ve been cooking, it suddenly became clear to me how many changes I’ve made in how I view, cook, appreciate, prepare, and enjoy food. When I first read Pollan’s statement, my idea of healthy food was a v8 and some low fat cheese. I knew ramen noodles had too much salt, but other than that, it was food, right?
I grew up with the entire range of food choices from organic (before it was cool) meats and vegetables to the most processed box o’ crap ever. I came from a family that had gardens, boxed mac and cheese, beenie weenies, grass fed local cows, fresh-from-the-woods deer, local creek fish, hamburger helper and anything in between. On any week night, we would have garden fresh cream corn, red hot dogs, and the ol’ blue box of Kraft. We ate food. We ate pseudo-fake food. We ate a lot. But not mostly plants.
Do I eat 100% clean? Of course not. I would definitely say 90% and then there is bacon and ice cream. I could never give up either one and I’m blissfully happy with that decision. Do I eat ONLY organic, in my backyard meat and produce? I wish, but no. The economy stinks and the availability is still limited. I do prioritize a lot better than before.
So, I’m a work in progress. I’ve come a long way in a few short years. The benefits of clean food and clean eating far outweigh a life of health issues that will reduce my quality and quantity of years.
So, here it is, a typical week at our house.
Broccolini! When roasted, it has the best flavor!
Black Eyed Pea Soup-recipe coming soon, all good stuff!
My trip to Whole Foods-almond butter and Amazing Grass in those packets. Nothing beats real granola with only honey as a sweetener.
Need I say more? –Chipotle salmon
Roasted broccolini, smashed red skin potatoes, chipotle salmon
Grass fed free range beef.
Weeks’ worth of produce. Well, 4-5 days anyway.
Typical day of food for school. Soup, oatmeal, fruit, hummus, granola, almond butter, cheese, veggies.
Fennel, potatoes, carrots, and other yummy goodness.
Perfect boiled eggs. No green edges. (ew)
Salad—and yes the bacon is highly processed. But I looovveee it.
The family loves corn. So do I.
Now, I”m off to eat food, not too much, and mostly plants.