One of the biggest opportunities at being able to be home more this summer is going to be having the time to cook even more homemade food and rely less on store-made fare. Even items that are organic or “natural” often carry questionable ingredients, including chemical cocktails under the label “Natural Flavors”. Also, many products are swapping ingredients out, which I find frustrating. For example, I adore making homemade tomato sauce but don’t always have time, and when we run out of our frozen stock, we rely on jarred sauces and spice them up. Well, my favorite cheap store-brand sauce recently switched from olive oil to soybean oil. So frustrating.
But… I’ve been doing research into our new city! And the big outdoor market is open Thursdays and Saturdays, so I can take advantage of being home and go to the market on Thursday. I’ve found an organic and pastured meat vendor there online (we do NOT make do with less than quality meat for regular eating, therefore we eat much smaller portions than most Americans). And I’m trying to find a local dairy to patronize as well. I’ve also found recipes for homemade sour cream and cream cheese, and I can’t wait to try them out.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed this from reading my blog, but I’m a rather nurturing person by nature (could you tell by my “rah rah let’s all create!” personality?) and this most comes out in the foods I make. The level of excitement that I have in moving more towards a Weston Price-ish kind of eating is ridiculous. I’m also looking forward to having my toddler “help” me more in the kitchen and hopefully begin to broaden his picky-toddler palette a bit.
Anyway, the phrase “mindful eating” gets bandied about a lot these days, and I feel like as long as you look at what it really means (beyond the buzz phrase), it is a good mantra to keep. Before you stick anything in your mouth, you should consider “Is this fueling my body? Helping me? Or is it just filling my belly? Or is it actually going to hurt me?” It won’t stop you from eating from the fast food drive thru all the time (or maybe it will!), but it might stop you from having breakfast from the drive thru and then a bag of chips for lunch and then ice cream for dinner because you’ll think “hmmm… I’m going to pay for this tomorrow. I’m going to feel hungover without actually getting drunk. Maybe I’ll skip the ice cream and make a salad or cook some eggs instead.”
And really, we should be LIVING mindful lives, especially if we’re trying to create. We can’t deny the truth of what we do to ourselves because then our art won’t be true. Which is a crime.