topic that is. There are so many “right”
ways to eat out there it is enough to make your head spin. I have come to realize that I have many
different food philosophies, and they all seem just right but then I
stop to think about them more, and I’m not sure I can follow just one. I know that I want to eat a local and seasonal
diet – this while I eat my salad for lunch…in February.
to eat a local diet. And I did,
sort of. I made sure that we found a CSA
share, and we drove out to the farm to pick it up every week. And I loved that CSA. I loved having all of the fresh vegetables
around all the time. I loved that our
farmers would deliver us eggs throughout the winter, right to my door! It was awesome.
cheese. Surprisingly, my
daughter is one of those people. She has
never liked cheese, and I doubt ever will.
I decided to try reducing my intake of dairy (ok, it really was just
cheese, I don’t drink milk), and to my surprise many of the issues that I have
been dealing with for years and years went away.
Sick, and Nearly Dead; Crazy, Sexy, Cancer; Forks Over Knives; and Hungry for
Change. These all seemed to stress a mainly
plant based diet.
much put me off of all commercially raised meat. And unfortunately, organic, grass fed meat is
not all that cheap. After hearing so
much about how meat can cause your body to be acidic, and how germs and
illnesses thrive in an acidic environment, I realized that I wanted to eat a
plant based diet.
though. Eating a plant based diet, in
Maine, in the winter, is pretty much impossible. I am sure that there are some creative people
that could make it work, and we probably could as well if we had unlimited
funds (and a much larger garden), but that is not the case. I realized that we needed to eat some meat in
generations, and although it may be hard to think about, we didn’t always have
a supermarket to go to. There was a time
when what you preserved during the summer, or hunted in the fall, got you
through the winter. So while I think it
would be amazing to be a raw food vegan, I don’t think it is going to work for
the rest of my family.
have green juice in the winter – although I am sure it can be done since kale
can grow quite a while into the winter, and apples are available in my area all
winter long – but I can still make healthy vegetable based soups with lots of
squash or pumpkin, and potatoes are always available here. Then it hit me, the 80/20 rule.
book – Notes From a Blue Bike. In it she
talks about slow food, but also reminds us that we don’t have to take it to
such an extreme. If you can eat a
certain way 80% of the time, you should be able to give yourself leeway on the
other 20%. That is what I am trying to
do now. Knowing that I want to eat a
certain way, but realizing I need to give myself a bit of grace. I forget to be thankful sometimes about how
many choices we actually have with regards to food. I don’t have to rely solely on what I put up
for the winter (which is a good thing, because I am running out of most things
now, and it is only February 7th!).
At the same time I have to follow what my body craves, and if it is a
salad in February, so be it.
conflicting food philosophies? Are you
trying to eat one way, and seem to constantly slip up? What tips do you have for eating a healthy,