My Food Philosophy

“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” - Dr. Ann Wigmore

Unprocessed: Food holds a greater power in overall heath and well being than most people realize. As a nation, most Americans eat food because it tastes good or because it is quick and convenient to prepare. Most of us are not concerned with how this food is affecting our bodies over the course of our life.  I believe in thinking of food almost in medicinal terms (most of the time*). When I eat a meal, I think to myself, "how can I make this as nutritionally dense as possible?" Americans have become so far removed from the kitchen. Everyone is concerned with eating quickly and moving on to the busyness of the day. The irony in this is that when you take the time to prepare healthy, unprocessed snacks and meals at home, you have a lot more energy and are more equipped to power through the day! I am a firm believer in making food from scratch whenever possible to ensure that the ingredients are fresh and not full of preservatives. In the simplest terms, I say that if there are more than five ingredients in your food and/or you can't pronounce the ingredients, you probably shouldn't be eating it. 

Moderation: *As I stated above, I believe in thinking of food almost in medicinal terms, "most of the time". I want to raise my children to know that there is no such thing as good or bad food. Food is not good or bad, it just "is". I am a strong believer in moderation. All foods can be part of a healthy diet as long as the processed foods are not eaten in excess. Food plays a very important role in culture and socialization. It is very important to allow ourselves comforting foods on occasion because these foods can hold special meaning in our lives. I feel very good about indulging in a comfort food once each week. We cannot expect ourselves to be perfect eaters each and every day because then we will set ourselves up for failure. By giving yourself permission for a special indulgence at the end of the week, it makes it easier to eat healthy the rest of the time. We have a rule in our house that we won’t keep anything processed in the kitchen. I know it sounds a little extreme, but by doing this, we are accountable to only eat those treats when the occasion calls for it once in a great while.

Intuitive Eating:
Eating intuitively simply means eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are satisfied, but not overly full. It sounds so simple and yet most of us don't eat this way. I am guilty of this most often when my husband and I go on a date. I love ordering appetizers, wine, entrées, and desserts! It can be so hard to just take a small bite of everything. I do find, however, that on a day to day basis, eating intuitively is my secret weapon for controlling my weight. If you choose to indulge in a treat, make sure it is something that you are having a strong craving for. If you take a bite, and it doesn't satisfy the craving, then stop eating! If you do have a craving, I don't suggest that you ignore it. The longer you ignore it, the more likely you are to overeat. Give in to that craving and just be mindful of how much you eat. Intuitive eating also involves listening to your body’s cues. If you are craving carbohydrates or a juicy burger, this is most likely your body’s way of telling you that you need a quick energy supply from the carbs or a good dose of iron from the beef. Your body is fully equipped to tell you what you need; listen to it.

This is something that I have just recently began to take seriously. We have been eating organically for over two years, but I never thought about the importance of eating locally until recently. Most of our food supply travels very far to get onto our plate. The United States receives a large portion of beef from New Zealand and Uruguay. In addition, the amount of fossil fuel required to run a factory farm is astounding. By choosing to buy foods locally, you can have a huge impact on reducing the overall carbon footprint, because those local foods didn't have to travel across the country to make it onto your plate. Although I would love to start a vegetable garden, it isn't realistic for us right now. I am hopeful to do this in the near future. I have started to shop at farmer's markets for the majority of my fruits and vegetables and I love how fresh everything is! We also buy our meat at the farmer’s market. Having the opportunity to talk to the farmers in person puts me at ease because I can rest assured knowing that all animals have been pasture raised with no added hormones or antibiotics. I have done something good for the animals and for my family!

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