What’s Your Food Story?
Everyone has one.
Your relationship with food started the minute you were born.
Bottle or breast, we all had to eat. It’s a fact of life.
My story is pretty typical. My parents worked hard to provide for us. We had what we needed and sometimes what we wanted, but money was tight.
It was the 70’s and my mom went to work. I was a latch-key kid.
But we had dinner at the table as a family everynight and very rarely went out to eat except when Grandpa would treat us to his favorite buffet, The Royal Fork.
Do you know what I liked best there? The instant potatoes! (I can’t believe I’m admitting that outloud.)
My mom was not a great cook but she excelled at making inexpensive, yet still nutritious meals. We had our fair share of processed food in the house and she was a microwaving queen, but we were not overrun by it.
However, as a stubborn teen in the 80’s, I rejected anything to do with cooking. I avoided the kitchen at all costs. After college, when depression and anxiety kicked in hard core, I can now correlate to increased use of processed food and fast food since Mom wasn’t doing the cooking for me anymore.
But I grew up and matured. I learned to cook for my husband and kids. I discovered real food tasted better and slowly but surely as I studied and learned more about nutrition and health, I discovered that our modern diet of convenience is killing us.
Every bit of it; from factory farmed meat and fish; chemically sprayed and genetically altered produce and grains to carbohydrate and sugar heavy foods.
Did you know that eating fat doesn’t make you fat?
Did you know that exercising and eating less are not longterm weight loss solutions?
Did you know that most of our modern day ailments from diabetes to chronic inflammation are results of not only what we eat (and what we don’t eat) but how we eat it.
We’ve been misled, sometimes outright lied to, and almost everything we were taught as kids, about food, is wrong.
If you’re curious about how Americans came to eat the way we currently do, I urge you to read, The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillian.
Other eye-opening books:
The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung
Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin
Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe
There is no shame in your past food story but if you want a new one here are some things you can do.
Find and purchase from local farmers as much as you can: Produce, eggs, cheese, meat, raw milk, herbs, flowers, sweeteners- like honey and maple syrup.
Talk with farmers and ask questions. A good farmer doesn’t want to hide their growing practices.
Think of the people who grow and produce your food as your own personal farmers. Food professionals if you will.
Think of your favorite farms like food “boutiques”. We all have our favorite little shops for clothes, jewelry, hairstyling. Why should food be any different? Farmers style you from the inside out.
Learn new skills: baking bread, making kombucha, cooking from scratch, flower arranging, the list is really endless.
Try new foods: If you don’t like a food, chances are you just haven’t found the right recipe. (In full disclosure… I still haven’t found the right brussel sprout recipe.)
What ever your food story was or is. It isn’t too late to change the path you are on. Good, clean healthy food is out there.
I’d love to hear your food stories. Please share them with me. And if you need a little motivation to make changes, I’d love to come along side you and help you with your story.
If you’d like to learn more about our boutique farm (and get a great freebie) please sign up in the footer below to recieve our e-mails. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Bloom & Grow