I get a lot of questions from readers about what we eat. I made the switch to whole, organic, sustainably-raised foods 13 years ago this year, and to local foods about 6 years ago. This is not to say that every morsel of food that passes my lips fits neatly into these categories, but the bulk of what I eat does. And Brian has come along for the ride since I do the meal-planning and most of the shopping and cooking. Sometime I’ll write about what inspired these changes, but that is a much larger topic that will need to be addressed separately. While organic foods have been getting a lot of press for several years, I’ve noticed in the past year or two that people are staring to pay significantly more attention to the concepts of eating whole foods, or local foods, or sustainably-raised foods.
Unfortunately these terms can really just be a lot of jargon. Who defines what food is “whole,” “organic,” or “local” anyway? For me, it all comes down to eating real food: something that has recognizable origins and is minimally processed if at all. I also try to choose foods that are grown near where I live because they are fresher and thus more nutritious, and because they have a much lower environmental impact than foods that are shipped from far away. Eating local foods also ensures that we eat seasonally, which I personally believe is better from a health standpoint. Organic is probably another topic that deserves its own post (I actually did an independent study on organic foods my senior year of college!) but the short, very general, answer is that it means the food has been grown sans pesticides and in an environmentally responsible way. Sustainably-raised, the way I use it, refers specifically to meats, fish, and eggs–are the animals raised in ways that are healthy for them and limit the negative environmental impact?
Where am I going with this? Well, something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time is use this blog as a way to disseminate information that could help other people live more consciously and healthfully. Eating is a huge part of everyone’s lifestyle, so it follows that if you want to change your lifestyle, altering your eating habits is part of puzzle. Because I get a lot of questions about what we eat, how to eat healthier, or how to eat whole foods/local foods/etc., I thought it would be fun to start a regular feature here that would highlight some of our meals. Hopefully the photos and descriptions of what we’re eating will inspire you to try something new, or at least entertain you a little bit. I am also going to be posting a lot more recipes here, and while I already have several requests please leave a comment if there is something you want to know how to cook!