Everyone’s food philosophy is different. Mine consists of four main points that help me make the best decisions regarding my health:
Eat what brings you joy. But that’s not as simple as eating what you crave in the moment all the time. It’s not about eating all the chips and candy and french fries because they’re right there in front of you.
For me, it means no gluten, dairy or meat. It also means eating an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, some seeds, legumes, nuts and whole grains and starches like sweet potatoes, and occasionally farm-fresh eggs. [Amendment: Right now I’m on a lectin-free diet and not all of these foods currently apply!] I drink black coffee on weekends and tea during the week. I enjoy dark chocolate regularly. Chips are my vice, so I enjoy them on occasion and I don’t feel deprived. Nor do I punish myself for indulging once in a while. Eating meat just never brought me joy. Though I would never judge or condemn anyone for choosing to eat meat. That’s not what this is about! If you do eat meat, consider only buying meat from sustainable sources.
Listen to what your body is telling you. There are so many things our bodies tell us on a daily basis. Headaches, digestive problems, skin issues, allergic reactions . . . all of these things can be linked to diet. Gluten and dairy caused terrible effects my whole life until I finally realized what was going on (read my story to find out more).
Be close to the food you eat. There’s food all around us! Some of my favorite activities are shopping at farmers’ markets, going on picnics, gardening, being inspired at co-ops and visiting family farms. It’s so important to know where our food comes from so we can support the people who are raising it right. Many local restaurants source from the best farms in our area, so do your part to support them, too!
Buy organic when possible. I’m not in a place where I can afford to buy all of our food organic. But I do the best I can! Check out fullyraw.com to learn more about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, which are lists of the best food to buy organic and the foods that are ok to buy conventional due to pesticide usage.
A note about GMOs: If you buy organic, you don’t have to worry about GMOs. By nature, all food that has gone through the process of being labeled organic is non-GMO.
How did I end up here?
I’m a journalist by trade and I got into the profession because I love to learn. When you write something for a publication, you get to become an “expert” on new topics all the time. That’s kind of how I’ve always lived my life. I always want to delve deeper and find out more about those things that interest me the most.
When I was younger I was so interested in nutrition and health because I never felt right in my body. (You can learn more about my journey in my post “The Long and the Short of It.”)
Most people don’t know much about the food they put in their bodies and how their consumption of certain foods may be affecting their day-to-day lives. Since I’ve been able to change my life by altering my diet, it is my hope for this site that I could help even just one person to feel better about themselves by teaching them to listen to their body. I don’t expect everyone to cut out gluten, dairy and meat. It would be silly to blindly do what I did without knowing what’s right for you. It’s all about finding out what makes each of our bodies thrive.
What else do I do besides eat and cook?
I love to sing, cuddle with my golden retriever, spend time with my husband, and entertain. Spending time with the friends and family we love—especially if cooking and/or eating are involved!—is where we can create some of the best memories.
I’ll leave you with something I couldn’t possibly say better myself. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” —Michael Pollan