In the past few years, we’ve drastically changed our cooking and eating style. If you’re interested, here’s a bit of why we do what we do…
Why Whole Food?
In 2010 after we read Mark Bittman’s book Food Matters, we felt challenged to start eating a totally natural diet – free from long, hard-to-pronounce ingredient lists, high fructose corn syrup, and other questionable items. It might sound hard, but we’ve found it surprisingly easy to adapt to the new mindset, and incredibly rewarding.
Consuming whole, natural foods and knowing exactly what we put into our bodies makes us feel healthy and connected to the earth. It’s become a new way of life for us that melds our interest in health and nutrition with our love for eating good food. And once you find out what real food is supposed to taste like, it’s incredibly hard to go back!
Why Limit Meat?
Food Matters also made us ponder what it might look like to limit meat in our diet. The book doesn’t advocate being vegetarian – it just challenges you to think about the environmental impact of eating meat, especially with some unsustainable meat manufacturing processes in our country. It also advocates the health benefits of consuming less meat than the typical meat-laden American diet.
We decided to drop meat from our everyday cooking. However, we embrace the term “flexitarian“. On special occasions or when we’re out, enjoy seafood and organic grass-fed and/or local meat. And on vacation, all bets are off. We embrace a moderate approach to our eating to keep it sustainable.
Generally, we love cooking and eating vegetarian. It’s helped us become more creative in our cooking, as well as learn more about nutrition and foods we never knew existed. So, the majority of recipes you’ll see on this blog will be heavy on veggies. (And cheese and eggs, because we couldn’t live without those.)
Before we became interested in food and nutrition, we ate from the frozen food section and fast food joints. Since we thought we were no good at cooking, we preferred to do what was easy and fast. Since then, we’ve gradually learned that the only thing holding us back was our inability to try what we thought we’d fail at.
If we can learn to cook, there’s hope for everyone! We started this blog to share that cooking for a natural and ethical diet is not only possible, but rewarding and fulfilling for more than just your taste buds. We’re open to feedback on how we’re doing at keeping our recipes accessible, budget-friendly, and nutritious.
If You’re Feeling Inspired…
There’s lots of information out there on natural food and ethical eating. We’ve been inspired by: