Veggies from the local Urban Patchwork garden

Terry and I eat a light breakfast and lunch, and then together cook amazingly delicious healthy, organic dinners most nights.  We plan to share all of our favorite recipes here…a work in progress for now.

Our Food Philosophy

Terry and I learned the joy of eating great, healthy food on our trip to Italy in 2002 — food from the garden, food free of harmful chemicals, food grown right in your own backyard.  Since then, we have learned to cook delicious, nutritious, and healthy organic meals.

We did participate in an urban farm made up of a patchwork of small plots of land in our own neighborhood that provided us with a distribution of organic vegetables, fruits, and eggs every week or two.  We also belonged to a meat CSA that supplied us monthly with about 5-10 pounds of locally raised, organic meats — animals that were treated humanely during their lives before they become our food.  The urban farm has since disbanded, sadly, and the meat CSA was a bit of a drive to pick up our food, plus we didn’t care for some of the selections we were given, so we abandoned doing that after a few years.

Fruit and veggies on every shelf, and organic foods, filtered water, homemade yogurt and whey

We do our best to avoid harmful chemicals, food items injected with hormones or antiobiotics, most packaged foods, fast food chains, food items with an extensive list of ingredients we can’t pronounce, and fake foods, like Splenda, which I believe is actually very bad for you.  We follow the suggestion not to eat anything bigger than our heads; in fact, we try to keep our meat portions about the size of a deck of cards, and although we do eat meat, we try to limit our weekly intake to just one or two meals with meat in them.

We believe in listening to your body; it will tell you what it needs (once you wean yourself from junk foods).  We have all been told at various times about foods that are “bad” for you: foods like coffee, chocolate, beer, wine, and salt.  Then we have later been told that each of these foods is actually good for you (or at least not harmful), especially in moderation.  Terry and I never abstained from any of those, and we seem to be doing just fine.  🙂

There are food-like items that are pushed by large corporations that we don’t believe in ingesting.  We choose honey over natural sugar (and natural sugar over sugar substitutes when some sort of granulated sugar is required), organic butter from grass-fed cows over margarine, brown rice rather than white — quinoa is even better — and we choose organic goat or cow milk for lightening our coffee.  We choose wild fish and seafood over farm-raised, and organic grass-fed meat over non-organic.  Greek yogurt contains far more protein than regular organic yogurt, and we avoid all “yogurts” with “fruit” at the bottom.  Homemade yogurt with fresh fruit tastes so much better, and is so much better for you!

“Rainbow” Salad – fruit and veggies in a rainbow of colors

We use sea salt, local honey, and locally grown or locally made food items when we can.  We are learning to make more and more of our own foods, such as bread, soups, pasta, chicken and vegetable stock, yogurt, tortillas, chocolate, kombucha, and beer.   We believe in 3-mile (or less) food, when possible.  OK, we do drink coffee and eat chocolate, but what would life be without such delights?

From food documentaries, reading, and researching, we are learning more and more about what’s good for you and what’s not — which we put into practice with gusto and delight every day (almost!).  We do allow ourselves the occasional indulgence: once every year or two we go out for an ice cream, and every so often we have barbecue, Mexican food, pizza, and so on, though even when we eat out, we aim to eat at restaurants that share our food philosophy.  Luckily there are quite a few where we live.

So, we have been eating progressively healthier, and our bodies are quite happy with that.  We do not suffer from any of the diet-induced ailments that plague some of our friends and family.  We’re probably blessed with good genes, too, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle can’t hurt, and we get to truly enjoy our meals.  Organic food may be slightly more expensive than non-organic, but a healthy body is much less expensive than a sick one — and much more pleasant.

 

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