How I Got Here

Everyone has a story to tell- I'd like to give you some background on how I came to be interested in what's called traditional foods, real foods, or any other name for this way of life! I am a child of the 70's and there are things I remember from my parents' kitchen (the same kitchen I use today, by the way). Our home always had wheat bread, no sugared breakfast cereal (Honey Nut Cheerios was as close as it got), not a lot of chips, but plenty of frozen meals, ice cream and cookies! :) So we had a little of both sides of the coin.

When I married at age 20 I already believed in being "healthy" & cooking for my family. I fixed "home cooked meals", but didn't have a problem with baking mixes, canned soups, and other "helps". We also became big into soy (I am lactose intolerant & my husband gets congested from dairy).

This was the same for many years, but in the last year or so things have been changing quite dramatically. I started drawing the line in what I would feed my family: no MSG, no high fructose corn syrup, avoiding artificial additives & refined sugars, and adding in more organics. Several circumstances, things which could be considered a coincidence but seem more like a leading, brought me around to thinking about eating & feeding my family in more traditional ways (ala Nourishing Traditions).

The first time I read NT I thought, "No way can we eat/live like this!" Then what happened? I began to run into blogs that talked about NT & what I read about it just made sense! This was just a couple of months ago & things have really changed! And I am so thankful to have a husband who is patient and open minded (to an extent)! :) My kids are along for this ride too- and sometimes that can be an added challenge (picky)!

Health has always been an interest of mine (including naturopathic medicine and the link between what goes into our bodies & how we feel) and now that is reflected in my kitchen! Sometimes I feel alone in this, but I am comforted by others out on the world wide web who are in this journey too. The picture at the top of my blog seemed to fit all this so well- it's a bit of an allegory of my feelings in many ways (note: I took that picture when hubby & I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary in Florida). I hope I can be an encouragement to you in your journey, help you find things you want (mainly- nourishing recipes!), and we can journey together. I am really looking forward to having "someone" to talk to about all this- besides my poor husband! :D