I’m going to address this simply because I think the words Eating Healthy are losing meaning. What is eating healthy? I recently decided to have this conversation with my mother and sister. We all have different “healthy eating.” I would never eat the way my mom eats healthy and she would never eat the way I eat healthy. My sister falls somewhere in between. There are people who eat worse than me and people who eat way better than me. There are so many different eating healthy that I try not to even say it anymore.
To my mom eating healthy is eating a low fat, low carb, low sugar diet. She is a diabetic. She watches what she eats. She only buys the things at the store that say low fat, but then she checks the sugar amount. She only selects the products that will not raise her blood sugar and only eats the serving size. She counts all the carbs in her day and doesnt eat very many veggies. She’s more of a fruit girl.
My sister eats fruits and veggies. She makes smoothies out of store bought yogurt. Everything she buys can be bought at walmart or Aldi. She picks the things that are low fat, low carb and tries her best to eat whole foods when possible and cook from scratch. Her fridge is full of processed items that seem whole to her because they are simple like a healthy cereal, tortillas, and the canned biscuits.
I eat nothing like my mom 😉 I do not think her way of eating is healthy at all and she feels the same way about me. I eat kind of like my sister in one aspect and not in another. In our phone conversation the other day, I said, “There is a whole nother level to what you are doing that you dont know about.” I meant it. She eats fruits and veggies..but not organic. She eats meat..but not grassfed. She raised her own hogs…but not on organic feed and not on a pasture. She seemed a bit confused..I told her it was a conversation for another day because I didnt have time to explain it all.
So how do I eat?? My healthy isnt even to the standard I wish it was! I’m working on it though. My healthy is eating meat from the farmer who raised it. I go to their house, I buy the beef or pork. If it is beef it is grassfed, no grain. If it is pork it is pastured and fed organic grain. If it is chicken it is mine. Now on organic grain..soon to be soy free (stinking feed place 😦 ) If it is lamb it is mine, pastured, grassfed. We hunt rabbit and squirrel and also deer, although deer eat GMO corn and soy..not the best..but free meat..I can live with that. I drink milk straight from the cow. The cow has no antibiotics or hormones given. It is pastured when they can and also fed corn that they grow themselves. It is not organic though I wish it was, but at this point I cant do jersey milk..its just too rich for me both in cream and in price! I at least know the way the cow is raised and I can visit and pet her if I choose to. Fruits and veggies are grown from my own garden or neighbors who dont use pesticides or sprays. If I buy from the store I buy organic on as much as I can and also try to stay in the US if possible. I buy bulk organic wheat berries, bulk organic rice, organic pasta. I make my own bread, muffins, waffles and anything else I can with as many organic items as possible. We do not eat breakfast cereal at all and eat real butter. I use olive oil, coconut oil, butter, or animal fats when I cook.
What I wish we did better…cut out potato chips. My family eats them like candy, probably because we dont eat that anymore. Condiments, spices, chips, ice cream cones, soda pop, some soups like cream of X for cooking, white sugar, cheese slices, and lunch meats are still our downfall. I honestly will never give up condiments. We hardly use them and its not worth my time to make them. I’ll go to Whole foods now and purchase the best ones I can find. Spices..another whole food solving issue. I cant find organic here in town. Ice cream cones…well that is my hubby and I say something to him to please not buy them because I can make ice cream and do, he doesnt listen..they taste too good. Soda pop..the kids and I usually dont drink it. Its a treat thing, but my husband drinks it like water so its always here. Drives me nuts! The cream of X soups I am really trying to get rid of. I have about 10 more cans of cream of chicken and then they are gone for good. White sugar, well I use a lot of sugar in baking and canning of jellies. It is the best solution at the moment until I can find organic raw sugar in 20 lb bags for a decent price. Even then the sugar is processed, but I cant afford organic rapadura. Whole foods did have sugar canes though so I will look up what I can do with those. Cheese slices…well I’m going to pay the extra and go raw cheddar cheese bricks that cost $50 and tell them to never eat cheese lol. Lunch meats right now are store bought nitrate free ones. I really want to be able to find a way to have maybe some nitrate free ham shaved instead..or maybe I can do sort of a pulled pork thing with chicken or turkey..not sure what to do for that just yet. That is all I can think of besides chocolate. As little as I use, mostly for mood control, I’ll stick with a dark hersey brick. I also wish I fermented more, but the kids dont seem to like veggie ferments..so maybe that just isnt for us.
Well now you know how I eat..how do you eat??
Happy Homesteading!! 😀