My focus has shifted more to the kitchen in recent months, especially the past month or so. In part, probably, because of a season in there of having more computer time (nursing/bouncing (on exercise ball) Timothy late at night when everyone else was in bed), but not being able to type very well. So I got into recipe browsing (and have become addicted to and infatuated with food ;-)), and as I started collecting a mega-stash, I got excited about not only trying new recipes, but incorporating healthier practices, and in general, moving more towards a Weston Price type life style. And, we’ve been wanting to step up our health, anyway. And it wouldn’t hurt to loose the last few pounds of baby fat, either! :-)
So, my current mental focus (the thing I think about most with spare thoughts) is food and health. And consequently, that’s the focus of more of my “extra” time. I’m still working on finding the balance with everything and making sure that it is just taking up extra time, and isn’t detracting from Viviana and Timothy. Trying to find the balance of nourishing my family physically, without sacrificing nurturing them emotionally. Because our physical health is really important…but my family’s emotional well-being is even more so. And I’m not super-mom. It’s been good to work on….I’m not perfect, but I try to work at breaking away from everything (and going for a walk, or tandem nursing, or reading to/playing with Vivi) when I feel my stress levels rising because of being too wrapped up in something when Vivi and Timothy both need me, and are making that well-known.
It raises plenty of questions about what this food journey will look like down the road as our family grows and/or family dynamics change- and challenges me to not judge other people for where they’re at in nourishing their families! I’ve noticed that all the real-food/Weston Price blogs/sites I’ve seen are done by small (or young, growing) families….which makes me curious as to what it looks like when you’re feeding an army everyday. While I hope that in general, we’ll continue to strive towards greater health in our journey, I recognize that in the ebb and flow of life, there’ll be seasons for going backwards for a time. Like buying pre-made dressings for a month after Timothy was born, along with canned beans- stuff we’d totally gotten rid of for several months prior to his birth. But if buying dressing meant that I was motivated to provide a salad at all our dinners, then it was worth it to me. And now life’s settling in, and we’re climbing back on the band wagon. Seasons. Ebb and flow. The month or two didn’t ruin us….it just gave a reprieve as I enjoyed and focused on my babies and settling into life. And now we’re ready to jump back in where we left off, and add some new things, too!
Some of my main food goals for the upcoming months:
-Eating more veggies, including getting much more creative with how I prepare them, and finding ways to hide them in non-veggie dishes (this has been fun, and we’re eating more veggies than we ever have before!)
-Soaking (the Nourishing Traditions way) all our beans.
-Soaking (most of) our grain foods, and continuing to make all of those from scratch. This includes keeping sprouted wheat made up and on hand for times when I can’t soak something ahead of time.
-Eating more varied breakfasts.
-Consuming less sweet stuff, and appreciating other flavors more when I’m craving sweets.
-Eating more eggs…as their own thing, but also in stuff (like loading our ice cream with eggs).
-Experimenting with more Nourishing Traditions practices as I run into them.
-Cutting out remaining processed foods in our diet. Current one in the works: mayo (which we use a lot of!).
-Consuming plenty of yogurt…and trying to do other homemade milk products, like whey/cream cheese.
-Consuming bone-in meat and/or homemade broth on approximately at least a weekly basis.
After Ben’s birthday on the 12th, which is the last celebration in either of our families for the next few months, we’ll be doing a month long sweetener fast, the first two weeks of which we’ll also be doing a grain fast. I know it’s going to be hard, but I’m kind of excited, too….it feels like going cold turkey off some of that for a while will help to kick us full throttle into some of our new goals, and give a dividing ground for eating better. For instance, not eating grains will force me to do more with veggies, to make ample side dishes. It will also help me to be creative about doing meals without grains, which hopefully means once we start back, I’ll either be good about remembering to soak stuff, or be creative enough to do without if I don’t….and I bet I’ll get good at remembering pretty fast under that plan!
In light of all that....there'll probably be some more food-related posts in the near future. And I just *might* even get into sharing some of our menu plans. :-)
So….those are the directions we’re currently moving in! How about you? Did you create any goals/resolutions for the new year? What’s your current focus?