Some people eat to live, and others live to eat. I don’t think we have to address which group I fall into. I really enjoy food…good food…and for most of my life I’ve happily consumed much delicious fare without concern for where it came from or what it might do to my health. I don’t want to get all preachy here, or too science-y – but I would be remiss to start this food blog without some introduction to our food philosophy! Here goes!
We started out basing our meals on the principles of the primal diet, shown above in the food pyramid – also sometimes referred to as paleo, low-carb or the “caveman diet” . It makes sense to us from an evolutionary standpoint to eat foods were available to the early humans – namely meat, seafood, fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds. One could say the focal point of this eating plan is avoiding sugars and grains, particularly grains that contain gluten. Although neither of us has been diagnosed as gluten-intolerant, we know that we feel better for giving it up. Although we have not completely given up all grains, we do try to be restrained in our consumption of rice and anything with corn (organic/non-GMO polenta, cornmeal, etc.).
More recently, I heard about the Perfect Health Diet. I think this is a more accurate representation of how we eat, since it includes rice and the “pleasure foods” that we’ve never seen fit to give up. When making long-term dietary choices, it makes no sense to absolutely deny yourself foods that make you happy. Life is short, after all. Who wants to spend it without decadent dark chocolate, paella, cheesy goodness, Pinot noir, and roasted nuts?
Labels aside, this “plan” is about eating real food – not food in packages with nutritional labels, or heating instructions, or that you see advertised on t.v. Quality counts, a lot! Meat and eggs from pasture-raised animals are not only better for you, but better for the environment. It only takes common sense to realize that ingesting pesticides found on conventionally grown fruits and vegetables can’t be good for you in the long run. Supporting local farmers, when you can, helps the local economy and reduces food transportation costs. (We’d like to grow our own vegetables, but with my black thumb for gardening, we would soon starve.)
So, in a nutshell:
- Eat fresh, organic produce when possible
- Eat certified organic meats/eggs, preferably from animals that were pasture-raised and treated humanely.
- Avoid artificial ingredients, processed foods, high-fructose corn syrup, GMO, etc.
- Simply-prepared foods are the best and let the flavor of the food shine!
- Enjoy your life and your food!
I hope you enjoy the recipes and the music! Thanks for visiting!
I’m the “He Cleans” portion of the show, and my role is part taste tester, part wine opener, and DJ. While Nancy tempts your taste buds with her excellent skills at the stove, I’ll provide the soundtrack for the meal and who knows what else.
So, if the kitchen’s a rockin’…you’ve found the right place! Hope you’re hungry!