Me and my love affair with food
Hi there:) I’m a new mommy to baby Abram and wife to my incredibly supportive husband who keeps us laughing while being our rock!
I’m a high school family and consumer sciences teacher with a passion for good, wholesome, and delicious food. I am a follower of Christ and believe with my whole heart that He wants us to care for our bodies by putting the good stuff and the keeping the bad stuff out! While I serve my friends and family wholesome meals, I know it is with the power of Christ that gives me the joy behind why I do what I do. This blog came into fruition because of numerous requests for recipes as I realized my creativity bursting at the seams in my kitchen. I also wanted to keep a personal record of the recipes that I threw together on a whim so that I could actually recreate them again. I hope you will be blessed by these recipes as I have and that you will share them with the people you love most in the world:)
Over the past four years, I’ve discovered this love for food, cooking, eating, obsessing, shopping for, and pretty much every thing else that goes along with it! The past eight months, I have completely given our food a makeover. Along with being a teacher, I am a faithful housewife to a wonderful man whom I enjoy cooking dinner for every night. Although our meals have always emphasized delicious flavor, we neglected the most important part of the meal, the impact our food had on our bodies.
After numerous health concerns for both my husband and I, we decided to get educated about our bodies and the food in which we live on. Although difficult at first, we adapted to our new lifestyle of the allergen free living which included elimination of gluten, dairy, corn, and soy in a nut shell (speaking of nuts, that was another thing we didn’t eat!) After this elimination diet, we have found a happy medium that filters out most of the aforementioned foods, but still allows us to enjoy the occasional tortilla chip or organic cheddar cheese.
In addition to completely changing the way we grocery shopped, I had to get creative in the kitchen. The results were what led this blog to come about.
Not only were our bodies healing, but we sat together at the dinner table “oooohhh-ing” and “mmmhhhmm-ing” at what we were eating.
Today we continue to enjoy the food we have been feeding our bodies but even more so the result of eating good, wholesome food. The best version of yourself is available when you start feeding to live.
What to enjoy:
All fruits, vegetables, and most meats. Fruits and vegetables we will often buy organic but we don’t exclusive shop this way. I’ve just found what works for us and try to keep in mind the dirty dozen (list of foods to buy organic).
Meats we limit include cured products; ham, bacon, and other pork products. When purchasing these products, we avoid sodium nitrate, MSG, and typically buy organic.
Fresh herbs, olive oils, coconut products (milk, unsweetened flakes, oil, yogurt), and spices, typically these are bought organic. Tea, rice products, and most nuts we enjoy on a regular basis.
Sweeteners can be hard to stay away from, but here’s our guidelines from best to worst:
I personally don’t cook with refined white sugar. As you’ll see from most of my recipes, I do LOVE to bake and will try to be smart about which sweeteners I use.
The following foods we have limited for various reasons but do enjoy occasionally: corn products, white potatoes, peanuts, coco(including dairy and soy free chocolate)
What to stay away from:
The heavy hitters include gluten, dairy and soy. Anything that has been refined or created in a lab, is a no-no. GMO foods (look for Non-GMO verified foods). I try to make as much as I possibly can from scratch because I know what is actually in my food. Because reading labels is second nature at the grocery store and I cannot possibly recall every single thing I avoid…I’m going to try my best to come up with a list!
high fructose corn syrup
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
artificial flavorings or coloring
BHT and BHA
any food dyes that look like Yellow #5, Red #7 etc.
It’s difficult to sum up our way of living in just a few short paragraphs. We’ve become avid label readers and try to fill our grocery cart with foods from the produce and meat section of our supermarket. Organic foods are what we strive for but as for me and my house, we do the best we can and are choosy with what we feel is worth the splurge, and what isn’t. These recipes are the biggest guideline as to what we enjoy on a day-to-day basis.
You will also find meal plans to give ideas for snacks, meals, and drinks.
Hope you find this lifestyle as rewarding as we have.