Sunday, July 19, 2015

Simple Food

Part of my aim, with my new simple lifestyle, is to change the way we eat, although not only that...but change the way we look at food.  A leaf needs to be taken out of our grandparent's book, or for those who are younger than me (!), perhaps your great grandparents.  A time when they made their own butter, drank full cream milk and weren't scared of potatoes!  A time when they still remained skinny.  Here we are cutting out carbs and taking out fats, but our problem is that we eat more than our ancestors did, we are no where near as active in our day to day lives, and we stuff ourselves with processed foods.  We also eat for fun rather than necessity, which was the attitude to food then, particularly when there was a shortage during war time. 

So this is my goal.  To simplify our food, keep away from anything that comes in a box or packet with a huge list of weird ingredients, eat raw foods and not overeat.  Basically, not eating anything that my grandparents and great grandparents would look at and go "What the hell is that!?!"  If they wouldn't recognise it then don't eat it.  Simple.
A lot of our ancestors did manual work for a living, so that really helped burn up the energy, compared to many of us who are stuck behind a desk for a living.  They did also eat a bigger breakfast, so a cooked breakfast wasn't unusual at all.  I'm sure you've heard it before, make breakfast your main meal of the day.  It totally makes sense.  Even if it means getting up half an hour earlier, it will set you up for the day and you will be less likely to snack on rubbish.  You just won't feel like it.  My mother in-law, who is only in her 60s, said that she used to have steak for breakfast often.  She worked on a farm so needed her energy.  This completely makes well as sounds delicious!  So to kick start your metabolism, which will help you burn more energy (read fat here Amber!), as well as helping to keep your energy  levels up to get you through the day, start with a big breakfast.  Don't fear bacon and eggs either.  Nor butter.  Butter is actually better for you than you would think, particularly in it's raw state, as it's loaded with healthy fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.  It's easy to make your own apparently.  I'm giving it a go today!
Once we are on a farm full time I plan on having a house cow.  My husband grew up milking their house cow.  It certainly didn't have any ill effects.  Actually he went through his entire childhood never having had any antibiotics, only having them for the first time at the age of 22.  I also want to have chooks, so lots of fresh eggs, and most definitely a veggie garden, as well as fruit trees.  We, of course, will have the space, so for the moment I am planning on putting in a veggie patch out in the back garden.  If you can grow your own vegetables this is wonderful, because they will be minus all the nasty pesticides.  If you don't have a garden you can always grow things in pots.  Give it a go!  We are lucky that we have our own sheep, pigs and cattle, so I always have a freezer full of fresh meat that my husband has butchered himself.  None of our meat has any growth hormones in it and all the animals have been killed quickly and cleanly on the property, so there has been no stress which can effect the meat.
To help eat simply avoid any sort of fad diet.  Try not to get sucked in.  Just keep it basic.  Eat food that is food, not a food product.  You should be eating things like eggs, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, bread made of grains (obviously!), and things you have cooked or baked yourself using all raw ingredients.  If you find it confusing at all just think..."Has this food item been altered in any way, or is there any other ingredients in it?"  If the ingredients on the side read like a science experiment then don't put it in your mouth!!
Keep away from the bigger supermarket chains as much as you can.  I am opposed to the big supermarkets because they majorly rip the farmers off, and being a farmer I have these issues with them personally, but there is also another side of it.  Try and shop locally at small businesses to support your local community and also from Farmers Markets as much as you can.  You will pay a bit more but what you spend on quality food now you will save at the other end, where you are not having to spend big money on expensive medical treatment because of some horrible disease. 
You should also always eat what is in season too.  This means that you are eating fresh food, rather than something that has been stored for months.  Buying from Farmers Markets will mean you are getting seasonal produce.  If you shop at supermarkets then do some research and find out what fruits and vegetables are in season at whatever particular time of the year it is.  Eating what is in season will also mean that you are likely to be eating locally grown food, rather than things that have been imported.
Our bodies do need fats and sugars, apparently, so don't cut it out completely.  Just don't over indulge.  Baking is fine, actually it's way better than store bought biscuits and cakes that have other harmful ingredients in them.  It's also fun!  Our grandparents ate more of the 'whole' ate more organs and also used the bones to make broths or stock.  If you can do it, then you should. 
There is nothing wrong with having the old 'meat, potatoes and three veggies' meal, like our grandparents did.  You're getting your protein, fats and carbohydrates right there, as well as your fibre.  It's also a really easy meal, not to mention inexpensive.

So, my food goals are.....
* To eat home grown vegetables where possible (later stretching this to fruit once we have a farm)
* Buy local and fresh food, particularly from Farmers Markets
* Eat our home grown meat
* Make as much from scratch as possible (including butter, bread, ice cream, cakes, biscuits, pasta, pasta sauce, gravy, stock etc)
* Avoid processed food
* Eat a big breakfast (cooked whenever possible)
* Have our own chooks for eggs (once we have a farm)
Do you have any food goals?



  1. I like your food goals! I do think we would all do good to look up at our ancestors. Today perhaps we really do all eat too much...people tend to go to extremes...

    I try to cook as healthy as possible and I usually cook differently for myself than for my husband because I must follow the strict diet for Chron disease (but I wouldn't suggest it to others because there is no need for those that don't have IBM to do it).

    1. That must be time consuming having to cook two separate meals. It is good you are following the diet needed to keep on top of your condition. This must be difficult, I admire you!

  2. You're so right! I've been thinking this for the last year or two. All these doctors and tv-dietitians think they are helping us by saying "opt for a 100 calorie snack pack" but the truth is, it's processed food that is killing us (literally and figuratively!!). I'm texting you about the homemade butter! Spencer and I just recently did this.. LOL
    I desperately wish we had more farmer's markets around us. I've always loved going and shopping in them, as well as support local farmers! "No farmers, no food!" is a saying here (even on bumper stickers). Do you have that in Australia?
    It would be so amazing if you could start growing your own fruit, too!! My food goals are very similar to yours, although I don't know how to go about making the changes. It's difficult to grow your own plants when you live in a stuffy apartment in the city. I'll have to write it all out and plan accordingly. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Much Love!
    -Stephanie Eva

    1. We do have the whole 'no farmers no food' thing here in Australia. It might be phrased slightly differently, can't remember! I always find it weird, however, that city people completely forget that their food has to come from a farm. People get some wrapped up in their own lives, honestly. This is a topic that makes me really mad (!)..because farmers get so ripped off. Don't get me started!! Anyway.... I am still waiting for Lindsay to build me a vegetable box or two out in the garden. He is hopefully finishing shearing our sheep today and then I can badger him again about it!!

  3. I'm also trying to take on a much simpler diet so loved reading this :)
    Lizzy | by Lizzy x

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it Lizzy, thanks for reading.

  4. That's lovely!


  5. I agree, it's very important to support our farmers. I always try to buy from our locals and have fresh milk delivered each morning straight from the cow :)

  6. Can't wait to read more about your cooking adventures! We too really try to stay away from overly processed or box style dinners. Last night was my first night cooking in over a week (we ate out on vacation) and it was so relaxing! I hope you share lots of recipes!