My motivation to cook all my food from scratch and from wholesome ingredients is definitely ingrained in the fact that my health improved immensely once I started cooking all the time. Friends and strangers notice my high energy levels (I used to want to sleep or watch tv all the time), or compliment me on my glowing skin (in high school I had acne and rosacea) or that I'm "in great shape" (I lost over 30 lbs after changing my diet without exercise). They sometimes notice that I'm so patient and attentive - even in high stress situations (I used to think I had ADHD). I had bad anxiety in high school, including panic attacks, and bouts of anger. The list of problems I was experiencing went on (let me tell you about the time I pooped my pants on a first date). I could go on but I think you get it.
I work hard at eating a great diet but I also moderate certain vices, so I can still enjoy life. It takes a while to learn the discipline that is required to eat this way, however. It can still be struggle for me to cook food every day while working full-time but I’ve learned that everything becomes easier with practice and sometimes you have to give into to little modern conveniences here or there, just to stay sane.
i am (what I like to call) an "ethical eater" and I prefer to source as many of the ingredients for my meals as I can from sustainable sources, but more strictly I focused on buying products from local, organic ones. Have I mastered it 100%? No fucking way. My goal is to improve more and more each day.... at the end of it all, I'll most likely be living in a cabin on some land where I grow my own fruits and veggies and hunt for my own game.
I made a promise to the environment to reduce my waste
and in doing so I try to avoid most pre-made food and food packaging (not entirely possible), I try not to drink that much, I try to not use one-time use only items, I wear less makeup than I used to, I don't dye my hair or wear nail polish, I make my astringents and face masks out of food or clay, I try to clean mainly with baking soda and vinegar (sometimes I gotta pull out the bleach though), Ive even considered not shaving anymore to stop leaving behind razors and blades, and I wear THINX underwear and reusable pads to stopproducing waste during my lady holiday.
I make art out of the trash that I find (shop coming soon!) and I purchase things secondhand as often as possible (I'm what some consider a thriftaholic). I buy most of the things that I need from farms and farmers' markets, food co-ops, flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores (and even sometimes the dumpster).
I post a lot of what I create on Instagram and then upload the recipes here once I’m sure I’m happy with them. Requests for recipes on Instagram will always ensure a speedier posting time so I can try and do a final review of the recipe before I upload it. More and more recipes will find their way here eventually, but it's a one-woman show and I also gotta pay them bills.
Many people think I eat this way (and blog about it) because I love to cook and create fancy food to show off. The showing off part might be a little true (and I do love to cook) but it's still hard to find time to create actually fancy food. I cook (and eat) day to day based on what veggies are in my fridge from market. When you cook constantly, it becomes very meditative (at least for me) and you simply become more aware in the kitchen.
I'm an artist at heart (and a portrait photographer by day) and creating food porn is almost a stress reliever for me - I love arranging food and creating fancy platings for Instagram. It helps to exemplify my suggestions of eating as many colors you can each day (especially green!). I also constantly haunt thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales for new bowls, plates, cooking equipment, and silverware to add to my collection of food props. It is the easiest way for me to show you what is possible in your own kitchen (except it doesn't have to be fancy - unless you want it to be).
I simply want everyone to cook more, have fun doing it, be more efficient in the kitchen, be less afraid to try new things and also break free of the molds of tradition from time to time. Even if it's just making a few more homemade meals every week. Everything we do in life is the product of one small step at a time.
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I grew up on pre-made, ready-made foods like out of the box mac'n'cheese, ramen soup, pizza, burritos, fast food, take out, etc. When I was a kid, the idea of eating vegetables was almost a joke to me (my mom loves to tell anyone this, but seriously, I wouldn't touch em). I didn't start liking vegetables until I was 18 years old and even then I was still picky about which ones I would eat.
For years I thought that cooking was just following the directions on the box, and most of that was just boiling water. It wasn't I gave up gluten in 2009 that I really started learning my way around a kitchen and questioning my food. I taught myself to cook and I'll never learn everything that I would like to but these days I cook almost 90% of what I eat at home using local, seasonal, and organic fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy.
I changed my life by changing the way that I eat. I suffered from a long list of health problems up until college (many of which have gone away in the last few years, others of which have become more manageable) and these days I feel amazing pretty much all of the time. I used to chalk it all up to giving up gluten, but I have realized in the past few years that it was much more than that.
Food has been my fight for some time now. It started when I became vegetarian at 18 years old. I made the decision once I found out about factory farming practices and stayed that way for about 3-4 years. I went to school to learn Baking & Pastry and Restaurant Management. I became a bit of a preacher (and a know-it-all) when it came to food and why you shouldn't eat factory farmed meat (well, you shouldn't). At the end of the day I thought I had it all figured out - that I was hot shit when it came to knowin' thangs about the industrialized food system.
I quickly learned from people's reactions that preaching doesn't work. It only creates animosity and pushes people even further away. I decided to stop preaching (so much), start researching more, and lead by example. That was in 2009.
A lot of the information I have gathered since then seems like it's almost too much for one person to handle. It's probably the reason most people push the thought of where their food comes from out of their minds as best they can - it's completely depressing.
The information is out there to be had, and most everyone I know has seen the majority of the food documentaries on Netflix that cry out similar messages in the name of food, yet people still don't question their own habits or the fact that they are a cog in the wheel that is the industrialized food system. I choose to take steps in the direction of trying to remove myself from that system as much as possible (it's not entirely possible). It's empowered me as a woman to devote myself to fighting for food and for farming no matter what.
what to expect
food + farm related posts
Hard-to-pronounce “ingredients” have haunted the sides of food packaging for as long as I’ve been alive, yet it seems like the lists of said ingredients just get longer and more scientific with time…
and a little less about the food.