Did you know today is National Food Day?
Perfect! Today is National Food Day…right up my alley, as they say. I didn’t used to be a foodie. Eating was necessary, but I didn’t really eat with enthusiasm. I didn’t realize I just didn’t like the foods I was raised on. Steak, white rice and potatoes and vegetables boiled until they were gray… My mom was a terrific baker, but the cultural background and the food she and my father were raised on in very waspy cultures just didn’t work for me.
I admit to being a strange kid food-wise. Hated steak and peanut butter and loved liver and spinach…go figure…
Today, with how I cook for our Thin Strong Healthy eating style is very different, and I love how we eat. Now I look forward to cooking and eating and have to be mindful of the portions I consume!
If I had to nail down how we eat as a cultural style, I would say it’s mostly Mediterranean. Lots of fresh vegetables; when they are cooked, they are baked, broiled or lightly sautéed. Mostly we eat a pescatarean diet. I’ve never liked meat. I missed a lot of Walt Disney on Sunday evenings because I wouldn’t eat my steak. Later on I would take my portion and put it back in a skillet and cook it until it was unrecognizable as meat.
Condiments played a big part in my diet then. Ham meant tons of mustard; lamb was accompanied by ketchup as were steak and pork; pot roast was for horse radish. You get the picture. I ate poultry until about 4 years ago when the factory farming issues just put me off, and even eating the humanely raised poultry didn’t work for me anymore.
I’ve tried eating a strictly vegetarian diet, which I enjoy, but I know I wasn’t doing it quite right to get the necessary protein. I may revisit that in the future and try again.
I’m not saying you’re wrong if you like to eat meat, just saying I never did. Not the flavor, nor the texture…and as I became aware of animal welfare, it really put me off.
I hope you’ll visit http://ThinStrongHealthy.com and check out the recipes there. I’m always adding more, and they’re there for you to copy.
I’ll begin teaching a course, “8 Weeks New You” based on my food and eating philosophy beginning in November. If you’d like to take a look, visit my new website for it, http://TheHealthyEatingClub.com
What I’d like to see is not just Nation Food Day; I’d like to see a National Healthy Food Day! Maybe I’ll put that one up on their calendar. Watch for it…
Helping You Achieve Major Wellness in Your Life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC