My journey as the main cook of a home has been...interesting...to say the least. Before I got married, I was too concerned with school and all the other more exciting pursuits of life, and did only the very necessary in the kitchen. My home economics teachers could tell some scary stories about me! My mother is an excellent cook, and I'm sure she tried to teach me, but I frankly didn't want to learn.
Fast forward to my marriage at an earlier age than anyone but God had planned. Sharing a home with a husband? I couldn't wait! Cleaning house and doing his laundry? I was thrilled! (Yeah, really. Time changes a few things. Only kidding!) But cooking? It scared me to death.
Not only was I totally inept in the kitchen, but neither of us came from the healthiest food backgrounds. Oh, I was familiar with many types of diets from the low-carb, high-protein one to the low-fat, high-sugar one. We had even tried the cabbage soup diet--for about one day. My husband's family rarely ate any fruits and vegetables and loved their saturated fats. My ideal breakfast was doughnuts and chocolate milk although I usually skipped breakfast altogether. His was eggs, bacon, white toast with margarine and a Pepsi.
I won't bore you with all the details of my trial and error learning to cook or our hit-and-miss attempts at healthy eating. When we had children, I began to be a little more concerned about health. That's probably when I started my research. I would read and read and read and then get overwhelmed with all the conflicting ideas and quit. Yet, something always kept pulling me back.
In more recent years, I've heard the most novel idea yet, and it's really growing on me--keep it real. Real food with the least intervention by man possible. As a Christian who believes God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, the idea highly appeals to me. As a woman who loves to eat, the idea still appeals to me. Telling my husband that we must eat real food to be healthy, for the most part, appeals to him. It seems too simplistic. No weighing food or counting calories/fat grams/carbs? Just back to the basics how God intended it? Well, we are trying it, and it's amazing--the more small changes we make, the more small benefits we reap.
If you've been on the "real food" journey for a long time, you can skip this week's posts, although they might be good for a chuckle or two when you realize how far I have yet to go. All I can do on this blog is share, not advise. So, I'll be sharing about where we started in eating differently...where else?...breakfast.