I love food. Real, unadulterated food. I thought it’d be fun to share my food philosophy, which I’ve developed throughout my life, especially the last fifteen years.
1. Simple. The less fuss, the better. For anyone who knows my cooking, you know it’s generally low on the number of ingredients, low on salt, but high on real food with real flavor. I’d take simple, lightly seasoned over fancy gourmet food any day. The more simple, homemade food, the better.
2. Vegetarian. Over fifteen years ago, I became a vegetarian. During these years, my reasons for being a vegetarian have changed, and for a few years (actually, up until maybe ten months ago), I ate fish too. But now I’m a vegetarian mostly because I love animals, secondly because it’s much better for the environment, and thirdly because I think it’s healthy.
3. Local. I’m a big believer in the local food movement. I want to support local farmers and the local economy. It also seems so silly to buy winter squash from Mexico when I can buy Vermont-grown squash right down the road. It’s also why Josh and I joined a CSA this winter, and why we want to homestead and grow our own.
4. Organic. Along with local foods, I also love to support organic farms. I have to admit, since the summer I haven’t been the best about buying all organic, mostly because I work part-time and am saving to buy our own place (to grow our own organic food!). But I’d say over half of the food that we purchase is organic.
Notice that I didn’t use healthy as any of my four adjectives. I do eat pretty healthy food most of the time, but I love my ice cream, chocolate, and pizza too (and grilled cheese, fries, and onion rings).
The rest of my philosophy? Moderation is key, eat what you love, and diversify your palate to eat a variety of foods. Eat up!