Close to my heart.
This blog really is designed to promote all aspects of healthy living, although I believe that at least 85% of health begins (or ends) in the kitchen… hence the recent “surge” of food-related posts. It’s on my mind a lot.
Actually, it’s more than on my mind.
It’s in my heart.
Before I write yet another food related post, I want to be clear about a few things:
- There is no exact “one size fits all” way to eat. I believe full-heartedly in the information I put out here based on what I’ve learned and (more importantly) the way it has affected my family. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a variety of ways to eat well.
- I really, really never want anyone to feel judged by the food choices they make. Sometimes I noticed my friends making comments that they “don’t eat so well” as they sink their head in shame. Nobody is perfect, especially me. Trust me, folks, I have plenty of bad days.
- Along those same lines, I especially don’t want parents to feel judged or guilty by the recommendations I put “out there.” I believe parenting is one of the most difficult things in the world (at least it has been for me…). And I believe that 99% of parents are doing what they feel is right for their family. Know that I am never judging you. If anything, I want to high five you and give you a big hug for all that you do. Seriously.
With all the above said…
I can’t unlearn the things I have learned.
And I can’t just ignore the symptoms of an increasingly sick world. So while I don’t want anyone to feel judged if they aren’t doing the things I recommend (whether by choice or because it’s not feasible for one reason or another), I do want to provide as much information as possible with one single goal in mind for all of us:
Baby steps to a more nourished self.
I know I’ve said this a lot, but it’s because we have to remember that progression is about moving in the right direction. It’s not about being perfect all at once.
So trust me when I say that there are even more posts to come with recommendations that may seem simple, ideas that may seem “way out there,” and ideals on nourishment that may seem completely unrealistic. Believe me, I know. I’ve gone through these steps myself. When I look at my approach to food now (and what I have in my kitchen—and what I don’t) it seems so radical some times. But when I look at the gradual journey it all makes sense. And I’m so happy to be where I am now.
So yes, this is close to my heart… all of it. But especially what I’m about to share.
Nourishing Our Children is a foundation based in San Francisco. I don’t even remember how I first heard of them, but for the past couple of years I’ve been following them on facebook, reading their information, and viewing their educational materials. I love their message because I do believe that as a nation we need to make some drastic changes in the way we approach food.
We need to nourish our children.
You can check out the first 20 minutes of their awesome educational DVD below. I think it’s worth the time. If you want to learn more you can make a donation to their cause to receive the full DVD by clicking here.