Posted on | May 9, 2012 | 44 Comments
There is so much controversy all over the web. It ranges from health to food, politics to schooling. Today we’re going to discuss food & health.
It seems like everyone is fighting these days. From Whole Foods being a WONDERFUL place to shop, to it being the discount store of health food stores. Do I roast the bones for stock, or do I use vinegar to make it? Do coconuts HAVE to be organic? What are the benefits of beef liver over chicken liver? Do I ferment using a specific (and pricey) vessel or will a mason jar suffice?
So much confusion.
So many people giving up before they’ve begun, because they are scared. They are downtrodden. They have read that that they aren’t doing it correctly. Their families are suffering because they don’t have it “just so.”
I assure you, the only Word of God you’ll find is in the Bible. No blogger is the Word of God. Not even mine!
You can only do what YOU can do. If so-n-so blogger thinks you’re doing it wrong, invite them to do it for you. I once posted in a conversation on Facebook (re: butter) that my kids would LOVE if I let them eat butter by the spoonfuls. I was answered with “Then LET them eat butter by the spoonfuls.” I would if I could, trust me, but I had to remind this particular person that not everyone makes 6 figures a year. We do not make six figures a year. Mind you, the person instructing me to allow my kids to eat butter by the spoonfuls does indeed make 6 figures.
Because I don’t feed my kids butter by the spoonfuls, does not make me stupid. It does not make me a bad parent, nor does it make me any less of a real foodie than others. It simply makes me different. I choose to allow my kids to indulge in all the coconut oil they want, sometimes sweetened with stevia, sometimes salted, sometimes melted over rice & beans or oats. When I can get coconut oil NOT on sale, it costs me about $4 a pound. It’s good quality stuff. A good quality butter will cost me no less than $7 a pound. Do they eat their butter, too? Oh. Absolutely. Just. Not. By. The. Spoonfuls. And I’m ok with that. It’s the best our family can do.
I make my bone broth. As much as I can, I use good quality grass-fed beef bones or carcasses from pastured chickens. I can’t always get that. What do I turn to? Earth Fare. I use “natural” options that claim to not have or use antibiotics, steroids, etc. And I’m ok with that. It’s the best our family can do.
I use mason jars & empty Santa Cruz bottles to ferment my foods & beverages. I would LOVE to have the money to buy some of the pricier vessels used specifically for creating the “proper” environment for fermenting. Keep in mind, our gut health is not the greatest, but nor is it so bad that we need the specific vessels. For others, they may need something that produces the ultimate in fermentation. I don’t condemn their choices. For now, mason jars & glass bottles it is. For us, it works. And I’m ok with that. It’s the best our family can do.**
My milk isn’t raw these days, folks. I haven’t found a GOOD source yet. I am waiting though. I have something planned. But I’m waiting for it. For now, I use a non-homogenized milk, with the cream at the top, yellow in colour, that’s VAT pasteurized. And I’m ok with that. It’s the best our family can do.
We rent now, so raising our own chickens isn’t an option. Again, I’m waiting for a source to come through as well. What I’ve found so far is less than satisfactory, too far to drive or unaffordable. For now, I choose cage-free (not to be confused with free-range) from hens that are not given antibiotics (so the label claims). I can’t wait for those baby chickies to start laying. For now, it’s store bought eggs in nifty little cartons. And I’m ok with that. It’s the best our family can do.
No matter where you are, no matter what accesses you have, you can always do better. Simply avoiding white flour (use wheat or an ancient grain instead) to bake your own cookies is better than picking up a package of Oreos. Using the best milk you can afford & get your hands on is better than not. Choosing the best meats & produce is better than canned foods. You don’t have to be as good as “them.”
If all you can do is cook from scratch to avoid processed foods, you are so far up on those still living the Nabisco dream.
Quite frankly it pisses me off to read that if you’re not doing this or that, then you’re just wrong & aren’t doing anything good. Lord knows I keep reading a lot of that all over the web from some certain bloggers that think they’re God. I do what I can afford. I ONLY do the best I can, and if someone else doesn’t like that, they they should just be thankful that they’re aren’t part of my family. I’d hate to do SO wrong for them. No one deserves to tell me something is the only way & I wouldn’t dare make mention, politely, of someone that did.*
Do your own research. Decide what’s best for you & your family. Don’t decide what’s best for everyone else. Last I checked I was the village, and I’m raising my own family. You are, too. Don’t let anyone dissuade you from doing the best you can do. You are not them, and they are not you.
But before you go on a venture to “be better,” make sure your immediate family tie isn’t at risk. You don’t want food to take over. You don’t want to become obsessed & you don’t want to distance or lose your loved ones over this. Start slowly. Do what you can. Don’t break the bank, and don’t get divorced over food. It’s. Just. Food.
Family, friends & love first. Then food. Always.*
**I have since been GIFTED a set of 3 fermentation vessels with airlocks, rubber gaskets, the works. While I absolutely love them, I find myself to reverting to Fido jars often when I run out of the other vessels. I still have not been able to purchase more, so I still do what I can 🙂
You can find part 2 here.
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