Hi, my name is Debbie. I cook for my myself, my husband and our toddler daughter. My life is a never ending series of projects â€“ cooking projects, home improvement projects, garden projects, child rearing projects, and actual work projects . I guess you could call me Project Manager. In fact that was one of my official titles before I got off the corporate treadmill, but that is all in the past now.
I was born and raised in New Zealand, but my husband and I have lived in the United States for nearly 10 years now.Â We spent a number of years living in New Jersey, but we have now settled in Northern California.
As a child in New Zealand in the 1970s/80s, I was raised on wholesome, home cooked meals (occasional takeout aside) which included grass fed beef and dairy (because thatâ€™s the only kind they grow in NZ), organ meats, seafood, homegrown vegetables and other super duper foods. But there was also white bread, sugar, and lots of it. I look back now and recognize my sugar/carb addiction and how it led me into poor eating habits after I left home.
I re-started on my â€śreal foodâ€ť journey when the excessive stress of being in a job that I was miserable in, combined with bad diet, started to take a toll on my health. Sometime in 2006, I came across the cookbook â€śNourishing Traditionsâ€ť by Sally Fallon. This cookbook is based on the research of Dr Weston A. Price. I remember thinking that it made so much sense, despite being radically different in many ways from conventional dietary wisdom.
Gradually I have overhauled our familyâ€™s diet, including what foods we eat and where I buy them from. We no longer eat processed foods, low fat versions of whole foods, refined sugar or flour, feed lot meats or eggs or GMO anything. By preparing all of our meals at home, from scratch, we know what weâ€™re eating, and it also gives me better control over my food budget.
I spend a fair amount of time and energy gathering and preparing food for my family, but itâ€™sÂ something we believe in, I enjoy doing it, and we feel much better eating this way. Wouldnâ€™t you rather eat real food too?