Welcome to my new blog about healthy eating and food choices that are more sustainable for our world. I think I have always been concerned with eating healthy for my body, but it was not until I was pregnant that I really started to take a look at what I was eating as it was directly helping this tiny person grow inside of me.
I also happened to read Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan when I was pregnant and it drastically changed how my husband and I ate. While I was in the middle of reading the book, I told my husband that we could not buy our meat from Costo anymore and I didn't think I wanted to eat beef anymore unless we could find 100% grass fed. I was realizing that I was being really careful about what was going into my body as everything that went into my body would be going to help the little being inside of me grow. I also realized that I was also eating everything that the animals I was eating ate...if that makes any sense. So I wanted to know that the animals I was eating were not being treated with growth hormones or antibiotics and that their feed was not laced with pesticides.
I quickly learned that changing the way you eat is a process... it can't happen overnight. Before my proclamation about changing the way we ate, my husband and I were already going to the farmer's market every Saturday morning. Originally we stared going to the market as a social thing to do - we would go with my parents and really good family friends. It felt good to talk with the farmers about their crops and the farmer's market at the Ferry Building in San Francisco has an amazing atmosphere. Although we had been going to the market for a while, I didn't really get the full impact of what it meant to shop at the farmer's market until I started looking closely at how we ate and how it affects the environment.
My mission intensified when my daughter was born - as I look at her and want to do everything in my power to make sure what is going in her body will not cause problems for her decades later... and I want to make sure that the way the food is grown it does not deplete or destroy the natural resources that are left on the planet.
I hope that this blog can help to share our story of how we changed the way we look at and buy food, our continual learning process about food, and the eye opening experience of learning how to eat more sustainability for our planet. Enjoy!