Friday, February 01, 2008

Traditional Foods

I am looking into the Traditional Foods way of eating. I have been a vegetarian for the last 17 years. Except when pregnant I crave meat so I eat a little chicken then. Really, I HATE the taste and texture of meat. It makes me nauseous to even think about eating meat, let alone to actually have it in my mouth. *shudder*

My health is in the toilet and I have been feeling for the last year that this is something I need to do.

I have sourdough starter in a proofing box that John made for me yesterday. We all went to the hardware store and John picked out several gadgets. He came home and a little electrical tape and fidgeting later I had a snazzy heat light on a dimmer switch. He cut a hole in the top of a styrofoam cooler and put the light through it. Viola! A proofing box! Now my starter is in a quart canning jar under the cooler. I am really excited about this. I LOVE to make bread and I love to bake and be in the kitchen. To be honest, I find that when I am making food for my family that is healthy I tend to say a little prayer over it. I do not do it consciously(most of the time)but I want to start doing that.

Yesterday as I was mixing up my culture(I ordered it from found my self saying a little prayer and thinking about the health and well being of my family.

Bread is the easy part for me, and I am going to start making yogurt. I am looking into raw milk sources and excited about that as well. I do not want to think about the meat aspect. LOL!

John and the children eat meat and they seem very excited about this change. :)

I figure even if I only eat one or two bites of meat to start it is okay. Baby steps.

We had tons of fun talking about how sourdough works and the children are just as excited as I am about watching our culture do its stuff. They are helping me monitor the temp in the proofing box.

I bought Nourishing Traditions and Wild Fermentation to read and when I ordered my sourdough culture I also ordered Classic Sourdoughs.

Wish me luck!


brightonwoman said...

Just a thought on the traditional foods thing...not all traditional diets have a ton of meat in them. I am of the view that some meat is healthy and appropriate in the human diet, and I agree about the TYPE of meat recommended in NT, but I do not eat it in the quantities they speak of. For example, last night I made a pasta alfredo dish with lots of veggies, one chicken breast, and two (crumbled) pieces of bacon. That fed 4 people. I don't hesitate to use the meat...I just spread it out. After all, a few pieces of meat in a dish leaves me feeling just as satisfied (and more comfortable!) than if I'd laid a whole breast on top of my portion, you know?
Anyway, just some thoughts as you're transitioning!

Aurora said...

Thank you. I am slowly finding my way.............