A really popular question I get is: What do you eat?
Great question, friends!
Over the years my eating style has changed & obviously, had a huge impact on the eating of my family! After all, I’m the one doing the cooking.
I would say my struggle with food started very young. I grew up in a house that had some ideas on healthy eating, but that mainly included calorie restricting & boneless, skinless chicken breast dinners with a side of iceberg lettuce & fat free salad dressing. Just to stay even keeled we would contrast that with pepperoni pizzas & 2 liter gallons of soda.
Once I was in college I dabbled in some ‘alternative diets’: Atkins, Red Bull & cigarettes, starving myself combined with heavy use of alcohol or laxatives. While pursuing a degree in theatre I turned my sights towards moving to LA & was told by a professor that even with my small frame, I’d likely need to lose about 15 pounds if I planned to work. That lead me to realize that the path I was on was anything but healthy. And in fact, I was doing a lot of very ugly things under the guise of becoming what I thought was beautiful. (The irony is not lost on me). The problem was, I didn’t really have a handle on what healthy eating was, so I fell back on what conventional wisdom told me to do. I rearranged my classes so I could spend 2 hours every day in the gym doing cardio & I ate as few calories as I could squeak by with while trying not to pass out from fatigue. An apple here, a boneless, skinless chicken breast there. I gave up the smokes but kept with the booze. Come on, I’m only human!
As you can see, that whole LA actress thing wasn’t quite the path I was destined for as my senior year I met my husband, we married & began our life together. Due to my husband’s job, we spent several years living abroad & as we moved around from country to country & I was able to welcome each of our four, beautiful children into the world. As my children were born, my quest for healthy living became even more purposeful.
After some very unhealthy food & eating choices I made in my younger years, I began to discover the amazing healing power of food. I spent long hours reading & researching different eating styles to determine what was ‘the best’ way to eat. All of this lead me to the realization that, aside from removing processed foods, there’s no one way for all people to eat healthfully!
There are lots of ways to be healthy – but none of them include 100 calorie packs, spray butter or diet soda.
I live by the notion of intuitive eating, which to me means, I eat what makes me feel best! And of course, allow myself to have treats that are considered less than healthy. I try & find a gentle balance while listening to my body for cues that tell me I’m running along the right path. If it doesn’t feel right, I don’t do it.
When 3 of my children began to have serious digestive issues I began the search to find the best way to heal them. I was introduced to the Paleo & WAPF style of eating & while I saw changes in the way I felt, I realized I could use them both as more of a template for how I ate & fed my family, not a strict set of rules to live & die by. I also realized I had a severe sugar addiction & began to work very hard to change that (with amazing results, I should add)!
It wasn’t until my 4th child, Arthur, began to have not only serious digestive problems but also terrible eczema that I realized there had to be something more. I was missing a vital key somewhere.
That’s when we found the GAPS diet & began to work towards healing not only Arthur, but all of us gently, using fermented foods, bone broths & probiotics.
Currently, Arthur is the only member of our family who sticks to any strict ‘diet’ because we’ve learned he’s quite a sensitive guy & some foods (even healthy ones) cause him auto immune issues.
So What Do You Eat, Then??
Well, it’s time for me to come clean. I’m not perfect!
Wow! That was liberating!
But seriously, I’m a mom of 4 kids under 9 & I have a husband who doesn’t always share my enthusiasm for certain dietary restrictions. For the most part, I make our meals at home but obviously, we love eating out like any normal family & we even eat pizza! I almost always have 2 kids at my feet, in the kitchen & one on my hip. And I’d love to see a cooking show like that!
Are you 100% Gluten Free? No.
Are you 100% Paleo? Nope.
Are you 100% GAPS? There was a time when Arthur was 100% GAPS. We’ve found, through trial & error & also some limited work with holistic practitioners that Arthur does best on a diet tailored to him. His diet has come from being extremely limited to being able to enjoy several new foods! We continue to celebrate his healing journey.
We are a family that is in an honest transition & balance of healthful eating. If that’s something that appeals to you, I hope you’ll stick around.
What Kind of Food Will I Find on Eat Your Beets?
If I would eat it or feed it to my kids, I’ll be telling you about it. We certainly aren’t perfect but we’ve had to be very controlled with Arthur’s diet for auto immune issues.
Veggies are alive & well in our house.
Gluten free breads are here, as well as occasional cereal, rice & oatmeal.
I slowly worked at cutting processed ‘snacks’ in our house so probably the most processed snack type food we have would be potato & tortilla chips.
Even though I’m not addicted to sugar anymore I still like salted chocolate, caramel & ice cream. Who doesn’t?
I’m a die hard Snickers & peanut M&M fan but only eat them once in a blue moon.