PEOPLE◾LIKE ◽TO ◾PUT ◽EACH ◾OTHER◽IN ◾BOXES!◽⠀
Being in nutrition people feel like they need to put me in a “diet” category box. I get asked:⠀
“Are you paleo?” ⠀
“Are you vegan”⠀
“OH. You’re keto?” ⠀
Also no. ⠀
A very confused look crosses peoples face here. ⠀
“Then what do you eat??” ⠀
It's as if, since not adhering to a set of “rules” about food it is then unfathomable to know what to eat. If you really want a word or a box to put me in…I’m a Flexitarian. Just decided. ☑️ ooh or maybe a Nutritarian ☑️ I heard this term the other day on a podcast and loved it, focused on nutrient dense foods! ⠀
What do I believe to be true about food? ⠀
I believe in eating whole real food. Food that is not processed or made of words I can’t pronounce. ⠀
Ideally foods that are local and seasonal (knowing this is definitely not always possible). ⠀
I LISTEN TO MY BODY and it tells me what it wants. Right now I eat 95% Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy Free, refined sugar free. Because I’ve found I feel the very best. Do I think you should too? Not necessarily. What makes me feel best is not the best for all. We are all biochemically different with different needs. ⠀
Some weeks I crave fish more than anything and when in Hawaii we eat wild local fish DAILY. ⠀
Even though we eat plant based, some weeks friends invite us over and have fresh moose they sustainably hunted. Yes please count me in. (SO Canadian I KNOW)⠀
Recently at the lake and I was feeling sad and my body hurt to the bone. So I ate ice cream (vegan mademymarcus) toasted marshmallows (dandies) and red wine for dinner. And you know what? It was healthy for my soul. ⠀
In the next six months, I may try fully going ketotarian for my lyme to see if it makes a difference. I may not. ⠀
For weeks in the summer all I craved was raw food. Summer fruits and vegetables galore. ⠀
I listen to my body. I’m flexible. I don’t berate myself to stress over choices. Food should make you happy not stressed. I care deeply about quality. And I try to enjoy every bite with gratitude. ⠀
throwing it back this monday morning to these toast slices ✌🏼 and reflecting on how much has changed this year for me, on and off this crazy space that is ig and social media 💫 i used to share every. single. day. and i think back in awe of how i managed that on top of everything else going on in my life 😅 #toast #healthyfood #foodblogger .
and i also think about all of the things i held myself back from doing - i wasnt sharing x, y or z post because it might not “do well”, it has my face in it or because it didnt fit with my feed 🙄 sometimes ive felt more joy looking at pictures i havent posted, still in my drafts than the ones on my feed. that’s changing, that isn’t how it should be 🙅🏻♀️.
so i’m saying f that and choosing joy, in every sense of the word and embracing it in this space ✨ i’m not perfect, and while my feed seems that way that isn’t the reality, that isn’t me all of the time - i’m human and i have more to share and it’s about damn time i do it #fitstrongshann .
erewhonmarket paleo bread 🍞 toasted topped with vegan cream cheese, avocado and everything bagel seasoning 🥑 + wild_friends classic creamy pb 🥜, 🍌 and cacao nibs 🍫 + soft boiled egg 🍳
I visited a farm! I don’t think I’ve been on a farm since 1st grade. But my bf ellindahl and I drove up to WI to visit greenfire_farm to learn more about its regenerative farming methods.
Going Paleo in 2011 really introduced me to the idea of well-sourced meat. Factory farmed meat is bad for the environment, the animals and us. But farms practicing regenerative methods are the exact opposite. I decided a while ago to prioritize sustainably raised meat in my budget. And so when I asked Jacob, the farmer I bought my meat from at the farmers market, what else I could do to help farms like his, he said buy the product, spread the word and visit the farm to learn more about what they do. Sold!
Green Fire Farm was established in 2015, turning environmentally unfriendly corn fields into a pasture. They raise 🐄, 🐖, 🐓, 🦃 and 🐑 on open grassland so the animals can eat what they were meant to (not fossil fueled, environmentally unsound crops) and rotate their feeding areas to let the land rest and regenerate. This method does everything environmentalists want: promotes biodiversity, sequesters carbon, creates richer, more nourishing soil and produces more nutritious food.
I know this sounds weird but the cattle were actually...beautiful. Yes, it had rained that morning but their coats were stunning shades of red, brown and black. The chickens and turkeys were hilariously talkative. The pigs were mildly curious and then got bored with us which: fair.
Jacob clearly knew every little detail of his community of animals: what they need, when they need it, how to anticipate those needs and how to meet new ones.
There’s a big anti-meat movement right now and while I can in no way defend factory farms, regenerative farms are completely different. Nature already designed a system, a system that we’re a part of. It’s arrogant to think we somehow know better than nature; that kind of thinking will only hurt us in the long run (by making us ever more dependent on soil-killing crops). A regenerative farm like Green Fire is good for the Earth and those of us living on it. Let’s let nature nourish us the way it was meant to.