I follow a few bloggers who are vegan, paleo, gluten-free etc.. I really admire the efforts you guys make to eat “the right things”. I have no such restrictions and at some point I found myself thinking: But in terms of food, what do I stand for? What do I believe in? I gave it a little thought and this is my own food-manifesto. I thought it was worth sharing to help you get to know me better!
I believe that we are made of what we eat, quite literally. What we ingest are the bricks that form our body. So quality is key. For example, I would rather eat less meat than buying bad one. I really believe that when you make things from scratch, with high quality ingredients, you end up having a better diet, and your groceries don’t cost you more. For me take-away and ready meals are a no go. I don’t even think it take you much more time to cook for yourself. By the time you go through a take-away menu and bring it back home, you could probably have taken 5 mn to make an omelette, or a simple pasta dish.
I give myself a bit of flex though: no ready meals, but a little help from chopped and frozen herbs, garlic or onions does not hurt, especially on a week night!
When you make things from scratch, you know exactly what you are eating. It is reassuring at a time when food scandals are almost part of every day life. And it also helps you moderate your intake. If I bake a cake, and I used 500 g of butter, it will be much easier for me not to get myself a second piece. I know what it is made of! If I had bought the cake ?… not so much (and if I had bought it in a supermarket, it would probably contain palm oil rather than butter)
I am not vegeterian, vegan, paleo or gluten-free, but I value the effort people who chose these diets make in order to eat what they believe is best. I like challenges, so I do cook recipes without meat, or any animal products, or gluten etc, because in general they are quite healthy, right?
For myself, I follow my nan’s motto: “Il faut manger de tout, et ne pas se resservir” which means ” You’ve got to eat a bit of everything, and avoid second helpings”. I am not that good on not having second helpings, but I make a point of eating lots of different things. And blogging is a great way to keep challenging myself to stick to it.
So here it is! I have updated this in my “About page” for all new comers 🙂
And you, what keeps you going cooking and blogging?