eating well full time (part II)

one of my biggest struggles in the kitchen is overcoming my laziness.

i was talking to a friend the other day about how much i love the concept of slow food – of actually preparing a meal with friends or family – a meal made from local, sustainable resources rather than cracking open a box of something quick, cheap and easy (that, let’s face it, probably came from halfway around the world, thus making it’s carbon footprint astronomical).

i’m working on eating in season.  in the past, i would always get this fruit or that fruit no matter the season because i liked it, darn it, and it didn’t matter if it had to be brought halfway around the world so my taste buds could enjoy it – if i wanted it, i’d buy it.  now, i’m becoming more conscious about eating things that are in season, things that i can buy locally from coops or local famers’ markets.  (i can usually buy apples just about any time of the year, and potatoes – lots and lots of “apples of the earth” as the french like to call them).  i’ve to admit, however, i am curious about what sorts of local foods i will be able to purchase in the winter months.  i think a trip to the farmers’ market in november and december is certainly in order.

another struggle of mine is snacking well.  i don’t know about you, but if there’s chocolate anywhere in the house, chances are, it will end up in my mouth quicker than you can say “willy wonka!”.  i love chocolate.  i was talking to another friend about this – about how we both agree that family sized bags of M&M’s are actually single servings for us.  i know it’s bad for me, but gosh darn it, as soon as i have just one or two, i’m a goner.

i’m combating my sweet tooth by simply not bringing these kinds of items into my home.  simple.  if i don’t have it on hand, it won’t end up in my mouth.

sure, i still have a hankering for ice cream pretty much non-stop (and the closest ice cream shop is just a mile down the road), but i’m slowly learning that i can live without treats all of the time.

i still allow myself a sanity meal once a week (perhaps more on that in another post) and usually with that meal is something sweet for dessert, but other than that, i’m trying to be really good when it comes to not snacking (which i seem to do when i’m bored).

tonight, i had my sanity meal.  we have family coming into town this weekend, so we’ve started the big project of getting the house ready for our guests.  as such, neither of us wanted to cook, so we ordered pizza instead. :)

what sorts of fall season meals are you anxious to prepare?  how can you eat well and eat local during the colder months?  is it even possible?

traveling mercies,
jdh

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2 thoughts on “eating well full time (part II)

  1. I have a diet called the celi diet that i have a few friends on.. well more than a few actually .. for their health and RULE number ONE is do not bring the bad stuff into your home so you have done the right thing by not letting those evil little m7m’s into your house, if you feel like snacking, drink a glass of water, you are more than likely dehydrated! Well you know about my own diet.. nothing processed! It works! you can eat local if you have done heaps of canning and freezing all summer.. but you can do definitely do eat fresh! c

  2. I’m the same way about chocolate, as you know. If it’s in the house I have to eat it. All of it. Right now. But we have a rule that we don’t go to the store for one thing, so if I want chocolate I have to wait until we’ve run out of something else in order to justify the trip. It sounds silly, but it works for me! Also, Cecilia is right about the water. Very often, I’ll have a mad craving for something very sweet or very salty that is completely quelled by a glass of water.
    As for winter produce? We have squash and root vegetables available year-round and relatively locally here in the great white north, and we can usually get greenhouse-grown tomatoes and peppers, too. Fruit is hard to find here once the snow comes, though. I really need to get into canning and freezing :P Best of luck on your healthy food quest!

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