Monday, April 19, 2010

Home Is Where The REAL Food Is

After spending a week traveling to the West Coast, then home for about 8 hours before continuing on to the east for another few days, I was exhausted and feeling gross from eating in restaurants or on airplanes for nearly every meal.  My heart yearned for a long nights' sleep in my own bed and my body craved some simple food, cooked with my very own hands in my very own kitchen.

Sure, the nice hotels we stayed in offered great beds with decent enough pillows and cool bathrooms, but there's just something about being able to snuggle down into the familiar embrace of your own bed in a familiar environment, no?  Since I've become more aware of how certain foods affect me, I've come to realize there is the same flow of comforting energy that comes from eating real whole foods that are most compatible with my own digestion, as well as a calming energy that comes from eating food created in a relaxed home atmosphere rather than in the frenzied pace of a hectic, autonomous restaurant.  If you think this is a bunch of bunk, think about it the next time you find yourself eating out.  Are there certain restaurants that you tend to eat more quickly in, or that leave feeling stressed-out or aggressive or maybe even sluggish and you're not sure why?  It could have something to do with the energy, or "vibe" in the restaurant's kitchen (or even the energy of the food, but I'll leave that topic for another post).

When we returned to town on Saturday evening, even though we had a great invitation to an evening out that sounded wonderful, all David and I wanted to do was head to the grocery store and stock up on some great produce and cook a clean and simple meal.

When we've been lax on the healthy eating, one of the best foods you can eat to begin to bring your digestion back into proper function is raw beets.  My beet salad is quick and super simple with just a few ingredients, so I made a big batch to last us for a few days.  Good fresh greens are really hard to find in restaurants and especially during the spring we like to eat them everyday if at all possible.  We were a little behind from our travels, so David made a big batch of greens and beans using red kale.

We had plenty of left-overs so we were able to have them with some strip steaks from a local farm (hormone-free, antibiotic-free, grass-fed) the next night when I realized it had been several weeks since I'd eaten any beef, and I felt that I needed some of the nutrients that are found in it.  I've been leery of most commercial beef for a long time, but especially now, since I happened to find this article in USA Today on the lack of standards when it comes to tainted beef that our government allows into our food supply.  I am not positive that local is 100% better, but it has GOT to be much better to purchase beef from a nearby family-owned/run farm than one of the 4 or 5 meat factories that supply more than 85% of the beef to our entire nation.

Home IS where the heart is.  It's where the healthy eating is, too, if you chose wisely.  What is your favorite 'home-coming' comfort food?

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