posted on Nov, 30 2008 @ 02:32 PM
Okay, here is how we eat in our family. I am much stricter than the others because of my role as healer, etc.
I buy only what is in season and locally produced. I buy organic as much as possible. I bake my own breads for which use a self-made starter (it's
many years old already). I use sea salt and Himalayan salt, as meadowfairy stated she does as well. I use organic dried herbs and fresh when I can.
They are different and produce different effects. I use berries - dried berries or reconstituted.
At this time of year, I use roots and bulbs to make stews. I also use beans and pulses quite often, but roots are preferable. The rule is that if
Nature provides it, it is what you are meant to be eating.
I'll quickly give you an example of a typical stew. This is enough to feed a family of five (four adults and a 13-year-old) for three days.
Bless/thank/welcome and wash two medium-sized rutabaga, five carrots, three onions, five potatoes and a nice celery root. Peel the rutabagas if needs
be (their skins can be woody). Thank them again as you do it. Pour some oil to cover the bottom of a cast iron casserole/dutch oven (depending on
where you call it). Keep the bottle out because you'll need to add more to keep browning stuff. cut them all into 1½ inch (5cm) chunks, only
because it's a nice size. You please yourself. Brown the rutabaga in the hot oil. Just stir now and then. Add the potatoes. Keep adding oil as
it's absorbed but only enough! It should only be along the bottom, never higher than half an inch when the pot is full of chunks. Just stir to
prevent burning. Even if some burn a bit (I mean get a bit too dark, not catch on fire), it doesn't matter. You'll see. Add the rest of the stuff
and stir to heat everything up well. After maybe 15 minutes, fill with fresh, cold water. Turn it to whatever setting is around simmer and let it be
for a while. You can add some bay leaves (I have two growing in the kitchen and I live in the frozen north). You can add some lavender flowers.
They are nice. You can add a spoonful of Marmite or Vegemite. It's only yeast and salt. If you really want to, and I used to use such things in Ye
Olde Days, you can add a cupful of white wine to it. Nothing wrong with that. But you just let it simmer. It will be good for many a meal. Flavor
it to suit your taste. In time though, these things will need less and less embellishment and you'll be able to eat it prepared from just the cooked
Cooking comes from the heart. I never use recipes. You just feel the day and it tells you what should be for dinner. If you're so fortunate, try
using mashed avocado in place of butter on bread or in sandwiches to replace mayonnaise. There are so many animal products that are easy to replace
if you just open your mind and your palate to something new. Don't buy any salty or sweet snacks. Buy some nuts or seeds instead. Don't even give
the option of other rubbish to enter your home. YOU have to make the call. Be strong. It's easy once you take back your own mind.
Edit: Hey, and keep apples and dried berries on hand. Berries can have sugar but try to mix the sweetened with unsweetened. Nuts are fabulous for
filling you up and also lowering cholesterol if you have that problem. My husband had really high cholesterol and in three months of eating veggie
foods and nuts, it was admirably low. The doctors wouldn't believe it. They said there must have been a mistake in his initial reading. lol Oh,
modern medicine! You have to pity them.
[edit on 30/11/2008 by CosmicEgg]