9 Nov

Food Philosophy

Trying to encapsulate all the elements that go into a Food Philosophy is surprisingly hard to do!

My goal for this blog is to share delicious food that is free of all gluten, cow’s dairy, sugar, chemical food dyes and artificial preservatives.

When I first found out about my girls’ allergies, I scoured the internet looking for information and recipes that would fit their dietary restrictions. I ended up finding some great Paleo blogs that have recipes we can absolutely enjoy, but they also cut out healthy foods my girls can tolerate…like rice, beans and corn…and often even eggs. Those are nutrient-dense foods my kids love and are able to eat, so I do include them in many recipes. I also found some great Gluten Free blogs that got rid of the gluten but were still full of sugar and cow’s dairy. The Food Philosophy we ended up formulating for ourselves was something more permissive than the Paleo blogs, but healthier and more restrictive than many of the Gluten Free ones out there.

As time goes by, I realize there are more and more people out there who share these common allergens with my family…or who simply want to eat in an optimal nutritional fashion that prevents many of the diseases caused by the traditional Western diet and the USDA’s Food Pyramid. If you’re one of those people, I sure hope this website helps you!

FOOD PHILOSOPHY SUMMARY

I strive to prepare food influenced from the following principles:

  • Be faithful to the Gluten-, Cow Dairy-, Sugar-, Chemical food dye- and Artificial Preservative-free premise for the sake of my daughters’ allergies;
  • Cook with pasture-raised, grass-fed meats and wild-caught fish;
  • Incorporate healthy fats, including pasture-raised, grass-fed animal fats and butter, and healthy oils such as coconut, olive, grapeseed, avocado, and nut oils;
  • Incorporate healthy carbohydrates, including the super foods that are vegetables and fruits that are either organic (especially for the Dirty Dozen) or at least pesticide/herbicide/fungicide-free;
  • Honor traditional, healthy food preparation techniques such as soaking, sprouting, fermentation and culturing natural probiotics (i.e. so-called Slow Food!);
  • Harnessing all these healing principles with absolutely delicious recipes that are so good, you’d never know they are missing anything; and last but not least,
  • Creating this food in a cost-effective manner that our family can afford.

NAVIGATING RECIPES ON THIS SITE

To  make the health impact of each recipe transparent on this site, I’ve labeled each recipe with the following categories, when they apply:

  • Please note ALL recipes are free of gluten, sugar, cow’s dairy, chemical food dyes & artificial preservatives…no matter what.  No labels needed, that’s our starting point.
  • SCD & GAPS (Specific Carbohydrate  Diet and Gut & Psychology Syndrome diets, as the protocols are fairly synonymous).
  • Paleo (many recipes are, in fact, compliant with the Paleo premise).
  • Clean & Dairy Free (this comes from the cleanse protocol formulated by Dr. Alejandro Junger – I do Clean cleanses periodically during the year and the protocol is quite strict, with the intention of removing all potential allergens to give the body a break.  The protocol allows no dairy of any kind, even goat or sheep dairy which I do use regularly as healthy alternatives to cow’s milk).
  • Vegetarian (although we believe eating pastured, grass-fed or wild meat is the number one super food, we do love vegetables and anything that qualifies as vegetarian is labeled as such).

When you look at the Recipe Index, it’s broken down into logical meal categories (like Breakfast, Salads, Soups, etc.) but I’ve also listed the diet categories shown above (like Paleo, Clean, etc.) in case you want to see all the recipes that fit into that one dietary framework.  I’m really just starting this blog as of August 2014, so please keep coming back to look as I add more great recipes into each category!


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