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Why I Cook From Scratch

Genesis 3

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

I believe in Intelligent Design. I believe that my Heavenly Father created the world and everything in it in six literal days.

In those 6 days, God created everything that Man would need to survive: food, medicine, shelter, water, and He created them in a way that we would receive optimal nutritional benefits.



After the 1950s, we have seen an unnatural alteration in our food culture. Consumers wanted food to be easier, faster, cheaper, and more of it-- so, the food industry ramped up their scientific approach for production to keep up with the demand.

Food has been broken down, dehydrated and ground up, fillers added to make it go farther, not-your-grandmas-preservatives were added to make it last longer, colors were added to make it prettier, pesticides are sprayed on it so corporations would have bigger harvests so they would make more money, then crops were being genetically modified so that they would grow better and bigger and more, more, more, MORE... Should I even start on what's happened with our meat and dairy?! ...UGH!

Now look at us. We are a generation of disease ridden, obese, malnourished people.

You cannot convince me that it's just a coincidence.

I am fed up.
 
Over the last few years, my idea of food and overall living has evolved. I see the need for Back-to-Basics-Living and am slowly working my household over to that.

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The first steps that I have taken is to cook from scratch and grow some of my family's food.

Cooking from scratch it isn't really a huge change, it just requires more meal prep and planning.

Now, before you start thinking that I am one of these haughty, granola crunching {mmm..granola}, tree hugging {not that there's anything wrong with that}, out-of-touch-with-the-real-world people, I want you to know that I DO live in the real world and I know that sometimes the budget doesn't allow for gray sea salt, gluten free this, free range that, organic everything... and blah, blah, blah. I don't get them all time. I can't. That's why I say 'when possible'. Cut yourself {and me} some slack. We do the best we can, when we can. Most of the time, the best I can do is purchase whole foods and staple items for "from scratch" cooking. I can't always get organic, either. It's Oh. Kay. 

Did I mention that I am also a working mom? Yeah. I have a work schedule and a $50 to $60 a week grocery budget. How's that for "in touch"? ;) Cooking from scratch is possible in a working mom's schedule-- we just have to plan a little better.

I do it for these guys
For an example, let's look at sandwich bread!

Homemade bread has: flour, yeast, honey, water, extra virgin olive oil and salt. That's a total of 6 ingredients.  

Sunbeam Bread Ingredients:

Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Water, Wheat Gluten, Cellulose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast. Contains 2% Or Less of Each of The Following: Whole Wheat Flour, Salt, Wheat Bran, Yeast Nutrients (Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate), Dough Conditioners (May Contain One Or More of The Following: Mono- & Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Mono- & Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Enzymes), Corn Starch, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Distilled Vinegar, Caramel Color, Soy Lecithin, Soy Flour. Contains Wheat and Soy.

**Um, dough conditioners? Caramel color? What the what?!

Made from scratch spinach, shrimp, and heirloom tomato white pizza
Now, let's get real. Right now, there is a half eaten loaf of store bought bread in my pantry. There is also a mostly eaten loaf of homemade sourdough bread on my counter.

I have homegrown organic vegetables in my freezer, as well as non-organic, non-free range chicken.

I have a box of raisin bran next to a jar of homemade granola.

Hmmm... Maybe I am a "crunchy momma".

You see where I am going with this? This is a gradual, do-the-best-you-can-with-what-you've-got process.

If you want to live a more natural, wholesome lifestyle, take it one step at a time. Do the best you can with what you've got. Some improvement is better than none. I've heard this called "imperfect progress" and I feel good about it.

Those are my thoughts, for what they are worth.

Do you have any baby step advice for others who are looking to change their lifestyle? Leave your comments below.

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