They say knowledge is power. When it comes to diet I think that they are right, but they are taking the fun out of the wonders of food. I was in Costco yesterday and after I got the items I needed I took a little time for me and looked at the books. What I noticed was that almost all of the cookbooks were all about healthy eating. Now don't get me wrong, I'm very fond of the idea of eating my veggies and cutting down my sugars and white flours. I understand in my head how important all of this is. But I miss the good old days when people had less knowledge and could just enjoy food without so much thought about it all.
It wasn't so long ago when you could find at Costco wonderfully illustrated cookbooks on desserts. The idea of an all chocolate dessert cookbook would just make my heart sing. How I love to bake and love even more testing out new recipes and sharing them with my family and even neighbors at times. Just a short twenty years ago you would only faintly hear of someone with a food allergy. When going to church potlucks I wasn't concerned what was in that casserole or in this dessert. I miss those days.
Today I found the care plan that I printed out from my youngest son's doctor. He was across me on at the kitchen island and I wanted to read it to him before his next appointment on Tuesday. I love that he is seeing a natural path, but I hate all of this diet change stuff. She wants him to move toward an anti-inflammatory diet. I get it and I believe that eating proteins and veggies is really the way to go, but it isn't necessarily the way that I want to go. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love my baked goods which are all considered inflammatory!
The big thing of my day was working on getting the kitchen clean. The kitchen is a big deal. Food is the focus of most of life if you really think about it. It has become an even bigger deal as we are trying to find help with our youngest son's headaches/migraines. If I could just get my kitchen to stay clean and well stocked I would be in a better place mentally and physically, but I have about six other hands in the kitchen other than my own. Each person denies leaving dishes out unwashed, or crumbs on the counter. Somedays I complain, a few times I have ranted, but I am about to raise the white flag and take on the heart of a servant and just keep working at keeping it the way I want it on my own. The thing is, when I want to go in and cook I want to start with a clean and uncluttered kitchen. It is probably an unwinnable battle that keeps other families eating frozen dinners and eating out!
I long for the guilt-free days I had as a kid when sweets were treats and you didn't have to think twice about saying yes to a piece of cake! Those days no one knew what gluten was and it was considered healthy to drink your milk. Knowledge is power, but ignorance is bliss!
The lesson in the day: Remember to do all things (except for those that are illegal or immoral) in moderation. Don't try too hard to keep a spotless kitchen and eat a little dessert once in a while!