I'm closing in on the 3 week mark before the new baby arrives. In spite of my enormous belly, I still feel like a long-legged stork will in fact drop the little parcel wrapped in pink or blue cloth on the doorstep and be gone in the blink of an eye. But I know that isn't the case, especially with the lack of appetite I've had lately.
Even though I haven't felt a whole lot like eating - or at least eating very much at one sitting - I have felt like reading about food. It's probably the first time in years that I've been current on my feedly blog stream. I have a record number of books on my shelves from the library, and I even had the time to read a book for review from cover to cover: Deliciously Holistic by Shelly Alexander, CHFS. What attracted me to this book was the description, "There is a simple, easy-to-follow recipe for eating healthy, delicious foods that can also lead you on an enjoyable path to vibrant health."
I was particularly interested in this claim because I read a lot on whole food diets and I know first hand just how confusing all of it can be. Keeping all of the linguistics of whole food eating can be daunting as well, and just where should a person new to the idea of a whole foods diet start? I found this book to be a very good resource for someone just starting out in holistic eating. It gives a broad overview of healthy diet without subscribing to just one diet trend (vegan, paleo, primal, vegetarian), but includes simple, tasty recipes for those who might already follow any one of those diets. It also confirms a lot of information I've already gained from reading about and following a mostly holistic diet for some time.
It's been a good 3 years since I ditched my microwave, gave up boxed cereal, and in general started taking more hands on control of my own diet. That also directly translated to the diets of my immediate family so much as I can help it. I try not to be militant, but also aim for consistency. Most food in my house is slow food. I take genuine pleasure in adding new kitchen processes that are (hopefully) healthier than packaged or more convenient counterparts. I've become a real bread baker, all my beans are soaked and cooked from dried, and I try to focus on purchasing raw materials and then making the most of them as the mood strikes me.
This means thinking ahead a good part of the time, and in the cases where I haven't thought ahead, it causes me to be creative in coming up with nutritious meals for my family. It definitely helps to be consistently reading real food blogs and cookbooks, and like I said, Deliciously Holistic would be an excellent first step resource for someone completely new to the lifestyle changes that whole food diets require.
Orange Ginger Pumpkin Seed Milk (Shelly Alexander, CHFS - Deliciously Holistic)
yields about 4 1/2 cups
- 3 cups filtered or spring water
- 1 1/4 c. soaked pumpkin seeds
- 3 T. coconut sugar, 3 pitted dates, or stevia to taste (I used dates)
- 1 t. fresh peeled ginger, grated
- 1/4 c. fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 t. grated orange zest