3 Good Reasons I’m Not a Food Purist | Natural Living Thursdays

Alternative post title: Why I Do Eat Blue Bell Ice Cream!

My parents spent a few days with us this week, and my mom commented to me one afternoon while we were working in the kitchen, 

“Kristy, I’m really proud of you!  You’ve balanced out a lot.  Remember a few years ago when you got mad at me for buying ice cream?”

I had to smile sheepishly.

Yeah, I remember.

I remember getting irritated a lot of times over the peppermints my mom gave my kids, the sugary cereals she fed my kids at her house, and yeah… the store-bought ice cream she insisted on buying, despite my lecture about how much healthier it is to make your own ice cream.

Because we all know that homemade ice cream is HEALTHY, right? 🙂

 It’s true.  I made a lot of good changes in my eating habits many years ago when I was a young mom. 

It’s also true that I have made some more good changes in choosing to let some things go.

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Here are three good reasons I’m NOT a food purist: 

P.S. These may or may not have anything to do with ice cream! 

1. It’s Intimidating. 

I remember the first time one of my friends told me, “Yeah, I read your blog… and there’s NO way I’d invite you to my house to eat!” 

Oh.  Okay.

I kind of chalked that comment up as someone feeling a bit too sensitive about my personal life.  But after I heard that statement from a few more friends over the years, I did some soul searching.

Are relationships more important than my silly food rules?

When I’m arguing with my own mother in the frozen food aisle at the grocery store, and my friends are scared to invite me over to their house to eat…

Well, maybe I’ve taken this healthy food thing a bit too far.

I want my healthy lifestyle to bless and encourage others, not intimidate or overwhelm them.

2. It’s Expensive. 

Just to put it bluntly, our household of eight can’t afford to eat 100% organic foods. 

Now, that isn’t a complaint.  But it is a fact.

I know you’ve already noticed that “whole foods” and organic stuff is typically over-priced.

Yes, I am willing to invest a little more money in order to feed my family mostly grass-fed meat, organic dairy products, and non-GMO grains… but, goodness, I can’t afford to burn up my husband’s hard-earned money on food alone! 

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We have a loose (and pretty generous, in my opinion) weekly grocery budget.

What we can’t afford to buy, I leave sitting on the grocery shelf.  And I refuse to feel sorry for myself about it!

Man shall not live by bread alone, right?  🙂

3. It’s Exhausting. 

So much of what doesn’t fall into the category of “whole foods” has found it’s way back into my pantry and table these days.  

I am not above feeding my kids organic cereal or instant oatmeal for breakfast.

We eat sandwiches (on store-bought, gluten-free bread) several times each week.

I love gluten-free crackers and will even use a gluten-free pizza crust MIX when I’m in a big hurry (which is pretty much all the time!).

I have learned that I can’t possibly keep up with everything.  

If I’m going to homeschool my children, raise a largish family, be an active team member alongside my husband in ministry, open my home and heart to friends, maintain a blog and keep my sanity… well, something has to go.

What I chose to let go is perfection.  Plain and simple.

So those are the top three reasons I’m not a food purist.

Yes, I still try to feed my family very healthy meals.

Yes, we do eat a lot of organic and whole foods.

And, yes, I will be the first in line when Blue Bell Ice Cream hits the shelves again at our local Super Wal-mart! 

Maybe my mom will come over and enjoy a bowl or two with me. 🙂

Next week, I plan to share a peek at what DOES go into my pantry and share a few ideas for building a (mostly) whole foods pantry.

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8 thoughts on “3 Good Reasons I’m Not a Food Purist {and why I do eat Blue Bell Ice Cream}

  1. Love this entry…Such wisdom you reflected here, Kristy.
    Many, many years ago, when we homeschooled 6 kids and tried to eat healthy, we hit that ‘purist” season….until my husband got laid off….and suddenly the day-old bread store and the discount racks of the supermarket were our main sources of supplies…I learned to trust the LORD to guide and nourish our family.

    Posted on September 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm
    1. Marj, I think trusting God’s provision and choosing gratitude for what He does provide, even when it isn’t necessarily everything we think we need at the time, is so fundamental to enjoying a truly healthy life (body, soul, and mind).

      Our culture is in a craze for MORE, and that mental posture can definitely creep into our mindset toward healthy living… we “deserve” to eat healthier.

      There is freedom in the simplicity of contentment! “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” I Timothy 6:8

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Margj

      Posted on September 20, 2015 at 6:19 am
  2. Such a great post, Kristy! I’ll come over and eat ice cream with you, too, but only if you come to my house to eat REAL ice cream from a local chain called Handel’s. There’s no going back after that. I love my whole foods, but I also really love my Chocoholic Chunk from Handel’s! Ha!

    Posted on September 17, 2015 at 6:27 pm
    1. Girl, you know you had me at the Chocoholic part, right?? 😀 I’d love to indulge in eating a few bowls of ice cream with you!

      Posted on September 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm
  3. Love this!

    Posted on September 17, 2015 at 8:05 am
    1. Thanks, Esther! 🙂

      Posted on September 17, 2015 at 8:15 am
  4. I have many of the same reasons for the way we eat. Of course, for me, my husband is a huge reason since he refuses to eat very healthy. I personally eat a lot healthier than the rest of my family, with my children having a more balanced diet. AND, that is actually my goal – to be balanced. If we eat healthy God’s way most of the time, then I don’t think it hurts to indulge on Blue Bell now and then!! Enjoy!!!

    Posted on September 17, 2015 at 7:54 am
    1. I so agree, Mikki… balance is key. I like to think of “stewardship” versus simply trying to be strict, or eat “right” all the time.

      And yes, our husband’s preferences definitely add a dimension to our family dietary habits! Great point.

      Posted on September 17, 2015 at 8:15 am