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.
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!”
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!
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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Are you a food purist?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.