Because we didn't eat out that much as a family, I wasn't exposed to other cultures' dishes until I began approaching my 20's. Until then, when I ate out, it was typically at a chain restaurant. As I approached my 20's I began to realize I had more means (money) to venture out and try new restaurants. I tried Indian food, Thai food, Vietnamese food, new Italian dishes and other cultural dishes. As I opened up my palate, the Food Network became one of my new favorite television networks. Then, I discovered restaurant.com. Restaurant.com is a site that offers significantly discounted gift certificates to some of the best restaurants in town. Equipped with these valuable yet cheap gift certificates, I was able to try some of the restaurants I always wanted to try (but didn't want to spend the money, not knowing whether it was worth it). This was one of my and Drew's favorite pastimes when we were dating and even after we were married (before kids were born). We tried some great restaurants and soon had a little list of our favorite places. Some of our dates even involved trying to replicate dishes from our favorite restaurants in our own kitchen. We evolved into self-proclaimed foodies.
|Enjoying a dark chocolate dessert in Switzerland on our honeymoon.|
When I received my cancer diagnosis, I knew things needed to change. I wanted to fight this thing with every tool possible. This meant I had some research to do to figure out how to use food as a tool in the battle as well. It has taken me nearly four months, but I figured out what will be my new philosophy on food for life. As many books, articles, case studies and blogs as I have read, I felt like I have prepared to write a thesis. It feels like I am back in graduate school. But, I feel what I learned the past few months is way more important than anything I have researched in the past (besides my faith). So, because I feel that what I have learned is so important and interesting, I would like to share what I have learned here and there in regular posts on this blog. I have titled the posts, "Nourishing Bytes". I now still enjoy food as a foodie. But, I also am so much more aware of what is going into my body, and how it can possibly help or harm it. Also, I have really learned to enjoy and appreciate healthful foods.
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
As I publish the "Nourishing Bytes" posts, I will link them here so they are cataloged in one location for easy viewing. Here you go--enjoy!
Power Greens: Spinach and Arugula
Enjoying our Cruciferous Veggies
10 Days of Real Food!
Grass-Fed Beef, Black Beans and More
Yummy Veggie and Whole Grain Recipe: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brown Rice and Apples
And here are some great books to read if you are interested in changing your diet, becoming healthier and either preventing or beating cancer!