A fellow homeschooler ask this question on a previous post:
Can I ask you a question I am curious about? Why do you focus on food so much?
I recognize all I talked about on my previous blog is food- it was meant to be a food blog after all. Why did I, or how could I, spend so much energy and time on a food blog? It was a transition period for us from eating basically almost anything that felt good to the taste buds to a more thoughtful, intentional eating/lifestyle, and blogging about that, and my new way of cooking really helped. I would not take for granted the inspiration and the knowledge I acquired from other food blogs and the encouragement I got from my fellow bloggers.
I have since moved on, and though I write food posts on this blog, I do so in a totally different direction, and with the awareness of a broader readership.
Nowadays, when I talk about food, like in the last post, I don’t really intend to put the focus on it, but the nourishment that I am feeding my family. Preparing healthy meals is one of the most significant things I do for the family on a daily basis. Getting up early in the morning to make my husband’s lunch when my pregnant belly want to stay in bed is not a piece of cake, but it is that important to me, and that’s why I do it. I couldn’t help it if it spills over on this blog!
When I posted, let’s say, about the fudgsicles I made with the kids, it is with the unspoken message that we could feed our children satisfying yet “healthy” snacks, and with the help of those tiny hands. When I posted about a vegetable soup, I should have added that I do this soup thing a lot, but once in a while, I come across some that the kids really like, and that is a treasure for me, worth sharing. It is with the hope that I could bring some inspiration to the busy mom who still believe in feeding her children vegetables, other than steamed broccoli or carrots.
Homeschooling extends beyond the compass of the curriculum, sports and other educational activities. Health and nutrition, respect for one another, financial stewardship, our relationships with other people, social awareness, so on and so forth: they are all integral part of our family’s home education. Some homemakers love to quilt, knit, scrapbook, etc. (Don’t we see it written all over their blogs?) Providing my family with the best nourishment for their bodies has become a passion of mine. I consider this an essential part of the hidden art of homemaking. Frankly, I am burdened that in our busyness as homeschool mothers, the nutritional aspects get put on the back burner. We strive to provide the best environment for our children to help them make the right choices. How is it that training them to choose wisely what to feed their temples never gets much attention? We would consciously not give our children drugs, alcohol and cigarette… Do we give a lot of thought to what we put in those little vulnerable bodies on a daily basis?
Eliminate highly processed food, preservatives and other questionable ingredients, refined sugar and other refined food in the children’s diet, feed them superfood, and see the difference in the way they behave. Watch as their health and well-being thrive!
We are also a supporter of organic farming, and that’s why that word sometime pops up in my so called food posts. We live in a budget, but the choice between organic and conventionally-grown produce is hardly negotiable.
So yes, I may seem to “focus on food so much,” as perceived. But in this blog, it would not be about a good restaurant that we recently visited, the mouthwatering pizza, or just about any food that feels good to the taste buds at the moment. It would not be about a bag of potato chips, an edible experiment in a box or the box of nuggets that I served the kids because we were too busy doing school. Really, it is a matter of perception.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3John 1:2)