15th of March, 2012
The goal of my blog is to share with you my passion for health, food and traditions. I am going to write about real, properly prepared, nutrient-dense whole food creations that my husband and I have been making for a few years now. Sometimes we make them together and other times it is just me or just him. It depends on how busy we are with our other projects. Other postings will contain related information to health, food and traditions and I might even tell you something about Feng Shui that I love as well. Variety is a spice of life.
So who am I? My name is Anna and I grew up in Prague, the Czech Republic. Now I live with my husband, Jared, in Vernon, CT. I am a daughter, a wife and a mommie of two spoiled kitties. I love to cook, bake, read, walk, draw, listen to music, garden, do yoga, etc. I have been studying nutrition and related topics for several years and am currently enrolled at the Nutritional Therapy Association and have been learning all kinds of cool stuff. In June I am going to become a Certified Nutritional Therapist.
I love healthy food that makes people happy, healthy and nourished. Don’t you? I have always loved watching my Mum in the kitchen while she was preparing one of her delicacies. It was a concert of movements, sounds and smells. Taste buds were teased at first but eventually satisfied. We were poor during Communism, food was scarce, but we got real food every single day. It was not much but even a slice of bread with butter and honey was a big treat. Of course when Velvet Revolution happened in 1989 I was only eight years old then, so I did not experience too much of the Communism era but my parents and family did. It was not an easy time but at least more people cooked home-made meals. Now, people eat more of the processed foods and they distanced themselves from the real food.
I have always been interested in what other cultures and people are cooking and eating. Our lives evolve around food, whether we like it or not. Everybody has to eat. The big question is, WHAT. What do people eat nowadays? When I look around I see frozen dinners, fast foods, food that comes out from boxes, cans, packaged foods that expire in three or more years. I call this dead food. The cans, boxes and packages do not contain any enzyme rich nutrients that give us life. They cause death and degeneration. It reminds me of the 1984 novel by George Orwell when people got their “nutrition” in a pill. Hmmmm … How about those “healthy drinks” that function as replacement meals … I wonder what our ancestors would think of that?
The focus is on the traditional nourishing foods that will make you feel alive, healthy, and radiant! I do not believe in processed foods that will make you depressed, tired, sick and guilty. So what are traditional foods? Well, traditional foods are such foods that our ancestors used to prepare and that your grandmother and/or great-grandmother would recognize. They are prepared in a way that will nourish your body and soul and you will just thrive. For example: lacto-fermented foods and beverages, broths and soups, properly prepared seeds and grains and products from them, etc.