We all know those famous words that sent Marie Antoinette to the guillotine, but I've found a new application for them that will hopefully win me a few friends.
I've had several conversations lately with different people about deprivation - in any way, on any level. When you tell us we can't have/do something, we automatically want to have/do it even more. So tell me I can't have cake, and I may last a few days but the first time the opportunity arises, I WILL EAT CAKE! On the other hand, if I think I can eat or do what I want, that mental craving is lessened and I'm more likely to think about the consequences or end result of "eating the cake."
So what is your "cake" today? Is it a food you love but think you can't have? Or an activity or lack thereof? Is it soda? Sugar? Carbs? Consider taking a different approach - one of balance and "yes" instead of extremes and "no."
My vision for Well Fed has always been to provide whole/healthy foods to people who are too busy to shop, cook and prepare REAL food for themselves. I've always believed people want to eat healthy, they want to feed their families better... but the information can be too overwhelming, the prices can be too high and it can be quite inconvenient. Buy organic or "regular"? Fat free/sugar free/low carb? Hormones and antibodies? Pesticides?
How in the world can you know what to buy?
Well, if we can do all that work for you, and your meals cost about the same, we can make that whole process easy for you.
And over the course of our first two years, we've tried a lot of recipes, options and ideas. Some have worked great, some not so great. But truth be told, we've focused more on the quality of ingredients than the actual taste.
And that, we've decided, must change! Now we are focusing equally on both.
Because of our passion to provide whole food which helps to prevent disease and makes you feel better - more energized and more satisfied - to this point, we've not put quite as much thought into the flavor and presentation. But really, what we want to do (minus the home rendered lard!) is cook like granny did. Absolutely fabulous food, all natural and always real, that leaves you happier (and healthier) than ever!
Foods fresh off the farm with a lot of flavor and very few ingredients. Foods that satisfy your hunger and your palate. So give our new menu a try... and please oh please, let me know how we're doing!
We all have fears of varying kinds and in varying degrees, but the fear of failure is perhaps the worst, most paralyzing fear there is. And to some degree we all have it. We fear failing at our career, at parenting, at relationships, and at making positive changes (like diet and exercise! ) So what would life look like if we could move beyond our fear? What if the end of fear is where we really begin?
If we could move beyond our fears, what would we attempt to do or change or be? For me, choosing to quit a well-paying job to pursue the dream of Well fed was a major project in overcoming my fear of failure. But once I took the leap and started following that passion, the fear subsided.
On a smaller or different scale, many people are afraid to attempt living a healthier life because it looks so complicated, dry and boring, or overwhelming . We've all been on at least 10 or more diets that have not been successful for the long - term so starting another "diet " seems like a path to certain disaster. So how do we overcome that fear?
- stop thinking if it as a "diet ". Any word with "die " in it can't be good, right? Instead, think of it as taking a new direction in life. - like a new job or relationship.
- make ONE SMALL CHANGE per week. Choose something you believe you can do at first. As you build a history of success, you'll also build your confidence and then be able to tackle the bigger challenges.
- Have a "big picture " goal in mind. For me, when I am making a food choice, I think about what's in it, how will make me feel (physically AND emotionally! ) and what the long term effect on my health will be. So maybe you have a family history if diabetes you want to avoid... or arthritis, cancer, whatever it may be. Maybe you want to see your grandchildren graduate from high school. These goals will have deeper meaning with longer lasting motivation.
Whatever your reason, whatever the goal, step past your fears and find your best life!
Last weekend my family laid to rest one of the best people I've ever known. He was my uncle and my godfather - but more than everything else, Uncle Kelly was one of my favorite people on the planet. Always, always a smile in his eyes, even when it may not have shown on his face. Always a smart remark to be made and always a lesson to be learned.
He loved Buckeye football - as well as hockey and golf. But best of all, he lived to help others in life.
I love that man ... and he died too fast, too early and too young. From cancer.
So of course my reaction was - and is - it doesn't have to be this way!
Don't misunderstand me, I certainly don't blame him, or anyone else, for having cancer. Well Fed Was born from my desire to solve the epidemic of disease in our world. So it would naturally follow that Uncle Kelly would re-ignite my passion - and it has!
All facts point to so many environmental factors that are affecting our health - from sugar to preservatives, pesticides to hormones, our food sources are saturated with things that have been proven to make us sick. And yet we continue eating them - mostly because we don't have the time or energy to make better choices.
So what can you do?
First, know that you do have choices. Just because you have a family history doesn't mean you have to succumb to disease. Just because one in five women get breast cancer doesn't mean you have to be a part of the 20%! So here are five things to think about when considering how to make changes:
- Take control, and take responsibility. Don't be a victim. Understand that you have choices.
- Know what you're eating. Read ingredients and stop worrying about fat grams and carbs. If you don't recognize what's in your food, don't eat it.
- Eat your fruits and veggies! If I could narrow all my research down to ONE SINGLE CULPRIT, it would be the lack of nutrients we can only get from fruits and veggies that allow our bodies to heal and rebuild... and fight.
- Make one small change at a time. Doing too much too fast becomes overwhelming and self-defeating. Pick one thing you know you're willing to change and do it. Then move on to another. Soon, you'll look back and realize you've made a LOT of changes and feel like a success!
- Don't operate out of fear. Educate & integrate! While you can't control everything, you do have a lot more control that you've been led to believe. Feel empowered and not afraid!
Because we exist for people on the go, we want to make your online shopping experience as fast, clean and quick as possible. Hence, our upgrade to Shopify's beautiful platform!
Now we hope to provide you with local, fresh and organic delicacies... in fewer button clicks!
If you have any questions about our new Online Store, as always, feel free to reach Rachel at 859-539-5863 or by email at rachel at wellfedmeals dot com.