Last month we dived head first into starting a greener and healthier lifestyle!
If you know me in real life, you know that I am and never have been a fan of added and processed sugars…basically everything is clean, fresh food in my kitchen. Nothing comes from a box. (Unless you pack your meals in a lunch box before work. 😉 ) Baking with raw sugars is possible and hey- cakes and muffins and cookies and…they all taste even better with raw sugars! And the gazillion amazing uses of coconut oil sometimes makes me forget about the pure existence of butter…but then there’s the smell of freshly baked bread and my heart screams for butter on a slice of still warm bread…so no. This post is absolutely NOT about me becoming vegan. Well, back to the topic of today’s post.
We started eating far less meat and only buying it from regional producers before, we’ve stopped buying bottled water and instead started using a soda stream with re-usable glass bottles, I’ve recyled trash for as long as I can think of thanks to my dad who started recycling when I was still very little… That’s no big news but we also started buying our eggs from a wonderful project called Bruderhahn Initiative Deutschland (BID) now. The BID project was founded in 2012 by bio pioneers with the principal „We want that animal husbandry is adapted to the animal and not the market.“ I think that this is a great project and we are absolutely willing to pay 4 cents more (that’s really all it takes!) per egg we use. Breeding, feeding and living conditions correspond to the highest standards of animal welfare. The BID goes still further with the absolute absence of the use of antibiotics – which you can actually see and taste, no kidding there.
Did y’all know that, when chickens hatch, they are diverted into male and female and, at most of the bigger farms, male chicken are killed immediately?? Well, sure enough, we didn’t know until we heard of BID. So many unnecessarily killed chicken out there: how come almost nobody thinks about buying a whole chicken anymore and willingly paying cents only for chicken breasts? Have you ever seen how these chicken are being force-fed and the living conditions under which they grow? No – I am not even close to becoming vegan but – small changes change the world into something better. We are, for a fact, what we eat. And it’s not that hard to eat less meat and poultry and if you do, eat ethically produce- is it!?
I really don’t want to get into discussions on how it changes your life if you become vegan – not because I am against this life style as such, but because I simply enjoy eating meat, milk, eggs and, especially, cheese. Also, I am glad I do not suffer from any food allergies and can enjoy all types of bread, milk products and so on.
My way of supporting change in food industry therefore is simple: eat and buy local, ethically produced food. (I do respect people who change towards vegetarian or even vegan lifestyle, but it’s just not for me. I’ve been through the vegetarian phase, it has not returned though. I guess it was between the age of 14 through to 16 and I didn’t miss a thing really. But let’s face it: I do enjoy a juicy steak from time to time and wouldn’t wanna live without Parmigiano and other cheeses that I simply love.) I have a lot of amazingingly good vegan recipes: for cake, soups, desserts…and I love preparing those. It is not more work, time absorbing or way more expensive…but: it all comes to the same point over and over again- I can’t imagine life without cheese 🙂 Cheesaholic for life!
I am fully aware that changing the way you eat, especially as a family or a family with a lower income, may cost a lot of money. But: one step at a time, little changes – change you and the way you look at food in general. I believe that, if we as a society do not want intensive farming to keep going the way it is right now, whether it’s bio or conventional farming, then that leads to the consequence that each of us has to check his eating habits and develop a willingness to pay higher prices in the future.
And this doesn’t mean you have to buy everything you eat at overprized bio supermarkets. Go out and see for yourself: compare prizes of veggies that are store-bought with those from your local farmer or farmer’s market, try to change towards using products that are in season – you’ll be surprised at how much money you save and at the pure diversity of foods we tend to forget since we have gotten so used to buying strawberries, fresh salads, apples…all year no matter which season we’re in. (and seriously: bio bananas? In December? In Germany?) If there’s an apple farmer around: go see if they offer apple picking and take your child, nieces, nephews, god children – you will be rewarded with smiling faces, laughter and fun fresh, juicy apples of a variety you wouldn’t have guessed there was.
You are what you eat! …so don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake!