“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” -Julia Child
Julia Child has been a role model of mine since I became interested in cooking. She fascinates me. I don’t think I’ll ever be as elaborate as her, but I totally identify with her passion. I am fascinated with eating, cooking, growing and being immensely involved in food. In my own life, I’ve seen drastic health changes by eating food that is not industrialized, focused on nutrient density. I’ve walked away from the once common paradigm that the western world touted for so long as healthy- low fat, processed, chemical foods. I’ve gone back to my roots, I’m fascinated in what my ancestors ate, how they cared for their families without running to the doctor for every fever, ache and pain, how they grew, sourced and prized foods for their nutrition and organic qualities without even thinking twice about it.
So Bacon and Grace is for myself. I used to count calories, restrict, exercise away ‘excess’ and shun animal foods.Since learning about the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist from the 1930’s-1940’s who’s scientific research to this day is impressively thorough. When learning that ancestral nutrition is an actual thing, and that bacon is a health food, my worldview did a complete 180. I no longer had to restrict what i was eating, I focus on how many nutrient dense foods I can get in a day. My interest in cooking has morphed from obsessively watching Food Network, following Rachael Ray, through food allergies, gut healing and many steps in between, to wanting to live a simple life in the modern world. I want my kids to grow up eating real food. Which, as it turns out, our ancestors knew what they were doing. All the cultures Dr. Price studied had prized foods that were extremely nutrient dense, full of vitamins and minerals. Unsurprisingly, all the modern, chronic diseases we have to day in epidemic proportions didn’t exist back then. People had resilient health, they weathered childhood illness easily and came out stronger for it. So back to the roots, with a little bit of grace mixed in, because lets face it, modern life is complex and complicated and not always as simple as we want it to be, but we can always try.