Simple, Spiritual, Outdated Living in a Vintage New England Home on the Southern Coast of Maine

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

50's Kitsch in my Kitch helps me stay light

I live in a "time capsule" 1950's ranch house and the kitchen is my favorite place in it! I had always dreamed of living in a mid-century ranch house like my grandmother’s where I spent many happy days as a young child, eating lunch at her chrome dinette set, admiring her figurines in her curio cabinet, watching “I Love Lucy” on her large TV with rabbit ears or looking out of her large multi-pane window onto the tree lined suburban street.
To her, food was love. Now I know that's gotten a bad rap from the celebrity shrinks who tell us that if we learn that food = love then we'll overeat when we want love.

I see it differently.

My grandmother made most everything from scratch, and she did so lovingly (and she always looked smashing with her hair up, earrings dangling, high heels clacking around the tiled floor and often left a red ghost of her lips when she kissed me on the cheek.) She was the best cook (in my opinion, anyway!) and fed EVERYONE. When she later moved to Miami Beach and I visited she'd have me bring a homemade chicken dinner to the doorman. When I was in her kitchen eating, surrounded by her knick-knacks and saw her smile as she watched me eat what she had made for me, I knew peace.

I have recreated that setting in my own kitchen, and when I cook I think of the things  for which I am grateful. I tune out the craziness in the world as much as I can. If the old transistor radio is on, it's playing an oldies station. When I am feeling less stressed and more fulfilled I am less likely to stuff my face with empty filler foods. Food is love and I love to eat, and when I'm coming from a position of strength and positive energy I'm choosing what's best for me.

Eating like a slim lady from the 50's has become a lifestyle for me, and I think it's something that everyone can do without having to redecorate their kitchen. It's a mindset, but for me, and maybe for you, by bringing more of "back in the day" into my current life, I find that healthier choices come more naturally.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Giving up sugar, cold turkey

I had been purchasing Shady Brook Farms turkey cutlets for many years. Something I've learned is that manufacturers frequently change their ingredients which includes adding sugar where there once was none added. So I thought I should check the package of the cutlets. What the....sugar on my turkey cutlets?! Had it always been there and I just didn't notice the fine print? Also, there's loads of added sodium!

These are uncooked cutlets. Not frozen or deli meat. They are not advertised as "seasoned." No, these were, I thought, just the cutlets. Who really wants or needs sugar on their turkey? Apparently Shady Brook Farms thinks we do!

Now I opt for organic turkey cutlets with no additives when available.