Late in 2010 I started a food blog on Tumblr called Eating Like We Live in the 1800′s. It was made in response to some requests that I start blogging about my family’s experiences with cooking all our food from scratch and dealing with the numerous anaphylactic food allergies my youngest has. I made a few posts now and then, but things languished. I decided that I need to reboot the food blogging this year.
I want to share our experiences with food in the hopes that it helps other families in similar situations.
We have one son who has anaphylactic (the kind that could kill you) allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, sunflower seeds, and corn. Yes. Corn. Our other son is on the autism spectrum and tends to have issues with different foods. Different tastes and textures can either make him really like the food item or turn his nose up. It’s a strange guessing game trying to figure out what he’ll eat and not eat, especially with various proteins.
Throughout navigating what each of our children will eat and not eat, we have solidified some goals about our food habits:
- Everything is made from scratch
- We must avoid the allergens
- We want to eat as local as possible and as organic as possible
- We want to get the best price we can for our food
- We want to buy in bulk to save money
- We want to preserve the harvest to lower our food costs
- We want to eat healthy, delicious meals
All of this combined is kind of a tall order. What I’ve found out is that it really comes down to what your priorities are in life. We are determined to make this work. It has been a gradual lifestyle change on our part, but a good one.
These are the topics I’ll write about much of the time since it’s near and dear to my heart. It’s something I believe in.
All food postings will be cross-posted to my Tumblr blog at http://eatinglikethe1800s.tumblr.com/