I’m Lindsey, a 26-year-old recovering fast food & processed food ADDICT. For most of my adult life, I ate McDonald’s at least once a week and relied on pre-packaged meals like Kraft Macaroni & Spaghettios to get by with limited culinary skills. Where I was raised in Ohio, processed food is unfortunately a big part of the everyday diet. But when I moved to New York in 2010, my now long-time French boyfriend couldn’t have been more disgusted by my eating habits. For the most part, all I ate was junk, and there were dozens of vegetables I’d just never touched — both major vices in French culture.
It shouldn’t have been this way. Growing up, my big bearded Dad would go hunting, fishing, and Merel mushroom picking, regularly putting fresh Venison, Salmon, Perch, and produce on the table. But at the time, I hadn’t appreciated the effort, and was too picky to embrace the fresh food culture that had grown up around me all along.
So a few months back, I started studying up — following food blogs like 100DaysOfRealFood.com; reading books like Why French Women Don’t Get Fat and the Omnivore’s Dilemma; meticulously checking labels; exploring all of the grocery stores & Farmer’s Markets Manhattan offers. In the end, I can say that I have SIGNIFICANTLY improved my habits and my health without making too many crazy sacrifices.
Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about nutrition, cooking, and whole-food diets. I’ll use this blog to share some of the insights & recipes I’ve picked up. I am also particularly interested in sharing more about my novice experience with French cuisine and some of the game specialities that my parents cook back in the Midwest.
I look forward to exploring a newfound passion with you.