I was racing around my kitchen the night before a road trip, scrambling to collect and create enough nourishing snacks so we wouldn’t have to rely on road food the whole trip, when I realized I was in “chicken with my head cut off mode”.
Knowing that that’s not a healthy state of mind to be in, I paused just long enough to ask myself—what would it look like to not worry about what we ate? And what would it take for me to get to that point?
Would it take a larger food budget? More time? Better equipped kitchen?
I sensed in my spirit that wasn’t the root of my problem, nor would more money or time be the answer to my stress.
I poured homemade yogurt into individual jam jars and then swung around to the fridge to find some homemade jam to complete my DIY yogurt cups and asked myself again,
“What would it take? What does not stressing about our food look like?”
Would I still eat the way I do? Yes. Would I still be making yogurt the day before a trip to make sure we have good probiotics in our tummy on the road? Probably. What would be different? Could it be different?
That’s when I realized that my anxiety in regards to feeding my family well would not diminish until I realized that it was a matter of misplaced trust.
God created my body. He numbers the hairs on my head and keeps my heart beating in my chest without me having to give it a thought. He alone knows the mysteries of my brain, hormones, nerves, and cells.
When I take an obsessive approach to nourishing my family I’m forgetting that my body is not a machine that I can only hope to maintain well. It’s a miracle created by a loving Father who knows my body and my needs better than myself, and has a history of nourishing and healing that body in ways that defy human logic and efforts.
(Remember the man healed of leprosy by washing in a dirty river? A blind man who could see because of mud paste? A widow and her sons existing on miraculous supplies of wheat and oil? And manna—remember that stuff? Came out of the sky and nourished a million people walking through the dessert for 40 years?)
And here I am worried about a few snacks on a two day road trip.
When we worry in our kitchens, we are forgetting that the food we eat is not the biggest factor in our well being. The biggest reason you and I are breathing, thinking, and reading these words and understanding them is not because of what you ate for breakfast this morning, but because of the power and love of the God of the Universe.
“In Him we live and move and have our being…” (Acts 17:28)
That’s why I wrote this book–because you and I both need the reminder that this whole thing is a journey, not a target we have to hit the first time.
So, slow down, friend. Take a deep breath. It’s not all up to you. You don’t have to do it all today, or learn all the things this week, or completely change your diet this month.Take a deep breath–there’s another way.
Your Real Food Journey: a gentle guide to steady progress is my newest cookbook that I wrote just for those of us who have gotten a bit winded in the effort to feed our families well.
“The real food bandwagon feels like it’s careening past me at 100 miles an hour and there’s no way to jump on. Trina presents ten key places to start eating real food with built in grace for the journey. She makes what seems like such a daunting task into something I can conquer one thing at a time.” Rachel of RachelZupke.com
With eight years’ experience preparing and serving traditional, whole foods to my family, I’ve learned a couple things along the way. Eating better is not so much about the equipment you have or the grocery store you can afford to shop at. Joy and success will be found in making one small change at a time, while trusting that our Maker is sustaining us.
“Your Real Food Journey unravels the myth that real food is high maintenance. It’s the perfect real food primer full of useful information, tasty recipes, and genuine encouragement. Trina makes feeding your family healthfully a fun, attainable adventure. Her approach is all about sustainable habits – really finding out how real food can work for your family, not the other way around.” Emily of EmilyCGardner.com
If you’ve spent way too much time down the bunny hole of the internet trying to figure out what the real food diet looks like for real families, let me break it down for you into simple explanations and practical stuff you can do today. If you’ve gotten burnt out on this track, let me show you a more gentle approach. If you love eating healthy but it feels like more of a burden than a blessing—this book will lighten that load.
Let’s slow down and stop stressing about what we’re eating and feeding our families. Let’s take it one step, skill, and recipe at a time. Because real food is not a target we have to hit the first time—it’s a journey to be enjoyed.