The other day I made a pound cake.
With white flour and sugar.
Does this shock you? Have I completely lost my credibility as a real food blogger?
I hope not, because I have a really important point to make in this story.
We were living in the bus at that month. I was making a pound cake for my son’s birthday because it only required very basic ingredients, and would be yummy enough without frosting (it’s all about simplicity on the bus, dontchaknow).
Problem: half of our family and Seth’s aunts and uncles love chocolate. The other half don’t (I know, I don’t get it, either). Personally, I was craving chocolate, but didn’t want to make a dessert that only half the party would enjoy. So, I compromised.
I mixed up a lovely vanilla pound cake, and poured half of the rather thick batter into the pan. Then I stirred in a heaping measure of cocoa powder into the remaining batter, and poured that into the other half of the pan. It was a beautiful marriage of delectable batters, and it baked up beautifully. I wish you could have smelled it, let alone tasted it. Everyone was delighted (including Seth).
What does this cake have to do with your real food journey?
There will be days when you will struggle to please both parties–the voice in your head that is full of your accumulated real food knowledge, and the voice of reality that says you only have so much time or money or energy–will be at odds with each other. You will have to make a choice that is a nod to both your ideals and your reality. You will have to compromise.
And you know what? It will be OK. You will live. You will not die from one white flour/white sugar pound cake. And life will be full and rich and sweet. And stress need not flavor every meal you make.
So, as we close this month-long series, my final piece of advice to you is this: Be intentional in your food choices for your family, realizing that compromise will be a regular part of the process. The fact that you are making the effort to become more conscious of healthy eating habits is key, even if it doesn’t show up in ever meal from this moment on. Real food is a process–let your goal be to embrace the journey.
It’s been absolutetudenly delightful to have you join me this month on our Real Food Journey. If you have further questions, or topics you’d like me to cover in future posts, don’t hesitate to join the conversation on my Q&A post, or contact me.
Ready for your next step? It’s time to get cooking!