So you’re probably thinking “What is this chick’s deal?!? She’s blogging about freeze-dried foods completely out of the blue!” or maybe you’re thinking “Part one?!? How much can you write about freeze-dried foods???”
Truthfully I don’t know how many more parts I can write. It’s just that I have a lot of thoughts on the matter, and I thought I should try to sort them into cohesive parts. Hey, I may never get around to part two, but if my thoughts on the matter go off on a tangent, I can split them out into parts so I’m not rambling too much. (Am I rambling already?)
And why am I blogging out of the blue? A couple of thoughts on that. In this internet age, there isn’t anything you can’t find if you search for it. I research everything, and over the past few years I’ve found a lot of helpful blogs on a lot of different topics. It’s great, why not learn from others. I’ve saved myself a lot of grief that way, whether it be about crafting, camping, cooking, you name it. So if there are so many blogs out there, why yet another one? I guess I just haven’t found anybody blogging about food storage or freeze-dried foods from my perspective yet. So here we go, part one is about my perspective.
First of all, you have to understand a bit about me. I have a lot of health problems, most of which I believe I can improve by living a healthier life. You know, eating healthy, exercising… all the stuff I don’t like to do. I am morbidly obese (there, I said it!) and I have the typical health issues that obesity contributes to: type II diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea to name the primary ones. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m the first person who hates being dismissed by doctors due to my weight. They see you coming “Oh, here’s another fatty, easy diagnosis no matter what the problem, she just needs to lose weight.” Well let me tell you something. Different people have different body makeups. Some people have a slower metabolism, some people are not athletically minded, some people have fat genes. For a lot of people, losing weight is easier said than done. When your body has a lot of these predispositions, it’s that much harder. I’m French-Canadian on my dad’s side, and let me tell you, we like to eat and we like our desserts. You can scoff if you want, but for me that’s just one more predisposition working against me.
So back to the issue at hand. I know my weight is a main source of my health problems, and I’m predisposed to being overweight. I’ve tried a lot of tactics and strategies over the years, and it always comes down to one thing: changing your lifestyle. Again, easier said than done. They say that knowing is half the battle. Well, I know I’m lazy, I don’t like to spend a lot of time prepping food, my husband works nights so half the time I’m only cooking for myself, and to top it off he is one of the fussiest eaters I’ve ever met. So I have to come up with strategies to help me overcome my faults.
This is where freeze-dried foods come in. They’re healthy, they’re pre-chopped, I can use as much or as little as I want, and unlike fresh foods they won’t go bad in my refrigerator if I don’t use them right away. Speaking of my fridge… I have a bunch of recipes pinned to my fridge, a lot of them favorites that I haven’t made in awhile. Ever since I got the freeze-dried bug, I see these recipes in a whole new light. I’ll be browsing a magazine and stumble up in a yummy recipe. My first thought now is that once I’ve built up my stockpile, I can make all these recipes without having to run to the store for items I don’t have. If I have to leave the house anyhow, why not just pick up something premade from the deli counter? Or worse, the fast-food drive-thru? You might say “lazy”, I say “strategy to eat healthier”. Sun Tzu said something to the effect of “Know your enemy and know yourself, and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster”. Your stumbling blocks are your enemy. All of the above is my enemy, and I know how I react in a given situation, so theoretically I now know how to fight and win this battle. Don’t beat yourself up, pinpoint your weaknesses and find your strategy to overcome them. My strategies might not work for others, but I’ve proven to myself in the past that they work for me. So here I go on this new journey!
(And yes, I really did just quote The Art of War while blogging about freeze-dried foods!!!)