I asked last week about sweets and ethical food choices over the holidays and your answers were inspiring: moderation, home made treats rather than scary grocery store ones, exercise... So by the sounds of things, a lot of us manage to maintain a relatively healthy food lifestyle at this time of year.
So here's another question: how do you integrate your family, friends, etc... and their food choices with yours come Christmas time? Becky mentioned her family thinks she's nuts in sourcing her food. While she tries to stay off her soapbox, she makes concessions in what she eats while her family accommodates her eating habits.
I know from personal experience what the challenges can be whilst trying to eat ethically in a larger family setting. A couple of years ago I hosted Christmas and of course, my turkey had to be organic and locally raised. It was also 4 times the financial cost of battery-raised birds. But I knew the animal was treated well and I wasn't ingesting copious amounts of hormones and antibiotics. When we're all running out and buying ridiculous presents, wrapping paper, alcohol, etc... The expense a happy bird costs me is okay because I know it's nourishing me, it tastes better and it certainly feels better. In essence, it's value is worth more than the ridiculous consumption that the holidays can often become.
But what do we do if we aren't the ones hosting? I know when I go to my parent's house for Christmas dinner, I'm eating a mass-produced bird and there isn't a locally organic dish on the table. I'm not saying it isn't delicious - it is. But how do you juggle these dilemmas? Is your family willing to meet you half way as Becky's does? Do they support and enable your choices? Or do you check those at the door along with your snow-covered Winter boots?
Speaking of supporting your choices - what a great week of link ups we had last week! Highlights include:
|Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples and Manchego Cheese via MJ's Kitchen|
|Eat More Eggs - Easy to Make Affordable Nutrition via Granny's Vital Vittles|
|Cheeseapalooza: Mozzarella via Cheap Ethnic Eatz|
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