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1.20.2011

FED: it's all in the family.

the other night when i called home i was chatting away with my mother when she suddenly became distracted.

your father's throwing acai berries at me, she explained.

i love this for so many reasons. for the fact that my parents still have fun together--think of it, flying food as proof of love!--and also because they were actually eating acai berries--oh how far we've all come since the days of oreos after dinner.

when i first began to uproot my eating patterns--cutting out meat, eating goji berries and mulberries, seeking out fair-trade foods and eco-concious restaurants--my meat and potato parents viewed this all a little wearily--or, at least, i feared they would.

(let me be clear: as a child i ate white bread. i pitied those forced to endure whole-wheat--oh the deprived childhoods they must lead, i thought.)

there's nothing harder than totally changing your eating habits and not having the support of those around you--so calling home and knowing my parents were eating chocolate covered acai berries--knowing that they're not just supportive in their words but in their actions--that is not lost on me. i realize that's not the norm. and i feel so unbelievably lucky.

in other (but related) news: i finally pulled out my babycakes cookbook and whipped up some vegan/gluten-free/sugar-free (it's sweetened with agave) banana bread. while finding some of the ingredients in whole foods proved tricker than usual, actually putting it all together was a breeze. and it was good--moist and good. and quickly eaten up when i offered it up to our version of craft-services on my last day of shooting.

vegan/gluten-free/sugar-free banana bread


20 comments:

Camilla Leila said...

mmmm i'm gonna have to try this.
oh how i wish i could be hunting down those restaurants in nyc with you.

ps chat soon. much to talk about!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

that bread looks amazing. and that is so amazing about your parents. since growing up at home, i too have made some drastic food-route choices and my "meat and potato" parents have found it quite strange. :)

Lauren said...

That story about your parents is adorable. :)

Lauren
www.laurensthoughts.com

jessica renae said...

looks delicious! i did the same thing last night - the scent of vegan banana bread must have been in the air yesterday! :)
and i can connect with you about having that kind of family support. i can't even fathom how difficult it would be to continue my journey to health if my family didn't keep changing their habits with me. we're blessed!

Megan said...

oh my goodness that looks absolutely delicious!! Any chance the recipe will be posted??

Shorty said...

OoOoOo! you are making me hungry. i'm sipping hot tea right now and wishing i had some of that bread.

MandyJean said...

Mm I love Babycakes! I make stuff from that cookbook all the time, but I've never made the banana bread. I'll have to try it :)

Deepali said...

I think I would strive to have that kind of playfulness in my marriage after so many years. It sounds like perfection. That banana bread looks yummilicious.

Ana* said...

This looks delicious. I will have to try it.

olivia rae said...

love this post! and LOVE babycakes. that book is pure genius!

D&D said...

i have had a green monster every morning since you posted it. delicioso!!!!

Eva said...

i was the same way about whole-wheat bread when i was little. i never wanted a "brown bread" sandwich..eww, how bland and gross.
Now, I will not buy white bread EVER!

jackiek said...

it's funny how our eating habits change, right? when I was 10, my dad and I would go to McDonald's everyday after I had swim practice, which was 3 times a week. Now, I'm a vegetarian who likes eating organic, and my dad enjoys the all natural foods along with me!

Stephanie Joanna said...

mmmmm that looks delicious! I obviously need to get my hands on the BabyCakes cookbook!

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Oh how that they're so supportive! Other people's support makes all the difference in the world when saying goodbye to ned.

Autumn said...

My family ingrained (bad pun) some really bad food habits into me as a child and I am still trying to figure out how to do it- without doing in an unhealthy way. That's great you have their support

That looks delicious.

Laurie Millar said...

I'm so glad you're doing "Fed". I think you'll inspire a lot of people! (I'm included in that group)

A Serenade for Solitude said...

It looks delicious. I almost bought that cookbook...maybe one day I'll snag her up. :)

Platypodian said...

that looks heavenly.

Kelly said...

I love FED posts, always so inspiring : )

It's wonderful to have supportive parents...and yummy recipes!