What do you think of when you think of a sweet potato? Do you see a bright orange casserole covered in marshmallows occupying the corner of a Thanksgiving table or do you see a tasty, brown, earth covered, misshaped, root?
It’s a silly question on the surface. Who thinks of sweet potatoes? But the visions of sweet potatoes dancing in your head illustrate something much greater; your image of the world, your ideas about health, and the effect you have on the environment around you.
My name is Samantha, I’m a married, twenty-something wife living in the southern part of the United States.
I am not an expert on the environment, I am not a professional cook, I am not a professional writer, nor a professional social advocate. I am, however, an amateur jack of all of these trades and, to my credit, a professional photographer, childbirth doula, nanny and pastor’s wife.
I have mentally wrestled with the positives and negatives of blog writing for many months, listening to the interested voices of friends and family encouraging me to write, counterbalanced by the ever-cynical critic in my mind telling me that the world really has enough problems without me subjecting it to my opinions. Apparently, my inner cynic has been hushed.
Now, if you are still reading, let me say that this blog is about much more than sweet potatoes. While I am definitely a fan, a blog of endless starch-inspired thoughts sounds… well awful. This blog is a call for a shift in the way we view our food, our communities and our lifestyles, it is an educational tool to help resurrect necessary and useful knowledge that has been lost through our dependence on major food conglomerates, unhealthy eating, and a stress-filled existence.
More realistically, I plan to share the recipes I make, which are grain, gluten, and refined sugar free as well as made from mostly local ingredients. All of my recipes are considered primal or paleo and most of them are also in compliance with the autoimmune protocol. I have found great positive change in my life through changing the way I eat and view my food. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called ulcerative colitis in 2011 I have been on a journey to manage my disease through diet and lifestyle. I also plan to talk about my journey into eating locally, living more simply, and turning my home into a center of production rather than consumption. Finally, I want to show how these avenues of cooking and living that we so often take for granted can be used to enact major social change and create a stronger, more stable, more sustainable environment for ours and future generations.
I hope that you will join me in this little adventure of mine and I hope that you will comment and join in on this important conversation. I hope that if you are, as author Shannon Hayes terms it, a “tomato-canning feminist” like me, that we can join together and demonstrate to the world that cooking real food and living a life centered around the home isn’t un-doing productive social change, it is productive social change.