Hi I’m Debra and welcome to “Naturally Debra”.
The recipes on this blog are inspired by a vegetarian version of the Mediterranean diet style of eating. Simple, seasonal recipes and cooking with whole foods is how I like to cook and eat and are what you’ll find here.
I’m an “au naturel”, down to earth kinda gal, who loves flowers, nature, wildlife, beautiful skies, healthy food and animals, all animals – especially my cat and dog.
I’m also one of those pretty friendly, talk to people in grocery store lines and store checkers, kinda persons – sometimes to the embarrassment of my kids when they were teenagers!
Right now I’m living in beautiful Sonoma County in Northern California with my husband and 2 fur babies – Trapper the male black cat and Chanel, (yes, like the brand), the female white Eskie, aka American Eskimo Dog.
I’m a mom of 4 grown up kids who are off doing their own thing these days. I also have a sweet, 7 year old, grandson named Nathan.
A Little Background About Me
I started eating whole, unprocessed “natural foods” when I was in my early twenties in the 70’s. Those were exciting times for me and my husband. It really caused us to become who we are now. It truly changed our lives and our outlook on almost everything, which was a welcome change from the status quo of the times.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Eating that way back in the day certainly wasn’t very mainstream like it is now. But there was definitely a movement to stop eating highly processed foods and to get away from the Standard American Diet that was making people sick.
So here I am, after many moons, still eating healthy most of the time – a Mediterranean type diet these days. I’m definitely not perfect at always eating the best, but it’s in me now to always consider my choices. I’m very aware of what I’m eating and staying away from processed foods as much as possible.
Striving to Age Gracefully
As you can tell by some of the things I told you above, I’ve been around in the healthy eating realm for a while. It’s nice to see people increasingly wanting to take better care of their health these days.
I have to tell you that I’m very thankful and “proud” to be able to tell people that I don’t take any medications, and never have. As I’m sure you know, most people my age do.
Let’s Be Friends
My photography skills aren’t the best, but I’m learning. I can’t be anyone other than who I am and I’m not gonna let that stop me. So I think the old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” isn’t totally applicable here – it just seems to take me a little longer 😉
How we think is how we are. It’s all in our mindset, right? So, on that note I’ll end by saying, let’s be friends – years don’t really matter – it’s the person we are that matters.