Our eating habits sure have changed over the last 5 years. Actually, ever since we had C things have been different. But I will say that the tipping factor for us was the CSA.
As soon as we became a family that was vested in our local food culture and started to understand how our food was grown – that is when the change in our eating habits really happened. At that moment I began to think long and hard about not only the food that I was eating but the food that I was feeding my children. With that came the thoughts about how our food got to our table, who worked to get it there, the honesty and integrity of the farmers that we were buying it from. That is where the excitement came. You see, sure, you can look at cleaning up the way you eat as a daunting, expensive, difficult process. OR you can look at it as an adventure – an adventure where you will meet people that will change your lives and inspire you along the way. They will inspire your whole family. THAT is how we chose to look at this process.
Now we’re on that journey.
Changing the way you eat, especially with three children, doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process – a learning process. Like I said, for us it started with the incorporation of fresh, honestly grown produce. I often say to my family, we are lucky that I enjoy cooking (and baking for that matter). I especially enjoy experimenting and creating. It is the experimenting that is what allows us to try new things. And it is the experimenting that I’d like to do more of this year. Along with working on some of the other staples that we have relied on for years.
Here’s to not getting stuck baking and cooking one way.
Sugar – We, like many families, eat too much sugar. Most of it is hidden in foods that we don’t even realize. I would like to find some other ways to bake without using as much. There are so many substitutes that can be used in place of refined sugar.
Veggies – I want to continue trying to incorporate new and interesting textures and flavors when it comes to veggies. These Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a favorite meal in our home and the key ingredient – kholrabi. Without experimenting, I would not have come across this delicious entree!
Fruits – I have started beginning each day with a bowl of berries or other fruits (for both the kids and I). We all love fruits and it is just a matter of having them in the house all the time and cleaning them so they are ready to eat. I’d like to do more of this.
Brands we can trust – Over the last few years I have gotten to know some brands that I can trust when it comes to ingredients and production methods. With H’s peanut allergy, this adds another level of concern for us. I want to call a brand and have an intelligent conversation about how their product is manufactured. This year I’d like to continue to get to know more of these brands. When it comes to dairy, my go-to is Stonyfield. When it comes to O.J. it’s Matt’s. When it comes to chocolate chips I head to Enjoy Life. See, there are those brands that we love and can support.
What are some of the things you’d like to change when it comes to eating?
**Disclosure: This post was written as a part of the Stonyfield Yogetters program. All thoughts and opinions on our journey are my own. 😉