Friday, May 7, 2010
So it may seem a bit strange for me to blog about food, but I wanted to... so I am!
I have changed the way our family eats drastically in the last four years. I used to be a person who lived on Coca-Cola, I now only drink small amounts of coffee and water. I was 25lbs. overweight after I had Micah, but followed the Abs Diet and lost the weight I needed too. I would like to lose 5lbs. more and tone the tummy a bit more (I may need a surgical procedure for that one!), but I have little self control when it comes to food! I LOVE good food.
I now try to cook everything from raw. I make my own salsa, I never cook with canned soups, I buy as much organic as possible and everything (bread, pasta, chips) are all whole grain. I buy as little processed food as possible. You will no longer find Cheez Whiz, lunchables or chicken nuggets in my fridge. A while back I decided to serve white bread with some homemade soup -- because this was the way we ate this soup growing up -- my kids tasted it and looked at me with disgust on their faces saying "What is this?!!!" I buy grain fed organic beef from a local rancher, I use as much whole wheat, unbleached flour and natural raw sugar as possible in my baking. I go to the farmers markets in summer (it is a very short season here!). We haven't eaten at McDonald's in years!
We are far from perfect when it comes to food, but I feel as many small changes that we can make, make a difference! My kids still love their sugar cereal and potato chips and I still love my nachos and cookies, but like my sister tells me, we work out and eat healthy MOST of the time, so that we can enjoy these "treats" once in awhile and not feel guilty! She is so wise...
Cooking has to taste good, be healthy and VERY FAST in this house. These are my two favorite books to cook from right now.
Anyone who has read this blog for awhile, knows that we have had huge food struggles with Lilah and I am happy to say now that there are no longer any issues! She may not always like what she has to eat (what kid does?) but she does it. She knows she has to eat her fruit and veggies first and then she can eat the good stuff!
She isn't taking 3 hours to eat anymore. It may be 1 hour now, but that is an improvement.
She loves green beans, asparagus, strawberries, blackberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, apples, etc. She still struggles with broccoli, salad and bananas. And she always asks for crackers and cheese and meat for lunch!