|You might recall at that the end of Stacy Goes Storeless I told you all that Barry and I had made a decision to cut out a majority of our processed foods. I was ready to move toward a more Whole Foods diet. We were eating entirely too much crap because I was able to get it cheap. I had never seen that before…..in fact, if you would have asked me, I would have said I didn’t buy many processed foods – I thought I didn’t….I was cooking most of our meals, so I thought I was getting a free pass. However, a month of Toaster Strudels will change anyone’s mind about what they should be eating. It all sounded great in my head. Whole Foods diet. Whole Foods diet. Yep, but was I really ready for that?I’ve made the switch to making all our bread at home, but I still have tons of stuff to get rid of. So, we’re slowly chipping away at that stock. I do not replace it with processed foods. I replace it with healthy stuff. Healthy meaning good for us, not fat free. Heavens to Betsy! Fat free stuff tastes TERRIBLE. Be serious with yourself. That fat free cheese you melted turns into rubber when it cools down….probably because it’s MADE with rubber. BLECH!|
|Annie was the one who clinched the switch for me. I might be feeding crap to myself, but I do NOT want to feed it to my daughter. I want to do better for her. God entrusted her to me to take care of. I take that very seriously. When Annie woke up one morning with a butt rash so bad that I almost cried, I got on the computer to research the problem. She literally had blisters covering most of her diapered area and her skin was raw and looked like it had been burned. Overnight. That fast. I wrote down what she’d had to eat the day before and shocked myself…….the internet confirmed it, Annie was having a yeast reaction to too much sugar. I fed her that. ME. Her Mommy. Am I saying that all sugar is bad for you? No. I love sugar…..but I don’t need to eat it all day long. And I surely don’t need Annie to eat it all day long. I think Barry has gastrointestinal problems and I can’t get rid of certain warts (on my hands, don’t wig out)…..and I can trace it all back to what we’re eating. I’m not a doubter any more. Processed food is bad.|
|So, I jumped right in and started reading…..everything. If I could get my hands on it, I would read it. I hated going to bed because I could have been reading. Hours a day. If I wasn’t doing something else, I was reading. I am a sponge. I love knowledge and I love reading. All this information had been available to me before, but I just wasn’t paying attention – or I didn’t want to pay attention. I thought a Whole Foods diet was for hippies who lived in their VW van and wore tie-dyed peace t-shirts. Living a Whole Foods life isn’t as difficult as I thought, it just takes effort at first. Then it becomes natural. Please don’t confuse what I’m saying with LOW FAT or LOW CAL diet. No way Jose. You already know from last year that I struggle with that. And really, who wants to eat all that? No one really wants to eat all that fat free mess. Really, if fat free potato chips give you the trots, shouldn’t that be a BIG clue to you? No. None of that stuff for us. We’re going to eat food – real food. Bye bye Toaster Strudels.I’m working on a sourdough starter and reading about how healthy that is for us……great addition to my kefir journey. We’re also making a switch to full fat foods. Yes, you heard me. Full fat foods. No more fat free, reduced fat stuff for us. No more margarine. If they’ve taken the fat out, they’ve put SOMETHING back in it. Think about it. I’m slowly trying to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s okay to drink full fat milk. Another switch – we’re moving more toward shopping at the Farmer’s Market. I can buy whole foods AND support a local farmer. That’s a win-win for me…..since I can’t have any pigs on my deck or chickens wandering the street. Lame.|
|It’s very overwhelming. VERY. There is so much to read and change…but Barry keeps reminding me to do a little at a time. Bread was our first switch….full fat foods are my next switch. I take a little baby step at a time, in order to not go crazy. We’re pondering which water filter to buy in order to make that our next switch. I hope you’ll follow me on our Baby Steps to Healthy Eating. Rest assured, you’ll hear about it here. Now, I gotta go…..time to tie-dye my peace t-shirt and look for a VW van.|
Baby Steps Toward Healthy Eating
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