(Edited and reposted 08-01-09)
I have been making some changes in the way my family eats. I am trying to stay away from processed foods and eat more raw fruits and vegetables.
Our family is terribly slow to making healthy changes, but this time I have hit the ground running! (Have you ever noticed how many idioms I use on my blog? It must drive my non-American, and my English-as-a-second-language readers to madness.) As I was saying, we have already made a few significant changes.
1) I did not buy any snacks for Paul's lunches (Twinkies and Swiss Cake Rolls), instead I bought mass quantities of fruit and veggies! I am putting grapes, an apple, and 2 carrots in Paul's lunch every day. Room for improvement here: I still don't know what to replace his standard deli meat with. Every day he eats a turkey and cheese sandwich (on wheat bread). Any ideas? I had planned to give him pitas and meat, but he is afraid of pitas.
2) The children and I ate our first ever pitas this week! We all enjoyed them right out of the oven! Ummmm
3) The kids already loved fruit, but I bought them more variety. They are eating more servings of fruits every day than ever before.
4) I did not buy any soda. Paul is taking water for his lunch. I am trying to drink more water too. Though, at this point, I am still gagging on it. Seriously, I gag on water - it's very odd. (I am referring to the water that we buy at the grocery store, because our tap water is un-drinkable). This change does not effect the kids any, they did not drink soda before.
5) We are eating less sausage. We used to eat sausage and eggs or sausage gravy twice a week, but this past week we only had sausage one time (and that was only about 1/8 of the tube, just enough to give flavor to the eggs). Room for improvement: I want to learn to make eggs with olive oil and greens. (Updated 08-31-09: we eat sausage and eggs a few times a week again, and I am okay with this).
6) We ate beans at every evening meal this week. Room for improvement: I want to convince my family that beans are an adequate replacement of meat on occasion!
Financial impact: The apples I bought (Jonagold on sale at .79/lb) were far cheaper than snack cakes. And, not buying soda will certainly make for an additional amount of water. So, really, I think we are breaking even.
We have a long way to go, but we are making improvements.