After listening to Dr Joel Furhmans CD "Eat to Live" I had all the information I needed to protect my family. I was ready to come home and tackle this new idea..... uh how, where, and what do I buy and cook? I feel so lucky to have had veteran and maintenance mommy so willing to help me out. I started with a trip to a whole foods market. I tried to pretend I knew what I was looking for and how to get around this new grocery store. I saw foods claiming to be "healthy and organic" that really aren't. I was a fish out of water. I followed maintenance mommy around the store, picking up what she picked up, just hoping that when I got home I would know what to do with all these new veggies. I had recipes from Joel Furhmans book that I was determined to follow. Day one I went to the store three times to pick up all the ingredients for one dinner. I spent way too much and cooked for a couple of hours.... I was so excited to sit down with my family and enjoy this wonderful HEALTHY meal. It looked amazing..... it was GROSS. No one really liked it. Too many new foods at once. I was pretty discouraged, but still determined to try again. It took me a couple of days to realize I don't have to change everything all at once. We have meals that we love that are healthy and very nutritarian. I changed my mind set. I started adapting old recipes. Changing just a couple of things at a time. Finding foods my kids liked and trying to make them healthy.
My kids are still learning and adjusting to this new way of eating. For the most part I can get them to try something new with each meal. They are interested in what is healthy and why other things are not healthy. I feel like if I explain to them why we are changing things then it will be easier for them to get on board with the changes. Changing the milk out was not a problem at all. We tried soy and rice milk, they like rice milk. We changed breakfast from the basic cereal, or eggs and toast to a delicious smoothie (every now and again we have a bowl of cereal but I try for the whole or organic). Lunch and dinner are going pretty good, my girls like salads, rice and beans with tomatoes and avocados, lettuce wraps, and the anytime dip with rice or lettuce or even low sodium chips. I am trying to come up with some fun, easy things to make and take for school lunches in the fall... stay tuned for that. I am crossing my fingers that maintenance mommy will tackle that one as well! ;)