Here I am and what to do about it? We don't have a great track record eating here on Crafty Ave. Sure Loo ate tons of vegetables when he was a baby and then one day I realized they were getting pushed to the side of his plate. I am addicted to Coca-Cola, like maybe seriously addicted. A couple friends of mine actually staged an intervention when I was in University trying to tell me I had a problem, I think I laughed hysterically at them, but maybe they were onto something. My favourite sound is the sound of a can opening. I don't eat breakfast. And gradually over the past couple years dinners veggie-less dinners were popping up, chicken fingers and fries, fish and rice. Somewhere in there the word McDonald's entered Loo's vocabulary. Even though it's cute to hear him say Dingledonald's, it makes my stomach turn each time he says it. I could use about a hundred excuses, pregnancy, baby, work, another pregnancy, another baby, but they're just that. Excuses.
I was inspired by Micheal Pollan and a couple of his books, In Defense of Food and Food Rules a year ago. Really inspired. Then I put them back on my book shelf and gradually forgot what I had read. Then I was re inspired last summer when we thought Beri might be reacting to milk and soy in my diet. For the first time I was forced to read food labels in order to avoid these ingredients. What the what? Soy is in everything! Everything. Just try to find a processed food that doesn't contain it, it's tricky. My diet was seriously restricted.
Last month I dug out my Pollan books and reread them. There will never be a perfect time to start a food makeover for our family. So I decided this time we'll act upon his Food Rules and see where it takes us. I have all the rules echoing in my head every time I eat or make a meal for our family.
|Another reason to change how I eat. This kid copies everything I do.|
In order to remember them this time I copied down each rule and we've posted them in our dining room. I don't like how it turned out, maybe I need a coloured matte for the frames or bigger font but they're staying in the dining room anyways so they don't get buried somewhere waiting to be perfected.
We're trying our best to follow them. My plan is to focus on one each week and try to practice it and make it a habit. For the past three weeks we've started a few basic steps.
- Limiting processed foods. The only non whole foods* we've brought into the house lately have been tortilla chips, flat bread, pasta, cereal, granola bars, salsa, and spaghetti sauce. ( I know that sounds like a long list but compared to what we were eating it's not.) Last week I cut spaghetti sauce out too. We're slowly going through the other processed foods in the house that we won't replace. Things like french fries, frozen pizzas, boxed meats, salad dressings and other sauces.
- Trying my best to make each meal at least half vegetables. Making grains and meats the side dishes. Using proper portion sizes for pasta and smaller than normal portions for meats.
- We have a big container of cut up veggies that we can use to snack on or add to meals that don't have enough vegetables already.
- Planning our dinner menu each week.
* I can specifically remember a time a few years back when a friends boyfriend was talking about eating only whole foods for a cleanse. And I remember having to ask what whole foods were, that's how far away of a place my food habits are coming from!
And YES I am still sewing away. I've been really busy actually finishing up projects for friends, for some newly born babies and gearing up for a favourite little man's birthday. The problem with gifts you see is that I can't blog them until they've been gifted... I hope to get at least one project in the mail tomorrow!