We enjoy our mealtimes together and I want to make this change without having to obsess over food preparation but I also want us to continue to enjoy our meals together. We have already learned to make many meals from scratch, but learning to avoid white flour seems so hard right now. Also, creating meals and meal choices for them to enjoy while away from home seems nearly impossible at the moment. We have cut out sugar for Lent and I'm amazed that it has not been difficult. It helps that it is for a limited time and I see the end in sight. But it's harder for the kids when they go out with friends and are surrounded by sweet treats.
While our meals have been from scratch, we have been a meat and potatoes family that has mostly forgotten to toss vegetables in as side dishes. Knowing this had to change, my family did a week of raw foods to jumpstart this new lifestyle change. We adapted well, but it was easier knowing that it was only for 5 days. Now that we're embarking on a lifestyle journey without an end in sight, it seems more daunting. I want it to become a natural habit to eat wholesome foods with wholesome ingredients that do not include white flour and white sugar.
My children are enthusiastic about any adventure and they enjoy all kinds of food. They enjoyed our week of raw foods, and were excited to discover a love for new fruits and veggies. My husband is willing to eat anything...as long as it tastes good. He does not want to feel deprived. I don't blame him. I, myself, am not enthusiastic, but I am determined. After a week of raw foods, all I crave is pizza and a Dr. Pepper. I'm behaving, but my cravings aren't disappearing.
Added to this challenge, I am sensitive to wheat and my daughter is sensitive to rice. Strangely, even though we much prefer the taste of whole grains and brown rice, our bodies seem to tolerate white bread and white rice better than whole grain or brown.
I want a picture of what this lifestyle is going to look like. I also want to know that it is affordable. Our week of raw foods cost 3 times as much as my usual weekly budget. We cannot do that again.
I used to buy coke every time we went shopping. It seemed so okay. So normal. I KNEW that it had poisonous ingredients in it that can cause everything from diabetes to alzheimers, but I still drank it with glee. In fact, I still WANT one! But I know it's not okay. I really had to shake up my befuddled thinking. But the Reeses! Oh, my! The Reeses. Reeses pumpkins, Reeses Christmas trees, Reeses hearts....and I'm going to see Reeses eggs soon! But now, I realize that cashew butter is crazy sweet naturally. That bananas are insanely sweet naturally. I can make a peanut butter egg from scratch with healthy ingredients that will take me less than 15 minutes. I can do this. I think.
A friend of mine dropped off some material for a program called Prism. It is no white flour, no white sugar type eating that sounds non-extreme...just natural, normal eating. I am trying to figure out where we're going from here...what our menus will look like.