I wanted to give you a quick update on our 10-day pledge to eat real foods. No, it hasn’t been 10 days yet but I wanted to go ahead and let you know how we are faring. To catch you up, I got the itch to try eliminating processed foods from our diet and decided, as a family, we would try it. I was following guidelines from this local blogger and grocery shopped from a list that coordinates with her meal plans.
So our “start day” rolled around and we quickly realized how much planning this was going to take. Taylor had a breakfast and dinner meeting, which is common to his schedule, so he was worried about knowing what to order. I was trying to slice, dice, and prepare things just to be ready for the kids’ snack time and lunch. I couldn’t even get mine together before we had to rush out to an appointment.
By mid-afternoon on day 1 I was losing my resolve. Here is the text I sent Taylor letting him know I was giving up…
– Starting with the 10-day pledge. Although this blogger gives tons of tips and advice, it is a lot to up and change your diet in 10 days. Her mini-pledges are probably a better approach for us.
– I should have done more research on recipes. I just chose one of her meal plans but they included foods I don’t really like so I was not excited about cooking or eating them. I should have found recipes that included more of my favorite things.
But, the good news is I can use a lot of the stuff I bought (thank God bc it was a pricey week at the grocery stores…three of them to be exact!)
– I like some of the snacks I purchased (Crunch Master crackers, Ak Mak crackers)
– I know a little more about which foods to choose so I can maybe slowly implement things
– Buying fresh and local produce. The farmer’s market was fun for the boys and the produce really did taste better. Plus it’s cheaper!
– I would consider buying our bread from the local bakery again…it was so good!
– I will be more aware of eating foods with few ingredients.
So there’s our try at a real food diet. I admire people that regularly eat this way and hope one day we can be less dependent on things that come from a box or a bag…except Krispy Kreme! Have any of you tried a real food approach to eating? Any tips on how to be successful?