I made the decision to feed my family differently about two years ago. Coincidentally, that coincides with the fact that my son was around 9 months of age and had just begun to eat table food. Coincidence? Ok, not really. In fact, my son, Judah, was the reason I began to look a little harder at what I was feeding my family (which at the time was only myself, my husband and my nearly one year old son). It became a goal of mine to make sure I was feeding him the most wholesome foods, a well rounded diet, to set him up for a healthy – long life, and at the same time instill in him a real sense of family with family meals and cooking together.
I had heard so many heart warming stories about how close families were that spent time in the kitchen together and time around the table together. I have some special stories of my own in fact, because my family did that sort of thing growing up too – and I wanted the same for my son.
I had also begun to dig around on the internet and later read several books on the subject of food. I didn’t know much in the beginning, but I already had a sense that I should be eating more “real” foods – ones that come from animals and plants and less “factory foods” – processed foods. I was skeptical of organic then, not really understanding why organic foods cost more, and unsure of whether or not they were worth the extra money or if they were just another way for the elite to “have better than the rest of us.
I’ve learned a lot in two years. My family has been through a lot in two years too – including my husband beating cancer and the birth of our miracle baby – our baby girl Eliana. I’ve been through periods of slacking off in some areas (some processed foods managed to sneak back into the house) and I also began to dig deeper into choosing the best for my family – looking past food and at what we breathe, what we put on our bodies, and what we allow into our house.
Yes, choosing wholesome can sometimes cost more such as is the case with organic foods. But it doesn’t always mean spending more. I’ve found that going back to basic ingredients cost less – or at the very least, the same as buying junky processed foods with coupons. I’ve also found that choosing what is best for our bodies sometimes means choosing less – as in less cosmetics and personal care items, saying no to air fresheners, and only needing a couple of household cleaners (many of which I make myself) instead of a whole closet full of cleansers meant for specific tasks.
My whole food journey continues. But, now my path has taken a slight turn. I still buy wholesome ingredients, real food, and some organics. But, now I’m looking to loose the rest of my baby weight and to help my husband and my family lose their unwanted weight too. That means becoming more diligent at keeping the processed foods out of the house, cooking more fresh veggies and protein, and holding each other accountable for exercising. The good news is my mom and dad just live around the corner and we’ve made a pact to work out together and cook meals together 3 or 4 nights a week. It will make things easier – especially for me with two little ones – to get my exercise in and still provide my family with a good dinner before the littles conk out!
I’m still reading and learning about which foods are better for us. I’ll try to be better about sharing that information with you this year. But, one thing will remain the same: the fewer ingredients and the closer to the earth the ingredients come from the better.
If you are interested in reading some of my earlier stories about the choices I made (and am making) and how I got to where I am – read the stories from My Whole Food Journey. It is all about foods I’ve learned are better for us and why. I hope you’ll take a moment to browse them – especially if you are a newer reader. And, I’d love to hear from you. What choices are you making this year – are you re-declaring your old goals or making any new ones? I’d also love to hear what you love – or hate about this site. I want to keep my content fresh for you and I’d love to hear what keeps you coming back. Thanks to all of you for following me in 2011 and I look forward to growing with you in 2012.