I have done some soul searching… or I should say belly searching because the search has to do with consumption. And the new plan is slowly taking shape. What I am about to get involved in is a life change more than a diet or a fast. I am pretty much taking a big step to altering the way I do food, and in the long run, every household product that I buy. The reason why it has to be a slow process is only this: I am not P.Diddy.
To live the consumer life that I find ideal you need cash. Lots of cash.
So I am taking baby steps. I am making small changes here and there including cutting back on other things so that my family can live healthy. One day, I would like us to be living off of locally grown, truly organic food as well as other household products that are not manufactured by large corporations. This might take a lifetime, but I am going to give it a good try.
My friend who also blogs
ruined my food eating life helped me start this path by recommending that I watch Food, Inc.. It is a great documentary. Here is one of the trailers:
I advise you to watch it. The visual with the knowledge really helps. (For you Netflix users: you can watch it instantly on there. Oh, Word?! Yes, word.)
I knew almost all of the information in the documentary already. You see, I have a “health freak” gene in me somewhere from my mom. She has been feeding information to me for forever. But I always responded with a, “Oh, Mom, you are crazy. Go eat your lawn mower clippings and I will enjoy my Double Stuffed Oreos.”
What has changed? Well, you can say I am older and wiser. You can say that my mom finally got through to me. But really I believe it came down to two things: my health and my baby.
The junk-food-junkie lifestyle caught up with me and I am feeling like crap. Also, I have a beautiful daughter who I adore. I hate the fact that the people she loves and trusts (I.E. myself, my husband, our family and friends…) will be feeding her garbage. So, I am on a mission to de-garbage our lives. And also risk being hated by all extended family members when I shoot down everything they want to feed us. Here are a few of my future goals:
- Shop at local farmers markets
- Start my own garden
- Jar for winter months
- Convince my husband to put down the Lucky Charms
For now, I am researching and studying. I thought you were lazy?!, you ask? Oh, I still am… just a little less, you can say. I had a few friends give me some great advice when I asked for it in my other post, but I realized most people just don’t know a lot. So, I am on a mission for knowledge and health. I am also eating what I do have left in my house because I am not about wasting. I will be finishing off my last rounds of evil foods. During this, I will slowly be integrating my new lifestyle one section at a time.
I am starting with breakfast time.
My plans for the current day are as follows…
- learning where I can buy healthy breakfast foods,
- learning what of those foods are actually healthy and which are just pretending to be,
- emptying the house of the breakfast garbage. (By empty, I do mean consume! Frosted Mini Wheats and blueberry pancakes with yummy syrup here I come!)