I haven’t written in awhile, because I really haven’t felt like I’ve had anything inspiring to say. I like to keep things very positive and upbeat – to be a blessing (hopefully) and not a black cloud. The truth is that I have been battling depression. It’s nothing new – really a lifelong struggle – I’ve just been in a funk for weeks now. Seems illogical – as everything in the environment around me is springing to life. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed – my body and brain’s reaction is to go into shut down mode. I am offering it up and offering it to Jesus – working on it.
Now – the real reason for the title of today’s post – About 2 weeks ago, I came across an article and a pdf on Genetically Modified Foods and their risks to our health. Some say it’s all worry for nothing. Some say these foods are downright dangerous. I decided to conduct an experiment at my house. Luckily, after reading the article, my husband was on board, too. I got up one Saturday morning and began to read labels in our pantry and refrigerator. I threw out/boxed up anything with the offending ingredients. I was trying to do so stealthily, but my kids happened upon my clean up! You would have thought we were at a funeral! There was wailing and gnashing of teeth! My kids told me that they were sure I had finally lost it!
Anyway, up until the Easter Bunny’s visit yesterday, we were 2 weeks preservative, and GMO free. I am really hoping this change in diet will accomplish a few things: #1 I’m hoping that it helps my daughter’s chronic migraines. #2 I’m hoping that only having healthy foods in the house will help my eight year old to learn to eat healthier – and like it! (He is a junk food junkie!) #3 I’m hoping that eating organic will help my husband and I to stay fit longer and keep our weight in normal range without “dieting.” Like I said, the Easter Bunny brought lots of chocolate and marshmallow confections. I will allow it to stay around the house for about a week for the kids to enjoy (in addition to our new healthy foods,) before the candy starts to “disappear.”
The only drawbacks have been increased mealtime preparation and cost. The healthier/purer foods are substantially more expensive, BUT so are increased medications and doctor visits. I’ll let you know how my “experiment” goes once we have a couple of months under our belts. (This article was helpful in showing me which foods to select.) Do any of you have experience with doing a food overhaul at your house?