I am lasting much longer than I thought I could with regard to cleaning up our family’s eating. We’ve been at it for about a month and a half now (I think), and it’s actually becoming a habit. It has taken a great deal of effort. We now go to three different stores to purchase food. We cannot get everything we need at the best price at one place. My husband has backed me 100%, and my youngest has also done quite well, understanding why we’ve made the move away from genetically modified foods. My teenager has not taken it so well, and uses every opportunity to score “junk” food. I understand. We are so accustomed to the pre-packaged, high fructose corn syrup sweetened stuff, that our taste buds have to be retrained to appreciate the healthier choices. It’s not easy.
I cheat occasionally – with a piece of chocolate in the teacher’s lounge, or a piece of cake at a party, however, I’m eating well about 94% of the time – that’s a major improvement. It might be my imagination, but I think that I feel better in general. I certainly feel better about putting cleaner “fuel in my tank.” I feel better about providing more nourishing, less harmful foods for my family. We don’t keep the junk in the house anymore, so it really limits the times that we are exposed to it.
Some of the favorite things that we have discovered are:
“Fresh Market” brand milk – almost as inexpensive as a “regular” gallon of milk, but from cows that are not given hormones
“Breyers” all natural vanilla and chocolate ice creams
“Immaculate” brand canned crescent rolls and cinnamon rolls
“Kerry Gold” butter
“Skinny” bagged popcorn
“Garden of Eatin” taco shells
“Frontera” meat marinades
“Clif Kid Z bars” (Brownie bar and Iced Oatmeal are especially good!)
locally grown honey
Diana’s Bananas (Dark Chocolate Dipped & Frozen)