Here we are at February 1st. As for my goals of the year, on my end, the only one accomplished so far is working on this blog. SUCCESS! As a family, even though to an outsider it would appear that we haven't had much going on in January, we have been making slow changes.
Along with the normal day to day shenanigans of my kiddos, we have worked on paying close attention to the food we are buying. Buying less processed foods, and more organic, whole foods. Again....this is a very slow transition as we find things that we like to change our eating style. Especially when you are so used to buying a lot of convenient garbage. I am having the biggest struggle with this because I hate cooking. My hubby is the chef in this house, and I am far from sous chef. My cooking level is still college dorm style. Ramen noodles and mac n cheese. I will persevere. Not only for my own health, but especially for my children! So far I have eliminated everything that has been hiding in the confines of our cabinets. Anything that is old enough that you don't remember when you bought it, and still appears to be good, can not be good for you. GONE!
We have kid's so there are some things that I will still indulge in, but with an alternative. I have to admit, I have a very deep love for boxed mac n cheese. Shapes to be exact. This is total no, no territory for the direction I want to move towards with my eating habits, but as they say, old habits die hard! So without eliminating my dear friend, I have switched to a different "healthier" brand of mac n cheese.
Back to Nature Mac and Cheese. I love this stuff! I find it to taste much better than Kraft. Also, you use less butter and more milk, which is how I altered my Kraft mac anyway. Because it is more pricey, I consume less of it as well. It is an occasional lunch for the kids and myself as apposed to a overly regular menu item. So there you have it, another step in the right direction.
Along with our new grocery adventures, I am also reading so much about a more natural lifestyle, and it is so overwhelming. At times you feel like the steps you are taking aren't enough. I have to keep reminding myself that this is a slow process and that I can not change my habits overnight. Financially, I can't suddenly change everything at once either. I want to change for my family, but I also want to be helping those around me along the way by shopping locally, and not supporting MEGA companies that treat their employees and our environment terribly. So much research is involved, but in the end, I know it will pay off. I just have to stick with my mission of SLOWLY increasing my level of "crunchy"!