The Great Food Revolution of 2012

by Melody on May 16, 2012

We have made some significant changes to the way we eat in the last few months.  My husband and I have watched several documentaries about the food industry and I’ve been reading and doing research on what goes in our food.  What I have found is fairly horrifying, for the most part.  I’ve also found that there are some simple changes we can make and some not so simple changes.  The more research I do, the more research I want to do.  The more I read and watch, the more clear my decisions become.

While I have several friends who are much farther than me in their food journeys and I can rely on them for valuable information, I really want to find out for myself what are going to be the best changes for our family.  Generally speaking, the better the food is for you, the pricier it becomes.  If I am going to be increasing our budget, I want to know why and for what reason.  Not just because someone told me to do it.

We have been significantly increasing the amount of fresh produce we eat and with this comes the great Local vs Conventional vs Organic debate.  We are swapping coconut oil for all vegetable and canola oil, whole wheat flour for all-purpose in most cases, organic or local unhomogenized milk for conventional and purging the pantry of high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils.  Along with all these decisions came some big Whys? and How Much? and What For? and What’s Most Important? questions.

I’ve mentioned some of these changes periodically on the blog and several of you have started asking questions.  I’ve even had requests from a few of you to share what we have learned, what we have changed and why.  I’ve been sitting on the idea for a post series for quite some time, trying to figure out exactly how I want to attack it.  I’ve come up with a multi-pronged approach.

  • I’m going to start at the beginning with our journey, what prompted us to even start looking into these things, what resources we have used, what our budget has looked like, how our shopping trips have changed.
  • I’m going to discuss the major changes we have made so far.  What I’m not going to do is go into the scientific side of things, but I’ll do my best to explain our decisions.  I’ll also point you to the resources we used to find our information on each topic.  I don’t want to be preachy or sound like I know much of anything at all, because I don’t.  I just know what is working for our family and what is the most important so far.
  • Over the course of two posts, I’m going to talk about what we have added to our pantry and what we have stopped buying.  I’ll talk about the simple swaps we have made, including what we are now making ourselves to replace certain items.
  • I’m going to talk about how we have found balance through our journey.  We didn’t wipe the pantry clean and start from scratch, we took a slow approach.  I’ll share with you what we have found to be the most important and what we are holding back on.  For example, what we are buying organic vs conventional vs local.
  • Last but not least, I’ll share with you what changes we would like to make in the future.  We have a long way to go and a LOT of changes we’d like to make, but for my sanity and the sake of our budget, we’re not doing them all at once.

Please share your thoughts.  I have been working really hard to create an outline for this series so I don’t veer off in a thousand different directions.  What is most important to you right now?  Do you have anything specific you’d like me to address?

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