Wrapping up “The Great Food Revolution of 2012″

by Melody on August 16, 2012

We’ve come to the end of the official Great Food Revolution of 2012. This is not to say that I won’t be sharing more recipe ideas and posting about how we are overhauling our pantries and our lives through our food choices, but this is the end of the series.

So where does this leave us?

I’m not going to pretend that we are perfect.  We are FAR from it.  Things I have addressed in this series are just a handful of the changes we would like to make.  What I have learned is that it is an ever-evolving journey.  I feel good about where we’re at and the pace we have chosen.  I feel significantly better about our food choices now than I did even 6 months ago.  The most important thing I want to impress upon you is that your journey is just that, YOURS.  Do what works for your family and find out what is most important to you.

On our list of things we would like to change in the future:

  • Switching to all grass-fed or pastured meat
  • Replacing white sugar
  • Switching to all organic, grass-fed dairy products (butter, cheese, yogurt)

The things we have changed up to this point have been the things I’m most passionate about.  I found that the more research I did on a certain subject, the more passionate I felt about it.  There were even some things (like eggs) that I held off researching, because I knew I’d have to change once I did the research and I just didn’t feel ready.

How about your kids?

When it comes to our kids, we do the absolute very best we can for them at home.  Even though they aren’t school age and I don’t have to think about school lunches and snacks yet, we do send them off to Grandma and Grandpa’s every once in awhile where they eat brownies for breakfast and brownies for dinner.  I refuse to be the kind of parent that dictates what my kids eat unless it really is a problem.  As long as I know they have a solid foundation at home, I am not going to cringe at the occasional treat.

Let’s face it, Mom and Dad like to enjoy the occasional treat as well.  We aren’t perfect and don’t strive to be.  I do enjoy a piece of pizza now and then or a slice of birthday cake.  While I always feel better when I stick to a whole foods diet, a splurge every now and then is not going to kill me.  I want my kids to see that we indulge as well and it’s not forbidden.

Read more about how we feed our kids here.

Some happy surprises

While I knew that we would be making some changes to our diet and how we ate, I didn’t realize all the different perks that would come along with it.  Our grocery budget did go up and I expected it to, but it seems that my grocery planning and shopping has become a lot less stressful.  I don’t worry anymore about not getting to the store at the crack of dawn for The. Next. Best. Deal.  The majority of the items we buy are not free with coupons or even super discounted.  I have learned our stock up prices for the things we eat all the time and those items are very rarely out of stock.  This leads to far less frustrating shopping trips and I am enjoying the freedom that comes with not obsessing over coupons and planning deal scenarios.

I knew that most of the items we would be replacing had ingredients that we didn’t want and were harmful to our bodies, but what I didn’t realize was that the things we were adding to our diet actually had beneficial ingredients.  So not only were we eliminating junk, we were adding in nutrients and vitamins that benefit our bodies.  It feels like the true definition of a “superfood”.  Eating this way has helped alleviate a lot of the guilt I felt about what I was eating and what my kids were eating.

Don’t miss our full list of homemade pantry staples, basically recipes for processed or prepacked items we have replaced.

Where do I start?

Speaking from experience, I would recommend watching a few documentaries.  These may or may not be for you, but both my husband and I watched Food Inc. (you can watch it free with Amazon Prime Instant Video!) together and the shock value was enough to get us talking.  We watched a few additional documentaries after that (you can see our list here) and the changes came much easier to both of us.  If it had been just me trying to convince him that we should completely overhaul our way of eating and increase our grocery budget by a significant amount, he would have said No Way.  It definitely needed to be a 2-way street for us.

If these movies get you thinking or peak your interest, I recommend reading Real Food by Nina Planck.  There are a TON of resources out there, but this book is super comprehensive and touches on just about everything.  My husband is not a reader, so this was all me.  I just shared with him what I learned.  Most of the time I was jumping up and down and punching him in the shoulder saying “We can NEVER eat {insert food group} here again!”.  Poor guy.

It has been a lot of fun sharing our journey with you and I’m looking forward to sharing more as we learn more.  Please let me know if there is something I didn’t touch on or if you have any questions.  Obviously, I’m no expert, I have just declared myself “Head of Research & Development” in the Hansen household so I have a lot of information.

You can read more about where our food journey started and resources we have used along the way to make our decisions.  I have also started a Pinterest board called Clean Eating Resources with links and resources that have helped on our journey.

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