I highly doubt that most of the people that read my blog know that at one time I would consider myself a junk food lover. So to be a year and half down this organic road that I have took it just amazes me how my body and attitude have changed.
Our Christmas basically sucked around here. All 3 of my kids came down with the flu. One of the worst days was when I had to take them all to the urgent care center and it was filled with bodies of people all waiting for a doctor. We had to sit on the floor. I felt the worst for J2 who was trying to hold back from vomiting...Ugh. To make matters worse, I came down with the flu a couple of days later. My husband was the only one to escape it and did his best to throw meals together for those of us that felt like eating. It totally changed our plans as we were supposed to visit grandparents the day after Christmas.
I do 99% of the food shopping in my house and we had pretty much used up our last CSA share delivery for the year. With me being sick, we pretty much ran out of our stockpile of food. So, I had to venture out yesterday to buy some food.
Shopping trips in the past were pretty easy for me. I could basically drive up to any old grocery store, throw a bunch of stuff in the cart and be done with it. If I was lucky, I would have some coupons to use to save some money. I just know too much now from reading and writing this blog. These are some of my shopping rules now:
- If it is a piece of meat, if it's not organic, it must say that the animal wasn't treated with any antibiotics and that there are no artificial ingredients in in.
- Eggs must be free range.
- Bread will not have high fructose corn syrup in it and I will be able to identify all ingredients in it. Same for hot dog buns and hamburger rolls.
- No sugary cereals.
- No granola bars
- No gummy fruit snack type of thing
- Wild caught fish only. Period.
- Certain veggies and fruit will have to be organic or I will not buy them.
- Yogurt must be a color consistent with the color of yogurt. No florescent colors. No "add-ins"
- Cheese has to be made from cows not treated with rGBH hormones.
- No artificial colors, preservatives or flavorings in anything.
- No MSG
- No corn syrup. Ever.
I ended up going to 3 different grocery stores to get the necessary food to feed my family. What was disturbing also was the price differences on organics between different store chains. I was exhausted after spending the whole afternoon shopping.
How do I know I am better for it? Because anytime I slip up and eat something that doesn't meet my requirements I feel horrible. Sick horrible. I think that my body was just so used to eating all the garbage that was in our food, that I was used to it. Now that I am eating cleaner, my body looks at this all like some sort of bacteria or illness(like the flu) and revolts.
I remember craving foods like Doriotos, store bought cookies and bread. I don't anymore. It took awhile but I really don't anymore. It wasn't easy to start eating this way but I think it helps that because of my son I wasn't going to give myself an easy out and say that it was too hard.
No I am not perfect. You won't see me drinking a glass of kefir anytime soon and there are some veggies that truly make me gag but you know what I am trying and that is what counts.
If you say it is too hard, too expensive or too time consuming to eat a clean and healthy diet, it's because you haven't reaped any of the benefits of eating that way. So...research food, grow a garden or cook a loaf of bread. You deserve it.
Thanks for reading.