In 2009, my husband and I decided to eliminate processed foods from our diet. It was tough, but we were determined. We didn't do an all or nothing approach, we gradually eliminated processed food over the course of 6 months to a year. First, went the frozen meals (I loved my weight watcher meals and they were healthy, right? Riiiiiggghhht.) Then went our crutch foods- crackers and chips for me, popsicles for my husband.
Five years later, it's still an ongoing process. We feel so much better without all the processed garbage. I joke that it's like falling in love: the birds sing louder, the grass is greener, and food tastes so much better (and a lot times, sweeter!).
Everyone defines eating clean differently. For us, it means making most things from scratch. We don't buy chips or crackers or even bread. We make them. There are a few things we do buy, like hummus and salsa, because I still can't quite replicate my favorite hummus and we go through vats of salsa a week, but for the most part, we make our own everything.
My Two Babies:
In 2013, I published my first book, Homemade Snacks and Staples, a beginner's guide to a whole foods diet. I got pregnant when I was finishing the book. The book came out on May 7, 2013 and Baby G was born on May 31, 2013.
We are in the process of introducing Baby G to solid foods and as a clean eating mama, I am shocked at how hard it is find resources on whole foods for babies and how it's expected that we, as mamas, should give our babies packaged foods. I'm appalled.
Our Approach:There is an easy way and a hard way to do everything. I will always error on the easy side.
That means that sometimes I microwave steam veggies or fruits.
That means that I look for shortcuts in everything.
That means there will always be a population that doesn't think I am healthy or organic or hard core enough.
So, why do it?
For me, it's about setting yourself up for success. I could do it the hard way, but then when the going gets tough, I am much more likely to give up and go premade. I want to make this as easy and as replicable as possible. For me, it's a way of life.
My goal is to show you how easy it can be.
I wanted to create a blog where I could track our journey for a whole foods diet, one baby step at a time. I hope you will join me.
If you want to read more about our grown-up eats, check out my blog: Badger Girl Learns to Cook.