>> Sunday, January 2, 2011
Once upon a time I ate anything I wanted and didn't think about ingredient lists. Once upon a time I didn't care if the food I ate was heavily processed and shelf stable for years. Once upon a time I would happily eat a Twinkie.
And then I had kids.
The way I think about food changed forever once that happened. For one thing, both of my children had major food intolerances. We happily removed all traces of dairy, eggs, and wheat (along with a few other things) from our diet when each child was an infant to keep them happy and healthy. That experience proved to us how shockingly easy it is to radically change the way we eat for the better and still have plenty of good foods at our disposal.
My kids have both outgrown all of their food intolerances, thankfully, and we can eat whatever we want. I am trying to instill a love of fresh, minimally processed foods into them. I'll admit - it's hard. Processed foods surround my kids - in school, at friends' houses, at any out-of-home activities they attend. Some are even in my pantry. Processed foods are easy, full of weird ingredients, and are often packed with sugar, fats, and salt. And kids love them. They're like a bad Saturday morning cartoon for their taste buds.
Here's something I have personally noticed. Once you make the switch away from heavily processed foods, your taste perception of processed foods changes. For example, I've always had a bit of a love affair with Campbell's condensed soups. It's rare that I cook with them now, but it does happen, and when I do, the food tastes...gloppy. It has an unreal aftertaste to it. Real food tastes better.
My kids are clearly my catalyst, but this blog is also my motivation. Sharing our journey helps to keep us moving forward to a healthier diet and lifestyle, hopefully in a common sense sort of way. I try not to be judgmental about how others are eating, but I also try to stay true to our own eating ideals.
Lest you think we've got it all figured out, we're not perfect - far from it. This blog is my soapbox, and I use it to talk about the positive changes and foods we are eating and to learn about the different things we eat. You should know though that we still have a long way to go. I have my vices (like artificial sweeteners), and I won't apologize for them. I have an insane sweet tooth and eat way too much sugar. I don't exercise enough. You get the picture.
In addition to all of those negatives, though, I have an intense desire to pass along a love and understanding of good foods to my children, and I fully believe in teaching by example. That's really what this blog is all about - learning about food and the sometimes fast, sometimes slow transition to eating better.
So, what's your motivation?