There seems to be a growing trend toward healthy, organic, whole foods eating. As I’ve come to know more and more people who have changed their diets to eliminate refined and processed foods, I’ve said, “I could never do it.” I could never do it because… I like chocolate and ice cream too much… I’m too busy to learn how to eat/cook differently… I don’t want to spend even more time in the kitchen… It would cost too much money… etc.
However, after making this decided statement, I couldn’t help but notice that the topic of sugar and its detrimental effects began popping up everywhere–so much so that I decided maybe I should pay it some attention. So one night about a month ago I ran out the door to the library to check out Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. It sat on my kitchen counter for several weeks waiting for me to find the time to open it up and start reading; and with each day of not reading that passed, I started to talk myself out of even trying to find the time to read it.
In the meantime, there were several occasions that I noticed I felt poorly immediately after eating a bowl of ice cream or a handful of chocolate or other candy. The feeling was “off” enough that for the short while it lasted I thought to myself, That wasn’t worth it. Why eat something that makes me feel so not good? And so I was re-inspired to open up Nourishing Traditions. The day after it was due (Yes, it was overdue. Oops!), I finally sat down and started reading and then promptly called the library to renew it for another month.
I still have a TON to read and learn; but with the beginning of a new month approaching (which means a fresh start on stocking the cupboards AND a fresh supply of grocery cash), my plan is to start making some changes in the way I feed myself and my family. I’m certain this isn’t going to be easy (I’ve been snacking on chocolate chips while I write this….), but I feel like I wouldn’t be doing the best thing for my family if I don’t give this my best try.
I said I could never do it. I hope I was wrong….