its everywhere you go. often the subject of many conversations. what you eat, how you eat, where you buy your food, etc. this has been a post that has been on my mind for awhile and I've put off saying anything about the topic at all, because really, although this is a way we choose to live our lives, I don't want it to be something that defines us first and foremost. several people in the past few months have had questions about how we do food and other things in our home and I hope this post can serve as an answer to some of those questions.
and, its been a journey. and its still going. our household made a dramatic change in 2008. and I've been learning every since. that change set into motion a greater desire to know about the food I am putting into my body and how it effects me and the rest of our family. It made me realize that I want to read every label and understand what ingredients are. since 2008 we have not only eliminated gluten, we have also said goodbye to preservatives, corn syrup, MSG, modified food starch, and the list could really keep going on. we strive to eat fresh, local food (whenever possible) and limit our trips to the grocery store.
having done all this, I haven't arrived and don't consider myself in anyway better than anyone else who doesn't eat the way we do, nor do I feel it is in my place to encourage people to make a change to their dietary choices. I have tried to keep our blog free from starting controversy over hot button topics, but have wanted to maintain an attitude that encourages anyone who is interested to come talk to me.
and like I mentioned before, the reality is, I'm still learning. in a year from now I am sure I will look back on even more changes and modifications that we've made.
we choose to eat grass fed beef and free range chickens from a local farm. if you want any recccommendations, I have a side bar topic for eating local.
we get our milk, egg, butter and veggies delivered from a local farm as well (more on that on the side bar).
we buy our olive oil from a family owned farm in CA and it has been amazing. the price on this fluctuates, and what it is priced at right now is a lot higher than what we paid for it when we pre-ordered in december. I am hoping the price will come down when we order again.
just this year, we eliminated all refined, bleached sugar and have chosen to use palm sugar, honey, coconut oil, coconut flour, almond flour, and other ingredients to bake from scratch.
audrey wears pampers. and I'm ok with that for now. when she was born, learning about diapering wasn't a top priority for me. now that she is more than a year, we have started to talk about other options and decided that cloth diapering is not for us and will probably go towards chlorine free now that I've done some research on it.
I don't make my own laundry detergent, dish detergents or soaps, but I am looking into more natural cost effective options that I can buy. and who knows, maybe a year from now I will be making my own.
here's the reality, we all go at our own pace and do whats best for our families at that given time. for some seasons, we can't spend the money on things because our budget doesn't allow. and to be totally honest, we don't always eat healthy, but we do most of the time.
I am grateful for the changes we've made and I do feel that it has helped us to feel better, to be more healthy, and to be more educated on what we consume.
my friend, Sarah, posted a link to a wonderful resource entitled, healthy 4 life, which I found extremely helpful. saving naturally and the nourishing gourmet have also been wonderful resources as well.
if you have any questions, email me (janetremsnyder [at] gmail.com), I would love to chat more.