We’ve been Eating Poorganically for six months now, so I thought maybe I would give you a little update on how our lives have and haven’t changed since we started eating differently. In the spirit of honesty, I am going to tell both the “pros” and “cons.” (Number 10 is my favorite. :))
1. Our food tastes better.
This is probably the most obvious difference for me. I’m sure some might suggest that this is psychological, but eating homemade fresh foods with full fat and natural sugars tastes good.
2. I spend more time in the kitchen.
On second thought, this is the most obvious difference. Making homemade bread, granola, yogurt, and from scratch meals means that I spend more time in the kitchen. I would have said that it wasn’t possible to spend more time in the kitchen, but it actually is. The upside, if any, is that I get more satisfaction making these foods than I did before.
3. I spend about half as much time couponing and “deal” shopping.
My coupon cutting, matching, and sorting time has greatly decreased. I still do all of these things, but on a much smaller scale. Also, my husband has been able to help with shopping more because I don’t have elaborate coupon lists to go with everything.
4. We are full and satisfied after meals.
Probably the MAIN question people have asked about “real” foods pertains to snack foods like crackers and kid-friendly foods. Honestly, we have the “munchies” a lot less. I’ve heard that the preservatives in processed foods are addictive, which explains why people have cravings for them even if they aren’t actually hungry. While we do still snack on popcorn, fruit, and nuts, we are snacking a lot less; I would guess this is because our meals are more filling and nutritious.
5. Whining has finally decreased.
Related to the above statement, my kids are finally somewhat detoxed from processed foods, so they don’t whine about the selection of foods I offer. Dylan just asked if he could have fruit salad for breakfast with apples, blueberries and oranges. It is nice to be able to safely offer them ANYTHING in the house. I am not strict about our eating outside of our home, so we sometimes eat chips, crackers, or sweets offered to us. This concession means that whining at home is minimal, and my kids don’t feel too “constricted.”
6. We have no noticeable health changes.
You can take that statement for what it is worth. I’ve heard that many of the advantages of real foods are long term and preventative rather than immediate and prescriptive. Also, we were all healthy and not overweight beforehand. We’ve all still had colds, boogers, fevers, headaches, grouchiness, and all the normal symptoms of human life with kids. Actually, the Providinator has lost some weight, but he has been lifting weights and working out, so I would guess it is probably more attributed to that exercise.
7. We read labels–the ones on the back.
I am now one of those annoying ladies who stands in the aisle staring at the back of the can. Actually, I am starting to know what is in items without looking, but I still check for surprises. Who would have guessed that there is SOY in a can of tuna? (Wild-caught, no less?)
8. We are spending about $50 more a month on consumables, but I am mysteriously getting this money somewhere.
I get that this makes no sense since we don’t have any more money than before, but this food money must be coming from our household items, diaper budget, medicine budget or something. Maybe I am shopping less and it is coming from gas money? I have no idea, but our overall financial picture is exactly the same, so the increased expense on real foods is balancing out miraculously. Not to mention, spending more means that we get to give more. Yippee.
9. We are eating less meat and sugar.
This probably goes without saying, but those are the main two differences that have changed my cooking. I’ve had to adjust my recipes to accommodate these differences.
I just want remind you all that you aren’t what you eat. I think we’ve been over this pretty well, but I always feel the need to remind
Romans 14:17-18 (NIV)