Well here we are on day 50 of our real food pledge – a milestone! I feel similar to when I was halfway through each of my pregnancies, which goes something like this… wow, we are already halfway done! And at the same time…wow, we are only halfway done? I would like to take this opportunity to remind those that don’t know me personally that only a little over six months ago not only was I clueless about what eating healthy truly meant, but I didn’t know the first thing about how to tell the difference between a processed and non-processed food. I was eating white bread from the grocery store, feeding my kids Kraft macaroni and cheese when we were short on time, stopping at fast food restaurants on road trips, and had never bought a single organic item in my life (well, at least not on purpose). That was all before I got the biggest wake up call ever from Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food.
It is funny to think back to what the “old me” thought of people who are the way I am about food now. I have to say that I did not understand one bit, and I know for a fact that if I had to stay at (and eat at) someone’s house whose pantry and fridge resemble mine now I would’ve been worried. I did not like whole-wheat bread and would have rather gone hungry than eat it. I truly had no idea why whole grain was even better for you. I had never stepped foot in Earth Fare and thought it was just a place that sold weird ingredients like tofu and barley (which they do of course sell, but they are also so much more). I had never even shopped at our Farmer’s Market before and had no clue what it meant to eat produce that was in season. I also knew of someone that had their own chickens so they could eat their eggs, and I remember thinking that they must either be really weird or maybe even a little crazy. Now I must admit that I am slightly envious that I don’t have my own fresh egg source in my backyard. Wow, I have come a long way in a short amount of time.
Just to take you back with me for a moment here is my Facebook status update from January 29 of this year “[I] can easily consider cutting out overly processed foods like prepared meals, etc. but this business of cutting out basic things like plain cereal, bread, and white flour (used to make something from ‘scratch’) sounds way over the top for me…” Oh my, I don’t even want to get into what the new me thinks about the old me! Regardless of what that may be, I can at least say I understand and can relate to anyone in that same state of confusion. My whole point of telling you this is that if I can go from where I used to be with my food choices to where I am today then absolutely anyone can get on this bandwagon and make similar changes as well. I know going 100% of the way for 10 days is not for everyone, but what would happen if you just tried to follow the rules for one or even two meals a day? Challenge yourself and consider doing something really great for your health and the health of your family! I know I am so glad I did.
Now here’s to another 50 days of eye opening experiences as we continue to seek out the real food and real food only in our processed food world!