I came across a blog a while back. It is called 100 days of real food. The idea of this blogger mom is to get her family off all processed food. I love this idea. I realize that somehow I have a pantry filled with snack type foods for the girls. I don't eat it. Except organic corn tortilla chips. Thats it for me. Why? Because I know it is not good for you. Even though I buy the best stuff I can find. With no artificial coloring or flavors and absolutely no HFCS! Here's my recent revelation. Its still crap! Albeit better than the alternative food like substance we see lining the shelves of our local supermarkets.
How did we get here? I'm not sure. Now I've started paying attention to what they eat and just how much sugar they have for breakfast. The one thread that binds it all together, SUGAR. The recommend amount for children is 12 grams. That's for the whole day. WOW thats it? They far surpass this number just at breakfast! My brain is screaming somethings gotta change! I eat well. We are plant based at home. I make them eat lots of fruit. They eat a wide variety of vegetables. However, lately that has gone by the wayside. Somedays they eat no vegetables at all. What? I'm saying to myself! This is all I eat everyday. A lot of vegetables. Why am I not making them eat it too? They love bacon. It's the one meat they won't give up. So I buy really expensive organic, free range, humane, no additives bacon! Same with eggs. But I justify it because I only let them have it on Sunday. I think they look forward to this day because of the bacon and Daddy being off work. Sometimes they go out to breakfast with Daddy and have regular bacon and eggs. I cringe at it but I don't say anything. My motto is a little bit every once and awhile is ok. They even say the very same thing to me. Normally when they want to eat something they know I wont approve of. This from five year olds. They are smarter than we think. And they listen a lot more than we realize.
Now they are in kindergarden. They need snack food to take to school. Plus I pack their lunch. I don't want them to eat the school food. It is nutrient deficient. Like all the snack food in my pantry.
What does all this mean? We are going to take the challenge. Go 100 days without anything processed. I will have to make everything from scratch. That means crackers, cookies, fruit leather and anything else I deem snack worthy. Ive been wanting to make my own bread for years. I guess now is the time. My Aunt Julia makes delicious bread with only 5 ingredients.
This is important to me. I have time in my day to commit to my families nutrition. I just will do a little less laundry, internet and running errands that I don't need to. I'll keep y'all posted about how it goes.
I can do this!