So over the last couple months, I have been making small changes with food. Reading a lot about dairy, since Maria seems to have developed a lactose intolerance. A presentation at work talked a lot about cutting out processed foods and trending health concerns with kids. And I had my yearly cholesterol screening for my insurance benefits – again my LDLs are high and my HDLs are low…
So I’ve been reading ingredients. I’ve long been a label reader but mostly for calories/fat/fiber/carbs/protein…. ingredients are different. Although easy to read. If I don’t know what it is, I probably don’t want it.
The only challenge then is… what to replace it with?
So yes, this brings me to less one-dish meals. More meat with sides. Fortunately it is grilling season, so this isn’t so bad for now.
- We have also switched to organic milk, because I bought it at Costco once on a whim when I first started paying attention to labels. AND verdict! it tastes soooo good! Fresher. Maybe it’s the farm girl in me, but yum.
- Also soy milk in my lattes and on my cereal. I finally found one I LOVE.
- Discovered some yummy hotdogs and sandwich meat without nitrates.
- Trying to make my own bread when I can (bread machine makes it not so hard).
- Organic cream cheese and sour cream (because there are less ingredients and I know what they are)
- Plus I’ve added in avocados to more of our meals to get the healthy fat.
- Lots of flavors of juice with Simply.
- Oh, and I now eat kale!
Mostly we’ve been going through a lots of fruits and vegetables. The kids haven’t noticed yet. Maybe they have noticed when I want to keep it simple it’s Peanut Butter (ingredients: peanuts & salt) and Jelly (no added sugar) sandwiches.
I will say that this is a more expensive diet. But so far I feel great. Maybe it’s just the placebo effect? I don’t really care. Feeling great is good!
P.S. Both Chad and I gave up our daily diet sodas!