Tag Archives: fresh food

Big changes but not a big effort

24 May

It occurred to me when I was grocery shopping the other day that we really have made some great changes and that these changes are now part of our everyday habits.  I don’t need to think too much about it now; it’s routine.  My shopping cart isn’t full of processed foods but instead full of vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs etc.  That’s not to say there isn’t processed food but I tend to get processed food from stores such as Wholefoods where the chances of finding unnecessary additives is much lower (not ruled out though). I bake cookies instead of buying them and not only is it not that hard its actually fun and the kids can help.  We occasionally bake bread (not as often as I’d like but hey I’m not perfect) and yes, its still white because I’m picking my battles and my kids won’t eat anything else (but its thick and crusty, doesn’t have preservatives in it and tastes pretty good). We are still learning as we go but the point is we have made some big changes but this hasn’t translated into a big effort. There was a bit of work at the start to work out what was out and what was in but now it is routine and when I’m waiting in line at the store I’m pretty happy with what’s in my cart.

Starting our real food journey

28 Apr

We are a very ordinary family; mum, dad, two gorgeous boys. We like to think we eat well (most of the time) but at the end of last year when my youngest son started getting rashes around his mouth and severe nappy rash which seemed to appear after eating tomatoes I started looking into our diet. I need to point out that  this is not a blog about food intolerances.  We do not appear to have any major intolerances and we certainly are fortunate enough not to have our lifestyle or diet dictated by them.  However, my son’s apparent reaction to tomatoes last year began a real interest in the food we were eating and I started to investigate ingredients and their possible effects.  And I discovered that our diet involved a lot of processed foods with ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce. So we started making some changes to try and reduce the amount of additives and preservatives.  We made further changes when we moved from Australia to the U.S earlier this year and discovered that even the same brand of products have different ingredients in different countries.  We also discovered (and try to avoid) the ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup in the U.S.  Without a lot of effort we have managed to make some  changes to our diet and now most of the time consume a diet of “real” food.

This blog shares what I have learnt and continue to learn about the food we eat and the enjoyment that comes from cooking with real ingredients.

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