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Back in January, I wrote this post based on my goal, as head chef and grocery shopper, about bringing more “real” food into our home. Since that time, my family has experienced a slow but sure change toward a healthier menu and a healthier outlook on eating.
BUT….(isn’t there always a disclaimer?)
We still have a ways to go.
Like many things in life, there are always obstacles to overcome. From budgetary concerns to a practical use of my time, there are obstacles that I’m constantly meeting but not always conquering. I choose to give myself grace in this area because every little change I make, no matter how long it takes, will benefit us all in the long run.
Today I wanted to share with you 10 very specific obstacles in our “real” food journey and possibly an approach for how we are trying to conquer that particular bump in our journey. (Some may never be conquered due to human weakness!)
-This has to be the one area that I find hardest to change. I absolutely know and understand that soda has no health benefits whatsoever, but that doesn’t change my love for a fountain soda with pellet ice! I plan on attempting to make some infused waters to spice things up a bit and see if I can at least limit my soda intake to pizza and burger nights!
2. White sugar
-I love all the new natural sugar substitutes that I’ve tried in baking and cooking, such as succanat and organic raw sugar. However, I still can’t find anything I like better in my iced coffee than a spoonful of white sugar. Maybe I’ll be more likely to change my ways after baby is born!
3. Ice Cream
-There’s nothing wrong with a bowl of ice cream, in fact I think it’s food for the soul. However, I want to find some that is healthier without breaking our budget – not there yet by any means!
4. Boxed Cereal
-Always a staple item in our house. That’s what my hubby eats every day for breakfast. I’m fine with cereal, but I want to explore other homemade options (besides granola) that please the palates of my peeps! For now, I think we’re doing okay with choose the closest to whole grain w/o high fructose corn syrup, but there’s always room for improvement. Not to mention that the cost of boxed cereal is pretty crazy – even at Aldis – the way we go through it at times.
5. Chocolate Chips
-There are some fantastic, healthy chocolate alternatives out there, places that offer the most natural and awesome tasting chocolate. Unfortunately, I would need to get a job to afford to buy it. So we go with the good ol’ Nestle Semi-sweet chocolate chips for now. We use them in our oatmeal (which I do use soaked oats now!!), cookies, homemade granola bars and in our own trail mix.
-Despite absolutely loving the homemade cheddar cheese crackers from Healthy Snacks to Go, I usually buy crackers at the store. It’s one of those items I just haven’t made the time to practice and become efficient at making. So to save time, I still by our crackers off the shelf.
7. Coffee Creamer
-After several attempts at making my own flavored creamers and only coming up with mediocre results, I still buy my creamer at the store. I’ve switched to Natural Bliss by Coffeemate and it’s good stuff, BUT not quite as good as the regular old French Vanilla!
-I love the idea of eating all things healthy. Fruits, veggies, canned goods, etc. that aren’t laced with laboratory made chemicals and artificial sweetners. Unfortunately, there are some items I just can’t seem to justify buying the organic over the non-organic usually due to price. For us, this is a budgetary issue as much as practical issue. There are times I wonder if money were no object would I still pay $0.40-$1.00 more for an item???
-Oh man is this a tough issue for me. I’m surrounded by opportunities for good quality, healthy, locally raised meat, yet I don’t buy it. This is simply a budget issue right now, but I do try to get some good stuff every so often!
-All I have to say is this one comes down to getting free milk so beggars can’t be choosers! BUT, someday I would love to be able to buy some yummy, organic, oh-so-delicious milk.
Any suggestions to help me in these areas? Have you been able to find a good deal on organic items? If so, tell me where!!