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Happy 4th of July!!
This week I’m sharing a few of our most recent food habit changes. In case you’re wondering, there’s no new news about my going to the gym. We are house hunting, we’d like to move into a house by the end of the month (or sooner)! That is taking up my evenings, yet I’m very excited about the prospect of a house to live in and definitely ready to move from our current apartment. Nonetheless, we have done pretty well with our newest food habits.
We’re incorporating more pastured, grass-fed, no-antibiotics, and no-hormones meat.
We are trying to decide which of two local farms we will make a bulk buy from once we have a place we can store 100+ lbs of meat. We’ve tried beef from both farms and like it quite a bit. The one farm has a bit of a better price for the bulk purchase we’d make, yet they only do beef and chicken. The other farm has pork. Now, I haven’t really eaten much of any pork since I was about 15 or 16. Hun likes some pork, especially bacon. We’ve typically had none in our refrigerator since we’ve been together, minus the lunch meat for sandwiches I’d make Hun. I told Hun the only way I’d eat pork again is if it came from a farm and was naturally raised. Well, I’m here to tell you that I’ve had bacon over the last couple of weeks and it was mighty tasty! We also bought some ribs (not directly from the farm, but naturally raised) and I’ll be making those soon with some homemade barbecue sauce (post coming soon). Our chicken will come from one of these farms, as well. We just don’t eat that much chicken.
We are eating only pastured chicken eggs.
We’ve had eggs from both farms I mentioned. Both sets of eggs have been great tasting as well. The one farm also has some duck eggs. I think we’re going to try them next. Duck eggs are higher in some things, like omegas, cholesterol, and protein than chicken eggs. I’ll keep you posted on the egg progress.
We no longer use white sugar.
We bought some stevia and use just a bit of that instead. We mistakenly didn’t read the label when we bought it and later discovered that dextrose has been added, which is partly why it’s white, though it comes from a green plant. So, we won’t be purchasing that stevia any longer, opting to ether find some from a different company on the internet, or maybe even growing it ourselves! All I need is a bit of land….This has gone well. Now, though we don’t have sugar at home and try to avoid it if we happen to eat or drink something not from home, we have both had a bit of sugar, usually just cane sugar. Hun did admit to having some high fructose corn syrup in a drink recently. We have found that we actually like the teas and lemonades without sugar and we feel better.
We have vastly cut down on our carbs and starches.
This week alone, we haven’t had any rice. Last night we had a lasagna, but there were only 4 noodles in it and they were leftovers from a few weeks back. I don’t make sandwiches for Hun’s lunch anymore either. Baby Boy and I had 2 sandwiches once this week, again leftover bread. Note: I almost think my skin is reacting to that lunch choice I made. We’ll see. Oh, we also haven’t had potatoes in 2 weeks. Nothing is wrong with potatoes, per se, we’re just cutting down on the carbs and starches, as I mentioned. I do have a couple sweet potatoes I’ll do something with soon. Hun doesn’t really eat them anyway, so Baby Boy and I will have them on occasion. Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients, so they’re not really “off limits” either.
We are taking in kefir and creamed milk.
The kefir, not a big jump and it takes just like yogurt which Baby Boy and I already eat. Kefir has more probiotics and they stay in your body longer than those from yogurt, so that’s one reason we use in it our shakes. The creamed milk is a bigger jump. We don’t buy or drink pasteurized, homogenized milk. We believe it to be worse than not drinking any milk (there is quite a bit of research on this subject), so we don’t drink milk. Where we live, raw milk is against the law to be bought and sold. There are ways to get it, we haven’t explored those avenues though. Recently though, we found creamed milk. Yes it’s pasteurized, but not homogenized. It tastes pretty good. This milk comes from a relatively local farm, just one state over. It’s packaged in glass bottles and has a good bit of cream in it. This we can live with for now. So, we’ve started buying a few quarts a week, drinking it straight or having it with our shakes.
Those are our biggest changes. We still have the shakes. I think I only missed one day this week (don’t ask how that happened, but it was late in the evening when I realized I hadn’t had one). As for dinner without the carbs and starches, we simply have – meat, vegetables, beans, and eggs. Baby Boy and I always have vegetables with our meals anyway, Hun’s not big on vegetables though he’ll eat some sometimes. We are eating beans a bit more, but so far no problems with that.
Not that I have to, I just feel the need to. These food habit changes aren’t necessarily new as in we’ve never done them before or wanted to do them. They’re new in terms of now doing it as fully as possible, while continuing to make steps towards doing it all the time. These changes have been a good move for us thus far and we do plan to keep them up, so long as we are able. We’re hoping actually to be able to incorporate more and more of these changes (and others) once we find a different place to live, maybe have an area to grow a small garden and get a freezer to keep our meat. Until then, we’ll just continue patching things together as we have these last couple weeks.
We believe in real, whole foods. We want real, whole foods. Now, we’re just taking more steps to make this our daily habit!
Tell me, what’s your food style? Any new changes? Any thoughts on our changes? Any questions?