So, I’ve been really diving into as much information as I can get my hands on to learn all about this real food diet thing I talked about in my real food revelation. The diet I’m referring to follows the Weston A. Price Foundation’s guidelines. Let me tell you, I have learned SO MUCH about food, and the things I’m learning make sense!
But, and sadly there is a but, it is so hard to put so much of that into practice in our everyday lives! I know it’s all about baby steps, and believe me, I’m babystepping my way to better health. I’m cooking more from scratch than I ever have, but there are some things that go along with this real food diet that I’m not sure I can ever see myself doing!
The first big problem I see is finding and consuming raw milk. I do not drink milk, period. My husband and my kids do. We have only ever bought whole milk. My husband and I were raised on whole milk and just don’t see the point of 2% or 1% or skim milk. My pediatrician told me at my son’s three year check-up that I needed to switch him to 2%, but my husband and I both decided we shouldn’t, and everything I’m reading says we shouldn’t.
If I knew of a reliable souce to get raw milk, I’m not sure that I would. It does seem so foreign even though I remember going to a dairy farm with my Papa when I was a little girl to get fresh milk. He loved it and he was raised on it. Organic milk here costs nearly $7 a gallon. I just can’t pay that price for milk right now. The store where I purchase our milk pledges that the dairy cows are not treated with the hormone rBST, so that is at least one plus, and it will have to do for now.
Other issues surround the quality of our meat. I don’t have a deep freeze, so purchasing large amounts of meat is not feasible right now. Money has also been tight, so we don’t currently have the funds reserved to do so. There are absolutely no markets in my town that sell pastured poultry or grassfed beef. I would have to drive at least 45 minutes away to pay a very high price to find quality meat. So, for now I’m buying what I can at the local grocery store. I would love to support local farmers with this, but it’s currently just not economical for us.
And that’s where a lot of this problem of eating quality food lies. People are just not going to spend more money and drive further away to get something that they can get in their own towns for less. Yes, the quality is different and one is better for your health than the other, but it’s not something you can see in the store, and it’s not something that you immediately feel the effects of. For a young family like mine who has suffered with this horrible economy, we really must choose what we can afford.
With that said, I’m not going to completely abandon my real food journey. I am using butter and olive oil for cooking, and I do plan to purchase coconut oil for baking. I’m slowly starting to move us to whole grains, although I do think that will be impossible with our pasta. I’m buying less and less processed junk and cooking so much more from scratch. I even made homemade hamburger helper and my daughter loved it. The best part was it contained no MSG or unpronouceable chemicals! Oh, and I can’t forget our free range eggs from our backyard chickens! Those are packed with nutrition! I also cannot wait for the farmer’s market to come back here, and hopefully I can try my hand at canning!
Our big problem here is the sugar. It’s in everything. My husband drinks Vanilla Cokes. I love my coffee with sugar and pumpkin spice creamer, and I’m a sucker for a can of Coke and a Kit Kat at the end of a long day. We are addicted. It’s hard, but slowly I’m cutting back on the sweets. I doubt refined sugar will ever completely leave my family’s diet, but with the baby steps we can do a little better. I’m even tempeted to try making some homemade fruit cordials and maybe water kefir.
I also want to mention I’m really excited. I am reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan right now. I hope to review it soon!
I’m getting the ultimate real foodie book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon for Christmas!
Maybe I can get some more ideas for slowly converting my kitchen into more of a real food kitchen!
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