Monday, June 27, 2011

The beginning

All stories start somewhere and this may as well be the beginning of this one.  My family and I already eat "real" (read unprocessed) food most of the time.  I know there are many blogs out there addressing the real food dilema in our prepackaged society.  However I still hear/read two comments over and over again when discussing healthier food choices:

I don't have time.

It's too expensive.

I hope that this blog can address these two issues, however my initial two cents are the following:

One, it does take time to make changes and learn new tricks.  The way we eat now is the result of baby steps over time.  My personal experience is not that I have less time to do other things, but rather I have chosen to reallocate my time. Taking care of cooking and shopping for food is actually something my family enjoys doing together and is a great educational experience for the children.

Two, yes, when you look at the price of organic packaged food and compare them to conventional packaged foods, they are more expensive.  We don't eat many of these foods.  Concerning other foods you also have to consider the nutritional value of what you are buying.  The $2.50 bag of chips is a complete rip off, considering your body will still be void of the nutrients it needs after you eat it.  The health benefits of eating good food help you make up for it in other areas which do benefit your pocketbook--less doctor visits, less days missed from work, more energy.  The old addage, "Pay the farmer now or the physician later holds true."  And by the way, eating real food doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Okay, I'll get down off my soapbox.  None of that matters if you don't know how to do it, right? How do you work full time, part time, play mom or dad or wife or husband, or whatever all the roles are in your life and still have time and money left over?  That is my hope for this blog--to walk out that journey with you, rough edges and all.