I've been thinking a lot lately about the way we eat. Jack is weeks if not days away from starting solid foods (and we're planning on doing baby led weaning, but that's another post for another time), and the way Dennis and I eat will set the example for how Jack will eat. I want him to be healthy and not eat a lot of junk, so Dennis and I need to do the same. We're not terribly unhealthy eaters, but there are ways we could be better eaters. I want to start buying organic or all natural whenever possible, and start to wean ourselves off processed foods. It's not an easy thing to do; we've gotten spoiled on the convenience of pre-packaged, ready to eat stuff. The logistics of cooking from scratch the things we're used to just opening from a can seem daunting, not the mention the increased costs of buying organic (and local, if possible).
There is definitely a learning curve to changing the way we feed ourselves. I'm trying to make small changes to the way we eat instead of trying to do a major overhaul to our food lifestyle. I've already started buying organic foods to replace conventionally grown stuff as we run out of it. I think the next big step is replacing packaged foods for stuff we cook ourselves. Monsanto is the hot topic right now, and if things aren't going to be labeled as GMO, I'm just going to have to remove most processed foods from the grocery list. I don't want to eat GMO food anymore, and I definitely don't want Jack eating that crap. I wonder if the surge in GMO food in the 1990's had anything to do with my infertility. GMO foods were introduced while I was an adolescent. Dennis and I want to have a second child; who knows if eliminating GMO's will help us get pregnant or not, but it certainly can't hurt our health.
The grocery store I go to has expanded their selection of organic and natural foods, but I also want to explore farmer's markets, co-ops, and am looking into cruelty free, free range organic grass fed meats. Next year I plan on planting some fruits and veggies, but if you know me, you know how comically bad I am at taking care of plants. If you're in the Houston area, I found a great list of farmer's markets here. I've been to Central City Co-op a time or two and am going to check out Rawfully Organic Co-op. I've also been looking into organic meat delivery. I found a comprehensive list of local ranchers here.
The changes I'm making are small, but I hope they add up over time. I think our biggest challenge is teaching ourselves how to eat differently. We've become so used to opening a can of something or popping something in the microwave (or going through the drive-thru) that it's going to be difficult to spend extra time and though on our food. We're spoiled on convenience and our health it taking the toll. I want better for Jack. I want better for Dennis. I want better for myself. My next step to healthier eating, after changing what we buy, is planning our meals. We rely on the convenience of quickly prepared foods and fall back on our bad habits if we don't have anything in mind for dinner. Meal planning will also help me better plan what to buy each week so we won't waste money on food we don't need or throw out food that spoils. I just hope I can rise to the challenge.