Wednesday, October 3, 2012

You Know What They Say

You know what they say.

Put a southern girl on a diet, and she will still find a way to eat bread.

Well, maybe that's not a popular saying.  But it's the truth.

I love me some bakin'.  Cakes.  Bread.  Pies.  Brownies.  Cookies.

I have always had physical success upon cutting white flour from my diet.  More energy.  Less brain fog.  Flanks disappear (my lifelong nemesis...)  But I so miss my baked goods.

By cutting out processed foods and taking more control over what  our family eats, I was somewhat expecting to have to gear up for this mental battle once again.

Boy was I wrong.

We are in week 3.  No gluten.  No sugar.  No dairy.  We were not changing our eating habits to lose weight.  That was truly one of the lower priorities in this food journey.  But I have lost 6 pounds.  Bob has lost about the same.  We are all feeling good and not the least bit deprived.  The kids are doing very good on this, and even Eveley (our biggest skeptic) is coming around now.  Caleb is doing amazingly well with his new food habits.  I had a feeling that this food change would make his potty training experience look easy.  I'm glad I was wrong about that too!

I have been so surprised at the number of people who have been encouraged to do something similar or to just re-examine their food choices.  So cool.  Let's encourage one another in this process.  I'll be honest with you.  If I cheat, I'll tell you.  (By the way, I still use organic milk in my coffee.  Dairy was not a concern for me, but we are cutting it out due to Bob's - and possibly the other boys' - sensitivity issues.)  When it's hard, I'll tell you. that time I decided to fry a week's worth of chicken tenders while helping with homework, dealing with boy's stomach bug, and having 2 little rascals hanging on my legs.  Not my best idea.

Here are a few things I am learning:

1.  Don't take the kids grocery shopping with you.  Ever.  Period.  It will remind them of all the wonderfully sugary and colorful things that they have been missing.  Big mistake!  You will become the evil, horrible monster mother who never lets them have anything.

2.  Moderation is still the key.  Just because baked goods (with almond flour and honey) are legal, doesn't mean you can eat as many of them as you wish.  Even if they are warm delicious chocolate cupcakes.  Or else you will get really sick.  Just saying.

3.  Don't take the easy way out -- As much as I am tempted to do so, I cannot clean out our pantry of processed goods and simply refill it with "gluten-free" products.  Those items can contain just as many weird ingredients as the other, more familiar gluten-containing products.  I promise you can make some of these things very easily just using a few simple ingredients and a really snazzy cobalt blue Kitchen Aid.

4. Let your kids get involved with making their dinner - as much as possible.  This gives them some responsibility and ownership for the food and has seemed to make them a bit more eager to clean their plates.

5. Get your spouse on board.  If you are a mom and trying to cut processed foods, you will find yourself in the kitchen a lot!  And you will need to grocery shop more often.  At least in our house, the fresh fruits and veggies don't last much longer than a week.

And to answer one question:  we buy our almond and coconut flour here -

There are tons of great recipes out there, and I am enjoying trying many of them!  Eveley and I have started a tradition of baking something when she comes home from school.  This is our time to chat about her day without the stress of homework or the other kids distracting us.  So far, we have made bread, cookies, muffins, fried chicken, butternut squash fries, and tonight it was chocolate cupcakes.

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We believe this diet food journey is here to stay.  I don't see myself feeding my kids some popcorn genetically modified to include a bit of roundup anytime soon.  I know I'm not a scientist or very smart in this area, but that seems pretty clear.

I guess the proof will be in the pudding...or the pumpkin muffins.



Anonymous said...

Everyone looks healthy and happy:) Glad it is going well. and glad that RE has the "Thank Heaven for Little Boys" bib;)


Anna and Brad said...

Thanks for sharing your journey! It's so encouraging! We haven't cut out dairy (we use organic) but we're certainly eliminating processed food and seeing a huge difference! I wish I could get Hudson more interested in cooking with me..maybe I'll try a little harder to get him involved! Good advice! ;)

dee said...

I am so interested in this food journey. Would you please share some recipes or sites where you get your recipes? And, maybe some sample menus. Thank you!

Allie Carpenter said...

You are one brave mama!!! Good luck to you on this journey! Can't believe how big your littles are getting:)

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