We hardly have any recycling.
I don’t crash at 4:30 in the afternoon every day.
I eat only when I am hungry.
I think more about what I eat because I have to make/prepare it myself.
These are some of the comments my husband and I have made since we started our 100 Days of Real Food challenge. The impact that eating less/no processed food has had on our family and lifestyle go beyond what we anticipated. At times, we have embraced the creativity it takes to find a recipe for goldfish crackers and actually make and eat them. We have also become frustrated with the time and effort it takes to replace the entire batch of goldfish crackers that were eaten in 5 minutes. Seriously! They were eaten in less time than it took us to clean up the kitchen after making them! Some additional impacts this challenge has had on our family include:
* My children are all more engaged in food preparation, from grating carrots for snack to cooking tortillas.
* School lunches are more interesting. The kids help think of creative things to put in their lunch. And the best part is, it all gets eaten!
* My children have a better appreciation for what goes into preparing food and therefore do not like to see it wasted.
* We think “outside the box” (pun intended) when planning meals. Who says we can’t have scrambled eggs and waffles for lunch or dinner and gumbo for breakfast? [Read more…]