There is no doubt that there has been a trend toward whole foods. This may mean something different to each person, but organic food is becoming more accessible and desirable. I mean, who wants to eat chemicals, antibiotics, corn syrup , or highly processed foods that destroy health?
It is frustrating, however, to have options and not the resources to provide them. Let's face it, organic food costs more. I've been in uncomfortable conversations where other moms are discussing the evils of grocery store food and would never dream of allowing anything processed into their children's mouths. Meanwhile, I sitting there having never even set foot into a Trader Joe's and with my Aldi's list in my purse.
Am I a bad mom? Maybe I'm not sacrificing enough if I don't own a share of a cow or I don't can my own organic pie filling. Maybe I am slowly poisoning my own family.
I used to feel guilty. Then I realized that although I can not purchase organic foods there is a lot I can do to promote health and provide my family with a healthy body to fight off any toxins they may be ingesting.
So here are our guidelines for healthy eating:
1. If possible make it from scratch
2. Use butter or canola oil
3. High fructose corn syrup should not be listed in the top 5 ingredients
4. Wash fruits and vegetables well
5. Replace oil with applesauce or bananas in baking
6. No MSG or Sodium Nitrate (found in lunch meats, hot dogs)
7. Buy antibiotic free meat when on sale
8 Don't snack out of a bag or box- choose fruits or veggies
9. Only whole grain bread with 2 g fiber or more per slice
10. Provide yogurt with live cultures
11. No trans fats
Do we do these things perfectly? Of course not. We still enjoy the occasional Little Debbie and hot dog picnic. But these are the rarity.
So we will be thankful and resourceful with what we have been given.
And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat. -Acts 27:35