Ever since watching the Netflix documentary "The Magic Pill", I feel like all of my thoughts on food have changed. I've watched almost every "health" documentary that has come out, and most of them affect me a little bit and make me want to change our ways, but nothing has stuck or hit me quite like "The Magic Pill". I've also found a friend who is very knowledgeable, and she is helping guide me into a healthier life so perhaps she is also the reason why I'm actually moving forward with this.
My husband and I have been trying to eat healthier (him with Keto, me with Paleo) which means most nights I have been cooking 3 different dinners. (One for him, one for me, and one for the kids). Him and I have been doing it more for weight management, but after watching the documentary and chatting with my friend, we will all be transitioning to a healthier lifestyle as a whole family. Not for weight, but for health and making meal time easier. I will never refer to it as a diet, it's a lifestyle change.
This week my friend took me to some local farms to check out grass fed, free-range meats. I loved the whole farm experience and kind of wish we could buy our own. I really fell in love with chickens of all things. Who knew this city girl could love the country life so much? I purchased a few different types of meat that I never would have tried before such as venison, boar, elk, and bison. I made mini meatloafs out of the bison last night and it was amazing! Served over spinach with a side of roasted veggies, it was definitely a dinner that will be repeated.
We're not quite going to be Keto, but we will be eliminating processed food and most carbs. Anything with an ingredient we can't pronounce, we will not be buying anymore. We will also be upping our fruit, vegetable, and nut intake. I was going to turn my back garden into a play area for the kids this year, but I think I am going to try one more time to see if I have more success growing our own food.
This could potentially be an expensive change until I am able to find ways to make it more economical. I'll be trying different recipes to see what will go the farthest. We won't be eating out as much now so that should also help balance things out. Also, Costco has a lot of great snacks and foods that are non-GMO and Paleo/Keto friendly. I will share my Costco finds in an upcoming post.
When I mentioned this change to the kids, my oldest was not impressed. She doesn't like vegetables and only a select number of fruits. She's going to be the hardest one to get on board. I asked the kids to sit down and make a list of their favorite foods. I told them that I would try and create healthier versions so they don't feel like they're missing out. Obviously things like cotton candy and peeps will not be recreated, but I can definitely make healthy muffins, donuts, brownies, pancakes, etc.
Of course I'm not going to deprive my children of all the childhood treats. At parties and gatherings, I'll still let them have the pizza, cake and ice cream, but not in as high quantity as usual. And hopefully with better eating habits at home and school, they'll consciously make healthier choices when they're out. (Not holding my breath on that one though, they are kids after all).
I hope you will join us on our journey to health!