Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Back on the Wagon
You will be happy to hear we are all better, but Rebecca ended up having a double ear infection. Whoops. That's why she was so whiny.
Anyway, I am sick of sick and so I had to re-evaluate how I have been taking care of my family.
It has been a bit messy.
Since Roman has been born, we have been enjoying Me N Ed's $10.00 pizza every Sunday after church. We have been baking more packaged brownies for Bible Studies and Not Bible Studies (pretty much any other random night). We have been eating processed cereal for snacks. Even if it has a Trader Joe's label on it, it is still processed with sugar. It pains me to admit this to you. But I am climbing back on the wagon.
And so, I have been restudying my Nourishing Traditions cookbook with the intent of reclaiming my family's health.
So myself and the clan ventured out to Lassen's today. Next time I will try to go by myself. (Clean-up on aisle 12, please...)
We will start small and cost-effective. Here are my goals:
1. Make my own ketchup. This is a major food group for Rebecca and I would like to give her real food instead of corn syrup and canned tomatoes.
2. Brew my own kombucha. This is much more cost-effective than buying Hansen's Natural Soda (okay...Diet Sprite) and is a veritable health tonic.
3. Make my own sourdough starter for sourdough bread. I would like to do my bread baking for the time being. Predigested sourdough is better for my family.
4. Make our dairy raw.. I bought raw butter and raw milk. We will be using more butter on all of our food to assimilate vitamins and minerals better. I just can't give my kids pasteurized, homogenized milk anymore. It feels cruel. But we will see what the husband and the budget says, long term.
5. Add more coconut products to our diet. We will be using coconut oil as our primary cooking fat once again. We got away from it but I am ready to go back! I have unsweetened raw coconut flakes to add to oatmeal and other baked goods.
6. Take our cod liver oil. Eeew. But necessary for bulking up our immune systems.
7. Ban (reasonably) sugar and processed food. My husband questions my love for him when there are no tortillas or cereals in the house. The kids won't know what they're missing, but my hardworkin' husband sure will. I pledge to indulge him here without question.
I feel better already.
P.S. I'm looking for organic local eggs. Anyone know of a place to get them?