So we’ve been working on our lifestyle change for close on 3 months now. It’s been challenging, but I think that we have finally gotten into the groove of it all and making supper is not the daunting task that it once used to be. (Thank goodness).
The long and short of it is that:
- we have completely cut out grains (pasta, breads, rice, oats and um, anything else grainy that you can think of)
- we have drastically lowered our dairy intake to maybe one little bit in coffee a couple of times a day
- we have not bought or consumed refined sugar in 3 months
- we have mostly stopped eating things that are packaged or produced – you know, like store bought soups for example (you’d be surprised what they hide in there – sugar has no business being in vegetable soup!)
Instead we have replaced those things by:
- Eating more vegetables, fruit, meat and nuts. All in the closest to original form that it can be found in.
- Also COCONUT everything – oil, flakes, milk, cream – it’s been my saving grace and helped me not to miss the milk so much (remember how much Milo was a daily part of my life?!), you can even make a pretty decent hot chocolate with it.
This change was hard for me. So very, very hard. I was never technically overweight, but I was very far from healthy. If you had to ask me what my favourite food was it would be (and still is if I’m honest) – cheeseburgers, pizza with loads of toppings, milk, cheese, chocolate, pasta – the creamier the better. Oh and chips, give me all the chips!
So actually saying that it’s been hard is kind of a huge understatement. If I didn’t have to look at my acne/dermatitis covered face every morning I don’t know how long I would have been able to stick it out.
The funny thing is that the more I’m doing it, the less I want to eat the bad things. It’s almost not even hard to make the right decisions when we are out now.
But you guys… I have 3 kids. As soon as people hear about our lifestyle change they are nearly always like, “Oh cool, that’s good for you, but like what about your kids?”
And well, what about them?
The truth is that if I feel so strongly that eating these things is bad for my body and overall health, how much more so for my growing children. So naturally, we have implemented this lifestyle for them as well. Well, as much as we can. At the moment it’s all a bit mixed up, but here’s a sort of breakdown of what they eat everyday:Breakfast: Rice cereal with cows milk/Coco Pops with cows milk (I need to find an easy/quick alternative) School: Fruit (usually apple or banana), yoghurt, bread with jam and water in their bottles. (I have very little control over this and also I pay the school for it and the kids enjoy it, so why not right?) School lunch: Some kind of cooked meal – stew, mac and cheese, spaghetti bolognaise etc followed by dessert of fruit or ice cream or jelly. Again – very little control but they love it so, why not. Second lunch at Ga’s House: I have limited control. But this is usually a block of cheese (cheddar), ham/viennas and occasionally a sandwich or ice cream. Supper: Now this is where I have control – finally. So our supper always only consists of a range of veg and meat. Often it’s roast veg with chicken pieces, or veg with mince or fish with sweet potatoe chips and veg or something else that resembles veg and protein. Sometimes there will be potatoes, but seldom.
I could write forever about how they have accepted (or not accepted) this change, the benefits that I have seen in our combined health and so much more, but I think I’m going to wrap it up. Unless you have questions of course? Let me know if you do.
For so long we have been pushed with really terrible “facts” regarding our health and what to eat. If you want to know more about them read this and then read the comments – my mind was almost king of blown. It just makes so much sense.
We’ve (finally) decided to take the step to look after ourselves and our kids, it’s a hard one, but so worth it.
Have you take the this step? How have your family been affected by it? Do you have questions?