i am really starting to up the dietary ante around this place. i have been reading lots of sites like cheeseslave, naturally knocked up, and archives of this old magazine, to name a few. i definitely don’t agree with everything weston price says, but there are some good principles there, and i do respect sally fallon. so it’s making me think, at least. and reconfigure where and on what i spend my grocery money. here are a few changes we’ve made so far…
buying better quality fats. like butter from grass-fed cows. (kerrygold, anyone?) raw butter would be even better, but i’m not there yet. oh, and coconut oil is some good stuff. i basically use it on/in anything i would use butter with, including popcorn, baking, etc. here’s an interesting aside – adding more good fat into my diet has actually helped me lose some weight, i think. like, without even really trying. i think eating more (good) fats are just more satisfying, so i don’t get as much of an urge to eat some empty-carb-sugar-thing to fill me up.
i started buying higher quality meats. like, not from the regular grocery store anymore. i would love to buy directly from a farm, but there isn’t a farm close enough to do that at the moment, so i’m sticking to the health market down the street where i know all the meat is local and hormone/antibiotic free. oh, and i also try to get lunch meat and bacon that is nitrate-free. trader joe’s has a good applewood smoked bacon that i looove.
the kids are drinking raw milk. i really have seen an improvement in sky’s overall health since giving him this. (well, minus the stomach flu from last week.) and the kids don’t notice a difference in taste at all. again, i wish we had a farm close by so i could get it direct, since it costs like, a million dollars and pants won’t stop complaining about it, but it’s still totally worth it.
lots and lots of produce. i usually just buy a bunch of random fruit and vegetables that look good (i try to get mostly in-season), then experiment when i get home. and if we aren’t really thrilled with the taste of something, i just throw it in a soup. i’m going to start making green smoothies again, too…i’ll let you know how that goes.
ok, this is a start at least! we still eat lots of normal stuff, too, although i’m trying to phase that out, much to pants’ chagrin. there’s sooo much more that i am still learning about (sprouting, fermenting, what the heck phylates are, making my own yogurt, etc.), so i’ll keep adding to this list.