If you’ve missed the other posts in this Getting Real with Food series, be sure to go read them!
All this information about healthy eating can be SO OVERWHELMING…huh? Especially if you’re used to buying and eating mostly pre-made convenience foods. Now you’ve learned that you need to “find good healthy sources of milk and meat from cows that have gone to college and have a Master’s degree”. And you should become the little red hen so that you can “grow the wheat, cut it, chaff it, and mill it” (Andrea’s fun commentary on what we have to do if we grind our own flour!). And “eat only organic produce that has nary a pesticide on it whatsoever and grew on a tree that was sung to sleep every night”. Please, can someone just hand me a poptart?
NO! Don’t fall back on the poptart! Eating healthy doesn’t have to cause stress. That would be…unhealthy. :)
I love to cook and bake, and it comes pretty naturally to me. Even so, when I began making healthy changes for our family a few years ago, I also found it overwhelming to think about all of the ins and outs of it. Cooking macaroni and cheese from a box would take so much less time and be so much easier than making macaroni and cheese from scratch from wholesome ingredients, wouldn’t it?
Guess what I’ve found? It DOESN’T take much longer and it ISN’T much harder!
Over the past few days, I’ve been charting some of the things I do in the kitchen…and guess what I found? All the work I do to feed my family a healthy diet really doesn’t take hours and hours. It really, really doesn’t!! You just have to get into the swing of things, that’s all.
Like, take for instance, the fact that I grind my own flour. This job consists of me pouring grain from a sack into my grinder…plugging it in…and turning the knob to “on”. Then, I walk away and do other things (like read someone’s blog, or check email!)…then I go back in and turn it off. Done. I’ve ground flour. Whew.
Or how about soaking the flour before you make your recipe? It hardly takes any time at all…you just have to plan ahead a little. Oh, and you have to stir.
And cooking a whole chicken? Well, yesterday I did this…and today…I’m not even sore. I stuck that bird in a pot of water with some veggies (that I didn’t even take the time to peel), shook in some salt…and walked away. The chicken cooked all day long, all by itself, and made the house smell really good too. Go chicken…go chicken.
And I could go on and on about the simple REAL FOODS you can make without difficulty. Cooking from scratch and preparing healthy meals doesn’t always mean that you have to labor in the kitchen for EVER. Often it’s just about planning ahead and getting the food started…then just waiting for it to be ready.
And…the more you cook…the easier it will be and the faster it will go. (I can practically bake bread in my sleep now…and I’m pretty sure I have on occasion…)
You CAN do this!! YOU can do this!! You can DO this!!! And you can keep reading my blog for more help…and you can email me anytime you want with questions. I love it when you email me! It excites me to read about the changes you’re working to make and to see that you care enough to try and learn!
So keep on making great changes and learning new things about healthy eating! Your good health and the good health of your family is worth it!
So…how are you doing on this healthy eating train? What’s going well for you? What’s overwhelming you? How are ya feelin’?
Be sure to read more Works for me Wednesday posts here at Shannon’s awesome blog!