Shift in thinking

This has been an interesting 3 weeks for me in terms of food and cooking.  Ever since I joined in on Wardeh’s Tuesday Twister blog carnival, I have been focusing on the real food my family eats.  If you had asked me a month ago if we eat a lot of real food, my answer would have been YES.  BUT I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the net.  If you haven’t checked out foodrenegade, I recommend it.  The responses are as interesting as the articles themselves.  I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box but it’s slowly being absorbed.  I’ve come to the realization that we do not eat as well as I thought.

~I’ve become painfully aware of the processed foods in my house~

We are all feeling the effects of those foods, though I was not aware of it until now.  I’m talking to my family, letting them know the things I am reading and hopefully getting them on the same page, and on the road to change.

It’s not easy!  How do you change something so ingrained?  I’ve been cooking this way for 23 years.  The answer: Little by little.

Keeping that in mind, onto what was cooking in my kitchen this week:

My tomatoes have finally started ripening! This week’s meals have been full of tomatoes and green beans from the garden.

I’m really proud of my tossed salad this week!  Everything came from my garden, all grown organically.  Lettuce, green onion, carrots, tomatoes, and dill.

We really like salmon filets.  I seasoned them with a (prepackaged-sorry) mixture of sea salt, black pepper, chili, onion, garlic, rosemary, oregano, thyme and sage.  Yes, I read the label.  I like cooking salmon because it’s so fast!  We had beef liver this week too (not pictured) which I also love making because it’s so quick ~ real fast food.

The sandwich, granted wasn’t completely real but it could have been. 😀  Toasted whole wheat bread, salmon with chopped onion and mayo, fresh sliced tomato from the garden.

The change isn’t going to be overnight and it’s not going to be easy.  When life gets stressful, I tend to revert back to my old ways.  I need to do this for my health and the health of my family!

8 responses

  1. Marg, you’re doing so fantastic! We’ve all been there, and in fact, we are all STILL there in some ways. There’s always room for improvement isn’t there? Your tomatoes are beautiful. I agree with you about salmon being so good, so real and so fast! The seasoning package you used seems good. 🙂 Thanks for participating in the Twister! Love, Wardeh

  2. Beautiful garden salad! I’m right with you. We have been taking baby steps to whole foods. It has been a long process (over 8 months so far) and still a long ways to go. But slow and easy has been working my family. I started visiting your blog on the Tuesday Twister and have been enjoying it.

  3. The tomato’s look yummy!! That was one of the best things about the market garden my folks had. In the summer there is so much GOOD food that it is easier to be healthy!!

    • Auntie ~ You’re right, having a garden makes it a lot easier to eat healthy! The challenge for me will be in the months coming.

  4. A salad all from your garden…beautiful!! Have you noticed how much more vibrant the color is in tomatoes and veggies from a home garden? Yum! Congratulations on moving your family to unprocessed foods…you’re off to a beautiful start!!

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