I’ve lost track of time. I’ve been having such a blast with this real food journey that I forgot to update my stats. Oh well, the heck with stats. I know I’ve lost some weight, increased my energy and drink coffee once a week (it’s a Sunday ritual in my house).
The convenient one-stop-shopping days are over. Over the past few weeks, I’ve bought the majority of our food from local farms. I do go to the grocery store for paper products and meat products. Stop & Shop has a line called Nature’s Promise. They sell poultry from chickens that were not shot up with antibiotics, growth hormones and don’t contain nitrates or nitrites.
My preference is to purchase meat from farms, but I’m working my way into that. I do manage to buy eggs, milk and cheese from the local farms, but those farms don’t sell meat. I’ve got to learn how to coordinate that expenditure.
Not so Local Fish
I found a place called VitalChoice. Vital Choice sells wild seafood and organic products. Taken from their website, “Vital Choice fresh-frozen wild Alaska Salmon live their entire lives free to roam the open ocean, and are only harvested as they approach the end of their four-year life cycle. We guarantee that all our fish come from carefully managed, sustainable fisheries.”
Their wild salmon eat natural foods found in the sea, unlike the grain-fed farm-raised fish. I wonder if the grain-fed farm-raised fish could even handle the migratory process that wild salmon undergo. Bottom line, you are what you eat and what you eat ate. If I’m going on a real food quest, I’d rather not eat grain-fed fish. That’s just not natural.
With Vital Choice, the fish is delivered to your front door packed in a cooler containing dry ice. That’s very convenient.
I do cook more. I’m learning how to cook some things in bulk and freeze it for later. I haven’t quite mastered that as yet, but this is a journey and I’m willing to experiment.
Learning how to cook the wide range of vegetables that I never cooked before is interesting. When I’m really stumped as to how to prepare a vegetable, it ends up in the juicer. The juicer is my go-to move when all else fails.
If I ever have a weak moment, I pull out one of my books or watch a DVD. Actually, it’s not so much my weak moment; it’s my family’s weak moments. They’re not as on board as I am, but since I do the food shopping, they get what I buy and eat what I prepare.
When they want cookies, we bake them from scratch (sorry no more Keebler cookies). We’re still transitioning and there are a few bumps along the way, but I’m committed and will not go back to eating trans fats, high fructose corn syrup and the like. Our bodies will thank us in the long run.