I mentioned the other day that I have decided to alter our diet a little again. Instead of going full force like I've been attempting to do, we'll be easing ourselves into healthier eating (some a little slower than others).
I'm still keeping most dairy
out of our diets, but will have cheese to put on some of my husband's
portions. It'll probably be a less than he prefers, but it'll be better
than cold turkey. I haven't been getting enough calcium, so I don't
think my son has gotten quite enough either. To combat this I will be
giving him more non-dairy milks or orange juice with calcium added in.
Since I still don't care for the taste of the non-dairy milks, I'm
taking a calcium supplement and will be trying to add more natural,
non-dairy sources of calcium into our diet.
As far as meat
goes, we're still trying to eat less, but I'm done with the
substitutes. We haven't liked any of the bean/veggie burgers, so we'll
stick with turkey burgers or, if I feel up to shaping my own, venison
burgers. For the most part, I still won't be making a meat based meal,
but I might experiment a little more with meatballs and meatloaf to see
how many plant based foods I can sneak in while still keeping true to
the essential flavors of the dishes.
The main thing
is that we are still trying to get more whole plant based foods into
our diet. We are still trying to keep the consumption of processed foods
down, but I'm adding a few luxuries like pretzels back into the diet,
but we're doing so with extreme moderation.
might have the time to make more of the snack items myself, but to be
realistic, it's hard to take care of 2 little kids, stick to a tiny
budget, and make healthy meals so my house often suffers. With 3 little
kids, I'll need the extra time to nurture them and focus on the house
and laundry a little more. For those ladies that can do it all, I admire
you, but I'm not there.
My mini goal for now is to get my
husband to like more whole wheat foods. When he makes pancakes, he
still makes basic white pancakes that have minimal nutritional value, he
then adds a ton of syrup even if it's the expensive maple syrup. I'm
still getting maple syrup for myself, because I think it tastes better,
but anyone that wants to pile on the syrup can use the cheap stuff as
far as I'm concerned (David totally agrees, so I'm not just being mean)
If I can get him to actually prefer the whole wheat pancakes and waffles
and make them instead, I'll be a happy camper even if he still drowns
them in syrup.