Week 1 of my One Small Step Challenge
Hi everyone! After a week of following people on Instagram, reading blogs, and scouring Pinterest for recipes, I have to say I really love the Paleo community out there!! What cool stories, ideas, inspiration and people!! Thanks for welcoming me in!
As you know from my first post... I'm not quite Paleo. I'm still trying to figure out what my food blueprint is. The one thing I do know, is that I have to clean up my act when it comes to how I eat, and how I feed my family. So this week was all about cleaning out the crap, and basing our diet on whole foods, consciously sourced ingredients, and no refined sugars. That's a big order!! And we hit a few snags! But we also had some great successes!
My first hurdle was time. It takes a lot of time to source, prep & cook fresh ingredients. (at least at first!!) I spent tons of time in the stores reading product labels and trying to find what I was looking for that fit my parameters. I've learned that I definitely need to prep and plan as much as I can in advance so that I don't face a big meal project when everyone is hungry!! That's when we tend to cop out and head for take out!
My second real hurdle was underestimating how much we needed to have in the house. Since we were no longer able to reach for our pre-fab yogurt drinks and snacks, we were going through a lot more of the good stuff! We ran out of lunch ingredients and afternoon snacks early into the week, and ended up scrambling in a time crunch on Thursday. Not such a good day! All 3 of us had packed schedules and wouldn't be home from 8am til well after dinner time. There was a last minute trip to the convenience store to get lunch and afternoon snack for my son, and myself. We tried to get the healthiest options, but it was definitely not the desired diet we were shooting for. This week... I'm not only buying bigger quantities of some things... I'm scheduling time for a fill-in trip to the farm stand and the store mid-week, just in case. I'm also going to make soup to have on hand for an easy dinner, and a few easy to grab "snack packs" on Sunday, so that no one looks like a deer caught in the headlights when trying to grab something easy on the go.
The other thing we need to get better about is how we tackle outings & special events. My son had a few birthday parties and went to a baseball game with my husband this past week. Food is hard to navigate in those situations. I gave my son some leeway... afterall, I dragged him into this and he is really trying his best! I think I need to make sure we have yummy, easy, healthy meals already prepared on days like that, so that we can eat before the party or bring some food for tailgating before the game.
I tried to make an impromptu video interview of the guys to see how they feel about our first week... but no one wanted to be in front of the camera. So here's the synopsis:
My son... says he really likes the foods I've been making and he is happy we are doing this. He felt a bit bummed that he ate some sugar and "junk food" this week, but I think he did a great job for his first attempts!! He has been so positive and ready to try anything.
My husband... "I'm loving it!!"... he says he hasn't felt too hungry and has loved the way he feels.
For me... I feel great and excited about our first steps in a more conscious approach to food. I definitely have a long way to go... and I'm totally excited to see what we learn!
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Hope to see you there!