My husband read an article about the top 10 worst sugars for you to eat and the top10 best. Many of the sugars that I use regularly were on the worst, like agave nectar. These were listed due the high concentration of sugar.
This weekend I began watching the documentary, Forks over Knives. All these things combined made me think about the food that I buy for my family to eat. I have always focused on healthy food. The more I read and research about food the more I worry about what my family is eating and how it can affect them.
So after talking with my husband we decided to make a few more changes. I want to stop buying processed or preservative filled food. Any food that we really need I will attempt to make (bread, granola bars, etc.). So here is the list I came up with.
Foods that I would like cut back significantly or eliminate:
Bread- I would like to make our own when possible
Cereal- maybe buy it once a month- organic less than 6 grams of sugar per severing
Bacon- butcher our own
Lunch meat- eliminate
Pasta- eat once a month, I haven’t learned to make my own. If I learned I could make it and freeze it.
Granola bars- I don't buy these, I make my own. Make sure the cereal used to make these is organic
Dark chocolate- eat occasionally
Cookies-I don't buy these, I only make them on special occasions
Crackers- I don't buy these.
Chips- I don't like buying these. But I can't make everyone give up everything.
This may seem extreme but I feel a need to protect my family from all the additives of processed food.
A few things that I think will help with this would be to eat more oatmeal for breakfast. This is a great alternative to cereal. Also I will plan one vegetarian meal per week. This will help cut back on the amount of meat we consume; which will in turn decrease our food bill.
The next area I would like to look at is the dressing, peanut butters, mustard, ketchups, and bbq sauce. I know they have alot of nasty things in them. I think I will be making alot of my own with these.
What changes have you made in your kitchen or buying?