Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Gone (mostly) but Not Forgotten

That is putting it lightly. We are trying to eliminate processed sugar from our diet, and going to the big holiday weekend made it difficult, if not impossible.  I mean, come on, it’s summer and kids (and adults) will be kids. Truth be told, we slipped a little and had ice cream and some sweets, but on the whole, we are doing pretty well on our new healthy diet. Avoiding white flour is easy enough because there are good alternatives, even ones we prefer. We generally opt for whole grain bread, and I can’t remember the last time I bought white flour pasta, we always get the whole wheat kind. Not eating potatoes is a little trickier, because we love them and from a vegetarian perspective, they’re a great food to keep you mind off meat. However, meat has become once again acceptable, as long as it’s all natural and local. None of that pink slime garbage.

It’s the sugar that’s tough. Not only is it in everything (everything good), but even organic foods can be full of sugar, and sugar is sugar. We try to sweeten with raw honey and agave, but apparently even that still has offending qualities. In the end, you can’t be perfect, especially with kids. Life should be fun, so we can’t do completely without. It’s all about moderation.

I will say that I’m happy to have eliminated dairy. The rice milk is a good substitute for real milk, at least in cereal, and that transition has been easier. We’ll still eat a bit of ice cream, and cheese is hard to completely avoid, but we’re working on it. I eat yogurt, but that’s not a problem because the kids don’t really like the stuff, anyway, so they don’t feel like they’re missing out.

Boy, obsessing over your diet can sure take a lot of time and energy. Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to le cabri for the pic.


Anonymous said...

first time reader. Really enjoy your writing style - I can definitely hear your voice. Great topics!

phredude said...

Hi JL,

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.