Has anyone else seen the documentary, Food Matters? My friend, Carolee, convinced me to watch even though I thought it’d be just like another Food Inc. Whereas Food Inc. scared me by telling me I ate too many corn by-products, Food Matters scared me into thinking I wasn’t getting enough nutrients through my diet.
They both have the same overarching message – feed your body REAL, whole foods and stay away from all that processed junk. Processed junk, including marketed “healthy” foods like protein bars and shakes and even nonfat pasteurized milk! The one compelling thing Food Matters left me with was their focus on raw foods and VITAMINS. I’m not about to go raw, but I do want to eat more fresh foods and I’m definitely going to be more diligent about taking my vitamins. One step at a time…
At least breastfeeding has helped discipline me because I’m still taking prenatals 6-months postpartum! Whatever I eat, munchkin eats… so that motivates me to keep taking those big horse pills. I’m trying to reduce my red meat intake too. I eat too much red meat for my own good – it’s only increased ever since I married my carnivorous husband! I’ve somehow convinced myself that I NEED the protein and that red meat is the best source of iron, but I’m beginning to think that’s a LIE.
SOOOO… although I’m not cutting out red meat completely, I’ve committed to eating less of it while adding in more whole, real foods in the form of locally grown veggies & fruits. One of the ways I’m living out this commitment is by joining a CSA!
What is a CSA? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture – read more about it here.
I’m glad I live in a city that has tons of Farmer’s Markets. We live in Socal, but there’s even a farm in my city. You can actually go there and pick your own produce straight from the ground. I’ve been more proactive about visiting the farm. Since it’s strawberry season, I’ve been going weekly just to get fresh strawberries for my family. Fresh foods taste 1000x better than shipped foods sold at big supermarkets. My strawberries taste like candy – plump, juicy, sweet, and everything nice.
Anyhoo, I’ll be picking up my first CSA box next week, so I’ll keep you guys posted on the goodies I get! The fun in this is that the farmer’s choose 6-8 different varieties of fruits/veggies depending on what’s grown that season… so every week will be a surprise. It’s also cheaper this way than buying the individual produce on its own. It will force me to get creative with my cooking. I’ll get to try new veggies I probably wouldn’t buy on my own. For example, I’ve never made a fresh beet salad and don’t know the first thing about roasting beets. That would be a cool thing to learn. I also don’t know a thing about turnip greens or kale.
I want to set a good example for my growing daughter too! I’m a pretty adventurous eater so no daughter of mine is going to be picky. Have your eating habits changed since becoming a parent? Have you thought about joining a CSA?