I have been thinking a lot lately about the kinds of food we are eating. I think it probably started when Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution aired on TV. Although I didn't watch the entire season, I was intrigued by the idea and from then on decided that my kids would bring their lunch to school. And then we moved out here and my daughter was put in a kindergarden class with other kids that had severe food allergies and we were very restricted as to what we could pack in her lunch. Very frustrating to say the least. Then the worst blow came when my mother was diagnosed with diabetes. Yes, I know it is a very manageable disease but it came out of no where and I think the whole family was taken aback. And now we are all forced to take a closer look at what we eat.
I found an awesome blogger, Jo-Lynn from Musing of a Housewife who thru reading her posts has introduced me to the idea of eating whole foods. No, I am not suggesting that we only buy organic food, but I have to start somewhere. I immediately decided to give up the skim milk and start drinking pasturized organic whole milk. Why? Because it was an easy switch. It took a few days but now my kids and hubby don't even notice a difference. In fact they really like it. The key is to find milk that is pasturized, not ultra-pasturized. Click here to find out why. And trying to find anything in your grocery store that is not ultra-pasturized is like finding a needle in a hay stack. Unless of course, you shop at Whole Foods but my budget doesn't allow that on a daily or even weekly basis.
But the more I read, the more curious I am about the benefits of raw milk. Trust me, it has taken me 6 months to even consider the idea. Now I am not about to get all preachy and start explaining the pros and cons of drinking raw milk. (I will save that for my husband). But I am curious and it can't hurt to try it. I did find a local farmer who makes good clean, raw milk and I am thinking about taking my girls up there today to purchase a gallon. I guess we will see how it goes.
And if you are curious, no, I am not about to give up my diet coke anytime soon. Baby steps people, baby steps.