Archives For Food

By Eric on April 19, 2013 20

Confession: We’ve become food documentary junkies. It’s probably a result of canceling cable, having Netflix streaming capabilities at our fingertips and a baby with an early bedtime. That and the fact that we can rarely decide on a movie to watch, so we default to food documentaries. Have you seen any of them? They are facinating — no, mind blowing!

Of course, they are one side of the story, but after watching Food, Inc.; Food Matters; Hungry for Change; Food Fight; Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead; and a handful of other food documentaries, I’m convinced there is something seriously wrong with America’s food system and that everything I thought I knew about food was wrong.

But there was a defining moment in our lives when the curtain was pulled back and truth started to reveal itself to us. Ironically, it came from a few blog comments on this post. A reader had inquired about how we spend our $100/week food money, and we thought it would be fun to shoot a video after a trip to the grocery store. Now, just looking at the food we bought at that time makes me sick to my stomach. And at the very same moment, we can rejoice in the fact that the only thing in that video that we still buy is bananas. We even did a follow-up post the next week on how nutritionally challenged we were and a few ways we were trying to be better. Although it was a step in the right direction, we still had a long way to go.

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By Kelsey on February 19, 2013 14


Baby food has been one of the biggest unknowns for us. What should she be eating? How much? When can she start puffs? How do I know when she’s full? When will she actually realize that she’s eating and not just playing? Did she get any of it down?

I can’t say I found a great resource for us or that I have all the answers. Day after day we kept experimenting and learning from our mistakes and successes – it was frustrating at times, but now I look back and realize that we found out a lot that way. I hope that in some way our experiences will be helpful to you.

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By Kelsey on February 13, 2013 62

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Rooney is almost 1, and I’ve been thinking for months how we’ll transition her off formula and onto other foods and liquids. I’m still not sure what we’ll do.

To give you some background, Eric and I don’t drink milk – partly because neither of us like the taste, and also because it doesn’t feel quite right to us. When we need milk for recipes, we buy almond milk. But, we are not completely dairy-free — we eat organic butter, cheese, and ice cream (on occasion).

Still, I know that my dietary needs are not the same as a 1-year-old. Roo’s brain and body are still growing at an alarming rate! Of course, I want to make sure she’s getting all the nutrients and vitamins she needs. Her health is very important to me, and I know her learning and development depends on what goes into her body.

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By Kelsey on February 11, 2013 5

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Sundays are grocery day! This was a light trip for us, but I’ve been wanting to show you an updated grocery trip for a while now. This will last us through the week with what we already have at home (pork chops, sunflower seed butter, clementines, grass-fed ground beef and beef sticks, tortillas, frozen peas, whole grain pasta).

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By Kelsey on January 15, 2013 17

One of my goals for 2012 was to find joy in the kitchen, and it was my loftiest goal of all. I have never looked forward to spending an hour in the kitchen creating something that can be eaten in 10 minutes.

But cooking is something we have to do almost every day, right? So why not find a way to enjoy it? (This post by Kate Connor was very enlightening to me!)

How I Found Joy in My Kitchen

  • Meal planning that works for us. To me, meal planning is a dirty word. I think I am turned off by meal planning like many other people are turned off by budgeting. So I got to thinking…meal planning doesn’t necessarily mean I have to cook every night. It just means that it would relieve stress from our lives if we decided ahead of time what our meals will be. So, what we’ve found to work best for us is to plan only three meals at home for the week (one of which is always breakfast for dinner!) and allow ourselves to eat out a couple times, too. Other than that, we eat leftovers or (healthy) things we can find around the house. I will try to do a food post on that soon if anyone thinks it would be helpful. I still can’t believe how terrible we used to eat just a year and a half ago. We are not perfect, but we have made lots of steps in the right direction.


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