My road to healthful eating is somewhat interesting and later, embarrassing.
When I was a kid I never liked red meat. I was fine with fish but never liked fried fish, and I loved chicken. Eggs were only eaten if it is what was made. I was a cheese fanatic (I live in Wisconsin!
) and I still am, but I always wanted fruit as a kid, and occasionally vegetables. Unfortunately, in my home, fruit consisted of apples and bananas, with the occasional orange. Vegetables were carrots, celery, corn and potatoes. My mom didn't know how to cook for anything! My dad loved mushrooms, tomatoes and green peppers and would buy them whenever he went to the grocery store (which was rare since he worked so much). My mom would complain about how "gross" they were and would let them rot in the fridge and then complain about the wasted money. (I never told her of my secret passion for stuffed mushrooms or fresh tomatoes until I was an adult- my dad used to take me to dinner occasionally after my mom and brother were asleep and we'd have really good, expensive, tasty vegetable meals.)
As a teenager that was sick of eating unhealthy and bad-tasting junk, I naturally rebelled- but ended up with anorexia instead. As I grew healthier again I began vegetarianism. At this point I was making most of the meals for my family when I wasn't at gymnastics and, surprisingly, everyone scarfed them down and raved about how tasty they were. Maybe vegetables AREN'T so gross!
As a college student I started to eat too much fried junk and other unhealthy things and that's when I developed bulimia. I thought it was great- until I got really, really, REALLY sick and unhealthy. I wasn't vegetarian at this point anymore, but I had to worry about eating just enough, and not too much, so I wouldn't trigger another binge. I developed an absorption disorder, no surprise.
When I got married at the age of 21 (I'm 25 now) I was finally healthy again, but was a meat-eater, thanks to dh's dietary standards. He knew all about my ED since we'd met when I was 13, so he was really good about it, although much of what we ate was still processed junk. And, since having absorption issues, I needed to eat about 150 grams of fat each day to maintain my weight in a healthy range. Needless to say, most of those fat grams came from animal fats.
I became pregnant with my ds and had HORRIBLE morning sickness- barfing 3xs daily for 7 months. (Revenge for bulimia perhaps?) I ate anything and everything I could keep down. My son was born quite healthy, just a few weeks early. We continued eating our boxed food for a while, until I became pregnant with dd. I hired a midwife and, by watching her, we slowly started converting to vegetarianism again. Now, the embarassing part- when I was in labor, we had nothing that the midwife or her assistant were okay with eating except for a few sad-looking oranges. I recall overhearing the assistant whisper that there were no organic foods whatsoever" in my house.
: After recovering from childbirth a bit more, I started researching organic foods and decided, with my hubby, that we'd start eating as much organic as we can afford. Surprisingly, it's quite a bit!
I just signed on as an owner at our local organic/natural foods coop, which I'm really excited about. We're learning to cook with different grains and have completely eliminated bleached flour and white granulated sugar from our home. We figure, we rarely use flour and sugar, so we may as well pay the extra for the better-for-you stuff. Same with brown sugar. Next we'll be switching from table salt to sea salt. We find that, if we get a ton of an item we like while it's on sale, it makes it quite affordable. If it's not a day where there's samples all over the store for us to try, we just try something we bought on sale as soon as we get home and, if we like it enough, we'll go back the next day and stock up. So, although we still get boxed mac and cheese for our son, it's organic now instead of Kraft. Hey, gotta start somewhere, right?
So, that's my novel as to how we came to eating healthy. We're still transitioning little by little each day, and each day it's a learning process. We're on WIC so we get 'regular' cow's milk, cheese, eggs, cereal and bottled juice. But we'll see what happens in the future. We just paid off our car loan
AND dh just got a new, much better paying job than he had, so we may not qualify for WIC. If that's the case, we'll probably get some organic milk and some non-organic milk and switch back and forth between the two. Some is better than non, IMO. ANYWAY! Now I'm just
but I wanted to share my story.