Alright, so I’m joining this one a few days in but I’m glad I saw a reminder that it was in progress because it was probably my favorite challenge in the full list of possible experimonths for 2010. Hooray for healthy eating! And more importantly, Hooray that beer makes the cut!
Why was it my favorite? Because 1) I think it will be relatively doable, and 2) the food culture in this country is pretty scary and I’m interested to see where all of my presumably good habits actually put me on the unprocessed/whole foods spectrum.
Things I have going for me: I’m a whole foods vegan foodie blah blah blah with a very impressionable toddler and biochemically hyper sensitive partner, so by default there is very little processed food in my house. I think. I make almost everything from scratch, thankfully by choice and not just out of necessity. I’m also in the thick of recipe testing, so even if I didn’t want to make most things from scratch right now, timing dictates that I don’t have much choice.
Things that can/will mess me up: I am not about to learn how to make tofu, non-dairy yogurt or non-dairy milks from raw ingredients. I’m still on the fence about making my own crackers - I think the tipping point will be the cost of uber-hippie low processed crackers from WSM vs. the time it will take to make them from scratch with a 3.25 year old and four cats in the kitchen. Also, I work at UNC and I am totally addicted to these grilled pineapple/veg/bean/rice burritos…(pineapple + beans + rice + tortilla + “mixed veggies” = 5, so I might make it!) and oh yeah, I’m a full-time working mum and studying for the LSAT and sometimes I’m just downright lazy and will probably get take-out.
Okie dokie artichokies, I guess it’s time to start keeping track of what I’m putting into my and my family’s mouths…let’s hope that Jamie Oliver doesn’t come knocking at my door to do an intervention.