I sure was excited to have a bag of peanut butter m&m’s for our road-trip that started July 1! In the month of June, our family tried as best as we could to stay away from processed food. We did quite well. We made a few concessions on our camping trip, but overall we ate a ton of “real” food. We (mostly my wife) made much of it ourselves, and we ate a ton of fruits and vegetables. We won’t be quite as hard-core moving forward but we will retain a lot of the principles and “rules” from last month moving forward. Here are some random thoughts on the month:
- I’m not sure if it was connected to our month-long project or not, but at one point on our trip north this week, my 3 year old son exclaimed that the blueberries we were eating were better than his Mike and Ike’s!
- We learned early on that much of the bread and bagels we normally bought at the grocery store really didn’t qualify for non-processed. That meant we needed to make our own. We skipped the bagels and just went with bread for the month. The kids definitely missed bagels. Store bought bread just doesn’t taste the same after a month of having freshly baked home-made bread.
- Our kids missed their morning cereals. We made our own granola, but they were a bit bored with that and oatmeal by the end of the month.
- I didn’t miss “sweets” nearly as much as I thought I would. It helped that fresh, locally picked fruit was readily available. This wouldn’t have been the case as much if we did it January.
- I had a harder time getting enough calories. I was riding (bike) quite a bit, and found myself constantly hungry. Many of the snacks that I would normally eat (like granola bars, crackers, cereal, etc) were processed foods, and I struggled with finding substitutes that filled me up. On the plus side of this… I lost about 10 pounds.
- Eating this way takes more planning! We also had to go to the store more often, because much of what we were buying was fresh.