18 Aug

So.  It’s been forever.  Practically an eternity.  I committed to blogging during Olivia’s first year, but sadly I found other things to do for the next two years.  And just what could that be, you ask?  Well, I’m not sure either…just living life, making a few changes, taking up a few new hobbies, playing with my sweet girl and hanging out with my amazing husband (hi, honey!).

Speaking of changes, one of the biggest differences in our home is the way we are eating these days.  It’s been a gradual change, but after Justin and I watched Food, Inc., there was almost no way we could go back to the same ol’, same ol’.  I’ve started buying more organic options (easy), attempting to eat more local foods (harder) and removing all processed foods from our home (hardest).  This has all required some sacrifice, patience (thanks for playing along, babe) and a lot of trial and error.  Homemade wheat tortillas, for example….yeah, I’ll just be buying those from now on.  But, homemade yogurt?  Yes, please!

I’ve been eating this way for several months now, but over the next 10 days our entire family (yep, even Olivia) is taking part in a 1o-day challenge to only eat real food.  I’m hoping it will be a good experience for all three of us and I know there’s even more steps that I personally can take to change my diet for the better.  I’ll be posting photos, links, challenges and feedback from the other two eaters in my house.

Pastured eggs...the best tasting eggs I've ever eaten.

Pastured eggs...the best tasting eggs I've ever eaten.

Today is day two, but yesterday got off to a pretty good start.  As many of you may know, getting up early isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I wanted Justin to leave for work with a full belly, so I got up to make breakfast for him.  The pancakes were just defrosted from the stash I made last week, but were still really yummy.  I poured on real maple syrup, one of the two sweeteners (honey is the other) allowed during our challenge.  I get up to make eggs for myself on a pretty regular basis, so that was pretty easy.  I’ve gotten used to how they taste when made with coconut oil and I’ve really grown to love it.  My palate has really changed over the past few months, but that’s another post for another day 🙂

Banana walnut pancakes with maple syrup, watermelon and scrambled eggs made with coconut oil.

Our lunch was just about as simple as it is on any other day.  Olivia had walnuts, cheese and carrots and I made myself a yogurt, blueberry and almond smoothie.  Justin sent me a few texts about what he could eat for lunch and he ended up having a really yummy salad at Central Market: romaine, chickpeas, eggs, red onions, kalamata olives and a greek dressing that is made at the store.  Since he could pronounce all the ingredients in the dressing, he thought it was a pretty safe bet.  He was right…and it’s a dressing I’m going to work on perfecting at home.  SOON.


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