I made some changes to our eating habits recently, after much thought and thumb twiddling. What really pushed me over the edge was reading about the FDA acknowledgement of arsenic in conventionally raised chicken. Instead of risking any exposure to these small doses of arsenic (I mean, we eat A LOT of chicken), I decided to get myself a costco membership so I could begin buying organics in bulk to cut down on the cost of organics. I found this handy costco organics list on a deal blog that I follow and so many of the items are staples in my pantry and keep for extended amounts of time. And you know what, I am loving my Costco membership! It’s exciting to me to finally be using organic flours and organic evaporated cane juice (it’s fair trade too!!) in my everyday life. Someday, I would like to supply all of our chicken locally but we are not quite to that point yet . . . it’s just significantly more expensive.
Another change I have made is signing up for a local produce delivery service – Farmhouse Delivery. Every other week I get a bushel of local produce from a variety of local farms. I can add items to my order, if I choose, include local meats, dairy and other produce items. This has been great in getting us to incorporate more veggies and fruits into our diets. I have learn how to cook new items I would have never encountered. And it gets me trying new ways to utilize veggies that we get every week . . . like squash, cucumbers and zucchini – oy! We had so much this summer! I tried so many different recipes with them. I think the best part about it is that it keeps us eating locally without having to add anything to my schedule. I have good intentions of going to our local farmer’s markers but it doesn’t happen often. . . And every other Thursday it’s like getting a present on my front porch! It’s so exciting to open the bushel!
I feel good about what I am feeding to my family, knowing I am supporting other local families and avoiding unnecessary exposure to pesticides and other chemicals.
What food habits have you changed or are working on changing (or what to change)?