About 6 months ago, I decided that I was going to switch from standard groceries to organic. I buy organic almost exclusively now and have no plans on turning back.
One side effect, though, is that we’ve had to replace some of our best loved processed foods with their closest organic counterpart. Some have been hits. Others…not so much.
And that got me to thinkin’. Besides going organic, there have been other things that I have found replacements for during this weight loss journey of mine. Here are three things that now have permanent residence on my pantry shelves as a direct result of trying to eat healthier.
- Brown rice – We love us some rice up in these parts. We usually have it at least twice a week. My husband, Dave, was staunchly opposed to brown rice because he said it never tasted quite done. Now, he doesn’t even blink when the rice isn’t white. I’ve been trying to mix it up just to see if there’s a big taste difference: long grain, short grain, sweet, wild rice blend. But unless it’s under extreme desparation, there is no white rice in our house anymore.
- Less boxed dinners – Quite often, I fell prey to the ease of boxed dinners like Homestyle Bake. I’m not all that great in the kitchen so I am drawn to meals where I have to do very, VERY little. Now, I can’t even tell you the last time I bought a Homestyle Bake. We are eating more freshly prepared dinners made from fewer processed foods.
- Fruits and Vegetables – We are eating so many more fresh fruits and vegetables now. It’s an adventure every week to go to the store to see what new in season produce they are going to have. As a result, the kids are eating more fruits and vegetables, too, because that’s what we have in the house. It’s a win-win situation. Plus, our store marks the food that are local (traveling less than 150 miles), so not only am I eating better food, I am helping support local farmers. Another win-win!
What replacements have you made in your life? It doesn’t necessarily have to be food…just anything that you do now that has replaced something from your non-healthy past. Tell us about it!
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