Summer is in full swing, and I am swamped! We seem to have this habit of starting multiple projects at the same time, so currently we are working on remodeling our barn AND re-fencing a huge section of our property. Not to mention the usual milking, gardening, and mowing that needs to happen. So, I’m in my element and having a blast, but my computer time is severely limited (not that I’m complaining!). So for today, I’m reposting a post on how we started this crazy adventure into eating real food. It was originally published at the very beginning of my blog’s life, November 2010. Enjoy!
Our real food journey began about 2 years ago. Although I had an interest in healthy food before that, I never put anything into practice and I was still one of those poor people whose definition of healthy eating was buying low-fat salad dressing. Yikes.
Back then, cheap food was my #1 priority. What we ate then makes me cringe…
Anyway, after doing a lot of reading and research, I began to change the way I cooked and what we ate. It was slow at first. Little things, like buying blocks of cheddar instead of “Pasteurized Cheese Product” and cutting out the Ramen noodles and Spam *cringe*.
Then came homemade bread and purging the kitchen of margarine and shortenings. The biggest leap came in April 2010 when we came home with 2 pregnant dairy goats. The typical conversation went like this:
Random Friend/Family Member: “You have goats now?? Well, they will be fun pets”
Us: “Actually, we are planning on milking them.”
Random Friend/Family Member: “Oh… well goat milk is good for baby animals.”
Us: “Actually, we are going to be drinking the milk ourselves”
Random Friend/Family Member: “Oh my goodness! How do you pasteurize it?”
Us: “Actually, we will be drinking it raw and unpasteurized”
So… they might think we are crazy, but at least it makes for a great conversation starter!
We’ve come a long way. We no longer have any industrial fats/oils in the house.
We eat homegrown eggs and drink our own raw milk.
Our freezer is full of grassfed beef and wild game.
I make nearly all of our own bread products with properly prepared whole wheat flours.
We grow vegetables and try to buy from our local farmer’s market.
I learned to can and was able to put up salsa, pickles, jam, and tomato sauce last year.
Although I’m very pleased with how far we have come, I definitely still have my eye on things we still need to change!
My advice to anyone looking to change their way of eating? Take one thing at a time.
If at the beginning you find yourself pouring pasteurized milk on your homemade granola- that’s ok.
Do what you can and feel confident that the changes you are making are helping your family bit by bit. After all, nobody goes from Ramen noodles to milking goats overnight. 😉
Coming soon: Part Two: Our Real Food Philosophy