I didn't work my way to the top of the food chain
to become a vegetarian.
Which is why it is strange I am writing this post.
But, a process began about five years ago that has led me to the drastic decisions I (with Ben's approval, which was not hard to get- since I do the cooking, he doesn't really care what he eats so long as he gets to eat) to completely alter the way that our family eats. I am not saying- by ANY stretch of the imaginiation- that this is how everybody should eat (I really don't care what everybody else eats), I am just saying that for our family we are now changing how we eat in two major ways.
Becoming more vegetarian.-
There. I said it. It was almost painful to write. We eat meat EVERY NIGHT- I kid you not. But, after reading books like Fast Food Nation and Omnivore's Dilemma and also studying more closely some of the church teachings (Word of Wisdom) in regards to food and the amazing promises given those who follow strictly the Word of Wisdom, I am making it a goal to try and get us to eating meat twice a week instead of 7 times a week. It's not perfect, but it is a start.
But, I would like to ask for your help. I am new to this, and so I do not have very many recipes. If you have any vegetarian recipes that are tried and true, or you know a cookbook or website with wonderful vegetarian recipes, please let me know! I will take all the help I can get in this regard!
This is the expensive phase of our plan, but again- after reading study after study after study of how harmful the foods we eat are, we are beginning to go organic. Not on everything. HERE is a link to what is called "the dirty dozen"- the 12 foods with the most pesticides, which one should always buy organice- and the "clean 15"- the 15 foods with the least amount of pesticides, and one does not need to buy organic.
I read one study where they gave people non-organic foods and later organic foods. All food was washed and prepped as normal. After they ate the non-organic round of food, they found 21 different pesticides in their body! After they ate the organic, they found 2- which I find strange since it should be 0, but it is WAY better than 21!
We actually joined a CSA, which I am SOOOOOO super excited about! We are only having the fruits delivered to us (since we are a fruit addicted family), but I am really glad we joined- it is something we have talked about for a few years and finally decided to take the plunge and just do it! Maybe next year we will do both fruits and vegetables.
So this is our next grand adventure. I am excited about it- hopefully it will make us a healthier family. I need to stop reading about food, though- pretty soon I will be cutting chocolate out of our diet- oh, the horror!!!