Thursday, February 7, 2013

Six Ingredient Challenge

Six Ingredient Challenge buttonJoin the Six Ingredient Challenge hosted by Hobo Mama and Anktangle!

We're on a six-week path to eat more whole foods, guided by one simple rule: Buy foods with six ingredients or fewer. And we're blogging about our journey on the way.

This week we're answering the question: Why do you want to participate in the Six Ingredient Challenge?

You can see all the responses to this question on February 7 at the link-up post.

To join in the Six Ingredient Challenge anytime during the six weeks, visit the sign-up page for a list of posts and to link up!


I've actually been planning to start eating more whole foods or foods closer to their natural state when we knew we'd be moving (into a home with an actual kitchen). I've been wanting to start my own container garden (this year!) and compost (started last month!). One step I took recently was not purchasing any products containing HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup). Wow, that is in a lot of stuff!

I think I opted to participate in this online challenge because it gives me a little accountability for sticking to it. I know we won't be 100%, not in the entire household. My husband and oldest daughter are not fully on board. But if we don't try... where does that leave us?

I've started getting food from Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op.

I look forward to learning from other participants and seeing that I'm not the only one that's human in our efforts. Sometimes I think it would be easier to move out of the country... to some place that doesn't use Red #5 as an ingredient.

Have you had any luck improving your household's diet?


  1. You're right! Since moving to Scotland, most of the things we buy have less ingredients (without even really trying for that). I think we will have an easier go at the challenge for this reason! Of course, you can always find something. I think a ban on HFCS is a great idea! (here, the Coke is made with sugar, not HFCS! it's a nasty habit I'm trying to steps! But that's what this challenge is about, isn't it?)

    1. It is too overwhelming to make a complete change to healthy-only foods. Baby steps I can do! Tonight, for instance, I snuck cauliflower into our mashed potatoes. Hubby & Teen never noticed!

      We do have sugar sodas here, they're considered "throw backs" or classic or something. Everyone notices that they taste SO much better! Soda is not my weakness, but sugar definitely is. lol

  2. I'm so happy you're joining us, Jorje! It can definitely be hard when processed convenience foods seem to be around every corner. I think you're making a huge effort—especially considering the reluctance in some of your other family members. Your produce looks delicious, by the way!

  3. You are doing awesome with those "little" changes, which can definitely feel big somedays! Good job!! We are also avoiding HFCS (have been trying to for a while) and it really is in so many things. BTW, I LOVE the pepsi throwbacks but am so struggling to get it out of my diet, makes it harder when it really does taste so much better, less "chemical"? LOL. Also food dyes are a big thing around here, since I notice my older boys have more ADHD behaviors and my oldest who has Asperger's really has a harder time controlling his frustration and anxiety if he has any/alot of dyes or even processed foods. It's definitely a journey, isn't it? Can't wait to see more of yours. Oh and my 7 year old would probably love to see your container garden if you ever post pics. He wants to grow some herbs and veggies with mama this year and it's a cub scout elective which is awesome. He'd probably like the inspiration. :)

    1. I am SO excited to get started. My friend tells me they make planter boxes that will fit over my front porch railing, too. They'd be perfect for herbs. If only we had space on the South side of the house. (We live in the North side of a duplex.)

      I'm SURE I'll be bragging here with pix as I get it going! I have already planted a 3 gallon pickle bucket with garlic. :-D

  4. I'll be a baby-steps person with you, Jorje! When we started this challenge (before the group start), Sam and I were so proud of ourselves for finding healthier chips and soda and reluctantly retiring my Swiss Rolls. See? :) I was specifically hoping this challenge would attract people who are making early changes toward more whole foods.

    Alrik loves the picture of your co-op haul. He keeps pointing to it and saying "Apfel" (apple) and "Banane" (banana) and doing the signs.

    1. Aww, that is adorable! I think I got in over my head with getting so much produce 2 weeks in a row. So I skipped a week, then was afraid it wasn't in the budget the next. I am determined to get a hanging produce basket, too!

      I do feel less guilt about produce gone bad, though, since starting the compost bin! lol


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