Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Six Final Thoughts

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: What are your final thoughts and reflections as we wrap up this challenge? Do you have any new-found wisdom to share?

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

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Ha! I really managed to come up with 6 thoughts to list. I loved the title and was determined to make it work.

  1. I really found that when my life is in turmoil (such as a child with a new restlessness problem that keeps me up many a night) is not the time to successfully make lifestyle changes, even fairly small ones.
  2. I was reminded that stress leads to crappy eating habits which leads to feeling even crappier. Healthy eating seems to be that much more important when you don't feel up to cooking healthy meals.
  3. I learned that I really can find a middle ground with my family. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Our favorite marinade has more than 6 ingredients and one of them is High Fructose Corn Syrup. I think I can live with this.
  4. I found I have minimal will power when it comes to food given to us. Tyler volunteers handing out food to residents up the street and she always brings goodies home. She usually brings lots of breads, sweets and then maybe some fresh food, too.
  5. I learned not to assume my husband is unwilling to make some small changes. Sometimes he was agreeable!
  6. I learned ingredient limits as possibly a better way to improve our diets. I was trying to cut out one ingredient (HFCS) at a time. Ingredient limits seems like a small enough step to manage with faster results.

Elmo still eats lots of cookies, but I make them fresh from scratch now.
I know it still isn't the healthiest snack choice, but I see it as an improvement.

What bite sized changes have you been able to make to your household diet?

3 comments:

  1. I love that you came up with six final thoughts! :)

    #1 & #2 are so important, those sort of contradictory but true things: When you're stressed, it's harder to eat healthfully but more important. That's why I'm glad when we can put structures in place when we're not stressed, because they're more likely to hold us over when we are. (Hope you get more sleep soon!)

    #3: Yes! We've made our own compromises that work best for our family right now.

    #4: No. Kidding. If it's free, I canNOT stop myself from eating it. I think it's the thrifty gene in me.

    #5: That's been one of my biggest surprises, too, with my husband and especially my kids (and most especially the 5yo) — the times they've blithely agreed when I expected resistance. Such a fun surprise!

    #6: I'm so glad this is a way of food buying that can work for you long term!

    Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your thoughts along the way!

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  2. We cut HFC & MSG a few years ago in the house. We still occasionally buy frozen pizzas, but pretty much as a rule, we don't buy anything processed/hfc containing for the house.

    We will occasionally go out to eat and I don't worry about the ingredients. I buy myself a candy bar about once a week. My kids will buy themselves candy/smoothies/treats sometimes and I don't worry about it. My rule is that I don't buy it for our house, and since that's where we eat 95%+ of the time, I don't worry about the rest.

    I've now given up grains for 6 months as a trial for my own health issues and its going well. The rest of the family still have plenty when they want. My daughter makes waffles for everyone at LEAST once a week from scratch, they make muffins, etc, so I don't feel like anyone is lacking in treats or whatever...

    That being said, it was definitely a process, just one that we started a few years ago, so we're at a different place.

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  3. We cut HFC & MSG a few years ago in the house. We still occasionally buy frozen pizzas, but pretty much as a rule, we don't buy anything processed/hfc containing for the house.

    We will occasionally go out to eat and I don't worry about the ingredients. I buy myself a candy bar about once a week. My kids will buy themselves candy/smoothies/treats sometimes and I don't worry about it. My rule is that I don't buy it for our house, and since that's where we eat 95%+ of the time, I don't worry about the rest.

    I've now given up grains for 6 months as a trial for my own health issues and its going well. The rest of the family still have plenty when they want. My daughter makes waffles for everyone at LEAST once a week from scratch, they make muffins, etc, so I don't feel like anyone is lacking in treats or whatever...

    That being said, it was definitely a process, just one that we started a few years ago, so we're at a different place.

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