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If you’ve followed my blog long enough to read any of my food posts, you know we are not a very health conscious family. Honestly, being raised in the South, it’s kind of a way of life here. We fry things, we butter things, and we add a little gravy to it.
My husband loves to eat and most nights, I cook a pretty good supper. If I do say so myself. 😉 I’ve learned a lot since we’ve been married and by now, it’s kind of second nature to just cook.
Since we have had babies I’ve wanted to make changes for our health. Not sudden, noticeable changes. But gradual changes. You know, the kind where my husband and kids don’t really notice that things are healthier.
Also, I wanted to start with changes that wouldn’t break the bank. Because let’s face it, if I go buy all organic products, it’s going to be a lot more costly than my normal trip to the grocery store. In the summertime, it’s much easier to find locally grown produce or grow a small gardens to save money. I usually freeze a lot in the summertime, but this year, I’m hoping to get some canning done too. I’ll definitely do a post on that in the future.
With that being said, here are a few changes I’ve made:
No More Plastic: I’ve thrown out all of our old plastic storage containers and replaced them with these. They are reasonably priced and look much better than the 5,000 cool whip containers that fall out when you open your cabinets. Just me? Oh okay. Any who, plastic is full of chemicals that are especially released when you add warm foods. The less cancer causing toxins we add to our body, the better.
We also stopped buying plastic cups and began using mason jars for glasses. You only need a couple and it actually saves money because you’re not buying plastic cups over and over each week. If I’m drinking water, I use a stainless steel thermos, but otherwise it’s my mason jar. I would say 1-2 cups per person. I use the same cup all day and wash it that night.
I also threw out all the sippy cups, and y’all, it felt good. All the cups and all 20 of those lids that don’t fit any cup in the cabinet, but I keep hoping it will show back up. Yep, they’re gone. I replaced them with stainless steel and glass sippy cups. For Allie Beth, I use the stainless steel with a straw. She needs about two cups and that’s it. One for every other day. Andie has one stainless steel cup with a soft nipple and one glass sippy that comes with the nipple and straw for later. I love this one because it’s outer shell is plastic. It also has holes in the bottom to immediately drain the liquid should the inner glass chamber break. It’s definitely a lot of parts to wash, but worth it!
Anything plastic that can be tossed and replaced with glass or stainless steel is a good start.
Microwave: We still have a microwave and definitely still use it, but not as often. I try to heat things on the stove top or in the oven to minimize the microwave use. Usually things heated on/in the stove taste much better anyway.
Healthier snacks: I have been trying once or twice a week to make healthier snacks. This helps me and Allie not to turn to junk/processed food when we need a snack throughout the week. I’ve recently tried broccoli tots and chocolate oatmeal bites. I actually really enjoyed the broccoli tots and Allie will eat them dipped in ketch up too. The oatmeal bites took a bit more coercing because she just wanted to pick the M&Ms out to eat. Maybe I should try chocolate chips next time?
Elderberry syrup and vitamin D: it’s no secret that flu season has been a bit crazy this year. I’ve hardly let my girls out of the house trying to protect them from it. And while I continue to pray for protection from the flu for them, I also jumped on the elderberry bandwagon. Here is the recipe I used. I ordered elderberries, cinnamon, and ginger from amazon and used local honey. I’ve heard that using local honey helps with allergies common in your area. Because of the honey, Andie still can’t have the elderberry syrup (she’s too young for honey). I have, however, been giving both girls vitamin D to amp up there immune systems!
These are all definitely small, inexpensive changes that anyone can make to be a little healthier. It’s a step in the right direction for us and i definitely plan to continue this way for my sweet babies!
**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this not intended to be used as medical advice. These are just small changes we’ve made.**