So why now? some have asked. Did I just wake up one day and said I have had enough! No, I think it was a gradual thing for our family that ended with this incredible urgency of having to get our life on track right now.
When my husband and I met and got married, we settled into the comfort of a stable relationship and ate with abandon. Needless to say, with that comfort we packed on the pounds. I worked full time, so takeout was what we ate most often and if it wasn’t takeout, then it was the ready made lasagnas, chicken Alfredo, etc. As we gained weight, the health problems started to appear. My husband was in his late 30’s and suffering from sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, gout and high cholesterol. That was our first wake up call. We are now obese and he has developed some serious illnesses. He started his medications and his breathing machine and we changed the way we ate. I started cooking more and started looking at sugar free alternatives for desert. Desert is my husband’s biggest weakness. Klondike made these great sugar free bars that he really liked and since I am not much of a baker, I was relieved. He started losing weight by just regulating his sugar and sleep, but I wasn’t.
I joined Curves and still no significant weight loss. I couldn’t understand. We were eating mostly salads now and started to grill every other week and we cut our takeout by 90% as well as cut out soda completely. We do feel better, but I am still obese and he has plateaued. So what was going on?
I started looking into health supplements and what ingredients increased your metabolism. Money down the drain, most of the time. And gradually I started thinking about the foods that we put in our body. Yes, we eat mostly salad, but what else do we eat. I buy granola bars, I use butter, I buy my daughter Nutella. I make life easier for me by buying all of my condiments, dressings, broth, canned tomatoes and tomato sauce. I realized that I buy a lot of processed items. I started by looking at the labels to see what was in the butter, in the half and half, etc. And there came the shock. Butter was just not churned cream, but it had natural flavors. Why would you add natural flavors to something that is already natural? and if it is a natural flavor, what is it? Nutella was just not chocolate, milk and hazelnuts, it had all these additives and emulsifiers. half/half had starch and sugar and other ingredients than half cream half milk. And the list goes on!
That’s when the true awakening happened, when I realized that what you think is wholesome is altered even if it is organic. And there my journey began…
As a full time working mother, I always felt that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done, and living in a society based on consumerism and one that lacks any concept of self sufficiency, you firmly and wholeheartedly believe that. You are constantly bombarded with adds that tell you that you are way too busy to make anything or to prepare anything and that’s why you need our products. How could you take the time to prepare anything when you have a family and you are working full time? You don’t need to make a salad, here is a salad in a bag. You don’t need to make peanut butter and jelly sandwich, here is a ready made sandwich, really! How easy is it to go the grocery store and just pickup everything in a jar or a bag? But at what cost!
When I finally woke up and realized that the cost of convenience is a bit too high for me and my family, I embarked on this journey to educate myself on why it is vital to start eliminating processing from a majority of what we consume in our daily lives. I found that in the long run, it is economical and gives you a better quality of life. As I started talking with my family and started sharing with them what I know and what I have learned, my sister-in-law suggested that I do something online to share my findings so that others may benefit.
So I have decided to start this blog as a way to share my findings and thoughts with my family and friends and as a way to collect all my research and thoughts in one place. I hope that you find this information helpful and beneficial to you and your loved ones.
Trust me! You are not too busy to live unprocessed.